It’s time again for my product update!
Christmas is definitely fast approaching, and though I don’t love all the festive repetitive music, I do love the dark and wintery and -sometimes- spicy beers. A lot of these are already on the shelf, and there are more coming in by the week! Thus far we have beers from Anchor and De Ranke in stock, along with gift packs featuring Tripel Karmeliet Rochefort 8, and Lindemans.
Also, as of right now, there are still a few more Advent calendars (both beer and whisky) available, and there is really no harm in starting late and playing catch-up, so make sure to come grab one so you can get started!
While you’re in, you may as well take a look at the new beers arriving this week. Such as these guys.
Hoyne Brewing Co. is the latest in a long string of BC brewers to surge into the province since late last year. While being well known and loved throughout their home province, they are here to push through those that are well known to us, and hopefully become a favourite to many! Here’s the selection thus far.
Dark Matter: Dark Matter rides the line between brown ale and porter. With a decently roasted character, filled with chocolate and nutty notes, but a body that just a little light for a true porter. Either way, it’s comforting as heck. ($9.69 for a 650mL bottle)
Voltage Espresso Stout: This is a roasty stout that isn’t too cloyingly heavy. Lighter body for a stout, with nice, but delicate coffee notes atop a generous roasted barley character. ($8.59 for a 650mL bottle)
Hoyner Pilsner: Light with a golden hue, and a cereal and grainy palate. Grassy, floral and lightly spicy hops. This is a wonderful example of a German style pilsner. ($7.59 for a 650mL bottle)
Devil’s Dream IPA: A medium amberish IPA with light citrus and big sappy pine notes. Lighter body on the palate with a pretty pronounced bitterness. ($7.59 for a 650mL bottle)
Aside from all the Hoyne, I also received:
Halfway to Whangarei Grisette by 8-Wired/Modern Times: This is the first Modern times brew we’ve ever seen in the province, and maybe the third grisette? It’s a collaboration between New Zealand’s 8-wired and USA’s Modern Times. A light, low alcohol, saison-like style that was meant for the working class. This one is dry and fruity, with mild brett character and a kiss of New Zealand hops. Don’t miss this one!($14.60 for a 500mL bottle)
Gose by Collective Arts brewing: A simple take on a classic style! Light, bready and crackery malt. Soft wheat notes with a good, refreshing tartness. Mildly spicy with a hint of salinity on the finish. ($3.49 for a 473mL can)
Horizon Tokyo Black by Nogne 0 (and Brewdog and Mikkeller): A three-way collaboration? Yes please. These three brewers took some of the best parts of their biggest, baddest stouts, and combined them to make this crude oily black ridiculousness. Coffee, sweet dried fruits, heavy body and light carbonation. A must ,must have for any stout fan. ($9.99 for a 250mL bottle)
Also, just a couple of returning favourites this time around, such as 8-wired’s flat white coffee milk stout, Le trou du Diable’s Aldred table saison (one of my absolute favourites!) and Lindeman’s fruit lambic gift pack.
One quick note before I go. Did you know Kensington Wine market has a beer gift club? If you’re having trouble coming up with gift ideas, maybe think about gifting a surprise pack of monthly beer! Each month I hand pick a bunch of beers (at 3 different price levels) and turn them into a delicious little gift package. There is a 3 month minimum, and the price levels are approximately $25, $50, and $75. You can sign up on our website to get the ball rolling https://www.kensingtonwinemarket.com/gifts/gift-club/.
That’s all for now folks, happy shopping!