New beers – December 9, 2016

Howdy folks! I’m back for another week of new beers and dry humor! We’re about a week deep into December now, and the weather has just taken a turn for the worse. I find myself taking solace by crawling into a 4-pack of Death by Coconut, and I’m sure you all have your own way of dealing with this. Even my northern blood isn’t enough to shrug off this chill after well over a year of decent temperatures and the most mild winter I’ve seen in my 34 years.

Enough with my complaining though… I mean how can I really complain after such a great autumn? I want to get into the new beers and such because I also just spent the afternoon writing a new edition of “brews news” (which you can receive if you’d like by signing up for our newsletter on our web site!) and my brain is quickly becoming mush. I hope everyone is enjoying their advent calendars! there have been some really nice beers so far, and I just know that there are many more great ones to come. I went ahead and brought a few more calendars in because I know there are always a few who are interested enough that they don’t mind playing “catch-up”, so if you’re one of those people, don’t hesitate to contact us and grab one!

Okay, okay… enough of that. Here are the new products for this week.

Pinot Suave by Deschutes brewing: It’s always exciting to get a wax sealed bottle of beer right? Deschutes has been experimenting with wine casks for a while now, and being in Oregon, there is a good reason for this! Pinot Suave is a Belgian ale with a light flavoured malt profile that is aged in barrels that held pinot noir grape must. It has lovely oak notes with plenty of grape and dried fruit flavours along with a hint of acidity and tannin. ($25.49 for a 650mL bottle)

Anne-Francoise by New Belgium and Orval: How many breweries do you know that get to do a collaboration with Belgium’s Orval? This dark Belgian strong ale is brewed with toasted American oak, spruce tips and grains of paradise. All resulting in a medium bodied dark ale with plenty of dried cherry and raisin notes along with malty brown sugar, caramel and molasses. ($9.44 for a 330mL bottle)

Bier de Garde by Oasthouse: I like seeing more bier de gardes roll through the province! This one is an off dry, malty, Belgian-y (Belgianish?) brew with plenty of dried fruit and caramel. This would be a nice one to try beside our exclusive Dandy bier de garde! ($6.99 for a 750mL bottle)

Spiced rum porter by Innis & Gunn: Yet another rum barrel aged beer from I&G! this time a spiced rum, and a porter at that! Off dry and spicy with notes of clove and baking spice, on top of a brown sugary base. ($4.59 for a 330mL bottle)

Peculiar old fellows old ale by Blindman and Troubled monk: Hooray for local collaborations! This brew sold so fast the first time around, they had to brew a second batch for those who missed out. This old ale is a medium bodied dark ale with hints of coffee and chocolate, but not as robust as a porter. Semi-dried fruits come through as well, giving a clue as to the style. (17.49 for a 4-pack of tall cans)

A.E. Cross Barley Wine by Last Best Brewing: This is the second bottling in Last Best’s Lineage series. This Barley wine was split into 2 batches, where one was aged in steel vats for a year, and the other half was aged in Alberta Distillers barrels (known for their high quality 100% rye spirit) for 10 months. Each batch was bottled on it’s own so you can grab one of each and see what wonderful layers of spice and oak the barrel imbued into the beer. ($20.99 for a 650mL bottle)

Returning goodies include: Ground Breaker gluten free pale ale and dark ale, North Coast brewing Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, Dieu du Ciel’s Isseki Nicho imperial dark saison, Clown shoes Pecan Pie Porter, Deschutes Dissident, and WILD ROSE CHERRY PORTER!!! One last note – we are now stocked up on Christmas/holiday beers, so don’t forget to pick up your stocking stuffers and Belgian gift packs before they’re all gone!

Alright! That about does it for this week. Until next time-


- Shawn
Twitter: @ShawnsBrewsCGY

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