Hello from the other side of the holidays!
I’m sorry if you all missed me last week, but the shop was entirely too busy for me to get any sort of writing done. This post should make up for it though, as I have so many new beers to share with you. I’ll get to those in a moment, but first an update on a few things! We are nearly sold all the way through The Dandy 8th edition now so If you haven’t had a chance to try our first exclusive beer from Dandy (a tasty and geeky bier de garde) make sure to get some before the last 2 cases disappear, and stay tuned for a possible resurfacing of this beer in a slightly different and unique form early on in the new year!
If you still thirst for local beers but think you may have tried them all, rest easy in the knowledge that there seem to be new brews to try nearly every week. New local guys we’ve received recently include Hell’s Basement, Trolley 5 (in cans now!), Common Crown (arriving next week), and notable Outcast brewing (also next week on the growler bar).
Beer, beer and more beer. Anyways, here’s an unusually long list of new brews from the past 2 weeks.
Twin Creeks Hermit by Ribstone Creek and Bench Creek:
A collaboration between two Creek themed brewers! This is an English brown ale done with Caramel, buscuity and nutty malt along with dates, molasses, nutmeg and vanilla. Each brewer made a version in their own brewery, so you can try them both in this mixed pack!($15.99 for a 4-pack of tall cans)
Boxcar Comforts by Hell’s Basement brewing: The word “crushable” definitely comes to mind here. Light, straw coloured malt with a bit of sweetness, but overall light in the body. Bright fruity hop notes are more pronounced than your average blonde, and float atop a very tasty malt base. ($16.49 for a 6-pack of cans)
Polly’s Pale by Hell’s Basement: A very well balanced pale ale with a hazy and sturdy malt base with slight caramel notes. Nice fruity hop notes com across all over along with a moderate to heavy bitterness and sappy, sticky hop finish. ($16.49 for a 6-pack of cans)
All Hops for a Basement IPA by Hell’s Basement: Slightly bigger and boozier than Polly’s Pale. It’s moderately sweet malt with nice caramel and bready notes. A prominent citrusy bite with plenty of pine notes throughout. ($16.49 for a 6-pack of cans)
So Happens it’s Tuesday by The Bruery: This is a slightly lighter version of The Bruery’s iconic Black Tuesday. Though still at 14.7% ABV, this is nothing to underestimate. Rich chocolate, nuts and loads of dried fruit seem to put this style closer to a cross between an imperial porter and a Belgian quad (though without Belgian yeast).($33.69 for a 750mL bottle)
Gypsy Funk by 8-Wired: This is a fairly intense sour beer that was aged in barrels for 2 years and then heavily dry hopped with New Zealand hops. Big citric and tropical tartness with grape and gooseberry notes, along with zesty, fruity hop notes.($16.69 for a 500mL bottle)
Chula Pils by Novo Brazil: Slightly maltier than some pilsners, with a nice citrusy zest. Crisp and clean with a good balanced bitterness. Fleshy fruits and somewhat light hop notes float all around. ($5.69 for a tall can)
Sociable Pale Ale by Moody Ales: Well balanced and easy to drink. This is a very pleasant and easy going pale ale with mildly heated grain notes and lovely citrusy hops giving way to a soft bitterness. ($9.09 for a 650mL bottle)
Vienna Lager by Moody Ales: Light caramel and moderate malty sweetness on this robust lager. Lightly bready and grassy, little hop notes, and a clean finish. Great for hop-o-phobes and stout-o-phobes who still crave a little more body. ($9.09 for a 650mL bottle)
Kakeru Dry Hopped Sour by Fuggles & Warlock: A generously sour beer with a lactic tartness that dominates. Citrusy hops add to the tartness to emphasize sour lemons. The dry hop notes fade fairly quick with a hint of spice, and transitions into a very firm bitterness. ($8.29 for a 650mL bottle)
Guilty Filthy Soul by Du Claw: An imperial porter that drinks like a stout. Heavy roasted character with a pronounced bitterness. Added rye and chocolate enhances the richness of the beer bringing it a little more so into the stout territory. ($6.09 for a 330mL bottle)
Terminus Winter Warmer by Blindman and Steel & Oak: The first in a series of collaborations with BC brewers, Blindman teamed up with New Westminster’s Steele & Oak to bring you this winter warmer! Mild spice, caramel and molasses notes on a medium body, little hops, but nuts and toffee notes instead! ($17.39 for a 4-pack of tall cans)
Easy Way IPA by Ninkasi brewing: Ninkasi brings us a crisp and fruity session IPA to quench our thirst! Lightly toasty malts give a silky, light body on which they can load big fruity hops. ($3.99 for a 330mL bottle)
Mango Kolsch by Clown Shoes brewing: This crisp kolsch is lightly bready with mildly perfume aromas. The crispness is maintained by the addition of mangos that keep things fruity and refreshing. ($3.99 for a 330mL bottle)
American Monastic by Clown Shoes brewing: Belgian yeast and 7 different hops sounds like a pretty tasty combination! Lovely yeasty notes play nicely with the citrusy hops to give a bright beer with plenty of high flavour tones. ($3.99 for a 330mL bottle)
Bloed Zweet & Tranen by De Molen: Bold, smoky and meaty! A savoury, smoky stout with hints of toast, chocolate and bacon. Made with peated malts and Bamberg smoked malts along with the usual but lighter stout bill. ($4.49 for a 330mL bottle)
That’s a lot of beers. Sorry if it just seemed like a wall of text. Though it was a super tasty wall of text! So come on and grab some of these soon-to-be favourites along with a few bottles of Sweet Baby Jesus, because that beer is just too good. Also, don’t forget to check out the beer tastings coming up in the new year (sorry, but the stout tasting is already full). And speaking of the new year, for this weekend’s celebration, don’t forget that if you aren’t into sparkling wine, there’s always gueuze right? It’s what I’m having!
Happy New Year!