New beers – January 11, 2017

Hey everyone!

After a little timing mix up, I think I’m fully caught up now with these weekly posts, thanks to this super sized one. There is a figurative ton of new beers from the past 2 weeks, with some truly exciting gems along with a special new keg freshly tapped!

Before I get to the new bottles and cans, I just want to let you know that local newcomer Outcast brewing hooked us up with a keg of his latest creation, Alex Ale. A super juicy and intense hop explosion of a pale ale. Aromas of tropical fruits, lightly floral, caramel apples, blood orange and herbs all upon a medium sweet malt body with a hint more caramel and very balanced bitterness. It’s open right now on our growler bar, and at $8.50/$16.00 for 1 or 2 Liters, I don’t imagine it’s going to last too long!

Alright, and now for the rest of it. And away we go!

Nest Sweet Stout by Hitachino: Dark opaque brown, with aroma of vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, dry minerals, and light coffee. Flavours of roasted malt, minerals and earth. Medium-bodied, Finishes drier than the name might suggest. ($4.59 for a 330mL bottle)

Pale Death Mosaic IIPA by Double Mountain: A big robust, tropical forward IIPA fermented with Belgian yeast to bring out more fruity notes along with notes of spice. Big malt with a more than noticable bitterness. ($9.69 for a 500mL bottle)

Cluster Single Hop IPA by Double Mountain: This IPA is meant to show off one of the first prevalant US hops. Medium bodied with mild notes of citrus and pine wafting off, then herbal and slightly grassy notes follow. Finished moderately dry with a firm bitterness. ($9.69 for a 500mL bottle)

Saison Brett by les Trois Mousquetaires: A nice and herbal Saison with light citrus notes, and a noticable funk. The beer is fermented with both saison yeast, and Brettanomyces, and the results are very impressive. The malt hides a little behind all the crazy aromatics, but gives a hint of sweetness to round out the beer.($14.59 for a 750mL bottle)

Nectarous dry-hopped sour by Four Winds: Decently tart with huge fruity notes is the name of the game here. A great balance between sweet and tart, with plenty of peach, nectarine and citrus all over. Alberta has waited long enough to get a taste of this superb dry-hopped sour. Nectarous holds the 14th spot in Ratebeer’s top 50 Canadian beers, and this is very limited. Please respect a 2 bottle per customer limit. ($10.99 for a 650mL bottle)

La Maison Grisette by Four Winds: A light bodied farmhouse style made with rye and spelt, and fermented with wild yeast. A mildly grainy base with tropical fruity notes wafting off the nose. A crisp and delicious table beer. ($9.19 for a 650mL bottle)

La Corriveau By Brasserie Bilbouquet: Aromas of chocolate, coffee and malt along with sweet molasses. Slightly creamy with a more chocolate, and roasted grain bitterness. ($6.89 for a 500mL bottle)

Saurkirsche Stout by Evil Twin brewing: An Imperial Stout made with sour cherries. A rich and chocolate filled roasty malt bomb, but em the tart cherries. Lighter -but still rich- fruitier tones with a hint of tartness cut through the dense stout. ($5.19 for a 330mL bottle).

By Udder Means Milk Stout by To0L: This is a non-imperial stout made to be big bodied and dense by the addition of lactose. Though not coming across sweet, the lactose adds body and density to a style that demands it! Tons of coffee, milk chocolate and a generous roasted barley character. Oh so comforting, plus in Ratebeer’s top 50 for the style! ($8.79 for a 330mL bottle)

Share This Coffee Stout by The Bruery: A fresh roasted coffee infused imperial stout like you’ve never had before. Burnt toffee, dried fruits and plenty of roasted grains combine with a warming coffee note and a dense sweetness to make an incredibly comforting and definitely share-worthy stout. ($21.49 for a 750mL bottle)

In the Bleak Midwinter Black IPA by The Dandy Brewing Company: This is a semi-rich and slightly sweet black IPA from one of my favourite local brewers. Chocolaty, robustly flavourful malt with plenty of fruity hops that are all fresh enough to make sure you know it’s still of the IPA variety. As usual with Dandy’s one shot releases, this one won’t last long! ($9.29 for a 650mL bottle)

Common Crown Brewmaster Blonde: Medium bodied for a blonde, with light fruity hop notes. Grainy, biscuity malt profile that holds up a moderate and mellow hop profile. ($15.19 for a 6-pack of cans)

Common Crown Coppersmith Brown ale: Lovely caramel and lightly roasty malt character through and through on this brown ale. Silky, mellow carbonation make this easy to drink, but with plenty of satisfying toasty malts. ($15.59 for a 6-pack of cans)

Tropicale IPA by Brasserie Dunham: The name says it all! Or most… This intensely fruity IPA is fermented with Brettanomyces, and dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops. medium bodied and made to show off it’s wonderful fruity character. ($10.79 for a 500mL bottle)

Brune by Dageraad: Brune is an abbey style dubbel that’s made with the addition of Mission Figs. Deep amber brown with plenty of Belgian fruity esters, and a sweet candi-sugary body with hints of dried fruits (not necessarily figs) and bananas.  ($9.99 for a 650mL bottle)

Chinook Oatmeal Stout by Two Sergeants: Silky full bodied stout with nice chocolate notes and a full roasted barley bitterness. Drinks easy and comforting! ($6.99 for a 650mL bottle)

Mocha Marlin by Ballast Point brewing: A round, English style porter with chocolate and coffee added with a hint of vanilla. Medium dry on the palate, but full flavoured nonetheless. ($9.99 for a 650mL bottle)

Seizoen by Logsdon: This is a complex, fruity and spicy Saison, with lovely soft hoppiness and grassy notes, along with a real farmhouse yeasty character and slight funk. ($16.09 for a 750mL bottle)

OK, now that’s a pretty crazy amount of new stuff! If you noticed a few extra stouts in that list, you’re very observant, and there’s good reason! This Friday I’m hosting the first beer tasting of 2017, and it’s one of my favourites! Silky, Sultry Stouts is one of my favourite classes to host, and it always sells out without fail. Hopefully everyone interested got a seat! If not, then at least stay tuned for the lineup and blog post that’ll go along with it.

As for other tastings, I’m also hosting a class just for the ladies who are interested in learning more about craft beer on January 26, then one focusing on Barrel aged and mixed fermented beers on March 16, and one more focusing on old brewers versus new making the same hand full of styles on March 28. There is still space in all three of those so make sure to sign up before the seats fill.

That’s about all for this week.

So long for now!

- Shawn
Twitter: @ShawnsBrewsCGY

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