New Beers – February 15, 2017

Hey everyone!

It’s time for an update on my favourite day of the week!
A shelf full of new arrivals means a whole weeks worth of new things for me (and you I hope) to taste! I’ve got a plethora of things from light, to dark, to sour and from all (well, most) corners of the northern hemisphere (sorry southern hemisphere, I don’t mean to ignore you).

Check out these tasty things.

Stoutella by Knee Deep Brewing
: Stoutella is a milk stout made with nutella, who would have thought? Sweet milk chocolate and hazelnut flavours dominate this beer along with mocha, mild roasted barley, and darker chocolate notes, and a dry finish. ($13.59 for a 650mL bottle)

California Dream Pilsner by Mikkeller: One of the first beers from our favourite gypsy brewer brewed at his newly bought San Diego brewery! California dream is a hoppy pilsner featuring strong notes of floral grassy hops, along with citrus, and a dry maltiness. ($4.19 for a 350mL can)

Venatrix Raspberry Sour by Driftwood Brewing
: An interesting release from Driftwood, heavy aromatics include phenols, and macerated raspberries left to ferment. A good sour character along with notes of raspberry tart and mild spice. This is a limited release and won’t last long! ($15.69 for a 650mL bottle)

Sidecar Pale ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing: Sierra Nevada is taking the citrus side of hops to the next level! Orange and citrus explode from the bottle along with strong sappy notes and a wonderful malt foundation. The citrus heaviness comes from the Equinox, Cascade and Mandarina hops, PLUS the addition of citrus peel during the boil, and fermentation. ($21.89 for a 6-pack of bottles)

Andy’s Wee Heavy Scotch ale by Common Crown Brewing: This is the very first seasonal offering from Common Crown. Rich, toffee-full malt with plenty of dried fruit on a moderate sweetness. ($ for a 4-pack of tall cans)

2 new Euro lagers have also hit the shelves. Urpiner light and dark lagers are easy drinking and approachable for anyone who just wants something to sip on after work or what have you. ($2.99 each for a 500mL can)

There are a couple of returning favourites in new formats as well! Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Breakfast is back in can form, and is also one of the first beers to arrive from his newly acquired San Diego brewery. Stone’s Arrogant Bastard is also back, and this time in tall can form! Aside from those, we’re also being revisited by Iceland’s Garun imperial stout, Phillip’s Spacegoat oat pale, and the 2017 iteration of Deschutes’ The Abyss.

That’s about it for this week. Make sure to follow me on twitter (@ShawnsBrewsCGY) to see what I’m opening for visitors and guests (that way you can join us for a sip).
Until next week, Cheers!


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