New beers – February 23, 2017

Hey thirsty beer fans!

I want to give you a quick update on what’s going on this week as I have some amazing new beers along with a special tasting for the weekend! Most of the new beers this week are from overseas, namely Denmark and Iceland, though the replacement for New Belgium’s Snapshot has also hit the shelves. Take a look at these tasty bottles!

Tartastic Lemon Ginger Sour by New Belgium: Strangely enough, New Belgium decided to replace their incredibly tasty and tangy Belgian wheat beer. The Tartastic seeks to fill that lightly sour and fruity void with lemon, ginger and lacto! Refreshingly tart, and mildly sweet beer with heavy lemony notes and mild spicy background ($3.69 for a 330mL bottle)

Myrkvi Nr. 13 Porter by Borg: More Icelandic beer yay! Roast coffee with hints of cacao, toffee and dried fruit. Full bodied with a hint of roasty bitterness ($4.49 for a 330mL bottle)

Surtur Nr. 30 by Borg: This is a big smokey, dark chocolate and ash bomb. A well hidden 9% ABV floats around a huge malt profile with plenty of smoky goodness and rich sweetness. ($5.79 for a 330mL bottle)

Mr. Blue Blueberry Saison by TO OL: This rustic saison is brewed with rye, wheat and oats, and then a bunch of blueberries. Big yeasty esters and a moderate sweet quality with nice semi-subtle fruit character coming out. ($9.09 for a 330mL bottle)

Mr. Orange Imperial Citrus ESB by TO 0L: More of a Belgian strong, this is another in To 0L’s “Reservoir dogs” inspired beers. Tasty citrus notes from the added tangerine and mandarin oranges. Hearty maltiness and big Belgian yeast and a hint of tartness. ($8.49 for a 330mL bottle)

No Regratz Smoked Sour by TO 0L: A smoked sour! Don’t see too many of these around. The old Polish style known as Grodziskie, or Grätzer is a lightly smoked wheat beer. To OL takes this a step further by combining that with a kettle sour, giving us a very unique and complex beer. This one boasts a mostly fruity profile with light smoke undertones. Pleasantly tart with a medium body and a decently dry and still tart finish ($8.29 for a 330mL bottle)

The growler bar is also full to the brim with a nice variety of brews. This week I’m pouring:

-Dandy’s new Wild Sour (using a new and super fruity strain of souring yeast)

-Cold Garden’s Red Smashed In Buffalo Jump (Irish red ale)

-Banded Peak’s collaboration with New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Highfives and Handshakes (an amazing dry Belgian pale).

And finally:

-Outcast’s Make that a Double! Is an imperial pale that has a heavy handed hop profile of Columbus, Mosaic and Citra, and is currently the top rated Alberta beer on Untapped.com. Founder and brewer Patrick will be in the store from 4-6 this Friday (Feb 24th) pouring samples for thirsty guests, and Kensington Wine Market is the only growler bar in Calgary pouring this beer this weekend, so make sure to stop by and have a taste, and then of course buy a litre or four!

That’s about all for now folks.

See you this weekend!

-Shawn
Beerguy@kensingtonwinemarket.com
Twitter: @ShawnsBrewsCGY

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