New Beer – Friday March 3rd, 2017

Hey everyone!

It’s time for yet another product update! Another week has gone by already, and I’ve been able to secure some very tasty things for you. Check out what I have for you this week:

Simplicity ale by Category 12 brewing: Simplicity is a moderate ABV saison, light in body it is a soft fruit and floral note along with delicate spice and grassiness and a hint of bitterness. ($8.99 for a 650mL bottle)

Nitro Milk Stout by Left Hand brewing: Silky, sweet and goes down easy! Wonderful chocolate notes all over this milk stout. The addition of lactose gives just enough sweetness to really round out the style and provide just enough sweetness to lift the cocoa notes and stand up to the bitterness on the finish. A very well balanced stout! ($4.09 for a 330mL bottle)

Barrel aged Salted Caramel Stout by Breakside brewing: As delicious as their standard salted caramel stout and then some! Big vanilla and chocolate notes accompany the burnt sugars and toffee notes. Enhanced sweetness and notes of bourbon from the Heaven Hills bourbon barrel. All rounded off with a light bitterness and salty finish. ($18.59 for a 650mL bottle)

Shazoo Imperial Milk Stout by Gigantic brewing: Shazoo is a big, rich imperial stout, made all the more round and sweet with the addition of lactose. Huge notes of chocolate, coffee, and caramel dominate the palate on this dessert worthy brew. ($12.49 for a 650mL bottle)

As Follows by Stillwater brewing: As Follows is a big Belgian beauty! moderately sweet malt with hints of citrus fruits and yeasty phenolics. The 9% ABV pokes through here and there, but for the most part stays down behind the malt. Lightly bitter and sweet finish. ($5.19 for a 350mL bottle)

Autumnal by Stillwater brewing: Autumnal is German meets Belgian kind of beer, with ingredients from both countries. Though since fermented with Belgian farmhouse yeast, the yeast character forces it to lean towards the Belgian end of things. Medium bodied, fruity and malty with hints of caramel. ($5.19 for a 350mL bottle)

Of Love & Regret by Stillwater brewing: This is a botanical driven Belgian ale made to be a “liquid interpretation of the Spring season”. Lightly fruity and funky with generous herbal and floral notes. Added botanicals include Heather, Chamomile, Lavender and Dandelion. ($5.19 for a 330mL bottle).

Tanilla Vanilla porter by Knee Deep brewing: Tanilla is a robust porter with Tahitian vanilla beans added, giving rich vanilla notes to an already chocolate and coffee heavy ale. Comforting, lightly sweet, soft and full. ($12.19 for a 650mL bottle)

If none of those happen to kick-start your heart, then maybe there’s something on the ol’ growler bar that that’ll quench that thirst! Here’s the tap list for this week:

-Dandy brewing Wild Sour. Dandy sources a new strain of wild yeast for their sour ale and boy is it fruity!

- Outcast brewing Make That a Double! Murky mega-hopped imperial pale from Calgary’s answer to the NEPA movement.

- Banded Peak/Steel&Oak Highfives and Handshakes. Dry and light, dry hopped Belgian pale that will knock your socks off.

- Cold Garden Red Smashed in Buffalo Jump. Robustly malty and comforting Irish red ale.

Ok, there’s no way you’re not salivating now.

If anyone is interested, and maybe hasn’t heard yet. I have 2 more beer tastings before the end of March to finish off this current tasting season. There are still a few tickets left for Barrels N’ Bugs (barrel aged and wild fermented beers) on March 16, and Old School Vs. New (old brewers versus new brewers on tried and true styles. Who does it better!?) on March 28.

Alright, that’s about all for now!

See you in the shop!

-Shawn
Beerguy@kensingtonwinemarket.com
Twitter: @ShawnsBrewsCGY

 

 

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