Time for a slightly overdue update! I say â€œslightly overdueâ€ because I only missed one weekâ€¦ you canâ€™t miss me THAT much I hope. Either way, Iâ€™ve got a lot of new beers to update you on, plus a really fun announcement that Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ll be interested in.
First I want to mention that I have a freshly tapped keg on the Olâ€™Growler Bar for those hop lovers out there. Pouring now is the Apparition west coast white ale (White IPA) from Four Winds. Soft and frothy, with aromas of banana, clove, and orchard fruits, followed by a more tropical hop profile on the palate and a soft wheat forward base. Absolutely delicious and only here for a short time!
Ok, hereâ€™s the new beers from the past two weeks:
Bears Hump Nut Brown by Coulee brewing: One of two new additions to Couleeâ€™s already broad lineup. Bears Hump Nut Brown is a medium bodied brown ale with a generous roasted character and semi-creamy feel. Notes of toffee and bread, along with dried fruits and a touch of hazelnuts and peanut skins round out the palate and lead to a clean finish with soft and mellow bitterness. ($16.69 for a 6-pack of cans)
Range Road Cream Ale by Coulee brewing: Malt and grain are at the forefront of this beer. Big malty aromas prepare you for the rich sensations (but light profile) of a complex grain bill consisting of oats, wheat and Alberta barley. The beer comes across soft and silky with a little sweetness, and a balancing bitterness bringing up the rear. ($16.69 for a 6-pack of cans)
Pengo Pally by Bush Pilot: Pengo Pally is an arctic style Saison with a moderate abv (%6.5), and is flavoured with arctic herbs picked in Nunavik. Cloudy and grainy, with floral tones, along with a melange of hard to discern herbaceousness hidden behind crabapple sauce on stone ground crackers. Mildly sweet and spicy, with a grainy, lightly bitter finish. ($9.99 for a 750mL bottle)
Norseman by Bush Pilot: Norseman is aged in Armagnac barrels, and comes across with plenty of brown sugar notes, along with dried fruit, plenty of sweetness, and a touch of grape spirit. Rich and enjoyable are the two words I’d use to describe the raw essence of this beer. ($9.99 for a 750mL bottle)
Cognac Barrel by La Debauche: A big, rich classic style is made all the richer when put into Cognac barrels. Tons of dried fruit notes on the sweet malty base. The barrel provides a vinous quality that shows off both the grape spirit and the oak. Sip it slow, as the alcohol gives off a little heat on this one! ($4.99 for a 330mL bottle)
Deep Space by Fabryka Piwa: This foreign extra stout is fairly easy to drink, with only 6.5% abv, and low carbonation. It’s silky and slightly sweet with big notes of roasted barley, and lighter notes of chocolate, herbs and grass. Hints of coffee pop out throughout and disappear with the roasted bitterness on the finish. ($3.99 for a 330mL bottle)
Aurora Heart by Flying Monkeys: Aurora Heart is a raspberry chocolate stout. Sweet raspberry notes dipped in chocolate and lightly sweet malts start out and turn into more candied raspberries, chocolate bar like cocoa notes and a hint of tartness. Lighter in the body than the nose leads on, but all in all, very tasty and satisfying. ($16.59 for a 750mL bottle)
Gose by Ritterguts: Ritterguts is the oldest Gose brand still in existence. Still made in the traditional method, and still as tasty and popular as ever (if not more now!). Slightly sour and grainy, with aromas of sour fruits like apples and nectarines. Lightly herbal and salty, and super refreshing. Make sure not to miss this historical beer! ($8.19 for a 500mL bottle)
White Chocolate by The Bruery: This is an intense â€œwheat wineâ€ unlike any other. The base has been aged in bourbon barrels for up to a year with the addition of cacao nibs and vanilla beans. Itâ€™s decently sweet with a rich oaky malt character, though softened slightly by the high wheat content. Rich white chocolate notes -as the name suggests- with caramel and plenty of vanilla. Available in very limited quantities. ($42.19 for a 750mL bottle)
Frederick H. by The Bruery: Frederick H is the new and improved incarnation of the Hottenroth Berliner Weisse. The traditional style is made a little more unique with the use of their in-house yeast strains, and intensely cultured Foeders. Bright, tart and refreshing, are the name of the game. Crisp fruity notes accompany the raw grainy character and funky brett attitude. ($13.89 for a 750mL bottle)
Frucht: Boysenberry by The Bruery: The Frucht series is a new favourite for us at the store, and this latest edition is pretty exciting! Boysenberries are added to this Berliner Weisse style beer, and the result is a fruity, semi-rich berry toned beer with a light grainy character plus but aÂ full tangy tartness and a touch of funk. ($19.19 for a 750mL bottle)
Waves IPA by Mikkeller San Diego: A solid IPA from one of the legends. Super tasty bready malts, not too sweet, or rich. Orange and lemon hoppy notes along with light tropical and floral notes. The bitterness is present and complements the malt without being too intense. ($4.29 for a 355mL can)
Sparks APA by Mikkeller San Diego: An easy sipping (or gulping) American pale with bready, biscuity malts with light fruity notes and delicate malty notes throughout, and strong sappy like hop notes that translate into a piney bitterness on the finish.($9.29 for a 650mL bottle)
Apex Predator IIPA by Bench Creek brewing: One more to the list of New England IPAs! Intense hopping gives Apex itâ€™s giant tropical fruit character with light piney notes in the middle, growing to more intense sappy-like bitterness on the finish. Cloudy and grainy malt body with a decent sweetness, giving all those hops a purpose. ($21.09 for a 4-pack of tall cans)
Now that spring is about here, our spring newsletter has just been released, and with it is ourÂ Spring Tasting Schedule!
Some of the fun beer tastings this season include Beer and Cheese (Thursday, April 6), Our summer beer tasting (Friday, June 9), and Canadian beers for (almost) Canada day (June 27). As always, space is limited, so make sure to sign up before the classes are full!
So about that announcement I mentioned. Turns out Alberta (and namely…KensingtonÂ Wine Market) is lucky enough to get a shipment of Cantillon this spring. I want to give a quick heads up for anyone interested as these beers will be going faster than fast. They should be arriving mid-April or so, and if you want to get your name on a couple, please send me an e-mail and I can see what I can do. Theyâ€™ll be available on a first-come-first-serve basis and there will be limits. They likely wonâ€™t be on the shelf, as – like in previous years – they will likely be spoken for even before they make it to the store! Send an email to [email protected] for more details, and to pre-order.
I guess thatâ€™s about it for this week. Thanks for reading everyone, and until next week (fingers crossed),Â cheers!