Ok, ok, so I think after this post, I’m about caught up with all the new products after weeks of sales and tastings and general hoo-hah. This is a massive post with 20-something beers, so keep reading and forget what I’m saying.
The new beers for these past couple of weeks!
Belle Royale Kriek by Driftwood: Canadian kriek! We need it… I need it, in my mouth. Tart cherries with mild coffee, caramel and spice-like notes on a decently sour base. ($15.69 for a 650mL bottle)
Schank’d it by Alley Kat: A light, crisp, tart and refreshing Berliner Weisse is the latest from Edmonton’s Alley Kat. Crisp and fruity, with hibiscus and light crackery malt.($8.59 for a 650mL bottle)
Beach Comber by Village: Big citrusy “left coast” IPA. Grapefruit and tropical tang are supported by a moderately sweet malty base. Bitter and refreshing. ($9.39 for a 650mL bottle)
Stickee Monkee by Firestone Walker: Belgian quad-ish beer, spending time in a barrel, and monstrously rich with sweet malts, and both turbinado and Belgian candi sugars. Dense molasses and dried fruit notes accompany the spicy and vanilla rich oak nicely. ($33.99 for a 650mL bottle)
Helldorado by Firestone Walker: Helldorado is a big barley wine with some elegant character! Decently sweet, but lighter than you’d expect. Big vanilla with honey and light floral notes keep things on the delicate side, but still… it’s a big beer! ($33.99 for a 650mL bottle)
Cast Iron Coffee Stout by Wild Rose: The Cast Iron is a medium-to-full, complex coffee stout that spent the best of its months in bourbon barrels. Lightly sweet with big vanilla, boozy bourbon, coffee and cacao.($12.29 for a 750mL bottle)
Stingray IPA by Coronado: A big citrusy IIPA that is surprisingly easy to drink! Big tropical hop aromas with the flavours to match! Along with big citrus and a good, and firm malty foundation. ($9.59 for a 650mL bottle)
Paradise Pucker by Rogue Ales: Big and fruity, and big tartness to boot. American-style sour ale with Passionfruit, Orange and Guava added to give a huge fruity punch that isn’t too sweet for the warm weather! ($10.79 for a 650mL bottle)
Radical Summer Breeze Radler By Yukon: Gotta love a craft radler! bright lemon tones first and foremost, but not overpowering. Malty beer undertones with a refreshing sourness. ($8.49 for a 650mL bottle)
Guava Islander IPA by Coronado: A classic style west coast IPA with an island twist. Guava puree comes in to mingle with the fruity notes of west coast hops. Grapefruity with a pithy bitterness, with bright guava tones behind it and all throughout. ($5.79 for a 355mL can)
Ponderosa Gose by Wild Rose: Refreshing in a glass! A tart, light and lightly salted wheat beer made with passionfruit, and it ain’t messing around. Super quaffable and ever so refreshing, this is one of your go-to beers for the start of the summer! ($12.39 for a 4-pack of tall cans)
Gose by Les Trois Mousquetaires: With all the new world examples of super fruity Goses around, it’s nice to see a few traditional examples! LTM does a great job with this, using the tradtitional sea salt and coriander, this bottle gives you a good amount of crackery malt with a well-integrated tartness, with just hints of coriander throughout and a good salinity on the finish. ($5.19 for a 330mL bottle)
Swivelhead Red by Deschutes: For fans of red IPAs by Oregon’s finest! Semi-dense caramel filled malts, that give hints of roasted character. Pine and citrusy hops pop in and out throughout, but aren’t a dominating presence thanks to the robust malts. ($23.79 for a 6-pack of bottles)
Lomaland Saison by Modern Times: Lomaland is a quenching and complex saison make with Barley, wheat and corn. Combined with spicy hops, and an interesting yeast blend, the result is mindful and the intent is clear. Great food beer with notes that appeal to all! ($5.19 for a 473mL bottle)
Bodhisattva by Parallel 49: Mosaic dry-hopped sours… who could ask for anything more? What about hints of French oak? This zen-inducing fruity sour is decently tart with lovely citrus and tropical notes all over, with light white wine and mildly spiced oak here and there. ($7.59 for a 650mL bottle)
Brews Brothers Vol. 3 by Parallel 49: Parallel 49 changed their format for the latest edition of the Brews Brothers collaboration pack. This time you get 4 650mL bottles of collaborations between P-49 and 4 different US breweries, including Green Flash, Gigantic, Scuttlebutt, and 49th State. ($29.99 for a 4-pack of bombers)
Northern Grace Red Rye IPA by Bench Creek: Spicy, malty and hoppy, this beer has it all. Rich red malts with rye give the beer a robust medium body with toffee and coffee flavours along with mild spicy tones. Herbal and piney hops elevate the denser of the flavours while also adding a hint of resin to the decently bitter finish. ($17.49 for a 4-pack of tall cans)
Across the Nation Collaboration pack by Central City: Central City celebrates Canada’s 150th in style! They’ve met with different Canadian brewers, and created a mixed 12-pack consisting of a different beer brewed in collaboration with each brewer! ($28.99 for a 12-pack of bottles)
Braveheart Nitro Scotch ale by Left Hand: A silky, malty scotch ale made all the more silky with the Nitrogen addition. Toffee and caramel, with light floral notes and a moderate sweetness. Lightly burnt toffee finishes it off with a touch of bitterness. ($4.09 for a 330mL bottle)
Hop Chowdah by Cannery: Love seeing the NEIPA style saturate the province! Gazy and soft malty base, with huge Amarillo and Mosaic hops, meaning citrus and tropical fruit, with a touch of resiny sappy hops on the finish. ($13.69 for a 4-pack of cans)
Beau’s Full Time IPA: The Full Time IPA is Beau’s west coast staple. Tropical fruit and pine driven hops (Simcoe, Nelson Sauvin, and Citra) give this huge flavourful aromas, and a pleasant bitterness on the end. ($8.29 for a 600mL bottle)
Blood Orange Neon Gypsy by Du Claw: Who doesn’t want a spike of delicious blood orange juice in their IPA? A complex malt bill, and even more complex hop bill provide a fantastic vehicle for this juicy punch of citrus, along with sappy pine tones, spice, and bready malt. ($5.89 for a 330mL bottle)
Oh yeah, we have some full shelves now. Especially you hear that I’ve also for a fresh restock of Blindman’s New England Pale, Modern Times Orderville IPA, and Anderson valley’s gin and tonic Gose!
Alright, time to calm down and sip/drink/chug. At least for me!