New Beers for Autumn 2017 (Part 1)

Howdy there all you beer lovers!

It’s time once again for me to play catch-up! I have… just too many beers to talk about and brag about, and show off, and I want to do that now! However, there’s always other things to talk about as well, so I guess I should go through that stuff real quick.

The Craft Beer Advent Calendars have started arriving in the store, and if you haven’t pre-ordered one of these, then it’ll be first come-first serve with the ones open to everyone. I’ve received more details on the theme for this year as well. The “Around the World” theme is also an “All Stars” sort of theme, where Craft Importers sources from their very best and most popular brewers from their portfolio, which in my opinion, makes it a touch more exciting!

Aside from that, I want to give a shout out to Outcast for their amazing fresh-hopped IIPA that is on the growler bar RIGHT NOW! Be sure to make some time to come have a taste and grab a fill!

Ok, I want to get right to it here because I’ll have another post with even more beers after this delivery this week. So here are some new beers I’ve received in the past few weeks.

Ich Bin Berliner Blueberry by Mikkeller: Moderately crisp body, slightly fuller than your average Berliner, thanks to the added fruit. Dark purple in colour, and big notes of blueberry skins and general dark berries, along with a fairly mild tartness. ($6.19 for a 500mL tall can)

Ich Bin Berliner Mango by Mikkeller: Moderately tart and fruity Berliner Weise with mangos. Big mango aromas and flavours, along with a base of crackery wheat malt with lightly soured muddled fruit behind it all.($6.19 for a 500mL tall can)

Celebration Yuzu Sour bu Mikkeller: Fairly tart and funky brew with very notable zesty citrus aromas and flavours (but definitely distinct from your standard citrus). If you’re a fan of Yuzu, you owe it to yourself to grab several cans of this limited beer! ($6.99 for a 500mL can)

Drink’in Berliner Yuzu by Mikkeller: About as light and easy drinking as you can get! Throw all those Radlers out the window because this 2.7%abv Berliner is riddled with tasty wheaty tones and a ton of yuzu juiciness and is sure to satisfy your thirst. ($5.19 for a 330mL can)

Time For Dinner by Alley Kat: The first in a two-part beer. Brewed in the Parti-gyle method, the first wort runnings are to be released as the second beer in the future (a bigger body, higher alcohol beer), and the second runnings come to you now as this low alcohol, dry and lightly spicy table beer. ($8.59 for a 650mL bottle)

Symbiosis by Schmaltz brewing: Schmaltz brings you this pale Wheat Ale to commemorate 30 years of Star Trek. This bottle dedicated specifically to the TNG episode of the same name. Light and bready with hints of caramel and spice, hints of citrus and a good bitterness on the back end. ($5.09 for a 330mL bottle)

Wailua Wheat ale by Kona brewing: Wailua is a citrus forward Wheat Ale done with beautiful tart passionfruit. Quenching and light, and here to keep the warm weather present in your heart! ($21.39 for a 6-pack of bottles)

Gueuze by Mikkeller and Boon: Mikkeller and Boon Gueuzerie collaborate to bring you this delightfully tart and complex blend of lambics, done in the traditional way, but aged in ex-Calvados barrels. The outcome is a tart and funky brew with present minerality, citrus, light spice and apple tones. And a price that you can’t resist for a gueuze! ($18.89 for a 750mL bottle)

Single Hop Session Mosaic by Mikkeller: Light and malty IPA that is done in a low alcohol style. Hopped exclusively with Mosaic hops that give tropical fruity tones and citrus. Mild but pronounced bitterness finishes everything off nicely. ($4.99 for a 330mL can)

Single Hop Session Nelson by Mikkeller: A Nelson Sauvin single hopped session IPA to showcase the New Zealand hop in all its glory. lightly bready malts with a hint of sweetness, but low alcohol. Light grape and leafy green tones with hints of melon and citrus, and a firm bitterness (it is an IPA after all). ($4.99 for a 330mL can)

Sakura Gose by Burnside Brewing: An interesting take on a Gose by the addition of salt-cured cherry blossoms. Lightly tart, crackery malt Gose with tart citrus fruits, a notable salty tone, and a quenching mouthfeel. ($10.29 for a 650mL bottle)

Terminus 2 Hoppy Saison by Blindman and Yellow Dog: The second release in Blindman’s Terminus series was done with Port Moody’s own Yellowdog. This Hoppy Saison is a modern style, heavily dry-hopped with fruity hops that accentuate and lift the spicy and banana notes of the yeast used. The light body has a moderate sweetness that comes out more as the beer warms. ($17.59 for a 4-pack of tall cans)

Red Truck Lager: The perfect 8-pack lager to grab and go to whatever event you’re on your way to. BC’s Red Truck brewing is relatively new to Alberta, and their lager is a light bodied, easy drinking crisp beer with little bitterness, and light spicy hops. ($18.69 for an 8-pack of cans)

Sour Wench Blackberry by Ballast Point Brewing: Classic tart German Wheat beer, with good sour tangy grain tones and thanks to the addition of blackberries, an attractive purple hue and deep rich bramble notes with the high bitter berry tones as well. ($4.99 for a 330mL bottle)

Fat Tire White by New Belgium: New Belgium is pushing forward with their Fat Tire brand with this American take on a Belgian Wit. Spicy, and fruity yeasty aromas with a zesty wheat character. Finishes dry with a hint of farm-yardy funk. ($21.99 for a 6-pack of bottles)

First Rule IPA by Ninkasi: First rule is… A pine and spice forward IPA, hinting towards an old school style.  Featuring lovely biscuity pale malts, and a moderately off-dry bitter finish. ($10.39 for a 650mL bottle)

Satsuma by Steel & Oak: Light lager with good grainy tones and a hint of caramel. Light citrus from the hops come through nicely but doesn’t take away from what is through and through a lager. ($9.19 for a 650mL bottle)

Ode to Wallflower by Powell St: A super herbaceous beer thanks to the time spent in Wallflower gin barrels. Light golden colour with leafy citrusy hops. Easy to drink and perfect to pair with equally herbaceous meals. Rosemary chicken anyone? ($9.89 for a 650mL bottle)

The Julia by The Dandy Brewing Company: This Dandy favourite is finally in bottles! The Julia is a Kettle Sour, made to taste like a peach cobbler! Lovely peach tones with generous tartness, good malty sweetness and mild spice notes. If this doesn’t scream Autumn, I don’t know what does. ($9.99 for a 650mL bottle)

That’s a pretty nice selection if I do say so myself. I’m particularly fond of the Mikkeller yuzu beers myself. With all these beers, I haven’t even gotten into the fresh hopped beers yet! Stay tuned for those in the next post (it’ll come sooner rather than later, I promise). In the meantime though, there is plenty here to quench the thirst, and heck, while you’re in to get these, you can always see the stuff I haven’t yet mentioned.

So that’s about all for now. I’ll see you in the shop!

Cheers,
Shawn
Beerguy@kensingtonwinemarket.com
twitter: @ShawnsBrewsCGY

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