Barrels n’ Bugs is quickly becoming a favourite tasting. The theme allows for a really neat range of beers to be poured and, to show off some beautifully crafted things. When combined with the skillful snack magic of Peasant Cheese, it’s not hard to see why this tasting sells out. From light and tart, to heavy and thick, there is definitely something for everyone (except maybe domestic drinkers). Maybe take a look a the lineup and see for yourself so you can make sure to snag a seat for the next one.
Bellwoods White Picket Fence: White Picket Fence is a saison made from blended oak aged beers. Fluffy and bright carbonation with lovely spicy/fruity yeast notes. Mildly tart with splintery barrel on top of biscuits and bread. ($17.99 for a 500mL bottle)
3 Fonteinen Oude Gueuze: A true Gueuze, made up of 1, 2 and 3-year old lambics. Fluffy carbonation and fuuunky. Barny, and full of brett with a lemony zing, and bright acidity. ($15.99 for a 375mL bottle)
De Ranke Kriek: A traditional Kriek blended with a Flemish red. Ripe tart cherry tones with mild spice, and a full lactic tartness. One of the best valued Krieks on the market and one that rarely gets the love it deserves.($18.79 for a 750mL bottle, currently out of stock, stay tuned for the next shipment)
The Bruery Sour in the Rye POG: Sour in the Rye is one of the best sours regularly available in Alberta, and this time, The Bruery turns up the juice -so to speak- by adding Passionfruit, Orange and Guava! So juicy tropical fruits wash in like a wave over-top of the typical spicy, super tart, sour. Still loaded with volatile acids, hints of dry herbs and earthy clove. ($27.99 for a 750mL bottle)
Outcast Boy Meets Barrel Vol 2: The second installment of Boy Meets Barrel is a barleywine aged in Alberta distillers rye barrels. Big and boozy with mild spice and prominent barrel tones make it a sweet comforting and complex brew. ($16.39 for a 650mL bottle)
La Trappe Oak Aged Quad: Heavy tones from French brandy barrels leave notes of vanilla and almond, on top of the caramel-like, slightly sweet flavour with a good, full body. The flavour ends with a slightly burnt tone and a hint of wood tannin. Being 3 years old now, this beer is now drinking near prime and has rounded out into a spectacular beer. (Now 25% off at a steal of $12.75 for a 375mL bottle)
Chimay Blue Label Rum Infused: The Grande Reserve barrel aged is an exceptional beer that benefits from triple fermentation and extended maturing in barrels. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, this beer has an incomparable rounded, wooden flavour. (Limited quantities available, $47.39 for a 750mL bottle)
Now I’m not one for bragging, but I think I selected a pretty stellar range. Everyone was quite pleased, and some new favourites were definitely discovered. We seemed to have some sour fans as opposed to stout/richer beer because the 3 favourites were all in that vein. Number 1 was The Bruery Sour in the Rye, 2 was Bellwoods White Picket Fence, and 3 was 3 Fonteinen Oude Gueuze. Personally, I’m pleased with these picks, except I would put the La Trappe in there. Sour in the Rye was by far one of the best beers they’ve sent up to Alberta, and my second favourite beer of all 2017.
All of these beers are still available, but some in limited quantities, so if any of these sound taste(or all of them), make sure to come grab them before they’re gone! That’s about all for Barrels n’ Bugs, I want to throw out a quick thanks to all my guests and Peasant Cheese! Stay tuned for the next post in which I’ll be talking about the beer and cheese pairing!