Greetings beer fans! I know it’s been a little while since I’ve put one of these together, but it’s about time I get back to these bi-weekly updates so you can plan your weekly tasting! I’m going to highlight some of the more notable beers to hit the shelf over the past month or so and hopefully get your mouth watering. Check out these new guys, and right after I’ll mention a few returning beers that you definitely don’t want to miss. Here we go!
Collective Arts Lunch Money: Light and easy drinking with nice floral, and crisp citrus notes. As the name might suggest, this is a great general lunch beer (and is here to replace the Stash Ale). ($3.59 for a 473mL tall can)
Du Claw Sweet Baby Java: jet black in colour with a full body and creamy mouthfeel. Its lightly sweet, malty flavour is accented by strong notes of chocolate, coffee and peanut butter, and balanced by a subtle hop character and moderate 6.5% abv. It finishes smooth, dry and roasty with notes of chocolate, espresso and peanut butter so tasty ($5.89 for a 330mL bottle)
Rogue Straight Outta Newport IIPA: A big, modern west coast IIPA with loads of tropical fruit, big citrus and piney sap tones, and a rich dank resinous bitterness. ($6.29 for a 473mL can)
Collective Arts Radio the Mothership: A big and fruity IIPA with loads of tropical notes and a rich, oily resinous hop profile. Not overly sweet for an IIPA which is nice because it keeps it drinkable and not overbearing. ($5.79 for a 473mL tall can)
Outcast The Forgetful Brewer IIPA: Thanks to the forgetful brewer at Outcast, we have this big and bold IIPA instead of the Breakfast Stout! Patrick added a ton of Citra to the whirlpool, followed by a double dry hop with Citra and Mosaic, and as of now is the most hops heâ€™s ever put into a beer!($19.09 for a 4-pack of tall cans)
Banded Peak Southern Aspect IPA: Oh yes, more Calgary IPAs in cans please! Southern aspect is that new-school west-coast style, loaded with citrusy hops and tropical fruity flavours on top of a lightly sweet and medium bodied malty base. Delicious! ($17.79 for a 4-pack of tall cans)
Blindman Pierre Trun 1: Turn 1 is the first beer to come out of Blindman’s Foeders. This Golden Saison is crafted with 15 different yeasts and bacterias. The result is a bright and lightly funky and spicy beer. Available in limited quantities!($11.29 for a 500mL bottle)
Legend 7 Patience Pale: A moderate bodied pale with citrus, floral and lightly tropical hops. Light caramel forward malts provide a great base to showcase delicate hop notes without coming across too intense. ($16.69 for a 4-pack of tall cans)
Legend 7 Dark Gate Porter: Medium to full-bodied porter with chocolate, toast and hints of coffee. Fluffy carbonation keeps the body deceivingly light, though the density is certainly present. ($16.69 for a 4-pack of tall cans)
Nogne 0 Cellarmanâ€™s Reserve: This big imperial stout is aged in cognac barrels and comes across your palate like a monster. Boozy with generous toasted bread and hints of smoke surround deep dark chocolate and bitter coffee. ($5.59 for a 330mL bottle)
Nogne 0 Gamle Rygene Brune: This is a so-called imperial old brown. Big oaky tones with hints of extracted booze, partially dried grape liquor complete with a tang. Big caramel and dried fruit through the finish. ($5.59 for a 330mL bottle)
Nogne 0 Oude Bruin: Tangy rich caramel forward malts with generous notes of vinous acidity and a hint of vinegary tartness. Notes of ripe red berries and dried fruits blend together and ride through the finish with the lactic acid. ($5.59 for a 330mL bottle)
Aside from all those, I also have both Four Winds Nectarous AND Bellwoods Jelly king, so you can satisfy that hedonistic need for dry-hopped sours (I know I am). Oskar Blues Death by Coconut is still here as well, but not for long! Whatever we have on the floor is all that’s available until likely the end of the year. I think that’s about all for now, stay tuned for the next update and make sure to come say hi!