Hello, hop-heads, porter pounders and stout sippers!
I hope October and Halloween treated you well and filled you with sugary treats, pumpkin spiced whatever, and Marzen aplenty! It looks like we’re back into the lower portion of the temperature scale, again. Honestly, after that fantastic October, I’ll take it! Most of my associates laughed at me when I said (with confidence) that we will absolutely see an Indian Summer this year. I said it all through the snowy madness of September and continued saying it through the doubts and incredulity of the naysayers. I don’t normally say “I told you so”, and I won’t here (that one is in quotes). I’m really just happy that we got that warm spell! Indian summer is my favourite time of year, so the prospect of not getting one was not great for me.
Along with the snow, and every single damned store just throwing Christmas decorations everywhere at the stroke of midnight, October 31st, news of some of this year’s special Christmas buys has reached my ear, and though I’ll give some more details soon, I will mention the arrival of Wild Rose Cherry Porter (this week!), Belgian Christmas gift sets, St Bernardus abt 12 magnums(in 3 past vintages!!), and as I’ve mentioned before, Advent calendars (which are already in store now!). Again, I’ll write up another post outlining all this year’s goodies, but for now, I want to go through all the fun beers you may have missed in October (no pumpkin here, I promise).
Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half ($8.39 for a 350mL bottle)
Founders Barrel Runner ($4.19 for 350mL bottle)
Yellow Dog Retriever Golden Ale ($3.479 for a 473mL tall can)
Parallel 49 Troll Juice Kviek IIPA ($3.89 for a 473mL tall can)
Big Spruce Tag! You’re it IPA ($6.09 for a 473mL tall can)
Blindman Anniversary ale ($8.29 for a 500mL bottle)
Blindman Barrel-Aged Saison: Light ($12.19 for a 500mL bottle)
Blindman Barrel-Aged Saison: Dark ($12.19 for a 500mL bottle)
Alley Kat Polar night Chocolate Porter ($2.99 for a 350mL bottle)
Coronado Island Vibes Passionfruit Sour ($3.89 for a 355mL can)
Troubadour Blond ($5.19 for a 330mL bottle)
Troubadour Westkust ($5.49 for a 330mL bottle)
Boulevard Dark Truth Imperial Stout ($15.99 for a 4-pack of bottles)
Outcast Best-ish IPA ($19.29 for a 4-pack of tall cans)
Annex Ales Force Majeure (18.79 for a 4-pack of tall cans)
Four Winds Saison ($17.49 for a 4-pack of bottles)
I know it’s an impressive selection, you don’t have to tell me! Some of these will be gone somewhat shortly! The Blindman releases and Outcast namely will likely be gone by Novembers end, so If those sound tasty to you (and believe me they are), then hop on down and grab them!
So that’s about all for this update. Don’t forget your advent calendars this year! The Craft Advent Calendar features a collection of videos on the brewers and tasting notes, and you may see my face on one of those!
I will say so long for now, and see you in the shop!