Craft Beer Tasting Notes for the Week of May 8–14 (43 unique beers)

Look, I’m not an alcoholic! I swear, I just enjoy a good drink!

It was a big week with some incredibly special beers that I shared with some wonderful people.

Some of these notes are understandably brief… quantity over quality, I guess.

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Bois Sauvage by Townsite Brewing

Mild farmhouse funk and tart acidity. Cherry and other fruit on the palate. Super dry finish.

Barrel Aged Cassis Saison by Ravens Brewing Company

Mild tartness with tones of blackcurrant, a touch of merlot, and notes of dark fruit, oak, and tannin.

Baroque Belgique by Green Flash Brewing Company

Foamy as hell. Brett funk on the nose, funky and moderately tart on the palate with lots of peppery spice, and bready malt.

Gulden Draak Brewmasters Edition by Brouwerij Van Steenberge

Smooth and delicious. Sweet malt that and Belgian yeast with notes of vanilla, banana, pear, clove, whisky, and oak.

Street Legal IPA by Twin Sails Brewing

Pine, citrus, and a touch of floral and tropical. Light biscuit malt. Well balanced and crushable. Not mind blowing, but a great standard IP

Rainbow Machine by Superflux Beer Company

Pineapple-forward tropical fruit notes, complement by citrus, pine, a touch of dank, and light biscuit malt. Wonderful NE DIPA.

Quaywi Sour by Bridge Brewing Company

Mild citric acidity with a light hint of kiwi. A bit one-dimensional.

Quayside by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Succulent guava and kiwi, with a touch of light funk and tartness from the Saccromyces Trois. So refreshing and crushable. Dry finish.

Zwarte Wheat by Townsite Brewing

A delicious dark wheat beer, with lots of sharp wheat notes and caramel malt.

Wild Dark Currant Sour // Coolship Collaboration Series 03/04 by Field House Brewing Co.

Rich dark fruit notes with tart acidity and moderate Brett funk.

A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company

This bottle was a little old, but it tasted super malty with dark fruit notes like a barley wine.

Apricotopus by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Citric acidity provides tartness throughout. The apricot tastes like sour patch kids. Mild saison spice. Not as good as I remember from previous years.

Hazy Daze North East IPA by Howe Sound Brewing

They got the juicy tropical fruit flavour right, but I don’t see much haze. It’d called Hazy Daze FFS.

Tide & Vine Oyster Stout by Silversmith Brewing Company

Strong oyster flavour complements a roasty malt body with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Un-smoked Porter by The Parkside Brewery

Toasty malt notes of chocolate, caramel, grain, bread, nuts, and toffee. No smoke!

Axes of Evil by Gigantic Brewing Company

Nicely hoppy pale with a citrus, floral, and tropical note. Biscuity malt.

VanderGhinste Oud Bruin by Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

Very gentle acetic sourness with notes of cherry, raspberry, and chocolate.

The Eldorado Single Hop IPA by Fernie Brewing Company

Apricot, peach/nectarine, lemon, and some vegetale qualities from the lemongrass. Light biscuit malt.

Park Life Passionfruit Ale by Bomber Brewing

Tart, but not sour. Well represented passionfruit flavour with hints of mango and papaya. Smooth and sweet.

On Tap

Fresh Squeezed IPA by Deschutes Brewery

Juicy as it gets. So much citrus, with a touch of tropical, pine, and floral aroma. Fresh to Death!

Stockholm Syndrome by Brassneck Brewery

Funky nose, tartness on the palate, tropical fruit, crackery malt, dry finish.

Milk Stout Nitro by Left Hand Brewing Company

Tons of delicious roast malt character, with coffee, chocolate, and nuts. Just a touch of hop bitterness. So smooth and creamy.

Elemental Series Dry Hopped Sour by Category 12 Brewing

Tangerine and honeydew melon on the nose from the hops, with mild tart lactic acidity. Light and refreshing.

Socially Distorted by Boombox Brewing Company

Floral and fruity nose with citrus and pine on the palate and an earthy bitterness. Smooth and easily drinkable. Delish!

Old Chub by Oskar Blues Brewery

Malt-rich with notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, and chocolate.

Gose by Powell Brewery

Mild citric acidity. Touch of salt. Light and easy drinking.

Otra Vez by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Tart and salty with a touch of lemon rind, pear, and grapefruit.

Backbone Stout by Boneyard Beer Company

Rich and creamy with with tons of chocolate and coffee/espresso flavour. Desert beer!

Fruitlands (Tropical) by Modern Times Beer

Light bodied and mildly tart with gentle tropical fruit flavour and saltiness.

Nectarous Dry-Hopped Sour by Four Winds Brewing

Papaya, mango, guava. Tarts and lactic sour. One of the best dry-hopped sours out there. I wish they’d do the P49 Nectarface collab again.

Juxtapose by Four Winds Brewing

Nice subtle funniness to compliment the hops. Not as aggressive as a pure Brett, but more complex.

Pomona by Four Winds Brewing

Batch #1 aged a few months. Strong notes of apricot and nectarine with a touch of funk and red wine.

Blóðberg by Four Winds Brewing

Very interesting. The sourness overpowers the Saison yeast, but the plums come though. I’d like to taste a non wild version.

Pilsner by Four Winds Brewing

Spicy noble hops and crackery malt. Well made for a pilsner, but what can you really say?

Mother’s Day Sour Keys Berliner Weiss by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Holy hell. This tasted just like sour keys. The sourness was subtle, but it was fruity AF. slightly dry finish. Heat pre bike ride beer!

All the Right Moves by Twin Sails Brewing

Juicy as a mother fucker. Tropical fruit and citrus with biscuit malt. Smooth, creamy, and dangerously crushable.

Pitch Black Chamomile Black Pilsner by Swans Brewery

Interesting. It’s pretty much a Schwarzbier with roasty notes of coffee and chocolate and a subtle floral quality from the chamomile.

Guilty Pleasure Raspberry Blonde Ale by Swans Brewery

Smooth and refreshing with strong raspberry flavour. Touch sweet.

Abbey Tripel- Batch #0004 by Swans Brewery

Not bad. Decent bit of figs, prunes, apricot, banana, and bubblegum.

IPA NE Style- Batch #0032 by Swans Brewery

Well, it was hazy, but it tasted like soap.

Les Quatre Surfeurs de L’Apocalypso by Le Trou du Diable

Now that’s a white IPA. Smooth and dry with resin, pear, and lychee on the nose.

Citrus Zest IPA by Pfriem Family Brewers

Citrusy and a tad tart with notes of melon and papaya

Saison Du Champignon by Gigantic Brewing Company

Saison yeast spice with oyster muchrooms. Like eating fried mushrooms.

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