This was a big week! I went to a Callister tap takeover at Smiths, a Boneyard tap takeover at The Drake, an Off the Rails tap take over at Moon Under Water, and the Drake’s Thirsty Chef third anniversary event.
Bottles & Cans
Long Time No See by To Øl
Oh wow! If this beer was truly a mistake, as the label states, then it’s the tastiest one ever made. Coffee, Molasses, liquorice, and a touch of chocolate. Boozy!
Beastly Biscuit by To Øl
Rich biscuit and caramel notes with a touch of plum pudding. A proper English-style barley wine, not the hoppy American kind.
Two Straws—Peach by Twin Sails Brewing
Sort of like peaches and cream with the added creaminess from the lactose. Very smooth and fruity. Twin Sails is still the king of the milkshake IPA.
Avec Les Bons Voeux (2015) by Brasserie Dupont
Aged two years. Halfway between a saison and a triple: lemony with hints of pepper, banana and clove. Just divine!
Bois Sauvage Assemblage #1 by Townsite Brewing
Nice blend of the Bois Sauvage barrel-aged wild ale and the 7800 sour. Tingling lactic sour mixed with wild barnyard funk. Similar to the Cantillon Gueze.
Paulaner Salvator by Paulaner Brauerei
Grainy malts with hints of raisin and other dark dried fruits. Nice and boozy.
Maple & Thistle Rye Ale 150 by Innis & Gunn
Getting lots of maple and oak. Not sure about the thistle. It provides a slightly floral quality.
Farmhouse Classic by Bellwoods Brewery
Holy shit! This is pure horse blanket. The Brett is verging on obnoxious, but just avoids that medicinal flavour. Well played!
Maiden the Shade (2017) by Ninkasi Brewing Company
Super light and citrusy with notes of orange and grapefruit over a biscuity malt body.
Lucinda by Doan’s Craft Brewing Company
Crisp and refreshing malt body with subtle blackcurrant notes and gentle tartness. Medium-sweet finish.
At the Thirsty Chef III
Hop Slice Summer Ale by Deschutes Brewery
Floral and lemony with a rich caramel malt body. Light and sessionable with low bitterness.
Bloom – Farmhouse Ale With Cherry Blossoms by Four Winds Brewing
Amazing floral aroma. The palate has Cherry, almonds, citrus, and a touch of Brett funk. This is rather wonderful.
Lemongrass Wit by Swans Brewery
Loads of fresh lemon flavour from the lemongrass Tea and Lemondrop hops. Biscuity malt.
GFB by Green Flash Brewing Company
Mellow blonde ale with hints of honey and orange peel.
Hoppy Birthday (2017) by Alpine Beer Company
Nose is floral, citrus, pine. Solid malt backbone. decent West coast ISA.
Citra-Weiss by Persephone Brewing Company
Lots of mango and citrus on the nose. The body is super wheaty and extremely cloudy. The hefe yeast provides a touch of spice.
Lavender Sour Gruit by Moody Ales
The lavender really comes through on this one. The sourness was tingling on the tongue, but there was little-to-no bitterness
Solid! by Gigantic Brewing Company
Kumquat and orange hop aroma and flavor. Wheaty body. Moderately dry and bitter finish.
Göse by pFriem Family Brewers
Lightly tart and slightly salty, with notes of citrus and bready malt.
Hopocalypse Meow cask W/ Simcoe & Citra by Phillips Brewing Company
Big west-coast IPA with big earthy, piney, citrus, and tropical notes. Bitter finish.
Passionfruit Sour Ale (2017) by Breakside Brewery
Lots of passionfruit flavour, with puckering tartness and a medium-sweet finish.
Pretty Much Yeah by Superflux Beer Company
Citrus and passionfruit from the hops with a really smooth mouthfeel from the oats and lactose.
Stay Gold by Powell Brewery
Aromas of tropical fruits, pear, watermelon, and stone fruit. Smooth and mouthfeel from the malted oats and barley.
Pacific Wonderland by Deschutes Brewery
Bright, crisp and refreshing lager with a malty body highlighted by citrusy hop notes.
Helles Lager by pFriem Family Brewers
Candy-like malt with notes of grapefruit and pine
Kellerweis (2017) by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Dry and wheaty with hints of clove and banana from the yeast.
Straight Up Lager by Powell Brewery
Light-bodied, with bready and grainy malt
Irish Red Ale- Batch #0029 by Swans Brewery
Mellow toasted malt body with light caramel notes. Nice dry finish.
Callister tap takeover at Smiths
Kül Daddy Kölsh by Callister Brewing Co.
Clean, crisp, and grainy. Refreshing with a dry finish.
Short N’ Stout by Callister Brewing Co.
Touch of liquorice and chocolate. Dry finish.
Zwirbelbart by Callister Brewing Co.
Sweet bready malts with a touch of isoamyl banana taste.
1 Hop Mind Ahtanum by Callister Brewing Co.
Earthy, citrusy, and floral on the nose. Bit of grapefruit and sweet malt on the palate.
What the Dinkel? by Lightheart Brewing
Decent American saison with mild coriander spiciness and pear-like fruitiness.
Summer Saison by Night Owl
Light and fruity saison with just a touch of coriander-like spice.
Principia by MorningStar Brewing
Nice white IPA with a wheaty body and an orange hop nose. Low bitterness on the finish.
Mic Drop by Boombox Brewing Company
Probably the nest NE-style IPA I’ve ever had. The fact that it’s a triple IPA at 10% ABV is a bonus!
Cash Money IPA by Real Cask Brewing
Very dank and earthy with an incredibly bitter finish.
Pop Top Grapefruit IPA by Callister Brewing Co.
Decent citrus aromas and bitter finish.
Boneyard tap take over at Smiths
Bohnee by Boneyard Beer Company
Another big west coast IPA with tons of pine and resin.
Notorious IPA³ by Boneyard Beer Company
An intense but well-balanced west coast IPA with pine and citrus on the nose and and a rich caramel malt body.
RPM IPA by Boneyard Beer Company
Pineapple and citrus over biscuity malt. Maybe a bit soapy.
Bone-A-Fide by Boneyard Beer Company
Good pale with a touch of orange rind from the hops and a biscuity malt body.
Camper Van Kolsch by Boneyard Beer Company
Light, crisp, refreshing, with a touch of floral noble hops.
The the Off the Rails Tap takeover at Smiths
Passionfruit Hefeweizen by Off The Rail Brewing
Subtle passionfruit aroma and flavour. Slightly tart, with a wheaty body and medium-sweet finish.
Czechmate Pilsner by Off The Rail Brewing
Light-bodied, crisp, and refreshing with earthy, floral, and spicy notes from the Saaz hops.
The Last Strawberry Guava by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks
The guava work so nicely against the strawberry. The dry wheat base offsets the sweetness to a degree.
Atma by Engine House No. 9
Farmhouse ale with clove-like spice and light fruitiness with a touch of brett funk.