Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—June 12–18 (26 Beers)

Sorry I skipped a week. I wasn’t having the greatest time, also I went to Hopoxia, so there would be far too many beers to review!

The Red Racer Across the Nation Beers should really be in here, but most of them weren’t worth reviewing…

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Bottles, Cans, and Growlers

Frooty Call by Twin Sails Brewing

Tons of natural raspberry flavour with bright hop notes and a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. One of the best milkshake IPAs I’ve ever had.

Juicy Double by Foamers’ Folly

You wouldn’t think that strawberries would work in an IPA, but they really augmented the flavours of this big fruity hop bomb. The oats added a really nice element to the mouthfeel that made it almost like an North East IPA and the 9.1% ABV was concealed incredibly well. Full review.

 St-Ambroise Porter Baltique by Brasserie McAuslan (St-Ambroise)

Thick and heavy. Liquorice, molasses, chocolate, and a touch of coffee. A perfect summer beer. 😉

R&D Brett Saison by Category 12 Brewing

Complex fruity and spicy palate with a lovely dry finish. Plums, cherries, and pear. So good.

Tip Hop Spruce White IPA by Dead Frog Brewery

This was a decent white IPA. It was wheaty with subtle spruce flavour to compliment the piney and citrusy aroma from the Simco hops.

7800 Saison by Townsite Brewing

A classic Belgian-style saison. Pepper and a touch of fruit from the yeast, slightly spicy from the hops, grainy, with a nice dry finish.

St-Ambroise Abricot (Apricot Wheat Ale) by Brasserie McAuslan (St-Ambroise)

Nice apricot flavour. Tart and refreshing, but a little sweet. You’d think the wheat would offset the sweetness, but I guess not.

Takumi Saskatoon Berry Wheat Sour by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

I’ve never had a Saskatoonberry before, but if this is anything no go by, they are delicious. It had a nice subtle lactic tartness and was really juicy and refreshing.

187 On An Undercover Hop by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Wow! Hop booooooomb! Tropical fruits and caramel malt. The booze is slightly concealed and will fuck you up.

6IX by Phillips Brewing Company

A big ol’ NW hop bomb with tons of pine, resin, and a touch of citrus and fruit.

Happyness by Superflux Beer Company

East meets wets in this really nicely balanced IPA with tons of pine and citrus notes from the citra and mosiac hops. It’s not quite on a level with Colour & Shape, but it’s darn close!

Dark Ale by Fort Garry Brewing Company

I’m not usually a big fan of English milds, but the dark malt added a nice bit of nutiness.

Lemongrass Saison by Maui Brewing Company

Light, citrusy, and spicey from the Belgian yeast. Doesn’t have the vegetal quality of some lemongrass beers I’ve tried.

Loose Canoe by Kettle River Brewing

An easy drinking and well balanced golden IPA with tons of citrus and resinous hop aroma. This is the first Kettle River beer I’ve tried. I hope I can get my hands on some more!

Meneer de Uil – Bowmore BA by Het Uiltje

Smokey and peaty with chocolate, dark fruits and molasses. A little boozy, but in a good way.

Smoked Lager by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

I really liked this. The smoke ws subtle and not overpowering while the body was crisp and malty.

Surveyor IPA by Coast Mountain Brewing

This was a big west cost IPA. The hops were packed with aromas and flavours of pine and resin.

Pomo-PDX Brett IPA by Yellow Dog Brewing Co

The hops bring floral, citrus, and resinous aromas, while the brett brings berries and mild funk. The caramel malt balances it all out. The finish is bitter and satisfying.

On Draft

Sticker Fight by Boneyard Beer Company

I big NW DIPA. Great combo of tropical, citrus, and pine hops, with underlying caramel malt.

Kingdom by Four Winds Brewing

They call this an English-style IPA, but it was waaaaaaay better than an English IPA I’ve ever had. It wash erbal, oaky, and wonderfully bitter. You can definitely taste the 9%. I hope they bottle this!

Easy Tiger by Superflux Beer Company

I really don’t like ISAs, but this was juicy AF. Tropical and citrus hops, and so smoooooooth.

Nectarine Dream by Cascade Brewing Company (USA)

This was like a boozy and oaky tangerine. Possibly one of the best sours I’ve ever tasted. Their might have been a little salt in there from my tears.

Store St. IPA by Harbour Brewpubs Collective

Nice bit of mango flavour to complement the citrus and tropical fruit from the hops. Low bitterness and quite crushable.

Watermelon Kolsch by Canoe Brewpub

Subtle watermelon taste and slightly tart. A little astringent.

White IPA by Canoe Brewpub

Light and easy-going. Wheaty with mild yeast flavour and gentle hops.

Dark Ale by Canoe Brewpub

Decent pub ale with a little toasty dark malt that gives hints of coffee and cacao.

 

Strathcona Releases Blackberry Berliner Weisse

Strathcona Beer Company in East Vancouver BC has released their new Blackberry Berliner Weisse.

This bright, refreshing European sour ale is moderately carbonated, light in body, with a mild, tart fi­nish. A blend of fresh blackberry juice, wheat malts, and oats produces a beautifully balanced, light purple coloured beer.

You can buy it now at the Strathcona retail store.

ABV: 4%.

IBU: 7

Available in: 4 x 355 mL cans

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Moon Under Water Releases 2017 Edition of Tempus Corvi

Moon Under Water in Victoria BC is preparing to release a 2017 batch of Tempus Corvi. Released once every 2 years, this barrel fermented sour saison was originally brewed in collaboration with local award winning homebrewer, Dave Janssen.

Taking inspiration from traditional saison brewers of Belgium and revivalist brewers of North America, Tempus Corvi is a mixed-fermentation saison. They let this saison rest for 5 months in French oak wine barrels where the activity of a diverse collection of Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces yeasts and lactic acid bacteria transformed the beer, adding sourness and additional complexity. With its bright acidity and light body, Tempus Corvi is a refreshing beer ready to drink now or be cellared for continued development along its own course.

Tempus Corvi will be released at the brewery on June 24 and will be available on tap and in limited cork and cage bottles while it lasts!

6.4% ABV | N/A IBU | 1.001 FG

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Steel & Oak Releases Sapperton 2017

Steel & Oak brewing in New Westminster BC has released a 2017 batch of Sapperton to mark their upcoming 3rd anniversary.

Named after the New West community that brewing in Metro Vancouver began in, this kettle soured red lager pours a light amber with notes of peach, apricot and plum followed by a smooth malty backbone and a refreshing tart finish.

Sapperton is available today at the Steel & Oak tasting room and will be shipping out later this week!

6% ABV / 18 IBU

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Farmhouse Fest 2017 Announces List of Beers and Ciders

farmhouse.jpgFarmhouse Fest is an annual celebration of saisons and wild ales that is hosted at the UBC Farm. The event specializes in the funky, the fruity, the peppery, the estery, the tart, the dry, and the sour.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, July 8th 2017 from 12pm to 6pm.

The list of beers for this year’s event has just been released and it is looking phenomenal.

I am very excited for this!

Beers & Ciders

  • AGAINST THE GRAIN BREWERY (KY)
    • Coq de la Marche(wine barrel-aged saison)
    • Fancy Lawyer Terms(wine barrel-aged bière de garde)
  • ALMANAC BEER CO. (CA)
    • Blueberry Jack(wine barrel-aged saison, collab with Stillwater Artisan Ales)
    • Sunshine & Opportunity(wine barrel-aged saison)
    • Vanilla Cherry Dogpatch(wine barrel-aged saison)
    • White Label(wine barrel-aged saison)
  • ALPENFIRE CIDER (WA)
    • Pirates Plank(oak-aged cider with bittersharp and bittersweet apples)
    • Spark!(cider with traditional and heirloom cider apples)
  • AMAGER BRYGHUS (DENMARK)
    • Chad King of the Wild Yeasts(hopped farmhouse ale, collab with Crooked Stave)
    • Tulsa Twister(farmhouse saison, collab with Prairie Artisan Ales)
  • ATWOOD ALES (WA)
    • Grange(farmhouse ale)
    • Keera’s Yard(bière de garde)
    • Mo’s(saison)
    • Mo’s w. Nettles(saison with nettles)
    • Mo’s w. Brett(saison with brett)
    • No Whey Bro(sour blond ale)
  • BEERTHIRST IMPORTS (BC)
    • Pouring:
    • Against the Grain (KY)
    • Almanac Beer Co. (CA)
    • Bruery Terreux (CA)
    • Funkwerks (CO)
    • Jolly Pumpkin (MI)
    • Logsdon Farmhouse Ales (OR)
    • Modern Times Beer (CA)
    • Mollusk (WA)
    • Propolis Brewing (WA)
    • Stillwater Artisan Ales (MD)
    • Trinity Brewing (CO)
  • BELLWOODS BREWERY (ON)
    • Farmageddon #11(blend of barrel-aged wild farmhouse ales)
    • Farmhouse Classic(brett saison)
    • Jelly King(dry-hopped sour ale)
    • Cherry Jelly King(dry-hopped sour ale with cherries)
  • BEREZIARTUA SIDRERÍA (SPAIN)
    • Sidra Natural Bereziartua(Basque cider with native apple varietals)
  • BOMBER BREWING (BC)
    • Brett & Barley(sour barleywine)
    • Oud Bruin(oud bruin)
    • Pond Life(wild ale with fruit)
  • BONEYARD BEER (OR)
    • Gooze Cruze(sour ale aged in Bordeaux)
  • BOOMBOX BREWING (BC)
    • Josie’s Vacation(barrel fermented sour w/ kiwi & strawberry)
    • Love & Trust(barrel fermented sour w/ BC berries)
    • Mystify(barrel fermented sour)
  • BRASSNECK BREWERY (BC)
    • Stockholm Syndrome(foudre-aged brett saison)
    • Viognier Changeling(kettle sour with viognier grape must)
    • more coming…
  • BREKERIET BEER (SWEDEN)
    • Lady in Satin(multi-culture Niepoort barrel-aged strong sour ale)
    • Salt & Sour(gose-like sour)
  • BRUERY TERREUX (CA)
    • Beret(wild ale with raspberry)
  • BURDOCK BREWERY (ON)
    • Bumo(pinot noir wild saison)
    • Saison Du Must(barrel-aged brett saison with grape pomace)
    • Table Beer(mixed-culture saison)
  • BX PRESS (BC)
    • Cardamom BlackCurrant(cider with estate-grown apples, cardamom, and black currant)
    • Lavender Raspberry(cider with estate-grown apples, lavender, and raspberry)
  • CALLISTER BREWING (BC)
    • Callister – Blackberry Cardamom Soda(non-alcoholic)
    • Callister – Ginger Lemon Soda(non-alcoholic)
    • Callister – Gin Blossom(gin barrel aged grisette)
    • Morning Star – Aldebaran(Wallonian-style saison with Montmorency cherry)
    • Night Owl – Saison(mango saison)
    • Lightheart – Grisette(collab with Hors Categorie Brewing)
  • MICROBRASSERIE LE CASTOR (QC)
    • Brett Zeste Saison(brett saison with citrus juice & zest and black peppercorn)
    • Chardonnay(farmhouse ale aged in Chardonnay barrels)
    • Colorado(American-style wild ale)
    • Sanctuaire Brett(red wine barrel-aged tripel)
    • more coming…
  • CANTILLON BREWERY (BELGIUM)
    • Gueuze(classic Belgian gueuze)
    • Rosé de Gambrinus(Belgian lambic with raspberry)
  • CASCADE BREWERY (OR)
    • Apricot(barrel-aged sour blonde ale with apricot)
    • Kriek(barrel-aged sour red ale with cherry)
    • Noyaux (white port barrel-aged sour blonde ale with raspberry & apricot noyaux)
  • CENTRAL CITY BREWING (BC)
    • PIA (red wine barrel-aged cassis sour)
    • Sour II (cabernet sauvignon barrel-aged kriek)
    • Sour III (red wine barrel-aged framboise)
  • COMMONS BREWERY (OR)
    • Fleur de Blanc (spelt farmhouse ale with rose and elderflower)
    • Myrtle (Meridian-hopped farmhouse ale)
  • COPPER & THEORY ARTISAN BEER SUPPLY CO. (BC)
    • Pouring:
    • Burdock (ON)
    • Cantillon (Belgium)
    • Cascade (OR)
    • Commons (OR)
    • Engine No 9 (WA)
    • Freigeist Bierkultur (Germany)
    • pFriem Family Brewers (OR)
    • Upright Brewing (OR)
  • CRUX FERMENTATION PROJECT (OR)
    • Farmhouse Ale (traditional multi-grain farmhouse ale)
  • DAGERAAD BREWING (BC)
    • Amber Kelderbier (brett-conditioned Belgian-style amber)
    • Entropy 2 (brett barrel-aged Belgian-style amber)
    • Randonneur (traditional Wallonian-style saison)
    • Rhythm Section (saison with spices, collab with Upright Brewing)
    • more coming…
  • BRASSERIE DIEU DU CIEL (QC)
    • Solstice d’Ete Raspberry (sour wheat ale with raspberry)
    • Symbiose No. 11 – Réjean Contre-Attaque (barrel-aged blend of Brise-Vent and Dernière Volonté)
    • more coming…
  • BRASSERIE DUNHAM (QC)
    • Assemblage 6 (barrel-aged blend of raspberry saison, Kekriek, and sour cherry wheat ales)
    • Jane Doe – Assemblage Hors-Série #6 (tequila barrel-aged blend of blackcurrant & sour rye saison with Orange de Dunham)
    • more coming…
  • ENGINE HOUSE NO. 9 (WA)
    • Atma (farmhouse ale)
    • Frambuesa Moka (whiskey barrel-aged sour choco-raspberry stout)
    • Funky Farmer Ralph (Merlot barrel-aged brett farmhouse ale)
    • Selcouth (barrel-aged farmhouse ale)
    • Tayberry Farmhouse (barrel-fermented brett ale with tayberry)
  • FIELD HOUSE BREWING (BC)
    • Foraged Saison (blackberry saison collab with Modern Times)
    • Dark Brett (dry-hopped dark brett ale)
    • Dark Sour (blueberry & blackberry sour ale)
    • Light Brett (dry-hopped light brett ale)
    • Light Sour (kiwi & rhubarb sour ale)
  • FOUR WINDS BREWING (BC)
    • Bloom (Farmhouse Fest 2017 ale)
    • Fortunello (strong foudre-aged farmhouse ale with kumquat)
    • Norwegian Wood (dry-hopped Norwegian yeast saison)
    • Operis (red wine barrel-aged brett saison)
    • Pomona (apricot & nectarine sour ale)
    • Quadrennial (wood-aged dark sour with cassis)
  • FREIGEIST BIERKULTUR (GERMANY)
    • Abraxxxas (smoked sour wheat ale)
    • Pear Abraxxxas (lichtenhainer with pear juice)
  • FUGGLES & WARLOCK (BC)
    • Blueberry Sour (blueberry kettle sour)
    • Shiori (peach kettle sour)
    • Takumi (saskatoon berry kettle sour)
    • Yuzu Berliner Weisse (yuzu berliner weisse)
  • FUNKWERKS (CO)
    • Apricot Provincial (sour ale with apricot)
    • Raspberry Provincial (sour ale with raspberry)
  • MICROBRASSERIE GLUTENBERG (QC)
    • Gose (sour gluten-free ale with salt)
    • Saison De Belge (gluten-free saison with Meyer lemon, buckwheat honey and pink peppercorn)
  • HOLY MOUNTAIN (WA)
    • Corinth (barrel-femented sour ale with black currant)
    • Crystal Ship (oak-fermented saison)
    • Demonteller (foudre-aged saison with Galaxy & Mosaic)
    • Raise The Dead (gin barrel-aged broyhan, collab with Freigeist Bierkultur)
    • Servants Table (table beer)
    • The Ox (oak-fermented saison with orange zest)
  • JOLLY PUMPKIN (MI)
    • La Vida Improvisacion (dry-hopped oak-aged sour ale)
    • iO Saison (saison with rose hip, petal, and hibiscus)
  • LOGSDON FARMHOUSE ALES (OR)
    • Peche ‘n Brett (brett saison with peaches)
    • Seizoen Bretta (brett saison)
  • LUPPOLO BREWING (BC)
    • Agreste (wild farmhouse ale)
    • New World Sour (dry-hopped sour)
    • Norwegian Saison (gin barrel-aged brett saison)
    • Saison (wild saison with pear)
  • MODERN TIMES BEER (CA)
    • Oracle of the Bottle (red wine barrel-aged dark sour with Tempranillo grape must)
    • Thermometer Island (red wine barrel-aged saison with cara cara & blood orange)
  • MOLLUSK (WA)
    • Grisette Americana (grisette with corn and Northwest hops)
    • Hope (botanical wheat farmhouse ale)
    • Saison Du Mollusk (classic saison)
  • MOODY ALES (BC)
    • Belgian Peach Ale (barrel-aged brett ale)
    • Bière De Garde (bière de garde)
    • Dark Rye (sour saison)
    • Lavender Tart (floral gruit)
  • MOON UNDER WATER (BC)
    • Kokako 2016 (French oak barrel-aged sour ale with kiwi)
    • Sange Du Merle 2016 (port barrel-aged sour with black currant)
    • Tempus Corvi 2017 (French oak barrel-aged sour ale)
  • NOMAD CIDER (BC)
    • Original (wild yeast fermented with cider & dessert apples)
    • Traditional Dry (wild yeast fermented cider with Okanagan-grown European and east coast heritage cider varieties)
    • Wild Barrel Ferment (spontaneous wild yeast fermented cider with 100% heritage cider apples)
  • PERSEPHONE (BC)
    • Honey Farmhouse Ale (Belgian-style saison with wildflower honey)
    • Multigrain Saison (saison with barley, rye, wheat, corn & rice)
    • Passionfruit Sour (sour ale with passionfruit)
  • PFRIEM FAMILY BREWERS (OR)
    • Abrikoos (lambic-style ale with apricot)
    • Lemon Saison (saison with lemon)
    • Pêche (lambic-style ale with peach)
    • Saison (classic saison)
  • PROPOLIS BREWING (WA)
    • Beltane (brett saison with elderflower)
    • Nootka (rose petal saison)
  • R&B BREWING (BC)
    • Brett Saison (barrel-aged brett saison)
    • Gose (gin barrel-aged gose with brett)
    • Saison (classic saison with spruce tips and flowering currant)
  • REVEREND NAT’S HARD CIDER (OR)
    • Sidra (Basque-style cider)
    • Sacrilege Sour Cherry (soured heritage dessert apple cider with pie cherries)
  • SCENIC ROAD CIDER CO. (BC)
    • Dry (sparkling dry cider with English-style and Okanagan apples)
    • Nearly Dry (sparkling cider with traditional Okanagan-grown apple varieties)
    • Razz (cider with traditional Okanagan-grown apple varieties and raspberry)
  • SHACKSBURY CIDER (VT)
    • The Basque (unfiltered natural yeast cider)
  • STEAMWORKS BREWING (BC)
    • Best Exotic Marigold (wild ale with marigold petals)
    • Brett Saison (barrel-aged brett saison)
    • Peach Passionfruit Sour (sour ale with peach & passionfruit)
  • STEEL & OAK BREWING (BC)
    • Coorinna (saison with Tasmanian pepperberries & NZ hops)
    • Redhaven (saison with peaches & cherrywood-smoked malt)
    • Timut (saison with peppercorns & kumquat, collab with Commons)
    • more coming…
  • STILLWATER ARTISAN ALES (MD)
    • Cellar Door (farmhouse wheat ale with white sage)
    • o Trabalho (Brazilian oak-aged sour ale, collab with Morada Cia Etilica)
    • Extra Dry (sake-style rice saison)
  • STRANGE FELLOWS BREWING (BC)
    • Bayard (farmhouse saison)
    • Reynard (French oak barrel-aged oud bruin)
    • Roxanne (black raspberry sour)
    • Strange Resemblance (wild saison)
    • Strange Times (Mosaic-hopped wild saison, collab with Modern Times)
  • TO ØL BEER (DENMARK)
    • Mr Pink (berliner weisse with lychee and guava)
    • Sur Citra (Citra dry-hopped sour pale)
  • TOWNSITE BREWING (BC)
    • 7800 Saison (sour saison)
    • Bois Sauvage (barrel-aged sour ale)
    • Lil’ Red 3.0 (Flanders-style red ale)
    • Thaddeus (oud bruin)
  • TRINITY BREWING (CO)
    • Mad Ear (bière de garde)
    • Saison Man (Chardonnay barrel-aged multigrain saison)
  • LES TROIS MOUSQUETAIRES (QC)
    • Hors Série Gose (sour wheat ale with coriander and salt)
    • Hors Série Saison Brett (oak barrel-fermented mixed-culture saison)
  • LE TROU DU DIABLE (QC)
    • Dulcis Succubus (Dolce wine barrel-aged brett saison)
    • L’Ours Noir (blended sour ale & black IPA)
    • Willow Gose (sour wheat ale)
    • Ze Flaoueur Blène (sour ale with pink peppercorns and rose petals)
  • TWIN ISLAND CIDER (BC)
    • Old Growth Dry (wild fermented cider with Pender Island heirloom apples)
    • Pyrus Pyraster (wild fermented perry with Pender Island wild seedling pears and Louis Bon de Jersey heirloom pears)
  • TXOTX IMPORTS (BC)
    • Pouring:
    • Alpenfire (WA)
    • Bereziartua Sidrería (Spain)
    • BX Press (BC)
    • NOMAD (BC)
    • Scenic Road (BC)
    • Shacksbury (VT)
    • Twin Island (BC)
  • UNTAPPED CRAFT IMPORTS (BC)
    • Pouring:
    • Bellwoods Brewery (ON)
    • Boneyard Beer (OR)
    • Microbrasserie Le Castor (QC)
    • Crux Fermentation Project (OR)
    • Brasserie Dieu du Ciel (QC)
    • Brasserie Dunham (QC)
    • Microbrasserie Glutenberg (QC)
    • Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider (OR)
    • Le Trou Du Diable (QC)
    • Les Trois Mousquetaires (QC)
  • UPRIGHT (OR)
    • Kopstootje (multi-grain bière de garde with ginger, juniper, and more)
  • BROUWERIJ T’VERZET (BELGIUM)
    • Oud Bruin (blend of older barrel-aged and young oud bruin)
    • Cherry Oud Bruin (oud bruin with cherries)
  • WESTBIER (BC)
    • Pouring:
    • Amager Bryghus (Denmark)
    • Brekeriet Beer (Sweden)
    • Brouwerij t’Verzet (Belgium)
    • To Øl Beer (Denmark)
  • YELLOW DOG BREWING (BC)
    • Citrus Zest (dry hopped barrel-aged sour ale)
    • Ginger Sour (barrel-aged sour ale)
    • Hibiscus Tart (brett saison with hibiscus)
    • Strawberry & Chamomile (barrel-aged sour ale)

Specific beers & ciders subject to availability & distribution whims.