Kettle River Releases Barrel-Aged Ale with Rhubarb and The Great White NE IPA

Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna BC has announced the release of a special version of their one-year barrel-aged beer that has been refermented on rhubarb.

The beer is said to lightly flavoured with oak and hints of red wine then balanced from the tartness from the rhubarb.

They will have a limited amount of bombers available at their tasting room from 12 p.m. on August 9.


While you are there, also make sure to check out their new The Great White New England White IPA. It’s said to be a smooth-drinking beer with hoppy notes, a fruity finish, and a nice bite.



Kettle River Releases Barrel-Aged Ale with Saskatoon Berries

Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna BC has announced the releases of a special version of their one-year barrel-aged beer that has been refermented on Saskatoon berries.

The beer is said to be refreshing, fruity, yet dry, with hints of oak, red wine, vanilla, and berries.

They will have a limited amount of bombers available at their tasting room from 12 p.m. today.


Beer Review: Barrelholder Belgian Golden Strong from Category 12 (Aged One Year)

20170707_003513Back in 2015, Category 12 Brewing in Victoria BC ran an Indiegogo campaign for what they called their Barrelholder program. The purpose of the campaign was to raise funds to purchase lots of oak barrels and all of the equipment required for aging beer in them.

The first beer that resulted from this barrel-aging project was a red wine barrel-aged version of their Belgian Golden Strong. This beer was first released a year ago this month and thankfully I had the willpower to keep a couple of extra bottles aside, just for the purpose of aging.

Commercial desciption:

This limited release Belgian Golden Strong Ale is crafted to be bright and crip with a medium body. Lightly fruity and spicy, the aging in red wine oak barrels has imparted delicate toasted oak and caramel notes. Combined with sweet vanilla overtones and a deceptive 10.6% ABV, the barrel process has added depth and complexity to an already delicious beer.


This beer poured out a red-gold colour with a finger of puffy white head that dissipated slowly and left gentle spots of cloudy lacing as the glass drained.

The nose was rich with vanilla bean sweet malts, tropical fruits from the yeast esters, oak, a vinous aroma, and booze.

The palate had a strong vanilla presence, with Belgian yeast esters reminiscent of pineapple and guava, caramel-like malts, a touch of red wine grapes, and gentle undertones of wood and tannins.

The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and smooth, with strong carbonation considering the age. The finish medium-sweet and boozy.

When this beer first came out, some complained that the flavour profile was a little muddled. I found that aging the beer for a full year allowed some of the vinous and tannic notes to settle a little, which has provided the beer with a lot more balance. I actually get really bad jaw pain from the astringency of the tannins in red wine and found I got a touch of it the first time I drank this beer. Thankfully, I found I did not have this reaction after aging the bottle.

I really enjoyed this beer and I’m glad that I bought a bunch to stash in the cellar. I still have another couple tucked away for future years.

Next up: Anomaly!

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Serving temp: 12-14C

Glassware: Teku, tulip, snifter, chalice

Dageraad Releases Entropy Series No. 3

Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby BC has announced the release of the third entry in its Entropy series of barrel-aged beers.

Entropy Series No. 3 is described as a do-over of their gold medal winning Entropy Series No. 1. It is Dageraad Blonde aged for three months in pear brandy barrels, and then blended back with a small amount of fresh Blonde to bring back some hop character.

Entropy Series No. 1 was their first ever barrel-aged beer, and won a gold medal in the barrel aged category at the BC Beer Awards.

Entropy Series No. 3 will be available today at noon in the Dageraad tasting room. It will be limited to four bottles per customer.

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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


Fieldhouse Releases Barrel-aged Wild Saison

Fieldhouse Brewing in Abbotsford BC as released a special barrel-aged version of their wild saison.

This edition of their Wild Saison was aged for one year in whisky barrels that had then been used to wild ferment cider. They describe the experience as an unrestrained fit of brazen funk, vibrant apples, madcap floral spiced flavours, and a hint of lush vanilla.

This is only available in their tasting room in very limited quantities.


Dageraad Releases Entropy Series No. 2

Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby BC is set to release Entropy Series No. 2, which is the second beer in their barrel-aged series.

This beer is their amber ale that has been aged in a pear brandy barrel for six months and then bottle conditioned for three months with brettanomyces lambicus.

The only have 30 cases of this, so we’re limiting sales to two per customer at $12 per bottle. Bottles will go on sale at the Dageraad tasting room at noon on Saturday.