The Blackcurrant Copper Kettle Sour by Moon Under Water Brewery is quite fitting for Valentine’s Day with it’s beautiful ruby-red hue. Aroma is tart with a hint of juicy blackcurrant. Flavour is tart upfront, softening into wheat then tart again with blackcurrant prominent on the finish. Very delicate with subtle flavours that come out with each sip. I paired it with some peppered goat cheese from Salt Spring Island Cheese and it’s a match made in heaven! ❤🍻🐐❤
Just completed the final assignment for my English course and I needed something to celebrate! The Eastern IPA from @fieldhousebrewing was the perfect answer. Made with exotic Australian and New Zealand hops the aroma and taste are juicy and fruity with lots of tropical notes. A light body and moderate bitter finish give this NE IPA a bit of a edge, which I have noticed I’ve been missing in other versions of this style. Overall it is refreshing and flavourful without being cloying… The kind of beer I could absolutely drink several in a row of!
I am normally down for weird and creative beers but Twin Sails Hot Take has crossed a line with me. The premise is it’s super hoppy but has zero IBUs (this apparently is not quite accurate it does have some). Done by using late-addition hopping/dry hopping to impart the aroma and flavour but not the bitterness. It smells amazing; fresh, juicy, hints of tropical and a little bit dank. A sip reveals some bright fruity characteristics then… Nothing. It’s just gone. Maybe a teeny tiny little touch of hops on the finish but pretty miniscule at any rate. If anything, Twin Sails has proven what benefit bitterness gives to a beer. I’m finishing up with their Slam Dank just to get some taste back in my mouth!
Checking out the Sour IPA at @yellowdogbeer on my @brewersrow mini-crawl tonight. I get quite a bit of funk on the aroma with a twist of citrus/fruit. The flavour is not what I was expecting at all. The sour factor isn’t mouth-puckering (like many of this style are), it’s more of a deep and funky flavour, heavy on the juice and a mildly bitter finish. I like it, but it’s not a sour in the sense of what my palate is used to, overall the funk reminds me of yogurt rather than sour patch kids.
In between dinner #1 (Green Lettuce) and dinner #2 (Forage) we came to Brewers Row (in Port Moody) to get some beers. Currently enjoying a Slam Dank IPA at Twin Sails Brewing. Not only does the name make me giggle, but the aroma and flavour are delightful as well. Dank indeed with lots of bright, tropical aroma and a good balance of juicy to bitter in the flavour. Yum!
The best thing about staying in Delta is the close proximity to Four Winds Brewing. I’m having the Blódberg Nordic Saison, Scott is having the Triplicity Belgian Tripel. The Blódberg is a collab with Borg Brugghús from Iceland. Foedre Aged with Arctic Thyme and Plums. Not sure I’m getting much thyme off this but I can taste the plum, and it’s a nice mix of sweet and sour with complex favours that build as I get more into it. Another gold star to Four Winds!
Cannery Brewing’s Kindling Breakfast Stout sure packs a punch for a “morning” beer at 8%. Loaded with coffee from Red Beard Cafe, which was roasted slightly longer than usual specifically for this collaboration in order to play up the roasty toasty flavours of the malts. Creamy, dark and thick with bold up front coffee flavour followed by hints of dark chocolate and caramel. It feels pretty luxurious for a snowy New Years Morning!
This might be one of my top beers for 2016. Twin Sails originally opened in late 2015 with a focus on German beers but in the past several months what they have really stood out for their is their hoppy offerings. One of the first of this trend is Dat Juice, a Citra Pale Ale with lots of citrusy aroma – think grapefruit and sweet orange. Hazy but not too murky, it has a crisp finish without getting bogged down with sediment that some of these juicy styles can have. Taste is light and bright with just a hint of lingering bitterness. I know people hate this term, but crushable comes to mind with this beer.
I went on a mini-beer tour in Kelowna on Tuesday with my girlfriends, and this trio of tasty bevvies is from BNA Brewing – 2 Pancho Amber Lagers and one Blood Sugar Hope Magik ISA. We arrived just in time for happy hour and got our pints for $5 each and got some seriously yummy small plates for $5 as well. A swell deal, I think I’ll be visiting Kelowna more often! I love the vibe in BNA and that they also have some awesome guest taps – I had Brassneck’s Twinkle Toes as my follow up. As for the ISA – super citrusy, crisp, bright and easy drinking. Nailed it!
I was really excited when Scott finally got home from Vancouver today, mostly because he had a care package of special beers for me! Colour and Shape is a North Eastern style IPA from newly renamed Superflux Beer Company (formerly Machine Ales). A burst of tropical aroma hit my nose as soon as I cracked the can – lots of grapefruit, passionfruit and guava. A bit on the dank side of juicy, which I like! Pours a hazy, slightly greenish gold with moderate head and slightly soft carbonation. The taste is as good as the smell – deep juicy tropical/citrus with a warming bitter finish much like grapefruit. I’m curious if any citrus fruit/peel was added to this because the finish is so reminiscent of citrus oil. Only turn off is the light bit of sediment – afterall this is unfiltered – but that grit is flavour country! So good I’m not sure I’m sharing the rest of the 4-pack.