Nothing like Superflux’s Colour and Shape IPA to lift your spirits on a grey day. I love the amazing fruit notes that explode out of the can when you crack it open; passion fruit, guava, grapefruit, mango, orange, pineapple… Ah, liquid sunshine! The body is soft and full and the flavour is more of the same with a bitter kick reminiscent of bitter citrus with a touch of dank. I think I’m in love all over again!
I finally got back on the fresh hop train. I took a break from chasing these down over the past few years as it had seemed like the “new” pumpkin beer – everyone has got one but they aren’t always very good. Got a tip from a hops-loving friend that Yellow Dog’s Alpha Dog Pale Ale was the top fresh hop beer. I don’t have anything to compare it with (I’ve been too busy drinking stouts) but I can definitely agree that it’s super tasty. Nice light body, malts have a presence and the aroma and flavour are very pronounced. Citrus, grass and tropical fruit notes are in the nose; the flavour moves from slightly sweet to slightly bitter, is very fruity and has a fresh, juicy element that you just can’t get from dry hopping. Maybe this is sold out where you are, but Penticton still has a few packs in the fridge at Jaks by Cherry Lane Mall!
Hit up Andina Brewing Co. today for some Ceviche de Pescado and a Kölsch! Best ceviche I’ve had this far north, and the beer was mighty tasty! The overall vibe here was great, I really enjoyed the South American twist on the craft brewery aesthetic. A lovely bit of sunshine on a grey fall day!
I was going to buy some BC beers, but when I saw this Nitro Stout from Modern Times (out of Los Angeles, California) I knew I had to have it. Black House is their standard coffee-oatmeal stout, and this version kicks it up a notch with cocoa nibs, coconut and nitrogen. So smooth, so dark, so roasty. It’s like a liquid version of my favourite dark chocolate coconut bar, plus it has booze! A nice break from the crazy hoppy trend I’ve been enjoying lately, I am definitely ready for stout season this winter!!
This collab from Brasserie Dunham and Twin Sails is gorgeous! Le Quench Du Soif is crisp and light for 7% ABV with a fruity and funky flavour. There is a lot going on with this beer, but it maintains a balance making it highly drinkable. Extra points for super cool label art!
Beau’s All Natural Brewing (from Ontario) sent me some beers to try a few weeks ago and I had saved the Buenos Días Gruit Ale for last as it sounded the most intriguing. Made using orange peel, lime peel, lime juice and a touch of sea salt, and just a touch of hops. On the very first sip there isn’t much going on, just crisp malt flavour and a good amount of carbonation. Then the citrus flavours develop with a little bitter bite, finishing off slightly salty. Reminds me of drinking a Corona right after doing a proper tequila shot, minus the tequila. Very refreshing and an interesting concept, but this might be a bit out there flavour wise for traditionalists.
Can I give a shout out to how wonderful it is that more and more breweries are able to offer their delicious brews in cans for the outdoor-minded craft beer drinker? Cuz bombers and swimming holes just don’t mix. Impeachment from @redcollarbrewing is a superbly refreshing wheat beer that really delivers the peach experience with a light sweetness and full body, played off with just a hint of bitterness to keep it crisp. Dee-lish!
After a busy June and July I’ve finally escaped for a weekend in the woods. Figured the perfect accompaniment is Happy Camper Summer Ale from Nelson Brewing Company. Light bodied and refreshing, finishing with bright fruit flavours and just enough bitterness to balance things out. At 4.2% it’s also a good choice for lazy afternoons! (Camper pictured is our friend’s, we are in the OG Coleman tent ⛺)
Hey! I’ve been slacking off on my beer reviews, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been drinking! This past weekend I toured all 5 of Kelowna’s current breweries, including Boundary Brewing Company, who are making some AMAZING beer right now! As Kelowna’s youngest brewery they are making better beer than some of the places that have been established there for decades. This is the Falconer’s Flight Pale Ale, made with a light touch on the hops which results in a very flavourful yet balanced beer. I also really enjoyed the Rauchbeer, sometimes this style can wind up as a smokebomb but again balance seems to be something Boundary is focusing on in their beers. The location is a bit out of the way, but trust me, it’s worth it!
I am a big Saison fan, the more into beer I get the more I appreciate the funky, spicy and complex flavours from this style. I’m also a big fan of Steamworks and Dageraad, so imagine my excitement when this collaboration, East of East Van, was released! A mild spring evening seemed like the perfect time to crack this open! I’m not sure if it’s the additions or the beer itself but this is one of the best Saisons I’ve had in a while; nice creamy body with a hint of citrusy tartness blending into spicy complexity. I can pick out the white pepper addition, it blends in nicely with the yeast, but leaves a lingering spice behind. The other addition is black lime, which I looked up and is basically a dried lime. I’m not confident I know what that tastes like, but there does seem to be a citrus element that is over and above what I’d expect from a Saison. It’s the kind of beer I immediately want more of… Good thing I remembered seeing a bottle or two hanging out at the local shop, I’m gonna get a few more to enjoy later on this summer!