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!!
It’s not often I spy Modern Times Beer in my hood, so when I caught sight of City of The Sun I knew I had to have it. Described as a juicy, hoppy IPA “redolent of melon, lime, and citrus notes” due to the use of Mosaic, Motueka and Experimental Hop 05256. This smells like heaven on a hot day. Super flavourful and I can totally pick out the melon and lime in the taste as well as the aroma. The nice, crisp malt profile totally lets the hops do all the work, and it finishes off with a moderate bitterness. Delightful! Here’s hoping that this isn’t a one off and I’ll get the chance to access more from Modern Times at my local!
I had wanted to get my hands on the collaboration between Modern Times and Strange Fellows ever since I’d heard of it. Strange Times for Modern Fellows is a delicious and delicate sour beer. Brewed with pale and wheat malt and given a mixed fermentation including brett and lacto along with saison yeast this beer is complex in both flavour and aroma. Mosaic hops were used and the end result is a beer dripping with tropical flavour and aroma – think mango, pineapple, citrus, guava and lychee. A moderate amount of tartness, just on the edge of dominating the flavour but not quite, ending with a dry finish. So good. I’m not sure if there is any left on any shelves out there but if you come across some you’ll want to pick this up!