Today’s Beer: it’s another Thirsty Thursday and this Spruce Tip Ale from Postmark is sure hitting the spot! A golden ale base with Cascade hops and Vancouver Island spruce tips. The spruce aroma is subtle, but it became more pronounced as my beer warmed up – smells faintly of Christmas Trees. Flavourwise its a well balanced ale with a bit of zing from the cascade hops, and then a cooling menthol-like finish from the spruce. Even though it smells like a holiday beer, the cooling effect is quite nice for the summer heat. Some might find it a bit intense in comparison with other tree-flavoured beers on the market (this year there seems to be quite a few, are spruce tips the new pumpkin?) but if you’re looking for a more noticeable spruce flavour this is your beer!
Today’s Beer: I was given Postmark’s Winter Wheat Ale for Christmas and felt like it would come in handy to brighten my day. First impression is a strong wheat aroma and flavour, finishing crisp and dry. After the first sip I was able to detect a light orange scent, and flavour that turns into a warm bitterness at the finish. Using the mandarina hops and ale yeast give a Pacific Northwest spin on flavours (orange and coriander) that I usually associate with a Belgian wheat beer. Overall, a very bright and refreshing beer, and the sun even decided to peek out from behind the clouds when I went out to take the photo! Mother Nature approves.