We feature a unique array of hard-cider offerings—from local craft ciders to imported favourites.

Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Nov. 26

Before we get into this week’s tasting notes, we have a big announcement.

As we have done in the past, we’ll be putting together a 12 Beers of Christmas Craft Beer Advent Calendar this year, which we will be announcing the details for soon. This year’s will be different than what we’ve done in  the past and we will be making it available to customers province-wide.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Nov. 19

Some holiday-themed beers and ciders are starting to show up, along with the regular assortment of darker brews, IPAs and the occasional sour. It’s an exciting time for craft beer (and craft cider).

Speaking of the holidays, we’ll be putting together a very special 12 Beers of Christmas Craft Beer Advent Calendar this year, which we will be announcing the details for soon.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Oct. 31

Happy Halloween! Our pumpkin ales may be gone, but we have plenty of scary craft beer, wine and spirits to fuel your Halloween fun, like Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale for instance. Stop in and see what’s on hand!

In the meantime, here are our tasting notes for the latest craft beer and cider arrivals.
Sea Cider Sassamanash Cranberry Hibiscus Cider 9.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Oct. 17

October rocks! This is an interesting time for new craft beer releases, as we are getting both pumpkin ales and fresh-hopped ales—both of which come and go quickly. Lots of interesting imports arriving from both the US and Europe, as well.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Sept. 24

The pumpkin spice beers continue to roll in, as others sell out. If you’re a fan of this style, grab these as they arrive as they disappear quickly. We received two new ones this week from Steamworks and Fernie. You can find them in our “Pumpkin Patch” at the front of the store.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: September 18

The weather has sure taken a turn toward the cooler fall temps, even though we technically have a few days of summer left. With the cooler weather comes the arrival of the pumpkin spice beers and ciders! We have a small (but growing) “Pumpkin Patch” at the front of the store where you can find all of these limited releases. Also check out our growing selection of single tall cans (473ml).

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Aug. 28

Lots of exciting developments this week. First, take note of the delicious Merridale Cider—Merri Berri, Mo’ Moro and POG—now available in tall cans (473ml)! These will be hot sellers for their great serving size and ease of portability.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Aug. 22

This week’s new releases were pretty well split between fruit ales (and ciders) and IPAs. We have some really tasty versions of both, loaded with great summery flavours.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Aug. 10

Plenty of new sour ales this week! Great for the hot weather! If you like something beyond basic kettle sours (of which we have many great ones), our hot tip is the Parallel 49 Son of a Peach Sour Weisse, which delivers a lot at a really good price. Also, we’re excited to get our first four brews from Courtenay’s Gladstone Brewing: IPA, Pilsner, Cream Ale and Belgian Single.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: July 30

July is typically a very busy month for us and we inevitably miss a tasting notes post or two. However, we’re sneaking one in before the end of July with a glimpse of what’s rolled in lately. We’d like to note up front that we’re bulking up our cider selection with some quality offerings! Check out our cider fridge when you’re in!

Also of note, we are working with 91.

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