With Christmas just around the corner, we are locked and loaded with everything you need for gift-giving, holiday entertaining or just winding down at the end of a hectic shopping day! We have everything from craft beer gift boxes to bouquets and floral centrepieces (from our Cook St Greenery) to great little stocking stuffers.
We feature a unique array of hard-cider offerings—from local craft ciders to imported favourites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.