It’s official, the holidays are upon us! We’re ready for it! We have more product in-store than at any point in our 10+ year history. So much great craft beer/craft cider, incredible wines and a selection of spirits that’ll amaze you. Whether you’re looking for gifts or something for your holiday party, we can help you out.
As Victoria’s craft beer specialty store, we load our fridges and shelves with an ever-changing selection of the best local and international brews.
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.
It was a surprisingly slowish week for new arrivals. However, we are still awash in craft beer, with more arriving every Wednesday and Thursday (and occasionally Friday). In fact, if you want to hear about new arrivals fastest, follow us on Instagram at @cookstliquor.
Lighthouse x Town Square In Cahoots Dark Cherry Sour 5.4% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a cranberry red colour.
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.
Since so many of our new craft beer arrivals are tall cans, we wanted to just reiterate that anytime you buy four or more of these 473ml cans, you get a 5% discount! You can use one of our handy plastic widgets to snap together your own custom mixed 4-pack.
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.
As you can see below, the first fresh-hopped/wet-hopped brews have arrived, including the industry standard Driftwood Sartori Harvest Wet-Hopped IPA. Brewers are doing some interesting things this year with fresh hops, including a wild ale (C12), a pale ale with grape must (Phillips) and even a blonde IPA (R & B).
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).