An interesting week for new releases. We’re always excited to get new cider from Faustino Cidery in the Okanagan and these two arrivals—Apple Plum and Apple Blueberry—are as exceptional as all of their lineup. Great flavour, wonderful balance and perfect carbonation—like a fine sparkling wine.
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.
As Cook Street Village’s favourite mom and pop liquor store, we don’t have the budget for full-colour sale flyers or newspaper ads touting our latest sales. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a lot of price reductions at any given time. We currently have some great product in every single category—craft beer, wine and spirits—at reduced prices (see below).
Well, this week is a wonderful mixed bag of styles! We’re excited to have more dry-hopped sours roll in from Powell and To Øl, which is a style—when done well—that’s a great, refreshing summer drink, with tons of flavour. Though it’s seasonally a bit off the mark, we’re also stoked to have our first beer (a wonderful, strong milk stout) from Kentucky brewery Against the Grain.
Well, after a week with not a lot new arriving, this week was the opposite. Tons of stuff from BC, the U.S. and even Europe. Some really fun and tasty brews. We had a great time at the staff tasting last Friday going through these and picking out favourites and getting to know some of the really interesting new brews, such as the Fuggles & Warlock Saskatoon Berry Wheat Sour and the Mr.
Not sure if we mentioned it last week, but there are a ton of hazy IPAs showing up in the shop. In the U.S., these are called New England IPAs and are characterized by their cloudy or hazy appearance, huge tropical fruit and dank cannabis aromatics (and flavours), soft mouthfeel and low bitterness.
It was an unusually slow week for new releases, but some key arrivals came in from Phillips, Bellwoods (TO) and Persephone/Townsite. We have also included some tasting notes here from products we’ve had in stock for a bit, but hadn’t previously sampled. And don’t forget that we still have some beers left on our “Blowout” shelves.
We’ve seen a big shift in the kinds of beers that are starting to arrive in the store. We’re getting a lot of tasty fruity and lighter brews. Some nice sours are also part of the mix. These are brews and ciders that are perfect for sunny days down at the beach or on the patio.
Schofferhofer Grapefruit Radler 2.5% 4pk (Germany)
Pours a hazy orange-yellow colour. Candied grapefruit on the nose.
We’re moving toward the warmer, sunnier months, so we’re starting to see some lighter brews come into the store, along with a bunch of hop-forward IPAs and Pale Ales. One noteworthy arrival is Driftwood’s brewtal hop blast, Twenty Pounder Double IPA, which is better than ever this year. Grab some of this while you can and drink it FRESH.
The warm-weather brews are starting to roll in. We’re getting some great sours and also seeing the return of seasonal favourites like Bomber Park Life Passion Fruit Ale and Hoyne Summer Haze Honey Hefe and Vienna Lager (formerly Off the Grid Red Lager). We’re also excited to have Category 12’s Critical Point Pale Ale in 4pk tall cans this year.
Don’t miss out on great blowout prices on some amazing craft beer! Due to our small store space and desire to keep up with all the latest craft beer releases, we frequently have way more beer in stock than we can put on our shelves. Well, the backlog has gotten so big that we need to make some room. That means we are, for a limited time, clearance pricing a bunch of beers and ciders.