We regularly post tasting notes from our Friday Staff Tasting, providing you with our take on all the latest craft beer arrivals. Here’s what we tasted over the last two weeks. All are currently in stock. And, as always, if you don’t see something you’re looking for on our shelves when you come in, please ask, we may have it in the back.
Bomber The Code East Coast IPA 6.8% 6pk (Vancouver)
Pours a hazy lemon yellow colour. Notes of ripe tropical fruit—pineapple, mango, passion fruit—on the nose. Dry on the palate with tons of tropical fruit and grapefruit on the palate.
Doan’s/R&B Gose With a Nose 4.8% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a rich and slightly hazy deep golden yellow colour. Bright tropical fruit and piney hop notes on the nose. Piney/citrusy hops, lemony acidity and a bit of grainy/corn notes on the palate.
Fuggles & Warlock Kokoro Pear Sour 4.2% 650ml (Richmond)
Pours a cloudy fresh pear flesh colour. Big notes of canned pear on the nose. Light bodied with big acidity and sour pear notes.
Moody Intrepid Matcha Saison 6.9% 650ml (Port Moody, BC)
Pours a hazy pale yellow-white colour. Notes of perfumey pineapple, citrus and earthy matcha on the nose. Dry on the palate with notes of citrus, earthy matcha and spicy/fruity hops.
Powell Lazy D’Haze East Coast IPA 7% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a hazy orange-yellow colour. Sweet notes of spicy orange marmalade and ripe citrus on the nose. Sweet on the palate with notes of candied citrus, pine, hop spice and dank cannabis.
Dageraad Sri Lanka Dubbel 7.5% (Burnaby)
Pours a hazy burnt orange colour. Sweet notes of exotic tropical fruit and spice with a hint of brown sugar on the nose. Sweet and fruity with notes dark dried fruit and spice. Lovely sipper.
Driftwood Belle Royale Kriek 7.6% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a deep copper red colour. Funky oak, vinegar and a faint hint of raspberry on the nose. Medicinal, funk and oak notes on the palate with hints of balsamic vinegar and cherry.
Main Street Harlot Red Rye Tart Saison 6% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a golden orange colour. Big notes of ginger, lemon zest and pepper on the nose. Very dry on the palate with notes of ginger, spicy rye and tart lemon.
Main Street Hare & the Dog Best Bitter 4.5% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a rich golden yellow colour. Mild grainy malt and citrusy/fruity hop notes on the nose. On the palate it’s light-bodied and sessionable with pleasant, sweet notes of biscuity malt backed by some light fruit notes.
Longwood Beetnik Root Stout 4.3% 650ml (Nanaimo)
Pours a rich golden yellow. Earthy, roasty notes of dark chocolate and espresso on the nose. Tart, dry and light on the palate with notes of earthy beet and chocolate.
Twa Dogs Seas Between Us Red IPA 7% 650ml (Saanich)
Pours a chestnut brown-orange colour. Perfumey aromas of tropical citrus, candied orange and grainy malt on the nose. Round caramel, sweet candied citrus and a pleasantly bitter finish on the palate.
Ninkasi Velocihoptor Double IPA 8.4% 650ml (Eugene, OR)
Pours a deep chestnut brown-orange colour. Caramel, booze and citrusy fruit notes on the nose. Sweet with notes of ripe tropical fruit, citrus and booze.
Trading Post Trappist Tripel 8.7% 650ml (Langley, BC)
Pours a rich golden yellow colour. Sweet aromas of spicy, cooked orchard fruit on the nose. Relatively dry on the palate with Belgian yeast spice and tree fruit notes of apple and pear.
Gigantic Shazoo Milk Stout 8.5% 650ml (Portland, OR)
Pours a black coffee colour. Notes of sweet lactose, coffee/espresso and soy sauce on the nose. Enticingly sweet and creamy on the palate with notes of chocolate and espresso. Finishes dry.