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. Some excellent craft cider continues to roll in, including a new dry-hopped cider from Persephone Brewing.

Exciting news for our Loyalty Program members: you can now redeem points and reserve concert tickets, flower bouquets and other merchandise and swag through our website! Go here to see what’s available.

Tod Creek Raspberry Shrub Cider 3% 4pk (Victoria)
Pours a rosé wine colour. Floral raspberry notes on the nose. A little earthy, like kombucha, with nice sweet raspberry and cider notes balanced with a bit of soft vinegar acidity. Easy drinking.

Dominion First Principles Cider 6.8% 473ml (Okanagan)
Pours a pale yellow colour. Aromas of sweet apple and a bit of minearlity. Very dry tart apple skin notes on the palate and a little bit of grippy tannin. Good acidity. 

Persephone Dry Hopped Cider 6.5% 473ml (Gibsons, BC)
Pours a very pale clear straw yellow colour. Bright hoppy citrus notes on the nose. Great aromatics! Good acidity on the palate with tart apple and juicy citrus notes.

Fernie First Ascent Gose 4.5% 650ml (Fernie, BC)
Pours a hazy orange-yellow colour. Roasty caramel malt notes on the nose. Lemony citrus, caramel malt and just a hint of salt on the palate.

Doans/Ravens Excitebeer Dry Hopped Weisse 4% 6pk (Vancouver)
Pours a hazy pale lemon yellow colour. Dank Citra and Mosaic hop notes on the nose. Dry and tart on the palate with citrusy acidity and exotic fruity hop notes. Light and refreshing.

Field House Medusa Dry Hopped Sour With Lime 6.5% 500ml (Abbotsford, BC)
Pours a cloudy light orange-yellow colour. Bright, juicy lime notes on the nose. Intense lime juice notes with a touch of moderating malt sweetness. Great acidity, big lime flavour.
Field House Pinot Noir Brut IPA 7.9% 500ml (Abbotsford, BC)
Pours a rich golden yellow colour. Tart, bright and funky hop notes on the nose. Boozy, yet somehow dry, on the palate with subtle red wine notes. Big carbonation.
Also available: Field House Wild Sour Saison

Coal Harbour Lemon Dino Sour  4.8% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a clear orange colour. Grainy malt and tart lemon notes on the nose. Good lemony acidity, a bit of round malt sweetness and a dry finish.

Collective Arts Lime & Ginger Berliner Weisse 4.4% 473ml (Ontario)
Pours a pale lemon yellow colour. Bright, fresh ginger and lime notes on the nose. Big acidity, spicy ginger and a kiss of sour lime on the palate.

Gladstone Pilsner 5.5% 473ml (Courtenay, BC)
Pours a clear golden yellow colour. Very fruity on the nose with hints of grainy malt. Dry and crisp with sweet fruit and grainy malt notes and a bitter finish.
Gladstone IPA 6.6% 473ml (Courtenay, BC)
Pours a clear golden yellow colour. Sweet malt, citrus, spice and pine on the nose. Classic old-school, West Coast IPA done properly with sweet malt balanced by notes of grapefruit pith, pine and spice and a dry, bitter finish.
Gladstone Cream Ale 5.3% 473ml (Courtenay, BC)
Pours a clear yellow colour. Grainy, malty, earthy notes on the nose. Dry on the palate with notes of grainy malt a bit of fruit and a bitter finish.
Gladstone Belgian Single 4.5% 473ml (Courtenay, BC)
Pours a pale straw yellow colour. Light spice, fruit and pepper notes on the nose. Light-bodied with notes of spice, pepper and citrus. Dry finish.

Twin Sails Bachelor Pad Double IPA 8.3% 4pk (Port Moody)
Pours a cloudy orange-yellow colour. Ripe notes of exotic tropical fruit and pineapple. Very sweet on the palate, with low carbonation, mild bitterness and ample pineapple and tropical fruit flavours. Also boozy.
Moody/Fuggles & Warlock Pears In White Satin Imperial Pear Kölsch 7% 473ml (BC)
Pours a hazy orange-yellow colour. Bright notes of pear Jelly Belly and sweet malt on the nose. Sweet and fruity with big ripe pear notes.
Also in stock: Powell Lemonade Stand

Townsite Peralta Foeder Aged Wild Ale 6.2% 650ml (Powell River, BC)
Pours an orange-yellow colour. Complex notes of funk, vinegar, spice and fruit on the nose. Same on the palate with good acidity and additional notes of juicy grapefruit.

Twin Sails #1 Dad IPA 7.1% 473ml (Port Moody, BC)
Pours a rich yellow colour. Bright citrus, spice and bubblegum notes on the nose. Sweet with notes of bubblegum, tropical fruit, melon and spice.
Steel & Oak/Dageraad Genever Gin Saison 7.1% 500ml (Vancouver)
Pours a hazy yellow colour. Very fruity on the nose with boozy gin-like aromatics. Sweet, boozy and spicy with big gin notes on the palate and a bitter finish.
Steel & Oak Rhabarbarum Rhubarb Pale Ale 5.2% 650ml (New Westminster)
Pours a rich golden yellow colour. Notes of tart rhubarb and sweet malt on the nose. Same on the palate. Not sour, but the rhubarb adds a pleasant tartness that’s contrasted nicely by the round malt notes and bitter finish.

Collective Arts Liquid Art Fest Milkshake IPA 5.9% 473ml (Ontario)
Pours a cloudy orange-yellow colour. Dank hop funk, tropical fruit and spice on the nose. Super juicy on the palate. Like actual P.O.G. (passion fruit, orange and guava) juice. Sweet, almost thick, with a balancing bitter finish.
Parallel 49 Son of a Peach Tart Peach Weisse 5% 473ml (Vancouver)
Pours a cloudy orange-yellow colour. Complex notes of peach, vinegar, tart stone fruit and funk on the nose. Juicy sour peach, funk, vinegar acidity and a touch of oak. Refreshing and delicious!
Strange Fellows Blackmail Milk Stout 4.2% 4pk (Vancouver)
Pours black. Lightly creamy aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. Fairly light and creamy on the palate with fresh coffee and bitter dark chocolate on the finish. Drink a little warmer.