Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Aug 28

Load up for the upcoming long weekend with some of these tasty new arrivals. If you’re a fan of crisp, perfectly satisfying and thirst-quenching European pilsners, you’ve gotta try the Crux Pilz in 6pks from Bend, OR’s Crux Fermentation (who also provided us with limited quantities of two very special rare brews from their Banished series). We also have the wonderfully tart and juicy Hearthstone Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse 6pks back in stock. A great sour and low in alcohol! Lastly, check out two wine-influenced brews from SpinnakersOretga Blonde (featuring island-grown Ortega grapes) and a Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Aged IPA, which is beautifully funky and complex, like a fine red wine.

Hearthstone Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse 3.2% 6pk (Vancouver)
Pours a hazy pink grapefruit colour. Notes of tart raspberries and grainy malt on the nose. Very dry and crisp on the palate with notes of popcorn, tart raspberries and biscuity malt.

Crux Fermentation Crux Pilz 5.2% 6pk (Bend, OR)
Pours a bright golden yellow colour. Sweet, floral citrusy and spicy hop notes on the nose. Bold floral hops with nice fruit & spice notes and a crisp, clean dry finish. Impeccable interpretation of a classic style.
Also available: Banished Series 2016 Freakcake & 2017 In the Pocket

Hearthstone Slackline Summer Ale 4.7% 4pk (Vancouver)
Pours a rich golden yellow colour. Juicy fruit and spicy/piney notes on the nose. Ripe citrus fruit and foresty/earthy notes. Nice bitterness on finish.

Spinnakers Ortega Blonde 6.2% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a bright, clear lemon yellow colour. Mellow, fruity white wine notes on the nose. Tart, citrusy white wine notes with hints of grainy malt. Bitter dry finish.

Phillips/Doan’s One in the Chamber SMASH Ale 6% 650 ml (Victoria/Vancouver)
Pours a bright clear yellow colour. Subtle funk on the nose with some light fruit notes. Light bodied and hoppy with nice fruit and spice notes and pleasant bitterness. Like an American Pale Ale.

Dunham/Twin Sails Le Quench du Soif Wild IPA 7% 750ml (BC/PQ)
Pours a hazy orange-yellow colour. Complex, floral aromas of chalky minerality, spice, bright herbs and tropical fruit. Funky and complex with notes of root beer, botanicals herbs, lemon, pineapple, spice and funk.

Spinnakers Cabernet Barrel Aged IPA 7.1% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a pink-tinged orange colour. Notes of vinegar, funk, oak and red berries on the nose. Brett funk, a bit tart, bold oak and sour red fruit/berries.

Dunham Double Cyclope Double IPA 8.6% 500ml (Quebec)
Pours a hazy yellow-orange colour. Juicy and boozy with sweet pineapple and spice on the nose. Sweet and boozy with big tropical fruit and a hit of spice.