Craft Beer Tasting Notes: July 2

Every week we think that there’s no way we can top the previous week as far as new craft beer arrivals go, but then we are proven wrong week in and week out. This was a banner week all around whether you like IPAs (Boombox, Howe Sound, Yellow Dog/Ravens, Parkside, Steel + Oak, Cannery), sours (Burdock, Steamworks, Wild Beer Co., Ravens, Dageraad, t’Verzet, Field House), lagers (Coal Harbour, Category 12) or witbiers (Hoyne, Lighthouse). So much to choose from.

And as an added incentive to pick up some (or a lot!) of these new brews, we are signing folks up for our Loyalty Program where you can earn a point for every $4 you spend and then redeem those points for killer Rewards that range from brewery merch (starting at just 10 pts), fun summertime swag or even tickets to all the hot local music festivals, like Rock the Shores, Phillips Backyard Weekender and even Rifflandia! Signing up takes less than a minute and you just need to give us the last 4 digits of your phone number when you come in. Super easy!

Steamworks Tart Tropical Ale 4.9% 4pk (Vancouver)
Pours a cloudy orange colour. Big ripe passion fruit and floral citrus notes on the nose. Very crisp and dry on the palate with big passion fruit notes and some bready malt. Juicy, light-bodied & quaffable!   

Ravens Corvus Lingonberry Lime Gose 4.5% 650ml (Abbotsford)
Pours a cloudy pink grapefruit colour. Briny/citrusy notes on the nose. Big acidity with notes of tart red berries and a squeeze of lemon and kiss of salt. Refreshing.

Dageraad De Witte 5.2% 650ml (Burnaby, BC)
Pours a hazy pale yellow colour. Big resinous tropical fruit & citrus notes on the nose. Tart on the palate with subtle passion fruit and big Citra hop notes of citrus, resin & spice. Big carbonation, refreshing.

Ravens/Yellow Dog Sports Day Sour IPA 6.5% 473ml (BC)
Pours a rich golden yellow colour. Juicy tart citrus/tangerine notes on the nose. Tangerine tartness, a bit of sweetness towad the finish and a balancing tangerine pith bitter finish. Tart, but not sour.

Verzet Oud Bruin 6% 330ml (Belgium)
Pours a deep mahogany with red tints. Caramel, sour cherry, dates and balsamic vinegar on the nose. Big acetic notes of balsamic vinegar with hints of oak and sour cherry. Very dry and sour, but flavourful.

Wild Beer Co. Modus Operandi Sour Red 7% 330ml (England)
Pours a deep mahogany with red tints. Notes of spice, balsamic vinegar, oak and dark fruit on the nose. On the palate it’s bold, complex and balanced with notes of oak, balsamic vinegar and caramel/brown sugar sweetness.
Also in stock from Wild Beer Co.: Jambo Imperial Stout with chocolate & raspberries, Ninkasi Farmhouse ale with apples & wild yeast and Sleeping Lemons Export Gose. 

Coal Harbour 311 Helles Lager 5% 473ml (Victoria)
Pours a rich straw yellow colour. Fresh aromas of lemon, grass and grainy malt. Malty, a bit sweet and very easy drinking, it offers nice fruit notes for a lager.

Category 12 Side Project Amber Lager 5% 4pk (Saanich, BC)
Pours a hazy pale yellow colour. Round malt and floral hop spice notes on the nose. Similar on the palate with rich  grainy/biscuity malt notes and a solid hop bitterness on the finish. Satisfying!

Steamworks Killer Cucumber Ale 4.7% 473ml (Vancouver)
Pours a bright golden yellow colour. Strong, fresh notes of cucumber mingled with hints of fruity bubblegum on the nose. Bold cucumber notes on the palate, with saison-like fruitiness in the background. Deliciously refreshing!

Hoyne Entre Nous Cherry Witbier 5.1% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a clear orange/amber colour with a hint of ruby red. Fresh witbier notes of spice and clove on the nose with hints of ripe summer cherry. Effervescent and dry on the palate with a pleasant ripe cherry finish and good spice notes.

Lighthouse 20th Anniversary New World Belgian Witbier 5.3% 473ml (Belgium)
Pours a rich golden yellow colour. Incredible complexity on the nose with notes of root beer, spice, bubblegum and bright citrus. Same on the palate with a nice balance of citrus and spice and a bit of sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Burdock Three 5.5% 355ml (Toronto)
Pours a pale lemon yellow colour. Aromas of exotic tropical fruit and a bit of funk. Big fruit notes carry to the palate where there is strong acidity up front and notes of bubblegum and juicy citrus on the finish.
Also available: Baby Original, July & Tuesday Saison (can)

Field House Chardonnay Farmhouse 7.8% 650ml (Abbotsford)
Pours a cloudy pale lemon colour. Bright, juicy Chardonnay notes of lemon and pear on the nose. Drinks like a perfect Chardonnay/beer hybrid with good wine-like acidity, bright tart fruit notes and a pleasantly tart finish. A touch of booze.

Cannery Hop Chowdah New England Style IPA 6.5% 473ml (Penticton, BC)
Pours a cloudy lemon yellow colour. Mega fruity with citrus and ripe tropical fruit notes on the nose. Juicy citrus and tropical fruit notes on the palate with hints of pine and spice.

Parkside Human IPA 6.3% 4pk (Port Moody, BC)
Pours a cloudy pale orange-yellow colour. Big notes of dank cannabis, pine and tropical fruit on the nose. Soft, sweet and spicy on the palate with notes of tropical fruit and spice. Pleasantly dry finish.
Parkside Dreamboat Hazy IPA 6.3% 4pk (Port Moody, BC)
Pours a rich golden yellow colour. Pineapple, tropical fruit and spice notes on the nose. Sweet and spicy on the palate with dank cannabis notes and a solid malt background.

Howe Sound Hazy Daze NE IPA 6% 6pk (Squamish, BC)
Pours a rich orange-yellow colour. Big tropical fruit notes of pineapple, guava and passion fruit on the nose. Hop notes of pineapple, pine and spice on the palate with a pleasant earthy bitterness.

Boombox Rad Seeker IPA 7% 473ml (Vancouver)
Pours a hazy pale yellow colour. Mosaic hop funk, spice and tropical fruit  & melon notes on the nose. Soft mouthfeel with sweet tropical fruit, pine and hop spice notes on the palate.

Steel & Oak Subtropic IPA 6.4% 473ml (New Westminster, BC)
Pours a hazy yellow colour. Major sweet fruit, bubblegum and overripe tropical fruit notes on the nose. Big hop spice and juicy fruit notes with a bit of sweetness and an earthy, bitter finish.

St. Feuillien Reserve Brune 8.5% 330ml (Belgium)
Pours a mahogany red colour. Concentrated malt notes of molasses, brown sugar and dates on the nose. Spice, raisins, dates, molasses and brown sugar on the palate. Big carbonation.