Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Nov. 10

We regularly post tasting notes from our Friday Staff Tasting, providing you with our take on all the latest craft beer arrivals. This is an interesting transitional time of year in the craft beer world. We’re still getting a few fresh-hopped brews arriving, but soon we’ll start seeing more of the dark, malty and heartier brews show up. For something totally unique, check out the new Four Winds Pequeno Cabo, a tequila barrel-aged Berliner Weisse.

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And speaking of unique craft beer, do you know about our Beer Mail program? Every two weeks we put together a new and different selection of 12 large-format beers (2 bottles each of 6 different beers), which we can send to any city in BC. So, if you’re reading this from someplace that doesn’t have good access to a killer selection of craft beer like we offer, think about ordering a case from us. Or maybe you live here in Victoria, but you want to send a gift or a beery care package. Ordering is easy, safe & secure and your beer arrives well-packed and in great shape. Just click here for details: BEER MAIL.

And without further ado, here’s what’s new:


Four Winds Pequeno Cabo 4.2% 750ml (Delta, BC)
Pours a hazy orange-yellow colour. Notes of savoury peppers, horseradish and earth on the nose. Similarly savoury on the palate with notes of nutty tequila, roasted peppers and spice with a tart finish.


Phillips Scarfface Cranberry Orange Wit 4.3% 4pk tall cans (Victoria)
Almost peach flesh orange colour. Aromas of fresh squeezed orange, fruit salad and tart cranberry on the nose. Very fruity. Similarly juicy and fresh tasting on the palate with a hint of witbier spice. Super fruity & refreshing.

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Persephone Wee Heavy 7.5% 650ml (Gibsons, BC)
Pleasant notes of smoke, brown sugar and stewed dark fruit on the nose. Sweeter malt notes come forward on the palate, followed by dark fruit and a round, warm, boozy finish.


Main Street Fresh Hop Saison 5.5% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a bright pale lemon yellow colour. Notes of lemon and spice on the nose. Spicy saison yeast notes with hints of floral, lemony hops and a dry finish.


Main Street Fresh Hop ESB 6% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a burnt orange colour. Lots of earthy, grassy hop notes on the nose. Spicy and nutty on the palate with rich malt notes, peppery/grassy hops and bitter finish.