Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Sept. 6

We regularly post tasting notes from our Friday Staff Tasting, providing you with our take on all the latest craft beer arrivals. As the weather starts to cool down, we’re getting into some of the fuller-bodied brews once again. More big IPAs and double IPAs are rolling in. We got some cool new stuff from Worthy in Bend, OR, and Knee Deep in California, as well as the return of the much-sought-after Driftwood Raised By Wolves Wild IPA. These limited edition releases won’t be around for long!

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And speaking of great 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:

knee deep wet wittee

Knee Deep Wet Wittee Witbier 5.3% 650ml (California)
Aromas of fresh citrus fruit, candied lemon and tropical fruit. Similar flavours of zesty lemon peel, candied lemon finishing clean and dry with light tartness.

worthy coeur de la peche peach saison

Worthy Coeur de le Peche 7% 650ml (Bend, OR)
Aromas of fuzzy peach candies, peach-flavoured fluoride, heavy on the cloves with a light barnyard funk. Flavours of cloves, light baking spices, tart nectarine, unripe/ripe/past their prime peaches and a lovely tart, bright citrus note on the finish.


Scuttlebutt Golden Mariner Pale Ale 7.1% 650ml (Everett, WA)
Sweet bready, grainy notes and floral, grassy hops on the nose. Flavours of sweet caramel, hints of grapefruit and candied lemon, with a sneakily boozy finish. 7.1% Pale Ale and tastes exactly like one.

driftwood raised by wolves wild IPA

Driftwood Raised by Wolves Wild IPA 7% 650ml (Victoria)
Big notes of ruby grapefruit, resinous pine, sweet caramel and a heavy hit of funk on the nose. Complex flavours of pine, green melon, bittersweet grapefruit, tropical fruit basket with an oily, resinous mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a bright funk and a wonderful dry, bitter finish.


Tofino Cosmic Wave Double IPA 9% 650ml (Tofino, BC)
Pours a yellowish-orange colour. Fresh, bright citrus, pine and spice notes on the nose. Sweet, resiny and fruity on the palate. A big, tasty double IPA.