I’m so sorry to have kept you all waiting… but I promise I come bearing a HUGE beer load this week. We have a whopping TWELVE new craft beers that hit our shelves this week. From new breweries to new brews and returning brews… we have it all. Ok, I won’t keep you waiting any longer! CHECK THESE OUT!
THIS BREW HAS ME TANGERINE DREAMIN’
One of the newest beers to hit our shelves this week is from 4 Mile Brewing Co. in Victoria, BC. Their Tangerine Dream Session Ale got a makeover and it’s not just beautiful but it’s also tasty as ever. This citrus beer is an amber-orange colour, smelling of a toasted malt, light caramel, and a sweet tangerine, orange and grapefruit. If you are looking for an easy-to-drink beer that you can drink on the patio that’s a little bit different than all the other ones, this one’s the one for you.
A T-REX MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO DRINK THIS BEER, BUT YOU CAN
Three buds came together to make this brew happen… Parkside Brewery, Steel & Oak Brew Co., and St. Augustine’s Craft Brewhouse & Kitchen. They call it their Jazz Hands Salted Lime Pale Ale and it is about to make you rawr… cause that’s what kind of sound dinosaurs make? This brew is made with Pilsner, Carapils, and Munich malt, it’s hopped with Amarillo and then topped off with lime juice, lemon peel and salt. As if that’s all… they finished it all off by dry-hopping it with Citra and Centennial hops to give it that extra taste of Summer. This brew will make anyone do jazz hands.
ANOTHER DRINKER, ANOTHER DRAGON (this time it’s SUPER)
A new brew from Odin Brewing that came in this week is a tall can 4-pack of their Super Galactic Space Dragon DIPA. What’s better than sparkly cans? A beer like this - with the aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, floral, and hops. It’s even topped off with some earth tones. A medium body with barely any bitterness, this beer is smooth and filled with just the perfect amount of hops (which is obviously a lot). Come grab it, cause it’s good, and well… it looks good. What else do I need to say?
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE THAT I DON’T HAVE… ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THIS BEER
We just recently started carrying more Yellow Dog in bombers and we are really enjoying what we are getting! They took their time with this one to make sure it was perfect… and that’s where the name came from. This week we’ve got their “Patience is a Virtue” Foeder-Aged Tart Saison with Black Raspberries. Yellow Dog brewed this beer with House of Funk Brewing’s foeder and mixed it with a bunch of different yeast strains, with bottle conditioning and then added the black raspberries. A combination made for kings and queens. I guess it was worth the wait.
NEW BREWERY ALERT — COLLAB EDITION: BORG x CIGAR CITY
This one is complimentary of two breweries we haven't carried before in our store: Borg Brugghus and Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida and brewed all the way in Reykjavik. They created the AYCAYIA IPA, naming it after a mermaid, saying that in this beer, tropical beauty and seduction is being reincarnated. All the two have in common is an ocean between them, so they named the brew after the It’s incredibly fruity, smelling of citrus, and the hops tasting of mango, peach and orange. It makes you think you’re sitting on the beach somewhere tropical.
BORN 2 RUN, BORN 2 DRINK BEER… SAME THING.
Yellow Dog Brewing came out with their latest limited edition beer called Born 2 Run Lemon Hibiscus Tart Wheat Ale. This beer is an official beer of their “Hustle for Hops” running club so it’s meant to be a refreshing, after-run beer. It’s light, tart, with hints of citrus and hibiscus balanced with coriander and ginger. Whether you’ve gone for a run and want something to have after, or you’re just going for a run to the liquor store to pick up these brews… you deserve it. Come get it.
MIMOSA IN THE MORNING… CITRUS MIMOSA SOUR IPA IN THE EVENING
This baby is the 2nd edition of the Fraser Valley Brewers Collaboration! Five breweries came together to make this great brew: Fieldhouse, Foamer’s Folly, Trading Post, Raven’s, and Old Yale Brewing. When five great breweries come together, they come out with something amazing. This brew is made with Citra and Amarillo hops that give those tropical fruit and citrus notes, and then they are made even more powerful with the addition of grapefruit and orange zest. It’s then fermented dry to taste a little like champagne. It’s fruity, hoppy, and acidic - the perfect addition to any Summer day, evening… or even morning.
FIGHT FOR THIS BEER AND IT WILL FIGHT FOR YOU
Odin Brewing also brought us their Thor’s Equinox Belgian-Style Dark Ale and we are stoked. This unique brew has been on our shelves before and we just had to bring it back. If you tried it the first time around, you should be excited… and if you haven’t tried it yet - you’re surely in for a treat. It’s got hints of rum, dates, figs, and even a little bit of a spice in the strong ale. They say that it is “darkly sweet” and woody all at the same time. Whatever that means, I think you should try it.
SORRY, DID YOU ASK FOR STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM? OR A PALE ALE? OR BOTH?
Can’t choose between dessert or a beer? You could always have both… in one go. Although, if you have dessert with this beer, I won’t judge you for that. Either way, this beer is delicious. This brand new beer from Spectrum is making our customers (and staff) go crazy! This Strawberry Ice Cream Pale Ale is a light, hazy, pink-orange coloured beer that tastes of strawberry and vanilla (as it should). This kind of beer is for the beer-drinkers and even those that may not usually like beer… I’d say you should try it. It may surprise you and become your next go-to drink.
NEW BREWERY ALERT #2: CITIZEN BREWING COMPANY
We have three beers that are new to our shelves from a brewery that’s new to us as well: Citizen Brewing Company located in Calgary, Alberta. First, we have their Hijacked IPA which is a bold and refreshing IPA that is full of tropical fruit notes and floral spice tones to give it a full body. Second is their North West Pale Ale which is a hop-forward take on a pale ale that balances their citrus hops and caramel malt sweetness. Lastly, their Session Ale is a clean and crisp dry-hopped blonde ale with a gentle malt approach and aromatics of citrusy hops. Try one, try all. Don’t be shy.
I hope this made up for the long wait, because in my opinion it was WELL worth it. Check back next week, because believe it or not… we have even more to come.