I continue my crusade trying as many new beers as possible, and the availability of 500 or 650 ml bottles of imports or new local seasonal brew makes the task that much easier.
So thank-you, breweries, for supporting my drinking.
Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted Blond Beer: Colour-wise, this would qualify more as a copper blond than a blonde, but it is light enough in flavour. It had a mild hop finish, but not as bitter as its name would suggest. Definite citrus characteristics, but more orange than lemon. A nice spice note as well. Definitely flavourful, especially considering its 4.2% abv.
Thornbridge’s Wild Swan White Gold Pale Ale: Speaking of beers with low alcohol and a ton of flavour, this English offering comes in at 3.5% alcohol, and just 105 calories. But it still has a whack of flavour. Take that Michelob. This is from the makers of another new favourite of mine, the Kipling, and it comes complete with great lemon aroma, a nice light gold colour, lemon on the palate and a hoppy punch welcome in a beer so light. Both the Wild Swan and the Kipling would make an excellent summer beer.
Wild Rose Hop Smashed In Belgian IPA: This new seasonal from Wild Rose is a monster, and I’m not just sucking up because it’s local. I like it because it offers a twist on the IPA. Just like I’m a big fan of the IBA from Village Brewery, Wild Rose is giving me something new. This beer offers similar characteristics to its post-Christmas seasonal, the Belgian-Style Dubbel, I’m assuming due to the use of Belgian yeast. Fruity and spicy on the nose, it is reminiscent of cloves and raisins, but unlike the Dubbel it doesn’t come off as sweet. That may go over when it’s -20C in January, but this time of year we want something a little more crisp, no? Cutting right through any sweetness on the palate is a great hoppy finish. I’m not big on super hoppy IPAs, but this one has balance. Between the seasonals from Wild Rose, the Brewmaster’s Series at Big Rock, and the emergence of Village, there’s a lot to be happy about for the Calgary beer drinker.
Stay tuned for some info on a few other spring beer releases, and for the continuing saga of our Mister Beer Bottle Brew adventures.