Spinnakers releases Dunkelweizen

This is a new release, a dunkelweizen. This dark wheat beer uses an heirloom variety of Red Fife Wheat. Remember the Red Fife Hefeweizen? This looks to be the dunkel/dark version. It appears to be a bottle release and should be in stores this week. Also of note this week is Fridays cask, which is an IPA with New Zealand Ella hops.  Press release to follow:

The second in our ‘Red Fife Series’ this light bodied, unfiltered, dark wheat ale has distinctly Canadian heirloom Red Fife Wheat, roasted malt flavours balanced with a typical Bavarian light hop profile and hints of spice and fruit emanating from the classic Bavarian weizen yeast strain.

We will be releasing this beer to local liquor stores this week, and will be available to all other outlets the following week.


Category 12 releases Transmutation Belgian Specialty Ale

Not much more for me to add to the thorough press release. Beer is currently out now in better CBAW stores.c12trams

At 9.6% ABV, Transmutation has been a labour of love to make one of our personal favourites, for without it we would likely not have a brewery (it is Karen’s love of Belgian beer, and this beer in particular, that acted as a gateway into both beer and the eventual support of a massive career-switch…we’re not sharing how many glasses that took!) Our family day weekend consisted of hours of making our own Belgian amber Candi sugar, which imparts both an amazing colour and amped-up ABV without increasing body.  Combined with triple the amount of malt that goes into a standard Trappist “Single”, you’ll find this beer complex, spicy, and fruity with a sweet finish.  We use a generous amount of Noble and Northwestern hops, which are balanced by the malt to create a full, creamy mouth feel.  Deceptively potent and delicious, it’s a very limited run, so get it while you can!

Moon Under Water has multiple releases, one is a sour!

Apparently the press release is a thing of the past. So are facebook updates of new beers. I noticed two new beers available at049 the Moon this afternoon. One is a wee heavy scotch ale called “Bulldog Belgo Scotch Ale”. Upon sampling it was a sweet, earthy and peaty Scotch ale with hints of Belgian yeast spice. Quite tasty. The other was not a surprise. The Le Sang Du Merle is now out in bottles. This sour ale spent time in port barrels before being infused with black currants and brettanomyces. I didn’t want to ask Clay any questions because he was busy with Dave Janssen. They were sampling something saisonish that was aging in barrels. They mentioned it would be released soon. It will most likely not be mentioned on facebook nor press release. Just visit the Moon and check the chalkboards for something new.

Swans releases two beers Master Blaster and Black Cygnet

Just in time for Victoria Beer Week, Swans has released two new beers. The Master Blaster (Northwest style brett-saison) and the Black Cygnet (Session India Black Ale) will only be available on tap and in growlers. In case you didn’t make the connection, the Master Blaster will be served at the VBW event called Thunderdome. I guess it is a better name than Pig Killer. I forgot to mention the beer is being released today with a free sampling at the brewery. The sampling is already over, sorry. cygnetJust go get your growler filled.

Victoria Beer Week Thunderdome not sold out?

In case you have been under a rock somewhere, Victoria Beer Week starts this Saturday. The full line up can be found on the website. There are still a few tickets left for most of the events. Oddly one of the best events still has tickets left: Craft Beer Thunderdome. I think it is a naming issue, I’m not a fan of Tina Turner either. There will be ten new beers released at this event. Of note are two versions of a Grisette style of beer. The Grisette is another one of these lost styles of beer; rather like the gose, Gratzer and sahti. This style of beer is very similar to a saison but lighter in flavour and alcohol content. People refer to the Grisette as a table or session saison. So Untappd tickers prepare yourselves and you get to keep the glass.

Lighthouse Brewing releases Barque Belgian Golden Strong Ale

Oh an 18D, my favourite. Not a lot of description of flavour on their Facebook page. In general, the Belgian golden strong ale barqueis a fruity, spicy beverage with a calm, dry malt finish. Think of Duvel, Delerium Tremens and Piraat. Dean from Lighthouse mentioned a little twist on the style with a dry hopping with the New Zealand hop Wai-iti. This hop tends to add a lot of lemony, lime and orange flavours. Apparently, this makes a sweeter and fruity take on the BGSA. Available now in better CBAW stores.