2012
03.19

BC Beer: March 2012 Releases

Russell Brewing has released their first barrel-aged beer: Nectar of the Gods Wheat Wine. I tried this at the 2011 VCBW before it hit the barrel, and IMHO, it was the best of show. This brew is 50% wheat malt combined with Pilsner and Munich to create a 10% wheat wine. Columbus hops provide a firm bitterness and create a truly unique flavour when paired with the French Strisselspalt. I can only imagine the additional layers of complexity that the Tennessee Whiskey barrels have added. Available only at the better private liquor stores.

R&B Brewing have just released “Double Devil”, an extra strong version of their Red Devil, aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Phillips just released another batch of their Double Barrel Scotch Ale. This one “was aged in fresh Tennessee Whiskey barrels, then allowed to mature in cabernet sauvignon oak barrels from the sunny Okanagan Valley.”

Tree Brewing has also released Serendipty #4. This one is based on their recent Hophead Black IPA. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about the combination of flavours, but I think this is actually the best thing they have ever brewed. The brewery has already sold out, but if you’re lucky, you might still find it at one of the better private liquor stores. They’ve also just re-released their award-winning Captivator Doppelbock as well.

Whistler Brewing will have a limited-release, Cheakamus Chai-Maple Ale for the spring.

Lighthouse Brewing has released a new Dark Chocolate Porter. This 5.5% robust porter is flavoured with cocoa nibs and will be available at both Government and private liquor stores.

Howe Sound has re-released their Gathering Storm Cascadian Dark Ale. Look for 1L bottles at the better private liquor stores.

Fernie Brewing has just launched their newest brew, Lone Wolf IPA. “This IPA has four select malts in combination with four classic hop varieties”. Soon they’ll have 650mL bottles in both BC and Alberta Liquor stores.

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2012
03.13

Brewery Market Returns on March 18th

The Brewery Market returns for its final winter series instalment with an event entitled The Pints of March on Sunday, March 18th.  This one features Toronto’s Amsterdam Brewery and promises to be a great one.  At the Brewery Market, Amsterdam will be debuting two beers from their new pilot system: ‘Dam Horse Porter (made with Dark Horse Espresso) and Citra Pale Ale.  Also available will be the 2012 debut of Tempest Imperial Stout plus Boneshaker IPA and Amsterdam’s latest seasonal Spring Bock.

The Pints of March takes place from 1-5pm at The Stop’s Green Barn at the Wychwood Barns, located at 601 Christie Street in Toronto.  Along with Amsterdam beer available will be hot dogs from Buddha Dog, as well as hot chocolate and artisanal marshmallows from The Stop.

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