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The Beer Diaries

Summer Guide

The lazy days of summer call for the thirst-quenching and celebratory nature of a fine brew more than ever - enjoy our suggestions responsibly, whether at the lake, golf course, or backyard BBQ!


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Here are the beers in this guide. Click a link below to read the full beer review.

  • Beau’s Tom Green Summer Stout

    Reviewed by on August 3, 2017 in Summer Guide
    Beau's Tom Green Summer Stout-landscape

    Beau’s latest collaboration with Canadian funnyman Tom Green is a ‘blonde milk stout’, which I guess is what is supposed to make it summery, and all. This 600ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent layered cirrus cloud […]

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  • Howe Sound Jam Session Raspberry Cream Ale

    Reviewed by on July 29, 2017 in Summer Guide
    Howe Sound Jam Session-landscape

    The West Coast’s Howe Sound Brewing has released this natural raspberry flavoured cream ale, and just in time for some very summery weather. This 1L, swing-top bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ephemerally pink head, which leaves some decent layered cirrus cloud […]

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  • Persephone Multigrain Saison

    Reviewed by on July 27, 2017 in Summer Guide
    Persephone Multigrain Saison-landscape

    Apparently this is a Saison series that will have differing guest grains in the malt bill.  The current one is rye, oats, corn, and rice. This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some wind-whipped ashy campfire lace around […]

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  • The Dandy Summertime (And The Living’s Easy)

    Reviewed by on July 25, 2017 in Summer Guide
    The Dandy Summertime (and the Living's Easy)-landscape

    Summertime (and the living’s easy) is a well-named seasonal brew from Calgary’s Dandy Brewing – this year, it’s been made with pink guava. This 650ml bottle pours a cloudy, medium apricot amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy dirty white head, which leaves some dissolving iceberg profile lace around the glass […]

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  • Erdinger Sommerweisse

    Reviewed by on July 21, 2017 in Summer Guide
    Erdinger Sommerweisse-landscape

    Inquiring minds would like to know what makes this different (or more summery) than Erdinger’s regular weissbier?  Dry hopping with a blend of three (3!) selected hop varieties, that’s what.  Yeah. This 330ml bottle pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, chunky, and creamy off-white head, which leaves some […]

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  • Nelson Happy Camper

    Reviewed by on July 5, 2017 in Summer Guide
    Nelson Happy Camper-landscape

    Nelson Brewing has released this ‘organic summer ale’, which I take to mean bland blonde ale, but we shall see, we shall see. This 355ml can pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky ecru head, which leaves some pretty stellar spattered snow rime lace around the […]

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  • Blindman Red + White India Red Ale Batch 150*

    Reviewed by on June 30, 2017 in Summer Guide
    Blindman Red + White India Red Ale-landscape

    Red + White India Red Ale is another ode to Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary as a nation. The asterisk is due to the fact that this is actually Blindman’s 145th batch, for which they apologize on the info-heavy label in a very Canadian manner. This 568ml tall-boy can (a real Imperial pint!) pours a clear, […]

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  • Central City Across The Nation Bouclier Canadien

    Reviewed by on June 29, 2017 in Summer Guide
    Central City Bouclier Canadien-landscape

    ‘Bouclier Canadien’ is part of the Across the Nation collaboration pack with 12 different Canadian breweries, one from each province and territory, all in celebration of our country’s 150th birthday. This one involves Quebec’s Le Trou du Diable, and is an unspecified (well, Canadian, actually) type of pilsner. The name refers to the Canadian Shield […]

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  • Innis & Gunn 150 Maple & Thistle Rye Ale

    Reviewed by on June 23, 2017 in Summer Guide
    Innis & Gunn 150 Maple & Thistle Rye Ale-landscape

    Arriving in a nice cardboard tube, this rye ale was aged in 150 barrels for 150 days, to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, all because of the love this country apparently shows towards this UK brewing concern. This 500ml bottle pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with three Fat Bastard fingers of puffy, rocky, […]

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  • Central City Across The Nation Left Of The Divide IPA

    Reviewed by on June 22, 2017 in Summer Guide
    Across the Nation Left of the Divide IPA-landscape

    Left of the Divide is part of Central City’s Across the Nation collaboration pack with 12 different Canadian breweries, one from each province and territory, all in celebration of our country’s 150th birthday. This one involves fellow Left Coaster Four Winds, and is obviously a big hoppy IPA. Great name, by the by. This 330ml […]

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  • Big Rock North Hibernation Ale

    Reviewed by on June 21, 2017 in Summer Guide
    Big Rock Hibernation Ale-landscape

    Big Rock has entered the Canada 150th anniversary brewing game, with their (aptly named) Canada 150 Variety Pack, which contains beers made with ingredients from six diverse areas of the country.  Hibernation Ale represents the ‘territories’, and is made with elder berries, juniper, and wild strawberries. This 330ml bottle pours a clear, medium bronzed amber […]

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  • Lighthouse Canada 150 Heritage Ale

    Reviewed by on June 16, 2017 in Summer Guide
    Lighthouse Canada 150 Heritage Ale-landscape

    Canada 150 Heritage Ale is one of many releases around the country created to celebrate our imminent national sesquicentennial.  Here, we have a nice-looking ode to Canada, and more specifically, its lighthouse keepers.  As for the beer, it is infused with maple, smoke, and rye malt – oh yeah. This 650ml bottle pours a clear, […]

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  • Granville Island Lions Summer Ale

    Reviewed by on June 14, 2017 in Summer Guide
    GIB Lions Summer Ale-landscape

    Lions Summer Ale is pretty much the new seasonal analogue to the Lions Winter Ale from this ersatz craft brewing concern. At any rate, this is flavoured with pineapple and passionfruit juice. This 341ml bottle pours a mildly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and sort of fizzy dirty […]

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  • Big Rock Belly Flop Apricot Grisette

    Reviewed by on June 9, 2017 in Summer Guide
    Big Rock Belly Flop-landscape

    Big Rock’s summer 2017 ‘Limited Edition’ release, a relatively rare style, with added apricot juice.  And ooooh, well lah-di-dah – something to enjoy after a day on your boat, eh, Paul?  Seems like this is one to have ON the boat, IMHO. This 355ml can pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three […]

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  • Village Father ESB

    Reviewed by on June 7, 2017 in Summer Guide
    Village Father ESB-landscape

    Village Father Extra Special Bitter is this year’s ode to Father’s Day, and further dedicated to something called the ‘Airdrie Dads’. This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a spatter of sudsy islet lace around the glass as it […]

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  • Fuggles & Warlock Kiwami Plum Sour

    Reviewed by on August 26, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Fuggles & Warlock Kiwami Plum Sour-landscape

    Kiwami Plum Sour is another Japanese-themed (marketing-wise) brew from this (still?) Van City contract brewer.  Wow, what a pain in the ass label to capture a decent photograph of, amirite? This 650ml bottle pours a murky, dark apricot amber colour, with one rather skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, […]

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  • Knee Deep Wet Wittee

    Reviewed by on August 22, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Knee Deep Wet Wittee-landscape

    A proclaimed Belgian-style white ale, sure, but I presume by the label imagery that this will be a more American-style, hopped to the nuts witbier? This 22oz bottle pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly bone-white head, which leaves a few swaths of approaching […]

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  • Burnside Lime Kölsch

    Reviewed by on August 15, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Burnside Lime Kolsch-landscape

    Portland, Oregon’s Burnside Brewing makes this summertime favourite, with, wow, a whole lotta limes!  They also toss in some kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass, just for fun! This 22oz bottle pours a glassy, medium golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit […]

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  • Worthy Coeur De La Peche

    Reviewed by on in Summer Guide
    Worthy Coeur de la Peche Saison-landscape

    The name means ‘heart of the peach’ – a saison made with peaches procured from Oregon Fruit Products. This 22oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium apricot amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy ecru head, which leaves a bit of roiling whitecap lace around the glass as it quickly sinks […]

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  • Phillips Bizarro

    Reviewed by on in Summer Guide
    Phillips Bizarro Berliner Weisse-landscape

    It’s Phillips’ 15th brewing anniversary, and like the label description sez, no typical hop behemoth this time, just more playing to the cool crowd, what with the whole low ABV sour thing.  Made with lacto and Brett. This 650ml bottle pours a mostly clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a rising tower of puffy, finely […]

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  • Sound Scorpion Imperial Stout

    Reviewed by on August 12, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Sound Scorpion Imperial Stout-landscape

    Scorpion Imperial Stout is another part of a trio of Mortal Kombat-themed brews recently released by this brewery, as a tribute of sorts to the tenth version of this video game franchise.  Made with ‘Southwest’ chilies and Madagascar vanilla beans. This 22oz bottle pours a solid black, with slim basal cola edges, and three fingers […]

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  • Ørbæk Fynsk Forår

    Reviewed by on in Summer Guide
    Ørbæk Bryggeri Fynsk Forår-landscape

    Fynsk Foråra appears to be witbier made with elderflowers, whose name may be a reference to famous Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s work entitled, in English, ‘Springtime on Funen (one of the principal islands of Denmark)’. This 330ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy […]

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  • Category 12 Insubordinate

    Reviewed by on in Summer Guide
    Category 12 Insubordinate Session IPA-landscape

    So-called India session ales are admittedly good for summertime backyard sippin’ – or perhaps cooking something up in the manner of Breaking Bad, if this one’s label is any indication! This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some […]

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  • Epic Wit Beer

    Reviewed by on in Summer Guide
    Epic Wit Beer-landscape

    Epic Brewing is an American pan Rocky Mountain outfit, as they have operations in both Denver and Salt Lake City.  What we have here is part of their Exponential Series, a Belgian-style witbier (release #38 for those who want to know these things). This 22oz bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three […]

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  • Sound Raiden Imperial Saison

    Reviewed by on August 11, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Sound Raiden Imperial Saison-landscape

    Raiden Imperial Saison is part of a trio of Mortal Kombat-themed brews recently released by this brewery, ostensibly as an ode to the tenth version of this video game franchise. This 22oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, chunky, and creamy bone-white head, which […]

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  • Cascade Apricot Ale

    Reviewed by on in Summer Guide
    Cascade Apricot Ale-landscape

    From their House of Sour 2015 project, this is sour ale specialist Cascade Brewing’s barrel-aged apricot variant – and hopefully different enough from the one that they made with apricot pits. This 750ml caged and corked bottle pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy bone-white head, […]

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  • Tofino Spruce Tree Ale

    Reviewed by on in Summer Guide
    Tofino Spruce Tree Ale-landscape

    Tofino Brewing comes to us from the Pacific ocean side of Vancouver Island, and this is their spruce ale, with a nice description on the label of the island forest experience, especially the ‘And rain. So much rain’ coda. Ha! This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of […]

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  • Gigantic Vivid

    Reviewed by on August 10, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Gigantic Vivid IIPA-landscape

    No. 43 in their ongoing beer/artist collaboration series, this one made with some exotic Wai-iti and Kohatu hops from New Zealand.  Nice David Bowie quote on the label. This 22oz bottle pours a somewhat hazy, medium copper amber colour, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some thick streaks […]

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  • Tin Whistle Rattlesnake ESB

    Reviewed by on in Summer Guide
    Tin Whistle Rattlesnake ESB-landscape

    Tin Whistle is a small craft brewery in Penticton, BC, who concentrate on making English-style ales.  Their Rattlesnake ESB has always reminded me of summer, as well as inspiring in me the desire to fire up some of Skid Row’s Rattlesnake Shake! This beer pours a clear, pale bronzed amber colour, with two fat fingers […]

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  • Sound Sub-Zero Imperial IPA

    Reviewed by on in Summer Guide
    Sound Sub-Zero IIPA-landscape

    Sub-Zero IIPA is part of a trio of Mortal Kombat-themed brews recently released by this brewery.  According to the young-ins (still in their 30s, however) that I work with, this is the best character, as I’ve never seen or played this franchise myself. This 22oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with […]

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  • Evil Twin Sour Bikini

    Reviewed by on August 9, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Evil Twin Sour Bikini-landscape

    I just can’t conjure up in my mind how a bikini could ever be considered ‘sour’, but leave it to this irreverent Brooklyn-transplanted Dane to figure that out! This 12oz can pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some layered […]

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  • Ballast Point Mango Even Keel

    Reviewed by on in Summer Guide
    Ballast Point Mango Even Keel-landscape

    Even Keel is Ballast Point’s session (read: pale) ale, and this is the mango-fied, even more summery version of that. This 12oz can pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar, tightly webbed lace around the glass as it […]

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  • Central City Red Racer White Ale

    Reviewed by on in Summer Guide
    Central City Red Racer White Ale-landscape

    Red Racer White Ale is a witbier, and part of Central City’s summer 12 pack.  Made with coriander seed and dried orange peel, in the traditional Belgian style. This 355ml can pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden straw colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat chunky dirty white head, which leaves a […]

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  • Nøgne Aurora Australis II

    Reviewed by on August 8, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Nogne Aurora Australis II-landscape

    An ‘intercontinental transequatorial Tripel’, aged in Aussie port barrels on its trip back from Bridge Road Brewers to Scandinavia.  The obvious second iteration of this process, and now playing with a different Belgian style to boot.  A whole lot of that almost nonsense just screams out summertime indulgence, no? This 330ml bottle pours a somewhat […]

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  • Dageraad Blonde IPA

    Reviewed by on in Summer Guide
    Dageraad Blonde IPA-landscape

    I know that this brewery is all about the Belgian way of things, so why did they make a big deal about brewing a Belgian IPA – it’s not like this will be a full-on, PAC-NW example of the style, right? This 650ml bottle pours a rather hazy, medium golden amber colour, with a teeming […]

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  • Parallel 49 Apricotopus

    Reviewed by on in Summer Guide
    Parallel 49 Apricotopus-landscape

    Apricotopus is a sour Saison made with apricots, and finished with lactobacillus, just for fun (or shits and giggles, if you prefer!) – great name, though!  One of this brewery’s summer seasonals, BTB. This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with one chubby-ass finger of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly just airy […]

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  • Small Town Not Your Father’s Root Beer

    Reviewed by on in Summer Guide
    Small Town Not Your Father's Root Beer-landscape

    Suburban Chicago’s Small Town Brewery have been making their hard root beer longer than most of the current trend’s bandwagoneers – about 4 years now!  It’s a little disappointing to just see ‘root beer flavour’ on the otherwise thorough list of ingredients on the label – maybe because this one is actually made at Pabst’s […]

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  • Margaritaville Landshark Lager

    Reviewed by on August 7, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Margaritaville Landshark Lager-landscape

    Landshark Lager is a self-proclaimed ‘Island Style Lager’ produced by AB-Inbev for the Margaritaville Int’l Brewing Co, presumably associated with Jimmy Buffett.  However, up in here in Canada, it’s contract brewed instead by Brick Brewing out in Ontario. This 473ml can (no clear bottle!) pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers […]

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  • Yukon Radical Summer Breeze

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    Yukon Radical Summer Breeze-landscape

    Yukon’s Radical Summer Breeze is a ‘Lemon Lavender Radler’, presumably because it’s made (or mixed?) with those two guest ingredients. This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, very pale whitish straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, pillowy, and somewhat fizzy bone-white head, which leaves a bit of sloping ice cliff lace around the glass as […]

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  • Fernie The Real Peel Grapefruit IPA

    Reviewed by on August 6, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Fernie The Real Peel Grapefruit IPA-landscape

    ‘The Real Peel’ is the most recent release in the Fernie brewery’s Bucket List IPA series, and touted as their grapefruit-enhanced, late-summer IPA, and the last one for this year, oddly. This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, chunky, and somewhat creamy dirty white head, which […]

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  • Central City Peared Up Saison

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    Central City Peared Up Saison-landscape

    Peared Up Saison is a collaboration, or ‘pearing up’, if you will, between Central City and Ontario’s Great Lakes Brewery.  Made with Jarrylo hops and real pear juice. This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy bone-white head, which leaves some randomly […]

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  • Gigantic Hearts + Stars Saison

    Reviewed by on August 5, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Gigantic Hearts + Stars Saison-landscape

    Hearts + Stars is no. 42 in Gigantic Brewing’s ‘endless’ series of artist/artisanal beer collaborations – nothing like a ‘battle raccoon’, I suppose, yeah? This 22oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, very finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some layered sudsy lace […]

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  • New Belgium Fat Sour Apple Ale

    Reviewed by on August 4, 2016 in Summer Guide
    New Belgium Fat Sour Apple Ale-landscape

    Fat Sour Apple Ale is part of the mixed 12-pack of these Fat Tire and Friends collaboration brews, this time with Hopworks Urban Brewery out of Portland, Oregon. This 12oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some […]

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  • Green Flash Tangerine Soul Style IPA

    Reviewed by on August 3, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Green Flash Tangerine Soul Style IPA-landscape

    Tangerine Soul Style IPA is another fruity variant on one of Green Flash’s base beers – this time we’re going all SoCal summery with the titular citrus. This 12oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some decent splattered […]

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  • Russell Punch Bowl IPA

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    Russell Punch Bowl IPA-landscape

    Russell Brewing recently released a grapefruit-flavoured variant of this, their original summery Punch Bowl Northwest IPA, so let’s step back in time a bit, shall we? This 650ml bottle pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some patchy paint-swath lace around […]

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  • Dead Frog Big Stump – Spruce Golden Ale

    Reviewed by on August 2, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Dead Frog Big Stump Spruce Golden Ale-landscape

    Dead Frog Brewery’s ‘Board of Parks & Recreation’ apparently has a local spruce tip harvesting project very much like the one undertaken here in Edmonton by Alley Kat a few months ago. This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky and mildly bubbly beige head, which […]

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  • Ninkasi Ginger & Juice Farmhouse Ale

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    Ninkasi Ginger & Juice Farmhouse Ale-landscape

    Ninkasi Brewing’s recent offering sounds like a riff on the ol’ Gin & Juice gangster rap trope, as well as being a particularly summery version of a Saison. This 22oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit […]

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  • Whistler Peak to Pier Summer Wit

    Reviewed by on July 31, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Whistler Peak to Pier Summer Wit-landscape

    Peak to Pier (I almost wrote ‘bier’) is Whistler Brewing’s collaboration with the Vancouver area chain of pubs called Tap & Barrel, which resulted in a ‘Belgian-style peach and cranberry (read: summer) wit’. This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white […]

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  • Lighthouse Broadside Northwest Ale

    Reviewed by on July 29, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Lighthouse Broadside NW Ale-landscape

    Broadside Northwest Ale is another nautical-themed offering from Victoria, BC’s Lighthouse Brewing, and is apparently one of their current summer seasonals. This 355ml can pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparse island group lace around the glass as it quickly […]

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  • New Belgium Lips of Faith – Tart Lychee

    Reviewed by on July 28, 2016 in Summer Guide
    New Belgium LOF Tart Lychee-landscape

    Tart Lychee is part of the Lips of Faith series, and is composed of wood-aged sour ale blended with a new ale made with lychee fruit and cinnamon.  I never thought of lychee as potentially being tart, but what do I know? This 22oz bottle pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers […]

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  • Troubled Monk Berliner Style Weisse

    Reviewed by on July 27, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Troubled Monk Berliner Style Weisse-landscape

    A seasonal release, available only at the brewery’s taproom, where the chalkboard denotes this as a ‘Berliner Vice-ah’, apparently due to the, er, evolving beer culture in Red Deer.  It also comes with a 60ml bottle of craft raspberry syrup, to be addressed later. This 650ml bottle pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with […]

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  • Sound Sommerweizen

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    Sound Sommerweizen-landscape

    Sommerweizen (‘summer wheat’ in German) is Sound Brewery’s current seasonal offering, and is made in the Kristallweizen style, which is a clear version of a hefeweizen. This 22oz bottle pours a mildly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually rather creamy dirty white head, which leaves some […]

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  • Cannery Drupaceous Apricot Wheat Ale

    Reviewed by on July 26, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Cannery Drupaceous Apricot Wheat Ale-landscape

    Penticton’s Cannery Brewing make this summer-friendly beer (with wheat and apricots, duh), and have recently(?) renamed it to ‘Drupaceous’, which is a stellar name for this sort of offering. This 650ml bottle pours a rather hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, and sudsy off-white head, which leaves some thinly […]

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  • Phillips Pucker Plucker Cherry Sour Ale

    Reviewed by on July 24, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Phillips Pucker Plucker Cherry Sour Ale-landscape

    ‘Pucker Plucker’ (say that 10 times fast!) is the next in Phillips’ Sour Note series, and is a cherry-infused kettle sour, via the lacto route.  To me, cherries are summer incarnate, especially (and only, really) the ones from the Okanagan! This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale copper amber colour, with two fingers of […]

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  • Russell Punch Bowl Grapefruit IPA

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    Russell Punch Bowl Grapefruit IPA-landscape

    Surrey, BC’s Russell Brewing has released this variant of their popular summer fruity ale – and wow, the original Punch Bowl was citrusy enough, so I guess the answer is, more grapefruit, eh? This 473ml can pours a somewhat glassy, medium bronzed amber colour, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly dirty white […]

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  • Whistler Pineapple Express

    Reviewed by on July 19, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Whistler Pineapple Express-landscape

    Nothing says West Coast BC, and specifically Whistler, like a pop culture pothead reference.  Or summertime like a pineapple-flavoured wheat beer. This 650ml bottle pours a deeply cloudy, medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, and somewhat rocky Swiss cheese head, which leaves some randomly chunky island group lace around the glass as […]

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  • Ninkasi Beer Run

    Reviewed by on July 18, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Ninkasi Beer Run-landscape

    Beer Run is obviously a stellar name for a brew release, so I can’t believe that it’s not been used more often!  Cuing up some (probably inauthentic – there’s no AC/DC, for starters) Brocket 99 especially for this particular walk down memory lane. This 22oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with […]

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  • Deschutes Big Rig

    Reviewed by on in Summer Guide
    Deschutes Big Rig-landscape

    It is always nice to see a new version of this under-represented style appear before me.  Very rural late summertime imagery depicted on the label – at least it is for this scribe, who grew up in the midst of such contraptions about this time of year! This 22oz bottle pours a clear, medium copper […]

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  • Green Flash Passion Fruit Kicker

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    Green Flash Passion Fruit Kicker-landscape

    San Diego’s Green Flash is well-renowned for producing uber-hoppy brews, but they obviously know how to branch out, like with this one – and wow, passion fruit seems to be the current adjunct du jour in the brewing world this summer, eh? This 12oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three […]

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  • Breakside Lunch Break ISA

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    Breakside Lunch Break ISA-landscape

    Here we have another ISA, which, IMHO, should probably just be called a pale ale.  Not drinking this one at lunch time, I’m afraid. This 22oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves some stringy and sudsy lace around the […]

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  • Mike’s Hard Root Beer

    Reviewed by on July 17, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Mike's Hard Root Beer-landscape

    Apparently this producer of coolers (essentially) has gone and procured some malted barley and hop extract to go and make a real-boy beer, albeit a soda-adjacent one.  Ah well, the proof shall be in the pudding, or something. This 355ml can pours a clear, dark red-brick tinted brown colour, with two fingers of only fizzy […]

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  • The Bruery Frucht: Passion Fruit

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    Bruery Terreux Frucht Passion Fruit-landscape

    The Bruery, ah, um, brewery from Orange County, California has a line called Terreux, which showcases (and wisely isolates) their wild beer production, and now has a ‘Frucht:’ sub-series (fruit, in German). This 750ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy bone-white head, […]

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  • Fremont Brewing Homefront IPA

    Reviewed by on July 15, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Fremont Homefront IPA-landscape

    Homefront IPA is part of an ongoing collective brewing cause called Hops for Heroes, which directs all proceeds from its sales to military-related charities.  As part of a group of brewers all producing their own version in 2016, Seattle’s Fremont Brewing released this around Memorial Day.  Oh, and it’s purportedly ‘aged on Louisville Slugger maple […]

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  • Garrison Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale

    Reviewed by on July 14, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Garrison Star Trek Golden Ale-landscape

    The Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale is the latest in the Federation of Beers line of Star Trek-themed releases, and an obvious ode to the 50th anniversary of the original series, happening later this summer.  Brewed by Garrison for the Canadian market, and Shmaltz for the American, I believe. This 341ml bottle pours a clear, […]

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  • Tree Helles Lager

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    Tree Helles Lager-landscape

    Tree’s new Helles Lager (a traditional Bavarian specialty) is no. 5 in their ‘The Raw Series’ line of unfiltered offerings. This 355ml bottle pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some receding cannonball splash lace around the glass as […]

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  • Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin

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    Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin-landscape

    This pineapple version is the third variant of Sculpin to arrive in my bailiwick of late – I can’t really complain about the distribution up-swing inherent in all the latest hubbub surrounding this brewery. This 12oz can pours a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and caked off-white […]

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  • Council Béatitude Three Berry Tart Saison

    Reviewed by on July 13, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Council Beatitude Three Berry Tart Saison-landscape

    San Diego’s Council Brewing produces a number of variants under their ‘Béatitude’ line (a fancy word that means ‘bliss’), which are generally fruited-up tart ‘n wild Saisons.  This one is rather self-explanatory, with at least three different fruits presented for our general amusement. This 750ml bottle pours a mostly clear, dark magenta amber colour, with […]

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  • Bomber Park Life Passion Fruit Ale

    Reviewed by on July 11, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Bomber Park Life Passion Fruit Ale-landscape

    East Van’s Bomber Brewing produce this summery passion fruit ale, but with not a lot of further info available on the label.  Memories of Blur’s mid-90s suburban and soccer anthem come to mind right about now (‘all the people, so many people’). This 355ml can pours a murky, medium apricot yellow colour, with a teeming […]

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  • Phillips Atomic Buffalo Smokey Red Saison

    Reviewed by on July 8, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Phillips Atomic Buffalo-landscape

    Victoria, B.C.’s Phillips Brewing has released this wacky-named offering, which is a smoked red Saison. What is it with this brewery and animals with laser beam stares? This 650ml bottle pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some layered streaky […]

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  • Red Collar Cherry Sour

    Reviewed by on July 7, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Red Collar Cherry Sour-landscape

    Kamloops’ Red Collar Brewing has released this kettle sour, which was also fermented on tart red cherries, as one of their current summer seasonals. This 650ml bottle pours a very pale, salmon-tinged golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly faintly pink head, which leaves a bit of bleeding paint […]

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  • Great Western Brewhouse Radler

    Reviewed by on July 6, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Great Western Brewhouse Radler-landscape

    Saskatoon’s Great Western Brewing now produces this late-adopter 12-pack that they sell in Western Canada. Made with ‘light beer’, sugar, and grapefruit juice, primarily. What, the marketing department couldn’t spring for a stylized bicycle on the label? This 355ml can pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and […]

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  • Postmark Summer Saison

    Reviewed by on July 5, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Postmark Summer Saison-landscape

    Vancouver’s Postmark Brewing releases a number of different Saisons, and this one is proclaimed to be ‘Bright | Fresh | Orange’ – everything a summery Saison should be, so let’s see. This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and fizzy eggshell white […]

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  • Stone Enjoy After Brett IPA

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    Stone Enjoy After Brett IPA-landscape

    San Diego County’s Stone Brewing created this offering as a riff, one would imagine, on their ‘Enjoy By IPA’ fresh-beer marketing platform, and probably also because it seems that every craft brewer in the world deems it necessary to play with Brettanomyces, sigh.  07.04.16 version, so yeah, I’m following the rules. This 750ml, caged and […]

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  • Russell IP’eh!

    Reviewed by on June 30, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Russell IP'eh! IPA-landscape

    The Russell Brewing Company makes this (English?) IPA, with a label that looks like the old Team Canada logo, with an angular, bisected maple leaf front and center below the titular pun.  Happy Canada Day, all you hosers out there! This 650ml bottle pours a fairly clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with two skinny fingers […]

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  • Anderson Valley GT Gose

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    Anderson Valley GT Gose-landscape

    California’s Anderson Valley Brewing produces this Gin and Tonic themed version of the traditional German gose style.  However, shouldn’t they have then called this ‘G & T Gose’? The name as it stands sounds more like a reference to a souped-up Mustang! This 22oz bottle pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two […]

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  • 4 Mile Cactus Grapefruit IPA

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    4 Mile Cactus Grapefruit IPA-landscape

    ‘Goose the Pamplemousse’ – me likey! Is there such a thing as a ‘cactus grapefruit’, or is there some unspecified, actual cactus in this brew? This 650ml bottle pours a clear, medium orange-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some wafting campfire smoke lace around […]

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  • Mother Road Roadside American Ale

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    Mother Road Roadside APA-landscape

    Flagstaff, Arizona’s Mother Road Brewery makes this American pale ale in an apparent ode to the bygone rural highways of America – the label does have a certain summer dusty drive across the American southwest vibe going for it, that’s for sure! This 12oz single bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with […]

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  • Granville Island Saison Belgian Style

    Reviewed by on June 29, 2016 in Summer Guide
    GIB Belgian Style Saison-landscape

    The most recent iteration in Granville Island’s ‘Small Batch’ series is a ‘Saison – Belgian Style’ – I suppose that the name says it all here. This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some […]

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  • Hearthstone Wyld Raspberry

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    Hearthstone Wyld Raspberry-landscape

    Hearthstone Brewery’s Wyld Raspberry is a Berliner Weisse style beer, a traditional northern German offering made with wheat and a lactic souring agent, which is then typically served with a shot of fruit syrup to cut the tartness.  All of that is now encapsulated in a single serving vessel in our brave new world. This […]

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  • Village Squeeze Lemon Berry Helles

    Reviewed by on June 27, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Village Squeeze Lemon Berry Helles-landscape

    Calgary’s Village Brewery has released this purported Munich Helles lager made with lemon and raspberries, for the summer of 2016, in collaboration with Fiasco Gelato. This 473ml can pours a crystal clear, bright salmon-tinged, and very pale golden yellow colour, with one zaftig finger of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves […]

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  • Whistler Unique Brew SMaSH

    Reviewed by on June 24, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Whistler Unique Brew SMaSH-landscape

    Here we have another instance of Whistler Brewing’s Unique Brews series – this time it’s a SMaSH pale ale (Single Malt and Single Hop – and they don’t specify what either is). This 946ml stubbie quart bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with tons of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which […]

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  • Black Market Deception

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    Black Market Deception-landscape

    SoCal’s Black Market Brewing provide this fruit-enhanced summer offering – you put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up! No, I’m not going to spin any Baha Men in the background right now! This 22oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, […]

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  • Wild Rose Rare Peach-Apricot Berliner Weisse

    Reviewed by on June 23, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Wild Rose Peach-Apricot Berliner Weisse-landscape

    This is Wild Rose’s Summer 2016 Rare Series release – a kettle-soured Berliner Weisse, with Galaxy hops and ‘loads of’ peaches and apricots. Just missing the ol’ kitchen sink, eh?  The label indicates that it was ‘released into the Wild’, um, today – June 23, 2016. The 650ml bottle pours a very murky, pale whitish-yellow […]

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  • Back Forty Paw Paw’s Peach Wheat

    Reviewed by on June 22, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Back Forty Paw Paw's Peach Wheat-landscape

    The Back Forty Beer Co. comes to us from Gadsden, Alabama, and they make this peach-flavoured wheat, um, I’m gonna say ale, which serves as their spring/summer seasonal. This 1L howler pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random sudsy […]

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  • Yukon Longest Day White IPA

    Reviewed by on June 20, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Yukon Longest Day White IPA-landscape

    Yukon Brewing may have the best vantage point for Canadian brewers to observe the excess daylight inherent in the longest day of the year, which is commemorated in this offering, and occurs tonight, to my surprise, as I always thought that the summer solstice fell on the 21st of June.  Anyways, this is an IPA […]

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  • Big Rock Cherazz

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    Big Rock Cherazz-landscape

    Cherazz is one of Big Rock’s summer seasonal offerings in the Alberta market, and is a Belgian-style fruit beer, made with cherries and raspberries, hence the portmanteau name. This 650ml bottle pours a dark, murky dishwater ruddy amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and fizzy light pink head, which renders some […]

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  • Paulaner Weizen-Radler Non-Alcoholic

    Reviewed by on June 16, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Paulaner Weizen-Radler NA-landscape

    The Bavarian brewer Paulaner has released this offering, which is a mix of two summertime beer staples (wheat beer and radler), all with less than 0.5% ABV, for anyone that is looking for such an option. This 330ml bottle pours a murky, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat […]

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  • Unibroue Éphémère Bleuet (Blueberry)

    Reviewed by on June 14, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Unibroue Ephemere Blueberry-landscape

    The second new summery Éphémère variant to come onto our radar around here of late, this one is a ‘fruit flavored wheat ale’ – no indication as to the format of said blueberries. This 750ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, bright medium salmon amber colour, with three chubby-ass fingers of puffy, broadly foamy, and well-bubbly […]

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  • Phillips Stump Coastal Forest Botanic Ale

    Reviewed by on June 10, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Phillips Stump Botanic Ale-landscape

    An awkwardly named product from the outset, this is apparently a brew based on Phillips’ Stump Gin, and all its West Coast-sourced botanicals, I would imagine – it’s also one of this brewery’s current summer seasonal offerings. This 650ml bottle pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, finely foamy, […]

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  • Unibroue Éphémère Framboise (Raspberry)

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    Unibroue Éphémère Raspberry-landscape

    Éphémère is Unibroue’s fruit-centered line of Belgian-style ales, and this one was extracted from their current mixed pack – it is quite nice to finally be able to try this particular summery variant. This 341ml bottle pours a hazy, medium salmon amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and fizzy pale pink […]

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  • Townsite Zwarte Wheat

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    Townsite Zwarte Wheat-landscape

    Traditional styles have taken a beating in recent years, and now a black witbier, eh? Sure, why on earth not? Is this an accident that became a necessary current seasonal, or just something that wasn’t meant to be seasonal in the first place? This 650ml bottle pours a clear (I think) very dark brown colour, […]

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  • Parallel 49 Cowboy Crusher Stampede Session Ale

    Reviewed by on June 9, 2016 in Summer Guide
    P49 Cowboy Crusher-landscape

    Cowboy Crusher is a collaboration with Calgary’s new Trolley No. 5 Brewery (clang clang clang went the…oh forget it), and obviously an (un?)official brew of next month’s Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, yeah? This 355ml can pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fat-cat fingers of puffy, somewhat rocky, and sort of […]

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  • Coney Island Hard Orange Cream Ale

    Reviewed by on June 8, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Coney Island Hard Orange Cream Ale-landscape

    If the summer of 2016 is the domain of root beer-flavoured, er, beers, then one might imagine other malt-shop favourites getting in on the game, yeah? And so it is with BBC’s (not the British one) Coney Island Brewing (originally featured here), with their hard orange cream ale offering – bring it on, I say! […]

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  • Coney Island Hard Root Beer

    Reviewed by on June 3, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Coney Island Hard Root Beer-landscape

    The summer (almost) of 2016 seems to be all about root beer, as far as new trends in beer go.  Many examples aren’t real beer, of course, but there are some that use lager or ale as the base, and then are flavoured as such, like this one from Coney Island Brewing (owned by Boston […]

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  • Tree Okanagan Rail Trail Common Ale

    Reviewed by on June 2, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Tree Okanagan Trail Common Ale-landscape

    Rail Trail Common Ale is part of Tree Brewing’s 2016 ‘Season Pass’ mixed pack – ah, memories of cycling the Kettle Valley Trail are evoked by this one’s marketing ethos. Not quite sure what a ‘common ale’ is supposed to be, so by the label description, I dub thee an APA. This 355ml can pours […]

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  • Granville Island Campground Common

    Reviewed by on June 1, 2016 in Summer Guide
    GIB Pemberton Campground Common-landscape

    A BC-friendly offering that was produced with some sort of connection to this year’s upcoming Pemberton Music Festival.  3 wan devil fingers in the air, amirite? This 650ml bottle pours a glassy, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some splattered bug windshield […]

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  • Village Father Rauchbier

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    Village Father Rauchbier-landscape

    Father Rauchbier is the Village Brewery’s 2016 Father’s Day offering, which includes a roundabout ode to the manly art of smoking things and then eating or drinking them! This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some disintegrating snowbank […]

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  • Minhas Boxer Hard Root Beer

    Reviewed by on May 31, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Minhas Boxer Hard Root Beer-landscape

    ‘Beer, natural and artificial flavours: contains barley’ – heady, if at least qualifying initial information, for a brew that could be seen to be jumping on the current summer 2016 boozy root beer bandwagon – let’s have a look-see, then. This 330ml bottle pours a clear, dark red-tinted brown colour, with one measly finger of […]

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  • Mill Street Cassis

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    Mill Street Cassis-landscape

    Mill Street Cassis is part of the brewery’s 2016 Summer Sampler, which has arrived a bit early, but given the weather around here lately, I don’t see anyone complaining! This 355ml bottle pours a murky, dark salmon amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and fizzy pale pink head, which leaves some stellar […]

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  • Alley Kat Full Squeeze

    Reviewed by on May 30, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Alley Kat Full Squeeze-landscape

    Full Squeeze is subtitled ‘a celebration of Edmonton’s Pride’, and is made in support of this year’s festival of the same name. For those not in the know – this is a blend of the brewery’s Full Moon Pale Ale, and their Main Squeeze Grapefruit Ale. This 341ml bottle pours a clear, pale golden amber […]

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  • Tree SUP Session Ale

    Reviewed by on May 29, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Tree SUP Session Ale-landscape

    A strangely-named offering that is another cog in Tree Brewing’s 2016 ‘Season Pass’ mixed pack – so, ‘sup’, as in whassup? Oh, I see, it’s actually an acronym for ‘Stand Up Paddling’. Got it – very Okanagan summery in its bearing. This 355ml can pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of […]

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  • Three Ranges Swamp Donkey Brown Ale

    Reviewed by on May 28, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Three Ranges Swamp Donkey Brown Ale-landscape

    Swamp Donkey Brown Ale comes to us from Three Ranges Brewing, in Valemount, British Columbia, as the summer seasonal in their mixed-pack, and über alles, is a tribute to the Great Canadian Moose! This 355ml can pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy tan […]

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  • Phillips Solaris White Peach Ale

    Reviewed by on May 27, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Phillips Solaris White Peach Ale-landscape

    Phillips Brewing keeps pumping ’em out, including this, one of their summer seasonals, and dubbed a ‘White Peach Ale’, with some quasi-Illuminati themed imagery on the label. This 473ml, tall-boy can pours a hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fat-cat fingers of puffy, rocky, and filmy bone-white head, which leaves some decent […]

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  • Postmark Raspberry

    Reviewed by on May 23, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Postmark Raspberry-landscape

    A simply-named and summer-friendly offering from Vancouver’s Postmark Brewing, with just local raspberries in the role of adjunct (in the complimentary sense of the word). This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, orange-tinged medium amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, somewhat rocky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of chunky melting snowbank […]

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  • Dead Frog Tropic Vice

    Reviewed by on May 22, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Dead Frog Tropic Vice-landscape

    In an ode to 1980s-era buddy-cop shows, this ‘tropical fruit ale’ is the guest star of the current Dead Frog mixed-pack, as well as appearing in its own sixers.  A very summery-seeming offering, infused with mango and passion fruit, apparently. This 341ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, […]

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  • New Belgium Heavy Melon

    Reviewed by on May 20, 2016 in Summer Guide
    New Belgium Heavy Melon-landscape

    Heavy Melon is New Belgium’s new summer seasonal, and yup, just uttering the name of this watermelon and lime-flavoured brew evokes the Judas Priest classic ‘Heavy Metal’ in my brain’s reptilian wiring. This 12oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which […]

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  • Molson Mad Jack Hard Root Beer

    Reviewed by on May 19, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Molson Mad Jack Hard Root Beer-landscape

    Well, so far the newest trend that seems to be the potential darling for summer 2016 is hard root beer, with the big boys stumbling over themselves to get on the bandwagon. And I gotta point out – what is with the barrel imagery on the label? This 355ml can pours a clear, medium orange-brick […]

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  • Bowen Island Freestone Summer Ale

    Reviewed by on May 13, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Bowen Island Freestone Summer Ale-landscape

    Freestone Summer ale has been released in its own sixers, as well as part of the current Bowen Island mixed pack, as one might be expecting.  Made with peaches?  They don’t really say. This 355ml can pours a murky, medium orange-amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, […]

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  • Parallel 49 Brews Brothers People Are Strange

    Reviewed by on May 12, 2016 in Summer Guide
    P49 Brews Brothers People Are Strange-landscape

    Another part of the Brews Brothers Vol. Two mixed pack, and a collaboration with Strange Fellows Brewing, the brew in question is an iteration of a current trend, i.e. a hoppy Saison, and attaches itself to the Doors’ classic ‘People Are Strange’ song. This 341ml bottle pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with […]

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  • Tree Mulligan Lager

    Reviewed by on May 11, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Tree Mulligan Lager-landscape

    Mulligan Lager is part of Tree Brewing’s just-released 2016 ‘Season Pass’ summer mixed pack – let’s see if this inspires me to dig out those now dusty clubs from the basement, eh? This 355ml can pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming amount of puffy, rocky, and somewhat chunky bone-white head, which […]

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  • Persephone India Summer Ale

    Reviewed by on May 9, 2016 in Summer Guide
    Persephone India Summer Ale-landscape

    The Sunshine Coast’s Persephone Brewing has gone and dubbed their lower-alcohol (aka ‘session’) IPA as an ‘ISA’ – however, they’ve tweaked it a little, rendering an ‘Indian Summer Ale’. This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with one skinny-ass finger of weakly puffy, somewhat foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, […]

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  • 4 Mile Tangerine Dream Ale

    Reviewed by on May 6, 2016 in Summer Guide
    4 Mile Tangerine Dream Ale-landscape

    Tangerine Dream Ale is purportedly a summertime-friendly, fruity quaffer from Victoria, BC’s 4 Mile Brewing Company – the name is certainly evocative of that Led Zeppelin song – ‘tangerine, tangerine, living reflection from a dream’.  But I digress. This 650ml bottle pours a sightly hazy, medium bronzed amber colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, […]

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  • Okanagan Spring Honey Kölsch

    Reviewed by on April 29, 2016 in Summer Guide
    OSB Honey Kolsch-landscape

    The Honey Kölsch is Okanagan Spring Brewery’s Summer 2016 seasonal, released about a month ago, and thus probably the first of the year, then! This 341ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of electrical […]

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  • Lighthouse Pacific Sunset

    Reviewed by on September 15, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Lighthouse Pacific Sunset-landscape

    Pacific Sunset is the result of Lighthouse Brewery’s ‘Ramshackle Brewers’ Challenge’, where the winner’s recipe is used for the subsequent seasonal bomber release.  It is proclaimed as a ‘Belgo-American Mild’, due to, I would imagine, the Amarillo hops, as well as the Vic Secret, um, wait, Australian, ones. This 650ml bottle pours a clear, pale […]

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  • Phillips Hazy Daze Apricot Wit

    Reviewed by on September 14, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Phillips Hazy Daze-landscape

    Phillips Brewing has made this apricot-flavoured offering a part of their current, apparently late-summer version of the Showcase mixed-pack. As noted, nice end-of-season imagery depicted on the label. This 341ml bottle pours a slightly hazy (of course), pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, somewhat frothy, but mostly just aggressively fizzy dirty white […]

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  • Fuggles & Warlock The Last Strawberry Wit

    Reviewed by on September 1, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Fuggles & Warlock The Last Strawberry-landscape

    Fuggles & Warlock are a brewing concern from Richmond, BC, who are currently getting their offerings contract brewed at Dead Frog Brewery over in Aldergrove, while working to get their production system up and running.  The Last Strawberry is their summer fruit beer, which most ably invokes the concept of said season coming to an […]

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  • Clown Shoes Mangö

    Reviewed by on August 26, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Clown Shoes Mango-landscape

    Clown Shoes has a reputation of offering brews that are Imperialized, i.e. big and brassy, so this lower-test Kölsch emulation seems out of sorts for them. Oh, I see, they’re still taking the piss out of traditional German brewing methods, got it! This 22oz bottle pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers […]

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  • Howe Sound You’re My Boy Blue

    Reviewed by on August 25, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Howe Sound You're My Boy Blue-landscape

    You’re My Boy Blue is Howe Sound’s summer offering, made with real blueberries, and some white wheat (another summer seasonal thing). This 1L, usual swing-top bottle pours a dark, murky magenta hue, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly pale pink head, which leaves some decent streaky neural node lace around the […]

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  • Driftwood Gose-uh

    Reviewed by on August 24, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Driftwood Gose-uh-landscape

    Gose (nice pronunciation aide built right into the name!) is a long-lost German style, that is wheat-based, and employs salt in the brewing process (here, the sodium chloride in question is ‘harvested from the coast of Vancouver Island’ – so, scraping the stones on the beach, eh?). This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden […]

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  • Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat

    Reviewed by on August 21, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Leinenkugels Sunset Wheat-landscape

    Sunset Wheat is this mid-west brewery’s second entry in this guide in as many weeks, as it has a suitable name for the waning weeks of summer, and is made with ‘natural flavors’, which turns out to be a bit of blueberry, from the brewer themselves. This 12oz bottle pours a murky, dark apricot amber […]

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  • New Belgium Long Table Farmhouse Ale

    Reviewed by on August 20, 2015 in Summer Guide
    New Belgium Long Table Farmhouse Ale-landscape

    Venerable craft brewer New Belgium releases this Belgian farmhouse-style offering at the end of summer, as fall approaches, to celebrate the idea of pulling up a chair to a long table with many friends (after the harvest work is completed, of course).  Very bucolic, and all that, but what of the suds? This 12oz bottle […]

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  • Steamworks Frambozen

    Reviewed by on August 19, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Steamworks Frambozen-landscape

    This downtown Vancouver brewpub/brewery releases what they call ‘summer in a bottle’ as their current seasonal, and seem to go along with a few others in appropriating the Dutch word for ‘raspberries’ in their naming convention.  Also, lots of steampunk brewing imagery depicted on the embossed graphics label. This 650ml bottle pours a clear, medium […]

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  • Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat

    Reviewed by on August 18, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat-landscape

    While the MolsonCoors corporate brewing juggernaut may not be synonymous with craft brewing, they maintain a number of lines of so-called pseudo-crafty (or the like) offerings, such as Blue Moon, that go to long lengths to distance themselves from their origins.  You be the judge. This 12oz bottle pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, […]

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  • Granville Island Van Dame White ISA

    Reviewed by on August 17, 2015 in Summer Guide
    GIB Van Dame White ISA-landscape

    Vancouver’s Granville Island Brewery (under the umbrella of MolsonCoors) has produced the latest in their Black Note Book Series, made with, I presume, guava, citrus, and coriander, which somehow leads up to a ‘west coast spin on a Belgian Witbier’. This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers […]

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  • Le Trou Du Diable Shawi Beach IPA

    Reviewed by on August 14, 2015 in Summer Guide
    LTDD Shawi Beach-landscape

    Shawi Beach (Shawinigan Beach?) is this brewer’s ode to west-coast American IPAs, and was possibly conceived on a summer Friday afternoon, while ‘listening’ – ya, right – to Baywatch, and Pamela Anderson’s, er, ‘running’.  Also, menthol is listed as an attribute on the label blurb – could this be more Québécois? This 600ml bottle pours […]

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  • Breakside Liquid Sunshine Pilsner

    Reviewed by on August 13, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Breakside Liquid Sunshine Pilsner-landscape

    Breakside is a City of Roses brewery that committed to producing a German-style pilsner year-round, and wound up creating something that has a certain seasonal connotation, it would seem. This 22oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden straw colour, with four fingers of puffy, chunky, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some streaky […]

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  • Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

    Reviewed by on August 12, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Leinenkugels Summer Shandy-landscape

    Leinenkugel’s is a regional brewery located in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and produces a number of summer seasonals, including 4 wheat beer shandies, such as this one, made ‘with natural lemonade flavor added’. This 12oz bottle pours a cloudy, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and generally fizzy off-white head, which […]

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  • Sierra Nevada Summerfest Crisp Lager

    Reviewed by on August 11, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Sierra Nevada Summerfest Crisp Lager-landscape

    Chico, California’s (at least for we out west) Sierra Nevada brewing have been pumping out the craft beer goodness since back in ’79, and this lager is their summer seasonal, a Bohemian-style pilsener, now adorned with the ‘crisp’ moniker.  2015 edition. This 12oz bottle pours a clear, medium golden straw colour, with some sparse, but […]

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  • Alaskan Summer Ale

    Reviewed by on August 10, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Alaskan Summer Ale-landscape

    Juneau, Alaska’s sort of eponymous brewery constructs this German-style brew as its summer offering, which I presume is a small batch, given the limited length of that season up north – but then there are those long daylight hours, so maybe they don’t have to cut back after all! This 12oz bottle pours a clear, […]

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  • Evil Twin Citra Sunshine Slacker

    Reviewed by on August 7, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Evil Twin Citra Sunshine Slacker-landscape

    Brooklyn, New York, by way of Denmark’s Evil Twin Brewing has created this summertime offering, y’know, for those who slack off in the sunshine, and further prefer the confines of the Citra hop varietal. This 16oz, self-described non-denominational ‘pint’ can pours a hazy, pale golden straw, um, ‘colour’, with three fingers of puffy, shiny, and […]

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  • Goose Summer Ale

    Reviewed by on August 6, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Goose Island Summer Ale-landscape

    Goose Island is a Chicago-based craft brewery that came under the ownership of AB-Inbev in 2011, which has led to much greater distribution of their products, and to the predictable, and often justified outcry.  At any rate, their Goose Summer Ale is self-described as a ‘session ale’, among other things. This 12oz bottle pours a […]

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  • Hoyne Summer Haze Honey Hefe

    Reviewed by on August 5, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Hoyne Summer Haze Honey Hefe-landscape

    Hoyne Brewing was started up in Victoria, BC by Sean Hoyne, the brewmaster, who previously had set up a couple other brewpubs in the city.  Summer Haze is their seasonal offering, for well, summer, duh. This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, yet bright medium golden amber hue, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and […]

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  • Ninkasi Wünderbier Kölsch-Style Beer

    Reviewed by on July 24, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Ninkasi Wunderbier Kolsch-landscape

    If there is a style that seems to have had a resurgence in the summer of 2015, I would proffer that it is Kölsch, a brew originating in Köln (Cologne), Germany, and now emulated by craft brewers around the world, such as Oregon’s Ninkasi, with their second entry here in as many days. This 22oz bottle […]

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  • Ninkasi Maiden The Shade

    Reviewed by on July 22, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Ninkasi Maiden the Shade-landscape

    Maiden the Shade is one of Ninkasi Brewing’s summer-themed offerings.  For some reason, every time I had heard about this brew up until now, I thought it was an Iron Maiden tribute, but maybe I was just naively (or lazily) swayed by their winter Sleigh’r offering. This 22oz bottle pours a hazy, medium golden yellow […]

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  • Cameron’s Into The Shade

    Reviewed by on July 21, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Camerons Into the Shade Saison-landscape

    Into the Shade is made in the saison style, and is part of Cameron’s summer 2015 mixed pack. This 341ml bottle pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a looming tower of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some well eroded concrete wall lace around the glass as it gently […]

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  • Maui Brewing Kihei Kölsch

    Reviewed by on July 16, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Maui Kihei Kolsch-landscape

    Maui Brewing’s offerings are very popular with residents and visitors to the islands alike, and what could be more summery than a Kölsch made there?  The label sports a very German-seeming colour scheme – a obvious ode to the style’s origins, and explains the name of this brew – Kihei is the location of their new […]

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  • Sea Dog Sunfish

    Reviewed by on July 15, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Sea Dog Sunfish-landscape

    Sea Dog Brewing originated in Bangor, Maine, and now has a number of brewpubs in the far Northeast, as well as in Florida.  This, one of their summer seasonals, is called ‘Sunfish’, but with a picture of the brewery mascot, a dog named Barney, on the label. Ok. This 12oz bottle pours a clear, pale […]

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  • Schneider Weisse Mathilda Soleil (Tap X)

    Reviewed by on July 14, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Schneider Mathilda Soleil Tap X-landscape

    Translating to something like ‘Mathilda of the sun’, this a nice ode to a matriarch (Mathilda Schneider) of the brewery from over a century ago.  Made in the weizenbock style, its apparent lateness of arrival, season-wise, is ameliorated by a dose of ‘specially cultivated hops’, ones which are intended to give this some fresh, summery […]

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  • Phillips Coast To Coastless Imperial ESB

    Reviewed by on July 7, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Phillips Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB-landscape

    This is the Phillips version of this all-Canuck, summertime brew, a so-called ‘Quad-Laboration’ beer, made in conjunction with Garrison, Flying Monkeys, and Le Trou Du Diable, for a cross-Canadian attempt at perhaps exposing a true and native style – Imperial ESB, eh?  And yeah, released for Canada Day, a whole few days before the actual […]

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  • Dandy Bright Young Things

    Reviewed by on July 6, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Dandy Bright Young Things-landscape

    Bright Young Things is another new offering from this nascent Calgary brewing concern – and is a style apparently borne of a ‘grueling’ English heatwave (so, above 25C, and no rain for 3 days, then?), with a name inspired by the 1920s London socialite scene. This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, […]

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  • Les 2 Frères Charles Henri Blanche

    Reviewed by on June 21, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Les 2 Freres Charles Henri Blanche-landscape

    It’s Father’s Day, and a recent offering to come across the attention of the Beer Diaries is this Belgian-style witbier, made by a duo of brothers in Quebec – and is a nice tribute by the brewers to their grandfather, who was apparently a master of catching catfish in the Richelieu river (if my rusty […]

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  • Anderson Valley The Kimmie, The Yink and the Holy Gose

    Reviewed by on June 16, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Anderson Valley Kimmie-landscape

    Boonville, California’s Anderson Valley Brewing create this traditional Gose-style ale, with a name that comes from an awesome regional dialect take on the ‘holy trinity’ of the father, the son, and the holy ghost. This 12oz can pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, frothy, and somewhat creamy […]

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  • Village Grandfather West Coast IPA

    Reviewed by on June 15, 2015 in Local Heroes GuideSummer Guide
    Village Grandfather West Coast IPA-landscape

    Calgary’s Village Brewing have released this limited-issue offering (a celebration of their 1000th brew), in advance of Father’s Day 2015. A nice sequel to last year’s ‘Father’ Imperial Red Ale, at least marketing-wise. And cool, retro stitched patch affixed to the label, for whatever reason. This 650ml bottle pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber […]

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  • Rogue Dad’s Little Helper ‘Black IPA’

    Reviewed by on June 12, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Rogue Dads Little Helper-landscape

    Come mid-June, thoughts turn to honouring the Dads in our lives, and Rogue has just the beer for that – an American Black Ale, or Cascadian Dark Ale, if you prefer, just don’t refer to it as a ‘Black India PALE Ale’ – shame. This 22oz bottle pours a mostly clear, very dark rusty brown […]

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  • Muskoka Moonlight Kettle Summer Saison

    Reviewed by on June 2, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Muskoka Moonlight Kettle Summer Saison-landscape

    Moonlight Kettle is Muskoka Brewery’s sort of test beer series, wherein their brewers ostensibly meet up late at night to conceive of new things for them to make.  The Summer Saison is the first release as a result of these apparent brainstorming sessions. This 750ml, caged and corked bottle, pours a slightly hazy, medium copper […]

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  • Canuck Empire StarGazer Chamomile Wheat

    Reviewed by on June 1, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Canuck Empire StarGazer-landscape

    Canuck Empire is a Lower Mainland contract operation, who have their products made at Dead Frog Brewery, and this is their seasonal wheat ale made with dried chamomile flowers, raspberry blossom, and honey – sounds nice and summery to me, but I do wonder what the Mill Street brewery thinks about the name, eh? This […]

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  • Cameron’s California Sunshine

    Reviewed by on May 26, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Camerons California Sunshine-landscape

    While this offering is not a summer release, per se, the inspiration comes from the brewer’s impression that American Pale Ales originated in sunny California, which I’m not about to argue. This 341ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two skinny fingers of weakly foamy, and plainly bubbly dirty white head, which […]

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  • Mill Street Stargazer Summer Ale

    Reviewed by on May 14, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Mill Street Stargazer Summer Ale-landscape

    Stargazer is available from the current Mill Street mixed-pack – they describe it as an ‘English-style summer “session” ale’. This 355ml bottle pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, broadly foamy, and a wee bit creamy off-white head, which leaves some dissipating cloud lace around the glass as it evenly […]

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  • Stanley Park SunSetter Summer Ale

    Reviewed by on May 1, 2015 in Summer Guide
    Stanley Park SunSetter-landscape

    Okay, May Day is upon us, the sun is shining, so summer can’t be that far off, right?  Well, while we’re waiting, time for an appropriately hopeful brew from Vancouver’s Stanley Park Brewing, self-dubbed as an ‘unfiltered peach wheat ale’, emboldened with Citra hops. This 330ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, […]

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  • Fernie Last Cast

    Reviewed by on August 29, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Fernie Last Cast Summer IPA-landscape

    Fernie Brewing have been crafting good ol’ lager and ale in their namesake BC mountain town since 2003.  Their Last Cast Summer IPA is an appropriately themed offering to pop open then, as this is the last entry for the Beer Diaries Summer Guide for the time being – the season seems to be in […]

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  • Brewsters Farmer’s Tan White Ale

    Reviewed by on August 28, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Brewsters Farmers Tan White Ale-landscape

    The Brewsters chain of brewpubs extends throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, and they have recently taken to packaging their wares for commercial sale.  For the time being, however, at most locations you can still buy these off-sale tall bottles, such as this white ale, originally released as a summer seasonal, 5 years ago.  No slice of […]

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  • Samuel Adams Porch Rocker

    Reviewed by on August 27, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Samuel Adams Porch Rocker-landscape

    One of many seasonals created by this largest of craft brewers, and another cog in the summer Sam Adams mixed-pack in my jurisdiction. It purports to be a combination of lemonade and beer, inspired by the radlers of Germany, even though it is nearing average lager strength.  Hokay. This 12oz bottle pours a clear, bright […]

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  • Big Sky Summer Honey Ale

    Reviewed by on August 26, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Big Sky Summer Honey Ale-landscape

    Big Sky is a craft brewer from Missoula, Montana, who have been brewing in the middle of the Rocky Mountains since the mid-90s.  Summer Honey Seasonal Ale is pretty self-explanatory, save that it is also made with some unspecified (see: ancient Chinese secret) spices. This 12oz bottle pours a clear, medium golden yellow hue, with […]

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  • Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’été aux Framboises

    Reviewed by on August 22, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Dieu du Ciel Solstice d-été aux Framboises-landscape

    The summer solstice (solstice d’été) may be a few months behind us now, but the season isn’t done just yet! This incarnation of Dieu du Ciel’s series of fruit-flavoured, Berliner Weisse-style wheat beers sacrifices whole raspberries, after first letting the unboiled extracted malt (wort) sour on its own for a few days or so.  Yup […]

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  • Amsterdam Oranje Weisse Summer White

    Reviewed by on August 21, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Amsterdam Oranje Weisse Summer White-landscape

    Amsterdam is a brewery and brewpub operation in Toronto, Ontario, with obvious Dutch heritage – beyond their name, this seasonal fruit and spice-flavoured wheat beer’s bottle is painted the same bright orange hue that the Netherlands’ national team supporters favour. This 500ml bottle pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, […]

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  • Big Rock Juniper Berry Mild Summer Lager

    Reviewed by on August 20, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Big Rock Juniper Berry-landscape

    Part of Big Rock Brewery’s summer 2014 Swinger Pack, their Juniper Berry Mild Summer Lager is made with juniper berries, of course, and amongst other things, “citrusy pine and cascade hops” Wait, what – is there a grammar fail here, or is there actually something called ‘pine hops’? This 355ml can pours a clear, medium […]

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  • Anderson Valley Summer Solstice

    Reviewed by on August 19, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Anderson Valley Summer Solstice-landscape

    Anderson Valley Brewing is situated in the valley of the same name, well north of San Fransisco in northern California.  The locals there have an English dialect called ‘Bootling’, which the brewery uses in their marketing – so the directive on the label is simply an ode to the relative longevity of their “good drinkin’”! […]

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  • Tree Grapefruit Radler

    Reviewed by on August 15, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Tree Grapefruit Radler-landscape

    One of the staples of summer, er, ‘beer’ drinking in recent years takes from a European (particularity German) tradition of mixing the brew on hand with fruit juice – typically lemonade or grapefruit, presumably to lessen the effects of alcohol in the warm weather, and to be more refreshing.  The Germans call this a Radler, […]

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  • Granville Island False Creek Raspberry Ale

    Reviewed by on August 14, 2014 in Summer Guide
    GIB False Creek Raspberry Ale-landscape

    Granville Island Brewing is part of Molson’s Six Pints craft brewing initiative, and still concoct offerings at their original brewpub in Vancouver.  Their summer seasonal (named after False Creek, the small inlet of water separating Granville Island from downtown) is a raspberry-infused light ale, made at their Vernon production facility. This 341ml bottle pours a […]

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  • Anchor Summer Beer

    Reviewed by on August 13, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Anchor Summer Beer-landscape

    Anchor is one of the fore-fathers of American craft brewing, most famous for their (proprietary) Steam Beer.  Their summer offering is a wheat beer, in that over half of the malt comes from wheat. This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with two chubby fingers of foamy and bubbly off-white head, which leaves […]

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  • Muskoka Summer Weiss

    Reviewed by on August 12, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Muskoka Summer Weiss-landscape

    Muskoka Brewery is located in the heart of the lake-strewn Muskoka district of central Ontario, which is summer cottage country for the population centers to the south.  They have been making this German-style wheat beer for 3 or 4 years now, first in strange double 750ml packaging, and more recently in the more familiar 6-pack […]

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  • Crew Republic Munich Summer

    Reviewed by on August 8, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Crew Republic Munich Summer-landscape

    CREW is a small craft brewery in Munich, Bavaria, which seems to be keen on making very new world styles of beer – perhaps this is not surprising, as their head brewer is actually from Virginia, stateside.   Anyways, Munich Summer is an apparently hopped-up summery pale ale, from ‘der schönsten Stadt der Welt’. This […]

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  • Cannery Skaha Summer Ale

    Reviewed by on August 7, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Cannery Brewing Skaha Summer Ale-landscape

    Cannery Brewing is a small operation almost equidistant from both Okanagan and Skaha Lakes in the city of Penticton, in the British Columbia interior.  The label, beyond illustrating the summer pastime of cliff jumping in the area, contains a blurb which implies that this sort of offering will be an annual affair from here on […]

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  • Samuel Adams Summer Ale

    Reviewed by on August 1, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Samuel Adams Summer Ale-landscape

    The Boston Beer Company is the largest craft brewery in the United States, releasing many different products each year, the majority under the oh-so-patriotic Samuel Adams brand, such as this, their summer ale, which is a wheat beer, made with lemon zest and grains of paradise. This 355ml bottle pours a lightly hazy, pale golden […]

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  • Parallel 49 Seedspitter

    Reviewed by on July 31, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Parallel 49 Seedspitter-landscape

    Seedspitter is a summertime offering from Parallel 49, a brewery in Vancouver’s downtown east side.  It is a Belgian-style witbier, with a ‘blast of refreshing watermelon’, though using that particular fruit in beer seems much like chasing ghosts with a pitchfork to me. This 341ml bottle pours a hazy, bright medium golden yellow colour, with […]

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  • Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale

    Reviewed by on July 30, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale-landscape

    Laughing Dog is a brewery in Ponderay, Idaho, the industrial burbs of more touristy Sandpoint.  The preponderance of huckleberries in that part of the world led them to create this, their summer seasonal.  Well, it’s the hottest and muggiest week so far this summer, so it is indeed fruit beer time! This 12oz bottle pours […]

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  • Picaroons Dooryard Summer Ale

    Reviewed by on July 29, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Picaroons Dooryard Summer Ale-landscape

    Picaroons is a brewery in Fredericton, New Brunswick, that makes, in their words, traditional English Ales.  Dooryard (an East Coast word that is pretty literal in its meaning – likely the place where one might find the deck or patio) is their summer seasonal wheat ale – and just for fun, get a native Maritimer […]

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  • Wild Rose The Midnight Son

    Reviewed by on July 22, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Wild Rose The Midnight Son-landscape

    Sahti is a traditional Finnish-style farmhouse ale, made by steeping the grain in a bed of juniper branches, with hops and juniper berries used as possible further flavourings, both of which the Wild Rose brewery of Calgary, AB, has done to create this somewhat wild seasonal amber ale. This 650ml bottle pours a rather hazy, […]

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  • Twilight Summer Ale

    Reviewed by on July 21, 2014 in Summer Guide
    Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale-landscape

    The Deschutes Brewery is situated in the heart of downtown Bend, Oregon, itself found on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains.  They make a wide range of world class brews, and Twilight is their ode to the ‘summer’ style of beer, a loose amalgam of attributes to say the least.  At any rate, it […]

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