Farm Hand

Brewery: Driftwood Brewery (Victoria BC) Type: Saison – Belgian Wheat ABV: 5.5% Fact: This is a ‘saison’ beer.   True saison beers were originally this style of Belgian- yeast heavy beers (they are often called white beers in North America- improperly or not I do not know)- which were brewed in the winter time for consumption by the beer…

Black Coal Stout

Brewery: Railway City Brewing Company Type: Stout ABV: 6% Thoughts: Ok….. geez. Where do I start? Color and Pour: The last stout I had was one of the darkest I’ve ever seen. WELL, this beer absolutely destroys it. I’m literally taking my phone’s flashlight and moving it all the way around the glass and there’s zero change in…

Honey Dew

Brewery: Fuller’s (London, England) Type: English Pale Ale (Organic) ABV: 5.0% Thoughts: Well, guess what, it pour sprightly yellow like.. Honey!  It’s cloudy like.. A jar of honey.  And just a bit creamy and thicker than a typical ale… A tribute to honey?  You get it.  It tastes like honey beer.  It’s actually okay though- it’s not…

London Pride

Brewery: Fuller’s (London, England) Type: English Pale Ale ABV: 4.7% Thoughts: Pours a nice glowing bright copper colour, with a small amount of head which is quickly gone, leaving some tracings on glass wall.  First thing I notice as a broad statement is that this tastes like a draught beer for sure.  Very fresh.  Little to no smell,…

Honest Lager

Brewery: Walkerville Brewery Type: Lager ABV: 5.3% Thoughts: I’m fairly mixed on this one. On one hand: It has a great color, smell, and initial taste. The color is slightly darker than I’d expect a lager to look however maybe it’s because I’m comparing it to a mass-produced brand that likely color corrects their beer. Perhaps THIS is the…

Mongozo

Brewery: Mongozo (Belgium) Type: Premium Pilsner ABV: 5.0% Thoughts: It’s an organic, fair trade, especially brewed to remove gluten (but not gluten free…because for a beer that would be impossible…) — Pilsner.  So basically, I had low expectations.  EXCEPT it was brewed in Belgium, so that’s hopeful.  And THEN I thought about all the good Belgian beers that I’ve had……

Wellington S.P.A

Brewery: Wellington Brewery Type: Special Pale Ale ABV: 4.5% Thoughts: I was immediately drawn to, and pleasantly surprised, by the deep amber color. I was expecting more of a lighter golden-yellow, as is typical of pale ales. In terms of taste and mouthfeel, this beer starts out clean and crisp but also has wonderful creaminess mid way through. There’s…

Dark Horse Stout

Brewery: Broadhead Brewing Company Type: Stout ABV: 5.5% Thoughts: The color is one of the darkest I’ve ever seen, alongside other beers like Guinness. Its aroma has caramel and something sweet, maybe raisins. Upon first sip, many flavors pass by my tongue including the same roasted caramel malt scent detected earlier, a quick sweetness that’s akin to a good…

The Witty Traveler Pint

Brewery: Railway City Brewing Company Type: Uncertain (Gruit Ale, perhaps) ABV: 4.5% Thoughts: This beer is almost identical to Beau’s Bog Water. It boasts a strong, citrus wheat beer foundation with notes of spices mixed in. According to the ingredients list, we have orange peel zest, coriander, and white pepper, in addition to the normal makings of a wheat…

Gypsy Tears Ruby Red

Brewery: Parallel 49 Brewing (Vancouver) Type: Red Ale ABV: 6% Thoughts:  Pours just slightly thicker than a typical ale.  Produces a nice white frothy, creamy head that sticks around for a while and leaves it’s mark on the glass which I love.  The nicest foam i’ve seen since a beer poured from a wooden barrel…

‘Trad’

Brewery: Big Rock Brewery (Calgary) Type: English Brown Ale ABV: 5% Thoughts:  Nice dark Amber colour.  Unappealing looking head.  No smell, pours kinda thickly.  It is caramelly, earthy, nutty?  All these things but only a bit, none of them are overbearing.  It’s got a smokey aftertaste.  More malt than hop.  It’s okay, wouldn’t want more…

Anchor Steam

Brewery: Anchor Brewing Company (San Fran) Type: Steam Beer (I cannot get an explanation of what this is?) ABV: 4.9% Thoughts:  Pours a bright mustard yellow but quickly thickens into a mellow toffee orange colour with a pleasantly spongy head.  It has a semi sweet smell- not overbearing.  It’s lively and bright in my mouth.  Kind…