Bring on August 2020 with the “All Alberta” Special. In recognition of our beloved Alberta breweries and Alberta Heritage Day, we bring to you some absolute beauties from right here in our beautiful province.
Foeder Aged Vienna Lager, Blindman Brewing. Lacombe, AB. Vienna Lager, 5.4 %
What’s better than a crisp clean lager during a hot spell? Well, a Foeder aged lager of course! Welcome Blindman’s newest release, a Foeder Aged Vienna Lager. Not only is this lager in one of our most favorite styles, the Vienna style, but it’s the first ever Foeder Aged lager made in Alberta. What’s a Foeder you ask?! It’s essentially a large vertical barrel that is used to age beer in, providing additional depth and flavors from the oak and/or any micro-cultures found in the Foeder. In this particular brew, the new white oak has imparted flavors of vanilla and toasted oak, making this beer one worth featuring in our pack.
St. Joe’s Abbey Style Brown Ale, Oldman River Brewing. Lundbreck, AB. Brown Ale, 7%
Located in Lundbreck near the intersection of Highway 22 and Highway 3, you will find the Oldman River Brewing Company. The brewery brews a handful of well-made beers and the St. Joe’s is one of them. St. Joe’s follows the style of a Brown Ale with its malty sweetness but includes a richer combination of dried fruit flavors coming from the selection of Belgian yeast and an earthy spiciness from the hops. Sit back and enjoy this one with a roasted chicken and root vegetables done on the ‘barbie.
Prince of the Rodeo, The Dandy Brewing Co. Calgary, AB. Grapefruit Gose, 4%
Now that we are in the Dog Days of Summer and the 30-degree weather is in full effect, we have all the more reason to quaff down the most refreshing styles of beers. Enter, Prince of the Rodeo from The Dandy Brewing Company! Not only does this beer explode with refreshing grapefruit flavour, light tartness, and a salty finish, it’s one of the oldest beer styles still being brewed today, and once you try it, you’ll understand why.
Field Berry Crush, Snake Lake Brewing. Sylvan Lake, AB. Fruited Kettle Sour, 5.6%
‘Tis the season for sours, so we couldn’t stop at just one! Rolling through with our second sour selection in this pack is the Field Berry Crush by Snake Lake Brewing. This beer uses the Lactobacillus souring method in the mash prior to fermentation and then is conditioned on huge amounts of blueberries and raspberries. This fruited sour is reminiscent of summers spent picking not-quite-ripe fruits out of the garden and running through sprinklers. Let this one take you back to your fond memories of summers’ gone by.
Dame Dorthey, Tailgunner Brewing. Calgary, AB. Hazy Pale Ale, 5.2%
We wanted to include Dame Dorthey in our pack this month not only because we just love this beer but also as a welcome to our new neighbours, Tailgunner Brewing. Currently, they are producing three beers and this one is my favorite of the bunch. It’s a bit of a throw back to an American style pale ale with its hop selection, but they are used to dry-hop, which is a more modern technique and it works wonders with this beer! Featuring the Simcoe hop, expect tons of pine, citrus, and earthiness while maintaining a well-balanced finish that is just bitter enough to encourage you to go back for another sip. Congratulations Tailgunner! This is a beer to truly remember.
Nimbus Maximus, SYC Brewing. Edmonton, AB. Double New England IPA, 9%
Would a six pack from ABX be complete without a huge IPA? Certainly not! We love what’s happening inside the SYC brewery and this beer is probably my favorite from them thus far. Preloaded with a huge amount of malty sweetness to balance an abundance of hops, this beer falls right into that decadent IPA category. The selection of Galaxy, Citra, and Sabro hops is excellent as they work in perfect harmony. When tasting this one, look for how well the coconut flavors from the Sabro hops play along with the peach flavors coming from the Galaxy.