Here’s what we’re loading up the beer bong with this weekend…
Bosque by Four Winds Brewing Co.
6.5% • 750 mL bottles
This tart farmhouse ale was foeder-aged on Spanish cedar and then blended with a tequila-barrel-aged saison, before being finished on fresh-pressed Granny Smith apple pomace from Nomad Cider in Summerland. Wow. Bosque promises “a complex aroma and a dry, tannic mouthfeel,” with notes not unlike “a cigar box.” So fancy!
The Awkward Stage by Dageraad Brewing (collab w/ Brassneck Brewery)
5.7% ABV • 30 IBU • 473 mL tall cans
This pale ale from Dageraad and Brassneck was dry-hopped with Huell Melon, Ariana and Laurel hops, and fermented with that crazy Norwegian kveik yeast. It’s hazy, it’s fruity, and it’ll be gone soon, so get on it, people.
Vitis Enrico Shiraz Sour by Spinnakers Brewpub
6.0% ABV • 500 mL bottles
Spinnakers is swinging for the fences with its first bottle-conditioned release. This latest installment in the Brewers Reserve series is Vitis Enrico Shiraz Sour, and it’s been almost two years on the making. This saison-based sour first spent 12 months in oak barrels, then another six months on Shiraz grape must from Enrico Winery in the Cowichan Valley. Then it was bottle conditioned for another two months. “Light tart vinous flavors blend with oak and a sharp carbonation for a beautifully delicate experience,” according to the brewery. Perfect for cellaring or enjoying right away.