Here’s what we have chilling on the porch this week…
Departure Lounge by Main St. Brewing
Grisette • 4.8% ABV • 18 IBU • 473 mL tall cans
Tropical holidays may be a thing of the past (screw you, too, Covid!) but that doesn’t mean your tastebuds can’t enjoy a vacation. This tropical, easy drinking French-style saison by East Vancouver’s Main Street Brewing features hibiscus flowers and Mosaic hops to complement the lemon and black pepper characters of this farmhouse ale. “The genesis of this series came from the realization that we’re all in desperate need of a holiday reset to put the past year in our rearview,” says Nigel Pike, co-owner of Main St. Brewing. “We want to help people take a little trip—even if just in their mind—back to a time when heading off for a tropical getaway and hitting the beach was simply something we all took for granted.” Departure Lounge will be available on tap and in 473-mL cans and four-packs at Main St.’s tasting room and retail store, as well as government and private liquor stores for a limited time.
Boreas by Four Winds Brewing
Barrel-aged Imperial Stout • 9.5% ABV • 650 mL bottles
Delta’s Four Winds Brewing is thankfully releasing this warmer during one of the coldest weeks of the year. Boreas is the god of the North Wind and the harbinger of winter, so Four Winds naturally named this 9.5% ABV bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout after him. Conditioned in Kentucky bourbon barrels, Boreas promises aromas of chocolate, vanilla, and baked sweets with notes of American oak, toasted cocoa, and coffee. Shockingly, this is the first stout Four Winds has ever brewed.
Double Drouthy IPA by Twa Dogs Brewing
Double IPA • 8.5% ABV • 473 mL tall cans
Saanich’s Twa Dogs Brewing pumped up their Drouthy Neibor IPA with more B.C. malts and hops for big tropical fruit, citrus and spice notes of pineapple, mango, cedar and hints of blueberry. Expect a full bodied, appropriately bitter and dry double IPA with a smooth, rich finish. Available in four-packs of tall cans.