Summer beer round-up

Summery suds that will keep your whistle whet all season long. Grab your shades and a seat on the patio and enjoy!

Phillips Brewing Company's Analogue 78 Kolsch

Phillips Brewing Company's Analogue 78 Kolsch

Victoria’s breweries and brewpubs have a slew of seasonal suds heading to liquor stores and draft lines across the city. Here are our favourites for summer:

Phillips  Brewing Co.

 

 

Analogue 78

 

This Kolsch pours a rich golden colour with a slight head. The nose is slightly sweet and its crisp, clean mouthfeel finishes dry.

Brewed with Kolsch yeast and lagered.

ABV 5%.

Available on tap and in six-packs of 341ml bottles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raspberry Wheat Ale

 

This wheat ale is infused with raspberries and pours a deep ruby red colour topped by a frothy bubblegum-pink head and a nose that is sweet citrus raspberry.  Its light champagne mouthfeel is capped by a clean dry finish.  Pairs well with patios and sunglasses.

ABV 5%.

Available in 650ml bottles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vancouver Island Brewery

 

 

Flying Tanker White IPA

With the recent return of the 650ml Bomber bottling system to VIB, the summer is starting to look pretty refreshing.

First up is the Flying Tanker IPA, the first white IPA in Canada, which pays homage to B.C.’s historic Martin Mars water bombers. This unique twist on a traditional IPA delivers a full payload of hops with a floral, citrus nose, but is balanced with the smoothness of wheat malt. In quick succession, notes of coriander, grapefruit rind and lemon are also noticeable. ABV 6.8%.

Available in 650ml bottles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beachcomber Summer Ale

 

An unfiltered ale styled after a German Weiss bier, this easy drinking wheat beer pours a glowing golden yellow with the aroma of banana and notes of spice and tropical fruit.

Ingredients: a very unique strain of yeast from the Weihnenstephan brewery in Germany (the oldest continually operated brewery in the world). ABV 5.3 %.

Available on tap and in six-packs of 341ml bottles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driftwood Brewery

 

Belle Royale

 

The team at Driftwood decided to steer the Belle Royale in a new direction this year, incorporating it into their sour beer program. This season’s version has spent a year inside used French and Appalachian oak wine barrels, undergoing lactic and Brettanomyces fermentation to produce a sour, funky, lightly oaked cherry delight. Expect to see her in 650ml bottles sometime this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse Brewing Co.

 

Tasman Ale

 

Tasman Ale is brewed with Tasmanian hop varieties Topaz and Summer, along with Motueka and Rakau from the Tasman region of New Zealand. Fresh and crisp, this copper-hued ale features distinctive tropical fruit characters, clean and light bittering and a soft malt body. Lighthouse Tasman Ale will be released the last week of June. ABV 5%.

Available in six-packs of 355ml bottles.

 

 

 

Salt Spring Island Ales

 

Heather Ale

 

Winner of 2011’s North West Brew News’ “People’s Choice Award,” the Heather Ale is now being bottled for the first time. Made in the ancient herbal beer brewing tradition which dates back 4,000 years, this easy-drinking beer is made with Island-grown and wild-crafted heather flowers and has virtually no bitterness. ABV 5%.

Available in 650ml bottles and on tap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoyne Brewing Co.

 

Summer Haze Honey Hefe

 

This unflitered summer beer is made with a touch of honey from the hives at the Fairmont Empress. A very easy drinking, slightly sweet ale with a touch of citrus and spice, the Summer Haze Honey Hefe is incredibly thirst quenching and delightfully smooth.

ABV 5.1%. Available in 650ml bottles and on tap.

 

 

Spinnakers Brewpub

 

Shoaling Waters India Session Ale

 

Spinnakers celebrates 100 years of the incorporation of Esquimalt, the place of shoaling waters, with this session IPA, based on the legendary seafaring ales of the English midlands, sent to supply the colonies throughout the Empire. This low-gravity India session ale is well hopped, well balanced and has a drinkability designed to inspire sociability. ABV 4.5%, IBU 65.

Available in 650ml bottles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canoe Brewpub

 

Summer Honey Wheat Ale

 

This refreshing wheat ale will be pouring at Canoe all summer long. It is a crisp, refreshing patio-beer, infused with honey from the Peace River region and a subtle dose of Cascade hops.

ABV 5%.

Available in 650ml bottles and on tap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swans Brewpub

 

 

 

Tessier’s Witbier: Released June 22

A Belgian style Witbier. Wheat ale flavored with coriander, sweet orange peel and a secret spicy spice. ABV 5%. Available in 650Ml bottles and on tap at Swan’s.

 

Trumpeter Pilsner

A noble hoppy pilsner made with Saaz Hops and Pilsner Malt. Light, crisp bitterness with a  splendid hop finish. ABV 4.8%.Draft only at Swans Pub.

 

Coconut Porter

A chocolate malt porter with hand toasted organic coconut. A don’t-miss beer experience.  ABV 5.5%.

Available in 650ml bottles and on tap at Swan’s.

 

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