Summer ales and sours are here
20 new beer releases to explore this week
Hey Beer Loopers!
Brewers Row is about to get a bit more crowded this year with Rewind Beer Co. set to open on the famed strip. They've dug up an impressive collection of nostalgic pop cultural references. It's great to see that others on the strip have a great sense of humour:
— Joseph Lavoie
NEW BEER RELEASE
Strange Fellows has a mixed fermentation that promises a moderate tart, "balanced with sweet fruity notes of pineapple, tropical candy, and lemon courtesy of loads of pineapple and the Brett D yeast strain." With Yellow Canary, you can expect a light mouthfeel and crisp finish, perfect for summer.
- Available: On tap at the brewery, and for growler fills.
- Location: 1345 Clark Dr., Vancouver | Map
NEW BEER RELEASE
Galaxy Pale Ale
On Thursday Backcountry Brewing is releasing a new pale ale, Would You Tell Picasso To Sell His Guitars? Hopped with Galaxy, a hop variety that is much beloved for its citrus, peach, and passionfruit aromas.
- Available: At the brewery starting Thursday, July 7, shipping province-wide in the days and weeks to come.
- Location: 405-1201 Commercial Way, Squamish | Map
NEW BEER RELEASE
Shaketown has a seasonal beer with a helluva interesting profile. Brewed with Szechaun peppercorns, blood orange and lemon peel, this table beer promises to fill your nose with "fruit, bubblegum, anise spice, pepper, and citrus." This Grisette finishes dry with a green peppercorn finish. (No idea what a Grisette is? Not to worry, scroll down to this week's Beer School section!)
- Available: In cans and on tap at the brewery
- Location: 288 Esplanade E #105, North Vancouver | Map
NEW BEER RELEASE
VCBW 2022 Collaboration
Vancouver Craft Beer Week is releasing its annual collaboration beer in which festival organizers bring together different breweries to showcase their skills, while giving back to the community. This year's collaboration is with House of Funk Brewing, Studio Brewing, and 33B Exp. A portion of sales will benefit Music Heals Canada, which is on a mission to increase access to music therapy for vulnerable Canadians.
- Details: A low ABV hoppy saison with notes of citrus, tropical fruit, and white wine.
- Available: Onsite at the festival, or at House of Funk Brewing, Joseph Richards Group locations, and online.
NEW BEER RELEASE
Summer Days Sour Saison
Barnside Brewing has a mixed fermentation saison brewed with unsalted wheat, rye, and their very own farm-grown barley malt. Using two different yeast strains, including their own house sourdough culture, Barnside dry hopped this beer with their own farm-grown hops. Now that's a terroir beer. Summer Days Sour Saison is a light, refreshing and thirst-quenching summer sipper with rounded notes of grapefruit.
- Available: On tap in the tasting room. Four-packs available at the brewery and in stores, starting this week.
- Location: 6655 60 Ave., Delta | Map
Even more beer releases
- Backcountry Brewing has a second release this week, a light lager collaboration beer.
- Bakery Brewing invites you to try their Elderflower Gin Saison.
- Storm Brewing's taproom boasts two different mango pilsners.
- Galaxie just released a Tangerine Solar Sour.
- Shoreline Brewing welcomes back a pineapple hazy pale ale.
- Studio Brewing has a Belgian single with notes of pear, hay, and crème brûlée.
- Luppolo and Dageraad have collaborated to make a Bière de Coupage.
- A-Frame is bringing back an Australian Pale Ale.
- Superflux has a banana cream pie beer. Seriously.
- Superflux also has a new experimental IPA, which uses Frozen Fresh Hop Cryo.
- Beere Brewing aged a sour on hundreds of kilos of passionfruit and guava.
- Silver Valley Brewing collaborated with Smoking Gun Coffee to make a dark coffee cerveza.
- Locality Brewing is re-releasing a collaboration double IPA with Brookswood Brewing Co.
- Fieldhouse Brewing has a light Belgian witbier with bright orange and citrus spice.
- House of Funk has an easy 3.7% dry-hopped sour on tap.
THE GREAT BC BEER-OFF
Blue Buck vs Fat Tug
We all have a favourite beer. But which is the best? Is that even possible to decide? We want to find out.
The Great BC Beer-Off will feature some of BC's best beer in a vote-off to see which will be crowned the champion.
The first Beer-Off is between two titans of the BC craft beer scene — the OG craft beer Phillips Blue Buck versus the absolute classic Driftwood Fat Tug.
Voting closes on Sunday, July 10, so get your votes in now!
Unleash the Dashboards
I graphed @j_mcelroy's 2022 Southern BC Brewery Rankings in an interactive public #Tableau dashboard. #BCBeer
— Eric Hedekar (@EricHedekar)
Jul 1, 2022
GET OUT THE VOTE
BC Growler People's Choice Awards
Today marks the last day to vote for your favourite beer in BC Growler's annual people's choice awards. This fourth edition of the awards pits select brews in style categories against each other in a contest to see which comes on top. From the organizers:
There are prizes for participating and the results will get published in September.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
What's a Grisette?
For the first time since we launched The Beer Loop, we have a Grisette on the list of new beer releases. As you can guess from the name, this beer style originates from the mining regions along the French/Belgium border. In taste and approach, it is similar to other farmhouse ales like saisons and bières de garde.
Fans of this style love its golden colour, delicate Belgium-style flavours, light flavours, dry finish, and low alcohol content. You can typically expect a light body and fruity aroma from these beers; it was designed to be a thirst-quenching beer for Belgian miners.
What's in the name? Gris means gray in French, and could be a reference to the colour of the stone the miners in the region mined.
WHAT ELSE IS BREWING?
- BC has the most breweries in Western Canada but the fewest beer drinkers. Why? (Vancouver Sun)
- Parksville council okays a permanent patio, but says no to expansion for Mount Arrowsmith Brewing's outdoor patio (Parksville Qualicum Beach News)
- On Thursday, Russell Brewing and KPU Brewing are releasing a tribute ale to mark 40 years since Alexander John Mitchell opened Horseshoe Bay Brewery and helped launch the craft beer movement in Canada. (Cloverdale Reporter)
- Craft beer decides adjunct lagers are cool, actually. (Wine Enthusiast)
- The Takeout tasted top-selling beers in America and were "very surprised." (The Takeout)
- Beer made from recycled toiler water wins admirers in Singapore. (BNN Bloomberg)
- Here's the news we've all been waiting for: drinking beer is "good for your health" according to a Portuguese University. (Chemistry for Life)