CREEMORE, ON – As first reported in March, Creemore Springs Brewery is bring back its popular seasonal Kellerbier for a second year, this time in larger quantities to help satisfy the overwhelming demand that led to it being an almost instant sell-out in 2009.
The beer is described in a press release as follows:
Kellerbier dates back to the middle ages in small artesian towns in rural Germany. This unusually hoppy beer comes right from the cellar and is naturally cloudy due to the vitamin rich yeast still present in the beer. Kellerbier is lower in carbonation and abundant with hop aroma and flavour. Small batch brewed, this unique beer uses only four natural ingredients and is then packaged unfiltered. Often served as an aperitif before dinner to stimulate the appetite, this surprisingly thirst quenching Kellerbier has a citrus and spicy finish imparted by fresh whole leaf hops and a lavish malt backbone.
Creemore Springs Kellerbier will be available as of May 3rd at a number of LCBO locations and at the brewery in 473 ml cans. It will also be available on draught at select bars and restaurants.
CALGARY, AB – Big Rock Brewery has announced the impending release of a new beer, Gopher Lager.
In a press release, the beer is described as an “all malt lager made with Alberta two-row barley, choice imported hops and a special lager yeast, leading to its clean, crisp flavour”. Quoted in the Calgary Sun, Big Rock spokeswoman Tara Nychkalo adds that Gopher will be “a lager with lighter flavour and will complement our products”.
Big Rock Gopher Lager will be released in June.
CALGARY, AB – Wild Rose Brewery is getting set to add a new beer to their seasonal rotation. AF23 Pale Ale will be released on May 7th on draught only, and marketing manager Tina Wolfe tells the Calgary Sun that it will be “really hoppy, with nice big flavours”.
Also coming soon from the brewery is a Wild Rose Sampler 12 Pack, which will contain two bottles each of Velvet Fog, WRaspberry Ale, SOB, WRed Ale, Brown Ale and IPA. Launching around the same time will be 12 packs of Velvet Fog and WRaspberry Ale.
VANKLEEK HILL, ON – Beau’s All Natural Brewing has announced that their planned collaboration with Dutch Trappist brewery De Koningshoeven has been affected by the ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland that has caused flight cancellations to and from Europe.
Due to these cancellations, De Koningshoeven brewmaster Lodewijk Swinkels will unfortunately be unable to fly to Canada, and will not be participating in tomorrow’s brewing session at Beau’s in person as planned.
However, Swinkels will be communicating with Beau’s brewmaster Matt O’Hara via phone and email, and the brew will go ahead as a remote collaboration, allowing it to be available in May as originally intended.
HALIFAX, NS – The Hart & Thistle Brewpub will be tapping the latest edition in brewmaster Greg Nash’s SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) beer series inTuesday, April 20th at 5:00 PM.
Double Citra SMaSH is a 7.5% double IPA brewed with all Citra hops and Canadian Pale Ale malt. According to Nash, it’s “mash-hopped, 1st-wort-hopped and dry-hopped with massive amounts of the new Citra cultivar”, resulting in a calculated bitterness of 131 IBU.
Following in mid-May will be Hop Mess Monster, described as “a Triple IPA, the likes of which this country has never seen […] clocking in at a deliciously insane 533 calculated IBU’s and 11.0% ABV”.
VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver food & culture website Scout Magazine reports that Red Truck Beer Company has just released one limited edition beer, with two more to follow next month.
Out now is Red Truck IPA, with availability limited to six Vancouver bars & restaurants – The Alibi Room, The Flying Tiger, The Village Taphouse, The Gramercy Grill, St.Augustine’s, and Caffe Barney on Main – for the next four weeks.
Following in May will be Red Truck Pilsner, which will be released at Hoppapalooza in the Alibi Room on May 10th to celebrate the launch of Vancouver Craft Beer Week.
The next day, Red Track will be partnering with Au Petit Chavignol restaurant on an exclusive five-course beer dinner, featuring courses paired with the beers mentioned above along with their standard Red Truck Lager and Red Truck Ale, and the new limited edition Red Truck Stout.
VICTORIA, BC – The ever-prolific Phillips Brewing is about to release another seasonal beer, the alien-themed Hop Circle IPA:
More robust than Finagle’s Folly and twice as mighty as Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters, Phillips new Hop Circle IPA is out of this world. We’re boldly going where no local IPA has gone before and we want you to come along. You don’t need a space helmet or intergalactic vaccinations, just a thirst for the most refreshing IPA this side of Rigel VII.
Hop Circle will be officially launched this Tuesday, April 20th at 4:20 PM with a release party at the brewery. Attendees are encouraged to “come dressed in your most interstellar space getup”, with prizes to be awards for the best costumes.
VANKLEEK HILL, ON – This Wednesday, April 21st, Beau’s All Natural Brewing will be welcoming Lodewijk Swinkels, brewmaster of De Koningshoeven Brewery in The Netherlands, who will join Beau’s brewmaster Matt O’Hara to craft a unique one-off beer. This rare event will mark the first time that a Canadian brewery has collaborated with one of the world’s seven Trappist breweries.
The partnership was arranged by the Dutch Embassy in Ottawa to marks the 65th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands. The resulting beer will be officially launched during royal visit of Princess Margriet to Ottawa in May, and will be available exclusively at the House of Orange festival of Dutch and Canadian creative culture, taking place at Mercury Lounge in Ottawa on May 10th to 23rd.
BRAMPTON, ON – At a media and industry event last week in downtown Toronto, Hop City Brewing officially launched their second brand, Hop City Lawn Chair “Classic” Weisse.
In a press release issued the day after the event, the beer was described as follows:
Lawn Chair “Classic” Weisse is a true Bavarian-style Hefeweizen beer with a light golden colour and naturally cloudy appearance. Made with a blend of two-row Canadian Malt, Canadian Wheat Malt, Canadian Carastan Malt, German Hops and Bavarian Wheat Beer Ale Yeast, beer drinkers are sure to love this truly local brew.
Like the previous Hop City beer, Barking Squirrel Lager, Lawn Chair “Classic” Weisse is a draught-only beer available at bars and restaurants throughout Ontario.
EDMONTON, AB – Alley Kat Brewing has just released a new summer seasonal beer, Brewberry Blueberry Ale.
Brewed using blueberries from the Canadian Fruitful Tree Company in British Columbia, Brewberry is described by the brewery as follows:
Brewberry blueberry ale is a wheat ale that is brewed with an addition of blueberries to the fermented beer. The result is a light straw colour ale with a very slight purple cast from the blueberries and carries a thick white head. The aroma is of fresh blueberries and this follows through to the ﬂ avour. The ﬁnish is fairly dry and slightly tart. All-in-all, a great patio beer for those sunny Alberta summer days.
Alley Kat Brewberry Blueberry Ale is available now in six packs of 341 ml bottles as well as on draught, and can be found at premium liquor stores and select pubs and bars throughout Alberta.