New Beer, who dis? - New Arrivals #5

Author: Kathleen Mackinnon

Hello, hello! I’m back again to give you a rundown of what’s new and exciting on the beer wall this week. This week’s list is short and sweet but fear not, we’ve got quite a few exciting new arrivals landing in the next couple of weeks, so be sure to keep an eye out for those. Let’s get into it!

Starting us off this week is Annex Ale Project’s “Untold Glow”, and if you’re a sour beer enthusiast who hasn’t had the chance to try this one yet, you are seriously missing out. Tart, tropical, and perfectly balanced, this is one of my favourite sour beer releases in quite awhile. Tragically, though, this is a limited release, so make sure to grab one sooner rather than later, or I’ll probably just buy it all myself. Total heatwave essential!

The second of the two new sours this week is Steamworks’ Tropical Tart Ale! Fruited with passionfruit and pomegranate, this little number is a great gateway sour for those of you who might be curious about sour beers, but not necessarily looking to jump into the deep end. Lightly tart, and deliciously fruity (without being too sweet), this is likely to please just about anyone who enjoys a good fruity beer every now and again. This is obviously delicious on its own, but if you’re looking for something to sip on all day, combine it with lemonade and you’ll have yourself a super delicious tropical radler - you’re welcome!

Shifting gears into IPA territory (there are three new ones this week!), let’s take a look at Vancouver Island Brewing’s Farmhouse Double IPA falls somewhere in between the classic West Coast Style and the newly prevalent New England Style of IPAs, resulting in a beer that provides the tropical kick we all know and love to get from NEIPAs, while still providing the bracing bitterness typical of the West Coast Styles. Dangerously easy-drinking at 8.7% ABV, this is a perfect summer IPA that offers something for everyone!

If you’ve been keeping up with the Calgary craft beer scene for a little while, you may remember Cabin Brewing Company’s “Static Effect” NEIPA - and she’s back, baby! Providing all the hazy deliciousness that Cabin does so well, along with notes of red berries and a super soft mouthfeel, hazy IPA lovers will want to stock up on this little gem before it disappears again.

Closing out the trio of new IPAs for this week, we have the latest addition to The Establishment’s White Can IPA Series: The “We Are Floating In Space” Triple IPA. Clocking in at a whopping 10.5% ABV, this tropical hop bomb goes down deceptively smooth. Providing an outrageously soft mouthfeel and a perfectly balanced flavour profile, be sure to sip this one slow, difficult though that may be....

Last but certainly now least we have Spectrum’s Sour Pack, a 12 pack of super crushable sours in 4 delicious flavours that is just about the perfect thing to have in the fridge for a heatwave like the one we’re currently experiencing. Every single one of the four flavours in here is deliciously fruity, perfectly tart, and with a more modest 5.5% ABV on these, you’ll be able to try them all!

Stay cool out there this week, everyone - join me next time (if you want, I’m a beer nerd, not a cop.)