Occasionally a beer names itself, and this was the case with Smooth Operator. As a big, brown ale aged in Port barrels for 24 months we were a little surprised how easy-drinking it was, even though it clocks in at 8.7% ABV. The very first suggested name, Smooth Operator, was unanimously approved. This recipe uses a wide range of dark malts which play nicely off the red fruit and tannin from the Port barrels. The final beer is a delightful amalgam of red wine, chocolate, and cola notes with a clean, dry finish. We hope you like it.
Lager O'Darkness is our homage to the classic dark winter beer. We put our lager twist on it and walk the line between easy drinkability and rich maltiness. It's dark molasses in color, with high clarity, low bitterness, and notes of dark chocolate and toasty malt. Lager O'Darkness is an ideal beer for the season.
Kook Birds Lager
The second version of Kook Birds is a participant in our Lagerization Project. Instead of using an ale yeast this batch of Kook Birds was brewed as a lager with our Uncharted Citra recipe. As with the original beer we collaborated with our kooky pals over at Strathcona Spirits and aged this beer in their Pinot Gin barrels for 24 weeks. The result is fruity and herbal with bold gin character. This version is sharper and more direct than the first release thanks to its Lagerization Project origins. We hope you like it.
Explore Canada West
Spruce tips were added to a specially brewed dark wheat ale for a collaboration with our friends from Flannel Foxes. Want to Explore Canada West? Well, what better way than to taste it in your beer? The spruce tips add herbaceous sweetness to this dark ale and blend with characteristic banana and spice notes to create a delicious fall beer.
The original Nordlichter was a crushable light lager packed with flavour at a low ABV. In true mad scientist fashion we took a batch of Nord and put it into second-fill Pineau des Charentes barrels. Nordlichter Barrel-Aged retains the clean crushability of the original but is now punctuated with subtle red wine notes in the aroma and finish.
Come ACME BRO
Come ACME BRO results from the lagerization of fall-favourite BRO in collaboration with our best bro Corey from ACME Meat Market. What’s that building on the label you ask? It’s ACME’s 100 year old original location! We’re honored to bring back BRO’s smooth chocolate notes and dark fruit finish for this special Centennial Collaboration!
A couple years ago we did a collab with our pals at Brassneck in Vancouver. Hefteknik is our new take on that original collab. As before we made a beer with wheat and rye plus German yeast, and added some interesting hops (African Queen and Chinook). The result is lightly bitter, with banana notesbut also somemelon and spice.
Take a Charentes on Me
This amber ale made with Belgian yeast was put into fresh Pineau des Charentes barrels shipped straight from Bordeaux and aged for 14 months. It came out of the barrel at 8.1% ABV and transformed into a light brown beer with ruby highlights. It shows light oxidized notes, akin to a sherry, with aromas and flavours of dried fruit and brown sugar.
Extra Special Monk Lager
Extra Special Monk Lager is a lagerized version of one of our original ales. It is a pale, hoppy lager with tropical aromas and flavours, subtle malt backbone, low-medium bitterness, and a dry finish.
This bright copper lager combines bold stone-fruit notes with complex herbal hopping and balanced bitterness. It finishes dry with lingering herbal and fruit flavors.
Union Bhoys Lager
Union Bhoys Lager was brewed in celebration of the soccer team in Brussels, Belgium: Union St-Gilloise. This lager was brewed with both wheat and barley, giving it a hazy yellow colour. It has floral and melon fruit aromatics, with clean malt, honey dew, and lychee flavours followed by a dry, lightly bitter finish.
This clean lager has a bright gold colour with a heavy floral aroma of honeysuckle. The low bitterness lends itself to a honey like flavour with a crisp finish. Rob’s best friend from Germany, Fabian, designed this beer and helped us install our brewhouse. You’re a legend brü.