Luke and I were fortunate enough to attend the launch event for Steamworks Brewing’s Summer Ale a couple of weeks ago at their brewpub on Water Street. I like porters, stouts, and black IPAs as much as the next guy (actually, probably more than the next guy…) but it’s nice to see some lighter beers released as we transition seasons and gear up for some serious sunshine.
The Steamworks Summer Ale isn’t what I would consider to be a standard “summer ale” though. While I was expecting some strong citrus fruit flavours, upon my first sip I was surprised to find a more complex brew. Subtle spices and hops blend with mellow citrus notes, making for a well-rounded Belgian Wit that comes in at a light 4.8% ABV.
The Summer Ale isn’t what comes to mind when I think of a crush-able beach companion, however, it’s an interesting alternative to the press-repeat, mega fruit-forward hefeweizen that has invaded the B.C. craft beer scene for the past few years. The Summer Ale is available now in 4 packs of tall cans and in bottles as part of Steamworks’ Summer “Mash-Up” 12 pack. Pick it up today and let me know what you think!
Also pouring at the Summer Ale launch was the Umeboshi Sour – the second installment of Steamworks Brewing’s experimental “Illumination Series”. In short, I absolutely loved this beer. While some sours are hard to completely enjoy due to their overwhelming lip-puckering effect, Umeboshi is light, refreshing, and pleasantly sour. Brewed with over 500 pounds of sour plums, it has a unique, fruity flavour. Make sure to get your hands on this limited release while you still can.
Here’s a few more photos from the beer-filled evening:
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