In keeping with the brewery’s ethos of experimentation, every year has produced a totally different beer. Last year’s version was 9.7% Brett-IPA blend which I ranked as my no.1 beer of 2014. This year we’re looking at an 8.7% sour red ale blend from 1-3 year old barrels aged with Tawse Pinot Noir grapes. Looking closely at the labels, one can see there will be only 3956 bottles total which means lining up next Saturday (April 4) to ensure you get some.
I, for one, have quite high hopes. Over the past few years, I have really come to enjoy both sour ales and beers with a wine influence. Tawse does a particularly good pinot noir and their barrels have been used in the lovely Winey Bastard by Nickel Brook (available for a while in the LCBO at $14.95/750 mL). When it comes to both sours and barrel aging, Bellwoods are at the forefront of the Toronto brewing scene.
I’ll see you there.