Thursday, June 28, 2012
Bushwakker Sampler (Canada - Saskatchewan - Regina)
This brewpub had great beer, good eats and a fabulous jazz group playing the night we were there. If you are in Regina this place is a can't miss. The location is a little weird: the neighbourhood is sort of industrial and run down but the brewpub is a gem. They had plenty more beers than I was able to sample and a whole pile of specialties and seasonals too.
A blended beer, it is very smooth and malty but bitter and has more than a hint of bananas in its flavour. Also somewhat musty and woody, an interesting balance/interplay of flavours.
Last Mountain Lager 5.2%
Malty but quite hoppy with a musty fruit finish.
Regina Pale Ale 4.5%
Nicely sweet pale ale this one: I'm sure there is some crystal malt in this brew's kettle. Bitter finish but well balanced and tasty.
Dungarvon Irish Red Ale 5.0%
Smooth and a little toasty. Hints of honey, not as dry or bitter as some other reds.
Sodbuster Brown Ale 5.0%
Tastes and smells of caramel, very sweet with roasted malt backer. Some bitterness and a slight coffee hint.
Palliser Porter 5.8%
A true porter: bitter and black, tastes of coffee and dark chocolate. If it was just a little less bitter it could pass as a dessert beer. A nice way to finish the sample tray.