Long-time West Coast favourite Cannery Brewing in finding its way east. The Penticton, B.C. brewery has been in the business since 2001, starting with draught sales of a few core beers, and growing to offer a variety of seasonal and flagship creations in cans and bottles. This one will be available this summer in bottles at ANBL.
The brewery describes Drupaceous Apricot Wheat Ale as “a refreshing seasonal Canadian Wheat Ale with notes of citrus and stone fruit. A large addition of Canadian wheat gives this beer a slight haze. We added apricots after fermentation to give this classic summer beer an Okanagan twist.”
Appearance: Strawberry-blonde pour with a medium pearl head and tenacious lacing.
Aroma: Smells like a summer day: floral and juicy sweet; you can smell the apricots a mile away.
Flavour: The aromas made me worry about a cloying juice bomb but the brewer got this one just right. Light with enough sweetness to make you remember the apricot, but good grainy balance. Crushable.
Mouthfeel: Vigorous carbonation makes for a prickly palate.
Overall: Refreshing as hell and just 5% ABV, this could be the official beer of summer yard work. If you think you hate fruit beers, this is a good one to make you reconsider.
Regular contributor and guest reviewer Trevor J. Adams is senior editor with Metro Guide Publishing and the editor of Halifax Magazine. In 2012, he published his first solo book, Long Shots: The Curious Story of the Four Maritime Teams That Played for the Stanley Cup (Nimbus Publishing). You can see what Trevor is drinking on Untappd and follow him on Twitter.