230/2048) Home: Upper Reaches Pale Ale, a collaboration between Central City of British Columbia and Beau's All Natural Brewing of Ontario: *1/2; 6%, 20 ibu; brewed with peach juice and spruce tips; nose is mostly spruce with peaches in the background; tastes like a cough drop; very sprucy with some peach at the finish; bitter after taste; somehow this is oddly compelling; I just might try it again, given the opportunity;
231/2049) Home: Bouclier Canadien, a collaboration between Central City of British Columbia and Le Trou du Diable of Quebec: *1/2; 5%, 40 ibu; pours a clear straw colour; new world hops get around my main concern about pilsners; grassy, leafy nose and flavours;
Bouclier Canadien translates as Canadian Shield, an interesting Canadian geological feature. In the day we were taught that it was created during the ice age by a glacier scraping the topsoil south and exposing the rock but current thinking may differ.
We are into the second installment of Central City's collaboration series.