Sampling unusual beers at the Whistler Village Beer Festival.

It’s looking like it’s going to be a barmy few days for the Whistler Village Beer Festival, with temps hovering at 24 degrees for the main event on Saturday – the perfect temperature to knock back some brews and even treat your taste buds to some unusual beers.

With over 60 breweries in attendance, it means there are over 150 beers to try. Although festival goers will be armed with a 4oz tasting glass, it’s still going to be hard work getting through that amount of grain filled goodness, so we’ve picked out a few of the unusual beers you will want to make sure hit your beer line up – even if it’s just for the cred to say, BEEN THERE, TASTED THAT!

Getting in Trouble

Lagunitas Brewing Company
Lagunitas – Undercover Investigation Shut Down

The Lagunitas Brewing Company brewed this especially bitter ale in remembrance of the 2005 St Patrick’s Day Massacre and in commemoration of their 20-day suspension that followed. The ABC conducted an undercover investigation of the brewery, finding them guilty of operating a “Disorderly House.”

They did the crime. They did the time. They got the bragging rights.

Finding the Ace in the Deck

Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace

Brooklyn Brewery – Sorachi Ace

A large Japanese brewery first developed this unusual beer, the hop variety “Sorachi Ace”, in 1988. The Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace is a classic saison, a cracklingly dry, hoppy unfiltered golden farmhouse ale, but made entirely with now-rare Sorachi Ace hops grown by a single farm in Washington. After the dry-hopping, the beer emerges with a bright spicy lemongrass / lemon zest aroma backed by a wonderfully clean malt flavor.

It tastes like sunshine in a glass, and that suits us just fine for this weekend’s event in the mountains!

Floral Flavours

Steamworks Jasmine IPA
Steamworks – Jasmine IPA

This unusual beer  pours golden in colour with a lively white head. It has a very floral and citrus nose from the hops and jasmine flowers, while hints of spicy phenolics and fruity esters come through on the finish. The taste of caramel malt is balanced by the lavish dry hop character and refreshing jasmine flavours.

Hoppy, refreshing and complex.

Rocket Man

Dead Frog Rocket Man Interstellar ESB
Deadfrog – Rocket Man Interstellar ESB

Commence countdown to a perfectly balanced tropical space ale dry-hopped with Galaxy

Massive explosions of tropical fruit from Galaxy and Apollo hops collide with storms of Maris Otter Floor Malt to create a hop forward brew with a surprisingly smooth finish.

Taste These Unusual Beers at the Whistler Village Beer Festival

If any of these unusual beers tickle your fancy then grab a ticket and come on down this Saturday to the Whistler Village Beer Festival. With a great atmosphere, beautiful surroundings and over 60 breweries in attendance, there’s no better event to grab some mates and spend the day sampling some of the best, most unique and unusual beers around.

Group shot at the Whistler Village Beer Festival.

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