Must-try beers: Give the gift of good beer

Oud Kreik (lambic)
Oud Beersel
Stillwell co-owner Chris Reynolds says, “This beer takes approximately four years to make and you can taste it. Incredibly complex and delicious, I’ve never met anyone who didn’t fall in love the instant they try it.” Find it at Rockhead Wine & Beer Market.
St. Ambroise Barrel Aged Scotch Ale
McAuslan Brewing (Brasseurs RJ)
Montreal, Q.C.
This bold brew is carefully aged in Bourbon barrels that lend their flavour. Plus it’s rich with caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit notes. You’ll want to share this one around; it’s 10.2 percent ABV and comes in a 750ml bottle.
Saison de Pinot
North Brewing Co. and Benjamin Bridge winery
A collaboration beer that incorporated wine must during the last stages of fermentation. Watch for hints of red berry and a tart, dry finish. “It’s hugely complex, amazingly original.” –Jeremy White, Big Spruce Brewing
Imperial Doughnut Break (imperial porter)
Evil Twin Brewing
New York
Evil Twin is what’s known as a gypsy brewer, the company dreams up experimental recipes and passes them along to high calibre brewers around the world. Grab a bottle to discover bitter almonds mixed with sweet sugar and solid coffee notes.
Stillwell III (farmhouse saison)
Stillwell and North Brewing Co.
“Good now, great for cellaring.  Stillwell II won silver at the Canadian Brewing Awards in the Belgian-style Brett Beer category this year, and with a bit of age really comes into its own. I expect III will be much the same.  Worth getting a few bottles if you can find them, try one now and tuck the rest away in the cellar to see how they develop.” –Jeremy Taylor, 2 Crows Brewing

This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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