If you're new to the Ontario craft brew scene, you might be asking yourself who HogsBack is. They've got a great little story about how they came to be over on their website. Essentially they're a group of good ol' Ottawa boys who got together very recently - only a couple of years ago - to start this great new brewing company. They have one lager that you can find in general circulation at most LCBOs: The HogsBack Vintage Lager. I may have mentioned this in a previous post, but this is fast becoming my go-to session beer (as a matter of fact, I am enjoying one as I write this.) So yes, they currently have this superb lager, and they just recently started doing seasonals. And that is what we're here to talk about today.
I only remembered to take one quick picture for a tweet while we were there. It unfortunately isn't the best picture - I promise to get better! The HogsBack Sunofa Beach Kristal Wheat:
In this case we were served this by the pitcher, and we all know pouring from a pitcher is much different than pouring from a can or bottle. However, when we poured it we got a clear golden straw appearance with minimal head and very little lacing. The nose if very faint, a slight sweetness that is difficult to discern at first but can best be described as a vanilla aroma. You get a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel every sip. The faint sweetness from the aroma becomes more apparent in the taste - but not to the point of being overpowering - and the vanilla aroma almost takes on a honey quality in the taste. Aftertaste is very light to almost non-existant.
The main thing here: smooth, crisp and slightly sweet. The perfect summer beer. It's a limited run that will not be available in retail, you'll only be able to get it on tap at select locations. The HogsBack boys said they'd have a listing up soon as to where else you can enjoy this fine beverage. In the meantime, do yourself a favour: stop by beautiful Sandy Hill and head over to the Bar and Lounge for a pint of this great beer.
Be sure to follow these boys on their Twitter feed: @HogsBackBrewing and visit their website: http://www.hogsback.ca.