Craft Beer Awards 2015: Specialty

May 30, 2015

/ Photo: Eydis Einarsdottir

The domain of mad scientists and extreme adventurers, specialty beers flaunt purity laws in pursuit of unbridled flavour. Sometimes unfiltered, they often bring unexpected malts to the party. Colours run from pale hefeweizens and white IPAs to India dark lager; flavours, too, sprawl from sweet and citrusy to severely bitter. Of note this year: an accomplished revival of the Polish gratzer (smoked-oat) and wheat beer and four gluten-free candidates.



Moody Ales’ The Great Gratzer

(Port Moody)

No fence-sitters here. For those who love smoke and peat, this gratzer is perfect in style and technique


Bridge Brewing’s Black Rye IPA

(North Vancouver)

Mmm…feels like an iced americano in the mouth and tastes of burnt fruit and roasted espresso


Lakefront Brewery’s New Grist


The flavour is peach/apricot, spice, and citrus. Drink on the patio with seafood but no bread (gluten-free!)

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