When it comes to Lower Mainland breweries, there are few the Sip Advisor has yet to visit. Dageraad Brewing, based in Burnaby, is one of them and while I must atone for my transgressions, that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying their beers. Such is the case with this release, which I recently tried as a guest tap option.
The De Witte is described by the brewery as a sour-fermented Belgian-style spiced wheat ale, thus checking off some of my and Mrs. Sip’s favourite beer criteria. The 5.2% ABV beverage is quite tasty and perfect for summer drinking. It’s suggested that drinkers carefully pour this brew and try to leave as much of the yeast sediment in the bottle.
Available in bomber-sized bottles, the De Witte has brought home a few accolades over its lifetime. This includes a silver medal at the 2014 BC Beer Awards in the Belgian/French Ale category and a bronze medal the following year in the Sours/Wild Ale class.
For those curious about the brewery’s name (as was the Sip Advisor), it is an homage to the Dageraadplaats, a square in Antwerp, Belgium. There, beer culture is prevalent and the owner/brewmaster of Dageraad (meaning daybreak or dawn) hopes to bring the Belgian style to BC drinkers… a style he likes to call Burnabarian!
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