While the true fruit and wheat beer season may have passed, that doesn’t mean these drinks can’t be found anymore. The summer treats are perfect year-round, as far as the Sip Advisor is concerned (patio season can’t return faster!) and here’s an example from Townsite Brewing.
The Blackberry Festivale is brewed with what I can only assume are locally-sourced blackberries. The berries give the beverage a purplish hue and a tart finish, which is evened out by the unfiltered wheat content. The beer comes with stats of 5.2% ABV and 14 IBUs.
I was able to try the Blackberry Festivale at last month’s BC Beer Awards. This was thanks to the group behind the BC Ale Trail, who had set up a spin-the-wheel game where you got a sample from the region of the province you landed on.
The Awards was a perfect event for the Ale Trail to showcase this beer, as in 2012, it took home first place in the Fruit Beer category. What a way to pay homage to Powell River’s favourite fruit, which even gets its own festival and street party.
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