BC Beer Baron #260 – Yellow Dog Stick Toss Saison

Each month, as part of this 366-day BC craft beer extravaganza that I will be sharing with you throughout 2016, I will highlight a specific style or theme of beers for a whole week of articles. Saisons have quickly become a favourite style of the Sip Advisor. I’ve even gone so far as to call the summer of 2016 my ‘Summer of Saison’. Let’s see what BC has to offer.

At the end of our recent Port Moody Brewers Row tour, Cousin Sip filled a growler of this Yellow Dog Brewing release, having enjoyed it so much. This was lucky for the Sip Advisor, who was provided another opportunity to savour the beer again a few days later.

The Stick Toss Saison is flavourful and refreshing, with pleasant notes of fruit and spice. The 5.2% ABV, 25 IBUs drink is made for summer drinking and really shines on those hottest and most humid days.

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The Stick Toss is a staple of the brewery’s lineup, so much so that they often experiment with it as a base. They have produced Apricot, Orange Peel and Cranberry adaptations of the beer, taking an established beverage to a whole ‘nutha level!

Yellow Dog also has the Go Fetch Hoppy Saison, Super Secret Sour Saison and Bootweather Brett Saison, as part of their collection. The company is very open to experimenting, so who knows what they will dream up next.

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BC Beer Baron #136 – Yellow Dog Shake a Paw Smoked Porter

Each month, as part of this 366-day BC craft beer extravaganza that I will be sharing with you throughout 2016, I will highlight a specific style or theme of beers for a whole week of articles. I used to be hesitant about drinking porters, believing them to mostly be coffee-based in the flavour department. Once I realized that was only half true, a whole new world was opened to me and that’s a world I want to share with others.

There was a time when the Sip Advisor loathed porters. Luckily, I came to my senses and this Yellow Dog Brewing release was one of the brews that got me there.

I love my smoke-flavoured beers and the Shake a Paw Smoked Porter is high on that list. To bring out the most smokiness possible, the beer should be drank at a warmer temperature. If you – like the Sip Advisor – prefer your beers cold, you may have to wait a little for maximum flavour.

Yellow Dog Shake a Paw Smoked Porter

Originally, Shake a Paw was to be a limited release, but after winning the Best of Show award at the 2014 BC Beer Awards, it became a flagship beer for the company. I love Yellow Dog’s beer names, all of which have to do with puppy behaviour. There’s the Chase My Tail Pale Ale, Play Dead IPA, Stick Toss Saison, and Take a Walk Wit, among others.

Mrs. Sip and I were able to visit Yellow Dog’s Port Moody location once before and have been meaning to return. The place is one of the most dog friendly operations I’ve ever witnessed and I guess that naturally comes with the name.

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