Hey there, time traveller! This article was published 3/9/2016 (324 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
As fall creeps closer, it’s not unusual to see some of the more summery wine, beer and coolers at Liquor Marts, private wine stores and beer vendors make their exit for the year. As they leave, new products make their way to the province — or, as we’re seeing with the beer boom, finally hit store shelves to the delight of thirsty Manitobans.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t have a go at a new locally made craft beer now on tap in the market, albeit in limited quantities and locations.
The Torque Brewing Witty Belgian Wit (Winnipeg — $7.83/846-ml howler) is one of three new beers available from the brewery or at the Quality Inn beer vendor growler bar (Pembina Highway at Grant Avenue) and on a few taps at pubs (the King’s Head, Barley Brothers, the Common at The Forks Market and a couple others at press time). The Witty Belgian is medium gold in colour and slightly cloudy, with intense spice, wheat and toasted malt notes on the nose. This Belgian-style brew is dry and somewhat creamy on the palate, with spice as well as citrus peel notes adding depth. Very good stuff; keep an eye out for Torque’s Redline IPA and Diesel Fitter Stout, which are out as well. Cans of all three are also coming soon. 4/5