Four Winds Brewing is only about a year old. Located in Delta, British Columbia half way between Vancouver, BC and the border with Washington, Four Winds is already making a splash in the BC beer scene. They’re brewing a mix of traditional English and Belgian styles, including: IPA, Pale Ale, Triple, & Saison. They also regularly produce a pilsner. What I find interesting is that their using a lot of the yeast strain Brettanomyces in their beers. Like several Northwest breweries, they have a Saison with Brett, but they also do a Brett IPA! If you want to learn more about this funky wild yeast strain, you can read my article about it.
Their Wild Flower Saison arrived in a box from my beer trading friend, Heavy CF. As a fan of Saisons, I was eager to try this one. That coupled with the nice cork & cage finished bottle and the attractive label really made this beer one of the most immediately interesting beers from a brewery I hadn’t tried yet. Wild Flower Saison is brewed with dried chamomile and edlerflowers.
Appearance: Hazy gold/amber, beige head, great retention.
Aroma: Floral, chamomile, orange blossoms, honey, grapefruit peel, perfumey.
Taste: Fruity, caramel, honey, light white pepper in the finish.
Overall Impression: What a nice beer! If you like flowers as a spicing agent, you’ll like this beer. It still maintains a great Saison backbone that provides a nice counter balance to the sweeter floral character. It’s got a medium finish and leans a bit towards the sweetish side. The exceptional carbonation gives this beer a fantastically creamy mouthfeel. A bit of warning though, be careful when pouring this one. The carbonation comes out quickly and if you pour too quickly you could have a mess on your hands. Treat it like a highly carbonated Belgian beer: have your glass nearby, pour it slowly, and start by only pouring a little bit in the glass. I look forward to trying more from this brewery. This first beer has me intrigued.
Availability: In and around the brewery and southwestern British Columbia.
Looks and sounds like a tasty beer!
This saison looks fun! I would definitely be interested in trying it and other beers from Four Winds. Yum!
I know. My friend is going to send me more of their beers on my next box. Should be tasty!
This was a very good beer. Four Winds Brewing has stormed into the scene winning awards everywhere they go! The most amazing part is they are still less than a year old!
I was very impressed with my first taste. Can’t wait to try more.
See if you can get your hands on one of their Saison Brett, Triplicity Belgian Triple or their Juxtapose Brett IPA! Soo good.
Hey just a heads up. You mentioned that Four Winds Brewing has made a brett infused IPA. Well their Juxtapose Brett IPA just won Silver at the World Beer Cup In Denver in the category of American-style brett beer.
I saw that! I’m going to have to have HeavyCF send me a bottle.
Batch two is 2 weeks away on draft 4 weeks from bottles. Well worth a few bottles. I was a judge at a beer event here in the okanagan and they won Best of Show for their now Rye White IPA. They are on a roll.
This is a great take on a Saison, I am glad they keep making it. It is amazing how they are quietly storming the beer world by making awesome beer.
For a brewery that’s very young, they’ve been getting a lot of buzz. I can’t wait to try more of their beers.
They definitely nailed the “something different” part of it, with great execution. While all the other new breweries are raving about their ESB’s, IPA’s and Stouts, they come to market with Brett’s and Saisons and unique combinations of those, with still a great contingent of the regular stuff (personally, I love their IPA more than any other local one).