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Release Schedule: July 2021

Howdy Y’all, summer is in full swing and things are opening up just in time cause July is always our biggest month of the year! Usually, we’d be kickin’ this month off in style with our annual FUNKFEST sour beer festival, but due to the pandemic, we’ve had to cancel it once again. Fear not though, we are still bringin’ the funk this month, with three sour releases on top of three other releases. Six releases in one month…our biggest month indeed! 

Salted Mango Kettle Sour – Our second variant in our FUNKFEST Sour Beer Series, Salted Mango Kettle Sour brings a nice level of tartness that’s perfectly balanced by the tropical fruit sweetness of mango and the savouriness of salt.  Tropical aromas of mango and lemon citrus lead the way, while a tart drinkability makes this low abv. kettle sour a serious summer crusher. A salty finish adds a level of complexity that certainly makes it greater than the sum of its parts. 

Blueberry Lavender Kettle Sour – the third and final variant of the FUNKFEST Sour Beer Series is our Blueberry Lavender sour.  Vibrantly purple, with a stark white head, this beautiful beer has the floral herbaceous aromas of lavender mingling on top of the glass. Using locally grown lavender from the Christel Lake Lavender Farm, we used just enough lavender to let you know it’s there. The tart blueberry carries the rest of the beer as it melds perfectly into the lemony goodness of our base Coriolis Effect Kettle Sour. Perfect on the deck with some lemon squares or a nice soft goat cheese. 

Q Beer Amber Lager – This is the second year we’ve teamed up with the good folks at Muskoka Pride to bring you a beer for Muskoka Pride week.  This one is all about drinkability. A nicely balanced amber lager, Q Beer has malt-forward body with notes of toasted pretzels and roasted nuts with just enough spicy hops to keep the sweetness in check. When working with Muskoka Pride, they asked for something that would be both approachable and great summer beer. And we nailed it with this one. Perfect with whatever you’re grilling or on it’s own, we think you’ll agree that this one is a winner.  

Gateway Kölsch & Golden Beach Hazy Pale Ale – We're bringin' back some of our ol’faves than smack dab in the middle of summer! Gateway Kölsch and Golden Beach Hazy Pale Ale have been with us since the beginning. Sure, they may’ve taken a bit of a hiatus, but they’re back just in time for summer! Gateway Kölsch is the quintessential lawn mower beer. Unassuming and immensely drinkable, it balances the cracker like maltiness of German pilsner malt, with the spiciness of German spalt hops.  If you’re lookin’ for something to beat summer heat with, look no further than Gateway Kölsch.  Then we have our Golden Beach Hazy Pale Ale, the first beer we ever released at Sawdust City. In fact, this November will mark the 10th anniversary of this hop-forward session beer.  Coming in at only 4.5% abv. and with the gentle haze of a summer afternoon, Golden Beach has enough hops to satiate the biggest hop head, but with the drinkability of a summer session ale. Galaxy and Mosaic hops play perfectly together brining tropical, citrus vibes that are just ideal for a summer afternoon at the beach.

The Big Pink Ontario Grape Ale – Last but not least, we’re closing this massive month with an absolute banger, The Big Pink!  Over the past few years, we’ve been working with the good folks at the Malivoire Winery in Niagara to create a truly fantastic Ontario grape ale. We start this brew off with 600kg of uncrushed Ontario merlot grapes, which go through a process called carbonic maceration in the fermenter, before we added in 10hL of unhopped Princess Wears Girlpants wort. The natural yeast found on the grape skins begins to work on this juice/wort blend, which we then allow to slowly ferment over the course of a few months. Once primary fermentation is complete, we then blend in some kettle sour beer to add some tartness and complexity. What you are left with is this immensely refreshing wine beer hybrid. Pouring an absolutely stunning pink, aromas of strawberry and lemon leap from the glass. On first sip, the fruitiness comes through while a gentle tartness carries through the middle. A high effervescence livens the body and makes this unique ale insanely drinkable.  We can’t wait for you to try this!

Well, that’s it for this month folks, six beers….no big deal. We’re super excited things are finally opening up here in Ontario and we can’t wait to see some of you smiling faces back here at Sawdust City. See you soon!

Cheers,

Sam 
BREWMASTER

Salted Mango Kettle Sour

Salted Mango Kettle Sour

Release Date: June 30th, 2021

Limited Brew: Available at our brewery retail store and online store while supplies last.

 Blueberry Lavender Kettle Sour

Blueberry Lavender Kettle Sour

Release Date: June 30th, 2021

Limited Brew: Available at our brewery retail store and online store while supplies last.

 Q-Beer Amber Lager

Q-Beer Amber Lager

Release Date: June 7th, 2021

Limited Brew: Available at our brewery retail store and online store while supplies last.

 Gateway Kolsch 2021

Gateway Kölsch

Release Date: June 14th, 2021

Limited Brew: Available at our brewery retail store and online store while supplies last.

 Golden Beach 2021

Golden Beach Hazy Pale Ale

Release Date: June 14th, 2021

Limited Brew: Available at our brewery retail store and online store while supplies last.

 The Big Pink Label

The Big Pink Ontario Grape Ale

Release Date: June 28th, 2021

Limited Brew: Available at our brewery retail store and online store while supplies last.

(Find our year-round brews here.)