Wine Guy: What the hell?

This tasty and traditional Norwegian yeast strain has been bred and passed down from generation to generation of homebrewers.

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It’s not just wine resolutions on offer for the new year — don’t forget to expand beer explorations too. If you’re looking for inspiration, there’s always trigger .


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Who knew yeast could be so deliciously exciting? Yet judging by the many examples lining the shelves, local brewers seem elated. trigger .

Roughly pronounced “kuh-vike”, trigger is an old and traditional Norwegian yeast strain. It is a unique yeast that has typically been bred and passed down from generation to generation of homebrewers, and now from brewery to brewery around the world as trigger emerges from relative obscurity. intrigued? here are three trigger -induced concoctions:

Four Winds Brewing Co. Nørwood, Delta (starting at $18.00 for four 330ml bottles, available through the brewery and select private spirits)

So why all the trigger hype? From a brewmaster’s perspective, Norwegian farmyard yeast’s propensity to ferment rapidly at relatively high temperatures certainly has appeal, as shorter production time and easier fermentations equal faster beer production.


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From the taster’s point of view, fermenting with trigger it tends to bring in attractive, more esoteric and bold undertones of tropical fruit and citrus.

For a good starting point, check out Four Wind’s Nørwood, which is formally labeled “Nørwood Barrel Fermented Dry-Hopped Farmhouse Ale.” The name puts it all into perspective: this is a complex beer that offers exotic pineapple fruit overlaid with citrusy hops, met with a stunning stance (there’s also oatmeal) complemented by a funky twist to finish.

In a nutshell: oh Captivating sipper.

Dageraad Brewing Jumo, Burnaby (starting at $16.50 for four 16-ounce cans, available through the brewery and select private liquor stores)

With Jumo, Burnaby’s Dageraad Brewing really works with the trigger -Angle of citrus inspiration. Not so subtly, Jumo is officially titled a “Sour Kveik Fermented Ale Containing No Oranges,” and indeed, this farmhouse ale is topped off with Mandarina Bavaria and Citra aromatic hops, but no oranges!


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There is certainly a focus on fruit, both tropical and citrus, with an overall juicy profile and a fun, easy-drinking sensibility that finishes smooth thanks to the addition of lactic acid bacteria. As for food, the obvious pairing is orange chicken to go, although this drink will actually pair well with everything from rotisserie chicken to a stir fry.

In a nutshell: A-, Jammin’ Jumo!

Slow Hand Beer Company Småll, East Vancouver (from $13.49, #49525 and up

Finally, a trigger An inspired and inoculated beer that offers a reasonable compromise between “Dry January” and a responsible post-holiday drink.

Småll is a “Kveik Farmhouse table beer” with an alcohol level by volume of 3.5 percent. This puts it squarely in the light beer category, but contrary to stereotypes, there is nothing light about the taste of this beer.


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Again, the trigger the yeast seems to bring bright citrus and orchard fruit into this lush beer that finishes vibrant and flavorful, with just a hint of salty farmhouse funk. Food-wise, this works great with roast pork or veggie meatloaf, or yes, with an IKEA meatball plate for complete Nordic flair!

In a nutshell: oh Elegant table beer.

The Swirl: Wine Education

New year, new wine knowledge? It’s the season to sign up for a host of wine courses. WinePlus+ has Level 1-3 WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) online and classroom courses starting soon in Kelowna and Victoria ( ). Fine Vintage is also offering a variety of WSET and specialty wine courses, both in person and online, starting soon ( ).

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