CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Herald reports that as part of the festivities marking its 100th anniversary, Calgary’s iconic Fairmont Palliser Hotel has commissioned Wild Rose Brewery to create an exclusive beer to celebrate the milestone.
Palliser Centennial is a pale ale brewed in the style of an English Special Bitter, according to Wild Rose brewer Mark Kerrigan. Calgary Herald beer columnist Jason van Rassel provides the following tasting notes:
Centennial is brewed with chocolate, caramel and Munich malts, which give it a reddish-brown hue and a hint of sweetness. Using Glacier hops (first grown in Washington state) gives the beer a bit of a New World element, but the beer also has the quintessential English hop variety, East Kent Golding, that gives so many traditional English ales a characteristic earthy aroma. Overall, Centennial is mild and well-balanced, but full of flavour and has that admirable and sought-after quality possessed by good English ales: it’s highly sessionable, meaning it’s easy-drinking and a suitable for a civilized night of conversation and beer with friends — without taxing your palate or your constitution.
Palliser Centennial was officially launched yesterday (May 28th), and will be available on draught at the Palliser for the remainder of the year as part of its anniversary celebration.