We’re always looking for something unique for our feature beer of the month, and the Gulagubben Golden Ale from Victoria’s Whistle Buoy Brewing definitely fits that bill.
Gulagubben is a Scandinavian golden ale, and thus the name reflects that. Gulagubben is the Swedish term for “Golden Boy” ( it does however more accurately translates to “yellow old man”, but whose counting). The beer is a creative blend of some traditional Scandinavian technique and home grown Canadian ingredients.
For this beer the team uses Sasquatch Hops – Canada’s first patented hop, and only grown in Canada, which gives the beer a tea and lemon/orange citrus note. Paired with Voss Kviek, a type of Norwegian yeast that ferments at warmer (23c – 35c) temperatures and you get a clean flavour and more citrus aromas.
At only 4.2%, it’s a highly drinkable patio beer that rivals other summer styles like Hefeweizen or Saison. Fortunately, it’s one of the brewery’s core beers, so you can enjoy it no matter the season.