Origin: Ponoka, AB
Josh and Femke Lubach use their farm to take the quality of their brewing ingredients to the top notch. When you control where every aspect of your brewing comes from, you get the opportunity to make some truly special craft beers. And the area they work in is steeped in a history of self-made people. Before Ponoka was even a real town, it was nothing but a brief stop for the railway - Siding 14 along the Calgary-Edmonton track. The crew of the brewery chose that name to keep their heritage in mind - that they exist in the town because hard working people wrought it from the ground, and made it more than a spot for the trains to pick up water and coal. Siding 14 has a sweet taproom where they serve up their six mainline beers along with some hard ciders. The Coal Pusher is a Stout with a strong backbone. Strong roasted flavours, smooth mouthfeel, and it will warm you up in a satisfying way. Serves well at 10°C and can cellar for up to a year.
Pours a dark, almost black colour with a completely opaque body and medium carbonation. A thick cap of chocolate tinted foam rests on top of the glass.
Lightly roasted, caramel malt, baker’s chocolate and cocoa powder, muddled fruit aromas, a touch of lactose, and a slightly sweet, floral hops profile that has some loam lurking around it.
The coffee elements of the flavour are strong at the start - roasted beans, a touch of bitterness, creamy mouthfeel. But it fades off fast, and the hops come in with floral flavours, a touch of earth, and the chocolate character of the cocoa powder along with its bitterness. A touch smokey and a bit of pine resin. Finishes off a bit dry and leaves the cocoa behind.
Pair up with a hearty meal like Shepherd's Pie for an all-around satisfying experience.