Kichesippi Beer Co: Heller Highwater and Wuchak Black

I wrote earlier about the beers from Black Creek Historic Brewery in our beer of the month club delivery. The other featured brewery, Kichesippi Beer Co., in this month’s delivery is also from Ontario.  Located in Ottawa the name of the brewery means ‘The Great River’ and prior to 1855 the river running through Ottawa was known as the Kichesippi.

We tried two beers from Kichesippi, the cleverly named Heller Highwater beer and the Wuchak Black.  Heller Highwater is brewed in the style of a Munich Helles lager and the pun in the name won me over immediately.  A pale yellow colour and fairly mild tasting with subtle depth.  ‘Hell’ in German means light and ‘helles’ translated as noun means ‘the light one’ the colour and bubbly nature of this beer do it’s name justice. This is a perfect patio or dock sipping beer.

Both Andrew and I were weary about the Wuchak Black – described as a Cascadian Dark Ale or a Black IPA – it boasts a pitch black colour with a hop flavour.  I love hops.  Andrew loves dark stouts.  Rarely have we found a beer that mixes these two components well.  But the Wuchak Black seems to have pulled it off.  The Wuchak pours a dark black that is slightly opaque and has a lovely hop smell with a hint of malt.  It is an excellent balance of hop and stout – not too heavy and the hops aren’t overbearing.  For a beer were both apprehensive about this was a pleasant surprise. Kitchesippi is wisely selling this as a seasonal offering. The Wuchak is more suited for a cozy evening next to the fireplace than a sunny day in a lawn chair.