Godspeed – Arbeit Hefeweizen (355ml)
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German WeissbierThe German-style hefeweizen offers a unique beer experience thanks to the use of wheat malt, unique yeast and its uncharacteristic appearance. Learn More
Godspeed Brewery owner and head brewer Luc “Bim” Lafontaine cut his teeth homebrewing in the 1990’s, and then eventually became the brewmaster at Monteal’s famous Dieu du Ciel! brewery. After leaving Montreal to live in Japan and open his own brewery, Lafontaine was caught between red tape and the pull of coming home, so he came back to Canada and opened Godspeed in 2015.
Lafontaine is striving to craft beers of simplicity and finesse that express the cardinal flavor of their ingredients. He draws inspiration from traditional Czech brewing and Japanese cuisine, prizing above all the keen attention and care required to allow each element to articulate itself as a discrete part of the composition. When it comes to Godspeed beers, an “inspiration first” approach is taken; each release its own capstone after many years of travel, collaboration, experimentation, and personal growth. The beer portfolio is intentionally eclectic, running the gamut from bright hoppy pale ales, to classic malt-driven lagers, to bubbly and acerbic saisons. At Godspeed, great pride is taken in honouring centuries-old brewing traditions while putting their own stamp on a variety of styles, often with the help of expressive Japanese ingredients.
This wheat beer looks stunning in the glass. Cloudy straw yellow. Billowing white foam cap. Featuring vibrant notes of banana, clove, and freshly baked bread.
Arbeit Hefeweizen is one of two collaboration beers brewed with Michael Hancock. Hancock’s storied brewing career takes root back in 1989 at Denison’s Brewing Company, where he brewed Bavarian-style beers with class and distinction. His wheat beer in particular became world-renowned for its incredible flavour and fidelity to tradition. Michael then went on to help establish Sidelaunch, who continue to brew his prized recipes to this day.
Arbeit means “work” in German and after 40 years of brewing and engineering, no one encapsulates the word more than our friend and collaborator.