From Nanaimo’s Longwood Brewery comes their”The Big One IPA”. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists caramel malts, citrus fruit, floral hops and sweetness. The flavour is of earth, sweet citrus, melon, caramel and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65. This is not the most complex IPA in the world but it does one thing quite well and that is taste good!
Commercial Description: Start with a classic British style, brew it in the Pacific Northwest, feature Vancouver Island grown hops and now you have evolution done Island-style. Your taste buds will shudder with the aftershock of intense flavour when you experience this combination of 100% unprocessed whole hop flowers with a medium but balanced malt body.
Categories: India Pale Ale
Tags: bc, canada, caramel, citrus, earth, earthy, hopped, hopps bitter, hopps bitterness, hops, hopy, india pale ale, IPA, longwood brewery, melon, nanaimo, sweet, sweet citrus, the big one india pale ale, the big one ipa, vancouver island
From Seattle Washington’s Reuben’s Brews comes their “Crikey IPA”. The beer pours an orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of pine, resin and earth. The flavour is of citrus, tropical fruits, pine, resin, some caramel and earth. The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 53. This is a very good IPA and if you find yourself in Seattle make your way to the brewery in the Ballard neighborhood.
Commercial Description: Focusing the hop profile on tropical fruit, juicy citrus and pine makes this IPA stand out. This brew is focused on hop flavor and aroma, with the malt backbone supporting role.
Categories: India Pale Ale
Tags: ballard, caramel, citrus, crikey india pale ale, crikey ipa, earth, earthy, india pale ale, IPA, pine, resin, reuben's brews, seattle, tropical fruit, tropical fruits, usa, washington
My last stop on my biking trip to Nanaimo was Wolf Brewing Co. The brewery recently took over more space in their building and has installed a tasting room. They still don’t have a sign hanging over the front door thought so just look for the correct door with some barrels outside.
Walking into the tasting room you will find a nice bar and some tables to enjoy your beer. You can buy flights of beer but I am pretty sure you are not able to get a glass but I could be wrong. They had 9 different beer on tap with a 10th sold out. The brewery has recenlty changed their labels to feature local Vancouver Island artists and they look great!
After trying some of the beer on tap at Wolf Brewing Co I asked to get a tour of the brewery. I was lucky to get a tour from both the Women running the bar (sorry I forget her name) and then the owner. The brew house has been upgraded since the brewery increased their space. They have kept one of the original vessels as it was better suited for making one of their staple beer. Beside the new house there the fermentors were located with a variety of sizes. Behind the tanks was the cooler where they housed the bright tanks and kegs and even some of their bombers.
From the staff right down to the customers everyone was great at Wolf Brewing Co. The beer is really tasty and the tasting room space while not finished is really inviting. I look forward to my next trip over to Nanaimo whenever it is. Until then I will just make sure to pick their beer up in Vancouver.
Wolf Brewing Co
940 Old Victoria Road
+1 (250) 716-2739
After stopping in at Longwood Brewery I headed to where it all began at Longwood Brew Pub & Restaurant at the other end of Nanaimo. Longwood Brewery now creates the packaged products while only the beer consumed on site at the brew pub is made their.
This location consists of both a restaurant (Upstairs) and a Pub (Downstairs).
I decided to head down to the pub for a bite to eat and some beer. First though I noticed that on the top level was also housed the Brew House. I stopped to take a few photos before heading down to the bar.
After poking around a bit I headed down stairs.
Directly at the bottom of the stairs you will find the small room that houses the breweries fermentation tanks. There is also a small lab on site.
I would have taken more photos of the pub itself but it was quite busy. The pub has a bit of an English Pub style to it. They even have a section of cask engines serving some great cask ale. I had an Irish Red Ale and Extra Special Bitter pulled from the cask engines. The food menu was a pretty standard menu with burgers, sandwiches, salads and appies.
If the island does one thing right it is Brew Pubs. This one is no different with great food and good beer. I recommend checking this place out!
Longwood Brew Pub & Restaurant
5775 Turner Road Nanaimo BC
Categories: Beer Travel, Brew Pub
Tags: bc, beer, brew pub, brewery, craft brewery, longwood brew pub, longwood brew pub & restaurant, longwood brew pub and restaurant, nanaimo, vancouver island
With the weather expected to be awful I decided not to go for a hike on the weekend and instead pulled my bike out of storage. I parked my car at Horseshoe Bay and hit the ferry to Nanaimo.
The ride to Longwood Brewery is not all that far from the terminal but is up hill for a good portion.
Walking through the door you will find a small tasting room where you can sample the beer before you get a growler fill, tall cans or bombers of their beer. The staff is really friendly and helpful with lots of knowledge about the beer they are serving. They have 6 different taps with at least one being a seasonal beer. Sadly like most of Vancouver Island they are not licensed to sell you glasses of beer and only serve small samples.
I was able to set up a tour of the brewery the day before heading over luckily. The brew house itself had to be specially made to fit underneath the mezzanine above it. On the mezzanine you find their grain storage and grain mill. Right beside the brew house you find their small tank farm. Over from their you find their canning line and bottling machine. The brewery recently took over the space beside them so they now have a large storage area that could take over packaging in the future to make room for more tanks.
No matter if you are on the Island or Mainland head to your local liquor store and pick up some of Longwood Brewery’s beer. That is of course unless you find yourself near Nanaimo then make sure to stop in to pick up their beer!
101A-2046 Boxwood Road
Nanaimo, BC V9S 5W7
From the Village of Valemount’s Three Ranges Brewing comes their “Tail Slap IPA”. The beer pours a golden colour with a off white head. The aroma consists of caramel malts, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel malts, citrus, grapefruit, hint of tropical fruits and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. This is a very refreshing IPA and I am sad that when my 6 pack is done I will have to go back to Valemount to get more.
Commercial Description: Citrus, Hoppy, Hoppy, Hoppy. The beaver opened up Canada to the world and took it on the chin as trappers and traders almost drove the species to extinction. But the beaver didn’t get mad. It got angry. Our Tail Slap India pale Ale is the liquid embodiment of that quintessential fighting spirit. With a Schwak-load of bittering hops, a solid malt backbone, and tart citrus aroma it is perfectly suited for the disenfranchised.
Categories: India Pale Ale
Tags: bc, canada, caramel, caramel malts, citrus, grapefruit, hopped, hoppy, hops, hops bitter, hops bitterness., tail slap india pale ale, tail slap ipa, three ranges brewing, tropical fruit, tropical fruits, valemount
Brassneck Brewery in Vancouver is one of the most popular breweries in Vancouver being full almost all of the time! This is for good reason though as their beer is both great and mostly only available at the brewery.
I have been to Brassneck Brewery tons of times but have never been able to tour the brewery and thus have never written about it. When you walk though the doors you will find yourself in the growler filling area with a bar for fills. There is also a full wall of empty growlers for purchase all with different branding. From here, if there is space you can walk into the lounge to sit down and have a glass or sample tray.
From the lounge the brewery is located on both sides with the brewing and fermenting being done on one side while the serving tanks are held on the other side in the cooler. This brewery is very cramped and leads to the reason that their beer is usually only found in the tasting room.
I totally understand why this is one of Vancouver and BC’s favourite breweries and I always love stopping in for a pint. Just make sure if you are trying to stop by not to drop in right at dinner time as it will be near impossible to get in!
Here is my original post for their grand opening back in Winter 2013.
2148 Main Street,
Vancouver BC, Canada
604 259 7686
From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes the “Kettle Valley Amber”. The beer pours a deep amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of caramel malts, citrus and tropical fruits and a mild sweetness. The flavour is of caramel, earth, citrus and a big tropical hit with a decent hops bitterness kick for and Amber Ale. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. I do not remember the original version of this beer but from the sound of it this batch has changed up the hops that are used. I really like how the tropical fruit hit from the hops mixes with the amber ale malt base.
Commercial Description: A medium bodied beer with an aromatic and citrus hop flavour. The malt follows through a deep caramel richness. The finish is crisp with a slight bitterness. Very drinkable.
Categories: Amber Ale
Tags: amber ale, bitter, bitterness, caramel, citrus, earth, earthy, hopped, hops, hops bitter, hops bitterness., hopy, kettle valley amber, mild sweet, mild sweetness, okanagan, penticton, sweet, sweetness, tin whistle brewing, tropical fruits, tropical fuit
I have heard rumors of Jester King Brewery out of Texas but had never had one of their beers until now. My first brew of theirs was the “Black Metal (Farmhouse Imperial Stout)” a Sour Imperial Stout named after one of my favourite styles of Metal! The beer pours a deep opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, anise, mild coffee with some milky qualities. The flavour is of tart lemon, balsamic sourness, burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, earth, ash, anise and some farmhouse notes in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 9.1%. This bottle was from batch #16 with a bottling date of 3, 25, 2015. Sour stouts are still a bit foreign to me but being a fan of both sour beers and stouts I was able to really enjoy both aspects of this beer. I look forward to trying out more beer in the Jester King lineup if I can work on trading for bottles in the future.
Commercial Description: “It is certain that the introduction of pure yeasts into industrial fermentation does not constitute the crowning achievement of a system that is henceforth immutable. It seems, for example, that if the application of the pure cultures method has improved the average quality of the beer, if it has decreased the chances of infection, it has given us beer with less character than before.” – 20th century Belgian Brewing Scientist Marc H. Van Laer
Categories: Imperial, Sour Ale, Stout
Tags: anise, ash, balsamic, balsamic vinegar, batch #16, burnt malt, burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, earth, farmhouse notes, farmhouse yeast, jester king brewery, lemon, sour, sourness, tart, tart lemon, tartness, texas, usa, vinegar
From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Okanagan comes their “India Pale Lager” a growler fill I picked up at the brewery. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus, floral hops, mild malts and a noticeable sweetness. The flavour is of tropical fruit and citrus, some earthiness, thin malts and a pretty strong hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 46. While not having a huge bitterness this IPL has more of a North West IPA style than the English IPA that Red Collar produces. I would pick this IPL up at the brewery again any time and if it made its way to bottles I would not hesitate to pick up a bottle either.
Commercial Description: A new-world take on the Czech-style pilsner. A golden bodied crisp lager fused with citrus and spice aromas from Ahtanum and Amarillo hops.
Categories: India Pale Lager
Tags: hopy, hops, lager, okanagan, malt, kamloops, malts, india pale lager, tropical fruit, hopped, ipl, earth, earthiness, tropical fruits, hops bitterness., mild malt, mild malts, tropical, red collar brewing, growler fill, some earth, some earthiness