Bomber Brewing and Stone Brewing Collaboration Beer


Unless you have had your head in the sand you know that Stone Brewing out of Escondido California is currently launching its beers in BC and Alberta.  One thing that was not made public though was that Stone Brewing would be doing a collaboration with local Vancouver brewery Bomber Brewing.

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I was lucky enough to get invited over to Bomber on October 21st, 2014 to take in the brew day.  Steve Gonzalez small batch manager from Stone Brewing brewed with Blair Calibaba head brewer at Bomber Brewing with help from the Bomber Brewing Crew.  The beer that they created is a Red Rye IPA and the beer looked amazing!  There was a truck load of malt in this brew especially with the added Rye.

Once the beer has fermented and is ready it will be available in both Bombers and on tap at the tasting room and select pubs.  I saw a sample of the label for this collaboration and it looks fantastic!  It brings together Stone Brewing and Bomber Brewing’s styles perfectly.  Keep your eyes peeled for the release date in the not to distant future. From what I understand the beer will be called “Blood From A Stone” but that could change.

On top of the brewing collaboration Bomber brought out their hockey sticks and net.  Bomber brewing was born out of a beer league hockey team and all.  It was time for a few Americans to take their very first shot at hockey.  It was quite humorous.

 

 

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Elephant Run IPA – Fisher Peak Brewing Co


Inside The Heid Out Restaurant and Brewhouse located in Cranbrook BC you will find Fisher Peak Brewing Co.  This brewhouse inside a restaurant in the Kootenays created the “Elephant Run IPA”.  The beer pours a mildly cloudy copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of sweet caramel, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, citrus, mild pine and some mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 55.  There is no doubt in my mind that this is an English Style IPA and is probably tailored to the palates of the people of Cranbrook.  I personally prefer a big bitter IPA but I did quite enjoy this none the less.

Commercial Description:  A traditional English Indian Pale Ale that is reminiscent of the beers shipped to India from England in the 1850s. Heavily hopped, with five different American hops. This I.P.A. is dry hopped with leaf/whole cone. This style is driving the world wide resurgence in craft beer.

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Friendly Fire ISA – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing out of North Vancouver comes their new “Friendly Fire ISA” an India Session Ale.  The beer pours a golden orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malts, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of pine, resin, hops bitterness with mild citrus and caramel malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.2% with an IBU of 48.  I was amazed at just how much bitterness came out in this beer with such a low ABV.  I really enjoyed this ISA as it had a ton of flavour as a session beer!

Commercial Description:  This sessionable beer is caught in the crossfire between European malts and North American hops.  Ample malt flavour followed by multiple ‘C’ hop offensives create a satisfying and refreshing assault by the friendliest of flavours.

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I, Braineater Pumpkin Ale – Bomber Brewing


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From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “I, Braineater Pumpkin Ale”. The beer pours an amber colour with a white head.  The aroma is fairly malt forward with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove.  The flavour consists of a big malt front with a pretty decent hops bitterness and pumpkin, and all the same pumpkin pie spices.  I am amazed that a beer that only has an IBU of 20 is so hop forward although I really enjoy the hop forward notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.8%.  This is one of the best pumpkin ales that I have had this year so far.

Commercial Description:  What does Vancouver musician and artist Jim Cummins (a.k.a. I, Braineater) have in common with pumpkins? Answer: this beer. And we may seem late to the game, but the pumpkins we harvested from Abbotsford’s Lepp Farm make this rich, flavourful ale well worth the wait. With distinct Tettnang hops, a touch of spice, and a label featuring Jim’s iconic, ‘Devil Girl’, we think this could just be your perfect Halloween beer.  It’s a no-brainer.

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Strange Fellows Brewing (Progress Report #6) – East Vancouver


Well things are picking up a bit for steam at Strange Fellows right now!  A new paint job has begun to spruce up the look of the outside of the brewery already!

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I still can not talk about the tasting room at this point.  I can tell you though that the brewhouse has arrived and is in place.  I don’t think that it is fully hooked up yet at this point but this is the real proof that things are coming to a close on the build out.  Iain will still have to clean the brewhouse and all tanks before they can brew their first batch of beer but I think in the next three weeks there may be beer in tanks in some form.  Inside the cooler you will also find the serving tanks that will feed the tasting room and growler fills.

I don’t know about you but I am getting very excited for this brewery to open and then a year down the road when some of Iain’s sour beers start to flow out of the taps!

If you want to keep up with their construction keep it locked here.  If you want even more coverage check out the breweries Web Cam, blog, instagram for the latest info!

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Windstorm West Coast Pale Ale – Stanley Park Brewery


From Stanley Park Brewery (Turning Point Brewery) in Delta BC comes their “Windstorm West Coast Pale Ale” a limited release.  Partial proceeds from this beer go towards the Stanley Park Ecology Society.  The beer pours an amber colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, pineapple, melons basically an overall fruity flavour with some sweet malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of big tropical notes, pineapple, melons, pine, hops bitterness and malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.7% with an IBU of 35.  It was a nice surprise to find just how much flavour this beer had.  I enjoyed it and could see purchasing more in the near future.

Commercial Description:  In December 2006, a fierce 120 km/hr windstorm tore a path through Stanley Park, leveling over 10,000 trees in our treasured coastal forest. Though devastating, an empowering story of resiliency and community emerged in its wake. Together we re-built, and individually we strengthened our connection to the Park while ensuring a legacy of ‘nature in the city’ for future generations. With the Limited Release ‘Windstorm’, we affirm our commitment to the enduring legacy of Stanley Park.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Grilled Steak, Citrus Salad, Thai Curry, and Roasted Vegetables

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Moody Ales – Port Moody


In June 2014 Moody Ales started to build their brewery.   On October 16th 2014 they opened their doors to the public for the first time!  The build out was pretty darn quick!

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When you walk through the front door of brewery you will find a beautiful tasting room.  Wood topped bars and wood topped tables are quite stunning.  A chalk board displays the beer that is currently on tap.  They have custom growler fillers that use CO2 to fill with counter pressure.  I love the touch they have added with a brewing process display on the one wall that shows the entire brewing process.

The brewery itself is small but has a ton of room for expansion.  They have a small barrel aging program that I am sure will grow with time also.  If you made it out to the grand opening they had a small amount of a test batch of barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout that was to die for!

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This brewery is already showing it can create some tasty brews but I think they are only breaking the surface of what their creativity can bring.  Their test batches are proof of this!  So head over to the brewery as soon as possible!  Just a note that parking is found in behind the brewery but you have to enter the brewery at the front of the building.

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Moody Ales
http://www.moodyales.com
2601 Murray Street
Port Moody, BC
beer@moodyales.com
(604) 492-3911

Opening hours from opening day (Times could and most likely will change)

Monday: 12-8
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 12-8
Thursday: 12-8
Friday: 12-10
Saturday: 12-10
Sunday: 12 -8

Cheers!

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Red IPA – Bad Tattoo Brewing


From Penticton’s new Bad Tattoo Brewing comes their “Red IPA” a beer that pours like a stout but tastes like an IPA.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of sweet caramel malts, floral hops with lots of roasted notes.  The flavour is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, tropical fruits and a medium hops bitterness.  I think the bitterness is being masked by the roasted flavours.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of around 60. This beer is a mix of a stout, red ale and an IPA and actually works quite well.  If you are in or around Penticton stop in and try a glass.

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Fraser Valley Food Show 2014 – Abbotsford


I was recently invited to attend the Fraser Valley Food Show 2014 in Abbotsford BC. On Saturday October 4th I attended the event along with a bunch of other beer and food related bloggers. The event is held out at the Tradex building out at the Abbotsford Airport.

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The Fraser Valley Food Show is an annual event that showcases some of the best food vendors, food related products and alcoholic beverages.  I had heard that there was a sausage competition so I found my way towards its location and waited for it to start.  Luckily for me the competition was located right beside the drinks pavilion so I stopped in for some samples while I waited.  First off you need to buy tickets for food and drinks.  Drinks and food take different amounts of tickets.

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Once into the drink area I did a quick loop of the booths to see what they had to offer.  Once I had taken my once over look I stopped in at many booths to sample their wares.  The alcoholic drinks at this event included the following.

Erdinger Beer, McClelland Premium Imports, Red Truck Brewery, Campbell’s Gold Honey Meadery, Crush Imports, Yellowtail Wines, Old Yale Brewery, Galileo Wine & Spirits, Steam Whistle Brewing, Distiller’s Pride, Mission Springs Brewery, Kealy Beverage Company, Mt. Lehman Winery, Parallel 49 Brewery, Philippe Dandurand Wiines, Beverage Concepts, Network Beverages Ltd., Domaine Pinnacle, Glutenberg Beer, Barkerville Brewing

Once the Sausage competition started I headed over to the line and paid my few tickets to try all the sausages.  Once finished we got to vote on our favourite of the bunch.  The overall champion for the event was Anita Pichlmeier of Black Forest Meats out of North Vancouver.

Once I finished up with the tasting and voting for my favorite sausage (made by Beast & Brine) I headed into the festival proper.  All kinds of food venders were on hand to give out sample of their products to either sell to you on site of bring you back to their place of business.  There were all kinds of great stands handing out great meat samples.  There was also a second theme to this years festival.  It was the Gluten-free living show.  The gluten-free thing is lost on me but there were some pretty tasty samples that excluded gluten.  The venders included the following.

ALL OF OILS, WHOLESOME OILS & VINEGARS, ARBONNE, AROMA BAKE HOUSE, AZUMA FOODS (CANADA) CO., BATTEN INDUSTRIES, BC BROILER HATCHING EGG PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION, BC BUZZ HONEY, BC CANCER AGENCY – PREVENTION PROGRAMS, BC CHICKEN GROWERS ASSOCIATION, BC CRANBERRY MARKETING COMMISSION, BC MEATS, BC PORK, BEANFIELDS, BEEZ & TREEZ SPECIALTY FOODS, BLAZES BEANS INC, BONNE SANTE DISTRIBUTING, BORN 3 MARKETING CORP, BOXMASTER, CABIN FEVER SWEET SENSATIONS, CANADIAN CELIAC ASSOCIATION, CHECKERS PREMIUM FUDGE, CHECKERS SALES & MARKETING, CHEF NOSE SPICES, CHOCOLATAS, CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS, COCONAMA CHOCOLATE CO. LTD, COOKING ESSENCE, COOL-IT HIWAY SERVICES INC, COUNTRY PRIME MEATS LTD, CUTCO CUTLERY, DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA, DAMIANI FINE FOODS, DIRECT BUY, ENERJIVE, EPICURE SELECTIONS, FAR-MET QUALIFIRST, FIELD TO FORK HERBS, FIRE BELLY SAUCE COMPANY INC, FORTE WHOLE FOODS INC, FORTIS BC, GELDERMAN FARMS LTD, GLEAM GUARD INTERNATIONAL, GOOD SEED HEMP COMPANY LTD, GOURMET CREATIONS LTD, GRANOLA GIRL, GREEN EARTH ORGANICS, GRIPSTIC, HAPPY DAYS DAIRIES LTD, HAPPY PLANET FOODS INC, HONEYVIEW FARM, HOPCOTT PREMIUM MEATS, INTRAWEST RESORT & CLUB GROUP, INVESTORS GROUP FINANCIAL SERVICES, IT WORKS! INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTOR, ITALIAN KITCHEN SAUCE COMPANY, JD FARMS SPECIALITY TURKEY, JOHNSTONS, JUMP UP AND GOGO, JW SALES AND MARKETING, KB HONEY PROCESSORS/WESTERN SAGE HONEY, LUPITA MEXICAN FOODS, MARIE`S GUILT FREE BAKERY, MASSAGE CHAIRS, MAYACAMAS FINE FOODS, MR MOMS WORLD CATERING, NATUR-A, NATURES PATH FOODS INC, NORWEX, OCEAN SALES LTD, OH GREEN BIOTECH LTD, OKANANGAN PINK SALT COMPANY, OMEGA CRUNCH, OMEGA NUTRITION CANADA INC, PAMPERED CHEF, THE, PAULING LABS INC, PROSNACK NATURAL FOODS INC, RA ENERGY FOODS, RHINELAND CUTLERY, S&B GLUTEN FREE INC, SALADMASTER COOKWARE, SALT SPRING SEA SALT LTD, SEASONED GOURMAND FOODS, SEDOS OLD FASHIONED BUTCHER + DELI, SHEN YUN SHOW VANCOUVER ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, SHUSWAP INFUSIONS TEA, SIMPLY DELISH SOUP & SALAD, SPICEWORKS FOOD CREATIONS, SPOLUMBOS SPECIALTY SAUSAGE, STUFFERS SUPPLY COMPANY, SUNDANCE SEAFOOD, TUPPERWARE, U-BE-LIVIN-SMART INC, UNIQUE FIRE & SAFETY, VILLAGE CHEESE COMPANY, WATKINS, WEST COAST CHRISTMAS SHOW, WINELAND DRESSINGS, WISE BITES, YB! GLUTEN FREE BAKERY, YOUR INSPIRATION AT HOME, ZARAS PASTA

My favourite of the samples had to be the Fire Belly Hot Sauce from Fire Belly Sauce.

I quite enjoyed the event as it had so much great food and some great beverages to boot.  I recommend that anyone who enjoys food and beverages head out to this event next year.  You will not only get to try out some great products but also find new favourites that you can bring into your daily lives.

Fraser Valley Food Show

http://www.fraservalleyfoodshow.com/

Tradex Centre
1190 Cornell Street.
Abbotsford BC

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Crannóg Ales – Sorrento


I have been drinking beer from Crannóg Ales for a few years now and have always been a big fan of what they produce.  Being in the Okanagan for Thanksgiving I decided it was high time I took a day trip up to Sorrento BC in the Shuswap and visit the brewery.  The brewery has growlers for sale but otherwise you have to schedule your visit with the staff in advance.

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When you arrive at the property you won’t find your average brewery.  Not only is there a brewery here as they are also a sustainable farm as well.  Crannóg Ales is a certified organic farmhouse microbrewery and was the first ever to open up in Canada back in 2000.  The farm feeds the brewery and the brewery feeds the farm.  Hops, fruits and or vegetables are grown on site and used in the brewing process.  The spent grains from the brewing process are used to feed the animals on the farm.  From sheep and chickens currently on site to the pigs that they have on occasion.  The animals are used to fertilize the crops instead of adding fertilizers.  The farm and brewery also run on a well.  This means that the brewery and farm are currently at full capacity and will never increase their production.  I really liked the fact that all water used in the brewing process is collected in a tank and redistributed into the fields to water the plants.  Here are some photos of the farm that I took while on the initial stage of my tour of the brewery.

Once the tour of the farm was complete we headed to the brewery building to learn about their brewery itself.  The first piece of information that was passed on is that the brew system and a good portion of their tanks come from the godfather of modern day craft brewing in Canada, John Mitchell.  Mr Mitchell was the first modern day craft brewer in Canada opening up the Horseshoe Bay Brewing Co in 1982.  He went on to help set up both Spinnakers Brewpub and Howe Sound Brewing.  I find it amazing that this piece of Canadian craft brewing history is still being used today!  32 years and still going strong!  The brewery uses open fermentors which is not the norm in Canada.  I love the fact that this brewery sells party pigs also.  A party pig is an 8.5L mini keg of sorts with a tap on it that you keep in your fridge and drink at your leisure.

When the tour of the brewery was done we were taken to a small tasting room that is only used for tours.  It is hidden off to the side of the brewery and you would never know that it was even there unless taken to it.  We were able to try samples of all of their beer that they had on tap.  from here you could choose to buy prefilled growlers of their beer if you would like.  I think they trade old growlers for new if you have Crannóg branded growlers.

We also learned a cool bit of information on why they named the brewery Crannóg Ales.  a Crannóg was a dwelling built on stilts in Ireland and Scotland up until the 17th century in lakes or swamps.  This helped maximize the area of land that could be cultivated or used as grazing land.  Learn more here.  The photo below is a representation of a Crannóg.  This Crannóg  used to be on much higher stilts but was shortened after a large snowfall almost brought it down.

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If you have a chance to check out Crannóg Ales in Sorrento I highly recommend it as the tour is highly informative and it is just so different than anything else going on in British Columbia.

Crannóg Ales

http://www.crannogales.com

706 Elson Road
Sorrento, BC V0E 2W1
phone: (250) 675-6847
fax: (250) 675-6849
brewery@crannogales.com

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