The Butcher & Bullock pub in Vancouver has a beer club that does events weekly with one event a month being a much larger Keg Fest event like the evening that I attended on November 19th, 2015. These biger events fall closer to the last Thursday of the month.
This Keg Fest found TruCraft and Sierra Nevada Brewing bring in 4 regularly listed beers in BC and also 4 usually Brew Pub exclusives. The ticket to the open event cost $15 and got you 8 tickets to try 1 – 4oz sample of all 8 beers. If you wanted to have more of any one beer it was $2.5 for 4oz or $7 for 14oz. The beers on sample were as follows: Outside Lands Saison, Nooner Pilsner, Torpedo Extra IPA, Porter, Hop Hunter IPA, Pale Ale, Stout and Close Call Kolsch. They also had some great looking beef brisket sandwiches on sale.
This was a great little event with lots of good beer on offer and a great group of people sharing in the experience. If you are interested in their beer club make sure to ask your server next time you stop in for food and beer. I know I will be keeping you eyes peeled for more events like this one.
Butcher & Bullock Pub
911 West Pender Street
Categories: Tasting Event
Tags: bc, beer club, butcher & Bullock pub, butcher and bullock pub, canada, craft beer, craft beer club, donnelly group, downtown vancouver, sierra nevada, Sierra Nevada Brewing, vancouver
From Vancouver BC’s R&B Brewing comes the “Roggenbier Rye Ale” the first beer in their brand new Mount Pleasant Series of beers. This one was originally released for September 2015 this beer is getting hard to find. The beer pours an amber/brown colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of banana, clove, rye and a sweet finish. The flavour is of rye, caramel, banana, clove, earth and a very mild hops presence. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 16. I really do not know this style well so I can not compare it to many but I did enjoy this beer and would pick it up again if I saw it.
Commercial Description: R&B is creating a new series! We’ve named it “The Mount Pleasant series” after the historical and modern day significance in Vancouver’s brewing scene and the diverse neighbourhood that we have been apart of for the last 18 years. It will be a rotational program of limited releases offering a variety of new and interesting flavours throughout the year. Roggenbeir is a modern recreation of a historical and traditional German rye beer brewed in the period before the Reinheitsgebot. The addition of rye imparts a spicy character to this deep copper coloured beer, while fermentation using a traditional German weissbier yeast in our unique horizontal tanks, promotes an aroma of earth, spicy clove and banana.
Tags: banana, bc, canada, caramel, clove, craft beer, earth, earthy, mild bitter, mild bitterness, mild hops, mount pleasant, mount pleasant series, r and b brewing, R&B Brewing, roggenbier, roggenbier rye ale, rye, rye ale, vancouver
Abbotsford is moving ever closer to having a new brewery. This time though the brewery will be located out in the Eastern region of Abbotsford off of the Sumas exit of Highway 1 and will be called Field House Brewing Co.
The brewery is located in an old building off of Railway Ave that I would have to assume was originally an auto shop or something.
Through the left most door you will find the tasting room. The walls have a nice wood ship lap finish and there will be a nice big wood burning fireplace on the back wall. There will be a few long tables and some smaller tables all with wood tops. The bar will be located on the right hand side of the second photo where you can just barley see where the taps are plumbed in. There will be a lounge license here at some point if not from the opening. As well as the tasting room there will also be a large pick-nick area outside the tasting lounge.
To the right of the tasting lounge down a hallway you will find a second room that houses the cooler and will house the brew house. The cooler has been increasing in size over time and has shrunk the area for the brew house but you need enough space to keep the finished product cold. The 15BBL (or 17.6 hectoliters roughly) brew house will be tightly squeezed between the cooler and the opposite wall.
Heading further right in the building you will find their mechanical room. Beyond that is the tank farm. There will be 6 15BBL fermentors as well as one 15BBL bright tank and a 30BBL bright tank. The whole tank farm and brew house should be showing up soon and they hope to have beer in them as soon as possible.
The brewery has been brewing on their test batch system already and dialing in their recipes. They are looking to have construction finished mid December and be open to the public right away. For the opening they will likely be only selling small samples of beer with no growler fills as they will not have much beer ready at that point. I really like how this brewery is coming together and I look forward to trying their beer when they are opened.
Field House Brewing
2281 West Railway Street,
From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Devilfish IPA” a Single Malt & Single Hop beer also known as a Smash Beer. The beer pours a deep golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consist of tropical fruits, sweetness, some malts and a mild floral hops. The flavour is of Big tropical fruits, earth, caramel, sweetness, mild resin and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 40. I am not always a big fan of these single hop or malt beers but this one works really well balanced and full of flavour. I would recommend this beer to anyone that likes a flavourful beer!
Commercial Description: This daringly simple IPA was crafted using only the essentials: special amber malt and Ella hops. The Devilfish’s tropical notes and smooth finish are best savoured with a spicy seafood dish.
Food Pairings as per brewery: Spicy Seafood Pasta, Fruit Salad Chicken & Chorizo, Spanish Enchiladas, Grilled pork chops w/ apple relish, Butter chicken.
Categories: India Pale Ale
Tags: bc, brewery, canada, caramel, chilliwack, craft beer, devilfish india pale ale, devilfish ipa, earth, hops bitter, hops bitterness., india pale ale, IPA, mild bitter, mild bitterness, mild resin, old yale brewing, resin, single hop, single malt, single malt single hop, smash beer, sweet, sweetness, tropical fruit, tropical fruits
From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Saison Deux Fois La Taille”. This was a very special bottle conditioned release. From my understanding it was their first bottle release as they typically use cans. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, yeast, wheat and some floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, citrus rind, more fruit, yeast, wheat, pepper, vanilla and a mild alcohol finish. The alcohol content came in at 8.6%. This was a really well crafted imperial sasion and I am glad I was able to get my hands on it.
Commercial Description: Very dry, clove and rose flower aromas. Lightly spiced with a light pear taste. Unfiltered, bottle conditioned. High alcohol content. When possible please enjoy our beer from a glass to experience it fully. Recommended serving temperature: 45°F/ 7°C.
Categories: Imperial, Saison
Tags: alcohol finish, black bridge brewing, citrus, citrus rind, citrusy, fruit, fruity, imperial, imperial saison, limited, mild alcohol, pepper, rind, saison, Saison Deux Fois La Taille, Saskatchewan, swift current, vanilla, wheat, yeast
From White Rock Beach Beer Company in White Rock comes their “East Beach Nut” an American Brown Ale. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, nuts, roasted malts and a sweet finish. The flavour is of chocolate, nuts, roasted malts, earth and a hint of fruit in the finish. The beer comes in at 4.9% alcohol and has an IBU of 32. This is a well crafted Brown Ale and while it may not blow you away it will be a great beer to share a growler with a friend or two for sure. Sometimes a nice approachable beer is the best way to go.
Commercial Description: Originally a British Ale, this version uses Canadian grain and hops. Dark nut brown in color but clear all the way through. Mild and not overly hopped. Caramel and some chocolate undertones.
Categories: Brown Ale
Tags: american brown ale, beer, brown ale, chocolate, craft beer, earth, earthy, east beach nut, fruit, nut, nuts, nutty, roasted malt, roasted malts, white rock beach beer company
From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Obnoxious Little Persona” a Strawberry Berliner Weisse. The beer pours a pink grapefruit juice pink with a white head. The aroma consists of tartness and strawberry but is not overly strong. The flavour is of sweetness up front from the strawberries but the tartness of the beer takes over and completely cuts the sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at a low 3% with an IBU of 15. If you do not know the Berliner Weisse style this beer has huge flavour even with a very low alcohol content.
Commercial Description: One of our favourite beers to come from our favourite Particularist – Iain Hill. He took a sessionable Berliner, aged it for 6 months then added about a hundred pounds of local strawberries to the mix. The result: A tart, sour, sessionable glass of goodness that won’t be around for too long. The obnoxious Little Persona (OLP) is a salute to our friend who tagged our wall in chalk a few months ago … thanks for the inspiration.
Categories: Sour Ale
Tags: bc, canada, craft beer, east van, east vancouver, obnoxious little persona, session, session ale, session beer, sessionable, strange fellows brewing, strawberry, strawberry berliner weisse, sweet, sweetness, tart, tartness
From Winnipeg Manitoba’s Half Pints Brewing Company comes their” Dead Ringer Belgian IPA”. This beer began last year as a test batch growler fill and is now a bomber release. The beer pours a copper/orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of pepper, Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus and a mild floral hops. The flavour is of pepper, Belgian yeast, earth, wheat, citrus, citrus rind and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 49. If you like the Belgian IPA style and find yourself in Manitoba or anywhere else you may be lucky to find it pick up a bottle as you will not be disappointed.
Check out my original review
Categories: Belgian India Pale Ale
Tags: belgian yeast, bitter, bitterness, canada, citrus, citrus rind, dead ringer belgian india pale ale, dead ringer belgian ipa, earth, half pints brewing, hopped, hops, hops bitterness., manitoba, pepper, peppery, wheat, winnipeg
Langley is finally moving into the craft beer scene with its own brewery coming early 2016.
Trading Post Brewing will be located only blocks from Willowbrook Shopping Centre. Head Brewer for this brewery will be very familiar to craft beer fans in BC as it is no other than Tony Dewald who has seemingly brewed everywhere! His last position was head brewer out at Old Abbey Ales in Abbotsford.
The brewery is working to open up for mid to late January but as it always goes until the beer is ready you never really know the exact date. The brewery side of the operation is closer to completion so I will start talking about it first. The brew house is a 15 HL system from Specific Mechanical on Vancouver Island with 5 – 30 HL fermentors and 2 – 30 HL bright tanks. All beer when ready will be transferred into kegs for serving here at the brewery as well as their Taphouse & Eatery that will be located right in Fort Langley (also under construction).
Like I said before the tap room is still at early stages of construction as well as their lounge on the second level above the tap room. The bars is going to have beer tap systems installed soon and lots of finishing touches are still to be done.
Tony talked allot about how they are working towards building a brewery and a beer lineup that is contemporary. They are still working on what exactly that will mean but expect to see some approachable beers on tap to draw in the locals while having some experimental beers to hook them. Tony is such a wealth of knowledge of making beer and the BC craft beer scene going back a long way and unfortunately we ended up talking much more about the scene in general and less about the brewery itself. Also fortunately this means I will have to go back and talk more with Tony about the brewery and their taphouse in Fort Langley. Stay tuned for more information in the future!
Trading Post Brewing
Unit 107-20120 64th Ave
Tags: bc, brewery, canada, construction, construction update, craft beer, craft brewery, fraser valley, langley, lounge, trading post brewing
From Vancouver BC’s R&B Brewing comes the “Raven Cream Ale”. The beer pours a brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, fruit and a sweet note. The flavour is of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, mild coffee, nutty and a mild fruit note also. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 18. Some people may squabble with this beer being a cream ale because of the dark colour but who cares as it is a great tasting beer!
Commercial Description: STYLE: Cream Ale / Dark Mild R&B’s Raven Cream Ale is a dark, yet surprisingly light-bodied cream ale. Crystal, Whitbread Goldings, and Cascade hops are added to a carefully crafted blend of 2-Row, C-120, Roasted and Chocolate barley malts creating a truly drinkable beer with subtle nutty flavours and hints of chocolate.
Food pairing as per brewery: Lighter food;chicken,salads, bratwurst,salmon.Light apricot or citrus cakes or tarts. Monterey Jack, Brick or slightly nuttier cheeses.
Categories: Cream Ale, Session Ale
Tags: bc, canada, caramel, craft beer, cream ale, east van, east vancouver, mild coffee, mild fruit, mild fruits, nuts, nutty, r and b brewing, R&B Brewing, raven cream ale, roasted malt, roasted malts, toffee, vancouver