Parallel 49 Brewing out of East Vancouver released the second beer in their N2 nitrogenated beers the “ESB” an extra special bitter. The beer pours a copper colour with a really creamy tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, toffee and sweet fruits. The flavour is of flowery hops, sweet caramel and a fruity finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. Probably due to the nitrogen carbonation this tastes rather different than most ESB. This is a great easy drinking beer and a great second release in the N2 series.
From Vancouver Island’s Tofino Brewing out of Tofino comes their “Spruce Tree Ale”. This beer is conditioned with sitka spruce tips. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of malt, floral hops and some sweet citrus. The flavour is of sweet citrus, caramel malts, hops bitterness and a light spruce finish. The flavour is fairly light. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. The spruce was not as present as I had expected but the finished product is very pleasing and a pleasant sip.
The Lighthouse Brewing Company of Victoria, BC has produced the Rhubie Rhubarb Ale. Brewed with Pilsner Malt, flaked wheat, hops (unspecified), Belgian Wheat Ale Yeast and organic Fraser Valley rhubarb this is meant to be a refreshing summer beer.
It has the look of a Pilsner, clear and straw yellow with a loose, white head. This just screams refreshing summer drink. The carbonation flows up beautifully, reinforcing the summery feel.
The malt aromas come through clear but light, giving it a Pilsner scent with some hints of wheat beer. Just a hint of sweetness on the nose and a bit of Belgian funkiness and just a hint of rhubarb at the end.
The flavours are light as a cloud and balanced beautifully. The rhubarb, Pilsner Malt and Belgian yeast all come to the fore ba using a play on tart, sweet and funky. The slight hops bitterness backs up the rhubarb and lets the tartness shine through a bit. The creamy mouthfeel reminds me of really good ice cream with a light tickle of champagne-fine carbonation on the back of the tongue.
This is a great, light summer beer that should be enjoyed on a sunny patio with a cobbler.
From the brand new brewery located in New Westminster Steel & Oak Brewing Co. comes their “Smoked Hefe” a smoked hefeweizen. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with an off white head. The aroma is has an overall fruity flavour with banana but also Yeast and wheat. The flavour consists of banana, fruity sweetness, yeast, wheat, mild bitterness and some very mold smoke. The alcohol content of this beer comes in at 5% with 15 IBU. As a rule I don’t like smoked ales but hey I love to break rules. This is a fantastic beer and I would have a sleeve, pint or growler any time.
From Mission BC’s Mission Springs Brewing comes their “Cherry Bomb Belgian Pale Ale”. This pale ale pours a deep copper colour with a tan head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing. The aroma consists of caramel malts, cherries and some floral aspects at the finish. The flavour is of caramel malts with a mix of dark and sour cherries, tartness and some hops bitterness to finish it off. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 28. The brew has just enough cherries in it to add a very interesting flavour to the beer without being overpowering. Kevin has really hit the mark with this one.
Commercial Description: Inspired by the traditional farmhouse ales of Belgium, this unique and delicious pale ale uses imported malts and classic “Saison” influence and is fermented with just the right amount of dark and sour cherries. Exceptionally Sessionable! Not only is it fruity & spicy, but it’s thirst quenching and pairs well with hearty food — once a delight for the hard-working farmer! Cherry Bomb can be described easily by saying it is “fermented with just the right amount of dark and sour cherries!
From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Rocket Man Interstellar ESB” the first brew from brand new head Brewer Nick Fengler. The beer pours a deep amber colour with an off white head that clings to the glass with lots of lacing. The aroma is of tropical fruits, citrus and malts but not much else. The flavour is of tropical fruits, citrus, malts, earthy with a pretty good hops bitterness to round things off. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 40. After tasting this brew I would have to say that Dead Frog Brewery has picked the right person to extend their brand and create new and exciting beers. I really enjoyed this ESB even if it was a little off style with the Northwest love of tuned up hops in our beer.
Commercial Description: Commence countdown to a perfectly balanced tropical space ale dry-hopped with Galaxy. Massive explosions of tropical fruit from Galaxy and Apollo hops collide with storms of Maris Otter Floor Malt to create a hop forward brew with a surprisingly smooth finish.
From Dageraad Brewing out of Burnaby BC comes their “Amber” a Belgian Style Ale. The beer pours a cloudy amber colour with a white head. The aroma consists of fruity esters, caramel malts and a Belgian yeast. The flavour is of fruit, grassy hops, caramel malts and Belgian yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. This is a very tasty Belgian Style Amber and I would recommend that you pick up a bottle if you can find it.
Commercial Description: Invented for the Liége exposition of 1905 to compete with British imports, the Spéciale Belge or Belgian pale ale style marries the complexity of Belgium’s beers to the drinkability of Britain’s pale ales. Dageraad Amber’s light malty sweetness and rich bouquet of malt and stone fruit are balanced by a hoppy aroma and a crisp finish. This beer was inspired by the experience of enjoying a fresh bolleke − Antwerp locals’ affectionate nickname for a glass of De Koninck − in the Dageraadplatz, just a stone’s throw from the De Koninck Brewery.
On June 25th, 2014 Romer’s Burger Bar held a followup beer dinner to the Unibroue dinner. For the latest beer dinner Romer’s partnered up with Parallel 49 Brewing. Aaron the Chef put together a great dinner cooking each course with one of four Parallel 49 Beer. Graham With the Brewmaster from Parallel 49 came out to the event to speak about the beer with some help from Jeff Hurkett the Sales manager.
Below is the Menu from the dinner.
The dinner started like many with The Chef Aaron coming out and talking a bit about how he chose each beer for meal and how he cooked it including how he added each beer into the dish. When Aaron was done Graham With and Jeff Hurkett stood up in front of the group and introduced themselves and what the brewery is all about.
Fetta, basil, watercress, pine nuts, seed spitter balsamic
Paired with – Seed Spitter Summer Heff
It is safe to say I have never heard of a watermelon salad but this was very interesting. All the ingredients came together to make a great flavour and the balsamic dressing made with the Seed Spitter was to die for! Watermelon with a watermelon beer may seem like to much of one thing but it went very well together.
I.P.L. Tempura Halibut
Hand Cut Frieds, I.P.L coleslaw, Tarter
Paired with – Hoparazzi I.P.L (India Pale Lager)
The batter on the Halibut was to awesome and really complimented my favourite style of fish. The tarter sauce was homemade and was great. The fries were salted just right that they did not require anything to eat. A touch of vinegar never hurts but it didn’t need it at all. The coleslaw had the India Pale Lager in it and was noticeable. It added a really nice little kick. The citrus in the beer paired well with the fish as you would usually squeeze lemon on fish. The bitterness always goes well with a dish like this.
Lamb Ale Tagine
Ras el Hanout, Moroccan cous cous, garbanzo, tumeric yoghurt cream
Paired With – Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale
Lets start with what Ras El Hanout is. Ras el hanout is a mix of spices from North Africa (usually) and was a mix of the sellers best spices. The Lamb stew was amazing with tons of spices and a great malty backbone. The apricot and tumeric yogurt topping has some great flavours also. Cous cous is always tasty and this version was no different. The gypsy tears ruby ale has a great malt backbone which goes well with stew but the hops went well with the mild spices.
Caramel, dehydrated banana, ginger candy cream
Paired with – Banana Hammock Summer Hefeweizen
This was a very sweet desert! There sure was banana and caramel in the desert and banana flavour dominates the beer also. It was very popular with the group although for me it was too sweet. Sorry Aaron.
Romer’s, Aaron, Graham and Jeff helped put on a great dinner with great food that complimented great beer! I look forward to seeing what Aaron and Romer’s can create next!
Romber’s Burger Bar Kitsilano
1873 West 4th Ave
Parallel 49 Brewin
Howe Sound Brewing brewed a new pale ale in collaboration with the brand new Sea To Sky Gondola project both located in Squamish BC. The beer is the “Sky Pilot Northwest Pale Ale” and is named after Sky Pilot Massif a prominent peak on the Squamish skyline seen from the Sky Pilot Suspension bridge. The beer pours an orange/gold colour with a white head. The aroma consists floral hops, citrus and caramel malts. The flavour is of hops bitterness, pine, citrus, caramel malts with a mildly earthy finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 30. This is a very solid Northwest Pale Ale and can be enjoyed either in bottles or on tap at the Sea To Sky Gondola on the patio or inside the cafe.
Malts: Canaidan Two Row, specialty malts
Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Summit hops
Commercial Description: Brewed in collaboration with the Sea to Sky Gondola opening, May 16, 2014, this refreshing, golden pale ale with an assertive hop aroma. Brewed with Canadian two row malt, specialty malts and a blend of Cascade, Centennial and Summit hops, premium Squamish water and American Ale yeast. A delicious modern classic. Enjoy the experience!
Food pairing as per brewery: The noticeable hop profile in this ale allows it to stand up to spicier foods such as curry and tacos.
From Quesnel BC’s Barkerville Brewing Company comes their second bomber release named “52 Foot Stout”. The beer pours an opaque brown colour with a brownish head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, sweet chocolate and coffee. The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, chocolate and an overall sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 52. This is a very well made stout and I am glad that they have at least very minimal distribution to Vancouver.
Commercial Description: They said he was crazy, but Billy Barker could feel gold in his gut. Down river, close to Stout’s Gulch, he would stake his claim. Soon Barker and his crew pulled up 60oz of gold from 52ft below the ground, making his the richest claim in an area henceforth known as Barkerville. Made with boreal amber birch syrup and roasted malt, 52ft Stout boasts a deep flavour that always strikes gold.