From the newest brewery in East Vancouver Doan’s Craft Brewing Company comes their “Rye IPA”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of rye malts, earth and lots of piney hops. The flavour is of rye malts, citrus, pine, earth and good hit of bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 60. This is a nice clean refreshing take on a Rye IPA and it is very drinkable. I would love to have many of this beer in the future.
From the temporary gypsy brewers Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks comes their “Personas West Coast Common” a California Commons beer (Amber Lager). The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, pineapple, caramel and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of citrus, pineapple, tropical fruit, caramel, mild earthy and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 30. I was not to excited to try this beer as I am not a huge fan of lagers but this was a well created lager and full of flavour. Pick up a bottle as you will like it and it might just surprise you like it did me!
Commercial Description: Our take on the California Common (an amber lager with a special lager yeast designed to be brewed at ale temperatures) is what we call a “West Coast Common”: a slightly fruity and smooth malt base and an explosion of West Coast aroma hops without the bitterness of an IPA.
From Chandler Arizona’s SanTan Brewing Company comes their “Ivanhoe White IPA” a limited release beer. This beer was filled at the brewery in a Crowler or what they call a Canzilla (a 1L can freshly filled at the brewery) and brought back to Vancouver to be enjoyed. The beer poured a Cloudy golden colour with a big fluffy white head into my 56oz glass. The aroma was of citrus, wheat and floral hops but overall it was quite mild. The flavour consisted of citrus, citrus rind, earthy, wheat, pine, resin and a pretty good hops bitterness. The alcohol content of this brew is 7% with an IBU of 70. I quite enjoyed this release and was happy to be able to consume it freshly canned (Less than a week) back in Vancouver!
Vancouver’s Postmark Brewing has brewed a lager, it’s Pilsner, bucking the trend away from all lagers and towards only ales.
The beer is a beautifully clear, you see right through it. An orange-tinged gold with vigorous carbonation visible this is an inviting summer beer. The head is snowy white and frothy, quickly gone but pleasant while it is there.
The aromas are pleasantly subtle, a maltiness on the nose with some light, crisp acidity.
There is nice hay flavour, underlaid with some light fruit, green apple and pineapple, very subtly. Hops add a very light bitterness that lingers for a long time. The bitterness balances very well against the main flavours.
This is a nice summer session beer, I could drink 4 or 5 of these over an evening. I think I’ll bring this to my next outdoor theatre.
From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Milk Stout”. The stout pours a deep opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, lactose, earthiness and an overall sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.3% with an IBU of 25. This is a pretty darn good example of a milk stout although not the best I have had.
Commercial Description: Darker doesn’t always mean stronger! A stout’s roasty signature quality comes from barley that is roasted and unmalted. This beer pours a dark black with the aroma of dark chocolate and dried fruit. The sweetness is balanced by the roasted malt, with a rich and creamy mouthfeel. When possible please enjoy our beer from a glass to experience it fully.
Recommended serving temperature: 50°F/ 10°C.
The Thrill Is Gone – Post-Classic Pilsner (Brews Brothers) – Parallel 49 Brewing (Brassneck Brewery)
From Parallel 49 Brewing’s Brews Brothers Collaboration mixer pack comes the “The Thrill Is Gone” Post-Classic Pilsner. The beer pours a golden straw colour with a white head. The aroma consist of biscuit malts, citrus, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of biscuit, bread, citrus, earth, resin and mild hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. This beer actually has quite a bit of body and is actually quite high in flavour for the style. Good on both breweries for making a Pilsner that can be called exciting.
On Saturday May 16th, 2015 I was able to check out the Burnaby Tours & Charters Craft Brewery Tour. Much like many other brewery tour operators the bus stops at multiple breweries within Metro Vancouver. Unlike most other tour operators though this tour did not have one brewery inside the city of Vancouver. Another difference from other tour companies there are 17 different locations that you can choose from to be picked up from Canada Place to Lougheed Mall’s parking lot and all kinds of places in between.
The tour took approximately 4 hours and began for me at Canada Place at 1pm. From there we picked up a hand full of people along the way to our first brewery destination.
Our first of 4 destinations was a local favourite for many but also a place less of the Vancouver craft beer fans get to. That brewery is Yellow Dog Brewing in Port Moody.
Once we arrived we were directed to find a seat in the brewery and our samples of beer would be brought to us. The lot of us made out way through the taproom, brewery and onto their patio (Probably cause of many jealous breweries in Vancouver). One thing you will realize right away is that this brewery is very dog friendly which makes sense as it is in the name of the brewery. The patio on this day felt more like a dog park than a brewery patio. I also love the tasting tray at this brewery as it is in the shape of a dog bone! It is a very nice touch. I just think that they should also have some done up as fire hydrants.
Once our time was up at Yellow Dog Brewing we piled back onto our bus to head to the next stop on our tour. In reality we could have walked but it was probably easier to wrangle everyone up and make sure we all made it to Moody Ales down the street.
Again we were asked to find ourselves seats in the brewery so that the samples could be brought to us. This time the brewery was quite busy so we all split up into smaller groups. My small group sat at the far end of the bar. When we got out tasters we got a nice surprise in that we got a sample of their Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout. Once our samples were consumed we were given a tour of the brewery that included a discussion of their brewing system. It was also great to see the new tanks in place that were delivered only days before!
After our time at the brewery we left Port Moody and made our way to Burnaby to visit Dageraad Brewing. Located in a Commercial Park this brewery is a little hidden. Don’t let this stop you from coming in and checking out this awesome little brewery.
Dageraad Brewing specializes in brewing Belgian style beer. The tasting room here is tiny with a small bar and a beer fridge with bottles for sale. They have also added a pick-nick table inside the front part of the brewery space to add capacity. We were given 4 samples of great beer.
After a nice stop at Dageraad we were back on the road this time heading to New Westminster to check out Steel & Oak Brewing.
With the tasting room hopping we were invited to step into the back to the brewery itself to enjoy our samples at get a little talk from on of the brewery staff. Our makeshift table on the palate lifted by the forklift was great. Like always I had a great time while at Steel & Oak Brewing.
Once finished up at the brewery we all headed back to the bus for our ride back to Canada Place.
I had a great time on the tour and it sounded like everyone else did also. Like all tours if you purchased any beer on the tour they had a cooler with ice so you could keep your beer chilled for later. So remember to bring your empty growlers with you! I would really recommend this tour to people that don’t get around as much as I do be it not having a car or just wanting to sample more beer and not have to drive. So keep your eyes peeled for the next tour.
Burnaby Tours & Charters
Have you ever been to a hot springs before? How does a beer fest held at a Hot Springs resort sound? The East Kootenay Beer Festival is coming up on their 4th Annual event held at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
The festival Proper is held on June 20th, 2015 between 4pm-8pm at the Fairmont Hot Springs ski resort. There will be over 70 varieties of beer from 20+ breweries. The brewery list to this point includes:
Banff Avenue Brewing
Big Rock Brewery
Bravo Beer Company
Last Brew Brewing
Moon Under Water
Wild Rose Brewery
Plus more to come….
Tickets to the festival are $49 plus tax but can be purchased as part of a package with lodging. For two tickets to the event plus two nights accommodation in the lodge it comes in at $336. For a similar package that has your camp instead of staying in the lodge it is $160.
Here are a few photos from a post done by the e-know.ca online weekly from last years event.
I think the perfect day might just include spending the entire day relaxing in hot Springs and spending the evening enjoying a really cool beer festival. What better way could you enjoy the last day of Spring?
I will personally be doing the long drive in a very short span but I would recommend planning a holiday around heading up to the festival with possible stays elsewhere in the Kootenays or maybe Kamloops to both break up driving and make it that much more enjoyable. Make it a part of an even greater holiday! I hope to see a ton of familiar faces when I attend.
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
5225 Fairmont Resort Road, Box 10
Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia
Check out the East Kootenay Beer Festival website here.
On May 13th, 2015 Red Truck Beer had a very quiet soft opening to their Red Truck Stop. The Red Truck Stop is a truck stop style diner attached to the large production brewery just off of 1st and Main in Vancouver.
When you first walk inside the large white doors with wrench handles you will find yourself in a growler bar and bottle shop with some Red Truck swag for sale as well.
Before your get yourself a some food and drink and sit down just take a look straight up and you will get a great view through a sunroof to the water tower far above!
Once you have taken a gander head over to the diner. You order everything at the bar and then find a spot to enjoy it. There is a Beer menu on one wall and a food one on the other right by the tills. For the soft launch they launched with 7 beer including their Blonde, ISA, Ale, IPA, Belgian Tripel, Lager and the VCBW collaboration Campfire Kolsh. You can do racks of 4 taster glasses that they call Craftmaster. The food menu is pretty darn varied also with burgers, fancy hotdogs, sandwiches, wing and salads to name what I can remember.
There is a really nice touch to the diner with windows behind the bar that show off the brewery itself. Yes that includes at least one classic red truck hanging from the rafters! I hope to be able to get a tour of the brewery soon to show off the rest of this great looking space. Check social media for the actual opening day as it should be very soon!
East Vancouver just will not show signs of slowing down when it comes to brewery openings. The latest brewery to open up in the neighborhood is in a very familiar spot to craft beer junkies as it is the old location of Powell Street Craft Brewing. The outside of the building looks quite the same although Doan’s Craft Brewing Company has completely changed the interior of the space.
One of the first things you notice once inside the brewery is the much larger tasting room that is actually a licensed lounge! They have done some amazing work to manage the space and pack table and people into the room. There is a very interesting and prominent mural on the wall and a growing growler collection from around BC.
For their opening they have three beer on tap for you to try and enjoy in their Kolsch, ALtbier and their Rye IPA.
I was able to take a quick walk back into the brewery to see if anything had changed since my last visit (Click here to read about it). Not a lot has changed back in the brewhouse but it is still amazing how much really is packed into this tiny space.
I have hopes that Doan’s Craft Brewing Company is just busy enough to see out their beer as their new batches are released so that there are no down times. Fingers are crossed! I am really excited to see what the future brings with this brewery as they launched with some really good beer. They are also genuinely great people and it makes you want to root for them just that much more!
Currently open Wednesday to Sunday