Gose w/ Salt and Coriander – Four Winds Brewing Company

Limited Brew

From Four Winds Brewing Company in Delta BC comes their new limited “Gose w/ Salt and Coriander”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The beer has the aroma of wheat, coriander, fruit juice and a floral finish.  The flavour is of wheat, coriander, salt, apple juice and some very mild hops bitterness.  The salt seems to build as you drink a glass of the beer.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 10.  This beer was refreshing as hell and only available at the tasting room.

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Super 8-Bit IPA 2014 – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks brewing out of Big River Brewpub in Richmond BC comes their “Super 8-Bit IPA 2014″.  This years batch has been brewed with a bunch of Australian hops as well as a mix of other hops.  The hops included are citra, amarillo, zeus, simcoe, dr. rudi, topaz, ella and green bullet.  The beer pours a cloudy copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, fruity, citrus, lemon and caramel.  The flavour is of big caramel, pine, resin, hops bitterness, citrus and tropical fruits.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.3% with an IBU of 69.  This is an awesome IPA and well worth hunting down in Metro Vancouver on tap.

Commercial Description:  Oh yeah baby, it’s back!  Super 8-Bit IPA 2014.  A vibrant West Coast IPA with 8 exotic hops: Citra, Amarillo, Zeus, Simcoe, Dr. Rudi, Topaz, Ella, Green Bullet.  Every year we will change up the hops and this year we are featuring a few sexy Aussie hops and our favorite West Coast hops!


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Play Dead IPA – Yellow Dog Brewing Company

From the brand new Yellow Dog Brewing Company in Port Moody BC comes their Play Dead IPA.  The beer pours a mildly cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma is malty with citrus and floral hops but seems to be fairly light.  The flavour is of caramel malts, citrus, mild tropical fruits, some pine and resin and a medium bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7%.  This is a very good IPA and it is nice to see the Suburban breweries showing East Van what an IPA should taste like!



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De Witte – Dageraad Brewing

Seasonal Release

From Dageraad Brewing out of Burnaby BC comes their “De Witte” a sour fermented Belgian Witbier.  The beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus and orange peel up front with bready wheat malts, coriander and other spices and a mild sour funkiness.  The flavour is of bready wheat, orange peel, citrus, coriander, spices and a mild sourness from lactobacillus.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2%.  I do not remember having very many sour Wit’s but this is a really integrating beer.  It takes a good summer style ale and gives it just that much more intriguing!

Commercial Description:  De Witte is a flavourful summer beer brewed in the tradition of the while ales of the Flemish Brabant.  Made with malted and unmalted wheat, seasoned with orange peel and coriander and fermented with Belgian yeast and lactobacillus.  De Witte is complex on the palate, with a refreshing, tart finish.


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Central City Brewing and Elysian Brewing – Collaboration Brew I-5 Amarillo Ale

A collaboration brew between Surrey, BC’s Central City Brewing and Seattle, WA’s Elysian Brewing we are given the I-5 Amarillo Ale.

We drink first with our eyes so the look of the beer is important.  It has to catch our eye and make us want to drink it.  The I-5 has a nice orange-amber hue and thick, off-white head.  Clear, with a little light carbonation showing the little bright orange highlights that come out when held to the light really draw you into this beer.

Heavily citrus on the nose, you can smell sweet oranges, like Valencia or mandarin oranges and something a little more uncommon, maybe pomello.  Some nice spice notes come off of this beer as well.  A touch of cinnamon and coriander, maybe more that I cannot pick out.

The taste brings in the malt flavours to compliment the citrus and spice.  A smooth and light mouthfeel delivers a slightly sour note under the sweet malt sugars.  The light bitterness from the hops melts right into the sweetness of the citrus.  This is a nice mix of flavours and makes for a nice sipping pint.

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West Coast IPA – Bad Tattoo Brewing

From Penticton’s brand new Bad Tattoo Brewing comes their “West Coast IPA”.  The beer pours a deep copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malts, pine, resin, floral hops and a hint of citrus.  The flavour is of caramel malts, pine, resin, hops bitterness and a mild sweet citrus.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 65.  This is a well crafted hop forward IPA with just enough balance to be very pleasing.

Commercial Description:  Brilliant orange, rich and weighty with aromas of grapefruit and pine forests, crisp hop bite, and lingering finish.

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Yellow Dog Brewing Company – Port Moody

I have been talking about Moody Ales a lot recently but Port Moody has a brewery that has opened up already only blocks away!  Right across the road from Rocky Point Park you will find the new Yellow Dog Brewing Company.  This is also a fairly small brewery in the smaller side of a micro brewery with lots of room to grow.  They have both a tasting room and an outside patio area.  Both are liquor licensed and great places to have a brew or two.  The brewery is in plain sight of the tasting room and the patio and you have to walk right by it to go from the tasting room to the patio.  The brewery launched with Chase My Tail Pale Ale, Take a Walk Wit, Play Dead IPA and Shake a Pay Smoked Porter.  I was in a hurry and was only able to try the IPA and the porter was sold out but I am quite impressed with this new operation.  The Play Dead IPA was a great tasting beer and a nice addition to the local scene (review to come).


If you have not made your way to the brewery I would recommend that you do it ASAP.  If you cant make it their the beer is showing up in Metro Vancouver at our favorite bars.  Hunt it down and try it out you will not regret it!

Moody Ales
1-2817 Murray Street
Port Moody, BC

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Moody Ales (Under Construction Part 2) – Port Moody

Port Moody’s Moody Ales has been rolling right along with their construction.  They have now got most of their fermentors hooked up to glycol lines and the brewhouse is in the works of being installed.  The cooler is installed but the electrical has not been installed into the cooler.  The tasting room area has been built up and they are ready to have the flooring installed.  The bar area of the tasting room will be installed soon enough.  Its only been a few months since the last time I was at the brewery but things have changed drastically.  Click here to see my last post.  Check out the photos below!

If you live in the Port Moody area or if you like to hang out at Rocky Point Park then this is a place that you really sure be getting excited about!  I do not know the opening date of the brewery and I don’t know if they know but it is creeping ever closer!

Moody Ales
2601 Murray Street
Port Moody


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Strange Fellows Brewing (Progress Report #4) – East Vancouver

I noticed a new post on Strange Fellows blog that told that they have started to receive their tanks.  I happened to have a short time to stop in and take a peak at the progress once again at the brewery.  I stumbled upon an unannounced final cleansing ceremony by the lead guy from the first cleansing ceremony.  I partook in what was left of the ceremony before I was given a quick tour by Aaron of what is happening at the brewery.  I didn’t stick around very long as they were really busy but I did get access to the construction progress.  The brew house itself is still on route but all of the glycol systems still need to be installed.

It is starting to really take shape at the brewery now and I can not wait until the beer finally starts to brew!  This was a huge step along the way!

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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Saltspring Island Ales – Salt Spring Island

Living in Vancouver it is almost impossible to get a hold of beer from Saltspring Island Ales.  Their beer is distributed to Vancouver Island but not the Mainland for the most part.  I have been planning to travel over for a while and check out the brewery.  Steve and his Wife asked if I would be interested in riding out to the brewery on August 3rd, 2014 and I jumped at the idea.  If you are looking to make this trip the best idea is to drive out to the long term parking out on the spit at Tsawwassen terminal (or take the buss if you do not drive).  From here you ride up towards the car booths for the ferry and follow the signs for bikes.  At the booth let the person know that you are riding through to Saltspring Island and they will charge you for the through trip currently around $20 one way. You will be taking the Victoria ferry across and then taking the short ride over to the Saltspring terminal directly to the left while you ride off the ferry.  You will be landing at the Fullford Harbour terminal and this is the one you will want to leave from also.  On the way back you can pay for your return trip on the Saltspring ferry which will get you to Tsawwassen via Victoria and will cost you $10.

Once on Saltspring Island there are lots of things to check out including the Brewery some wineries, restaurants and even a few Provincial Parks to name a few things.  Here is the Video of our trip!

Instead of heading straight to the brewery we decided to take a quick peak at a local Provincial Park called Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park.  Its not far passed the brewery but its a nice view.

Once done at the park we backtracked and headed up to the brewery.  It is at the top of a big hill so either hope you have some great legs for riding or you may be walking up the hill.  Keeping with the theme of these brew bike trips I did not actually know what to expect when I arrived at the brewery as I had never looked up any photos.  Arriving at the brewery you find a small tasting room on the second floor of the building where you can sample the beer that they currently have.  You can also buy bombers of their beer and also get growler fills.  They only fill off of taps so the beer has to be consumed in the next day or two after filling.  I was not able to get a tour of the brewery as the brewmaster does not work on weekends to be with family but I did get to see the brewing equipment that is kept outside.

Seeing as we had no other plans on the island and Steve and Sarah both like wine we headed up to a winery further up the road called Garry Oaks Winery.  From the sound of it their wine is very good.  I tried all of the wines on offer and as expected I did not like any of them but it was to be expected as I do not like wine.  They did have some beautiful viniards and a cute little wine shop and tasting room though and it is worth the visit if you enjoy rotten grapes (oh wait fermented grapes lol).

I remembered seeing a sign for a joint venture hop farm on the way towards the brewery and winery so on the way back we stopped to check out the farm.  Hops grown here are used to brew the beer at Salt Spring Island Ales.  These hops are grown organically which makes it even more impressive.

A day of riding would not be complete without some food and brew and what better way to get both than to support a local Island Restaurant?  We Stopped in at Rock Salt Restaurant & Cafe for some food and a Saltspring Island Ale.  My food was awesome and from what I hear the seafood was to die for.

Once our food was done we headed back to the terminal and waited for the ferry to bring us back home after a great day of sampling and riding.  Here are a few photos from the ferry rides on both ferries.

Full sized photos can be found here.

To get to Saltspring Island drive to Tsawwasen ferry terminal and ride onto ferry.

Directions to Saltspring Island Ales
When you get off the ferry head up Fulford Ganges Road
Turn left to stay on Fulford Ganges Road
Turn right to stay on Fulford Ganges Road
Turn left on Furness Road
Follow road until the end where you will arrive at 270 Furness Road

Directions to Garry Oaks Winery
Follow same directions but continue strait when you arrive at Furness Road
Stay Right to stay on Fulford Ganges Road
You will arrive at 1880 Fulford Ganges Road

Salt Spring Island Ales


270 Furness Road, Saltspring Island

Garry Oaks Winery
1880 Fulford-Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, B.C.
Canada V8K 2A5
Telephone: (250) 653-4687
Fax: (250) 653-4426

Rock Salt Restaurant & Cafe
2921 Fulford Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1X6
Reservations by phone only 250.653.4833

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