Malka Stout – Malka Brewery

There is no doubt in my mind that this is the first ever Israeli craft beer that I have ever had.  Malka Brewery is located in Kibbutz Yehiam Israel.  The “Malka Stout” is a Dry Irish Sout style beer.  The beer pours a black colour with a huge brown head.  The aroma consists of roasty malts, mild fruits, burnt coffee and some bitterness.  The flavour is of rosted malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee, dark fruits and some hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6%.  I didn’t know what to expect with this beer but I was very happy to see that it was a full flavoured and very tasty beer.

Commercial Description:  An Irish Stout. Characterized by a toasty dark chocolaty taste.  The texture is soft and velvety.  The deep dark color of the beer is obtained by roasting the malt intensively at a high temperature.


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Begbie Cream Ale – Mt. Begbie Brewing Company

From Mt. Begbie Brewing Company in Revelstoke BC comes their “Begbie Cream Ale”.  The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of bready malts, sweet honey and a fruity finish.  The flavour is of honey, fruits like citrus and melons, caramel and bready malts and a grassy hop finish.  The alcohol comes in at 4.7%.  I had forgotten how good this cream ale was as it is not a style I often gravitate to.  But its 85/100 on says it all.

Commercial Description:  Mt. Begbie Brewing’s original signature beer, brewed first in 1996.  Begbie Cream Ale is a fruity ale with a subtle honey flavour. A delicious, golden ale, delicately fruity, with a subtle honey flavour that finishes with a crisp hop edge.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Perfect with pasta dishes and pizza.


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Barley Wine – Persephone Brewing Company

From Persephone Brewing Company out of Gibsons BC comes their”Barley Wine” a 2014 Vintage ale and their first attempt at this style.  The beer pours a deep cloudy brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasty malts, rasins, dark fruit and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of dark fruits, rasins, sweetness, roasted malts, hops bitterness, and lots of alcohol warmth.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.9%.  Like most barley wines this beer needs some age still.  Very few breweries age theirs to make it more smooth due to lack of space.  If nothing else pick up a few bottles of this and age them for at least a year.  This will be great in a year!


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I’m So Freaking Hoppy Imperial IPA – Arrowhead Brewing

From Invermere’s Arrowhead Brewing located in the Kootenays comes their “I’m So Freaking Hoppy Imperial IPA”.  The Double IPA pours a deep reddish copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of caramel malts, floral hops, pine and a sweet tropical fruit finish.  The flavour is of caramel malts, tropical fruits (possibly pineapple), citrus and a pretty decent hops bitterness although lower than expected for a Double IPA.  The alcohol content comes in at a decently high 7.5%.  This is an Imperial IPA that I would be happy to drink on a regular basis!  I wish you would find it on tap in Vancouver.


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Talisman (Pale Ale) – Strange Fellows Brewing

Strange Fellows Brewing has finally opened its doors in East Vancouver and is treating its customers with some real gems.  One of their first beers is their “Talisman” a Pale Ale.  The beer pours a cloudy amber/orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange, citrus and some sweet malts.  The flavour is of some melon, citrus, earthy, bready malts and some very mild hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.2%.  Not only is this a super sessionable ale but it is also very tasty!  I can’t wait to drink a few more sleeves of this at the brewery!

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Kellerweis Hefeweizen – Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

From Sierra Nevada Brewing Company out of Chico California comes their “Kellerweis Hefeweizen”.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of yeast, wheat, citrus, banana and cove.  The flavour is of yeast, banana, citrus, wheat, clove with a tart finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 15.  This is an excellent example of a Hefeweizen and I would drink this any time of year (even winter).

Commercial Description:  Inspired by traditional Bavarian techniques, Kellerweis is a true artisan experience. With Kellerweis, we brew in open fermentation tanks—a process rarely seen today—to let the ingredients truly shine. The result is a hazy wheat ale—untamed, raw and alive. With a full, fruity aroma and notes of spicy clove and banana bread, Kellerweis is a truly unique brew.


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Strange Fellows Brewing – East Vancouver

It is official Strange Fellows Brewing in East Vancouver has opened their doors to the public!  With little fan fair the brewery opened up on December 17th, 2014.

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Hoping for a soft launch Aaron and Iain did not announce the opening date and time until 2:45pm on December 17th with an opening time of 3pm.  On top of this they did not personally use social media but informed 4 local bloggers one being me.  Until they get their lounge license they are only a tasting room.  This means that you can do samples of their beer or one 12oz glass.  Luckily you can also do growler fills which is really a must anyways.  The brewery has launched with 6 beers which is amazing!  The lineup is as follows Talisman (American Pale Ale), Jongleur (Witbier), Familiar (English Brown Ale), Jaune (Helles Lager), Boris Imperial Stout (Russian Imperial Stout) and Nocturnum (Dark IPA) all strange names to go with a strange brewery!

Many people will be familiar with my many construction updates from the brewery.  It would not be a compete post without showing what the brewery looks like at this point.  Things will be in flux in the brewery as new equipment can be purchased and installed but here is the current configuration.

Now that the brewery is open it is time for everyone to check out what may become their new favourite watering hole!

Hours of operation (currently)
3pm-11pm Monday-Friday
12pm-11pm Saturday-Sunday

1345 Clark Drive
Vancouver, BC

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Dead Ringer Belgian IPA – Half Pints Brewing

Manitoba has just recently aloud growlers to be sold in the province.  The laws are a little different than in BC though as you have to get the fills at Manitoba Government Liquor Stores or the brewery.  One of the first beer that Winnipeg’s Half Pints Brewing released as part of their new growler lineup is the “Dead Ringer” a Belgian IPA.  Half Pints Brewing is making one off beers as part of this growler series and this is one of them.  The beer pours a golden orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, citrus and floral hops although it was mild.  The flavour is of Belgian yeast, citrus, malts, sweetness and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.9% with an IBU of 45.  Much like every beer made by Half Pints this was a very solid release.  I think that this would be a great candidate to be bottled down the road.

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Neapolitan Milk Stout – Saugatuck Brewing Company

This is the first ever beer that I have had from Michigan’s Saugatuck Brewing Company and if the “Neapolitan Milk Stout” says anything about their beer I hope I can try more.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, strawberry, vanilla and sweet chocolate.  The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, sweet vanilla, strawberry, milk chocolate with a creamy flavour and a very mild bitter finish.  It seems like you are eating Neapolitan ice cream with a shot of espresso.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 37.  I did not know what to expect when I opened this bottle but it was amazing and I would love to have more in the future!

Commercial Description:  A perfect blend of classic dry stout character with brilliant flavors of Neapolitan Ice Cream. Experience the nostalgic flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry all in one glass – because sometimes ice cream just isn’t enough.


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I.S.A. – Red Racer Brewing (Dec 14, 2014)

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From Red Racer Brewing (Central City Brewing) out of Surrey BC comes there “I.S.A.” an India Session Ale.  The beer pours a golden colour with a fluffy white head.  The aroma consists of grassy/floral hops, citrus, tropical fruits and an overall sweet aroma.  The flavour is of grassy hops with a decent hops bitterness with tropical fruits and citrus and a mild malt backbone.  The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 40.  The bitterness shows though much more with this beer due to the low alcohol content.  I really enjoy this beer especially on a hot summer day.

Commercial Description:  Mosaic hops lend to this light and fruity ale with a good bitterness and malt balance, coupled with refreshing hop aromatics. Red Racer India Session Ale is big on flavour, yet light in alcohol.

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