Strange Fellows Brewing (Progress Report #3) – East Vancouver


I have been very busy with work recently so I have not been able to make it back to the brewery since early June.  Things are really starting to take shape with the cooler and tasting room.  It looks like the electricians are getting busy wiring up the brewery currently.  It was good to see that Aaron and Iain were not actually doing the framing while I was there like they did with the rebar.   Probably does not mean they are any less busy but it is backbreaking work on top of the other hard work they are doing getting everything ready.

It looks like construction has really ramped up at the brewery.  I can’t wait until the brew house itself starts to arrive.

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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Solstice d’hiver – Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel


Seasonal Release

From Montreal Quebec’s Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel comes their “Solstice d’hiver” a winter seasonal Barleywine.  The beer pours a deep ruby colour with a tan head.  The aroma is of malts, dark fruits and a decent floral hops kick.  The flavour is of malts, dark fruits, caramel, hops bitterness, earthy and some alcohol warming.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.2% as per bottle (website says 9%).  I am a big fan of barleywines and this beer is no different in as much as I think it tastes great.

Commercial Description:  This noble winter beer is brown in colour with flaming red highlights. Its taste is delicately sweet and liquor-like with a hint of burnt caramel coming from the malt and a prolonged boiling time. It is a very bitter beer with aromas of hops and alcohol, and flavours reminiscent of red fruit brought by the English-type yeast we use to ferment it. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavour of hops. Solstice d’Hiver is brewed only once a year, and is then aged for 4 to 5 months before being sold. This aging process is necessary to achieve an ideal equilibrium between the sharp bitterness and the other flavours in the beer.

Solstice d’hiver is brewed only once a year, at the end of the summer. It is then aged for a few months in order to attain a perfect balance in taste. Then, it is sold starting mid-December of each year, until stocks last.

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BC Breweries 30th Anniversaries


This year was the 30th Anniversary for three different BC Breweries.  First off there is Spinnakers Brewpub in Victoria BC the very first Brewpub in Canada.  The other two breweries that are celebrating their 30th are Vancouver Island Brewery in Victoria and Granville Island Brewing in Vancouver (Owned by Molson).  The craft beer boom may be going strong but these are some of the real pioneers for craft beer in Canada.  I would like to congratulate the breweries on fighting the good fight all these years!

All three breweries released a beer to celebrate this occasion.  Granville Island Brewing released a new 6 pack offering as the start of a new series of beers called the Under The Bridge Series and the beer was called Swing Span Amber Ale.  Read the review here.

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Both Spinnakers and Vancouver Island Brewery released special one off bomber releases.  Spinnakers Brewpub released “30th Anniversary Grand CRU” while Vancouver Island Brewery released a “Thirty Years Imperial Red Ale”.  In great BC tradition both beers were very big imperial ales with tones of flavour that packed a punch.

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Because Spinnakers and Vancouver Island Brewery brewed special one off releases I wanted to honor them together with a combined review.

Spinnakers Brewpub – 30th Anniversary Grand CRU

The beer poured a dark amber almost brownish colour with an off white head short lived head.  The aroma consisted of sweet dark fruits, caramel, candied sugar, wine, spices and some yeast notes.  The flavour was of sweet dark fruits such as raisins, earthiness, candied sugar, spices, Belgian yeast, tartness, some herbal notes, mild bitterness and some alcohol warming.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 20.  This beer although a little thin was very full of flavour and a really good commemorative brew.  I would like to see Spinnakers play around with this style more and untap the possibilities.

Commercial Descripiton: In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, we present our Grand Cru as a token of thanks. Brewed with UK Marris Otter Pale malt, Belgian yeast and dark candi sugar, our Grand Cru is a medium-dark, malt-forward, complex ale best enjoyed with friends.

Cheers to the next 30!

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Vancouver Island Brewery – Thirty Years Imperial Red Ale

The “Thirty Years Imperial Red” poured a ruby red colour with a tan head.  The aroma consisted of sweet fruits, dark fruits, anise, sweet caramel malts, molasses which is very reminiscent of barleywines.  The flavour was of fruity with good notes of dark fruits (rasins), sweet Caramel malts, orange, citrus, rum, mild hops bitterness and an alcohol warmth at the end.  The alcohol content came in at 8.5% alcohol.  Other than Vancouver Island Brewery’s Hermannator Ice Bock this is their most complex and exciting beer to date (That I have tried that is).

Commercial Description:  For over 30 years we’ve lived the belief that one trend is here to stay – true craftsmanship and quality. With this in mind we decided to pay tribute to our long standing Piper’s Pale Ale and ramped up the recipe to create a big, bold and robust beer. This malty, well-hopped Imperial Red Ale is our way of saying thank-you for your support. Cheers!

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Both of these beers are extremely well crafted brews and well worth being commemorative 30th anniversary beers.  I would like to congratulate all three breweries on 30 years of brewing and look forward to the next 30+!

Congratulations from Mike’s Craft Beer!

I was lucky enough to go over to Victoria and celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Spinnakers Brewpub with the Brewery and locals.  Click here to check it out!

 

 

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Hop Therapy Double IPA – Rough Draft Brewing Company


From Rough Draft Brewing Company out of San Diego California comes their “Hop Therapy Double IPA”.  The double India Pale Ale pours a deep copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, pine, sweet malts and citrus.  The flavour is of pine, resin, caramel malts, citrus and a big hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 9% with a big bitterness of 94 IBU.  This may not be the most balanced double IPA but it is very tasty and well worth a pickup if you can find a bomber of it!

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Burton Baton – Dogfish Head Brewery


From Milton, Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery comes their “Burton Baton” an oak aged Imperial India Pale Ale.  The beer pours an amber colour with a creamy tan head.  The aroma consists of malts, bourbon, oak, fruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, citrus, apple, sweetness and lots of hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 70.  Being a huge fan of double India Pale Ales and almost any well made barrel aged beer this was a huge treat.  I would pick up more of this beer any time I saw it.

Commercial Description: This oak-aged hybrid has been gaining popularity over the past few years and is now available year-round.  For Burton Baton, we brew two “threads,” or batches, of beer: an English-style old ale and an imperial IPA.  After fermenting the beers separately in our stainless tanks, they’re transferred and blended together in one of our large oak tanks. Burton Baton sits on the wood for about a month.  When enjoying the Burton Baton, you’ll find an awesome blend of the citrus notes from Northwestern hops melding with woody, vanilla notes from the oak. The wood also tends to mellow the 10% ABV of Burton, so tread cautiously!

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This oak-aged hybrid has been gaining popularity over the past few years and is now available year-round.

For Burton Baton, we brew two “threads,” or batches, of beer: an English-style old ale and an imperial IPA.

After fermenting the beers separately in our stainless tanks, they’re transferred and blended together in one of our large oak tanks. Burton Baton sits on the wood for about a month.

When enjoying the Burton Baton, you’ll find an awesome blend of the citrus notes from Northwestern hops melding with woody, vanilla notes from the oak. The wood also tends to mellow the 10% ABV of Burton, so tread cautiously!

- See more at: http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/year-round-brews/burton-baton.htm#sthash.vlBLt2kV.dpuf

This oak-aged hybrid has been gaining popularity over the past few years and is now available year-round.

For Burton Baton, we brew two “threads,” or batches, of beer: an English-style old ale and an imperial IPA.

After fermenting the beers separately in our stainless tanks, they’re transferred and blended together in one of our large oak tanks. Burton Baton sits on the wood for about a month.

When enjoying the Burton Baton, you’ll find an awesome blend of the citrus notes from Northwestern hops melding with woody, vanilla notes from the oak. The wood also tends to mellow the 10% ABV of Burton, so tread cautiously!

- See more at: http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/year-round-brews/burton-baton.htm#sthash.vlBLt2kV.dpuf

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Beaver Brown Ale – Canoe Brewpub


From Canoe Brewpub out of Victoria BC comes their “Beaver Brown Ale”.  The beer pours a very dark brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, sweet caramel and a hint of burnt coffee.  The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, some bitterness and some chocolate.  Surprisingly there is very little sweetness to this brown ale.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.4%.  This is a good beer for sure but I think I would like a little more sweetness from the chocolate to drink this more often.

Commercial Description:  Our signature beer. Deep mahogany brown in colour. Rich chocolate roasted malt. Subtle and sensual with a full-bodied creamy texture.

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N2 ESB – Parallel 49 Brewing


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.

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Spruce Tree Ale – Tofino Brewing Company


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.

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Lighthouse Brewing Co – Rhubie Rhubarb Ale


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.

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Smoked Hefe – Steel & Oak Brewing Co.


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.

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