Reel Amber – Port Townsend Brewing Co

From Port Townsend Brewing Company located in Port Townsend Washington comes their “Reel Amber”.  The amber ale pours a deep cloudy amber colour with a light tan head.  The aroma consists of fruits, malt, floral hops and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of citrus fruit, caramel and a mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.4% with an IBU of 35.  This was a refreshing Amber and I look forward to trying more of their beer in the future.  I hope that another bottle shows up from my beer elf.

Commercial Description:  A slight citrus hop flavor is balanced by a light body and crisp malt profile. A combination of citrusy Yakima grown hops and six varieties of barley provide a depth of complexity that begs another sip.


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Saisonella – Postmark Brewing

From East Vancouver’s Postmark Brewing comes their newest release the “Saisonella” a Saison dry hopped with the Australian Hops Ella.  The beer pours a light yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of yeast, wheat, fruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of yeast, wheat, melons, mild hops bitterness and a very mild hint of anise.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.2%.  The base Saison is very tasty and hopping it with Ellla hops makes for a very good marriage of flavour.

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Radler – Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their “Radler” a mixture of their Royal City Pale Ale and Lemonade.  This beer can only be enjoyed in the tasting room and is not available for growler fills as they mix it on site and are worried about the lemonade fermenting.  The radler pours a cloudy yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of lemonade, malts and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of tons of lemonade, some citrus, very mild hops and a mild bready malt finish.  Depending how the radler is mixed the alcohol content should come in between 2.5% and 3% alcohol.  I am a huge fan of Radlers but many people have to avoid the main ingredient in most as grapefruit can react with many medications.  This is a Radler that not only tastes great but it is more accessible to the masses!

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Traditional Belgian Wit (Cask) – Bridge Brewing Company

From North Vancouver’s Bridge Brewing Company comes their latest weekly cask the “Traditional Belgian Wit”.  The beer pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of wheat, coriander and orange peel.  The flavour is of wheat, coriander, orange, orange peel, spice, almost no bitterness and a hint of some tart or sour notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 19.  This was a great summer cask and I wish I could have stuck around for a second glass.

Commercial Description:  Wheat and Pale malts combine to make this traditional Belgian ale, Spice and sour notes from the yeast and finished with orange peel and coriander.

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Filthy Dirty IPA – Parallel 49 Brewing

From Parallel 49 Brewing out of East Vancouver comes the “Filthy Dirty IPA”.  The IPA pours a copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, citrus and tropical fruits.  The flavour is of citrus, tropical fruits, orange, orange rind, malts and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.2% with an IBU of 75.  This is a nice IPA and a great successor of the Lord of the Hops.

Commercial Description:  Filthy Dirty IPA – so named because it’s “full of filthy amounts of fruity & tropical hop character” – is a 7.2% abv and 75 IBU ale that’s been brewed with Pale, Crystal and Carapils malts, and Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Citra and Anthem hops.


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Be Still – The Ale Apothecary

Located in Bend Oregon is a brewery that plays it just a little different.  This brewery is called “The Ale Apothecary” and its motto is “Vintage-batch, barrel by barrel.  Cottage instead of factory.  Flavor before efficiency.  Love prior to spreadsheets.”  The beer isn’t cheap and it is just as hard to find as it is expensive but if you get lucky you are in for a treat!  For my second intro to this awesome brewery I was able to get a bottle of “Be Still” a mixed fermentation ale that has been aged  in Rye Whiskey & Pinot Barrels.  This beer is fermented with no yeast and only lactobacillus culture, brettanomyces and pediococcus and thus is recommended to be consumed within 3-6 months of bottling!  The beer pours a deep brown with no head as it is uncarbonated.  The aroma is dominated by lactobacillus, brettanomyces, wine, whiskey and a good fruitiness.  The flavour has some dominant notes of Pinot wine with lots of lactobacillus, brettanomyces, fruits, tartness, whiskey, oak, tannins, cocoa and some minor coffee notes.  The alcohol content of this batch was 8.4% but does range from 7-9% batch to batch.  This was a very interesting sour ale with tones of flavour.  If you can stomach the price then pick up a bottle or two if you can find it!

Commercial Description:  Be Still is our dark sour and presented barrel-still, without carbonation, for optimum mouthfeel and balance. Brewed with roasted barley and biscuit malts, the structure of the beer comes from acid produced by our house lactobacillus culture as well as acid from brettanomyces and pediococcus activity during the 10-month aging period in rye whiskey and fresh pinot noir barrels. Prior to bottling, the rye and wine portions are blended together and allowed to sit on cascara (sun-dried exterior fruit of the coffee bean) and cocoa nibs to add depth and complexity. The beer retains the fingerprint of our yeast culture and evolves in your glass, but is a wild departure from our lively bottle-fermented offerings. Be Still is a glimpse into an alternative beer universe that is just waiting to be explored. Due to the nature of this beer (yeast-free), it is recommended that you consume the beer fresh within 3-6 months of batch date on bottle to avoid oxidation flavors from shrouding your experience.


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Osprey Pear White IPA – Tin Whistle Brewing

From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes the “Osprey Pear White IPA” an IPA with not only wheat but pear as well.  The beer pours a mildly cloudy yellow with a white head and some lacing left on the glass.  The aroma consists of pear, wheat, floral hops and a fruity finish.  The flavour is of fruity pear, wheat, yeast and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an  IBU of 50.  I don’t even like pear so I was a little worried about this beer.  I am happy to report though that this was not only a refreshing wheat ale but it had a nice hops bite!

Commercial Description:  An Okanagan and Belgian inspired IPA. Belgian wit base and malted wheat form the base with a generous heaping of fruity El Dorado and Calypso hops. Finished with freshly pressed Okanagan pear juice. This unfiltered IPA is ripe with fruit sweetness and balanced with just the perfect amount of hop bitterness.

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Red Truck IPA – Red Truck Brewing

Red Truck Brewing has moved from North Vancouver and set up Shop in the Brewery Creek District of Vancouver.  With this move has brought Red Truck beer in bottles.  The first beer that I have tried from new location is their “Red Truck IPA” and this is the review.  The beer pours a copper colour with a creamy white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, citrus and some tropical notes.  The flavour is of caramel malts, citrus, tropical fruits, pine, resin and a sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 69.  This is actually the first time trying Red Truck IPA and I would have to say this is probably the best beer that I have tried from their lineup.

Commercial Description:  A bright IPA filled with lovely floral, pine, and citrus aromas and flavours. A soft sweetness followed with a lingering bitterness makes this beer an easy drinking friend suitable for all occasions.


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Pumpkin Ale – Steamworks Brewing

Seasonal Beer

From Steamworks Commercial Brewery in Burnaby BC comes their seasonal “Pumpkin Ale”.  The beer pours a copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of malts, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, spices and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, spices, pumpkin, sweetness and a mild hops bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 16.  It keeps surprising me that I like pumpkin ales as I do not like pumpkin pie at all.  Like many other pumpkin beers I find this to be quite tasty!

Commercial Description:  A malty spiced ale brewed with pumpkin pike spices & 100 lbs of local pumpkin mash.  Our most popular seasonal ale.

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Whistler Brewing Company – Whistler BC

Craft Beer is everywhere in BC and Whistler is no different.  Whistler Brewing is located in the Function Junction neighborhood of Whistler.  There was a time when the brewery was Alberta owned by a bigger brewery but it has been locally purchased and the entire operation is now located back in Whistler.  The brewery is located in a commercial district with lots of warehouses (I didn’t realize this area existed).


When you arrive at the brewery you are welcomed by a nice taproom with some hot food options, merchandise area and a cold beer store.  You can sit down and have a glass or two of beer or try samples of their beer.  You can even fill a growler to go.

For around $15  you can do a tour of the brewery which includes 4 samples of their beer.  Three samples are predetermined and the last one your choose after the tour back in the tasting room.  It is a very informative tour especially for people that do not know the brewing process and industry as well as I do.  I recommend taking the tour next time you are in Whistler if you want to learn more about beer.  I was surprised and happy to hear that all beer production was moved back to Whistler and also surprised at how small the brewery was.

I would like to thank the Staff at Whistler Brewing for all the hospitality.  The brewery is well run and is making some tasty beer and is well worth a trip if you happen to be heading to Whistler be it for a weekend, hiking or skiing.


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Whistler Brewing Company

1045 Millar Creek Rd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B1

(604) 962-8889

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