Earl Pale Ale – BNA Brewing

From  the newest brewery in Kelowna BNA Brewing comes their “Earl Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange with an off white head.  The aroma consist of earl grey tea and malt notes.  The flavour is of earl grey tea, malts, earth and some bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.75% with an IBU of 45.  Not being a huge fan of tea this is not my favourite beer but if you like tea and beer you will probably really like this beer.

Commercial Description:  Contemporary Pale Ale showcasing the citrus & spice qualities of the hops. The addition of Earl Grey tea compliments these flavours and smooths the finish. 


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American Pale Ale – Hearthstone Brewery

From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “American Pale Ale”.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consist of earth, floral hops and citrus.  The flavour is of bitterness up front with earth, caramel, resin, grassy hops, tropical fruit, citrus and citrus rind.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 38.  This is a pretty darn tasty Pale Ale and I look forward to many more cans in the future.

Commercial Description:  Our American Pale Ale does as it should and lets the hops do the talking.  Notes of pine, citrus, tangerine and mangos in and around your mouth.  We brewed this American Pale Ale with our own taste in mind.  Balanced, flavourful, easy to drink.  We hope you feel the same way.  Drink Fresh with Good People.



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Midnight Umber Ale – Red Arrow Brewing

From Duncan BC’s Red Arrow Brewing comes their “Midnight Umber Ale” an Amber Ale.  The beer pours a very deep ruby colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of roasty malts, nuts, toffee and some fruit.  The flavour is of roasted malts, sweet fruits, nutty, toffee, caramel and some earth.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 33.  This is a quite enjoyable amber ale with lots of interesting flavours playing around in your mouth.

Commercial Description:  Every brewery needs a guardian. Meet ours, Christopher; the all seeing gargoyle. He’s been watching over the building for years. As the bell tolls in the darkest hour Christopher is always keeping a watchful eye. Midnite Umber Ale pours ruby brown and has notes of candied apricot, toffee and brown sugar balanced by a solid hand of southern hemisphere hops. The best of tease and temptation.


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India Pale Ale – Hearthstone Brewery

From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “India Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grapefruit and other fruits and floral hops.  The flavour is of bready malts, sweetness, melons, tropical fruit, citrus, bitterness and a resinous finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 95.  This is a great IPA and I am happy to see that they have finally started canning their beer!

Commercial Description:  Hello my friend!  If you do not like hops, you might as well put this can down – it is not for you.  If you DO like hops, then strap on your moon boots comrade, because you are in for a ride!  Amarillo and El Dorado hops steal the show, result in in stone fruit, grapefruit and all around tropical hoppy goodness.  Drink Fresh with Good People.


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Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival – Vancouver (UBC)

On June 27th 2015 the inaugural  Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival was held at the UBC Farm.


This festival was a nice change from your average beer festival in this province.  Many of the beer were either one off saisons / sours or rare and hard to get beers.  Nothing for sample was a standard lineup beer.  The ticket cost $50 plus taxes and got you a fancy taster glass and 4 tokens.

Breweries at the Festival
Beerthirst – Elysian, Logsdon, North Coast
Brassneck Brewery
Bravo Beer Co – Brouwerij Verhaeghe, Dupont
Category 12 Brewing
The Commons Brewery
Copper & Theory – Breakside, Cantillon, pFriem
Craft Beer Imports – De Molen, Omnipollo
Dageraad Brewing
Driftwood Brewing
Four Winds Brewing
Goose Island Brewery
Lighthouse Brewing
Main Street Brewing
Moon Brewpub
Parallel 49 Brewing
Persephone Brewing
Powell Street Craft Brewery
Steel & Oak Brewing
Strange Fellows Brewing
Storm Brewing
Untapped Craft Imports – Double Mountain, Dieu Du Ciel, Les Trois Mousquetaires
Westbier – St Louis, Bockor, St Feuillien, ToØl
Yellow Dog Brewing

Full list found here.

The festival had a small amount of tickets sold which showed as there were very rarely lineups and those lineups were only for timed limited beers.  The weather was very hot as has been the case for the Month of June and this shows with brown grass!

As always I took many photos of the different beers that I was able to sample.  There were so many good sours that I did not stray form this style very often.

This was probably one of the best festivals that I have ever attended.  The heat was brutal for me but being in June you would never have guessed it was going to be 30C in Vancouver (It probably should have rained).  If you are looking for just one festival to attend next year then this should be the festival you go to!


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Barley Station Brew Pub – Salmon Arm

On my way to the East Kootenays on a recent tour I stumbled upon the Barley Station Brew Pub. Neither knowing really where we were or remembering there was a brewery in the area we stopped for gas. As it turned out we were in Salmon Arm and across the street was the Barley Station Brew Pub. As the car was being filled with gas I ran across the street to buy some beer and take a peak.


There is a small but nice looking pub behind the doors that has a smaller town charm.  They had a pretty good selection of different brews on tap with a core lineup and some seasonals.  Sadly they only sold their core lineup to go in either 6 packs of one style of beer mixed 6 packs or growler fills.  You have to stay in to try their seasonals and we were less than half way on a 10 hour plus drive.

While my growler was being filled with pale ale I took a peak through the windows at their cute little brew pub system.  The walls of the brewery have windows all the way around so you can see the brewing process or just snoop to see what it looks like.  The system is on the small side but it seems to get the job done and that is all that matters really.

If you find yourself passing through Salmon Arm then you really should stop in for a pint a bite and some beer to take with you!

Barley Station Brew Pub
20 Shuswap Street S.E.
Salmon Arm, British Columbia
Canada V1E 4H7


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Bushwacker Brown Ale – Barley Station Brew pub

From the Barley Station Brew Pub (Shuswap Lake Brewing Company) located in Salmon Arm in the Shuswap region of BC comes their “Bushwacker Brown Ale”.  The beer pours a deep brown with a tan head. The aroma consists of earth and roasty malts, ash, coffee, chocolate and some sweetness.  The flavour is of earth, toffee, chocolate, caramel, ash, coffee and sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 24.  This is not the most complex beer but it is still quite enjoyable and well worth a grab when heading through Salmon Arm.

Commercial Description:  This brown ale is styled after the great southern English brown ales. It has a wonderfully complex malt character from the use of 8 different specialty malts from England, Belgium and Canada. A chocolatey flavor with nutty undertones. Excellent with full- flavored foods.


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Green Eyes White IPA – Ridge Brewing Company

From the newest brewery in Maple Ridge called Ridge Brewing Company comes their “Green Eyes White IPA”.  The beer pours an amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consist of sweet malts with some roast and floral and earthy hops.  The flavour is of earth, caramel and some roasted malts with sweet citrus, resin, mild pine, grassy and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 70.  Even with the IBU this high I would categorize this as an English IPA as the hops are not dominant compared to most North American IPA’s.  This should be a breath of fresh air for those that think IPA’s have gone to far but still quite enjoyable to the hop head like me.



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Midnight Sun (Espresso Stout) – Yukon Brewing

From Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories (Northern Canada 2,400km North of Vancouver BC) comes the “Midnight Sun (Espresso Stout)”.  The beer pours a very deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of espresso, creamy and some roastiness.  The flavour is of burnt malts, espresso, milk chocolate, earth and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2%.  This would be a very good beer to drink on a nice freezing cold winter night in the Yukon or even on a rainy winter night in Vancouver (or any other time you feel like it).

Commercial Description:  In the fall of 2003, Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters, a local Whitehorse coffee company that roasts their coffee fresh here in the north, approached us with an idea. Zola Dore (the Yukon Bean Queen) was enjoying a home brewed espresso stout she was producing at a local U-brew when inspiration struck, “Let’s work together to produce this beer in bigger volumes”. Sometimes brilliance can be confused with insanity and espresso stout beer certainly lends itself to insanity, but several awards and hundreds of enthusiastic reviews later and it’s clear this creation is a winner.  To say that our brew team outdid themselves is perhaps not going far enough. By the time they finished creating, we had a beer with eight different malts (that’s right, Alice, eight malts) not to mention oatmeal and, of course, espresso coffee. The result is a beer that is fine as frog’s hair, full bodied yet smooth, rich with coffee aromas and flavours without ever losing sight of the fact that it’s beer.


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Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB – Phillips Brewing Company

From Phillips Brewing out of Victoria BC’s comes the “Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB” a quad-laboration with Garrison Brewing Co. (NS), Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable (QC), Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (ON).  The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of mild roast, biscuit, citrus, fruity and earth.  The flavour is of bitterness, citrus sweetness, fruit, earth, caramel and some alcohol in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.6% with an IBU of 50.  I am a fan of all of the breweries that are part of this brew and I think this could have been a bit more exciting but it is a quality beer and I am enjoying every sip.

Commercial Description:  Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB, and it’s a collaborative effort from four Canadian brewers to celebrate the spread of the craft beer movement from coast to coast–and all of the provinces in between. Garrison Brewing Co. (NS), Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable (QC), Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (ON) and Phillips Brewing Co. (BC) all participated in the ‘quad-laboration’, coming together to craft a recipe designed to reflect Canada itself. It is an Extra Special Bitter, a style with roots that trace back to England, but as an amped up imperial version it has a strong spirit that is purely Canadian.  Available for a limited time from private, craft-focused liquor stores.


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