Seraph (Central City Distillery) Launch – Guilt & Co


Central City Brewers and Distillers are well known for their lineup of beer “Red Racer” (or Red Betty in the USA).  On October 22, 2014 their new lineup of products launched.

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Seraph is their lineup of Spirits and has launched with a Gin and Vodka.  Whiskey will arrive in a few more years as in Canada it must be aged for a minimum of 5 years.  The launch of this product has been held up due to issues with the Liquor board though.  According to the Government this is not Craft Spirits due to the fact with their Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea product they have to large a volume to qualify.  Luckily the Government may be confused but consumers like you will be able to tell this is a high end craft product.  The Launch event was held at Guilt & Co in Gastown which is below street level.  The launch felt a little underground due to its small size (Excuse the pun) but that made it very intimate.  Samples of two different cocktails were being served one using their Vodka and one using their Gin.  The one using Vodka was known as a Lavender Lemonade while the Gin cocktail was known as a Starfish and was almost like a grapefruit creamsicle.  There was also a judged cocktail competition with 4 contestants and 3 judges (Gary Lohin being one of the Gudges).  The winning cocktail was available for samples at the end of the event.

Both these products should be in store soon if it has not already been placed on shelves.  Ask your favourite liquor store to bring it in!  Central City is well known for crafting very exciting beer so it only makes sense that when they stepped into spirits it would be top notch.

Slogan on bottle:  Single Batch, Single Malt

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Hoyne Brewing – Wolf Vine Wet Hopped Pale Ale


It is wet hop season, my favourite beer season.  Just across Georgia Straight in Victoria, Hoyne Brewing’s wet hopped offering is their Wolf Vine Wet Hopped Pale Ale.

First, this beer does not pour very pale, more of a copper colour with a tan head.  While not cloudy it is not very clear either, just pleasantly hazy … that isn’t the right word but I can’t come up with a better one.

 

The nose is full of hops, just what I want from a wet hopped beer.  I get a lot of pine and resin, a little bitter herb and a sweet malt mash aroma to add body to the nose.  For all the hop aromas they are not overwhelming, I don’t get hit in the face with them, they are nicely delicate.

The very first taste is bitter, but it quickly gives way to a clean hay and grass flavour.  There is a nice yeast funk that works its way to the surface of the flavours after a few seconds and brings a nice counter point to the malt.  The malt is subtle under the hop, adding a little balancing sweetness and just a hint of caramel on the finish.  Medium bodied, the carbonation is almost, but not quite, astringent, really waking up the tongue and the palate.

I really wish this one could come out earlier in the year because it would be great on a hot day, it is clean and refreshing.  I could see this paired with goat cheese or pasta in cream sauce.Wolf Vince

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Stone Brewing Canadian Launch at Craft Beer Market – Vancouver


Stone Brewing from Escondido California has started a large scale expansion of their distribution. Their beer is being launched in BC and Alberta currently which is their first foray into Canada and to celebrate this Stone and Craft Beer Market held parties in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.  This was a very exclusive event and you had to either win to get in or get lucky enough to get and invite.  Luckily for me I was invited at the last minute to the Vancouver event and was able to attend.

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Like any event held at Craft Beer Market lots of appetizers were brought around although many of these ones were made using Stone Brewing beer.  Stone brought 15 different beer to these events including the three permanent taps for Craft Beer Market including Stone IPA, Go To IPA and Arrogant Bastard Ale.  All of the beer were amazingly tasty which should surprise no one that is serious about craft beer.  If this was your first exposure to Stone’s beer than I would expect your mind to be blown.

Keep your eyes peeled to your local BC Liquor stores and local private stores for Stones Brewing’s beer to arrive.

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Bomber Brewing and Stone Brewing Collaboration Beer


Unless you have had your head in the sand you know that Stone Brewing out of Escondido California is currently launching its beers in BC and Alberta.  One thing that was not made public though was that Stone Brewing would be doing a collaboration with local Vancouver brewery Bomber Brewing.

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I was lucky enough to get invited over to Bomber on October 21st, 2014 to take in the brew day.  Steve Gonzalez small batch manager from Stone Brewing brewed with Blair Calibaba head brewer at Bomber Brewing with help from the Bomber Brewing Crew.  The beer that they created is a Red Rye IPA and the beer looked amazing!  There was a truck load of malt in this brew especially with the added Rye.

Once the beer has fermented and is ready it will be available in both Bombers and on tap at the tasting room and select pubs.  I saw a sample of the label for this collaboration and it looks fantastic!  It brings together Stone Brewing and Bomber Brewing’s styles perfectly.  Keep your eyes peeled for the release date in the not to distant future. From what I understand the beer will be called “Blood From A Stone” but that could change.

On top of the brewing collaboration Bomber brought out their hockey sticks and net.  Bomber brewing was born out of a beer league hockey team and all.  It was time for a few Americans to take their very first shot at hockey.  It was quite humorous.

 

 

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Elephant Run IPA – Fisher Peak Brewing Co


Inside The Heid Out Restaurant and Brewhouse located in Cranbrook BC you will find Fisher Peak Brewing Co.  This brewhouse inside a restaurant in the Kootenays created the “Elephant Run IPA”.  The beer pours a mildly cloudy copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of sweet caramel, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, citrus, mild pine and some mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 55.  There is no doubt in my mind that this is an English Style IPA and is probably tailored to the palates of the people of Cranbrook.  I personally prefer a big bitter IPA but I did quite enjoy this none the less.

Commercial Description:  A traditional English Indian Pale Ale that is reminiscent of the beers shipped to India from England in the 1850s. Heavily hopped, with five different American hops. This I.P.A. is dry hopped with leaf/whole cone. This style is driving the world wide resurgence in craft beer.

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Friendly Fire ISA – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing out of North Vancouver comes their new “Friendly Fire ISA” an India Session Ale.  The beer pours a golden orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malts, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of pine, resin, hops bitterness with mild citrus and caramel malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.2% with an IBU of 48.  I was amazed at just how much bitterness came out in this beer with such a low ABV.  I really enjoyed this ISA as it had a ton of flavour as a session beer!

Commercial Description:  This sessionable beer is caught in the crossfire between European malts and North American hops.  Ample malt flavour followed by multiple ‘C’ hop offensives create a satisfying and refreshing assault by the friendliest of flavours.

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I, Braineater Pumpkin Ale – Bomber Brewing


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From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “I, Braineater Pumpkin Ale”. The beer pours an amber colour with a white head.  The aroma is fairly malt forward with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove.  The flavour consists of a big malt front with a pretty decent hops bitterness and pumpkin, and all the same pumpkin pie spices.  I am amazed that a beer that only has an IBU of 20 is so hop forward although I really enjoy the hop forward notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.8%.  This is one of the best pumpkin ales that I have had this year so far.

Commercial Description:  What does Vancouver musician and artist Jim Cummins (a.k.a. I, Braineater) have in common with pumpkins? Answer: this beer. And we may seem late to the game, but the pumpkins we harvested from Abbotsford’s Lepp Farm make this rich, flavourful ale well worth the wait. With distinct Tettnang hops, a touch of spice, and a label featuring Jim’s iconic, ‘Devil Girl’, we think this could just be your perfect Halloween beer.  It’s a no-brainer.

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Strange Fellows Brewing (Progress Report #6) – East Vancouver


Well things are picking up a bit for steam at Strange Fellows right now!  A new paint job has begun to spruce up the look of the outside of the brewery already!

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I still can not talk about the tasting room at this point.  I can tell you though that the brewhouse has arrived and is in place.  I don’t think that it is fully hooked up yet at this point but this is the real proof that things are coming to a close on the build out.  Iain will still have to clean the brewhouse and all tanks before they can brew their first batch of beer but I think in the next three weeks there may be beer in tanks in some form.  Inside the cooler you will also find the serving tanks that will feed the tasting room and growler fills.

I don’t know about you but I am getting very excited for this brewery to open and then a year down the road when some of Iain’s sour beers start to flow out of the taps!

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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Windstorm West Coast Pale Ale – Stanley Park Brewery


From Stanley Park Brewery (Turning Point Brewery) in Delta BC comes their “Windstorm West Coast Pale Ale” a limited release.  Partial proceeds from this beer go towards the Stanley Park Ecology Society.  The beer pours an amber colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, pineapple, melons basically an overall fruity flavour with some sweet malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of big tropical notes, pineapple, melons, pine, hops bitterness and malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.7% with an IBU of 35.  It was a nice surprise to find just how much flavour this beer had.  I enjoyed it and could see purchasing more in the near future.

Commercial Description:  In December 2006, a fierce 120 km/hr windstorm tore a path through Stanley Park, leveling over 10,000 trees in our treasured coastal forest. Though devastating, an empowering story of resiliency and community emerged in its wake. Together we re-built, and individually we strengthened our connection to the Park while ensuring a legacy of ‘nature in the city’ for future generations. With the Limited Release ‘Windstorm’, we affirm our commitment to the enduring legacy of Stanley Park.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Grilled Steak, Citrus Salad, Thai Curry, and Roasted Vegetables

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Moody Ales – Port Moody


In June 2014 Moody Ales started to build their brewery.   On October 16th 2014 they opened their doors to the public for the first time!  The build out was pretty darn quick!

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When you walk through the front door of brewery you will find a beautiful tasting room.  Wood topped bars and wood topped tables are quite stunning.  A chalk board displays the beer that is currently on tap.  They have custom growler fillers that use CO2 to fill with counter pressure.  I love the touch they have added with a brewing process display on the one wall that shows the entire brewing process.

The brewery itself is small but has a ton of room for expansion.  They have a small barrel aging program that I am sure will grow with time also.  If you made it out to the grand opening they had a small amount of a test batch of barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout that was to die for!

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This brewery is already showing it can create some tasty brews but I think they are only breaking the surface of what their creativity can bring.  Their test batches are proof of this!  So head over to the brewery as soon as possible!  Just a note that parking is found in behind the brewery but you have to enter the brewery at the front of the building.

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Moody Ales
http://www.moodyales.com
2601 Murray Street
Port Moody, BC
beer@moodyales.com
(604) 492-3911

Opening hours from opening day (Times could and most likely will change)

Monday: 12-8
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 12-8
Thursday: 12-8
Friday: 12-10
Saturday: 12-10
Sunday: 12 -8

Cheers!

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