From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Helles Lager”. The beer pours a copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, citrus, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of grain, bready malts, citrus, grassy hops and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This is definitely a well crafted helles Lager if that is what you are looking for.
From Coal Harbour Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Smoke & Mirrors Imperial Smoked Ale”. This beer won Silver in the Smoked Beer category at the Wold Beer Cup 2018. The beer pours a black opaque colour with a brown head. The aroma consists smoke, roasted malts and earth. The flavour is of dark fruits, roasted malts, earth, smoke, salt, some bitterness, sweetness and a hint of chocolate. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%. In the past I was not a huge fan of this beer and I am still not a huge fan of the style but with slight adjustment in the recipe I am really digging this beer now!
From Annex Ale Project in Calgary Alberta comes their “Formative Years Double IPA” both their Anniversary brew and well as their 100th Batch of beer. The beer pours a copper colour with a slightly off white head. The aroma consists of pineapple, tropical fruits, citrus, orange zest, sweetness. The flavour is of pineapple, tropical fruits, citrus, orange zest, sweetness, herbal, some grain in the background, medium bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 9%. This beer comes in on the sweeter side and works really well. Congrats to a successful first year and to many more to come!
Commercial Description: Double dry hopped with Citra and Cryo Citra hops, conditioned on orange zest. Our 100th brew and One Year Anniversary beer.
From Coast Mountain Brewing in Whistler in Collaboration with Handlebar Cafe and Apres comes the “Gaper Juice” a hazy Session Ale made for Gaper Day the last day of skiing at Whistler Mountain and the day you dress in your craziest outfit. Gaper Day takes place on May 21st this year. The beer pours a deeply murky orange with a white head. The aroma consists of floral hops with some juicy and fruity aromas mixed in. The flavour is of juicy tropical and citrus hops, herbal, mild resin, citrus rind, low bitterness with an oat and grain finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 20. It can be so hard to build a big flavour with low alcohol beer and this one killed it on the flavour side.
Commercial Description: In the quest to make Apres great again. We teamed up with HandleBar to create Gaper…
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From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Belgian Style Blonde Ale”. The beer pours a mildly cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of bubblegum, candy sugar, fruity notes, spices, Belgian yeast and sweetness. The flavour is of bubblegum, citrus, esters, candy sugar, grain, herbal hops and a low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.1%. While I would not call this the most traditional Belgian style Blonde it was enjoyable for sure.