From Boundary Brewing in Kelowna and Crannóg Ales in Sorrento comes their “Not For Nazis” Organic Nut Brown Ale. This beer was born out of a digital attack that threatened the business and life of the brewer Oliver and his children for hanging an Anti Fascist flag in their brewery. When Sorrento’s Crannóg Ales stepped up to say hey we have been hanging that flag for many months it moved over to them. From this horrible situation this beer was born. If you would like to hear more about the situation take a listen to the Pacific Beer Chat episode where we profiled Boundary Brewing. The beer pours a deep chestnut brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of a good nutty start with mild roasted malts, caramel and some residual sweetness. The flavour was of nuts, caramel, roasted malts, some ash or smoke and a mild bitterness in the finish. This Organic Nut Brown ale is a great example of what I look for in a Brown Ale. So get off your couch and help fight hate by picking up a bottle of this brew!
From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “At 17 “(Tap 13). This beer is a Belgian style Tripel brewed with apples that resided on their Tap 13 an unlabeled tap in the brewery. The series of beers are named like the periodic table of elements with a big letter then a small letter and then a number. Very few bottles are packaged of these beers and I was absolutely lucky to get a bottle in trade from the owners. The beer poured a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, apples, lots of fruit and a sweet finish. The flavour is of Belgian yeast, bubble gum, apples, fruity notes, candi sugar, hint of spices, very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9.1%. This Belgian Tripel is really tasty and does not suffer from the overly sweet notes that many do for me. I’m sad to say you will likely never be able to try this but I hope you will consider heading out to Nelson to check out the brewery and maybe get lucky enough to try something from Tap 13.
From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their brand new New Westminster exclusive “Tin Soldier Pale Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grain and floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, resin, earth, bready malts and a great hops bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 33 IBU. This has to be one of the most complex Pale Ale’s I have had in a while. Head out to New Westminster and pick some of this up soon.
From Outcast Brewing currently brewing out of Coulee Brew Co in Calgary Alberta comes their “Wannabe IPA” a Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head and good lacing. The aroma consists of grapefruit, citrus rind, tropical fruit, floral hops and a hint of malt. The flavour is of grapefruit, tropical fruit, citrus rind, pine, mild caramel and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.9% with an IBU of 40. This one basically tastes like a Session IPA and is quite interesting.
Commercial Description: Wannabe IPA is a pale ale that is heavily dry hopped twice with Galaxy and Mosaic Hops. Expect big aromas of tropical fruit and citrus with a slightly fruity and subtle, dry bitter finish. It’s the pale ale that wants to be an IPA.
From Main Street Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Barrel Aged American Style Barley Wine” a Winter 2017 Vintage. The beer pours a very murky brown colour with a white head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, toffee, resin, sweetness and a floral finish. The flavour is of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, resin, earth, oak and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 80. This Barely Wine seemed to be a bit of a hybrid style as the bitterness was to low to be an American Barley Wine. It was not really what I was expecting but I did quite enjoy it none the less.