Threesome Ale – Red Arrow Brewing


From Duncan BC’s Red Arrow Brewing comes their “Threesome Ale” a beer combining Hemp, hibiscus and honey. The beer pours a reddish colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of honey, hibiscus, herbal notes and a sweetness. The flavour is of herbal from hops or hemp, hibiscus tea, honey some mild bitterness and a mild sweetness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.3%. Maybe not amazing but it was an enjoyable mix of flavours to be sure. I wouldn’t hesitate to try it again for sure.

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Speedway Stout – AleSmith Brewing


From San Diego California’s AleSmith Brewing comes their “Speedway Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, molasses, toffee, coffee and ash.  The flavour is of chocolate, toffee, molasses, ash, roasted coffee, burnt malts, brown sugar, earth, dark fruit and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 12% with an IBU of 70.  Well my first experience with AleSmith Brewing went really well.  This beer is really tasty and I look forward to trying more beer from them.  Its a good thing they are available in British Columbia now!

Commercial Description:  Speedway Stout’s ominous, pitch-black appearance has become a hallmark of this modern-day classic. Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor, supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. A healthy dose of locally-roasted coffee from Ryan Bros. Coffee, Inc. added to each batch brings out the beer’s dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stout’s fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink. This beer ages very well and will continue to mature for many years to come.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  This beer’s great balance makes it a very food-friendly Imperial Stout. Pair its roasty flavors and robust mouthfeel with rich beef dishes and char-grilled foods. Both chocolate and vanilla desserts also pair well, as do salty blue cheeses like Stilton or hard nutty cheeses like aged Gouda and cloth-bound cheddars.

Brew North Strong (Abbotsford International Air Show) – Abbotsford


For the 2017 edition of the Abbotsford International Airshow they added a new attraction to the weekend.  For all three days running August 11 to 13th they held the Brew North Strong Craft Beer Festival.  The beer fest was held near the Static plane display on the far side of the Airshow grounds.

The beer fest was a bit of an extra cost on top of the Airshow but well worth it.  The breweries that came out to celebrate were Ravens Brewing, Hathi Brewing, Highway 97 Brewing, Chaos & Solace Brewing, Mt Begbie Brewing, Two Wolves Brewing, Cannery Brewing, Dead Frog Brewery, Granville Island Brewing, 4 Mile Brewing and Stanley Park Brewing.  The fenced off area was located on a nice grass field with seating at the front on the runway side.  You could either buy designated seating up front or just pay to go into the beer fest and get very similar seating and a beer fest thrown in at the basically the same price.

Being a big beer nerd there were not a ton of beers I had not had but there was still the odd one.  But the breweries still brought some really tasty stuff and made for an exciting time for new beer drinkers and seasoned craft fans alike. Shout out to 4 Mile Brewing for bringing some unique releases that I have not seen.  I could not believe the view of some of the airshow acts from the festival grounds.  Check out the videos below to see some of the acts.

F18 Super Hornet does a high speed flyby.

Impressive turning capabilities of F18

Entertaining staged scary flight.

But when you go to the Abbotsford International Airshow you really need to check out the planes.  This year saw a handful of American and Canadian military planes with some coast guard, police and private planes rounding out the lineup with one exception.  There was one really cool stealth fighter that came to the show and I think it came from Norway but I am not sure anymore.

 

This is definitely a must attend event.  Be it for the craft beer like me or even just for the planes.  Make sure to make it out next year to see for yourself.  I will leave you with this video.

For more videos click on this link.

For more info on the airshow click on the link below.

Abbotsford International Airshow

For more info on the beer festival click on the link below.

Brew North Strong Craft Beer Festival

 

BC Bitter – Granville Island Brewing


From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “BC Bitter”.  This English Bitter pours a cloudy copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of caramel, sweet malts, mild grapefruit, mild pine and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, mild earth, citrus, bitterness and herbal hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 32.  This new beer using all BC grown ingredients is an enjoyably brew.  Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson Coors.

Commercial Description:  Local ingredients add BC flavour to this traditional English bitter. Nugget and Chinook hops from Lillooet balance brilliantly with Pilsner malt from Armstrong for a slightly hoppy, bready summer beer. Pair with fish & chips.

Slackline Summer Ale – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Slackline Summer Ale”.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of pienapple and mango with juniper and some sweetness.  The flavour is of pineapple, mango, juniper, citrus rind, some bitterness and a mild funk finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 20.  This new release is quite enjoyable.  This should be your beer you say goodbye to summer with.  Luckily for everyone there is a bunch of Summer left to enjoy this beer!

Commercial Description:  A moderately hopped light refreshing summer ale with delicate juniper spice notes, fermented with Sach Trois yeast providing a gentle yet complex bouquet.