Brune – Dageraad Brewing

From Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their newest core beer in the “Brune” a Belgian abbey dubbel.  The beer pours a deep red brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of figs, mild bananas and brown sugar.  The flavour is of figs, toffee, brown sugar, mild bitterness and a hint of bananas.  Even with an alcohol content of 7.5% this beer does not have much of an alcohol note to it.  I don’t know very many Brune that are made in Canada and this one is great.  I am glad that this has become one of their standard beers!

Commercial Description:  Combining the mission figs once grown by Franciscan monks on this continent with the yeast used by Trappist monks in Europe, Dageraad Brune is our take on a classic Belgian abbey dubbel.  Dageraad Brune is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle.


Tri-Cities Cask Festival Winter 2017 Pro-Am – Tickets on Sale

Tri-Cities Cask Festival has been going strong now for some time now.  Its once again time to purchase your tickets for the next one that will be happening on January 22, 2017!


For some unknown reason I have not yet been able to attend one of the Tri-Cities Cask Festival Pro-Am events.  It is time I change this (and I am!) and its time you did too!  Transit is so easy to the Tri-Cities there is no excuse to hop on a bus or train and hit up this festival.  I have wished that I had gone every time I see the photos post event so I hope some of these photos might help sway you to look into purchasing tickets!

Photo credits for above belong to Tri-Cities Cask Festival and Tim Vandergrift.

If the photos are not enough to sway you lets list off the breweries that are confirmed to take part at this time.  Do take notice also that it is a pro-am so there are amateur beers being sampled also.  These could be the next head brewers of your local watering hole!

Participating Breweries are:

Participating Clubs/Amateurs are:

The tickets to the festival run you $49 and it includes more than any other festival that I have seen in the province.  The following is what you receive.

“Each ticket includes access to the event, 10oz Tasting Glass, 10 tokens for 4oz tasting (you can use 2 tokens to have the glass filled), 1 token for Custom Made Burger, 1 Token for Custom made Poutine, Event Program, Entry in to the Door Prize Draws. Additional tokens will be available at the venue for $2 each.”

The burger and Poutine bar sound amazing!  Here is what they say about it:

“There will be an area where a chef will assist you in putting together burger’s with the fixings of your choice from a selection of proteins (Beef, Chicken & Veggie), buns, condiments and toppings. This area will also include a poutine section where you will be able to choose your fries and garnish with a selection of toppings to make your own poutine. There will be a token for each item so you can get them at the same time or at separate times. There will be tables throughout the event space for you to then take your food to sit down and enjoy with your cask beer.”

This years event takes place at Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre at 405 North Road, Coquitlam.

To purchase tickets follow this link – Universe Tickets

I will have a pair of tickets to give away in a contest next week!

Kakeru Dry Hopped Equinox Sour – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes the latest in their sour series the “Kakeru Dry Hopped Equinox Sour”.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of lots of tartness, floral hops and a lemony citrusy finish.  The flavour is of lemony citrus, mild tropical fruits, tartness, grassy hops and maybe a hint of green pepper.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.4% with an IBU of 21.  From my quick research Equinox hops are citrusy but sometimes have green pepper notes.  Once again Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks has once again delivered a very tasty kettle sour beer.

Commercial Description:  A kettle sour dry hopped with Equinox hops wich feature citrus, tropical fruit, and floral aromas.



Graham Cracker Ale (2016) – Hearthstone Brewery

From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Graham Cracker Ale”.  This is a new version of the beer that has launched in December 2016.  The beer pours a chestnut brown with an off white head.  The aroma consists of graham crackers, honey, vanilla with an overall sweetness and some fruit.  The flavour is of caramel, graham crackers, vanilla, fruit and some mild bitterness and earthiness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 30.  This beer has tons of flavour and is backed with a good body.  With the reduction of alcohol from the original 8% the malts have become much more forward in the flavour.

Commercial Description:  In 1829, Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham invented the graham cracker in an attempt at staving off an epidemic that was sweeping the nation – masturbation. As a tribute to Reverend Graham, we decided to concoct a graham cracker brew with 50kg of graham crackers in each batch, resulting in notes of honey, vanilla and all around graham cracker goodness. So instead of knocking one out this evening, how about knocking one back with Hearthstone! Cheers!

Here is a link to my old review of the original version.


Field Guide Ale – Coast Mountain Brewing

From Coast Mountain Brewing in Whistler comes their “Field Guide Ale”. The beer pours an amber colour with a white head. The aroma consists of fruity notes, caramel and grainy malts and some floral hops.  The flavour is of bready, grainy and caramel malts with citrus, mild hops bitterness and maybe some earth.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 30.  This is a tasty what I would assume to be a Pale Ale and will fit right in to the atmosphere in the mountain town.

Commercial Description:  German and English specialty malts provide a beautiful body of biscuits, crackers and light caramels. While generous additions of Cascade hops lead us into to a pleasurable back note of grapefruit. This is the perfect lifestyle wrapped up in a pint, always evolving, relaxed & full of flavour.