From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Three Bears Breakfast Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of ash, roasted malts, burnt coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal. The flavour is of oatmeal, ash, roasted malts, earth, chocolate, burnt coffee and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 40. This is definitely breakfast in a bottle. I would recommend maybe keeping the breakfast beer to camping in the summer though.
Commercial Description: On a canoe trip down the Fraser, HBC chief factor Gavin Hamilton decided to go to shore to shoot some ducks. Armed with a double barreled fowling piece, he came face to face with three bears. He took the first two out with a single shot and reloaded just in time to take out the third which knocked him to the ground as it fell. Brewed with dark roasted malt, Centennial hops and Republica Roasters coffee, this jet black oatmeal stout features notes of chocolate and espresso. Big, bold and surprisingly smooth, this “eye-opener” has a creamy tan head and is the great for breakfast or any time of day.
From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Super 8-Bit IPA” 2017 edition the latest in their Experimental IPA Series. This IPA uses 8 different hops including Caliente, Ariana, Lemondrop, Azacca, Nelson Sauvin, Cashmere, Vic Secret and Falconer’s Flight. The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists tropical fruit, citrus, caramel, herbal and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit, stone fruit, grape, herbal, resin and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 68. Like every year this beer is a massive flavour bomb. It is a great IPA with tons of flavour and a good hops bitterness.
Commercial Description: It’s back! Version 2017. This year we are using all new hops for our Super 8-Bit! This year’s 8 Legendary hops features Caliente, Ariana, Lemondrop, Azacca, Nelson Sauvin, Cashmere, Vic Secret and Falconer’s Flight Hops!
From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Sombrio Citrus Session”. The Beer pours a mildly hazy Yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, mld malts and floral and herbal hops. The flavour is of earth, citrus, mild resin, grassy hops and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 36. Like many session Ales this one is light on flavour but still enjoyable. Should stand up to a good patio.
Commercial Description: Bright and citrusy, this fruity session ale will take you right to the beach, no matter the season.
A while back I found an amazing store that sold all kinds of weird and wild meats. The place is called Hills Foods and it is located in Coquitlam BC. While I was there I picked up some Crocodile but had no idea what to expect or how to cook it so it stayed in my freezer for some time. Finally I found a recipe on Cilantro Cooks that sounded like a great idea and I took the plunge and cooked it.
2lbs Crocodile sliced into strips
355ml of beer (Dark Farmhouse – Microbrasserie Le Castor)
1/2 Cup all purpose flour
1 Cup yellow corn meal
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp thyme powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
vegetable oil to fry crocodile
Cut your Crocodile into srips
Place cornmeal into a shallow dish.
In a different bowl add the beer and all of the spices together including salt and pepper.
Soak the crocodile in the beer and spice mixture and then cover in cornmeal by rolling meat in cornmeal. Pace battered crocodile on wax paper.
In a large frying pan or skillet place 1/2 inch of oil into it and heat it up. I set my element at medium-high. Once oil hot place strips in.
Cook the crocodile until it is browned. Then flip it over and fry it on that side. Make sure meat is cooked to a good internal temperature. Keep cooking the crocodile in small batches until you are done.
Once it is ready serve it wish a dipping sauce or salsa. I used salsa. I have to admit this is probably the weirdest thing I have every cooked but it ended up being really tasty. Crocodile tastes similar to chicken. This is the first time I have said that as usually I don’t agree with that sentiment. The beer I used was not very fresh so I will not be reviewing it but it still tasted pretty good and using it to cook with it did not matter as much anyways.
From Burleigh Brewing in Burleigh Heads in Australia comes their “FIG JAM IPA”. In Australia FIG JAM is an acronym for Fuck I’m Good, Just Ask Me. Gotta love a cocky brewery! The Beer pours a copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of stone fruit, caramel and floral hops. The flavour is of brown sugar, caramel, sweetness, citrus, lemon, pineapple, stone fruit and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 70. I quite enjoyed this and I am happy I got the chance to try it. I am glad my friends and family buy me Beer on their travels.
Commercial Description: Traditionally, India Pale Ales (IPAs) were brewed extra strong and hoppy to last the long journey by boat from England to India. These days, we brew ours that way because we love it. And, you know, for history and nostalia… The incredible balance of Burleigh Brewing FIGJAM India Pale Ale belies its 7.0% abv and 70IBU IPA statistics. The fine balance of malt, hops and alcohol is deftly managed through five separate hopping phases, delivering the classic IPA characters of floral hop aromas and a distinctive hop character on the finish. All the ‘punch’ of an IPA, carefully delivered with Burleigh Brewing’s trademark balance.