From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their brand new seasonal the “Baltic Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, licorice, toffee, chocolate and sweetness. The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, toffee, hint of coffee, earth, hint of saltiness and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.6% with an IBU of 28. This might be one of my favourite releases from Steel & Oak Brewing. It has all the makings of a great beer and comes in the winter a great time for porters.
Commercial Description: At 7.6% and originally brewed by countries bordering the Baltic Sea this Porter was brewed in a city that borders the Fraser River. Fermented with lager yeast, the S&O Baltic Porter has notes of licorice, cocoa, and toffee followed by a lightly spiced finish. This beer will be available mid month.
Without Frank Appleton craft beer quite likely would be nothing like it is in British Columbia today. I’m not saying it would not have happened but between Frank Appleton the author of this Biography and John Mitchell opening up the first Brew Pub in Canada since prohibition they helped spark the revolution we have today.
This book was a real page turner for people interested in the Craft Beer industry in this province. You may not have heard of him but in craft beer circles he is a rock star. The book starts with his early career as an Industrial Microbiologist and his eventual immigration from England to Canada. It talks of his time at O’Keefe Brewery one of the big breweries of the 1960’s and how that part of his career progressed and then regressed. It gets into how John Mitchell got him on board to start Horseshoe Bay Brewing at the Troller Pub in West Vancouver in 1982. This was the first brewpub in Canada and one of the first in North America after prohibition!
Not only did he help set up Horseshoe Bay Brewing’s system and their first recipes but he has been involved with many other breweries in Canada and around the world. One of the most impressive breweries that he helped design and set up was for Deschutes Brewery in Oregon. He did such a good job that when they upgraded their system they hired him back to design that system also.
Without delving into to much detail about the book and ruining the reading experience I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves craft beer and its history. You do not have to be from British Columbia to enjoy this book as Frank Appleton helped spur on the Craft Beer boom in the country of Canada and helped get some really popular breweries up and running outside of Canada.
It is people Like Frank that make the Craft Beer industry the amazing industry and make people like me want to advocate for it!
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From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout” 2015 Vintage something I have been sitting on for a while. The beer poured an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of molasses, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, brown sugar and sweetness. The flavour is of molasses, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, oak, earth and even hints of milk with alcohol in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 11.9%. This beer was phenomenal and I hope to try it again some time soon!
From Coast Mountain Brewing in Whistler comes their “The Alpinist Double IPA”. The beer pours a copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grapefruit, citrus, fruity, toffee and hops bitterness. The flavour is of Grapefruit, citrus, tropical fruits, toffee, resin, sweetness, alcohol and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9.5% with an IBU of 85. This beer has the alcohol warmth you expect from a Double IPA with lots of great flavour from all the hops added. If you find yourself in Whistler check this beer out!
Commercial Description: A monstrous hop bomb of epic proportions. Dry-hopped every three days during maturation for weeks on end to create one of the stickiest of ickiest beers on the planet. Columbus, Citra, Amarillo & Cascade hops run the table on this one.
From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release”Nitro Mango Milkshake IPA”. The beer poured a off white cascading nitro pour that settled into a deep cloudy orange colour. The aroma consisted of mango, tropical fruits with very floral hops and some sweetness. The flavour is of mango, tropical fruits, grapefruit peel, lactose sweetness, resin and mild bitterness. This was basically as creamy as any nitro stout you have ever had. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 45. While this was a weekly one off and they only made two kegs and it may be gone it needed to be shared just how creative and tasty this beer was! I hope they decide to make more of this beer soon.