From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes their “Midnight Peach Dark Ale”. The beer pours a very deep copper colour almost brown with a tan head. The aroma consists of peaches, caramel and honey and chocolate. The flavour is of peaches, honey, caramel, chocolate, some roasted malts and maybe a hint of earth and coffee. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. Who would have thought that chocolate and peaches would go so well together? Oh wait that is a gimme. This is a tasty new release from Tin Whistle Brewing and would go very well with desert.
Commercial Description: Straight from the Okanagan comes this unique blended beer with hints of chocolate and caramelized honey combined with succulent peaches to create a full bodied dark fruit ale.
Back in January I stopped into Andina Brewing to check out their space while they were in the middle of their demolition. Now it is October and things have really started to heat up. Their tasting lounge construction is under way and their tanks have arrived and are currently being hooked up.
Andres and Nicolas Amaya Colombian ex-pats and their family have teamed up to open this brewery. They look to combine both South American and Canadian Flavours.
Lets start by looking at the tasting lounge. The main doorway will be located on the side of the building as seen in the first photo from inside. The second photo shows the whole bar area of the brewery. To the right of the partially framed bar where there is not flooring you will find the main door. On that side of the bar you will be able to get your growler fills and in the future other take out beer. When you head around the bar you will find the lounge. The third photo shows more of the right hand side of the bar. Photo 4 is the wall behind the bar where all of the taps will be located. Photo 5 is of the lounge area where the seating will be located. Behind the taps in photo 4 you will find the cold storage for the kegs serving the tasting lounge as seen in photo 6. The last photo is where a window will be located that will show you into the brewing space.
While the tasting room is still in its early stages the brewery is starting to take shape a bit quicker. Photo 1 is of their grain mill that is still packaged up waiting to be setup. The next two photos are of the brewhouse that is being set up currently. Photos 4-6 show different views of their 4 fermentors and one brite tank. The 5th photo shows just how much room they have for expansion in the future if you look closely. Photo 7 is of their brite tank. Photo 8 is of their boiler hidden behind the brewhouse. Photo 9 is of the frementors from their test batch system that is currently being used to perfect their recipes.
Andina Brewing is hoping to open by the end of December. My fingers are crossed that this is the case as the brewery is not just looking great so far but their test batches are tasting good also.
From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their newest in the Ironworkers Series (No 04) “Barrel Aged Belgian Red IPA”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a red tinge and a tan head. The aroma consists of port, oak, Belgian yeast, dark fruits and some hops bitterness. The flavour is of port, citrus, tropical fruits, berries, dark fruits, earth, oaky and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.7% with an IBU of 59. I would not usually think to barrel age an IPA but this one seems to have worked out pretty well. Keep up the good work Bridge Brewing.
Commercial Description: This Belgian red is loaded with intense flavour. Pouring a deep ruby, the munich, crystal and special W malts provide a strong malt background for tropical, citrus and berry notes from the Mosaic and Citra hops used. It has been additionally barrel aged in port barrels, enhancing the aromatics and adding smooth oaky tannins. This is an intense and complex Belgian IPA.
From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “REI Boysenberry Sour”. The beer pours a deep very cloudy red colour with a light read head. The aroma consists of boysenberry, more fruits and mild tartness. The flavour is of tartness up front but not overpoweringly sour with boysenberries, raspberries, wheat and some sweetness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 7. This is anouther tasty sour from Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks but this should be no surprise as they are doing great things.
Commercial Description: REI Boysenberry Sour a delicately tart wheat kettle sour brewed with fresh boysenberries.
From Tofino Brewing out of Tofino on Vancouver Island comes their “Cosmic Wave Double IPA”. The beer pours an orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of resin, mango, citrus, caramel and floral hops. The flavour is of and bitterness. There are some alcohol notes in the flavour for sure but at 9% that is not to surprising. This Double IPA is on the sweeter side of the spectrum but is still quite tasty.
Commercial Description: JOIN US ON A TRANSCENDENTAL JOURNEY FREE FROM THE SHACKLES OF PHYSICAL EXISTENCE AND BEYOND THE KNOWN REALMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS. LET YOUR MIND’S EYE GUIDE YOU TO THE ASTRAL PLANES OF EXTRASENSORY NON-BEING WHERE WE WILL COLLECTIVELY RIDE THE COSMIC WAVE OF UNITY DEEP INSIDE THE ENDLESS BARREL OF THE INFINITE VOID. ALSO, THIS IS A STRONG HOPPY BEER.