Nightshade Black IPA – Winterlong Brewing Co


From Winterlong Brewing Co located in Whitehorse of the Yukon Territory comes their “Nightshade Black IPA”.  The beer pours a deep black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke, ash and floral hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, mild smoke, earth, caramel and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 75.  This may not be my favourite style of IPA but this one is quite well made and I would recommend picking it up if you can make it up to the Yukon Territory or even trade for a bottle.

Commercial Description:  Dark and roasty malts meet fruity and earthy hops. This beer is unapologetically flavourful, keeping your taste buds on edge.

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Belgian Golden Strong Ale (Barrelholder Release) – Category 12 Brewing


From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Belgian Golden Strong Ale (Barrelholder Release)”.  This is the first release of a barrel program that was funded by the customers of the brewery.  This beer was aged in red wine barrels.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of wine, oak, fruity notes including citrus and some, vanilla, caramel and spices.  The flavour is of citrus especially lemon, melon, wine grapes, candied sugar, caramel, vanilla, oak, spices and a mild hint of alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at a high 10.6%.  Once again Category 12 Brewing has hit it out of the park with this release.  I am so happy that I happened to find a bottle in a Vancouver store!

Commercial Description: Our Barrelholder series pays homage to the contributors of a successfuly campaign that allowed us to get an early start on the delicious process of barrel aging. Cheers to the original Barrelholders, and to you, the holder of this bottle!  This limited release Belgian Golden Strong Ale is crafted to be bright and crip with a medium body. Lightly fruity and spicy, the aging in red wine oak barrels has imparted delicate toasted oak and caramel notes. Combined with sweet vanilla overtones and a deceptive 10.6% ABV, the barrel process has added depth and complexity to an already delicious beer.

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Craft Brew Cruise 2016 – Vancouver


For the last few years the Craft Brew Cruise has been held in Vancouver but I have been unable to attend until this year.

 

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The cost of the ticket was $50 for the cruise and it went for around 3 hours if I remember correctly.  Beer tickets were $1 and the samples were either 1 ticket for half a glass or 2 tickets for a full 6oz glass.  There were three sailing for the boat cruise including Friday August 19th at 7pm and two on Saturday August 20 at 2pm and 7pm.  I attended the August 20th sailing at 7pm.  The sailing departed from right behind the Edgewater Casino in False Creek near the Plaza of Nations.  The boat consisted of three levels with the top level being a full open deck and the other two being enclosed.  The two enclosed decks had beer stations set up.  The breweries pouring included Lighthouse Brewing, Parallel 49 Brewing, Strathcona Beer Company, Hearthstone Brewery, Callister Brewing, Lightheart, Red Truck Beer, Steamworks Brewing, Granville Island Brewing and Old Abbey Ales.

Lets start with the views that the boat tour had.

Of course the main event of the brew cruise is not the view but the beer itself.  Some of the breweries only brought their standard lineup but some brought some new and interesting creations.  There was even a new brewery for me in Lightheart Brewing who brought a cask of Terry’s Chocolate Orange Ale.

This Craft Brew Cruise was not only a great cruise but it was a well run little beer festival and I look forward to attending next year!  My only quibble was that there was no free water available on board.  This is a good way to cause cases of alcohol poisoning as beer was cheaper than water.

http://craftbrewcruise.com/vancouver

If you live in Hamilton or Toronto they also hold Brew Cruises there also so check it out.

http://craftbrewcruise.com

 

BC Ale Trail Teaser


There is a new project in the works for the Province of British Columbia and its craft breweries.  Its called the BC Ale Trail and will the definitive guide to traveling the province checking out local craft breweries.  A few days ago they released their teaser trailer for the project that launches in October 2016.

The website for the project is live although there is little to no information as of yet.  Keep an eye out for this exciting new project as it has the making of a very interesting and exciting tool.

https://bcaletrail.ca/

Press Release:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 // British Columbia, Canada

This autumn, explore British Columbia’s raw wilderness and bounty of craft beer with the BC Ale Trail — the definitive online guide to BC’s dynamic craft beer community. Explore stouts and snow-capped peaks, brown ales and beaches, or bikes and hikes that lead to a tasting room using curated Ale Trails connecting towns, breweries and nearby attractions, yielding unforgettable experiences for craft beer enthusiasts touring the province.

With support from seven of BC’s Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), the self-guided tours will highlight local brewery destinations and suggested sightseeing in each of the seven participating communities — Comox Valley, Kootenay Rockies, Nanaimo, Port Moody, Sunshine Coast, Victoria and Whistler.

Launching in October to coincide with BC Craft Beer Month, the BC Ale Trail will come to life with help from Joe Wiebe, author of the BC bestselling book Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to BC Breweries and co-founder of Victoria Beer Week, as well as several other BC craft beer champions who have contributed their expertise of the industry to produce an authentic and robust BC Ale Trail experience.

The BC Ale Trail invites beer enthusiasts to Arrive Thirsty, Leave Inspired. Join the wild at heart and explore all that British Columbia’s craft beer wilderness has to offer.

For more information, please visit BCAleTrail.com or email info@bcaletrail.ca.

While you wait for this to launch here is my complete list of craft breweries in the Province. 

BC Brewery Directory

Collective Project Gose – Collective Arts Brewing


From Collective Arts Brewing in Hamilton Ontario comes their “Collective Project Gose”.  The beer pours a light orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma is of orange, lemon and other citrus fruits, coriander and salt.  The flavour is of salt, lemon, orange, coriander with mild wheat malts and a mild tartness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 27.  I am happy that the Gose style has come back as it is a great summer beer with lots of flavour.

Commercial Description:  Our Gose is an unfiltered wheat beer made with malted wheat. This creates a unique cloudy yellow colour and provides a refreshing crispness and twang. Our Gose has a low hop bitterness and features coriander and Himalayan sea salt, adding hints of complementary dryness, spice and a touch of sharpness to the beer.

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