R&B Brewing has gone through some major changes in the last year. There was an Ownership Change (Howe Sound Brewing), a new Head Brewer (Rodney Hughes) and now an Ale & Pizza house on site. For all the parents out there this Ale & Pizza house has a food primary license so children are allowed.
When you walk in the door the first thing you will be greeted with is the Growler bar. They fill growers, sell bombers and also swag here. If you are looking to get in and out quickly this will be your destination.
If that is not your plan to just pick up beer to go you will turn right towards the Ale & Pizza house.
The Ale & Pizza house has a great feel. The whole room was brought together with all kinds of interesting bits and pieces. There is a neat sitting area with lots of books to read. The majority of the seating is on long shared tables. They have amazing pizzas as well as other tasty looking food on their menu. I had the bacon, mushroom and green onion pizza and it was great. I think my favourite touch with this space though is the functional reel to reel music player and the walls of speakers.
They are still using the same brew house but they are making lots of other changes in the back. They have been slowly phasing out the original horizontal dairy tanks that have been using forever. They now use a mix of conical fermentors as well as three dairy tanks. Otherwise the bottling line has not changed and they are still using Frankenstein for the bombers. They also have a great little test batch system to play with.
If you have not checked out R&B Brewing since the Ale & Pizza House opened up then it is time for you to check it out!
From Tin Whistle Brewing in Penticton comes their “Killer Bee Porter” aged in a Pinot Noir Barrel for 7 months. This Pinot Noir Barrel came from the wine cellar of Joseph Nagy the father of Michael Nagy (of Tin Whistle). When he was moved out of his house due to health reasons the barrel was emptied of wine and filled with the beer. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a red tinge and a brown head. The aroma consists of honey, wine, oak, caramel and chocolate. The flavour is of honey, oak, red wine, tannins, chocolate, mild roasted malts, some acidity, and coffee notes. I like this beer in its normal state but the barrel aging has added a nice complexity and acidity that it does not have normally.
This beer was a very small production and a tribute to Joseph Nagy. Only 24 bottles were made as well as 5 kegs. There is currently at the time of writing only 20L left at the brewery. I feel very privileged to be one of only 24 people with bottles of this beer. The barrel is made of Hungarian Oak and Joseph Nagy is of Hungarian Decent. The heart breaking part of this beer is that Joseph Nagy is unable to even take a sip of this beer due to the medication that he is on.
“What began as an experiment turned out to be a great beer to honor a great father.” Michael Nagy
Commercial Description: Dark and rich. Tastes of chocolate and coffee. The flavour and aroma of dark honey creates a silky smooth finish. Silver medal winner at Calgary International Beer Fest.
From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Red Line Red IPA”. The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel fruity mild roast and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, toasted malts, citrus, grapefruit, pine, some resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. Torque Brewing in Winnipeg has started out pretty strong so far and this beer is just anouther example of this.
Lagunitas Brewing had in the past been available in Canada but had left the territory. They are now back though and held a launch event at the Butcher & Bullock in Vancouver. The brewery brought representatives form their California operation including their VP of sales as well as some from their Chicago brewery.
The event brought their flagship IPA to the taps as well as an Imperial Coffee Stout that had been aged for some time. If you know their beer you should know that both of these beers were great and their addition to our stores shelves should be celebrated. I look forward to seeing a little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ in our liquor stores.
Expect to see Lagunitas beers on the shelves in Canada soon! After talking with the Lagunitas staff on hand as well as the representatives from the distributions company I expect good things from this partnership.
From Penticton’s Bad Tattoo Brewing comes their “R&D Cherry Wit”. The beer pours a copper pink colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of mild cherry, citrus, wheat and some grains. The flavour is of wheat, yeast, citrusy lemon, cherry, exceedingly mild tartness and a grassy finish. The alcohol content comes in at very sessionable 4.5%. This beer is an interesting twist on the wit style.