Red Racer Maple Bacon Ale Launch Event – The Pint Vancouver

For the second year in a row Central City Brewers & Distillers have collaborated with the Vancouver radio station 99.3 CFOX to bring us the ultimate breakfast beer the “Maple Bacon Ale”.  The launch party was on April 28th, 2015 and was held at The Pint in Downtown Vancouver.

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The Pint is lucky that it has a large downstairs portion of the venue so they can hold large private parties like this one.  The launch party was reserved for people that won the chance to attend on 99.3 CFOX’s Jeff O’Neil Show and for local beer media.

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Everyone that attended the event was given two drink tickets that were to go towards sampling the Maple Bacon Ale.  Just to sweeten the deal Central City Brewers & Distillers had arranged a breakfast buffet with the Pint that included both bacon and pancakes to put maple syrup. Why not drink a beer called a Maple Bacon Ale with both maple syrup and bacon?

The beer seemed to be quite the hit as they ended up running out of the beer and had to start serving the Red Racer IPA instead (For those that didn’t realize that is a Central City Brewers & Distillers brand).

But the real question is what did the beer taste like?

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The Maple Bacon Ale is an Amber Ale and poured an amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consisted of caramel malts and a mild maple finish.  The flavour was of caramel, mild maple with some very mild smoke and a hint of citrus.  Last years batch was to smoky and maple filled for many CFOX fans so this edition was toned down quite a bit.  I found that it still was an enjoyable beer although it really has nothing that resembles bacon and has almost no maple flavour.  Just a side note this beer is vegan friendly as their is no actual meat in it!  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  I seriously preferred last years edition but this is still well worth the purchase.

Full sized photos can be found here

Here is a link to last years edition.

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2 comments on “Red Racer Maple Bacon Ale Launch Event – The Pint Vancouver

  1. I was so disappointed with this beer, almost, insulted. It felt like a slap in the face to any Canadian. You have on the bottle “For the love of bacon” Well I felt like there was NO bacon there what so ever, just a bit of a smokey flavor with a very light sweet flavor. It was more than a ale than a Maple Bacon ale.

    I hope next year they find a middle ground between the two. I want to really give this another shot, but after this one I’m skeptical

    • What do you expect though when the beer is a collaboration with a rock radio station? The first years edition was to crafty for the listeners and they complained so they toned it down. It was a pretty good ale so thats good enough for me.

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