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.
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.
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?
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.