The Craft Beer Revolution finally comes to Prince George, BC- courtesy of CrossRoads Craft Brewing


On March 15, 2017, the Craft Beer Revolution finally came to Prince George, BC. Well, sort of. Way back in the day, there was the Buffalo Brewing Company Restaurant. I don’t know anything about it, how long it lasted for or what beers they served. But it’s now long gone.

For many decades Pacific Western Brewing, its Cariboo brand and the beers of the multi-national Macro giants ruled the roost.

As things took off in the BC Craft Beer Revolution in the past few years, Craft beer from all across the Province started to appear on store shelves and in establishments as the surge of amazing Craft Breweries opened up all across BC. People were finally discovering that Craft beer was here to stay and that is was better than Macro industrial light lager beer brands that boasted things like being Notoriously Good, I Am Canadian or Glacier Fresh.

The new PG Craft Beer revolution has arrived in the form of CrossRoads Craft Brewing. The folks who love Macro beer are now at the crossroads of either staying loyal to the Macro beers that influenced many generations or either crossing over to try something new, real, local and delicious. Real beer. Craft beer.

I was very impressed on my first visit to this fine establishment. Not only is CrossRoads brewing very amazing beer right off the hop, they’re supporting local Northern BC Craft Breweries (Barkerville, Three Ranges, Wheelhouse, Sherwood Mountain) and BC Craft Beer royalty (Central City – Red Racer) via. guest taps. They also offer beverages from a small BC Winery and a BC Craft Cidery.

Right now, CrossRoads offers a Pale Ale, West Coast IPA, a couple of Brown Ales, a real Lager and an Oatmeal Stout. I tried all of them in a flight, except for the Pale Ale and Alternate Facts Brown Ale. I was very impressed and intend to try the other two.

In addition, they serve very tasty pizzas hand crafted on site and also offer a selection of other cuisine too.

What the friendly owners and staff have created is a very amazing thing. So many thanks to them 🙂

Things are looking up overall in Prince George. Soon there will be Trench Brewing and a rumored third. And many establishments and stores are offering more and more BC Craft Beer selections every day. So, a big cheers to them too 🙂

I highly recommend that people check them out and support CrossRoads. Perhaps even replace the PWB / Cariboo and Macro beers if people are fans of them. For Craft fans, this is the real deal. For Macro fans, support something local and real.

Cheers ! And welcome to the Craft Beer Revolution, CrossRoads.

For more on CrossRoads Craft Brewing, here’s the following:

https://www.facebook.com/crossroadscraft/?pnref=story

http://www.crossroadscraft.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Woolly Bugger Barley Wine – 2014 Limited Edition – Howe Sound Brewing, Squamish, BC


I want to start off and say that this 75 IBU, 10.5 % ABV craft beer is delicious after being aged for nearly a year and a half.

I first bought this beer back in early 2015. As a fan of Howe Sound Brewing craft beers, I knew that I had to pick it up. I’ve tried Barley Wines prior to this and do like them. I wanted to try one that Howe Sound brews.  I also have to admit that the bottle itself had one of the nicest designs I’ve ever seen. As an outdoor enthusiast in addition to being a craft beer fan, I liked the story it had to tell.

The description says that it’s “A rich, malty barley wine-style ale, with an intense depth of flavour. Named for the Woolly Bugger wetfly or streamer which is fished under the water surface. It is widely used for both freshwater and saltwater fish and is generally considered to be one of the best to have in any fly box”.

I also liked the illustration of an outdoor enthusiast fishing in an unnamed and from what I presume, a BC stream. It makes me think that this would be a perfect sipping beer to warm up with next to a campfire after a long day of fishing. So, it was something I could relate to.

As for the beer itself, I was very impressed with this English Style Barley-wine. I would say it`s very complex and well balanced. Hints of chocolate notes, hop bitterness, hop sweetness, malty and warm…. Nice aromatics. The ingredients include pale, crystal, cara, chocolate and special B malts. Hops include nugget, fuggles and golding. Ale yeast is used too. Awesome job Howe Sound Brewing. I give this nicely crafted beer 5 out of 5.

By Adam Leavitt