No 82 Amaretto Altbier – Doan’s Craft Brewing Company (Sons of Vancouver Distillery)

From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in East Vancouver in collaboration with Sons Of Vancouver Distillery in North Vancouver.  This beer is a blend of Doan’s Altbier and Sons of Vancouver’s No 82 Amaretto and called “No 82 Amaretto Altbier”.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of honey, vanilla, caramel and apricots.  The flavour is of vanilla, honey, caramel, brown sugar and apricots.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25.  While Doan’s Craft Brewing makes a tasty Altbier adding the Amaretto from Sons of Vancouver takes it to the next level.  This is a crazy good dessert beer without being really sweet.

Commercial Description: The story goes that Evan met James Lester from SOV back when the two were homebrewing funky beers. Evan, then working at Dan’s Homebrewing on Hastings, struck up a conversation with James. A few years later the two now small business owners were cheersing one day and thought it might be nice to collaborate on something. The idea was to fortify one of the Doan’s darker beers with the No.82 Amaretto. And so the Altaretto was born.  Releasing a subtle nuttiness from the Amaretto, the new beer is surprisingly well balanced with a great base provided by the German style pale that finishes with a light honey sweetness. Buy a pint at either the Brewery or at the Distillery in North Van.

Double Secret Probation Doppelsticke Altbier – Bomber Brewing (Coast Mountain Brewing)

For the third anniversary of Bomber Brewing in Vancouver in collaboration with Coast Mountain Brewing out of whistler comes the “Double Secret Probation Doppelsticke Altbier”.  The beer pours a deep copper brown with a tan head.  The aroma consists of roasty malts, caramel, sweetness and a floral and grassy finish.  The flavour is of mild roasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts, chocolate, brown sugar, sweetness, earth and a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.6% with an IBU of 39.  This is a tasty collaboration from both of these breweries and well worth checking out!  I know I look forward to having more.

Commercial Description:  When head brewers Blair Calibaba (Bomber) and Kevin Winter (Coast Mountain) first met, they immediately became fast friends and began plans for a collaboration brew. The result of that planning is this special version of a Düsseldorf Altbier that is higher in alcohol than the traditional German style with a much hoppier aroma due to the use of dry-hopping. ‘Doppelsticke’ means ‘double secret’ in German, hence the nod to the Delta House brothers and Dean Wormer’s infamous crackdown. In the words of John ‘Bluto’ Blutarsky, “My advice to you is to start drinking  heavily.”


Sticke Altbier – Twin Sails Brewing

From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Sticke Altbier” a variation on a Dusseldorf Altbier.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of toffee, malts, fruit, herbal, spices and sweetness.  The flavour is of and spices.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.7% with an IBU of 40.  I will admit I do not know this style of beer well but I did enjoy the beer none the less.  Is it on point for the style I am not sure but I would surly drink more of it.

Commercial Description:  A stronger, hoppier variation of the traditional Dusseldorf Altbier. Twin Sails Sticke Alt pours a deep copper colour and is full of spice and herbal characters thanks to a generous helping of Noble hops. The German ale yeast provides a pleasant fruitiness that balances out the bitterness. After fermentation is complete, the brew is lagered for several weeks creating an ale that is big and complex with a smooth finish.


ReNEWale 2014 – Ninkasi Brewing Company

Limited Release

From Eugene Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Company comes their “ReNEWale 2014″ a pale ale inspired by Norther German Altbiers.  This beer changes every year.  The beer poured a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malty, mild fruits and a very mild hops.  The flavour is of bready malts, fruity and some hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.4% with an IBU of 32.  This was a really refreshing pale ale with a great balance.

Commercial Description:  New year, new beer indeed! A pale ale brewed with an alt yeast strain, this year’s ReNEWale is subtly malty yet deliciously crisp and smooth. Grab some friends and cheers to the year ahead!  Inspired by the traditional Northern German Altbier, our ReNEWale puts a Northwest spin on this style, offering a beer with a pale ale base brewed with an alt yeast strain. Similar to the German Altbier, this beer is copper in color with a malty aroma and little hop presence. It is crisp and smooth with a fairly bitter yet balanced malt flavor.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Pastas, meat dishes, stews, chicken, fish

Check out my Build Your Own 6 Pack that this was a part of!


Altbier – Occidental Brewing Co

O’hare’s Beer Club February 2014 Box

From Portland Oregon’s Occidental Brewing Company comes their “Altbier” in tall cans.  This beer pours a dark amber/brown colour with a creamy off white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts, citrus and hops.  The flavour is of biscuit malts, citrus, honey, sweetness and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 50.  This would be a great summer sipper on a hot patio!

Commercial Description:  Our take on Dusseldorf’s broad style features our most complex grain bill, which produces a malty, amber beer with a lot of flavor. Saphir hops give it a spicy, noble aroma and delicious hop profile. Definitely on the hoppy side for this style of beer.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Smoked Sausage

Click here to check out the February 2014 Box

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