From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Belgian Style Blonde Ale”. The beer pours a mildly cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of bubblegum, candy sugar, fruity notes, spices, Belgian yeast and sweetness. The flavour is of bubblegum, citrus, esters, candy sugar, grain, herbal hops and a low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.1%. While I would not call this the most traditional Belgian style Blonde it was enjoyable for sure.
Sunrise Gose – Coal Harbour Brewing
On May 12th, 2018 I decided to head out to Squamish the self proclaimed Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada to take a hike. This does not seem like unfounded boasting though as hiking, climbing, mountain biking, mountaineering, kite boarding, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and base jumping are just day to day activities in Squamish. People might have heard of the Sea to Sky Gondola that was put in a few years back that goes to a peak in the area of this provincial Park but the Chief Peaks area off to the side of that set of peaks. If you are a climber there are a large amount of climbing routes up the 700 meter massive granite cliffs of the Stawamus Chief. Now I am just a hiker so…
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From Wood Buffalo Brewing Co in Fort McMurray Alberta comes their “Babe Blueberry Vanilla Ale”. The beer pours a reddish orange with a white head. The aroma consists of blueberry, vanilla, mild malts and a sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of blueberry, vanilla, bready malts, citrus, sweetness and some mild bitterness. the alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 14. I can see drinking many of these in the summer if you can find it!
Commercial Description: A landmark beer for the new-century frontier. This is a drinkable golden ale with local blueberries and hints of vanilla, the perfect beer for a new generation of drinkers.
From Odd Society Spirits comes their “Ginger” not a beer but an alcoholic Ginger Beer. This Ginger Beer pours a very light yellow colour with a small head that dissipates quickly. The aroma consists of ginger, candy sugar, citrus, with a small bite in the end. The flavour is of ginger, lemon, lime, candy sugar, pepper spice bite with maybe a hint of white wine. The alcohol content comes in at 4%. This is quite reminiscent of a non alcoholic Ginger Beer with a bit more citrus notes. I could drink a ton of these!
Commercial Description: Sharp on the tongue and straight to the point, Ginger by Odd Society Spirits is the real deal. This locally crafted ginger beer, made with fermented organic sugar and fresh ginger, is extremely refreshing with a satisfying finish. Simply made with water, organic sugar, yeast, chilli peppers, dried orange peel, and fresh ginger…
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From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Fake News Russian Imperial Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and earth. The flavour is of roasted malts, earth, resin, bitterness, chocolate, caramel, toffee, smoke, some fruity notes and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10% with and IBU of 65. If you can find Torque Brewing beer you will be quite happy with what you are enjoying but this brew may be the best one they have made to date.
Commercial Description: A rich and velvety Russian Imperial Stout. Smoky with lots of roasted malt flavour, this classic ages in the bottle well or can be enjoyed right away.