Ginger (Ginger Beer) – Odd Society Spirits


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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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Fake News Russian Imperial Stout – Torque Brewing


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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.

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Crimzen Premium Red Ale – Lost Craft


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From Lost Craft Beer a contract brewery out of Toronto Ontario comes their “Crimzen Premium Red Ale”.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of fruit, mild roasted malts, floral hops and some sweetness.  The flavour is of fruit, caramel, toffee, mild roasted malts, low bitterness, herbal hops and mild earth.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.7%.  As more standard red ales go this one is enjoyable and you would not go wrong picking up some of this if you can find it on the East Coast.

Commercial Description:  Crimzen is a small batch brewed, all natural English-style red ale inspired by traditional beer from the United Kingdom. Smooth malt forward English style red ale with apple, caramel, and toffee tasting notes.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout– Moody Ales (Cellared)


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From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout”.  This beer was purchased on January 2017 and consumed on April 2018.  The aroma consists of opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, toffee and sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, treacle, earth, ash, bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 32.  Moody Ales makes on of the best Russian Imperial Stouts in the province and this one was great as always.

Commercial Description:  Our Russian Imperial Stout is brewed in the english tradition – high gravity and highly hopped to balance the sweetness of all that malt, this style was brewed for export to Baltic states and Russia. Why imperial? It is said that it was popular with the Russian Imperial Court. This is…

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(Trail Brew) Mental Floss Double Dry Hopped IPA – Beere Brewing


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Norvan Falls – Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

Mental Floss Double Dry Hopped IPA – Beere Brewing

On May 6th I headed out with a friend for an early morning hike to Norvan Falls in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver.  This is one of the more rugged parks in the Metro Vancouver Regional Park system and many trails do not open until late Summer due to snow pack.  I am happy to report that the road inside the park gates has seen fixed and there is no longer slope instability so they have reopened the road to the parking lots and overflow parking.  Like most places you really need to arrive at this park within the first few hours of the gate opening.  As of writing this post the gates open at 7am.

This trail starts at the parking lot for Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.  You can check…

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