Once again a small town in BC has a new brewery. This time it was the town of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast. To be precise it is the historic area of Gibsons Landing on the seaside. The name of the brewery is Gibsons Tapworks and you should really make your way there and try out their beer.
When you walk through the doors you will find a beautiful lounge with white paint and wood furniture. Up a few stars you will find the bar and from there a view of the brewery itself. Currently they have 4 of their own beer on tap including a brown ale, oatmeal stout, Vienna Ale and an IPA. The beer upon opening is better than I would have expected from a new brewery and is really quite tasty. Neil, Geoff and Warren really know what their are doing with this brand new brewery. I was lucky to meet both Geoff and Warren when I stopped in and they are both very knowledgeable and excited to talk about what they are doing.
Sorry for the poor quality. I took it thought the window in a hurry.
The brewery is small with a 7 barrel brew system. The brewery hosts 4 fermenters and 5 brite tanks. It is nice to have an extra brite tank to age a beer a little longer than the average when needed. They have some room to grow in the future so fret not beer lovers.
Its time to take your next trip over to Gibsons now and try some new beer.
From Steamworks Brewing in Collaboration with Dageraad Brewing both located in Burnaby comes their “East of East Van” Saison. The beer was brewed at Steamworks Brewing and bottled with Dageraad Brewings hand bottler. It was then transferred to Dageraad Brewing to be bottle conditioned at Dageraad. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pepper, lime and Belgian yeast. The flavour is of pepper, lime, citrus peel, Belgian yeast and some malts in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 25. This was a really enjoyable collaboration with lots of complexity.
Commercial Description: Steamworks has been busy collaborating with their fellow Burnaby based brewers at Dageraad Brewing. Aptly named the “East of East Van Bottle Conditioned Saison”, these two river city brewers have crafted a beer worth crossing Boundary Ave for. This exotic saison features black lime and white pepper, which gives it a spicy aroma, crisp flavor and dry finish. Steamworks brewmaster Julia Hanlon expands upon the release: “We wanted to celebrate our brewery’s Burnaby roots with our friends at Dageraad. The addition of black limes make for a really unique release and it’s our first Bottle Conditioned beer at Steamworks, who better to team up with, than Dageraad, who are experts at the art of bottle conditioning!”.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Rizzla Rice Lager”. The beer pours a very light straw colour with a white head. The aroma consists of mild bready malts, rice, lemon and sweetness. The flavour is of mild bready malts, rice, lemon, sweetness and a mild crisp finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 18. If you know me this is not really my style but it was well brewed and definitely on point.
Commercial Description: Rizla Rice Lager is an easy drinking Asian style lager. A great session beer for watching sports, weather, and people. Brewed using rice properly, for flavour rather than filler, bittered with classic northern brewer hops to balance the rice sweetness. Makes a great house lager.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Brassneck in Vancouver comes their “Wild Brett Wasp Sour”. This beer has one of the weirder ingredients in it as the yeast used comes from the stomach of a wasp (Yes those stinging jerks). This is the second of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of brett, tartness, herbal notes and citrus. The flavour is of tartness, brett, lemon, elder flower almost honey sweetness and a herbal finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 18. This was really tasty and I think either Field House or Brassneck should do more beer with this messed up Wasp stomach yeast.
Commercial Description: Edition 02/04 is a sour and floral wild ale, fermented with yeast harvested from a wasps gut, and finished with Brett. This beer was left overnight in our Copper Coolship with elder flower and hops, allowing the beer to collect micro flora and fauna from the cool pacific night air, while naturally bringing it down to fermentation temperatures.
Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody is getting a name for their experimental IPA’s but that’s not all they are experimenting with as this “STR8 FLEXIN’ IMPERIAL STOUT”. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, oats, chocolate and sweetness. The flavour is of chocolate, coffee, ash, roasted malts, toffee, mild soy sauce and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 40. While I love what Twin Sails Brewing is doing with their IPA’s this was an epic new imperial stout to hit the local market!
Commercial Description: Str8 Flexin’ is our biggest to date and it certainly stands up to the title. Weighing in at a massive 11% ABV, Str8 Flexin’ is about as big as an Imperial Stout gets. The body is BIG and the carb is low leaving the mouth feel silky and rich. Huge aromas of chocolate fudge on the nose and balanced roasted espresso and vanilla flavours round out the palette.