From 4 Mile Brewing Co in Victoria comes their “Tangerine Dream Session Ale”. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of tangerine, candy fruit, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of tangerine, orange, candy fruit, sweetness, bready malts and some low bitterness. the alcohol content comes in at 4.25% with an IBU of 20. This is a pretty tasty session ale and would be really tasty in the summer.
For the 2017 edition of the Abbotsford International Airshow they added a new attraction to the weekend. For all three days running August 11 to 13th they held the Brew North Strong Craft Beer Festival. The beer fest was held near the Static plane display on the far side of the Airshow grounds.
The beer fest was a bit of an extra cost on top of the Airshow but well worth it. The breweries that came out to celebrate were Ravens Brewing, Hathi Brewing, Highway 97 Brewing, Chaos & Solace Brewing, Mt Begbie Brewing, Two Wolves Brewing, Cannery Brewing, Dead Frog Brewery, Granville Island Brewing, 4 Mile Brewing and Stanley Park Brewing. The fenced off area was located on a nice grass field with seating at the front on the runway side. You could either buy designated seating up front or just pay to go into the beer fest and get very similar seating and a beer fest thrown in at the basically the same price.
Being a big beer nerd there were not a ton of beers I had not had but there was still the odd one. But the breweries still brought some really tasty stuff and made for an exciting time for new beer drinkers and seasoned craft fans alike. Shout out to 4 Mile Brewing for bringing some unique releases that I have not seen. I could not believe the view of some of the airshow acts from the festival grounds. Check out the videos below to see some of the acts.
F18 Super Hornet does a high speed flyby.
Impressive turning capabilities of F18
Entertaining staged scary flight.
But when you go to the Abbotsford International Airshow you really need to check out the planes. This year saw a handful of American and Canadian military planes with some coast guard, police and private planes rounding out the lineup with one exception. There was one really cool stealth fighter that came to the show and I think it came from Norway but I am not sure anymore.
This is definitely a must attend event. Be it for the craft beer like me or even just for the planes. Make sure to make it out next year to see for yourself. I will leave you with this video.
For more videos click on this link.
For more info on the airshow click on the link below.
For more info on the beer festival click on the link below.
Growing up in Metro Vancouver I spent a lot of time at the Abbotsford International Airshow growing up. The rumble of the planes and the aerobatics made for an exciting excursion as a child.
With Canada 150 being celebrated this year though there is a new exciting addition to the Abbotsford International Airshow. This year they launch the Brew North Strong Craft Beer Festival.
The Airshow runs from August 11th – 13th, 2017. The beer fest runs all three days as well. The Airshow goes from 3-9pm Friday (Beerfest 3:30-9pm), 9am-6pm Saturday and Sunday (Beerfest 9am-6pm). The Airshow will have a selection of food trucks on hand for a good selection of foods.
The beer festival costs $10 per day with drink tokens costing $1.5 each. To gain access to the beer festival you will also have to have general admission tickets to the Airshow that will run you $26.25. When you think about it $36.25 is a really good price to attend a beer festival in British Columbia.
Here are some promo photos that were provided by the organizers taken by Sequel Photography.
The breweries that are involved at this point are as follows: Old Abbey Ales, Ravens Brewing, Hathi Brewing, Highway 97 Brewing, Chaos & Solace Brewing, Mt Begbie Brewing, Two Wolves Brewing, Cannery Brewing, Dead Frog Brewery, Granville Island Brewing and 4 Mile Brewing.
Here is their promo video that they shot
I would highly recommend that you check out this festival as it not only seems to have some really tasty beer that will be poured but there will also be some really planes preforming in the sky.
Purchase tickets at the link below.
Learn more about the festival here.
From 4 Mile Brewing Co in Victoria comes their “Rice Pudding Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, hint of coffee and some sweetness. The flavour is of coffee, chocolate, bready and roasted malts, caramel, cinnamon, ash, earth and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 28. Not being a fan of rice pudding I would never have picked up this beer but when it was given it as a Christmas present it was game on. I’m happy to say that this was a very tasty and interesting porter and I plan on having it again.
Commercial Description: Not your grandma’s rice pudding. Fragrant , delicate spices of vanilla , cinnamon & clove mingle with brown rice to beguile. Round , plump lusciousness lingers. Speed date with elk game pie or frozen cherry cheesecake right from the tin container.
With October brings BC Craft Beer Month and with that brings the BC Beer Awards. Once again this year the awards ceremony and beer festival were held at the Croatian Cultural Centre. This year the event was held on October 15th just a little earlier than last year.
I have been attending the BC Beer awards for many years now and it seems to be getting better and better. With the industry exploding like it is in the province this event will only get better. Much like always the event began at 4pm and ended at 9pm. The festival was once again in two room and even had some beer pouring in the front entrance area. This year there were 75 breweries pouring beer at the festival and 5 cideries.
Breweries pouring at the event: 4 Mile Brewing, Andina Brewing, Arrowhead Brewing, Barkerville Brewing, Big Ridge Brewing, Big Rock Urban Brewery, Brewhouse Whistler, Bomber Brewing, Brassneck, Bridge Brewing, Callister Brewing, Cannery Brewing, Canuck Empire, Category 12 Brewing, Central City Brewers & Distillers, Coal Harbour Brewing, Dageraad, Dead Frog Brewery, Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers, Doan’s Craft Brewing Company, Dogwood Brewing, Driftwood Brewery, Fernie Brewing, Feild House Brewing, Foamers Folly, Four Winds Brewing, Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, Granville Island Brewing, Hearthstone Brewery, Howe Sound Brewing, Hoyne Brewing, KPU Brewering and Brewery Operations Diploma, Longwood Brewery, Luppolo Brewing, Main Street Brewing, Mission Springs Brewing, Moody ALes, Moon Under Water, Off The Rail Brewing, Old Yale Brewing, Pacific Western Brewing, Parallel 49 Brewing, Parkside Brewery, Persephone Brewing, Phillips Brewing, Postmark Brewing, Powell Street Craft Brewery, Prohibition, R&B Brewing, Real Cask, Ravens Brewing, Red Arrow Brewing, Red Truck Beer, Ridge Brewing, Rossland Beer Company, Russell Brewing, Saltspring Island Ales, Spinnakers Brewing, Stanley Park, Steamworks, Steel & Oak Brewing, Strange Fellows Brewing, Strathcona Beer Company, Swans, Tree Brewing, Tofino Brewing, Townsite Brewing, Trading Post, Twa Dogs, Twin Sails Brewing, Vancouver Island Brewery, Whistler Brewing, White Sails Brewing, Yaletown Brewing and Yellow Dog Brewing. The Cideries were Left Field Cider, BC Tree Fruits, Tod Creek Craft Cider, Sunday Cider and Dominion Cider Co.
Stephen Quinn from CBC Radio was once again the voice of the BC Beer Awards this year. This year 83 breweries entered beers into the competition and there were 750 different beers entered. Once again this was more breweries entering beer up from 70 last year. Its nice to see that once again this year more breweries have come out to try their luck. Instead of doing the awards at the end of the night this year they started it near the beginning. Lets get to the winning beers of the year!
1: 33 Acres of Darkness (33 Acres Brewing Company)
2: Vienna Lager (Moody Ales)
3: Red Racer Pils (Central City Brewers + Distillers)
German Pale Lager
1: Red Racer Old School Lager (Central City Brewers + Distillers)
2: Keller Pilsner (Persephone Brewing Company)
3: Steamworks Pilsner (Steamworks Brewing Company)
1: Steamworks Kölsch (Steamworks Brewing Company)
2: High Country Kölsch (Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.)
3: Arctic Kölsch (Swans Brewery)
German Amber Beer
1: Gladstone Altbier (Gladstone Brewing Co.)
2: Vienna Lager (R&B Brewing Co.)
European Dark Beer
3: Red Racer Dopplebock (Central City Brewers + Distillers)
Honorable Mention: Brewmaster’s Black Lager (Okanagan Spring Brewery)
German Wheat Beer
1: Demimondaine Dunkelweizen (Barkerville Brewing Co.)
2: This is Hefeweizen (Moon Under Water Brewery & Pub)
3: Weizenbock (Steel & Oak Brewing Co.)
1: English Bitter (Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.)
2: Red Devil Ale (R&B Brewing Co.)
3: Beacon ESB (Lighthouse Brewing Company)
British Pale Ale
3: English IPA (Strathcona Beer Company)
British Brown Ale
1: After Dark Ale (Nelson Brewing Company)
2: Tall Timber Ale (Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.)
3: Aethelred the Mild (Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.)
Scottish and Irish Ales
1: Classic Scotch (Steamworks Brewpub)
2: Irish Stout (Ravens Brewing Company)
3: 1880 Export Stout (Moody Ales)
2: Perfect Storm (Townsite Brewing Inc.)
3: 710 Oaked Stout (Faculty Brewing Co.)
2: Wee Heavy (Persephone Brewing Company)
3: Wobbly Bob (Red Collar Brewing Company)
1: Pinot Noir Raspberry Blonde (Tin Whistle Brewing Company)
2: Red Truck Raspberry Ale (Red Truck Beer Company)
3: Tropic Vice (Dead Frog Brewery)
1: Jackline Rhubarb Grissette (Lighthouse Brewing Company)
2: Spruce Tree Ale (Tofino Brewing Company)
3: Hibiscus Wit (Brassneck Brewery)
Smoke and Wood Aged Beer
1: Entropy Series No. 1 (Dageraad Brewing)
2: Inertia II (Brassneck Brewery)
3: Thor’s Hammer Bourbon Barrel Aged (Central City Brewers + Distillers)
1: Roggen Weizen (Steel & Oak Brewing Co.)
2: Londen (Dageraad Brewing)
3: Sour Wheat Gose (Field House Brewing Co.)
North American Light Beer
1: Hooligan Organic Pilsner (Nelson Brewing Company)
2: Jerkface 9000 (Parallel 49 Brewing Co.)
3: Cypress Honey Lager (Granville Island Brewing)
North American Blonde Ale
1: Organic Wild Honey Ale (Nelson Brewing Company)
2: Postmark Blonde (Postmark Brewing)
3: Dutch Pale Ale (Field House Brewing Co.)
North American Pale Ale
1: Chase My Tail Pale Ale (Yellow Dog Brewing Co.)
2: One Hop Mind (Callister Brewing Company)
3: East Side Bitter (R&B Brewing Co.)
North American Amber Ale
1: 33 Acres of Life (33 Acres Brewing Company)
2: Troller Bay Ale (Howe Sound Brewing)
North American Brown Ale
3: Kim-Ach-Touch Ale (Tree Brewing Co.)
North American Porter and Stout
North American IPA
3: The Ultra Deluxe (Boombox Brewing)
1: Blonde IPA (Dageraad Brewing)
2: White ISA (Red Truck Beer Company)
3: YVR ISA (Steamworks Brewing Company)
2: Cosmic Wave Double IPA (Tofino Brewing Company)
3: Second Anniversary Double IPA (Main Street Brewing Company)
1: Jongleur Wit (Strange Fellows Brewing Company)
2: Bier de Garde (Old Abbey Ales)
3: White Gold Witbier (Barkerville Brewing Co.)
Belgian Strong Ale
2: Saison #7 (Main Street Brewing Company)
3: Old Barn Saison (Fernie Brewing Company)
1: 33 Acres of Euphoria (33 Acres Brewing Company)
2: Central City Belgian Strong (Central City Brewers + Distillers)
3: 10 Degrees (Dageraad Brewing)
Honorable Mention: 8 Degrees (Dageraad Brewing)
European Sour Ale
3: Bizarro (Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.)
North American Wild Ale
1: Bodhisattva (Parallel 49 Brewing Co.)
2: Sour Raspberry (Old Abbey Ales)
3: Little Red One (Strange Fellows Brewing Company)
Best in Show
Richards Buell Sutton LLP Rookie of the Year Award
Field House Brewing Co.
Dan Small Homebrew Award
Sho Ogawa and Novia Chen
CBC People’s Choice Award
Timber Brewers Challenge
Old Money Mild, Brassneck Brewery
This year’s Best of Show Flagship IPA is even more exciting as Julia Hanlon of Steamworks becomes the first female Head Brewer in BC to win this award! A huge congratulations is in order for this!
Once the awards finished everyone went back to enjoying the beer that was on hand. This was once again an amazing event with amazing beer being poured as well as great people be it craft beer fans or brewery staff. Every year this event gets bigger and better! Here is to another year of sticking it to the flavourless garbage that macro breweries make.
Once again like last year I helped set the festival up between 10:30am and 3pm. It makes the festival even more fun when you are able to get involved in any part of the event.