Brew North Strong (Abbotsford International Air Show) – Abbotsford


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.

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For more info on the airshow click on the link below.

Abbotsford International Airshow

For more info on the beer festival click on the link below.

Brew North Strong Craft Beer Festival

 

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Coriander Pale Ale – Hathi Brewing


From Hathi Brewing currently brewing out of Ravens Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Coriander Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a deep orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of coriander, citrus, grapefruit and floral.  The flavour is of coriander, herbal, citrus, grapefruit, citrus rind, caramel and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2%.  I would have to say that I have never had a Pale Ale like this one.  The coriander adds a really nice layer to this beer.

Commercial Description:  Since coriander is a staple ingredient in almost every Indian dish, we thought it’d be fitting to add it to our favourite pale ale!  Cracked coriander seeds are added throughout the brewing process and provide the palate with a refreshing lemon & lime citrus flavouring and aroma, changing the way you eat Indian food.

 

Brew North Strong Craft Beer Festival (Tickets on sale) – Abbotsford


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.

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Learn more about the festival here.

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Mango Bango Hefeweizen – Hathi Brewing


From Hathi Brewing currently brewing out of Ravens Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Mango Bango Hefeweizen”.  The beer pours a cloudy mango juice colour with an orange head.  The aroma consists of mango, banana, bubble gum, yeast and sweetness.  The flavour is of mango, banana, bubblegum, yeast, wheat and a hint of some spices.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.1%.  I don’t usually go out of my way for a Hefeweizen but this one has a ton to offer with the addition of the mangos.  I will be looking for more of this in the future.

Commercial Description:  Our mango Bango Hefeweizen is a Traditional Wheat Beer producing flavours of Banana and Clove with an Indian twist of Alphonso mangos, native to Western India.  This particular type of mango is known for being rich, sweet and sensuous to the palate.  Grab a few bottles and share them with friends and family.

Wild Dark Currant Sour – Field House Brewing (Steel & Oak Brewing)


From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Steel & Oak Brewing in New Westminster comes their “Wild Dark Currant Sour”.  This is the third of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing.  The beer pours a dark red colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of currants, milk funk with sweetness in the finish.  The flavour is of currants, mild funk, with little sweetness and a dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 30.  I think this beer will get better with age as the Brett kicks the funk up a notch but it is still enjoyable now.

Commercial Description:  Edition 03/04 is a dark sour, fermented with brett yeast. Pre-fermentation we transferred this malty brew into our Copper Coolship, where we steeped 30lbs of dried organic currants, releasing the sweet and tart characteristics of this intense black fruit.