Sticke Altbier – Twin Sails Brewing

From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Sticke Altbier” a variation on a Dusseldorf Altbier.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of toffee, malts, fruit, herbal, spices and sweetness.  The flavour is of and spices.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.7% with an IBU of 40.  I will admit I do not know this style of beer well but I did enjoy the beer none the less.  Is it on point for the style I am not sure but I would surly drink more of it.

Commercial Description:  A stronger, hoppier variation of the traditional Dusseldorf Altbier. Twin Sails Sticke Alt pours a deep copper colour and is full of spice and herbal characters thanks to a generous helping of Noble hops. The German ale yeast provides a pleasant fruitiness that balances out the bitterness. After fermentation is complete, the brew is lagered for several weeks creating an ale that is big and complex with a smooth finish.


Doan’s Craft Brewing Company – Vancouver

East Vancouver just will not show signs of slowing down when it comes to brewery openings. The latest brewery to open up in the neighborhood is in a very familiar spot to craft beer junkies as it is the old location of Powell Street Craft Brewing.  The outside of the building looks quite the same although Doan’s Craft Brewing Company has completely changed the interior of the space.

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One of the first things you notice once inside the brewery is the much larger tasting room that is actually a licensed lounge!  They have done some amazing work to manage the space and pack table and people into the room. There is a very interesting and prominent mural on the wall and a growing growler collection from around BC.

For their opening they have three beer on tap for you to try and enjoy in their Kolsch, ALtbier and their Rye IPA.


I was able to take a quick walk back into the brewery to see if anything had changed since my last visit (Click here to read about it).  Not a lot has changed back in the brewhouse but it is still amazing how much really is packed into this tiny space.

I have hopes that Doan’s Craft Brewing Company is just busy enough to see out their beer as their new batches are released so that there are no down times.  Fingers are crossed!  I am really excited to see what the future brings with this brewery as they launched with some really good beer.  They are also genuinely great people and it makes you want to root for them just that much more!

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Doan’s Craft Brewing Company
1830 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC

Currently open Wednesday to Sunday

ReNEWale 2014 – Ninkasi Brewing Company

Limited Release

From Eugene Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Company comes their “ReNEWale 2014″ a pale ale inspired by Norther German Altbiers.  This beer changes every year.  The beer poured a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malty, mild fruits and a very mild hops.  The flavour is of bready malts, fruity and some hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.4% with an IBU of 32.  This was a really refreshing pale ale with a great balance.

Commercial Description:  New year, new beer indeed! A pale ale brewed with an alt yeast strain, this year’s ReNEWale is subtly malty yet deliciously crisp and smooth. Grab some friends and cheers to the year ahead!  Inspired by the traditional Northern German Altbier, our ReNEWale puts a Northwest spin on this style, offering a beer with a pale ale base brewed with an alt yeast strain. Similar to the German Altbier, this beer is copper in color with a malty aroma and little hop presence. It is crisp and smooth with a fairly bitter yet balanced malt flavor.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Pastas, meat dishes, stews, chicken, fish

Check out my Build Your Own 6 Pack that this was a part of!


VCBW Collaboration Altbier – Parallel 49 Brewing

O’hare’s Beer Club June 2013 Box

From Parallel 49 brewing out of East Vancouver comes the “VCBW Collaboration Altbier”.  This Vancouver Craft Beer Week Collaboration beer is an old brew from Storm Brewing originally called Red Sky Alt.  The beer pours a chestnut colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malts, sweet citrus, wheat and some malts.  The flavour is of malts, sweet citrus, wheat, hops bitterness and an earthy finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with and IBU of 25.  This was a nice crafted Altbier with just enough flavour to bring you back for a second bottle.

Commercial Description:  Each year BC Craft Brewers team up to creat the VCBW Collaboration Beer and donate the profits to a local charity.  This year, the brewers have chosen to recreate Storm Brewing’s Red Sky Alt, one of the first craft beers produced in BC.  This year’s proceeds from the sales are being donated to A Better Life Foundation, which will use the money to help fund the Save On Meats Meal Token Program.  Brewed and bottled at Parallel 49 Brewing.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:Grilled Meats and Saucy BBQ

Click here to check out the June 2013 Box

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