From Victoria BC’s Vancouver Island Brewing comes their “48 Dark Lager” one of their brew re-branded beers. The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of lightly roasted malts, coffee, mild fruit and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, nutty, citrus, earth and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8%. This is an enjoyable black lager with just enough flavour to keep you coming back for more.
Commercial Desciption: 84 Dark Lager is a malty, authentic Bavarian dark lager crafted with a blend of caramel, chocolate and roasted wheat malts. Aromas and flavours of bread crusts, coffee and chocolate accentuate this malt-forward beer, while light hop bitterness and flavour are present. This full-bodied beer’s finish is surprising: it ends smooth and clean, typical or the cold fermented lager.
From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “East Van SMaSH (Amarillo)” the latest India Session Ale in their Single Malt and Single Hop series of beers. The beer uses German Munich malts and a Vermont Ale yeast. The beer pours a mild cloudy copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit, peach, melon, caramel and floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, grapefruit, peach, melon, caramel, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.4%. The East Van SMaSH is always a good beer but this batch was one of my favourite so far.
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.