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.
From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Ascension Triple IPA”. The beer pours a cloudy deep orange with an off white head. The aroma consists of melon, tropical fruits, candy sugar, floral hops and alcohol. The flavour is of melon, tropical fruits, mango, candy sugar, honey, pine, resin, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 70. For the ABV this stuff is ridiculously drinkable. I recommend picking up at least a bottle of this.
From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Dark Side Russian Imperial Stout” from the December 2016 Vintage a beer I have had in my cellar for a year. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, pine and some floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, earth, ash, caramel, toffee, pine, resin and alcohol with bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 9.9% with an IBU of 40. I wish this was not my last bottle in my cellar as it was really tasty and had aged well loosing its almost Imperial Black IPA notes.
On January 20th I headed to Victoria with my wife for the Brewers Reserve Series launch event at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub. Spinnakers Brewpub is the original brewpub in Canada after prohibition and opened in 1984. There is no doubt that Spinnakers has some major history and they are looking to create even more history with their new barrel program.
Get to know the brewery better by checking out the podcast we did on Pacific Beer Chat. We sat down with Paul Hadfield the founder and Matt West-Patrick one of the brewers. You can also find this episode on your favorite Podcast app at Pacific Beer Chat.
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub is located on the waterfront just outside of Downtown Victoria and might win for best brewpub location ever. This place has an English Pub vibe through and through. The lower level is more of a restaurant with the top floor being more of a bar.
To top off the Brewpub they also have a lodging in their guesthouse. We stayed at the guesthouse while there and really enjoyed out stay. Staying with Spinnakers means you get a hot breakfast and Chocolate and beer tasting included with out stay.
Now lets get to the real reason we headed to Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in the first place. The latest beers to be released in the Brewers Reserve Series are Rubus a Blackberry Sour (Number 9) and Prunus Plum Sour (Number 10). If you can find bottles of these beers make sure to pick them up as they are very limited.
Rubus Blackberry Sour
The beer pours a deep red colour with a very low carbonation and very little head. The aroma consists of blackberries, mild cherry, semi sweet notes and tartness. The flavour is of blackberries, cherries, tartness, wheat, oak with an almost wine like finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1%. This is quite the tasty Blackberry sour and I would highly recommend picking up a bottle of this.
Prunus Plum Sour
The beer pours a deep orange brown colour with almost no head and little carbonation. The aroma consists of plum, sweetness and tartness. The flavour is of plum, wheat, mild oak, wine, semi sweet with some good tartness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8%. Like the Rubus this beer is exceptionally tasty. I would recommend picking up at least one of these bottles if you can find it.
This new series of beer are really tasty and I can not wait to see what they have coming in the future.
From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “You Gonna Eat That?” a Black Forest Cake stout. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, mild roast, cherry and some sweetness. The flavour is of cherries, chocolate, mild roast, earth, creamy with a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8.2%. I personally really like the pastry stout and this one was defiantly enjoyable.