Be Still – The Ale Apothecary


Located in Bend Oregon is a brewery that plays it just a little different.  This brewery is called “The Ale Apothecary” and its motto is “Vintage-batch, barrel by barrel.  Cottage instead of factory.  Flavor before efficiency.  Love prior to spreadsheets.”  The beer isn’t cheap and it is just as hard to find as it is expensive but if you get lucky you are in for a treat!  For my second intro to this awesome brewery I was able to get a bottle of “Be Still” a mixed fermentation ale that has been aged  in Rye Whiskey & Pinot Barrels.  This beer is fermented with no yeast and only lactobacillus culture, brettanomyces and pediococcus and thus is recommended to be consumed within 3-6 months of bottling!  The beer pours a deep brown with no head as it is uncarbonated.  The aroma is dominated by lactobacillus, brettanomyces, wine, whiskey and a good fruitiness.  The flavour has some dominant notes of Pinot wine with lots of lactobacillus, brettanomyces, fruits, tartness, whiskey, oak, tannins, cocoa and some minor coffee notes.  The alcohol content of this batch was 8.4% but does range from 7-9% batch to batch.  This was a very interesting sour ale with tones of flavour.  If you can stomach the price then pick up a bottle or two if you can find it!

Commercial Description:  Be Still is our dark sour and presented barrel-still, without carbonation, for optimum mouthfeel and balance. Brewed with roasted barley and biscuit malts, the structure of the beer comes from acid produced by our house lactobacillus culture as well as acid from brettanomyces and pediococcus activity during the 10-month aging period in rye whiskey and fresh pinot noir barrels. Prior to bottling, the rye and wine portions are blended together and allowed to sit on cascara (sun-dried exterior fruit of the coffee bean) and cocoa nibs to add depth and complexity. The beer retains the fingerprint of our yeast culture and evolves in your glass, but is a wild departure from our lively bottle-fermented offerings. Be Still is a glimpse into an alternative beer universe that is just waiting to be explored. Due to the nature of this beer (yeast-free), it is recommended that you consume the beer fresh within 3-6 months of batch date on bottle to avoid oxidation flavors from shrouding your experience.

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Not the Stoic – Deschutes Brewery


Limited Reserve Series

From Bend Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery comes “Not the Stoic” a barrel aged Belgian quad.  The beer pours a ruby red colour with very little head.  The aroma consists of sweet cherries, dark fruits, malts, oak, molasses and pomegranate.  The flavour is of pomegranate, cherries, dark fruits, bourbon, oak, malts, molasses, sweetness and an alcohol finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 12.1% with an IBU of 15.  The bottle recommended holding onto this bottle for around a year before opening.  This beer may have been even better if I waited but I only had one bottle.  I am glad I opened this up when I did as it was amazing!

Commercial Description:  Aged and sequestered in select oak casks. The result – a contemplatively brewed quad created in homage to all those who doubted the original. This unrepentant rendition is definitively Not The Stoic.

Malt: Pilsner, Special B, Crystal Rye
Hops: Czech Saaz
Other: Pomegranate Molasses
Barrel-Aging: 11 months in 15% Pinot Noir and 15% Rye Whiskey Barrels
Food pairing as per brewery:  Seared Scallops With Marcona Almond Infused Oil, Braised Pork Belly With Coriander Scented Mustard, Pastry Puffs Filled With Vanilla Bean Ice Cream With Chocolate-Blackberry Ganache
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O’hare’s Beer Club – June 2014


It is already time for a new beer box just in time for the nicer weather.  For the first time (I think) I have had at least 4 beers in this beer box.  No worries though as they are great beer!

Drum Roll Please!

Beer Included is as follows:

Green Leaf Brewing – Les Saissoners
Mikkeller – Summit Single Hop IPA
Black Kettle Brewing Company – Wheat Beer
Deschutes Brewery – Fresh Squeezed IPA
Breakside Brewery – Salted Caramel Sout
Base Camp Brewing – Lost Meridian Wit
Fermie Brewing Company – Quiet Rye’t IPA
Noli Brewhouse – Jetstar Imperial IPA
VCBW Collaboration – PreVale
Moon Under Water – Light Side of the Moon

Full Sized photos can be found here.

Reviews will come as I enjoy the Beer.  Once again O’hare’s has outdone themselves!  Thanks O’hare’s!!!

O’Hare’s Gastropub & Liquor Store
5031 Steveston Hwy
Richmond BC
V7E 2K5
Liquor Store 604-241-8513
info@ohares.ca
http://www.ohares.ca/Store

Click here to check out the O’hare’s August 2012 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s October 2012 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s December 2012 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s February 2013 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s April 2013 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s June 2013 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s August 2013 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s October 2013 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s December 2013 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s February 2014 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s April 2014 Beer Club Box.

Sahalie – The Ale Apothecary


Located in Bend Oregon is a brewery that plays it just a little different.  This brewery is called “The Ale Apothecary” and its motto is “Vintage-batch, barrel by barrel.  Cottage instead of factory.  Flavor before efficiency.  Love prior to spreadsheets.”  The beer isn’t cheap and it is just as hard to find as it is expensive but if you get lucky like we did in BC with a small number of boxes landing in our stores you are in for a treat!  My first foray into their beers was their flagship beer called the “Sahalie” a mixed fermentation ale.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a very fizzy champagne like carbonation and a white head.  The aroma consists of fruity esters, some funkiness and spices.  The flavour was of a funky sour up front with fruity esters, citrus, citrus rind, grapes, apples, oak with a sweet tart finish.  The flavour is not hugely sour or tart but is very well balanced.  The alcohol content varies from batch to batch from 9-11% alcohol and this bottle came in at 10.11%.  The crazy part about this beer is that you do not notice an ounce of this alcohol in the beer.  It does not have a warming effect or an alcoholic flavour.  This is an extremely well crafted mild sour ale.

Commercial Description:  SAHALIE is the flagship brand of The Ale Apothecary, brewed year-round of malted barley & wheat and Goschie Farms Cascade Hops. Hop bitterness and acid produced by our house lactobacillus culture provide the balance to the malt and oak structure of the beer. She spends up to 1 year in our oak barrels during a long, relaxed fermentation prior to a month-long dry-hopping (yes, in oak barrels!). 
Our sensory experience is a tropical & citrus fruit nose of apricots, pineapple, and orange produced from yeast esters and hop oils. The palate is tart and pithy, combining earthy and herbal undertones that evolve as the beer warms & opens up within your glass.

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Black Butte XXIII – Deschutes Brewery (Aged 3+ Years)


I was very lucky to find a bottle of Deschutes Brewery’s 23rd Birthday brew “Black Butte XXIII” an Imperial Porter released on June 27th, 2011.  The brewery is located in Bend Oregon.  I consumed this brew on November 4th, 2013.  The porter pours an almost opaque black with a tan head.  The aroma consists of rich roasted malts, orange, chocolate and an overall sweetness.  The flavour was big with roasted malts, smoke, bitterness, chocolate, oranges, caramel, a building chilli burn finished by a mild alcohol burn.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.8% with an IBU of 55.  This beer that was listed as better after June 15th, 2012 was amazing!  What a crazy mix of flavours that worked so well!

Commercial Description:  XXIII. So where to next? What’s 2011’s rich, imperial take on Black Butte Porter? Just for kicks, you dream. Orange zest perhaps? From Spanish Oranges. Seville, to be exact. And Chocolate nibs. Pampered nibs from the artisanal alchemists at Theo. Maybe some chilies? Pasilla Negra only, please. That would be crazy wouldn’t it? Welcome to crazy. Get it while you can.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Rogue Creamery Blue cheese dip with lardons and toasted hazelnuts, Dry aged ribeye with roasted mushroom and veal jus, fingerling potatoes and sautéed green beans , Espresso rubbed beef brisket with Black Butte Porter BBQ sauce and fresh jicama slaw, Crème brûlée with almond praline and fresh raspberries.

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