From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Bike Route Best Bitter” a beer named for the two bike routes that lead to the brewery Adanac and Mosaic. The beer pours a deep copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruits up front with malts, toffee and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, citrus zest, malts, earth, bitterness and a residual sweetness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 3.9% with an IBU of 35. I enjoy a good best biter and this one hits the spot especially as the alcohol content is nice and low like the style calls for.
Commercial Description: A cyclist travels north on the mosaic bike route while another heads east on the adanac bike route. They plan to meet where the bike routes cross. It may sound like a word problem, but it’s a typical trip to the bomber brewery, which is situated at just that intersection: the inspiration for our bike route best bitter. Brewed to bring people together, this award-winning session ale is bursting with the complexity of flavour only mosaic hops can provide. Ride on down or try one at home, but definitely share with a friend.
From Vancouver BC’s R&B Brewing comes the “Vienna Style Lager” the newest beer in their brand new Mount Pleasant Series of beers. The beer pours a deep copper with a tan head. The aroma consists of grassy hops, sweetness and a nice malt finish. The flavour is malt forward, some toasted notes, sweetness and grassy hops but not a ton of bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 24. Looking at the BJCP style guidelines I would have to say that this beer is hitting on the right notes and on top of that its pretty darn tasty.
Commercial Description: Reddish brown in colour with complex yet delicate malt aromas and flavours. This amber coloured lager is well balanced, clean, crisp and refreshing while pairing well with food. A perfect beer for summer barbecue season.
A Frame Brewing in Squamish may not be open yet but they are doing test batches of their beer. I was lucky enough to be given a bottle of their test batch of their “Best Bitter” to try. The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head. the aroma consists of caramel and an overall malt forward aroma with fruit and a little bit of floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, fruit notes, resin and some very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4%. I quite enjoyed this beer and would love to have a glass at the brewery when they open.
The Olympic Village area of Vancouver is getting its own brewpub! I Was lucky enough to get an invite to special preview of the soon to open Steel Toad Brewpub on October 2nd, 2014. The brewpub is only weeks away from opening so they have opened the space up to an invite only crowd to get their staff going so they know the ropes.
This brewpub is a fairly large space with a ton of seating and a large central bar with bar seats running around the whole bar. There are a few TV’s above the bar but I am unsure if these will show bar info or sporting events and the like. To the far side of the building you are able to look into the brewery as it is behind a large glass wall and is very nice new and shiny. I was quite happy to see that the bar has two cask engines that pump out some great real ale! For this event they had 5 beer on tap including an American Blonde, Saison and a Rye IPA on their standard taps and a Best Bitter and Oatmeal Stout from the Cask Engine (remember cask beer is nowhere near as cold as tap bear by design). They also had a really interesting menu for the event although I am unsure if these items will be on the final menu. The menu included small plates like Chicken Wings, duck rillettes, romaine wedge and nicoise salad. The Big plates included beef tenderloin, roasted chicken breast, shepherds pie, the burger, margherita pizza and speck pizza. There was one dessert and it was a butterscotch pot de creme. Everyone seemed to be very excited about the beer and food options and I was one of them. I look forward to the grand opening of this brewery as it will be a great new addition to the local scene. One note is that they are not planning to do growler fills currently and will only be serving their beer on site. I really do think that the renovated (rebuilt) heritage building is the star of the show though. They may well have replaced every beam and board on this building but it has that heritage feel that Vancouver is loosing these days.
keep your eyes peeled on social media to find out when the brewery opens but from what I understand it is very close to opening now!
Black Note Book Series (Re-brand of Limited Release program)
From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Uncle Monty’s Best Bitter” the newest addition of the Black Note Book Series form Granville Island’s Vern Lambourne. The Bitter pours a light copper colour with an off white head. The aroma is of citrus, sweet malts and some earthy hops. The flavour consists of smooth malts, caramel, citrus and some hops bitterness. The alcohol content of this brew is 3.6% with and IBU of 40. This beer is nice and smooth. For a session ale this beer has a ton of flavour which was a huge surprise!
Commercial Description: This single hop session bitter has big flavour but low alcohol. Maris otter pale and English crystal malts with citra hops create a bold body and refreshing bitterness you’ll want to session again and again.
Food Pairing as per brewery: Balance of bitterness and malt works great with savoury pastries like a steak and kidney pie.