From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes their “Peach Cream Ale”. The beer pours a cloudy straw colour with a white head. The aroma consists of peaches and grainy malts with some grassy hops. The flavour is of peaches, grainy and biscuit malts, herbal hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This beer sits on the sweeter side but from the peaches so it’s a balanced sweetness and an enjoyable beer.
From Port Moody’s The Parkside Brewery comes their “Graffiti IPA”. This glass was from their newest batch and has been changed up to have more of a hops punch. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruits and really just an overall fruity aroma with a floral hops finish. The flavour is of citrus, orange, pineapple and other tropical fruits, citrus rind, resin, biscuit malts and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.9% with an IBU of 60. The first batch was quite good but this knocks it out of the park.
From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Goose Endless IPA” a Session IPA is the latest seasonal to reach Canada. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grassy hops, hay, grain, grapefruit and citrus. The flavour is of biscuit malts, grain, grapefruit, orange, herbal, grassy and mildly bitter hops. the alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 35. While not a complex beer it is an enjoyable summer ale although probably closer to a golden ale than an ISA with a low bitterness.
Commercial Description: Long days and warm nights awaken the city. The list of neighborhood festivals is endless. As is the great music that brings us together in parks and parking lots. We brewed our Session IPA to be easy drinking and endlessly refreshing, so you can enjoy every encore. Bright note of fresh oranges and other citrus fruit with a mild body that is crisp on the palate.
Food paring as per brewery: Room temperature cows milk cheese, grilled chicken Caesar salad, seared port chop with orange marmalade sauce, oven-roasted white fish, creamy panna cotta with tangerine sauce.
From Kreuztal Germany’s Krombacher Brauerei comes their “Krombacher Non-Alcoholic Pils”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head and lots of carbonation. The aroma consists of citrus, grassiness, sweetness and a biscuity malt finish. The flavour is of citrus, grassy, bready and biscuit malts, with a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at a minuscule 0.3%. I am not one to drink non-alcoholic beer but this one is worth checking out if you want a good pilsner without the alcohol.
Commercial Description: In Krombacher taste is the one and only benchmark in the production of our beers. Whenever we commence on the journey of innovation within our product range the number one priority is to produce a brew that tantalises the taste buds. During the production of our non-alcoholic drinks the focus was to produce a product that had the full bodied characteristics of Krombacher Pils minus the alcohol content. The non-alcoholic beer is brewed in the same way, with the same fresh Felsquellwasser® (mountain spring water) and malt content. It then goes through a process of de-alcoholisation developed especially in Krombach, which enables the beer to retain the unique aroma which originates during the brewing process. It is no wonder therefore, with these credentials, that this isotonic thirst quencher is the most popular non-alcoholic Pils in Germany!
The Trolley Tour Started at the TC Lions Pub near Canada Place in downtown Vancouver and was the first of 4 locations for the night. Each location we were given a ticket for one free Pilsner Urquell.
The TC Lions Pub was not crazy busy but busy enough with the large group that was part of the Trolley Tour. Everyone got a beer fairly quickly and got on talking with all of the new people. A few people who I assume work for Pilsner Urquell locally got up and talked about the brand and its origins and how it is one of the original Pilsners if not the first. Once our time was up at TC Lions Pub everyone spilled out onto the sidewalks so we could get on our trolleys to the next location.
The next location was a pub that I had never been to The Morrissey. I was torn on this location as it has great style, funky staff and great music but it was just to long slender and packed! They did serve some nice snacks at this location though so that was nice. I hope it is not always that packed at the Morrissey and only that packed because of our Trolley. The pilsner tasted the same at this location in the same glassware. Once our time was up here we moved onto the next bar.
The next location took us to Granville Island to the Vancouver Fish Company Restaurant & Bar. This place has the feel of a fancy restaurant and I felt a little bad being in a T-Shirt and shorts (But not that bad). I was a little surprised the Restaurant served the Pilsner Urquell in bottles here as being a fancy restaurant they should know the importance of proper glassware. The food samples brought out were to die for though. Obviously there was a seafood theme to all of the dished but they were all great. We had a nice semi short visit here before we moved onto our last location.
From here we hopped back on the Trolleys and hit up the last location of the night the Winking Judge Pub. It was getting on in the night so we did not stick around at this bar all that long. We did have our free glass of Pilsner Urquell before we left though.
Overall it was a fun night with lots of interesting people some into craft beer some into macro. Either way everyone had a great time.
What would a writeup on an event like this beer without a mention about the beer itself? Pilsner Urquell is brewed in the Czech Republic by Plzeňský Prazdroj and owned by SABMiller. The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grassy hops, biscuit malts, fruits and a sweet finish. The flavour is of grassy hops but very little bittering, biscuit malts, a sweetness from a hint of fruit and possibly honey and a very mild earthiness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.4%. If you are looking for a nice approachable summer weather beer this just might be your choice.