From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Goose Four Star Pils”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, biscuit, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of grain, biscuit, citrus, fruit, sweetness and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 38. This is exactly what a Craft pilsner should be. Grainy with a good little hops bite. Goose Island Beer Co is owned by AB-Inbev and their standard lineup is brewed by Labatt in Canada.
Commercial Description: Goose Island has taken the traditional Pilsner beer style and made it uncommon with a unique blend of German and American hops. The result is an immensely drinkable and refreshing beer with a crisp hop aroma that will have you reaching for another one in no time.
From Bowen Island Brewing now brewed in Kamloops by Kamloops Brewing Company comes their “West Coast Lager”. The beer pours a golden straw colour. The aroma consists of caramel, biscuit and maybe a hint of some grassy hops. The flavour is of biscuit, caramel, citrus and a sweet finish with little to no bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 17. If you enjoy a lager that comes in on the sweeter side then pick up some of this one as it will be in your wheelhouse.
Commercial Description: Slowly aged over an extended period of time to enhance it’s taste profile. Creamy at the beginning followed by a slightly malt sweetness on the back of your tongue. This easily drinkable lager has a clean and crisp finish.
From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “48 Lager”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grain and floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, grain, biscuit and a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 22. This is not going to wow you as a craft beer fan but it is a clean crisp lager and well made.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Atlantic Pale Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of caramel and biscuit malts, pine and citrus notes. The flavour is of caramel, biscuit, fruity notes, mild resin and citrus, tropical fruit and mild bitterness. The alcohol comes in at 4.3% with an IBU of 30. This one won’t knock you socks off but it is a well made and enjoyable Pale Ale.
Commercial Description: East meets West in this little beauty! This is our take on an English style pale ale – light in colour and body, hopped with a mix of Old World and North American hops, resulting in a balanced and refined pale ale.
From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Juan De Fuca Cerveza”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of corn, biscuit malts and sweetness. The flavour is of biscuit, corn, sweetness and a mild grassy hops note. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 19. While I would assert that this is a well executed Mexican style lager I don’t personally understand the craft adjunct lager.
Commercial Description: A craft take on a Mexican classic. This light and crisp artisanal cerveza was designed to explore new territories.