From Four Winds Brewing in Delta comes their “Blackberry Jam” an IPA with wild Blackberries, Mosaic Lupulin powder and lactose. The beer pours a reddish orange colour with a light reddish head. The aroma consists of blackberries, lactose sweetness and some herbal notes. The flavour is of blackberries, strawberries, lactose with a low bitterness to finish it all off. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 45. This stuff is really good and I hope that Four Winds Brewing makes more of this stuff.
Commercial Description: Blackberry Jam is an IPA brewed with handpicked wild blackberries from B.C., Mosaic lupulin powder, lactose sugar, Saccharomyces Trois yeast and a touch of vanilla.
From Red Truck Beer in Vancouver comes their “Wild Thing Blackberry Bourbon Ale”. The beer pours a deep red colour with a light redish white head. The aroma consists of blackberry with some slight woodiness. The flavour is of blackberry, wood, semi sweet with a very mild almost tart note and a really dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.3% with an IBU of 25. This is not a huge bourbon barrel aged beer but a nice fruit ale with a hint of wood. This is a tasty brew that will appeal to more than just the beer geek.
Commercial Description: A fun experiment gone horribly right. It started with a mild ale and a plan to load it full of bourbon and peaches. When we realized we had missed the harvest, we shifted gears and used fresh Fraser Valley blackberries. After adding in the second case of bourbon and the last of the blackberries, we knew we had brewed up something special. This limited release ale brings together the sweet-tart flavour of Blackberry and the mellow woody finish of Kentucky bourbon. An extremely refreshing and well balanced seasonal beer. Brewed with locally sourced Fraser Valley blackberries, Kentucky bourbon and Pekko hops.
Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford had Doan’s Craft Brewing Company from Vancouver out to collaborate on their brand new “Kettle Sour Dry Hopped with Pacific Gem”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, hint tropical, sweetness but fairly mild. The flavour is of lemon, grapefruit, hint of blackberry, rye spice, herbal, oak and a mild sour note. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 8. This could be a very good sour to introduce people to sour beers as it is not hugely sour and wont punch them in the face while still tasting really good.
Commercial Description: Utilizing New Zealand Hops and influenced by German styles we have created a true collaboration of flavours, ingredients and ideas, perfect for a West Coast Summer. Dry Hopped with Pacific Gem, this Kettle Sour combines a tart and light body with hints of Blackberry and Oak. Using Rye Malt enhances the complexity providing an underlying spiciness to blend with the fruity and bright notes.
From Victoria BC’s Vancouver Island Brewery comes their new limited release “Black Betty Blackberry Saison”. The saison pours a dark golden amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of blackberry, wheat, spices and yeast. The flavour is of sweet blackberries, wheat, yeast, spices and biscuit malts. The alcohol content comes in at 6.3%. This is a great marrying of saison and berries and was very refreshing!
Commercial Description: Whoa, Black Berry (bam-a-lam)… Fresh local blackberries and fresh local beer go together like Hot Rods and Rock & Roll. We brewed this blackberry Saison and the damn thing went wild. Dry, crisp, and complex, this beer will make you sing!
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:Grilled red meat, blackened chicken
From East Vancouver’s Coal Harbour Brewing comes their “Black Sunshine Blackberry Weizen”. This brew pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head. The smell of the beer consists of wheat, yeast, blackberry and citrus. The flavor of the beer is similar to the smell with strong Blackberry and Citrus flavors up front and wheat, yeast and some hops hidden behind it. This is not a really sweet beer and is really more tart than sweet. I did find a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle but not a big deal as it can happen with cloudy unfiltered beer. The alcohol content of the beer is 5.25%.