From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “East Van SMaSH (Amarillo)” the latest India Session Ale in their Single Malt and Single Hop series of beers. The beer uses German Munich malts and a Vermont Ale yeast. The beer pours a mild cloudy copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit, peach, melon, caramel and floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, grapefruit, peach, melon, caramel, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.4%. The East Van SMaSH is always a good beer but this batch was one of my favourite so far.
On March 11, 2017 Bomber Brewing hosted the Third Annual Beer League Bash at Britannia Community Rink in East Vancouver. The event ran from 4-10pm and cost $25 a ticket which got you three beer tickets. More sample tickets could be purchased for $1.25 or for donated hockey gear.
From Bomber Brewing: 100% of the proceeds go to support Britannia After School Hockey. This great youth program gives kids, that normally would not have the opportunity to play hockey, a chance to play. BASH supplies all of their gear and provides coaches/mentors to help develop not just hockey, but life skills. Through this event, the local craft brewery community has helped to raise close to $5000 a year in cash and donated gear to support this program. Come out and enjoy some great beer and some mediocre hockey and help us surpass that level this year.
From me: This event helps support an amazing program that helps kids be part of a team and learn life skills in a sport that is usually very cost prohibitive. I wanted to play as a child but my family could not afford it. This BASH program helps keep kids occupied with life lessons and a fun sport so that they do not end up getting in trouble with gangs and drugs. Or at least gives them a fighting chance. East Vancouver is traditionally not as well off as other areas of Metro Vancouver and the kids really need programs such as this. Supporting this event and the BASH program itself is enriching children’s lives and I am all for that!
This fundraiser consists of a beer league hockey tournament and a beer festival. Starting with the beer festival in the stands.
The breweries that came to support the BASH were as follows: Bomber Brewing, Central City, Moody Ales, Parallel 49, Main Street, Powell Brewery, Yellow Dog, Steamworks, Bridge, Steel & Oak, Red Truck, Callister, Strange Fellows, Doans and Luppolo Brewing.
I really appreciated that some of the breweries brought out beer that was brand new or fairly new to try as this event does seem to bring out the industry and not just the average beer drinker. Without the hockey though this is just anouther beer event. The best of the festival for me was the new release from Bomber called The Code a beer that tied into the hockey movie Goon Last of the Enforcers. While no goons are aloud in beer league hockey the Goon does have a place in many Canadians hearts.
Now that I mentioned hockey again here are some photos from the hockey itself. There were 4 teams this year in the Beer League Bash. The teams included Bomber Brewing, Parallel 49 Brewing, Craft Beer All-Stars and the Suburban All Stars. The Craft Beer All-Stars were made up of Vancouver breweries staf while the Suburban All Stars were made up of staff from the Vancouver Suburbs. They held a round robin tournament with music between plays, goal horns and everything.
This was beer league hockey and there was definitely mistakes but it sure made for some exciting goals. For the first time in the 3 years this event had the correct finish with Bomber Brewing winning the big trophy!
I would be remiss to share some of the videos of the actual games.
Its not a win without the skate with the trophy!
I was sad to miss the second anual event but this year was a blast! Being a huge hockey fan and beer fan this manages to bring so much good together and it is for a good cause to help get kids off the street! If you did not make it to this event make sure you make it out next year!
With the Release of the sequel to my favourite hockey movie on Friday March 17th 2017 Goon Last of the Enforcers, Bomber Brewing in Vancouver made “The Code East Coast IPA” and its Official. The beer pours a mildly cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pineapple, citrus, caramel and dank hops. The flavour is of resin, pineapple, citrus, overall fairly juicy with caramel, pine and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.9% with an IBU of 69 just like our favourite goon Doug Glatt’s number. Pick up a six pack soon and go see the movie in theatres in Canada now!
From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Absolute Horizon Cascadian Dark Ale”. The Black IPA pours a very deep brown colour with a light brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, earth, ash and floral hops. The flavour is of earth, ash, burnt malts, chocolate, grapefruit, citrus rind, tropical fruit, grassy hops and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 72. This is the way a CDA should be a mix of roast and fruits. So many of this style are just far to burnt and roasty.
Commercial Description: Almost every species in the universe has an irrational fear of the dark, but there’s nothing to fear in this perfectly balanced Cascadian Dark Ale. the stellar mass that lies within forms a dichotomous darkness of Midnight Wheat and Chocolate Malts, punctuated by the presence of Galaxy, Horizon, Comet, and Apollo hops. This may just be the beer you’re looking for… So say we all…
For the third anniversary of Bomber Brewing in Vancouver in collaboration with Coast Mountain Brewing out of whistler comes the “Double Secret Probation Doppelsticke Altbier”. The beer pours a deep copper brown with a tan head. The aroma consists of roasty malts, caramel, sweetness and a floral and grassy finish. The flavour is of mild roasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts, chocolate, brown sugar, sweetness, earth and a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8.6% with an IBU of 39. This is a tasty collaboration from both of these breweries and well worth checking out! I know I look forward to having more.
Commercial Description: When head brewers Blair Calibaba (Bomber) and Kevin Winter (Coast Mountain) first met, they immediately became fast friends and began plans for a collaboration brew. The result of that planning is this special version of a Düsseldorf Altbier that is higher in alcohol than the traditional German style with a much hoppier aroma due to the use of dry-hopping. ‘Doppelsticke’ means ‘double secret’ in German, hence the nod to the Delta House brothers and Dean Wormer’s infamous crackdown. In the words of John ‘Bluto’ Blutarsky, “My advice to you is to start drinking heavily.”