From Boundary Brewing in Kelowna and Crannóg Ales in Sorrento comes their “Not For Nazis” Organic Nut Brown Ale. This beer was born out of a digital attack that threatened the business and life of the brewer Oliver and his children for hanging an Anti Fascist flag in their brewery. When Sorrento’s Crannóg Ales stepped up to say hey we have been hanging that flag for many months it moved over to them. From this horrible situation this beer was born. If you would like to hear more about the situation take a listen to the Pacific Beer Chat episode where we profiled Boundary Brewing. The beer pours a deep chestnut brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of a good nutty start with mild roasted malts, caramel and some residual sweetness. The flavour was of nuts, caramel, roasted malts, some ash or smoke and a mild bitterness in the finish. This Organic Nut Brown ale is a great example of what I look for in a Brown Ale. So get off your couch and help fight hate by picking up a bottle of this brew!
From Boundary Brewing in Kelowna comes their “2016 Vintage Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Baltic Porter” a very small batch of 250 bottles. The beer pours an almost opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, pinot noir, grapes, sweetness and some barrel. The flavour is of roasted malts, ash, anise, chocolate, caramel, oak, tannin’s, pinot noir and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 22. The Bourbon Barrel version of this beer is tasty but this version is next level and I am stoked I got the chance to try it out.
From Boundary Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Roggenbier” a German style Red Rye Ale. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of rye spice, bready malts, grain, fruity esters with some pronounced citrus. The flavour is of rye spice, bread, grain, citrus, citrus rind, fruity esters, yeast, herbal hops and mild bitterness. The alcohol contnet comes in at 5% with an IBU of 28. I have not had a ton of beers in this style but I can say that I quite enjoyed this one.
Commercial Description: A medium bodied German Rye Red Ale. This beer puts the rye malt forward, showcasing the delicate spicyness of the grain, with hints of caramel and roasted barley and perfectly balanced with a delicate herbal hops finish.
Boundary Brewing in Kelowna is nearing the completion of their construction and I was able to get a tour of their space. The brewery is located very close to the Kelowna International Airport and about a 15 or 20 minute walk from the Campus of the University of British Columbia: Okanagan Campus. This is a nano brewery with a lot of space to grow if they decide to.
The tasting room is coming together quickly. The bar is a good mix of wood with some big plastic barrels mixed in (the same that will be used to ferment beer). I really like the chalk board paint on the walls it adds a nice touch. The bar has 4 taps that are hooked up to a large keg fridge and will be used as the main taps for the room. They also have tow taps on the front of the bar that can be used for special kegs when they are busy.
The brewhouse is all set up and ready to go. The brewery is comprised of two separate one vessel brew systems. Its a really cool up-scaled homebrew system where everything is done in one vessel until you are ready to ferment. They will ferment their beer in 45 gallon or 207 Liter plastic barrels in two rooms one a lagering room and one an ale room. Not only are they drastically cheaper than stainless steel fermentors but they can be changed out cheap if there are any issues. One weird little quirk of the water that services this building is that in the summer the cold water comes in really warm bordering on hot. To try and cool the water so that they can use it to chill the beer prior to pitching the yeast they have piped the water into the cooler. Unfortunately the water ended up being to hot still so they are going to run glycol pipes through the water also.
With the owner Oliver Glaser having German heritage the brewery will specialize in German style beers. This does not mean that all of their beers will end up being of German styles but they are his favourite to consume. I was able to taste a few test batches and everything is tasting good so far. The styles I was able to test out included Dunkelweiss, Alt, Roggenbier, Berliner Weisse and a one off IPA.
I am really looking forward to the grand opening of this brewery. Lucky enough for Kelowna this should be happening fairly soon!