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 Outcast Brewing currently brewing out of Coulee Brew Co in Calgary Alberta comes their “Wannabe IPA” a Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head and good lacing. The aroma consists of grapefruit, citrus rind, tropical fruit, floral hops and a hint of malt. The flavour is of grapefruit, tropical fruit, citrus rind, pine, mild caramel and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.9% with an IBU of 40. This one basically tastes like a Session IPA and is quite interesting.
Commercial Description: Wannabe IPA is a pale ale that is heavily dry hopped twice with Galaxy and Mosaic Hops. Expect big aromas of tropical fruit and citrus with a slightly fruity and subtle, dry bitter finish. It’s the pale ale that wants to be an IPA.
From Main Street Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Barrel Aged American Style Barley Wine” a Winter 2017 Vintage. The beer pours a very murky brown colour with a white head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, toffee, resin, sweetness and a floral finish. The flavour is of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, resin, earth, oak and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 80. This Barely Wine seemed to be a bit of a hybrid style as the bitterness was to low to be an American Barley Wine. It was not really what I was expecting but I did quite enjoy it none the less.
From Sooke Oceanside Brewery in Sooke on Vancouver Island comes their “Renfrew Red Ale”. The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, fruity with a floral finish. The flavour is of caramel, mild roasted malts, resin, grassy, mild bitterness and some fruity notes. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1%. While fairly standard this is a good red ale and you will enjoy it.
Commercial Description: Port Renfrew has many names. Some for love, as only the sea could be loved. Some for the ships she has taken, wrecked over rock and wave, where dangerous waters run red. This Red Ale is the namesake of that love and danger. I prefer to call her Renfrew.
From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Dark Side Russian Imperial Stout” from the December 2016 Vintage a beer I have had in my cellar for a year. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, pine and some floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, earth, ash, caramel, toffee, pine, resin and alcohol with bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 9.9% with an IBU of 40. I wish this was not my last bottle in my cellar as it was really tasty and had aged well loosing its almost Imperial Black IPA notes.