From Calgary Alberta’s Big Rock Brewery comes their “Traditional Ale” an English Style Brown Ale that is also brewed at the breweries in British Columbia and Ontario. The beer pours a medium chestnut brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, mild roast, nuttiness, earth and a sweet finish. The flavour is of nuts, caramel, mild roast, earth some mild bitterness and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 20. This beer isn’t going to knock your socks off but that is not what a brown ale is about anyways. This is a tasty clean brown ale that hits the right notes.
Commercial Description: A recipe gone untouched since Big Rock’s founding. Toasty malt and sweet caramel up front, finishes with a nutty flavour, medium creamy carbonation and mild hop bitterness. “The unmatched quality of our Canadian grown barley is still the backbone of this beer over 30 years after it was first brewed. My comfort food in a glass, some things just never get old.” ~Brewmaster Paul Gautreau
Food pairing as per brewery: Sharp cheeses, red meats and stews.
From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Vienna Amber Lager”. The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel malts, mild fruit and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, grainy malts, mild fruit, some resin and a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 19. If you enjoy a good lager then you should pick this one up.
Commercial Description: Robyn, who created our Vienna lager recipe, likes to pair this beer with bratwurst. Sho, another Moody Ales brewer, prefers it with carnitas. Makes sense—this style, originally developed in Vienna in the 1840s, lost popularity in Europe over the nineteenth century but thrived in Mexico with Austrian emigrant brewers. So, as you enjoy our malt-forward yet clean amber lager, remember that from Austria to Mexico to Canada, pork and beer unite us all.
From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Winter Lager”. The beer pours a copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of bready and caramel malts with mild hops aroma. The flavour is of mildly roasted malts with caramel and bready malts as well as some earth, spices and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.4% with an IBU of 30. As lagers go this one is not just your boring yellow fizzy lager and should be a nice compliment to the winter season especially if your not into dark beer.
Commercial Description: This comforting brew pours a deep copper and combines a rich toasted malt flavour with a restrained hop bitterness to create a well balanced, versatile beer. Our winter lager is a highly drinkable, yet complex beer with a rich aftertaste that will leave you yearning for another. An elegant lager perfect for longer nights.
From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout”. The beer pours a deep opaque brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, cookies, roasted malts and some mild roast. The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, cookies, dark fruit, roasted malts and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 38. This one has the body more like a porter but is very tasty. I am glad that this beer has come back this year.
Commercial Description: Some say the only ingredients in a beer should be barley, hops, yeast and water. We say, the more the merrier. The Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is brewed with chocolate malt and cocoa powder, then conditioned on cocoa nibs for an intense milk chocolate flavour. Oats contribute a baked oatmeal cookie aroma. A perfect treat right before bed.
Food pairing as per brewery: Butter Pastries, Fruit-Based Desserts, Berries, Anything with Chocolate.
From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes this years version of “Chrono Wet Hop IPA”. The beer pours a copper orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of semi tropical fruits, citrus, floral hops and a hint of malt. The flavour is of resin, pine, herbal, tropical, citrus, caramel and some bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.9% with an IBU of 66. I have not been the biggest fan of fresh hopped beers over the last few years as they lack bitterness. I am happy to say this one was a tasty one and a good kick off for the fresh hop season.
Commercial Description: Chrono Wet Hop IPA: Time is of the essence. Freshly picked Centennial and Cascade hops from BC Hop Co were immediately brought to the brewery and thrown into the brew within hours of picking. The magic of the fresh hops deliver a juiciness and dankness that we will never get from dried hops. Enjoy a light malt body and a citric blast from the wet hops!