BC Bitter – Granville Island Brewing


From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “BC Bitter”.  This English Bitter pours a cloudy copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of caramel, sweet malts, mild grapefruit, mild pine and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, mild earth, citrus, bitterness and herbal hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 32.  This new beer using all BC grown ingredients is an enjoyably brew.  Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson Coors.

Commercial Description:  Local ingredients add BC flavour to this traditional English bitter. Nugget and Chinook hops from Lillooet balance brilliantly with Pilsner malt from Armstrong for a slightly hoppy, bready summer beer. Pair with fish & chips.

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Off Trail Pale Ale – Old Yale Brewing


From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Off Trail Pale Ale.  The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, grain, citrus with floral and herbal hops.  The flavour is of grain, caramel, citrus, mild earth, spicy and herbal hops and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 35.  This is a well executed standard pale ale and should do the trick for a good 6 pack in the fridge beer.

Commercial Description:  A generous heaping 
of whole leaf cascade 
hops are carefully
 balanced with malted 
barley and combined to deliver our refreshing
 Off Trail Pale Ale. We 
suggest pairing with
a juicy burger or your favorite pizza.

Food pairings as per brewery:  Coconut curry w/ rice & chicken, Mushroom meatloaf, Grilled tiger prawns, Arugula salad, Samosas, Strong cheeses

Chestnut Brown Ale (Homebrew) – Brooklyn Brew Shop


Steve and I have finally finished our second successful all grain home brew.  Once again we used his Brooklyn Brew Shop brewing system that he was given as a gift.  We used the Chestnut Brown Ale mix that comes with everything you need but the optional chestnuts.  We were unable to find chestnuts so brewed the beer as per the package.

The brew went down without a hitch and his little one was even able to help in her first ever brew.

The beer sat for two weeks to ferment and then we transferred our Growler Werks Ukeg‘s to force carbonate.  We set the Ukeg’s to 15PSI for three days agitating multiple times a day.  Today was the day to try the carbonated beer.

The beer poured a deep brown colour with a brown head (different lighting on both photos).  The aroma consisted of caramel, nuts, sweetness and a hint of fruit.  The flavour was of toffee, caramel, nuts, earth and some medium bitterness.  While this beer does not stand up to commercially made craft beer I could taste no off flavours and it was quite enjoyable.  If Steve and I could do our first two batches without off flavours and a pretty darn good flavour I would have to say that I would highly recommend the Brooklyn Brew Shop system.  It is also nice to be able to force carbonate your beer if you have the ability as bottle conditioning can be a crap shoot.  Our first batch 50% of the bottles were way over carbonated.  With the Ukeg it was perfectly carbonated.

Great Plains Brown Ale – Two Wolves Brewing


From Two Wolves Brewing a new contract brewery out of Factory Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Great Plains Brown Ale”.  The beer pours a brown colour with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of nuttiness, caramel and some sweetness.  The flavour is of caramel, nuts, hint of chocolate, mild ash, earth, mild resin and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 18.  This is a pretty darn good brown ale and a good release from the new brewery.

Commercial Description:  Our dark brew, Two Wolves Great Plains Brown Ale is a well-balanced beer with a deep copper colour and aromas of roasted malt, cocoa and caramel. This highly engaging beer is medium bodied and bright with a high carbonation and pairs well with most foods.

Food pairing as per brewery:  This all-season beer is refreshing enough to pair with light foods, and bold enough to stand with rich, heavy meals – excellent with pork and beef, root and winter vegetables, stews and barbecues alike.

Big Horn Amber Ale – Spencer Hill Cottage Brewery


From Spencer Hill Cottage Brewery in Grand Forks comes their “Big Horn Amber Ale”.  This bottle comes from batch number D0067.  The beer pours a deep amber, orange colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, fruit, floral hops and a semi sweet finish.  The flavour is of caramel, stone fruit, melon, citrus, pine and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2%.  For a brewery that currently only makes one beer this is quite tasty.  I hope the owner produces more than just this beer in the future.