Special Edition Cask Night – Big Rock Urban Brewery


On Monday August 3rd, 2015 I was invited to a Special Edition Cask Night that was held inside the brewery at Big Rock Urban.  The event was invite only version of their Monday Night Cask Nights they hold every week and made for a great time!

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There were 4 casks on offer including two from Big Rock (Pink Peppercorn Strawberry IPA, German Pale Ale) and one from Real Cask (Summer Ale) and Howe Sound Brewing (Sky Pilot with Spruce Tips).  Even though Peppercorns and Strawberry may not sound like a match made in heaven it was by far my favourite of the night!

Like I said my favourite cask of the night was the Pink Peppercorn Strawberry IPA as shown below.

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Pink Peppercorn Strawberry IPA
Apperance – Copper colour with off white head.
Aroma – Peppercorns that almost overshadow strawberry notes completely.
Flavour – lots of peppercorns followed by hops bitterness, resin and just a hint of strawberry.
Final Thoughts – It may sound like an odd pairing but almost to a person it was everyone’s favourite of the night.

Surprisingly this was actually my first time inside the brew house itself at Big Rock Urban so I took a bunch of photos of the brewing equipment.  This is one beautiful brewery!

It was a great night on a holiday Monday and I was happy I got the invite.  If you have not checked out Big Rock Urban Brewery yet you should head over on a Monday for their cask night and have some great food to boot!

Full sized photos can be found here.

Big Rock Urban Brewery
http://bigrockurban.com
310 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1G9
info.BRU@bigrockbeer.com

Battle of the Casks – Townhall Coquitlam – November 29th 2013


On Friday November 29th, 2013 Townhall Coquitlam held a “Battle of the Casks”.  Four great BC breweries were involved including Four Winds, Dead Frog, Cannery and Steamworks Brewing.  The casks were tapped around 5pm and the beer started flowing.  The beer was poured by the brewery staff and then served by the great servers at Townhall.

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This was the very first Battle of the Casks that they have held so it started with a few hiccups but it ran well from then on.  Four Winds Brewing brought their IPA dry hopped with Simco hops.  Dead Frog Brewing brought out a Nub Brown ale with chocolate, espresso and strawberries.  Steamworks Brewing brought a cask of Stout with chocolate, chillies and coca.  The last cask was from Cannery Brewing and was their Amber Ale with honey and Amarillo hops.

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All 4 beer were really tasty and everyone in the place was having a really good time.  There was a ton of great conversation with lots of great people.

Beer 1
Four Winds Brewing – IPA with Simco Hops
Appearance: Cloudy Orange with white head
Aroma: Citrus, tropical fruit, floral hops, malty
Flavour:  Malty backbone, tropical fruit, citrus, pine, good bitterness
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Beer 2
Dead Frog Brewing – Nut Brown Ale with chocolate, espresso and strawberries
Appearance:  Deep brown/red with brown head
Aroma:  roasted malts, espresso, chocolate and mild strawberries finishing it off
Flavour:  Lots of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, espresso bitterness and a strawberry flavour that builds with every sip.
Mouthfeel:  Has the mouthfeel of a stout
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Beer 3
Steamworks Brewing – Stout with Chocolate chilli’s and coca
Appearance:  Deep opaque brown with a brown head.
Aroma:  sweet candied sugar, chocolate, roasted malts
Flavour:  roasted malts, , smoke, chocolate, mild chili’s.  Sweet but not overly
Mouthfeel:  very thick stout
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Beer 4
Cannery Brewing – Amber Ale with honey and Amarillo hops
Appearance:  cloudy amber with almost no head.Aroma:  malts, citrus, honey, floral hops
Flavour:  Malts, honey, citrus, oranges, pine and hops bitterness.
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All the beer was very popular and it was awesome to see that all 4 beer in the Battle of the casks were a different style of beer.  The fist cask to empty and thus win the Battle of the Casks was Cannery Brewing Amber Ale.  I quite enjoyed the Cannery Amber Ale but my choice of best beer was the Four Winds Brewing IPA.  All 4 were great though and I would have had more than one glass each if I did not have to head out after the competition.

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I am really looking forward to the next Battle of the Casks put on by Townhall Coquitlam and I hope to be there!

Full Sized photos can be found here check them out!

Townhall Public House Coquitlam
925 Brunette Avenue
Coquitlam, BC V3K 1C8
(604) 526-2324
jrgvancouver.ca