Dear James S.M.A.S.H. Saison – Trading Post Brewing


From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Dear James S.M.A.S.H. Saison” a Single Malt and Single Hop beer.  The beer pours an cloudy orange gold colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, sweetness, yeast and grassy hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, apricot, citrus, candied sugar, yeast and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 26.  Trading Post has a knack of making tasty beers and this one is no different.

Commercial Description:  Dear James refers to a letter written to HBC Chief Trader James Murray Yale, urging him not to marry a woman for whom he had been enamoured with during his first years at the fort. Ignoring the outrageous pleas, James married the woman he loved and fathered two daughters with her.  Known as the quintessential artisanal brew, this farmhouse style Saison, has notes of apricots, citrus and spice. Brewed using Bohemian pilsner malt and Mosaic hops, this complex and refreshing beer shimmers a golden straw colour and is perfect for farmers.

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48 Lager – Vancouver Island Brewing


From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “48 Lager”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, grain and floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, grain, biscuit and a very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 22.  This is not going to wow you as a craft beer fan but it is a clean crisp lager and well made.

Double IPA 128 – Farnham Ale & Lager


From Farnham Ale & Lager in Farnham Quebec comes their “Double IPA 128”.  Thanks to Cee of Beer & Other Shhh Podcast for this beer!  The beer pours a copper orange colour with a beige head.  The aroma consists of citrus, grass, pine and some bready and caramel malt notes.  The flavour is of herbal hops, citrus, mild pine, resin, bitterness, earth, caramel and some mild alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 128.  I really enjoyed this beer and I am just happy I managed to get my hands on a can of it!

 

Atlantic Pale Ale – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Atlantic Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of caramel and biscuit malts, pine and citrus notes.  The flavour is of caramel, biscuit, fruity notes, mild resin and citrus, tropical fruit and mild bitterness.  The alcohol comes in at 4.3% with an IBU of 30.  This one won’t knock you socks off but it is a well made and enjoyable Pale Ale.

Commercial Description:  East meets West in this little beauty! This is our take on an English style pale ale – light in colour and body, hopped with a mix of Old World and North American hops, resulting in a balanced and refined pale ale.

Hazy Daze North East IPA – Howe Sound Brewing


From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Hazy Daze North East IPA”.  The beer pours a mildly hazy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mango, pineapple, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is packed with fruit including tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, citrus, stone fruit, resin, herbal hops and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25.  Howe Sound Brewing has once again created anouther tasty seasonal.

Commercial Description:  “Hazy Daze North East IPA is packed full of as many hops as we could get in it. Brewing techniques, the use of malted oats, and a massive dry hop give this IPA big tangerine, grapefruit, nectarine, melon, guava, mango peel, sweet white grape must, and berry notes. This beer is completely focused on hop flavour and aroma and best enjoyed as fresh as possible!” – Simon Jongsma, head brewer.

Food pairing as per brewery:  The beer has a lot of flavour and aroma so should not be paired with anything too strong. Good complement to fruit dishes, light salads, and more delicate meats marinated with citrus and mild herb seasonings. It’s a perfect beer for summer sipping and al fresco dining.