From Dageraad Brewing out of Burnaby BC comes their “Anno 2017″ a Strong Golden Ale brewed with Okanagan Pear and Coriander and conditioned with Brettanomyces. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pear, mild funk, yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of pears, coriander, citrus rind, spice, yeast, mild funk and a bitterness that round it out. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%. This is a great beer every year but this years addition of Brettanomyces Claussenii will ensure this beer ages amazingly well and changes over time. This bottle conditioned beer is already tasting amazing though.
Commercial Description: Our annual celebratory year-end beer is slightly different this year. As always, it is a strong, golden ale brewed with Okanagan pears and Indian coriander. But this year, we have added Brettanomyces claussenii, a strain of yeast that brings funky, fruity flavours to the beer and slowly develops over time in the bottle, preserving the freshness of the beer and adding layers of complexity as it ages. Anno 2017 is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle.
From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Golden Enigma Smash ISA”. This Single Malt Single Hop beer was made with Enigma hops and Golden Promise malts. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, maybe a hint of tropical fruits and some floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, mild tropical fruit, citrus rind, resin, biscuit and some low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 45. Single malt single hop beers can sometimes fall into the bland territory but this one was a nice refreshing one and I will be having more in the future.
Commercial Description: This Single Malt and Single Hop SMaSH Pale Ale was brewed with the big Aussi hop Enigma and the Scottish malt variety Golden Promise. Balanced between a sweet malt backbone and assertive resinous, fruity hop character this Session Pale Ale reveals in an uncomplicated way the nature of these unique ingredient varieties.
Food pairing as per brewery: Fish and Chips, Strong Cheese, Burgers
From Boombox Brewing in Vancouver brewing out of Dogwood Brewing comes their “Arcade Glow Pale Ale”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, biscuit malts and yeast. The flavour is of generic citrus, orange, citrus rind, yeast, resin, biscuit malts and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% and has a North East haze. Boombox Brewing never disappoints. This stuff is really good!
Ingredients as per brewery: Pale Ale featuring Simcoe, Mosaic and HBC522 hops.
From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “N.E. IPA”. The beer poured a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of floral and herbal hops, tropical fruit like mangos and mild citrus. The flavour is of herbal hops, resin, pine, earth, citrus rind, tropical fruit, mango, caramel malts, bitterness and a dank finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 55. While someone hoping for a total juice bomb may not be totally sold this is a great crossover between the North East IPA and a North West IPA.
From the new Smugglers’ Trail Caskworks Ltd brewed out of Factory Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Flaskers Ale Best British Bitter”. The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, toasted malts, sweetness and maybe a hint of fruit. The flavour is of caramel, toasted malts, mild citrus with hints of resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 3.8% with an IBU of 24. This is a nice session ale and well worth a try if you find it at the store.
Commercial Description: Flaskers were the characters who supported the lifestyle of early BC gold miners by smuggling (among other things) traditional ales to the goldfields. Dark and smooth, just like the rogues who delivered it to you.