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.
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.
From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Slow Drift Witbier”. The beer pours a cloudy gold colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrusy lemon, yeast, wheat and spices. The flavour is of citrus, ornage, spices, coriander, bready and wheat. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 10. This is definitely a well made witbier and will be very popular in the warm summer months.
Commercial Description: A Belgian White Ale with light & spicy citrus flavours. This unfiltered beer is brewed with a touch of coriander & orange peel and is slightly cloudy. We think it’s downright delicious! Best when garnished with a slice of orange, to bring out the natural spices & subtle fruit flavour. Kettle addition during boil – Seville orange & coriander. Use of Belgian yeast provides a slight phenolic, clove and bubblegum flavour. 50% Wheat Malt.
From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Farm Table: Patersbier”. The beer pours a mildly cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grainy malts, yeast, earth and citrus. The flavour is of bready and grainy malts, yeast, citrusy lemon, herbal and leafy hops and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% and an IBU of 22. This session ale has quite a bit of flavour and is nice to see as so many really don’t.
Commercial Description: Beau’s Farm Table Series are sessionable beers inspired by tradition and brewed true to a classic style. Patersbier is a refreshing Belgian-style ale, both bright and cloudy at once. This subtly sweet and floral beer makes a great companion to a spring afternoon in the backyard; or for a summer evening as the sun sets and the ninth inning wraps up.
Food Pairing as per brewery: Hot & sour soup with chicken and tofu; chicken braised with Patersbier, grain mustard & herbs with spaetzle; Nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice); bloomy rind brie-style cheeses.
From Bowen Island Brewing now brewed in Kamloops by Kamloops Brewing Company comes their “Main Sail ISA”. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of herbal and grassy hops with some malt backbone. The flavour is of toffee, citrusy lemon, herbal as well as mild bitterness, pine and resin. The alcohol content comes in at 4.3% with an IBU of 40. This is a mild flavour ale as is expected in an India Session Ale but it is pretty tasty none the less.
Commercial Description: This light bodied session ale is easy drinking and lower in alcohol. With refreshing citrus and floral notes, this well balanced session ale has a light malt body and a medium level of bitterness.