From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver in collaboration with West Coast Canning comes their “Cool Hand Cuke” a cucumber sour ale originally made for CanCity canned beer festival in Vancouver and now a full seasonal. The beer pours a golden colour with a small white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is of cucumber and a mild tartness. The flavour is of cucumber with a small tartness level and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 00. This cucumber sour is very well balanced with a mild sourness and is an amazing choice for warm weather that keeps threatening. Pick up your six pack asap.
Commercial Description: Brewed in collaboration with the beauties over at West Coast Canning to celebrate the inaugural CANcity Beer Festival on July 30, 2016. This is a golden sour ale with a refreshing hint of cucumber. Crack a can and get your cuke on.
From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario co-operatively brewed with Crannóg Ales of Sorrento BC comes their “Black Strap Boot Strapper Porter”. The beer pours a deep chestnut colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of molasses, coffee, chocolate and a sweet finish. The flavour is of molasses, chocolate, ash, roasted malts, plum, burnt coffee resin and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 30. The body was a bit on the thin side but the flavour was right on point!
Commercial Description: Blackstrap Bootstrapper is a classic British-style porter brewed with an addition of fairtrade organic blackstrap molasses. The recipe uses Challenger hops harvested from Left Fields, the certified organic farm on which Crannóg Ales stands, located in the sunny Shuswap region of BC.
Food pairing as per brewery: Beef, oyster and porter pie (British traditional pie), bacon-wrapped scallops on the BBQ, dark chocolate pudding.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Steel & Oak Brewing in New Westminster comes their “Wild Dark Currant Sour”. This is the third of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing. The beer pours a dark red colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of currants, milk funk with sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of currants, mild funk, with little sweetness and a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 30. I think this beer will get better with age as the Brett kicks the funk up a notch but it is still enjoyable now.
Commercial Description: Edition 03/04 is a dark sour, fermented with brett yeast. Pre-fermentation we transferred this malty brew into our Copper Coolship, where we steeped 30lbs of dried organic currants, releasing the sweet and tart characteristics of this intense black fruit.
From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in East Vancouver in collaboration with Sons Of Vancouver Distillery in North Vancouver. This beer is a blend of Doan’s Altbier and Sons of Vancouver’s No 82 Amaretto and called “No 82 Amaretto Altbier”. The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of honey, vanilla, caramel and apricots. The flavour is of vanilla, honey, caramel, brown sugar and apricots. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25. While Doan’s Craft Brewing makes a tasty Altbier adding the Amaretto from Sons of Vancouver takes it to the next level. This is a crazy good dessert beer without being really sweet.
Commercial Description: The story goes that Evan met James Lester from SOV back when the two were homebrewing funky beers. Evan, then working at Dan’s Homebrewing on Hastings, struck up a conversation with James. A few years later the two now small business owners were cheersing one day and thought it might be nice to collaborate on something. The idea was to fortify one of the Doan’s darker beers with the No.82 Amaretto. And so the Altaretto was born. Releasing a subtle nuttiness from the Amaretto, the new beer is surprisingly well balanced with a great base provided by the German style pale that finishes with a light honey sweetness. Buy a pint at either the Brewery or at the Distillery in North Van.
From Steamworks Brewing in Collaboration with Dageraad Brewing both located in Burnaby comes their “East of East Van” Saison. The beer was brewed at Steamworks Brewing and bottled with Dageraad Brewings hand bottler. It was then transferred to Dageraad Brewing to be bottle conditioned at Dageraad. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pepper, lime and Belgian yeast. The flavour is of pepper, lime, citrus peel, Belgian yeast and some malts in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 25. This was a really enjoyable collaboration with lots of complexity.
Commercial Description: Steamworks has been busy collaborating with their fellow Burnaby based brewers at Dageraad Brewing. Aptly named the “East of East Van Bottle Conditioned Saison”, these two river city brewers have crafted a beer worth crossing Boundary Ave for. This exotic saison features black lime and white pepper, which gives it a spicy aroma, crisp flavor and dry finish. Steamworks brewmaster Julia Hanlon expands upon the release: “We wanted to celebrate our brewery’s Burnaby roots with our friends at Dageraad. The addition of black limes make for a really unique release and it’s our first Bottle Conditioned beer at Steamworks, who better to team up with, than Dageraad, who are experts at the art of bottle conditioning!”.