Crafty Cream Ale – Love Shack Libations

From Love Shack Libations in Qualicum Beach comes their “Crafty Cream Ale”.  The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of fruity notes, malts and some sweetness.  The flavour is of stone fruit, peach, bready malts, spice, herbal hops and low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 18.  While this strayed from the standard cream ale flavours for sure I did enjoy it.

Commercial Description:  This tricksy little number is constructed for easy drinking. A smooth, slightly sweeter ale with a rounded mouth feel. This is a gateway beer to the craft world.

Big Chief Cream Ale – Mission Springs Brewing

From Mission BC’s Mission Springs Brewing comes their “Big Chief Cream Ale”.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of grainy malts, citrus and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of bready grainy malts, big citrus notes, with mild notes of earth, herbal and bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 19.  This beer is not going to knock your socks off as it is a fairly basic beer.  But there is nothing wrong with that it just wont challenge your palate.


Peach Cream Ale – Tin Whistle Brewing

From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes their “Peach Cream Ale”. The beer pours a cloudy straw colour with a white head. The aroma consists of peaches and grainy malts with some grassy hops. The flavour is of peaches, grainy and biscuit malts, herbal hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This beer sits on the sweeter side but from the peaches so it’s a balanced sweetness and an enjoyable beer.


Raven Cream Ale – R&B Brewing (R and B Brewing)

From Vancouver BC’s R&B Brewing comes the “Raven Cream Ale”.  The beer pours a brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, fruit and a sweet note.  The flavour is of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, mild coffee, nutty and a mild fruit note also.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 18. Some people may squabble with this beer being a cream ale because of the dark colour but who cares as it is a great tasting beer!

Commercial Description:  STYLE: Cream Ale / Dark Mild R&B’s Raven Cream Ale is a dark, yet surprisingly light-bodied cream ale. Crystal, Whitbread Goldings, and Cascade hops are added to a carefully crafted blend of 2-Row, C-120, Roasted and Chocolate barley malts creating a truly drinkable beer with subtle nutty flavours and hints of chocolate.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Lighter food;chicken,salads, bratwurst,salmon.Light apricot or citrus cakes or tarts.  Monterey Jack, Brick or slightly nuttier cheeses.


Maple Cream Ale – Fort Garry Brewing Co

From Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Fort Garry Brewing Co (Owned by Russell Brewing Co in Surrey BC) comes their “Maple Cream Ale”. This beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of big malt notes, maple, caramel, sweetness and some citrus. The flavour is of maple, caramel, toffee, earth, citrus and an overall sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 20. Not being a fan of maple in general I am always a little hesitant to try these beer but it was pretty good.

Commercial Description: Our Maple Cream Ale pours a rich amber colour and offers a sweet maple aroma. It’s smooth clean and refreshing with a hint of maple, it’s a delicious addition to your summer.