Rizzla Rice Lager – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Rizzla Rice Lager”.  This beer is certified Gluten Friendly by both White Labs and Siebel Institute by having both labs test every batch of the beer to a threshold of 10 parts per million of gluten.  The beer pours a light straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mild bready malts, almost caramel, rice, citrus and a crisp finish.  The flavour is of bready and grainy malts, rice, mild caramel, citrus, sweetness, mild grassy hops and a crisp low bitterness finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 18.  If you are looking for a nice crisp clean lager this could be a good choice for sure.  If you are looking for a gluten friendly beer this is definitely a good choice for you!

Commercial Description:  Rizla Rice Lager is an easy drinking Asian style lager. A great session beer for watching sports, weather, and people. Brewed using rice properly, for flavour rather than filler, bittered with classic northern brewer hops to balance the rice sweetness. Makes a great house lager.  Gluten reduced to less than 10 parts per million & it tastes great!  Every batch is tested twice by two labs.  All the flavour not the gluten!

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Eastern Promises Czech Pilsner – Russell Brewing


From Surrey’s Russell Brewing comes their “Eastern Promises Czech Pilsner”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, grassy hops and citrus. The flavour is of grain, biscuit, citrus, mild hops bitterness with a crisp finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 35.  While I’m not a big fan of Pisners this one is full flavored and quite enjoyable.

Commercial Description:  EASTERN PROMISES ALWAYS RINGS TRUE and this beer is no exception. A classic Bohemian Czech-style pilsner. Golden hue, rich and complex malt backbone from superior Pilsner, Caramel Vienna and Munich Malts. Spicy bitter and floral finish from noble Saaz hops. Expertly crafted using Czech brewing traditions aiming to make the town of Pilsner proud.  PART OF THE RUSSELL BREWMASTER SERIES – a succession of small batch beers crafted for an unconventional beer drinker.

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Postmark Brewing – Pilsner


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Vancouver’s Postmark Brewing has brewed a lager, it’s Pilsner, bucking the trend away from all lagers and towards only ales.

The beer is a beautifully clear, you see right through it.  An orange-tinged gold with vigorous carbonation visible this is an inviting summer beer.  The head is snowy white and frothy, quickly gone but pleasant while it is there.

The aromas are pleasantly subtle, a maltiness on the nose with some light, crisp acidity.

There is nice hay flavour, underlaid with some light fruit, green apple and pineapple, very subtly.  Hops add a very light bitterness that lingers for a long time.  The bitterness balances very well against the main flavours.

This is a nice summer session beer, I could drink 4 or 5 of these over an evening.  I think I’ll bring this to my next outdoor theatre.

Detective Saison – Central City Brewers & Distillers


The detective is back and has defeated the imposter detective.  Just like the original press release from Central City Brewers & Distillers stated “In a city where corruption and crime rule all, justice is brewing”.  This Surrey brewery found its own corruption when the original artist for the label failed in being original with their design.  “Detective Saison” is back and has fought off the corruption of the once rich township of Central City.  The beer pours a  light golden straw colour with a white head.  The aroma consist of wheat, yeast, pepper and citrus.  The flavour is of yeast, wheat, citrus, citrus rind, peppercorns, bready malts and a crisp finish.   The alcohol content comes in at 6%.  It is unlikley that you will find the imposter but you will find the real detective in stores now!  This is a well made sasion and well worth picking up.

Commercial Description:  Detective Saison is the first character-based beer to be introduced, amidst the dirt and weeds sullying the streets of Central City. A breath of fresh air to the city’s moral compass, Detective Saison is a smooth, dry, classic French Saison-style wheat ale, balanced with a fine malt character and a spicy attitude with the added complexity of pink peppercorns. A witty intellect, Detective Saison has an iron constitution about right and wrong and her pursuit of truth and justice is unrelenting.

Check out my original post. https://mikescraftbeer.com/2015/03/10/the-beer-formerly-known-as-detective-saison-launch-event-central-city-brewers-distillers/

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Ginja Ninja (Ginger Beer) – Granville Island Brewing


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Granville Island Brewing has brought out a new Summer Seasonal beer in 6 packs.  The “Ginja Ninja” Ginger Beer is a reimaganing of the Limited Release of the Ginger Beer.  The limited release was an ale but this release is a lager.  To differentiate this seasonal brew with the regular fare from Granville Island Brewing they have started a new branding for the seasonal beers.  The beer pours a golden colour with a small off white head.  The aroma consists of malts but mostly ginger.  The flavour is of ginger, malts, a fruitiness and mild spice and sweetness.  There is very little hops flavour to this brew but it is very crisp.  The alcohol content of the brew is 5.5%.  Yes this beer is not brewed at the Granville Island Brewery on Granville Island but Vern (brewmaster of limited releases) was heavily involved and it is a great tasting summer beer to be enjoyed on a patio near you!

Commercial Description:  Legend speaks of a ninja rising from the shores of the West Coast.  The Ninja was said to be bold and Versatile with a sneaky kick.  And the Ninja’s thirst for vengeance was matched only by a thirst for the refreshing taste of a true ginger beer.

My food pairing recommendation:  eat this brew with some great Sushi!  Who does not like ginger with sushi?

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