Sea Lion Watermelon Sour – Britannia Brewing Company (Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks) (O’hare’s Gastropub)

From Britannia Brewing Company in collaboration with Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks and O’hare’s Gastropub all in Richmond comes their “Sea Lion Watermelon Sour”.  The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head that dissipated quickly.  The aroma consists of some nondescript fruits with some mild tartness and a semi sweet finish.  The flavour is of tartness, maybe a hint of watermelon but more like cucumber probably coming from the peel of the watermelon with some vegetal flavours.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5%.  I did enjoy this beer but it was a bit odd for a watermelon beer.  But watermelon must be a very tough ingredient to use.

Hiatus Summer Farmhouse Ale – Category 12 Brewing

From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Hiatus Summer Farmhouse Ale” a beer with Cucumber and Lemon.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of cucumber, lime, coriander and some grassy hops.  The flavour is of cucumber water, lime, lemon zest, earth, mild funk and a hint of bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 16.  If you enjoy a good cucumber water on a hot day this beer should definitely be up your alley.

Commercial Description: A welcome break from the tedium of both work and weather, this beer evokes memories of Scandinavian farmhouse ales past with its dry, rustic, and earthy characterBalanced by the refreshing brightness of fresh cucumber and lemon zest, you’ll find Hiatus is best enjoyed on a sunny day as you leave your obligations behind.

Cool Hand Cuke (Cucumber Sour) 2017 Edition – Hearthstone Brewery

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Brewery in North Vancouver in collaboration with West Coast Canning comes their “Cool Hand Cuke” a cucumber sour ale originally made for CanCity canned beer festival in Vancouver and now a full seasonal.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.


Birra Fresca Cucumber Mint IPA – R&B Brewing (R and B Brewing)

O’hare’s Beer Club October 2013 Box

Limited Edition

From Vancouver’s R&B Brewing comes the “Birra Fresca Cucumber Mint IPA” a weird and refreshing ale.  This concoction pours a bright and sunny golden with an off white head.  The aroma is of cucuber, mint and floral hops.  The flavour consists of big cucumber up front with lots of mint and a good hops bitterness.  The brew has an alcohol content of 6% with and IBU of 50.  This may sound like a really bizarre combination of flavours and you would not be wrong at all but at the same time it is a really interesting mix and makes for a very refreshing sip.

Commercial Description:  Birra Fresca Cucumber Mint IPA is named after agua fresca (“fresh water”), flavoured water and sugar drinks that are found throughout Mexico and other Central American and Caribbean countries. One popular version contains cucumber and mint, and according to the brewery, “the thought was that the cucumber mint IPA would be just as refreshing, if not more so.”  Based on R&B’s Hoppelganger IPA, Birra Fresca is a 6% abv and 50 IBU IPA made using more than 200 organic cucumbers that were sourced locally along with the mint.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Spring salad, sushi, mild stir fry
Food pairing as per brewery: pickled vegetables, spicy Indian curry.

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Cucumber Mint IPA (Cask) – R&B Brewing (R and B Brewing)

From Vancouver’s R&B Brewing comes their “Cucumber Mint IPA” cask creation.  This casked beer was tasted at the BC Beer Awards and Harvest Cask Festival on October 13th, 2012.  Brewed by Todd Graham the beer poured an amber colour with a small head.  The beer had the aroma of cucumber with a very mild mint.  The flavour of the beer was heavy on the cucumber with a hint of mint.  Instead of the normal hops bitterness flavour it tasted like the cucumber was giving off the bitterness in this brew.    The beer had an alcohol content of 6.5%.

BC Beer Awards 2012 / CAMRA’s Harvest Cask Festival – October 13th 2012