Midnight Run Dark Lager – Red Truck Beer


From Red Truck Beer in Vancouver comes their “Midnight Run Dark Lager”.  The beer pours a chestnut brown with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, nuts and sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, nuts, earth, caramel, hint of dark fruit and a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.9%.  This is a fairly basic dark lager but that is exactly what you would want from it anyways.  Easy drinking and great for the winter months.

Commercial Description:  Our Midnight Run Dark Lager was first made introduced as a limited edition beer in a 650ml bottle back in 2015. After all of raving reviews from consumers, and with the seasons changing, we just had to bring it back for everyone to take for a test drive.

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48 Dark Lager – Vancouver Island Brewing


From Victoria BC’s Vancouver Island Brewing comes their “48 Dark Lager” one of their brew re-branded beers.  The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of lightly roasted malts, coffee, mild fruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, nutty, citrus, earth and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8%.  This is an enjoyable black lager with just enough flavour to keep you coming back for more.

Commercial Desciption:  84 Dark Lager is a malty, authentic Bavarian dark lager crafted with a blend of caramel, chocolate and roasted wheat malts.  Aromas and flavours of bread crusts, coffee and chocolate accentuate this malt-forward beer, while light hop bitterness and flavour are present.  This full-bodied beer’s finish is surprising:  it ends smooth and clean, typical or the cold fermented lager.

Vancouver Island Brewing Relaunch (The Blackbird Public House) – Vancouver


In Summer 2016 Vancouver Island Brewing was purchased by Bob MacDonald a partner in Ontario’s Muskoka Brewery.  As the year progressed and new staff were hired they undertook a huge rebrand and renovation of their brewery. They are now ready to share this with the world (Well at least with British Columbia).  On March 2nd Vancouver Island Brewing invited media out to The Blackbird Public House in Vancouver between 7pm and 10pm to try their beer out.

With a rebranding of some old favourites and some brand new products there is a lot to check out with the new Vancouver Island Brewing.  Even the old rebraded favourites have been altered by new production manager Danny Seeton formerly of Parallel 49 Brewing.

For the relaunch of their brand they brought out 7 beers to try.  Unfortunately I did not try all seven as they were serving 20oz pints at The Blackbird.  The beer that they brought were as follows:

Piper’s Pale Ale, Carmanah Ale, Dark Lager, Victoria Lager, 19 IPA, Juan De Fuca Cerveza and Sombrio Citrus Session.

I was able to sample the 19 IPA a Session IPA, Piper’s Pale Ale and the Carmanah Ale (Formerly the Sea Dog Amber).  All three beers come in at 4.8% as the brewery sits on the 48th Parallel.  I enjoyed all three beer.  I would quibble with the 19 IPA being an IPA and not an ISA or Session IPA as it is well below the norm of around 6%.

While I enjoyed the beer the other media seemed to enjoy both the beer and the food that was on offer.

I look forward to trying more beer from the newly relaunched Vancouver Island Brewing.  Look for reviews in the future.

Keep your eyes peeled for their new lineup!

Vancouver Island Brewing
http://vibrewing.com/

 

Schwarzbier Dark Lager – Big Ridge Brewing


From Big Ridge Brewing in Surrey comes their “Schwarzbier Dark Lager”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of toasty caramel, sweetness and some fruitiness.  The flavour is of toasted malts, caramel, hint of chocolate, coffee, earth and a mild bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 22.  Ashley has done a great job on this beer and if you find yourself in Surrey stop by for a glass as you will not regret it.

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Mr Fungi Chaga Black Lager – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Mr Fungi Chaga Black Lager” a beer with Chaga Mushrooms.  The beer pours a chestnut brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of earth, chocolate, mild roasted malts and biscuit malts.  The flavour is of mild roasted malts, biscuit malts, chocolate, mild coffee, nuts and some earth.  The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 10.  This is a really fun and tasty dark lager and comes in at a very sessionable ABV!  Don’t let the mushroom scare you if you don’t like them as it does not taste like mushrooms.

Commercial Description:  Mr Fungi is a crisp, dry rice lager coloured with the trendy ‘new’ superfood chaga mushrooms!  Native to the Northern Hemisphere, we take locally grown chaga mushrooms and turn them into a thick, black tea which we add to our brew.  Notes of coffee, earth and flower power.  Real groovy stuff man!  Give out some free hugs, start a drum circle and enjoy friend.

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