Barkerville Brewing Company has been hard to come by in Vancouver but things are starting to change slowly. Finally this great little brewery in Quesnel has started to send their beer to town just like their “Wandering Camel IPA”. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of an overall earthiness, mild citrus and tropical fruits and malts. The flavour is of earthy hops with some bitterness, caramel, sweetness, tropical fruits and citrus. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 48. I can see myself buying many more bottles of this beer to enjoy!
Commercial Description: Strange creatures in an untamed land, the 23 camels tasked to carry supplies to Barkerville faced unfamiliar terrain and unwelcoming hosts. Impressively hearty, they terrified horses and ate everything from hats to bars of soap. The camels were soon let loose to fend for themselves.
From Persephone Brewing Company out of Gibsons BC comes their “Harvest IPA” a beer that is wet hopped with their own hops gown on site. These hops are only one year old and most hops do not really achieve the best oils until a few years in. Persephone Brewing took a huge gamble with wet hopping this beer with their young hops. The beer pours a deep amber colour with a white head. The aroma consists of biscuit malts and floral/earthy hops. The flavour is of earthy hops with a decent hops bitterness, resin, citrus, but the real star of the show is the caramel and biscuit malt backbone. The alcohol content comes in at a very respectable 6.5%. The real star of this beer are the malts but this is an amazing wet hopped beer and is a very welcome addition to the local landscape. I have my bets that this beer will be even more amazing for the next few years as the hops plants mature. If you can still find a bottle then do not hesitate as this is one awesome beer.
Commercial Description: This light amber IPA is brewed with fresh cascade and centennial hops grown on Persephone’s farm. This beer has an aroma of orange and grapefruit, a subtle citrusy, grassy flavour with a light caramel malt background.
Russel Brewing out of Surrey BC teamed up with Van Brewers to hold a home brew competition called the Golden Stag Home Brewing Contest. The 2012 winner of this contest was Dave Shea with his “Nautical Disaster Barleywine”. The beer was released around June 2013 and consumed in June 2014. The beer poured a ruby red/brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, caramel, citrus and some floral hops. The flavour is of earthy hops, bitterness, citrus, dark fruits and caramel. There is still still some warmth with this beer but it really has toned down over the last year. The alcohol content comes in at 9.3% with an IBU of 60. It was not the best Barleywine that I have had but I would not turn down another bottle if it was available. Good on you Dave for producing this beer and I look forward to seeing what you brew in the future.
Commercial Description: Introducing Nautical Disaster Barleywine – Grand Prize Winner, 2012 Golden Stag Home Brewing Contest. This is truly a limited-edition, single-batch beer made with Dave Shea’s actual home-brew recipe. A heaping dose of four different malts and a 3 hour boil produced a complex and luxuriously rich strong ale with a bitter finish. Good now, and brewed to allow flavours to blend and mellow for years to come. Only 250 cases were produced.
From Whistler Brewing out of Whistler BC comes the “The Chief Chipotle Harvest Ale”. This spiced ale pours a deep amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of caramel, malts, and some floral hops. The flavour is of caramel malts, toasted malts, some earthy hops bitterness with a mild spicy finish from the Chipotle. The alcohol content comes in at a standard 5%. There is no consensus with beer nerds on this beer. I personally quite liked the beer as I found that the chipotle acted almost like an extra hops bitterness instead of a really spicy warmth I expected.
From Bomber Brewing the newest Brewery in East Vancouver comes their “IPA”. Their India Pale Ale pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of a mixture of earthy and floral hops with a malty backbone. The flavour is of big earthy hops with lots of pine, resin, big bitterness, some malts and a very mild citrus finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% and the IBU is roughly 65. If you enjoy a good hops forward IPA then I would recommend this IPA to you! It is a style that I really enjoy to be sure.
Commercial Description: Like the Northwest convergence of the ocean and the mountains; only the best hops enter the brew kettle, combining with balanced malts for this complex configuration of quaffability. It’s a beautiful thing…