Tap & Barrel Celebrates 5 years – Vancouver

In July Tap & Barrel will be celebrating their 5th year anniversary.  For the five months leading up to July and their birthday they have decided to collaborate with 5 different local breweries and pair different food with it.

For March they partnered up with Phillips Brewing in Victoria to make the Dazed & Co-Brewed East Coast IPA.  The East Coast IPA or New England IPA is sweeping the west right now and for good reason.  They showcase the fruit flavour in the hops that are used with a bit lower bitterness bringing new fans to the IPA.  The beer looks great for the style and it tastes on point!

To pair with this great collaborative beer the chef has decided to make a Thick Bacon & Blue Cheese Burger.  Don’t let the blue cheese scare you as this is a great tasting burger with a ton of flavour.  The burger has certified Angus beef, thick cut bacon, blue cheese, lettuce, pickled shallots, roasted garlic mayo and balsamic fig jam.

To celebrate the beginning of this collaborative effort Tap & Barrel Olympic village invited a bunch of industry and bloggers out to try the pairing.  We got to try out a slider version of the burger with sleeves of the beer.  I have to say that both the beer and the burger tasted great and I plan on heading back before the end of the month to have a full sized burger!

Especially if you have not been into the Tap & Barrel recently at any of their locations or if you are just looking for a great beer and burger pairing head over and order right away!  You will not regret it as the flavour of both a seriously top notch.

Check out the Tap & Barrel at one of their three locations


The Code East Coast IPA – Bomber Brewing

With the Release of the sequel to my favourite hockey movie on Friday March 17th 2017 Goon Last of the Enforcers, Bomber Brewing in Vancouver made “The Code East Coast IPA” and its Official.  The beer pours a mildly cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of pineapple, citrus, caramel and dank hops.  The flavour is of resin, pineapple, citrus, overall fairly juicy with caramel, pine and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.9% with an IBU of 69 just like our favourite goon Doug Glatt’s number.   Pick up a six pack soon and go see the movie in theatres in Canada now!


Bread Winner Multigrain IPA – Twin Sails Brewing

From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Bread Winner Multigrain IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, orange, grain and floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus rind, orange, mild tropical fruits, grains, dankness from the hops and medium bitterness.  This one has tons of body.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 50.  This is anouther winning East Coast IPA from Twin Sails Brewing and you shouldn’t miss it.

Commercial Description:  Bread Winner – Multigrain IPA double dry hopped with Simcoe, Columbus & Centennial. We brewed this beer with a combination of barley, wheat, rye, oats and spelt. Expect a rich creamy mouth feel from the complex 5 grain malt profile combined with big fruity and dank hop aromas. This is definitely one of the more complex IPAs we’ve brewed to date.


High Five hazy IPA – Yellow Dog Brewing Company

From the brand new Yellow Dog Brewing Company in Port Moody BC comes their “High Five hazy IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, citrus rind and floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, citrus rind, tropical fruit, melon, malts, resin with a good bitterness.  This one is not as juicy as most of the North East IPA style but it has the body.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 50.  I love the explosion of the East Coast IPA on the West Coast as it has breathed new life into the IPA in British Columbia.  This beer while not as juicy as I am used to it is a great beer and full of flavour.


EZ Duz It IPA – Boombox Brewing

From Boombox Brewing located at Callister Brewing in East Vancouver comes their”EZ Duz It IPA” and East Coast IPA.  The beer pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of juicy fruit notes including tropical fruits, pineapple and a floral hops finish.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, citrus and citrus peel, mild malts, pine and bitterness.  This beer has a chewy body like most of the cloudy East Coast IPA’s.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7%.  While Boombox Brewing is already known for making great East Coast Style IPA’s this one seems to build on that reputation.  This beer discussed on the latest episode of Pacific Beer Chat