Antipsipation IPA – Red Bird Brewing


From Red Bird Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Antipsipation IPA”.  Packaged products like this can are brewed at Factory Brewing in Vancouver due to the fact Red Bird Brewing is a very small Nano Brewery.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus with some malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, grain, resin and a good bitterness hit.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 65.  This is a nice West Coast style IPA and a nice change of pace with so many IPA’s being of the Juicy variety now.

Commercial Description:  Ever celebrated a journey that’s gone off the rails?  It was 1925 in Kelowna, BC.  Anticipation was high for the city’s first train, and a civic holiday was declared!  Alas, the festivities were cancelled when the train tipped near Brandt’s Creek and couldn’t make it to the party.  Undeterred, a crew got it back on track… and when it pulled into the station the next day, citizens enjoyed ANOTHER holiday.  When things derail, make sure you “cheers!” – preferably twice.

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Flaskers Ale Best British Bitter – Smugglers’ Trail Caskworks Ltd


From the new Smugglers’ Trail Caskworks Ltd brewed out of Factory Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Flaskers Ale Best British Bitter”.  The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, toasted malts, sweetness and maybe a hint of fruit.  The flavour is of caramel, toasted malts, mild citrus with hints of resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 3.8% with an IBU of 24.  This is a nice session ale and well worth a try if you find it at the store.

Commercial Description:  Flaskers were the characters who supported the lifestyle of early BC gold miners by smuggling (among other things) traditional ales to the goldfields.  Dark and smooth, just like the rogues who delivered it to you.

Canoe Chase IPA – Smugglers’ Trail Caskworks Ltd


From the new Smugglers’ Trail Caskworks Ltd brewed out of Factory Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Canoe Chase IPA”. The beer pours a copper orange with a light tan head. The aroma consists of big floral notes, citrusy, tropical with some caramel notes. The flavour is of some resin and citrus rind, with citrus, tropical fruit, maybe a hint of melon with some caramel and a medium hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 53.  I can get behind this first release form Smugglers’ Trail for sure.  Lots of flavour to be found all around.

Commercial Description:  Inspired by the true story of audacious 19th Century bandits who outran local authorities by racing upstream on the Fraser River.  Bright. Juicy. Smooth. Refreshing.  Try some before we smuggle it past you.

Great Plains Brown Ale – Two Wolves Brewing


From Two Wolves Brewing a new contract brewery out of Factory Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Great Plains Brown Ale”.  The beer pours a brown colour with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of nuttiness, caramel and some sweetness.  The flavour is of caramel, nuts, hint of chocolate, mild ash, earth, mild resin and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 18.  This is a pretty darn good brown ale and a good release from the new brewery.

Commercial Description:  Our dark brew, Two Wolves Great Plains Brown Ale is a well-balanced beer with a deep copper colour and aromas of roasted malt, cocoa and caramel. This highly engaging beer is medium bodied and bright with a high carbonation and pairs well with most foods.

Food pairing as per brewery:  This all-season beer is refreshing enough to pair with light foods, and bold enough to stand with rich, heavy meals – excellent with pork and beef, root and winter vegetables, stews and barbecues alike.