From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Fresh Hop Sartori Sour IPA”. This weird and wonderful brew pours a weird brownish copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of floral and herbal hops with some sweetness and a definite sour note. The flavour is of sourness, toffee, sweetness with grassy, herbal hops with earth and a medium bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 30. This beer is more sour ale than IPA for sure but it is a fun brew and I am glad that I got the chance to try it this year. I hope you do too!
Commercial Description: Our hands harvested these columbia hop cones straight from the Sartori Hop Ranch in the beautiful Columbia Valley. These fresh hops met our sour red IPA, infusing this once-a-year brew with fresh green earthy flavours. Herbal notes meet fruity melon and tangy citrus, all nestled in a tart IPA.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Steel & Oak Brewing in New Westminster comes their “Wild Dark Currant Sour”. This is the third of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing. The beer pours a dark red colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of currants, milk funk with sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of currants, mild funk, with little sweetness and a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 30. I think this beer will get better with age as the Brett kicks the funk up a notch but it is still enjoyable now.
Commercial Description: Edition 03/04 is a dark sour, fermented with brett yeast. Pre-fermentation we transferred this malty brew into our Copper Coolship, where we steeped 30lbs of dried organic currants, releasing the sweet and tart characteristics of this intense black fruit.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Brassneck in Vancouver comes their “Wild Brett Wasp Sour”. This beer has one of the weirder ingredients in it as the yeast used comes from the stomach of a wasp (Yes those stinging jerks). This is the second of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of brett, tartness, herbal notes and citrus. The flavour is of tartness, brett, lemon, elder flower almost honey sweetness and a herbal finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 18. This was really tasty and I think either Field House or Brassneck should do more beer with this messed up Wasp stomach yeast.
Commercial Description: Edition 02/04 is a sour and floral wild ale, fermented with yeast harvested from a wasps gut, and finished with Brett. This beer was left overnight in our Copper Coolship with elder flower and hops, allowing the beer to collect micro flora and fauna from the cool pacific night air, while naturally bringing it down to fermentation temperatures.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby comes their “Wild Muscari Farmhouse Ale”. This is the first of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing. The wild Yeast was harvested from a Muscari Flower on Mt Seymour in North Vancouver. The beer pours a light golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of leafy, floral hops, tropical fruit and citrus. The flavour was of tropical fruits, lemon, citrus rind, herbal, mild resin, some grain, maybe a hint of funk and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 20. This was an interesting brew I just wish it had some more wild yeast notes. You have to love the spirit of collaborating in a coolship though!
Commercial Description: Edition 01/04 is a light, fruity, farmhouse ale, fermented with wild yeast harvested off the Muscari Flower atop Mt. Seymour, and hopped in our Copper Coolship with Cashmere, Mosaic & Motueka Hops.
Field House Brewing has been open for almost one year and I thought it was high time I wrote something about the brewery.
Field House Brewing must be the most Cabin like brewery that I have been to. Now I am not saying it is all that rustic more like a cabin in a Ski resort but its a great feel. From the Antlers above the taps to the wood burning fireplace you really feel welcome in this space. On top of coming in for a beer or a growler fill they also sell their beers in 750ml bottles.
Walking back into the brewery itself you will find a cramped space that has been well utilized. They have a 15 barrel 2 vessel brew house made by Newlands. They have 6-15 Barrel fermenters, 2-20 Hectoleter fermenters with 1-30 barrel brite tank and 1-15 barrel brite to round it out. They even have a coolship to play with but unfortunately I did not get a photo of it.
If you live within driving distance and you have not check out this brewery yet I’m not sure what you are waiting for.