Noctis – Torchlight Brewing

From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Noctis” a dark lavender hibiscus sour.  The beer pours a deep red brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, hibiscus, fruits and mild tartness.  The flavour is of hibiscus, citrus, stone fruit, flowery and mild sour notes.   The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 8.  This was a very interesting beer.  This is a mild sour but would be a great one to try if you are just getting into sours.

Commercial Description:  This dark, dry-hopped, kettle soured, lavender, hibiscus hybrid is one of the more intricate beers made here at Torchlight.


Hot Take Zero IBU IPA – Twin Sails Brewing

From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Hot Take Zero IBU IPA”.  This IPA has zero IBU do to adding all the hops after the boil.  The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of tons of tropical very juicy fruits, sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of mango, pineapple, citrus, juicy, caramel with floral and herbal hops but absolutely no bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 0.  This is a really tasty beer but will be very confusing for people that expect a bitter beer when they drink an IPA.  Keep up the amazing experimentation Twin Sails!  This beer is discussed on the new IPA episode of Pacific Beer Chat

Commercial Description:  Hot Take is our Zero IBU IPA. We threw a ton of hops into this beer but managed to keep the IBU at zero by adding all of the hops after the boil. That meant, two huge dry hoppings as well as lupulin powder added during the whirlpool and recirculated during the last dry hop. Doing this allows the beer to keep all of that big fruity hop flavour and aroma with out any of the bitter flavour.


Pistonhead Kustom Lager – Brutal Brewing

You always know when you have great friends when they have their friends bring you beer back from their holidays. I was given a can of “Pistonhead Kustom Lager” from Brutal Brewing owned and operated by the employees of Spendrups Bryggeri AB out of Stockholm Sweden. Brutal Brewing is done in the brewers spare time from Spendrups. The lager pours a slightly cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of lots of grain, grassy hops and a sweet citrus finish. The flavour is of a lemon citrus, mild grapefruit with grassy hops, grainy malts and a very mild hops bitterness. The beer comes in at 4.9% and is organic according to the brewery. This beer won’t wow North American craft beer fans but it is still pretty tasty and I am glad that I was able to try it out!

Commercial Description:  Crafted in our Brutal Brewing workshop, the Kustom Lager is a smooth, light, no-nonsense brew with a spicy citrus edge. What’s more, the brew is organic.
And it glows in the dark when it’s exposed to light for a short time. Need we say more? Didn’t think so.


The Thrill Is Gone – Post-Classic Pilsner (Brews Brothers) – Parallel 49 Brewing (Brassneck Brewery)

Brews Brothers

From Parallel 49 Brewing’s Brews Brothers Collaboration mixer pack comes the “The Thrill Is Gone” Post-Classic Pilsner.  The beer pours a golden straw colour with a white head.  The aroma consist of  biscuit malts, citrus, sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of biscuit, bread, citrus, earth, resin and mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  This beer actually has quite a bit of body and is actually quite high in flavour for the style.  Good on both breweries for making a Pilsner that can be called exciting.

Brews Brothers Collaboration mixer pack

Beers namesake


Hopping Mad Cider – Central City Brewers & Distillers

From Central City Brewers & Distillers in Surrey BC comes their first foray into Ciders with their “Hopping Mad Cider” a cider that has been dry hopped.  The cider pours a light yellow colour with a very small white head.  The aroma consists of mild apples and maybe a hint of floral hops.  The flavour is of tart and sweet notes from the apples with a hint of hops and almost a champagne finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  I am not a cider fan but I would not turn this down if offered.  I would almost have to admit that this is quite tasty.  I think this will probably be popular with the craft beer fans out there.

Commercial Description:  Hopping Mad Dry Hopped Apple Cider is a dry-sweet cider blending Yakima valley hops with fresh pressed apples from the Pacific Northwest. Hopping Mad Dry Hopped Cider is cold fermented from scratch, using Northwest Apples, Yakima Hops and a special yeast. The dry hopping process used adds a nice hop aroma onto the dry sweet, cider, complementing the cider’s natural tart flavour.