Cannon Fodder Barley Wine – Fort Garry Brewing Co


From Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Fort Garry Brewing Co comes their “Cannon Fodder Barley Wine” brewed with smoked malt.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of mild smoke, roasted malts, caramel and dark fruits.  The flavour is of smoked malts, brown sugar, roasted malts, dark fruits, resin, bitterness, caramel and Belgian yeast.  The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 60.  I am not a fan of smoked malts usually but this light smoke is great in this Barley Wine and if you can find it make sure to pick up a few bottles.

Commercial Description:  At a whopping 11% abv, cannon fodder barley wine is best enjoyed one sip at a time. Intense caramel sweetness and the use of smoked malt make for a nicely balanced strong ale. Fermented with Belgian yeast, there is a uniqueness and complexity not often found in traditional barley wines.

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Black Pearl Ale – Fort Garry Brewing Co


From Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Fort Garry Brewing Co (Owned by Russell Brewing Co in Surrey BC) comes their “Black Pearl Ale” a brown ale.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and is quite sweet overall.  The flavour is of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee and some nuttiness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 16.  Its been a while since I have tried a Fort Garry beer but this one hits the spot especially as their are not enough brown ales out there.

Commercial Description:  A small batch craft brewed ale that is naturally aged without preservatives. This beer is a medium bodied, slightly sweet brown ale dry hopped with locally roasted Black Pearl coffee beans which bring out the coffee and chocolate notes naturally present in the malts.

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Maple Cream Ale – Fort Garry Brewing Co


From Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Fort Garry Brewing Co (Owned by Russell Brewing Co in Surrey BC) comes their “Maple Cream Ale”. This beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of big malt notes, maple, caramel, sweetness and some citrus. The flavour is of maple, caramel, toffee, earth, citrus and an overall sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 20. Not being a fan of maple in general I am always a little hesitant to try these beer but it was pretty good.

Commercial Description: Our Maple Cream Ale pours a rich amber colour and offers a sweet maple aroma. It’s smooth clean and refreshing with a hint of maple, it’s a delicious addition to your summer.

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Pacific Beer Chat Podcast #2


Reposted from http://www.pacificbeerchat.com

Were back and talking beer (Pacific Beer Chat #2)

Welcome to Episode 2 of Pacific Beer Chat.

Bloggers involved include;
mike G of http://www.mikescraftbeer.com,
Terry of http://westcoastbeergeek.com/
Joe of http://thirstywriter.com/,
Mike of http://thebeerrater.com/ and
Steve also of http://www.mikescraftbeer.com.

Topics of Discussion:
1 – Recent attended event recap.
2 – Discussing the April 1st Price Changes in British Columbia
3 – Lastly we discussed issues around growlers.

Establishments and breweries mentioned in this podcast include, Vancouver Craft Beer Week, Four Winds Brewing, Washington Brewers Guild, Victoria Beer Week, Hoyne Brewing, Dageraad Brewing, Powell Street Craft Brewery, Drake Eatery, Swans Brewpub, Category 12 Brewing, Strange Fellows Brewing, Brassneck Brewing, Main Street Brewing, 4 Mile Brewpub, Loghouse Brewpub, West Coast Brewery Tours, Maui Brewing, Hop & Vine Taphouse, Deschutes Brewing, Bomber Brewing, Red Truck Beer, Parallel 49 Brewing, Fest-Of-Ale, Bad Tattoo Brewing, Kettle Valley Station Pub, Cascadia Liquor, Spinnakers Brewpub, Moody Ales, Half Pints Brewing, Phillips Brewing, Lighthouse Brewing, Driftwood Brewing, Howe Sound Brewing, Woods Coffee (Washington), Steel & oak brewing, Lake of the Woods Brewing, Fort Garry Brewing.

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Note to would be Podcasters
It may seem like a cool idea to podcast with two different bloggers in the same room (With different computers) but there are to many technical issues.  One of which is hearing yourself speak through your headphones (My god that was distracting).  Having to set only one microphone to record and ensuring that your computer doesn’t overrule your muted microphone.  I had to fight to remove a second echo version of my voice on the podcast and it was not simple and was time consuming.
Mike G

Portage and Main India Pale Ale – Fort Garry Brewing Co


Limited Release

From Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Fort Garry Brewing Co (Owned by Russell Brewing Co in Surrey BC) comes their “Portage and Main India Pale Ale” a West Coast Style IPA.  Calling this brew a west coast style beer is a balsey statement by a Manitoba brewery.  This IPA pours a deep almost cloudy amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma welcomes you with a tone of grapefruit and floral hops.  You will also detect some caramel malts on the nose but not much.  The flavour is of grapefruit, more citrus, pine and some caramel malts but not much.  This beer does contain a great bitterness.  The alcohol content is 6.5% and the IBU is 60.  This may not be the hop bomb that us west coasters are used to but I would say that it lives up to the West Coast IPA label and really exceeds it.  Great job Fort Garry at making something that I would be Proud to say was Brewed in British Columbia even if it was brewed 3 provinces away.

Commercial Description:  A “West Coast” style IPA, brewed with high quality malted barley, whole West Coast nad Manitoba flower hops!  Brewed especially with whole hops to give it a solid 60 IBU and a strong, refreshing aroma of citrus fruits.

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