From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Dry-Hopped Wild Ale”. The beer pours a red colour with a reddish head. The aroma consists of fruit, grape must and sweetness. The flavour is of grape must, citrus, tropical fruit, brettanomyces funk, some sweetness but little bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 25. This was an interesting take on a Wild ale and I enjoyed it.
Commercial Description: An experiment with hops & grapes, this aromatic ale was dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic & Amarillo and then conditioned on Brett and a blend of grape must.
From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Stone Fruit Hibiscus Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of stone fruits like peach, overall fruity esters, hibiscus and some sweetness. The flavour is of stone fruit, hibiscus, citrus rind, yeast, mild spices, low bitterness and wheat. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. This is not your typical saison but it is really well crafted and full of flavour.
Maple Ridge has its newest brewery in Silver Valley Brewing. The brewery opened their doors to a quiet soft opening on September 21st, 2017.
When you walk through the doors you are welcomed with a really warm tasting room. Wood top tables with white walls and a nice tile back splash that looks almost like brick. They had 4 beer at the time of opening with one extra guest tap but as you can see in the photos below there will be more beer in the future. They also have food items to have with your beer.
The brewery itself is pretty tiny at Sliver Valley. The fermentation capacity is 7 – 2 barrel fermentors with a two barrel brew house and a 4 barrel hot liquor tank. With the seven fermentors they should be able to keep beer flowing on their taps.
I always love checking out new breweries and I like what Kevin has done with the space and beers are tasting pretty good right off the bat. I look forward to heading back in the near future.
Maple Ridge now has a third brewery in the works. This new brewery will be known as Silver Valley Brewing Co.
Thanks to Silver Valley for this photo.
Located only a short drive from the other two breweries this is shaping up to make a brewing district in Maple Ridge.
The following are photos of their current state of construction.
Photo one is from the brewery looking back towards the tasting room. To the right hand side of the photo you will find a bar along the far right wall as well as tables. The bar will be on the left. Photo two is from the lounge looking towards the bar. The bar will wrap around the cold room that has been framed up in the foreground. To the right side of the photo you will find the bar and the growler filling station. Wrapped around the left hand side of the cold room will be the food prep station. They will be panini sandwiches. The third photo is from the tasting room looking back towards the brewery itself. In the 4th photo along the right wall you will find the washrooms. The 5th photo is of the cold room behind the bar. Photo 6 is of the elevated slab where the brew house and fermentors will be located. The last photo is of the same area with more detail. Behind the brewery will be an office. In the back right of the photo there will be a large door for deliveries.
This is an exciting new Nano Brewery coming to BC and if you want to try out their beer right now you can head over to Ridge Brewing and try their Collaboration The Lion ESB. I had a quick sample and it was really easy drinking and refreshing.
From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “West Coast IPA”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, citrus, tropical fruit and pine. The flavour is of herbal hops, resin, pine, tropical fruit, grapefruit, earth and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 61. I am glad to see more options from Trading Post being bottled. This was a great West Coast India Pale Ale.
Commercial Description: Crafted in the West Coast tradition, this Special IPA is brewed with Superior Pilsner malt, 6 different hop varieties and 3 dry hop additions. Flavours of tropical fruit, pomelo and grapefruit evolve into pine and resin bitterness on the finish. Balanced by a medium malt body, this is West Coast IPA at its finest.