1897 Amber Ale – Stanley Park Brewing

From Stanley Park Brewing (Turning Point Brewing) in Delta comes their “1897 Amber Ale”.   The beer pours an amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, some honey and some fruit notes.  The flavour is of caramel, honey, fruity notes and very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 20.  If your looking for a good Amber Ale at a good price then take a look for this one as it wont break the bank.

Stanley Park Brewing is now owned by Labbat.

Commercial Description: Rumour has it that the crisp, comforting taste of our 1897 Amber ale will stir up secrets in the pub that spread like whispers through tall trees. But you didn’t hear it from us.

Kottbusser – Twin Sails Brewing

From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Kottbusser” an ancient style of beer that is more or less a brown ale.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a reddish tinge held up to light with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, honey, caramel, wheat and coffee.  The flavour is of chocolate, wheat, honey, earth, ash, coffee and fruit notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 16.  Not quite a typical brown ale but the flavour is quite full and quite interesting.  I will be buying more bottles of this especially if they keep it around for winter.

Commercial Description:  An ancient style of beer outlawed with the induction of the German Purity Laws. This brown ale is made with malted barley, wheat and flaked oats and finished with molasses and Fraser Valley’s Alfalfa honey. With notes of sweet chocolate and coffee on the nose, Twin Sails Winter Ale is full bodied with great malt complexity. The beer finishes with subtle roasted malt flavours and honey sweetness.


Best Bitter (Test Batch) – A Frame Brewing

A Frame Brewing in Squamish may not be open yet but they are doing test batches of their beer. I was lucky enough to be given a bottle of their test batch of their “Best Bitter” to try. The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head. the aroma consists of caramel and an overall malt forward aroma with fruit and a little bit of floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, fruit notes, resin and some very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4%. I quite enjoyed this beer and would love to have a glass at the brewery when they open.


Unsanctioned Saison – Category 12 Brewing

From the new Category 12 Brewing in Victoria comes their “Unsanctioned Saison”.  The beer pours a copper colour with a white head.  The aroma is of wheat, yeast, clove, spices and some fruit notes.  The flavour is of wheat, yeast, citrus rind, clove, spices, fruit and hops bitterness.  The beer comes in at 6.9% alcohol with an IBU of 27.  At 27 IBU I was surprised at the amount of hops bitterness that came through.  For me this was no problem though as I love some bitterness in my beer.

Commercial Description:  Our flavourful Saison is discreetly sessionable. It boasts a crisp body with a dry finish and a bouquet that is distinctly Belgian. Hints of clove and spice, complemented by aromatic hops, make us stand out where it matters most.