From Sooke Oceanside Brewery in Sooke on Vancouver Island comes their “Renfrew Red Ale”. The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, fruity with a floral finish. The flavour is of caramel, mild roasted malts, resin, grassy, mild bitterness and some fruity notes. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1%. While fairly standard this is a good red ale and you will enjoy it.
Commercial Description: Port Renfrew has many names. Some for love, as only the sea could be loved. Some for the ships she has taken, wrecked over rock and wave, where dangerous waters run red. This Red Ale is the namesake of that love and danger. I prefer to call her Renfrew.
From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Sofie” 2017 a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale barrel aged in white wine barrels. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of wheat, grain, peppery, fruit, sweetness and some floral hops. The flavour is of grainy, wheat, citrus, lemon, orange peel, peppery, yeast, vanilla and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 20. Once again this one was quite enjoyable.
Commercial Description: Our sparkling Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale is wine barrel-aged with an abundance of hand-zested orange peel. Spicy white pepper notes contrast the citrus tartness. The light, refreshing, creamy vanilla finish will excite those fond of Champagne.
From Fernie, BC’s Fernie Brewing I received their What The Huck Huckleberry Wheat Ale.
The pour is a dark honey red-brown, crystal clear with no visible carbonation. The head is snowy white with coarse bubbles.
The nose is very light, some berries or fruit and mild spice.
Where this beer shines is on the tongue. The carbonation I could not see is present and pleasant, mild but nice. Several flavours come at once on the first sip, an astringent clove, huckleberry, calcium mineral it’s and a little bit of bubblegum.
Native to the Rocky Mountain region, the Huckleberry is prized for its sweetness and deep colour. Blended with wheat to create a smooth and creamy beer with a touch of huckleberries.
From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their new beer in the Sea To Sky Series of beers a “Honey Wheat Wine”. This one is release number 13 in the series. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of honey, wheat, vanilla, caramel and fruity esters. The flavour is of honey, wheat, candy sugar, fruit, caramel, wheat, vanilla, low bitterness and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 11.3% with an IBU of 25. At first sip I thought this may end up being a bit to sweet but the flavour is great and never gets cloying.
From Red Truck Beer in Vancouver comes their “Red Pilsner”. The beer pours an amber colour with an white head. The aroma consists of caramel, grainy malts and some floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, grains, some mild fruity notes with very little bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. If you are looking for an easy drinking lager with a bit more flavour to it this could be what you are looking for.
Commercial Description: We built this brew by hand with Czech pilsner yeast and a unique combination of black malts, malted wheat, and 100% simcoe hops. The addition of the roasted malts give it a distinctive reddish hue, while the slow process and cold storage temperatures closely resemble the winters this style of beer was originally brewed during.