Brews Brothers (Vol 3) – Parallel 49 Brewing


Brews Brothers was born two years ago as a 12 case collaboration mixed pack.  The first two packs were collaborations within the province of British Columbia.  Volume One was a Blues inspired pack and year two was a Rock and Roll theme. This year things have changed as it is now a 4 bomber pack in Collaboration with American breweries.

 

This year the theme is Old School Rap and the entire West Coast of Canada and the USA has been involved.  It is almost like an Extended Cascadia colab.

This years Brews include from North to South:

49th State Brewing (Anchorage, AK) – Gettin’ It, a Northern Farmhouse Style Beer
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company (Everett, WA) – Baby Got Back, a Hoppy Hefeweizen
Gigantic Brewing Company (Portland, OR) – Blazing Arrow, a Tawny IPA
Green Flash Brewing (San Diego, CA) – What’s Golden, an “East Meets West” IPA

 

What’s Golden, an “East Meets West” IPA

This creation of Parallel 49 Brewing and Green Flash Brewing out of San Diego California pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mango, citrus, very fruity, caramel and a floral finish.  The flavour is of caramel, resin, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  This is a really juicy beer and has everything you like from East Coast and West Coast Beers.

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Blazing Arrow, a Tawny IPA

This creation of Parallel 49 Brewing and Gigantic Brewing out of Portland Oregon pours a cloudy copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of pineapple, tropical fruit, juicy fruits, caramel and floral hops.  The flavour is of pineapple, tropical fruit, melon, juicy, caramel, mild dank hops and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6%.  I really enjoyed this beer and I would drink it again if I found it!

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Baby Got Back, a Hoppy Hefeweizen

This creation of Parallel 49 Brewing and Scuttlebutt Brewing from Everett Washington pours a golden colour with a slightly white head.  The aroma consists of banana, bubblegum, citrus, wheat and floral hops.  The flavour is of banana, citrus, bubblegum, earth, herbal hops and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  This was a tasty beer but my least favourite beer of the 4 but mostly as I am not a fan of Hefeweizen’s as a rule.

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Gettin’ It, a Northern Farmhouse Style Beer

This creation of Parallel 49 Brewing and 49th State Brewing from Anchorage Alaska pours a slightly cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of yeast, lemon, candied pears and grain.  The flavour is of bready malts, grain, yeast, lemon, pear and grassy hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 7%.  This is more of a sweet saison than a farmhouse ale but that does not change the fact that it is a well made ale.

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I have tried all three Brews Brothers collaboration boxes and reviewed two now.  This one was just as good as the others and well worth picking up in the liquor stores now!

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Whistler Village Beer Festival (Main Festival) – Whistler BC


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On Saturday September 13th, 2014 the Second Annual Whistler Village Beer Festival was held.  The festival was held at the Whistler Olympic Park in the Whistler Village.  The event started for average attendees at 1pm (opened at 12 for gatecrashers) and ran until 5pm (last call at 4:45).  The event cost $35 or $45 for gatecrashers and included a branded 4oz mug, 5 beer tokens and a $5 off-site food voucher.  extra tokens cost $1.5 with a maximum of 10 tokens purchased at a time.

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Breweries involved included the following

British Columbia
Red Racer (Central City Brewers & Distillers), Whistler Brewing Co, Dead Frog Brewery, Lighthouse Brewing, Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers, Parallel 49 Brewing, Driftwood Brewery, Old Yale Brewing, Granville Island Brewing, Canuck Empire, Howe Sound Brewing, Four Winds Brewing, Hoyne Brewing, Postmark Brewing, Mission Springs Brewing, Cariboo, Okanagan Springs, Scandal Brewing, Phillips Brewing, Mt Begbie Brewing, Powell Street Craft Brewery, Fernie Brewing, Vancouver Island Brewery, Prohibition Brewing, Big Surf Beer Co, Red Truck Beer, Bomber Brewing, Russell Brewing, Bowen Island Brewing, Stanley Park, Brewhouse Whislter, Steamworks Brewing

Canada
Unibroue, Glutenberg, LTM, Alexander Keith’s Hop Series, Big Rock Brewery, Creemore Springs Brewery, Mad & Noisy Brewing, Steam Whistle

America
Ninkasi Brewing, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada, Pyramid Breweries, Hub, Lakefront Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Samuel Adams, Double Mountain, Scuttlebutt Brewing, Worthy Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Magic Hat, Deschutes Brewery, Gigantic Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Lost Coast Brewery

World
Watsteiner, Konig Ludwig Weissbier, Ankerbrau, Grolsch, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, Brouwerij Vansteenberge

Importers
TruCraft Beverages, Bravo Beer Corp, Copper & Theory, Untapped, Beverage Concepts Int’l Network Agency

The second annual Whistler Village Beer Festival seemed to be a big success with over 3500 attendees.  People from the biggest craft beer aficionados to people that like Macro beer but wanted to try something new were in attendance.  Having this festival in the middle of this mountain paradise made for one of the looking craft beer festivals that I have ever attended.  This festival may be smaller than the Victoria event but I would say that it is giving it a run for its money!

Like all craft beer festivals the people at the festival were very friendly and loved to chat!  I had all kinds of great conversations while walking around and taking photos.  I had even better encounters when I was at breweries tents.  Here are some of my more candid photos taken with my phone.

 

If I could only pick one Beer Festival per year I would have to say that it would be hard not to pick this event!  Between the amazing selection of breweries almost all being craft beer to the great food and the event better location nestled in the mountain resort town of Whistler.  I would not hesitate to recommend this festival to any craft beer fan or anyone that is interested in expanding their palate.  With all of the extra events that happen around this festival I would recommend coming up on the Thursday and staying until Sunday.  It may be a pricy weekend but you will not regret it!

Fool sized photos can be seen here.

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Brothers in Hip Hops – VCBW – June 5, 2014


For the Second year in a row the Brothers in Hops was held at the Butcher and Bullock in Downtown Vancouver.  Due to the Hip Hop theme this year the event was renamed Brothers in Hip Hops.  The event brought together local breweries Parallel 49 and Central City brewing.  Also at the event though was Gigantic Brewing and Ninkasi Brewing both from Oregon.  Almost every beer involved in the event was an IPA or something with a big hops bitterness in the least.

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Like most events for the Vancouver Craft Beer Week I was able to hang out with so many great beer friends who have turned into just great friends.  I was also able to hang out with some of the best Brewmasters in the Country in Gary Lohin and Graham With from Central City Brewers & Distillers and Parallel 49 Brewing.  My favourite beer of the night had to be the special VCBW release from Parallel 49 Brewing called “187 on a Motha Fuk’n Hop Imperial IPA”.  This beer was so popular during VCBW that there is talks of making a bomber version of the IPA.

Click here to find full sized photos from the event

Thanks Butcher and Bullock for hosting a wonderful event!  Service may have started a bit slow but that it totally expected on a big event like this and things started running smoothly pretty quickly!

Too Much Coffee Man – Gigantic Brewing Company


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From Gigantic Brewing out of Portland Oregon USA comes their “Too Much Coffee Man” (beer #17) a Belgian-style black saison with coffee.  The beer pours a dark brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of coffee, tobacco smoke and roasted malts.  The flavour is of tobacco, burnt coffee, smoke, roasted malts, wheat and yeast.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.2% with an IBU of 25.  I love this brewery but something about this beer just didn’t work for me.  Maybe it is my distaste for tobacco but I just didn’t like this one.

Commercial Description:  An experiment perfected!  This beguiling blend of imperial black saison and custom roasted cold pressed Coava Coffee will have your olfactory zones erongenized and begging for more.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Braised Shortribs

Click here to check out the April 2014 Box

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Dark Meddle Beer – Gigantic Brewing Company


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From Gigantic Brewing out of Portland Oregon USA comes their “Dark Meddle Beer” a Vienna Lager.  The beer pours an orange/amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma is of caramel, bready malts and some mild fruits.  The flavour consists of caramel, bready malts, fruit and a mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.9% with an IBU of 35.  As lagers go this is a very nice full flavoured beer and should be picked up if you can still find it!

Commercial Description:  Gigantic Brewing, on of Portland’s finest, brings you a seasonal brew and homage to the Vienna Lager (which is  named after teh city in which it originated).  A traditional Vienna Lager is brewed using a three step decoction boiling process.  Dark Meddle has a very malty aroma and flavour with toasted brewed notes and a nice balanced bitterness.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: roasted pork, bratwurst

Click here to check out the August 2013 Box

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