Super G Cream Ale – Longwood Brewery


From Nanaimo’s Longwood Brewery comes their new limited release “Super G Cream Ale” a beer brewed with Ginseng and Ginger.  The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of malts, caramel, ginger and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of earth, caramel, malts, ginger snap cookies, ginseng, spices, sweetness and a mildly medicinal finish.  The beer comes in at an alcohol content of 6%.  I quite enjoyed this release from Longwood and is probably my second favourite of their releases I have tried.

Commercial Description:  Generous amounts of ginseng give this velvety cream ale its virility and wood like character.  Fresh ginger teases your senses with a quiet spiciness in this arousing ale.

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Cranberry Ginger Radler – Mission Springs Brewing


From Mission BC’s Mission Springs Brewing comes their “Cranberry Ginger Radler” a mix of their Trailblazer Pilsner.  This is their winter seasonal radler.  The radler pours a reddish colour with a reddish white head.  The aroma consists of cranberries, grape juice, ginger and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of cranberries, sugar, grapes, ginger, hints of pilsner malts and really an overall sweetness.  This is a very sweet beer but not sickeningly as it is basically as sweet as cranberry cocktail.   The alcohol content comes in at 3%.  I enjoyed this so much I picked up at six pack witch is a size that I almost never pick up!

Commercial Desctiption:  Our shandy with a twist!  Fresh cranberry and organic ginger makes this beer undeniably refreshing.

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Organic Ginger Beer – Nelson Brewing Company


From Nelson BC’s Nelson Brewing Company comes their “Organic Ginger Beer”.  The beer pours a golden amber colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of huge ginger, some honey and lemon with a very light floral finish.  The flavour is of mostly ginger but has notes of malts, honey and lemon.  Any bitterness I taste seems to come more from the ginger flavour than hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  If you like a strong ginger flavour then you will really like this beer.  Do not expect a ginger-ale flavour though as it is not like a pop at all.

Commercial Description:  Nelson’s latest summer seasonal will surely satisfy your thirst all summer long on the beach. Upfront ginger snap that’s not over powering with subtle hints of organic honey and lemongrass, the light malted bodied allows the sweet and spicy ginger notes to shine through. This new legendary ale lends itself to be consumed straight up in a icey cold pint or blend with a small amount of ice, freshly squeezed lime and a jigger or two of dark rum…sounds like the best boat drink ever?

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I, Braineater Pumpkin Ale – Bomber Brewing


Limited Release

From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “I, Braineater Pumpkin Ale”. The beer pours an amber colour with a white head.  The aroma is fairly malt forward with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove.  The flavour consists of a big malt front with a pretty decent hops bitterness and pumpkin, and all the same pumpkin pie spices.  I am amazed that a beer that only has an IBU of 20 is so hop forward although I really enjoy the hop forward notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.8%.  This is one of the best pumpkin ales that I have had this year so far.

Commercial Description:  What does Vancouver musician and artist Jim Cummins (a.k.a. I, Braineater) have in common with pumpkins? Answer: this beer. And we may seem late to the game, but the pumpkins we harvested from Abbotsford’s Lepp Farm make this rich, flavourful ale well worth the wait. With distinct Tettnang hops, a touch of spice, and a label featuring Jim’s iconic, ‘Devil Girl’, we think this could just be your perfect Halloween beer.  It’s a no-brainer.

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Lemon Ginger Radler – Mission Springs Brewing


From Mission BC’s Mission Springs Brewing comes their “Lemon Ginger Radler” a mix of their Trailblazer Pilsner, California Lemons and an organic ginger root infusion.  The Radler pours a very light cloudy yellow colour with a small white head.  The aroma is dominated by lemons, ginger and an overall sweetness that almost reminds me of a craft pop.  The flavour is of lemonade, ginger, candied ginger a hint of Pilsner malts and a very mild crisp bite.  The alcohol content comes in at 3% with an IBU of 17.  I am a huge fan of radlers and this being a non grapefruit radler makes it event better as it is different!  If you can find a six pack of this beer but three of them!

Commercial Description: This is a light and delicious drink based on our famous Trailblazer Pilsner recipe blended with California lemons and organic ginger root infusion.  At 3% alcohol and with a very refreshing lemon finish and light ginger zing, this beverage is perfect summer refreshment and great over ice.

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