Graham Cracker Ale (2016) – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Graham Cracker Ale”.  This is a new version of the beer that has launched in December 2016.  The beer pours a chestnut brown with an off white head.  The aroma consists of graham crackers, honey, vanilla with an overall sweetness and some fruit.  The flavour is of caramel, graham crackers, vanilla, fruit and some mild bitterness and earthiness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 30.  This beer has tons of flavour and is backed with a good body.  With the reduction of alcohol from the original 8% the malts have become much more forward in the flavour.

Commercial Description:  In 1829, Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham invented the graham cracker in an attempt at staving off an epidemic that was sweeping the nation – masturbation. As a tribute to Reverend Graham, we decided to concoct a graham cracker brew with 50kg of graham crackers in each batch, resulting in notes of honey, vanilla and all around graham cracker goodness. So instead of knocking one out this evening, how about knocking one back with Hearthstone! Cheers!

Here is a link to my old review of the original version.

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Graham Cracker Ale – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Graham Cracker Ale”.  The beer pours a deep chestnut colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, vanilla, honey and some mild chocolate.  The flavour is of roasted malts, earth, honey, vanilla, burnt coffee, spices, graham crackers and some bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 30.  Although not quite what I remember for the original batch of this beer it was quite refreshing especially for a winter brew.  This year they used less graham crackers and more of the ingredients to make graham crackers.

Commercial Description:  In 1829, Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham invented the graham cracker in an attempt at staving off an epidemic that was sweeping the nation – masturbation. As a tribute to Reverend Graham, we decided to concoct a graham cracker brew with 50kg of graham crackers in each batch, resulting in notes of honey, vanilla and all around graham cracker goodness. So instead of knocking one out this evening, how about knocking one back with Hearthstone! Cheers!

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Hearthstone Brewery Tap Takeover – Vancouver


On April 9th, 2015 the new brewery in North Vancouver Hearthstone Brewery held a tap takeover at Bitter Tasting Room in Vancouver.

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Hearthstone Brewery is located at the old Red Truck Beer location in North Vancouver and is in the process of building a tasting room although it is months away.  Darren and George have a ton of beer ready to share though and have been sending it out to local pubs.  Luckily for me Darren sent me an email letting me know about this tap takeover as it is so easy to miss events on social media and I really wanted to come out and try their beer.  I had tried their milk stout right out of the tank on a visit to the brewery in November but it was really young (Click here to see that post).  Although young it was promising and had me looking forward to trying some more of their creations.

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They really did not disappoint with this tap takeover either!  On tap for their first Tap Takeover ever were 7 different beer.  The beer included Bohemian Pils, Common Man, Azacca Pale Ale, American Pale Ale, Red Rye Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout and their Graham Cracker Ale.  Every beer had great flavour and lots of depth but my favourite had to be the Graham Cracker Ale.  The Graham Cracker Ale just had a huge depth with lots of caramel and almost a cognac finish and clocked in at 8% without being hot.  I may have had more than one glass of this one.

The Hearthstone Brewery head brewers Darren and George are a hoot and they had fun taking a shot for my blog post.

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You always have to pair great beer with great food so I would be wrong to not mention the food that we ordered to go with the beer.

make sure to keep and eye out for Hearthstone Brewery beer!  If you go to their website you can find out the locations that are currently pouring.

Full sized photos.

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