From KPU Brew Lab (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) the University brewing school out of langley BC comes their “Pale Ale”. The beer pours a light copper or golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of some grainy malts, citrus with some floral hops. The flavour is of grain, mild citrus with some grassy hops and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This is a basic Pale Ale but it is not flawed and is a enjoyable. To buy beer from the University head there Fridays between 1pm and 5pm.
From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their “Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock” a flavoured lager. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of orange, citrus rind, toffee and floral hops. The flavour is of earth, citrus rind, orange, toffee, mild bitterness and some grain. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 26. Once again this year the flavour of this beer has changed up a bit. I quite enjoyed this edition of the beer.
Commercial Description: A HAUNTING GOLDEN LAGER WITH A SPLASH OF CITRUS, A SWEET CARESS OF FRUIT HOP FLAVOUR AND AROMA, AND A BRISK DRY FINISH.
Recommended glass as per brewery: HOLLOWED OUT SKULL OF YOUR ENEMIES
Food Pairing as per brewery: GRILLED PORK, SPICY CHICKEN TACOS, SWISS CHEESE
From Lighthouse Brewing in Victoria BC in Collaboration with Richmond’s Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks comes the “Ryujin Belgian Tripel with Plums”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of plums, candi sugar, some spice with a sweet finish. The flavour is of plums, candi sugar, bubble gum, sweetness but not cloying like many Tripels, some grain, spice from hops and some mild alcohol in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 20. With the addition of plums to this tripel it makes it taste different than the norm which is good as I usually find Tripels far too sweet and I usually avoid them. I would suggest picking up a bottle or two of this one.
Commercial Description: Our collaboration brew with Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks from Vancouver! A Belgian Tripel Style beer, Ryujin pours golden with dark plum on the nose and palate along with classic banana and spicy clove flavours.
From Coppertail Brewing in Tampa Florida comes their “Free Dive IPA”. The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, floral hops and maybe a dank note or two. The flavour is of grain, citrus, citrus rind, resin, pine, bitterness, earth, herbal hops and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at a good 5.9%. This was a really nice India Pale Ale and a great introduction to this brewery.
Commercial Description: Whether you’re diving for stone crabs under Tampa Bay’s Sunshine Skyway or just wishing you were, this beer’s got you covered. Expect huge hits of citrus and pine aromas layered over a bright malt backbone. Perfect for a day on the water.
Food pairing as per brewery: Spicy grilled shrimp
From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “Steel Toe Lager”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The flavour is of citrusy lemon, grain, and grassy hops. The flavour is of biscuit, grain, citrus, sweetness and a low bitterness and grassy hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 14. While it is well known that I am not a big fan of the lager style this one delivers on exactly what it should with a crisp clean flavour and is worthy of your glass if you enjoy a good lager.
Commercial Description: A SMOOTH AND REFRESHING LAGER BREWED WITH PREMIUM INGREDIENTS, MADE FOR ENJOYING AFTER A HARD DAY’S WORK.