Red Pilsner – Red Truck Beer

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.

Bread Winner Multigrain IPA – Twin Sails Brewing

From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Bread Winner Multigrain IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, orange, grain and floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus rind, orange, mild tropical fruits, grains, dankness from the hops and medium bitterness.  This one has tons of body.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 50.  This is anouther winning East Coast IPA from Twin Sails Brewing and you shouldn’t miss it.

Commercial Description:  Bread Winner – Multigrain IPA double dry hopped with Simcoe, Columbus & Centennial. We brewed this beer with a combination of barley, wheat, rye, oats and spelt. Expect a rich creamy mouth feel from the complex 5 grain malt profile combined with big fruity and dank hop aromas. This is definitely one of the more complex IPAs we’ve brewed to date.


Cream Ale – Cameron’s Brewing Co (December 18, 2013)

Beer Advent Calendar 2013

From Oakville Ontario’s Cameron’s Brewing Co comes their “Cream Ale”.  The beer pours a golden colour with little to no head.  The aroma was mild but of grains, citrus, and a hint of hops.  The flavour is of grains, sweet citrus and some mild hops.  The alcohol content of the beer is 5%.  This beer is not overly exciting but it is still a refreshing drink.  This would be a great summer sipper.

Commercial Description:  Cameron’s Cream Ale 5% ABV is the beer that started our company. Hailed by Toronto Life in 1998 as “best new beer of the year”, this elegant golden ale is crisp, refreshing and balanced with a fruity backbone.  Described in a recent blog as “a somewhat different take on the cream ale, possessing a strong malty taste and a clear British hop presence, but with a clean taste that is reminiscent of lager… a beer that is subtle and quite unique” (read more.). Brewed with two-row malted barley and specialty hops from the UK, Cameron’s Cream Ale is a dimensional beer that is refreshing in the summer and comforting in the colder seasons.

Beer Advent Calendar 2013

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Frontier Beer – Fort Garry Brewing Co

Limited Release

From Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Fort Garry Brewing Co (Owned by Russell Brewing Co in Surrey BC) comes their “Frontier Beer”.  The Frontier Beer was the very first craft beer made in Winnipeg back in 1932.  No longer one of Fort Garry’s lineup this Pilsner was recreated for this special release.  The pilsner pours a clear golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts, citrus, with a grassy grainy finish.  The flavour is of biscuit malts and other grains with a grassy hops that builds to a mildly unbalanced bitterness and a hint of citrus.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 30.  As many know I am not a big pilsner or lager fan but I can appreciate what this beer brings to the table.

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Seizoen Bretta – Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

From Hood River Oregon’s Logsdon Farmhouse Ales comes their “Seizoen Bretta” a Saison (seizoen) with the wild Brettanomyces yeast added.  True to the breweries name these beers are brewed on a small farm.  The Saison pours an orange colour with a nice tall white head.  The aroma of the brew is composed of Brettanomyces yeast, fruit, grains, pepper but mostly the Brett.  The flavour of the beer consists of Brettanomyces yeast, sourness, sweet, sugar, grains and some peppery spice.  This description is not doing it justice.  I just do not know how to describe this any better!  The alcohol content of the beer is 8% but there is no trace of it in the flavour.  This just might be my current favourite beer coming out of the United States.

Commercial Description:  Special Brettanomyces yeast provides added dryness and crisp complexity to the Seizoen Bretta.  Bottle conditioned with pear juice for a natural carbonation.

Food Pairing as per Brewery:  Oregon Black Cod, Grilled ramp-potato risotto Inlet mussels and Sweet pea broth