Towers and Trains Early Grey IPA – Steel & Oak Brewing


From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their “Towers and Trains” Early Grey IPA.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of light malts, earl grey tea and some floral hops.  The flavour is of Earl Grey tea, grainy malts, herbal hops some citrus and a low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 50.  While not a huge tea fan this is a really enjoyable blend of Earl Grey tea and an IPA.

Commercial Description:  Made with organic Earl Grey Tea from our friends just down the boardwalk at The Great Wall Tea Co. this Earl Grey IPA has a perfect balance of west coast hops, bergamot, and a gentle black tea bitterness.

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Vienna Amber Lager – Moody Ales


From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Vienna Amber Lager”.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel malts, mild fruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, grainy malts, mild fruit, some resin and a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 19.  If you enjoy a good lager then you should pick this one up.

Commercial Description:  Robyn, who created our Vienna lager recipe, likes to pair this beer with bratwurst. Sho, another Moody Ales brewer, prefers it with carnitas. Makes sense—this style, originally developed in Vienna in the 1840s, lost popularity in Europe over the nineteenth century but thrived in Mexico with Austrian emigrant brewers. So, as you enjoy our malt-forward yet clean amber lager, remember that from Austria to Mexico to Canada, pork and beer unite us all.

Old Barn Saison – Fernie Brewing


From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Old Barn Saison”.  The beer pours a cloudy amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of yeast, bubblegum, spices and sweetness.  The flavour is of yeast, pepper, rye spice, grainy malts, citrus rind, bubblegum and banana.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 30 – 35.  This is an interesting take on a saison and I quite enjoyed it.

Commercial Description: A very aromatic flavourful, golden brew, with spicy, peppery and fruity notes. The classic Strisselspelt and New Zealand Pacific Jade hops make for a very engaging hop profile for this beer. This is our take on the classic, refreshing and unassuming, yet delicious Belgian beer. Surprisingly light, but packs a punch of flavour to enjoy.  Variety of malts, including Munich, Cara Vienna, Rye and Pilsner malts. Hops include Warrior, Strisselspalt and Pacific Jade. Peppercorns and orange peel are also added.

Food pairing as per the brewery:  This farmhouse brew, goes well with farmhouse foods. Think French provincial cuisine, strong cheese and flavoursome salads.

Big Chief Cream Ale – Mission Springs Brewing


From Mission BC’s Mission Springs Brewing comes their “Big Chief Cream Ale”.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of grainy malts, citrus and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of bready grainy malts, big citrus notes, with mild notes of earth, herbal and bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 19.  This beer is not going to knock your socks off as it is a fairly basic beer.  But there is nothing wrong with that it just wont challenge your palate.

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Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock (2016 Edition) – Dead Frog Brewery


From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their “Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock” a flavoured lager.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of bready and grainy malts, citrusy orange and floral hops.  The flavour is of orange, citrus, citrus rind, grainy and bready malts, earth and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 26.  While a typical Helles Lager is not a style that I would usually drink this Blood Orange Helles Bock is quite tasty.

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

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