From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in Vancouver in collaboration with Gladstone Brewing comes their “Funtimes Northern German Pilsner”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, citrus with some floral hops in the finish. The flavour is of grain, citrus, sweetness, with some mild resin, herbal notes and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 32. While I do not get excited for lagers this is an exceptionally produced lager and will be very refreshing to anyone that is looking for a good clean lager!
From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Blueberry Garden Ale”. The beer pours a reddish colour with a white head. The aroma consists of mostly blueberries with a slight sweetness. The flavour is of gain, blueberries, some yeast and mild sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 2. This is a good although light flavoured beer and would be a really nice summer ale.
From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Sofie” 2017 a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale barrel aged in white wine barrels. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of wheat, grain, peppery, fruit, sweetness and some floral hops. The flavour is of grainy, wheat, citrus, lemon, orange peel, peppery, yeast, vanilla and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 20. Once again this one was quite enjoyable.
Commercial Description: Our sparkling Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale is wine barrel-aged with an abundance of hand-zested orange peel. Spicy white pepper notes contrast the citrus tartness. The light, refreshing, creamy vanilla finish will excite those fond of Champagne.
Goose Island Beer Co is owned by AB InBev
From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Adrift Hop Blonde Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma is of floral hops, sweetness and fruit. The flavour is of grainy and bready malts, citrus, tropical fruit, grassy notes and mild hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 25. This is a good sessionable and aprochable beer. It wont knock your socks off but you should enjoy it.
Commercial Description: Inspired by our home surrounded by the ocean and mountains this natural ale is brewed with generous late additions of local hops, creating aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. The palate is balanced and dry with subtle bitterness to complete this refreshing ale. “Set yourself Adrift”
From Red Bird Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Antipsipation IPA”. Packaged products like this can are brewed at Factory Brewing in Vancouver due to the fact Red Bird Brewing is a very small Nano Brewery. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus with some malts and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, grain, resin and a good bitterness hit. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 65. This is a nice West Coast style IPA and a nice change of pace with so many IPA’s being of the Juicy variety now.
Commercial Description: Ever celebrated a journey that’s gone off the rails? It was 1925 in Kelowna, BC. Anticipation was high for the city’s first train, and a civic holiday was declared! Alas, the festivities were cancelled when the train tipped near Brandt’s Creek and couldn’t make it to the party. Undeterred, a crew got it back on track… and when it pulled into the station the next day, citizens enjoyed ANOTHER holiday. When things derail, make sure you “cheers!” – preferably twice.