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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Funtimes Northern German Pilsner – Doan’s Craft Brewing Company (Gladstone Brewing)


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!

Blueberry Garden Ale – Britannia Brewing Company


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.

Sofie 2017 – Goose Island Beer Company


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

Adrift Hop Blonde Ale – Britannia Brewing Company


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”