Steel Toe Lager – Dead Frog Brewery


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.

 

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Lug-Tread Lagered Ale – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Lug-Tread Lagered Ale” a Kolsch.  The beer pours a yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grain, bread, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of biscuit, grain, lemon, herbal hops and a grassy finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 21.  I do not hut these kinds of ales out personally but this one is definitely right on point for a lagered ale.  If you are looking for a good easy drinking beer you would be doing yourself a good deed to pick this beer up.

Commercial Description:  Lug-Tread is our tribute to the classic Kölsch beers of Cologne, Germany. It is versatile and well suited to any season or occasion, with satisfying, chewy malts to warm in the colder months, and a refreshing, crisp finish to quench a summer’s thirst. The tracks left in the mud from a small tractor’s Lug Tread tell the tale of honest hard work and close family ties.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Pizza marinara, salad Niçoise, brined & slow roasted pork shoulder,picnic fare such as cold roast chicken, Abbey-style cheeses.

DayTrip West Coast Lager – Stanley Park Brewing


From Stanley Park Brewing (Turning Point Brewing) in Delta comes their “DayTrip West Coast Lager”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, grain, sweetness and grassy hops.  The flavour is of citrus, grain, herbal and grassy with a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.4% with an IBU of 25.  While I would like a little more hops bitterness in a West Coast style beer this one does taste quite good for the lager style.

Stanley Park Brewing is now owned by Labbat.

 

Jolly Hopper Imperial IPA – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Jolly Hopper Imperial IPA”.  The beer pours a deep amber with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, fruity almost banana, lemon, floral hops and some sweetness.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, fruity, citrus rind, resin, pith, hops bitterness and a grassy finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 100.  The 100 IBU and the alcohol does not really come out in the flavour as bitterness but this is an interesting flavour anyways.   I would say this almost seems like and English IPA.

Commercial Description:  Ahoy matey!  While the Jolly Roger is flown to identify that pirates are about to attack, our Jolly Hopper signifies an imminent attack on your tastebuds.  Featuring a moutherload of experimental hops, this beauty is not for the faint of palate.  Surrender or walk the plank!

 

Bayard Farmhouse Saison – Strange Fellows Brewing


From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Bayard Farmhouse Saison”.  Check out the tasting panel I was part of for this beer at Whats Brewing magazine.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head with some retention.  The aroma consists of citrus, orange, pepper and a citrus find in the finish.  The flavour is of lots of citrus and tons of orange rind, pepper, herbal notes, crackery malts and a grassy and mild bitter finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 25.  I enjoyed this beer but I found the citrus rind a little strong for my liking as it took on a bit of an odd bitterness.

Commercial Description:  He’s back and better than ever! – Hero of many a legend, Bayard the horse perpetually outwits any attempt to control him & fearlessly blazes his own path. He symbolizes the free spirit not to be tamed. Wild by nature, this Saison is the happenstance of unique yeasts & bottle-conditioning, & is just the thing for celebrating the things we cannot control.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Asian & Middle-Eastern cuisine, spicy, funky & creamy cheeses