From KPU Brew Lab (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) the University brewing school out of langley BC comes their “Pale Ale”. The beer pours a light copper or golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of some grainy malts, citrus with some floral hops. The flavour is of grain, mild citrus with some grassy hops and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This is a basic Pale Ale but it is not flawed and is a enjoyable. To buy beer from the University head there Fridays between 1pm and 5pm.
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.
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.
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.
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!