Golden Vox (Rye Pale Lagered Ale) – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario conceived collaboratively with Canadian Hip Hop artist K-OS comes their “Golden Vox (Rye Pale Lagered Ale)”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of rye spice, grainy, caramel, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of huge rye notes, caramel, peppery, citrus, some sweetness, herbal and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% and an IBU of 46.  I have a love for Rye in beer and this one delivered.  If you see this on the shelve it would be well worth your time to pick up a bottle.

Commercial Description:  Rye pale lagered ale is something of a hybrid creation, blending the noticeable citrusy hop character of an American Pale Ale with the spicy elements of rye malt, and adding in the signature crisp finish of a lagered ale. An aging on rye-whiskey-soaked oak adds subtle complexity to this balanced, approachable pale-golden beer.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Soft creamy blue cheeses such as Gorgonzola dolce, Cambozola, or medium cheddar & gouda cheeses; smoked herb-rubbed tofu; eggplant, ricotta & roasted pepper flan with chimichurri; cheese agnolotti with gorgonzola & rosemary cream.

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Table Beer Series #1 Red Wine Barrel Brown 2016 – Firehall Brewery


From Oliver BC’s Firehall Brewery comes their “Table Beer Series #1 Red Wine Barrel Brown 2016″.  As the brewery puts it this is the Beer of Wine Country.  The beer pours a very deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of a ton of red wine, roasted malts and some sweetness.  The flavour is of red wine, roasted malts, nuts, earth, chocolate, cherry, berries and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5%.  I do not always know what to expect from Wine barrel aged beers but this was a fantastic, enjoyable brew!

Shiva White IPA – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks


From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes the latest in their “Shiva White IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, wheat and floral hops.  The flavour is of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pineapple, wheat, resin and lots of hops bitterness.  This beer has a very dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 64.  If you enjoy a good wheat beer crossed with an IPA this White IPA will be right up your ally.  I know that I quite enjoy this beer!

Commercial Description:  Shiva:  A light and refreshing White IPA that features grapefruit notes and hefty bittering to sastify your hop fix.  Featuring Citra, Amarillo, & Ekuanot Hops and a American-Belgo Yeast Blend.

High Socks Mosaic IPA – Twin Sails Brewing


From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “High Socks Mosaic IPA”.  The beer pours a very cloudy orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of pineapple, dank hops, fruity and floral hops.  The flavour is of pineapple, tropical fruits, dank hops, herbal, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 45.  Like the beers before this one this is a really tasty beer coming from Twin Sails.

Commercial Description:  100% Mosaic IPA is another one of our single hopped NE style hazy IPAs. This time we used Mosaic, one of our favourite hops. You’ll get big notes of Pineapple and candied tropical fruit followed by some slight resinous, dank flavours. We kept the body big to hold up to the huge flavours of the Mosaic hop and for a beer that clocks in at 7% ABV, it is incredibly crushable.

Wild Muscari Farmhouse Ale – Field House Brewing (Steamworks Brewing)


From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby comes their “Wild Muscari Farmhouse Ale”.  This is the first of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing. The wild Yeast was harvested from a Muscari Flower on Mt Seymour in North Vancouver.  The beer pours a light golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of leafy, floral hops, tropical fruit and citrus.  The flavour was of tropical fruits, lemon, citrus rind, herbal, mild resin, some grain, maybe a hint of funk and some mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 20.  This was an interesting brew I just wish it had some more wild yeast notes.  You have to love the spirit of collaborating in a coolship though!

Commercial Description:  Edition 01/04 is a light, fruity, farmhouse ale, fermented with wild yeast harvested off the Muscari Flower atop Mt. Seymour, and hopped in our Copper Coolship with Cashmere, Mosaic & Motueka Hops.

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