Kyara India Pale Lager – Coedo Brewery

From Miyoshi in the Iruma District of Japan comes their “Kyara India Pale Lager”.  The beer pours an orange colour with a slightly off white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruit, sweetness, floral and some mild caramel.  The flavour is of citrus, tropical fruits including pineapple, sweetness, caramel with some mild earth.  The beer has almost no bitterness present but has lots of flavour.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%.  I wish this beer had more bitterness due to the style but it is a really enjoyable beer anyways and I am really happy it was brought back from Asia for me.

Commercial Description:  Kyara is the Japanese word for a deep golden brown colour tinged with red, and gives its name to this beer of the same hue.  Aromatic hops carry notes of white grapes and spicy citrus, while a fresh, clean bitterness unfolds on the palate.  Six different malts are combined with a slightly higher than average alcohol content, bringing a more expansive flavour to this well-rounded, medium-bodied brew.  Low-temperature lager yeasts make this a stand-up beer with a pleasant, crisp finish.



India Pale Lager – Red Collar Brewing

From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Okanagan comes their “India Pale Lager” a growler fill I picked up at the brewery.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus, floral hops, mild malts and a noticeable sweetness.  The flavour is of tropical fruit and citrus, some earthiness, thin malts and a pretty strong hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 46.  While not having a huge bitterness this IPL has more of a North West IPA style than the English IPA that Red Collar produces.  I would pick this IPL up at the brewery again any time and if it made its way to bottles I would not hesitate to pick up a bottle either.

Commercial Description:  A new-world take on the Czech-style pilsner. A golden bodied crisp lager fused with citrus and spice aromas from Ahtanum and Amarillo hops.

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Parallel 49 Beer Master Dinner (Romer’s Burger Bar) – June 25, 2014

On June 25th, 2014 Romer’s Burger Bar held a followup beer dinner to the Unibroue dinner.  For the latest beer dinner Romer’s partnered up with Parallel 49 Brewing.  Aaron the Chef put together a great dinner cooking each course with one of four Parallel 49 Beer.  Graham With the Brewmaster from Parallel 49 came out to the event to speak about the beer with some help from Jeff Hurkett the Sales manager.

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Below is the Menu from the dinner.


The dinner started like many with The Chef Aaron coming out and talking a bit about how he chose each beer for meal and how he cooked it including how he added each beer into the dish.  When Aaron was done Graham With and Jeff Hurkett stood up in front of the group and introduced themselves and what the brewery is all about.

First Course
Watermelon Salad
Fetta, basil, watercress, pine nuts, seed spitter balsamic
Paired with – Seed Spitter Summer Heff

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It is safe to say I have never heard of a watermelon salad but this was very interesting.  All the ingredients came together to make a great flavour and the balsamic dressing made with the Seed Spitter was to die for!  Watermelon with a watermelon beer may seem like to much of one thing but it went very well together.

Second Course
I.P.L. Tempura Halibut
Hand Cut Frieds, I.P.L coleslaw, Tarter
Paired with – Hoparazzi I.P.L (India Pale Lager)

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The batter on the Halibut was to awesome and really complimented my favourite style of fish.  The tarter sauce was homemade and was great.  The fries were salted just right that they did not require anything to eat.  A touch of vinegar never hurts but it didn’t need it at all.  The coleslaw had the India Pale Lager in it and was noticeable.  It added a really nice little kick.  The citrus in the beer paired well with the fish as you would usually squeeze lemon on fish.  The bitterness always goes well with a dish like this.

Third Course
Lamb Ale Tagine
Ras el Hanout, Moroccan cous cous, garbanzo, tumeric yoghurt cream
Paired With – Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

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Lets start with what Ras El Hanout is.  Ras el hanout is a mix of spices from North Africa (usually) and was a mix of the sellers best spices. The Lamb stew was amazing with tons of spices and a great malty backbone.  The apricot and tumeric yogurt topping has some great flavours also.  Cous cous is always tasty and this version was no different.  The gypsy tears ruby ale has a great malt backbone which goes well with stew but the hops went well with the mild spices.

Fourth Course
Canana Pie
Caramel, dehydrated banana, ginger candy cream
Paired with – Banana Hammock Summer Hefeweizen

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This was a very sweet desert!  There sure was banana and caramel in the desert and banana flavour dominates the beer also.  It was very popular with the group although for me it was too sweet.  Sorry Aaron.


Romer’s, Aaron, Graham and Jeff helped put on a great dinner with great food that complimented great beer!  I look forward to seeing what Aaron and Romer’s can create next!

Full sized photos can be found here.

Romber’s Burger Bar Kitsilano

1873 West 4th Ave
Vancouver BC

Parallel 49 Brewing

Base Camp Brewing – In Tents IPL

Portland, Oregon’s Base Camp Brewing Company gives us the In Tents India Pale Lager (IPL) in a one pint aluminum bottle.

A burnt honey colour showing low and very fine carbonation bubbles floating up to a tan head with a creamy texture. Pale may be a slight misnomer but it is a very nice looking beer.

Pine resin leads the nose with a bubblegum undertone. There are hints of bitterness in the nose but no astringent notes. Bitter grass notes with fresh herbs finish the nose.

Sweet bubblegum runs up the roof of the mouth while herbal bitterness goes along the sides with a light grapefruit undertone. The flavours settle into a mild molasses sweetness with a celery undertone. Bitter herbs and fennel are dominant in the long finish. Despite all of the hop notes on the tongue the bitterness is not overwhelming and balanced against a subtle malt backbone. A thoroughly sessionable beer, a pint does not demolish your tastebuds but is by no means lacking in hop flavours.

This is a great beer for camping, a good steak or a very rich dessert.

I will be keeping this beer stocked.


Coney Island Sword Swallower IPL – Shmaltz Brewing Company

Coming out of New York’s Shmaltz Brewing Company comes their “Coney Island Sword Swallower IPL” an India Pale Lager.  This is only the second India Pale Lager I have tried to this point and so far so good.  The beer pours a lager yellow with a fluffy white head.  The aroma of the beer is quite hopy with some citrus and malts mixed in.  The flavour of the beer is of citrus and sweet malts with a heavy hops hit of an India Pale Ale but with more of a lager like taste.  This was a very nice tasting beer and I am looking forward to trying more beer in this different style.

Oh ya this brewery has amazing labels!