From Boundary Brewing in Kelowna and Crannóg Ales in Sorrento comes their “Not For Nazis” Organic Nut Brown Ale. This beer was born out of a digital attack that threatened the business and life of the brewer Oliver and his children for hanging an Anti Fascist flag in their brewery. When Sorrento’s Crannóg Ales stepped up to say hey we have been hanging that flag for many months it moved over to them. From this horrible situation this beer was born. If you would like to hear more about the situation take a listen to the Pacific Beer Chat episode where we profiled Boundary Brewing. The beer pours a deep chestnut brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of a good nutty start with mild roasted malts, caramel and some residual sweetness. The flavour was of nuts, caramel, roasted malts, some ash or smoke and a mild bitterness in the finish. This Organic Nut Brown ale is a great example of what I look for in a Brown Ale. So get off your couch and help fight hate by picking up a bottle of this brew!
From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Tombstone Piledriver Black IPA” a Cascadian Dark Ale. The beer pours a more or less opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of some roasted malts, tropical fruit, citrus and a floral hops finish. The flavour is of roasted malts, earth, resin, pine, tropical fruits, citrus and a big bitterness finish. The beer is really balanced between the fruits and roasted malts. The alcohol content comes in at a nice strong 8.7%. This lands right in my wheel house for Cascadian Dark Ales as it still feels like and IPA and not a very roasty stout.
From Red Bird Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Antipsipation IPA”. Packaged products like this can are brewed at Factory Brewing in Vancouver due to the fact Red Bird Brewing is a very small Nano Brewery. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus with some malts and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, grain, resin and a good bitterness hit. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 65. This is a nice West Coast style IPA and a nice change of pace with so many IPA’s being of the Juicy variety now.
Commercial Description: Ever celebrated a journey that’s gone off the rails? It was 1925 in Kelowna, BC. Anticipation was high for the city’s first train, and a civic holiday was declared! Alas, the festivities were cancelled when the train tipped near Brandt’s Creek and couldn’t make it to the party. Undeterred, a crew got it back on track… and when it pulled into the station the next day, citizens enjoyed ANOTHER holiday. When things derail, make sure you “cheers!” – preferably twice.
From Boundary Brewing in Kelowna comes their “2016 Vintage Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Baltic Porter” a very small batch of 250 bottles. The beer pours an almost opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, pinot noir, grapes, sweetness and some barrel. The flavour is of roasted malts, ash, anise, chocolate, caramel, oak, tannin’s, pinot noir and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 22. The Bourbon Barrel version of this beer is tasty but this version is next level and I am stoked I got the chance to try it out.
From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Spruce Willis IPA” a White IPA with spruce tips. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruit, wheat and floral hops. The flavour is of spruce, resin, citrus rind, citrus, light tropical fruit, wheat yeast and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% and comes from the batch Lot 380. A well made White IPA is a treat and I consider this one in that category.