From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “48 Lager”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grain and floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, grain, biscuit and a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 22. This is not going to wow you as a craft beer fan but it is a clean crisp lager and well made.
From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Original lager”. The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a fluffy white head. The aroma consists of biscuit malts, citrus, grassy and floral hops. The flavour is of biscuit, honey, citrus, sweetness and very mild hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 19. For a no nonsense lager this one has lots of flavour.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Cali Common”. A California Common is made with a lager yeast at Ale temperatures. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grain, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of grain, caramel almost bready malts, citrus, herbal and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.3% with an IBU of 33. The California Common style is definitely a more flavourful lager and this one delivers on that promise.
Commercial Description: We call this our “gateway beer”. It is a quality craft beer that is both complex, yet accessible – brewed for the common man. This style was born on the West Coast, using lager yeast, yet fermented at ale temperatures. On the nose – subtle toasty, malt aroma, on the tongue – caramel notes, with a dry, crisp body and slight bitter finish
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Rizzla Rice Lager”. The beer pours a very light straw colour with a white head. The aroma consists of mild bready malts, rice, lemon and sweetness. The flavour is of mild bready malts, rice, lemon, sweetness and a mild crisp finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 18. If you know me this is not really my style but it was well brewed and definitely on point.
Commercial Description: Rizla Rice Lager is an easy drinking Asian style lager. A great session beer for watching sports, weather, and people. Brewed using rice properly, for flavour rather than filler, bittered with classic northern brewer hops to balance the rice sweetness. Makes a great house lager.
I was recently invited out to Red Truck Beer in Vancouver with some other media members to check out some of their new menu Items.
I have a bad habit of always being early to events and this was no different so I sampled their new Dry Nibbed Stout. While I didn’t take any notes on this beer I did quite enjoy it and it was probably my favourite of the ones I sampled.
Once the small group was rounded up we were taken on a short tour of the brewery. I was less interested in the technical side of the brewery as I have both done the tour and also know more about the brewing process than the rest of the group. I took the chance to take more photos.
Once the tour was done we headed up to a private room that can be rented for events to taste some of their beer and their new food.
They started the tasting off with their 3 core beer and one winter seasonal. The beers were 1st the Lager, 3rd the Ale and 4th the IPA that rounded out their core lineup and 2nd their Pilsner their winter seasonal. Their mandate is to make flavourful but accessible beers. While I am not a big drinker of Lagers and Pilsners personally there is not doubt that they are making their mandate with well crafted easy drinking beers.
The new food includes their new Fish Sandwich that is battered and has fried tortilla’s making it almost a fish and chips sandwich. The next sample was a pulled pork sandwich that had nice ranch slaw on it. Next up was the pulled pork tacos a great tasting treat. The last thing we were able to sample was the bone out dry ribs. They were great with the spicy sauce they were served with. Even though I expected to like one of the pork dishes the best for me it was the Fish Sandwich that really hit the spot. It had everything you would want in a sandwich and more. Not to say anything bad about the other options as there were all really tasty and I would love to eat more of all of them.
Now they were not done with the great samples. The next thing they brought us was a sample of their brand new beer floats. This one used their Blackberry Bourbon Ale and some really tasty ice cream. They also gave us a sample of the Blackberry Bourbon Ale without ice cream to compare. Personally I cant wait to get back and try a full sized beer float! This little sample was to die for.
Now while we where up in a private room for this tasting the Truck Stop Diner got really busy and shows just how popular a spot this is to hang out. They also have a growler bar and off sales location at the front door. If you have not made it out to Red Truck Beer yet what are you waiting for?