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 Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Dear James S.M.A.S.H. Saison” a Single Malt and Single Hop beer. The beer pours an cloudy orange gold colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, sweetness, yeast and grassy hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, apricot, citrus, candied sugar, yeast and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 26. Trading Post has a knack of making tasty beers and this one is no different.
Commercial Description: Dear James refers to a letter written to HBC Chief Trader James Murray Yale, urging him not to marry a woman for whom he had been enamoured with during his first years at the fort. Ignoring the outrageous pleas, James married the woman he loved and fathered two daughters with her. Known as the quintessential artisanal brew, this farmhouse style Saison, has notes of apricots, citrus and spice. Brewed using Bohemian pilsner malt and Mosaic hops, this complex and refreshing beer shimmers a golden straw colour and is perfect for farmers.
From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Belgian Style Blonde Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white to tan head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, banana, clove, spices and sweetness. The flavour is of bubble gum, banana, fruity, sugary, clove and spices. The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU of 16. I don’t really have a sweet tooth and this beer was a bit too sweet for me. This is a serious desert beer.
From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Three Bears Breakfast Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of ash, roasted malts, burnt coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal. The flavour is of oatmeal, ash, roasted malts, earth, chocolate, burnt coffee and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 40. This is definitely breakfast in a bottle. I would recommend maybe keeping the breakfast beer to camping in the summer though.
Commercial Description: On a canoe trip down the Fraser, HBC chief factor Gavin Hamilton decided to go to shore to shoot some ducks. Armed with a double barreled fowling piece, he came face to face with three bears. He took the first two out with a single shot and reloaded just in time to take out the third which knocked him to the ground as it fell. Brewed with dark roasted malt, Centennial hops and Republica Roasters coffee, this jet black oatmeal stout features notes of chocolate and espresso. Big, bold and surprisingly smooth, this “eye-opener” has a creamy tan head and is the great for breakfast or any time of day.
From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “West Coast IPA”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, citrus, tropical fruit and pine. The flavour is of herbal hops, resin, pine, tropical fruit, grapefruit, earth and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 61. I am glad to see more options from Trading Post being bottled. This was a great West Coast India Pale Ale.
Commercial Description: Crafted in the West Coast tradition, this Special IPA is brewed with Superior Pilsner malt, 6 different hop varieties and 3 dry hop additions. Flavours of tropical fruit, pomelo and grapefruit evolve into pine and resin bitterness on the finish. Balanced by a medium malt body, this is West Coast IPA at its finest.