Postmark Brewing – Pilsner


Vancouver’s Postmark Brewing has brewed a lager, it’s Pilsner, bucking the trend away from all lagers and towards only ales.

The beer is a beautifully clear, you see right through it.  An orange-tinged gold with vigorous carbonation visible this is an inviting summer beer.  The head is snowy white and frothy, quickly gone but pleasant while it is there.

The aromas are pleasantly subtle, a maltiness on the nose with some light, crisp acidity.

There is nice hay flavour, underlaid with some light fruit, green apple and pineapple, very subtly.  Hops add a very light bitterness that lingers for a long time.  The bitterness balances very well against the main flavours.

This is a nice summer session beer, I could drink 4 or 5 of these over an evening.  I think I’ll bring this to my next outdoor theatre.

Erdinger Weissbier – Erdinger Weissbräu

From  Erding Germany’s Erdinger Weissbräu comes their “Erdinger Weissbier” a Hefeweizen.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grassy hops, citrus and wheat.  The flavour is of grassy hops, citrus, malts and wheat.  The alcohol content of this Hefe is 5.3%.  This beer has a really fresh refreshing flavour and would be good for any summer day!

Commercial Description:  Erdinger Weissbier is not only the undisputed classic in the Erdinger product range, it is also quite simply the wheat beer par excellence.  It is brewed using fine yeast according to a traditional recipe and, of course, in strict accordance with the Bavarian Purity Law. Even today, the beer is still bottle-fermented in the traditional way; it takes three to four weeks for Erdinger Weissbier ‘with fine yeast’ to mature.  Only the finest ingredients are used in its production. Years of experience and constant quality checks guarantee the beer’s unmistakable flavor.


The Twelve Beers of Christmas – 5 – Russell Brewing Naughty and Spiced Porter

(Russell Brewing is located in Surrey BC added by Mike G)

My Fifth Beer of Christmas, Russell Brewings Naughty and Spiced Porter.

Off-white head with black body with very little light let through.

There are some wonderful, though faint, gingerbread spice smells in this beer. It immediately brings Christmas to mind.

This is a nicely complex beer. Some light bitterness from the hops but mostly clean pine that quickly gives way to a gingery malt. A light chocolate finish completes the beer.


Three Countries Brown – The Noble Pig Brewhouse

From the celebrated brewery The Noble Pig Brewhouse out of Kamloops BC comes their “Three Countries Brown” named as such because the ingredients come from 3 different countries.  The Brown Ale pours a deep brown with a small tan head.  The aroma is of roasty malts, nuts and caramel.  The flavour is of roasty malts, sweetness, nuts, caramel, smoke, burnt coffee and maybe a hint of hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% and the IBU is 42.  I have heard so much about this brewery but I have not been to Kamloops for many years and as such have not had a chance to try their beer.  This is an amazing Brown Ale and I look forward to trying some more of their brews.

Commercial Description:  Brown Ale is traditionally brewed in England, Belgium & the USA so this brown ale combines raw materials from all three countries! The malt is from England, yeast from Belgium & the hops from Yakima in the USA. Full bodied with the ester nose of a Belgium saison. A great beer for the beginning of fall.

Noble Pig Brewhouse 3 countries brown

Powerhouse Pale Ale – Mt. Begbie Brewing Company

From Mt. Begbie Brewing Company in Revelstoke BC comes their “Powerhouse Pale Ale” one of their standard line of beer.  This pale ale pours a dark copper colour with and off white head.  The aroma is of malts, caramel and some herbal notes.  The flavour consists of malts, caramel, some sweetness from fruit or honey and a grassy hops.  The alcohol content of the beer is 4.8%.  This is a mild flavoured but very tasty pale ale.  I will be picking up more in the future.

Commercial Description:  A generous portion of lightly roasted malt gives this beer a smooth yet distinctive character. Pale ale worth diving into!

Food pairing as per the brewery:  Ideal with spicy foods.