Rizzla Rice Lager – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Rizzla Rice Lager”.  This beer is certified Gluten Friendly by both White Labs and Siebel Institute by having both labs test every batch of the beer to a threshold of 10 parts per million of gluten.  The beer pours a light straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mild bready malts, almost caramel, rice, citrus and a crisp finish.  The flavour is of bready and grainy malts, rice, mild caramel, citrus, sweetness, mild grassy hops and a crisp low bitterness finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 18.  If you are looking for a nice crisp clean lager this could be a good choice for sure.  If you are looking for a gluten friendly beer this is definitely a good choice for you!

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.  Gluten reduced to less than 10 parts per million & it tastes great!  Every batch is tested twice by two labs.  All the flavour not the gluten!

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Raspberry Lager – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Raspberry Lager”.   The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of raspberries, sweetness and grains.  The flavour is of raspberry, grain, caramel, sweetness and some low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 8.  While I am not a fan of lagers in general this one was actually really interesting.  I would not hesitate to grab more of this one.

Commercial Description:  A generous dosing of raspberries grown at Michells Farm on the Saanich Peninsula gives this clean, crisp, cold, fermented lager the unmistakable juiciness of raspberries!  Cheers to sunny days!

Crafty Cream Ale – Love Shack Libations


From Love Shack Libations in Qualicum Beach comes their “Crafty Cream Ale”.  The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of fruity notes, malts and some sweetness.  The flavour is of stone fruit, peach, bready malts, spice, herbal hops and low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 18.  While this strayed from the standard cream ale flavours for sure I did enjoy it.

Commercial Description:  This tricksy little number is constructed for easy drinking. A smooth, slightly sweeter ale with a rounded mouth feel. This is a gateway beer to the craft world.

Tom Green Summer Stout – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Tom Green Summer Stout”.  This golden stout pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mild roasted malts, semi sweet with a floral finish.  The flavour is of mild roasted malts, mild coffee, chocolate, nuts, lactose creaminess and low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 27.  This is a great golden stout and I recommend picking up a bottle.

Commercial Description:  The Tom Green Beer milk stout is going blonde for the summer! Tom Green Summer Stout is made with organic fairtrade coffee and cacao nibs for roasty and rich accents in a sun-kissed blonde edition of our award-winning milk stout.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Strawberry, arugula and fennel salad with white balsamic & poppy seed dressing; grilled venison sausage on crusty bun with red pepper marmalade; Mascarpone cheese tiramisu.

Reef Break Hemp Blonde – Bowen Island Brewing


From Bowen Island Brewing now brewed in Kamloops by Kamloops Brewing Company comes their “Reef Break Hemp Blonde”.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consisist of caramel and floral hops aromas but not much else.  The flavour is of caramel, sugary, fruit, herbal hops but very little hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 14.  I find this blonde a bit on the sweet side but that is just a personal preference.

Commercial Description:  Light, refreshing and full of flavor. This hemp infused blonde ale is medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, light floral aromas and caramel notes with a subtle hemp finish.