Not For Nazis Organic Nut Brown Ale – Boundary Brewing (Crannóg Ales)


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!

 

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Ashore Rye Porter – Britannia Brewing Company


From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Ashore Rye Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and rye.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, mild coffee, nuts, earth, mild ash, caramel, rye and some mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 32.  I really enjoyed this Porter and I look forward to picking it up again.

Commercial Description:  A twist on the traditional brown style porter, a portion of malted Rye is added which gives a spicy finish, chocolate flavors with hints of nuts and lightly roasted coffee make this a sessionable dark ale.  We use only the finest British and local ingredients.

Jitter Buzz Imperial Coffee Stout – Red Racer Brewing


From Red Racer Brewing (Central City Brewing) out of Surrey BC comes the “Jitter Buzz Imperial Coffee Stout”. I did not get the Central City and Parallel 49 Advent Calendar this year but I managed to get ahold of this beer the 24th beer of the Calendar. To take a look at the whole calendar look here. The coffee used in this brew was donated by Around the World Bean. The beer pours an opaque black with a small light brown head. The aroma consists of coffee, roasts malts, hint of chocolate, molasses and some sweetness. The flavour is of coffee, molasses, roasted malts, hint of chocolate, earth, mild smoke or ash and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 9%. I think this brew would be worthy of exploring as a regular lineup beer.

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Skye Black – Isle of Skye Brewing


From the Isle of Skye Brewing Co in Scotland comes their “Skye Black” a scottish ale. The beer pours a deep brown with ruby tinges and a tan head. The aroma is of roasty malts, coffee, sweetness and a hint of earth. The flavour is of burnt malts, coffee, chocolate, mild ash, some fruit notes, honey and a hint of bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 18. This was a very enjoyable beer and I was glad my Mom brought it back for the UK.

Commercial Description:  The colour comes from dark roasted barley, balanced with just the right amount of sweet, rolled oatmeal. We mill both right here in the brewery, giving us complete control over flavour and freshness. The true taste of malt shines through, balanced by the sweetness of pure Scottish heather honey.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Smoked Meats, Venison, Game, Oysters, Mussels, Chocolate/Coffee Desserts; Cheese – Soft, Creamy, Crowdie, Brie

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