Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged 2017 – Steamworks Brewing


From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged”  part of their 2017 Barrel Aged series.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of bourbon, chocolate, treacle, anise, oak, vanilla, roasted malts and alcohol.  The flavour is of bourbon, milk chocolate, anise, treacle, toffee, roasted malts, burnt coffee, ash, oak, vanilla, mild bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.5%.  Julia knocked it out of the park once again with this release!  This is exactly what I want out of an Imperial Stout.

Commercial Description:  Aged for months in Kentucky Bourbon barrels., This Imperial Stout pours near black with a thick tan head.  It’s a powerful beer perfect for immediate enjoyment or further maturing.

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Blackberry Jam (Lactose IPA) – Four Winds Brewing


From Four Winds Brewing in Delta comes their “Blackberry Jam” an IPA with wild Blackberries, Mosaic Lupulin powder and lactose.  The beer pours a reddish orange colour with a light reddish head. The aroma consists of blackberries, lactose sweetness and some herbal notes. The flavour is of blackberries, strawberries, lactose with a low bitterness to finish it all off. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 45. This stuff is really good and I hope that Four Winds Brewing makes more of this stuff.

Commercial Description:  Blackberry Jam is an IPA brewed with handpicked wild blackberries from B.C., Mosaic lupulin powder, lactose sugar, Saccharomyces Trois yeast and a touch of vanilla.

Midnight Run Dark Lager – Red Truck Beer


From Red Truck Beer in Vancouver comes their “Midnight Run Dark Lager”.  The beer pours a chestnut brown with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, nuts and sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, nuts, earth, caramel, hint of dark fruit and a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.9%.  This is a fairly basic dark lager but that is exactly what you would want from it anyways.  Easy drinking and great for the winter months.

Commercial Description:  Our Midnight Run Dark Lager was first made introduced as a limited edition beer in a 650ml bottle back in 2015. After all of raving reviews from consumers, and with the seasons changing, we just had to bring it back for everyone to take for a test drive.

Pale Ale – KPU Brew Lab


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.

Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock (2017 Edition) – Dead Frog Brewery


From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their “Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock” a flavoured lager. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of orange, citrus rind, toffee and floral hops.  The flavour is of earth, citrus rind, orange, toffee, mild bitterness and some grain.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 26.  Once again this year the flavour of this beer has changed up a bit.  I quite enjoyed this edition of the beer.

Commercial Description:  A HAUNTING GOLDEN LAGER WITH A SPLASH OF CITRUS, A SWEET CARESS OF FRUIT HOP FLAVOUR AND AROMA, AND A BRISK DRY FINISH.

Recommended glass as per brewery: HOLLOWED OUT SKULL OF YOUR ENEMIES

Food Pairing as per brewery: GRILLED PORK, SPICY CHICKEN TACOS, SWISS CHEESE