From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver in collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal out of Baltimore Maryland comes their “That New Trapp” a Funky Brett IPA labeled as a Hazy New England-Style Trappist Ale. The beer pours a lightly cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of brett funk, stone fruit, tropical fruit and maybe a hint of floral hops. The flavour is of brett funk, tropical fruit, stone fruit, lemon, some biscuit and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 35. Been a fan of Stillwater for some time and have been a big fan of Hearthstone Brewery since they opened and this beer is an amazing marriage of both breweries. Great flavours really do combine with this brew to make a North East IPA even if it is not as murky as it should be for the style.
Commercial Description: A funky brett IPA with an irresponsible amount of Citra, Mosaic & Amarillo hops fermented with a blend of reckless yeast strains, Brett B and Conan. A collaboration beer from Hearthstone and Stillwater Artisanal.
From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “Steel Toe Lager”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The flavour is of citrusy lemon, grain, and grassy hops. The flavour is of biscuit, grain, citrus, sweetness and a low bitterness and grassy hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 14. While it is well known that I am not a big fan of the lager style this one delivers on exactly what it should with a crisp clean flavour and is worthy of your glass if you enjoy a good lager.
Commercial Description: A SMOOTH AND REFRESHING LAGER BREWED WITH PREMIUM INGREDIENTS, MADE FOR ENJOYING AFTER A HARD DAY’S WORK.
From Riot Brewing in Chemainus on Vancouver Island comes their “Working Class Hero Dark Mild”. The beer pours a deep copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts and sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, nuts, caramel, chocolate, mild earth, sweetness and a low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 3.8% with an IBU of 14. You have to love a good mild ale that is full of flavour and this one is just that!
Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver has jumped back on the bandwagon of the Milkshake IPA with “Pear Milkshake IPA”. The beer pours an amber orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of pear, cardamom, ginger, some mild malts and floral hops. The flavour is of pear, citrus, ginger, cardamom, lactose, vanilla, herbal hops with a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 45. While pear is not my favourite flavour this one does a good job of accenting the Milkshake IPA with the Pear flavours.
Commercial Description: This milkshake IPA is bursting with pear and spice aromas, along with hints of vanilla. Cardamom and vanilla compliment the earthy fruit tones of the pear, while the lactose and oats add a touch of sweetness along with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet and aromatic, this juicy IPA is unfiltered and without clarifying agents, pouring a hazy pale yellow.
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Ortega Blonde” 2017 edition. The beer is a blend of wine and Ortega Blonde Ale. The wine is of the final vintages of the Muse Winery that was the oldest winery on Vancouver Island. The wine was a Bacchus wine. The beer poured a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of white wine, citrus and some grassy hops. The flavour is of white wine, citrus, grain, bread, mild bitterness and a mild spicy hops. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 24. People that know me know that I do not like wine but this beer is well made and well blended and really refreshing.
Commercial Description: Building on our 2014 Ortega Blonde, and taking the final vintages from Muse Winery, home of the oldest wines on Vancouver Island, this Ortega/Bacchus blend was introduced to a light bodied Canadian Pilsen based ale resulting in a delicate, complex, effervescent ale, a beer spritzer with citrus notes, and a dry white wine finish. As the saying goes “It takes lots of beer to make a good wine.” We believe in having them both and drinking them both too. Cheers!