From Calgary Alberta’s Big Rock Brewery comes their “Traditional Ale” an English Style Brown Ale that is also brewed at the breweries in British Columbia and Ontario. The beer pours a medium chestnut brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, mild roast, nuttiness, earth and a sweet finish. The flavour is of nuts, caramel, mild roast, earth some mild bitterness and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 20. This beer isn’t going to knock your socks off but that is not what a brown ale is about anyways. This is a tasty clean brown ale that hits the right notes.
Commercial Description: A recipe gone untouched since Big Rock’s founding. Toasty malt and sweet caramel up front, finishes with a nutty flavour, medium creamy carbonation and mild hop bitterness. “The unmatched quality of our Canadian grown barley is still the backbone of this beer over 30 years after it was first brewed. My comfort food in a glass, some things just never get old.” ~Brewmaster Paul Gautreau
Food pairing as per brewery: Sharp cheeses, red meats and stews.
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!
From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Off Trail Pale Ale. The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, grain, citrus with floral and herbal hops. The flavour is of grain, caramel, citrus, mild earth, spicy and herbal hops and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 35. This is a well executed standard pale ale and should do the trick for a good 6 pack in the fridge beer.
Commercial Description: A generous heaping of whole leaf cascade hops are carefully balanced with malted barley and combined to deliver our refreshing Off Trail Pale Ale. We suggest pairing with a juicy burger or your favorite pizza.
From Cannery Brewing out of Penticton BC comes the “Hop Chowdah (New England IPA)”. The beer pours a hazy orange yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, orange, mild tropical fruits and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, orange, lemon, melon, mild bitterness and mild earth. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 45. They hit it on the head with this release. I just wish that I could get more as I accidentally drank all 4 that I had quite quickly.
Commercial Description: Chowdaire. Chowdaire. IT’S CHOWDAH! This hazy New England IPA is juicy and soft with polished bitterness. It features huge citrus and tropical fruit flavours from the Amarillo and Mosaic hops. It contains wheat, but no clams or potatoes. Our latest Limited Release beer is available in 4-packs of 355ml cans and on tap at select restaurants, in our taproom and for Growler fills.
From North Vancouver’s Green Leaf Brewing Co at Lonsdale Quay comes their “Raspberry Sour”. The beer pours a deep red colour with a red head. The aroma consists of raspberries with tartness and sweetness. The flavour is of rasberries, mild earth, tartness and a very dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. Being a raspberry sour it does not stray far from the one fruit but it is quite tasty and worth a pick up! Especially if you head to the brewery and try out all of their sours on tap currently.
Commercial Description: A pound of raspberry for every liter of our Blonde Ale Sour.