Midnight Black IPA – Stanley Park Brewing

From Stanley Park Brewing (Turning Point Brewing) in Delta comes their “Midnight Black IPA” a part of their new Sampling Series in Bombers.  The beer poured a very deep black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, pine, earth, mild fruit notes and floral hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, earth, pine,  mild fruits and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 65.  This is a nice mix of flavours for a black IPA and I am happy to see Stanley Park Brewing tackle this style.  Stanley Park Brewing is now owned by Labbat.

Commercial Description:  Embrace the darker days as the seasons change with our exceptionally smooth and hoppy Midnight Black IPA. Bursting with aromas of freshly fallen pine needles and ripe berries from Simcoe hops, it’s like we took the forest of Stanley Park and bottled it…

Tippy Canoe Wild Rice Ale – Lake of the Woods Brewing Co.

From Kenora Ontario’s Lake of the Woods Brewing Company comes their “Tippy Canoe Wild Rice Ale”.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of grainy malts, wild rice and mild fruit.  The flavour is of bready grain, wild rice, caramel, mild fruit, grassy hops but no bittering hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25.  This beer is no world beater but it is well executed and refreshing.

Commercial Description:  This uniquely northern beer is brewed with malted barley & wild rice. Wild rice (harvested in our area) is added to the boil, giving this beer a distinctive nutty finish. Wild rice, also known as Manoomin, which translates into ‘the good berry’ in Ojibwe, has played a major role in the lives of Ojibwe people in our region for centuries.


Raven Cream Ale – R&B Brewing (R and B Brewing)

From Vancouver BC’s R&B Brewing comes the “Raven Cream Ale”.  The beer pours a brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, fruit and a sweet note.  The flavour is of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, mild coffee, nutty and a mild fruit note also.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 18. Some people may squabble with this beer being a cream ale because of the dark colour but who cares as it is a great tasting beer!

Commercial Description:  STYLE: Cream Ale / Dark Mild R&B’s Raven Cream Ale is a dark, yet surprisingly light-bodied cream ale. Crystal, Whitbread Goldings, and Cascade hops are added to a carefully crafted blend of 2-Row, C-120, Roasted and Chocolate barley malts creating a truly drinkable beer with subtle nutty flavours and hints of chocolate.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Lighter food;chicken,salads, bratwurst,salmon.Light apricot or citrus cakes or tarts.  Monterey Jack, Brick or slightly nuttier cheeses.


Fresh Hopped ESB – Ravens Brewing Company

From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “Fresh Hopped ESB” a beer using hops grown in Abbotsford.  The beer pours a chestnut brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of caramel, toasted malts, fruit, floral hops and some sweetness.  The flavour is of earth, bitterness, hop oils, resin, mild fruits and caramel with come chocolate and coffee notes.  The beer comes in at 5.75% alcohol with an IBU of 50.  Quite dark for an ESB but the fresh hops add an interesting characteristic to this beer.

Commercial Description:  The Skinny.  With a renaissance of hop growers in the Fraser Valley, we are extremely excited to be able to feature fresh Cascade and Centennial hops in our ESB.  The bright green flavours of fresh hops are balanced by the heavier malt backbone with provides a deep auburn colour and rich flavour.  Taking influence from the changing colours of the seasons, it’s an excellent addition to cool autumn nights.  As part of our “Farm to Glass Series” this beer utilizes ingredients grown and harvested right here in Abbotsford.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Stilton, Porchetta, Rainy Days


Project 9 Pils – Fernie Brewing

From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Project 9 Pils” part of a mixed 12 case I purchased for Camping.  The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a fluffy white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts, grain, citrus, sweetness and grassy hops.  The flavour is of biscuit, grain, mild fruit, grassy hops with little bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 35 although the bitterness is not all that present.  This is not a style that I often buy as there just is not enough flavour for me but Fernie Brewing has done a great job brewing this.  This will be a favourite for many during the hot Summer months.

Commercial Description:  Brewed right in the Canadian Rockies, Project 9 is a true Bavarian Pilsner with exceptional continental hop flavour that can only be achieved by a selection of fine noble hops including the Saaz variety. The use of Munich, Pilsner and Pale western Canadian malts and time honoured brewing methods produces a clean, crisp Bavarian Pilsner that is truly transcendent.  People’s Choice Award for Best Beer at the Okanagan Fest of Ale 2014 & Silver Award at Calgary BeerFest!

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Great with spicy foods, or a variety of cheeses.