Rizzla Rice Lager – Hearthstone Brewery

From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Rizzla Rice Lager”.  This beer is certified Gluten Friendly by both White Labs and Siebel Institute by having both labs test every batch of the beer to a threshold of 10 parts per million of gluten.  The beer pours a light straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mild bready malts, almost caramel, rice, citrus and a crisp finish.  The flavour is of bready and grainy malts, rice, mild caramel, citrus, sweetness, mild grassy hops and a crisp low bitterness finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 18.  If you are looking for a nice crisp clean lager this could be a good choice for sure.  If you are looking for a gluten friendly beer this is definitely a good choice for you!

Commercial Description:  Rizla Rice Lager is an easy drinking Asian style lager. A great session beer for watching sports, weather, and people. Brewed using rice properly, for flavour rather than filler, bittered with classic northern brewer hops to balance the rice sweetness. Makes a great house lager.  Gluten reduced to less than 10 parts per million & it tastes great!  Every batch is tested twice by two labs.  All the flavour not the gluten!

Juan De Fuca Cerveza – Vancouver Island Brewing

From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Juan De Fuca Cerveza”.  The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of  corn, biscuit malts and sweetness.  The flavour is of biscuit, corn, sweetness and a mild grassy hops note.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 19.  While I would assert that this is a well executed Mexican style lager I don’t personally understand the craft adjunct lager.

Commercial Description:  A craft take on a Mexican classic. This light and crisp artisanal cerveza was designed to explore new territories.

Station House Blonde Ale – Barley Station Brew pub

From the Barley Station Brew Pub (Shuswap Lake Brewing Company) located in Salmon Arm in the Shuswap region of BC comes their “Station House Blonde Ale”.   This beer won the Silver Medal for Blonde Ales at the 2015 Canadian Brewing Award.  The beer pours straw yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of grainy malts, citrus and grassy malts.  The flavour is of grainy malts, semi sweet citrus and mild grassy hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 14.  This is a pretty standard beer but saying that I would have no problem drinking this beer all night if I managed to spend an evening at the brew pub.

Commercial Description:  This light and refreshing beer emulates the large lager breweries of North America. Lightly hopped and very drinkable. A beer for every occasion.