Strange Fellows Brewing has finally opened its doors in East Vancouver and is treating its customers with some real gems. One of their first beers is their “Talisman” a Pale Ale. The beer pours a cloudy amber/orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of orange, citrus and some sweet malts. The flavour is of some melon, citrus, earthy, bready malts and some very mild hops. The alcohol content comes in at 4.2%. Not only is this a super sessionable ale but it is also very tasty! I can’t wait to drink a few more sleeves of this at the brewery!
Beer Advent Calendar 2014
From Red Racer Brewing (Central City Brewing) out of Surrey BC comes there “Pale Ale”. The beer pours a amber colour with a white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, earthy and fruity notes. The flavour is of an overall fruitiness including apple, earthy, malts and a mild hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 50. I have a bad feeling this bottle is off. Apple flavour can be caused by Acetaldehyde an off flavour that can be caused by many factors. I will have to pick up some more of this to try it again as it has been a long time since I have had it and I enjoyed it then.
Commercial Description: Red Racer Pale Ale is hand-crafted using Maris Otter barley from England and hops from Washington’s Yakima Valley. This big bold pale ale has a citrus aroma and a full malt body giving it a distinctive character designed to inspire the beer connoisseur in all of us.
Beer Advent Calendar 2014
From Red Racer Brewing (Central City Brewing) out of Surrey BC comes there “Pilsner”. This craft pilsner pours a straw colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grainy/bready malts, citrus and some grassy hops. The flavour is of bready malts, citrus, lemon and a mild hops bitterness. The alcohol content is 5% with and IBU of 30. I am not a big lager or pilsner fan but this is a good representation of a pilsner and would be good on a hot summer day.
Commercial Description: Red Racer Pilsner is brewed in the classic Bavarian tradition, using only the finest two-row barley, and hops from the Hallertau region of Germany. This light and golden Pilsner has a distinct hop aroma and flavour, with a dry, crisp finish.
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:Fried oysters with spicy remoulade.
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From Rogue Brewing out of Oregon comes the “Rogue Big Ass Barrel Braggot” a beer in their Big Ass Barrel Series. These beer are aged in their 8 foot tall 6 foot wide 1,500 gallon Oregon oak barrels Chuck an Nate. Braggot is an ancient style of drink combining spices with beer and mead (mead is a wine made with honey and no grapes). The Braggot pours a deep red/brown with an off white head that is very small. The concoction has the aroma of honey, fruits, malts and some caramel. The flavour is of grapes, honey, anise, caramel, oak, mild hops and an overall alcohol warming without tasting heavily of alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 13%. This is the first Braggot that I have had that I really took a step back and thought maybe this is a style that I could really get behind!
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From Copenhagen Denmark’s Evil Twin Brewing (brewed at the Two Roads Brewing Company in Straford Connecticut) comes their “Low Life Pilsner”. The beer pours a light golden colour with a white head. The aroma is of grainy malts, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of grainy malts, citrus and a mild hops bitterness to finish it all off. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. As pilsners go this was a great full flavoured beer and well worth your time trying it.
Commercial Description: A clever woman once said; ’fair is foul and foul is fair’. On that note we threw in a young, unacknowledged hoppy pilsner, gave it a limp, wrinkly flavor and finished it off with an insulting high price that will give you a foul feeling in your mouth. That’s why we name Evil Twin Brewing’s Low Life the Golddigger of Beers.