From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “You Gonna Eat That?” a Black Forest Cake stout. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, mild roast, cherry and some sweetness. The flavour is of cherries, chocolate, mild roast, earth, creamy with a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8.2%. I personally really like the pastry stout and this one was defiantly enjoyable.
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.
East Vancouver has yet another craft brewery! Welcome Postmark Brewing located in Railtown a neighborhood in East Vancouver to the local scene. Their first of 4 staple beers to be ready for sampling is their “Red IPA”. The beer pours a reddish amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, fruits, sweet malts and some floral hops. The flavour is of a fruitiness including some orange and citrus with pine, hops bitterness, caramel and some mild roasty malts. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 50. If this beer an indication of what can be expected from Postmark Brewing then people better take notice as this is one mighty tasty beer.
Commercial Description: An American IPA full flavoured and well-balanced with a reddish amber color. The beer is medium bodied with a balancing malt backbone, The specific combination of hops leads to a citrus, tropical fruit aroma and flavour, with a subtle bitterness. The IBUs, or international bittering unites, are on the low end of the spectrum at 50, with very little residual bitter hop flavor after taste. This IPA is built to be enjoyed in volume not test your hop endurance threshold. The hop and malt aromas intensify as the beer warms.
Food Pairing as per brewery: Curry, spicy Mexican, strong cheese, sweet deserts.