From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver in collaboration other members of the with BC Craft Brewers Guild comes their “BC Craft Brewers Guild Oktoberfest” a Marzen lager well placed for this time of year. The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of toffee, caramel, fruity and a bit of sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, nuts, sweetness and some minor hops. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 25. This beer delivers on exactly what it should. Its got the malts and the crispness of the Marzen or Oktoberfest style beer. This can is the launch of the new BC Independent Owned BC Beer seal.
Commercial Description: OKTOBERFEST BC BEER COLLABORATION: Early in September, BC Craft Brewers Guild members gathered at Bomber to create a celebratory brew in honour of the 6th anniversary of BC Craft Beer Month, an annual campaign to promote and raise awareness of independently owned and operated BC craft breweries. Using a recipe collaboratively designed by various Guild member head brewers, this golden, medium-bodied Oktoberfest is eminently drinkable and refreshing. The BC Craft Brewers Guild would like to thank the following companies for their very generous support of this project: West Coast Canning, IMS (labels), and BSG Canada (malts).
From the Brasserie De La Senne in Brussels, Belgium comes their “Stouterik The Brussels Stout” an Irish style stout. The stout pours a dark brown with a light brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee and dark fruits. The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and some hops. The alcohol content comes in at a fairly regular 4.5% for stouts. This is a very easy drinking stout to be sure. But then the alcohol content alone will tell you that.
Commercial Description poorly translated from French: Belgian stout of Irish obedience to 4.5% alc. : light, dry, freshly bitter, with complex roasted notes. His nose is pleasantly perfumed by the presence of an English aroma hop particularly appreciated by connoisseurs.
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Oysters, Squash, Walnuts
From Newport Rhode Island’s Newport Storm Beers (A brand under the Rhode Island’s Microbrewery label which is actually brewed at Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.) comes their “Rhode Island Blueberry Beer” a Kolsh style beer. Blueberries used in this beer are from Rhode Island. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of huge blueberries that you can smell from a distance and maybe a hint of apples. The flavour is of blueberries, malts, and a very minor hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 11. This is a pretty decent ale although I am not really big on this type of flavoured fruit ale.
Commercial Description: Our “other” year round brew is a Kolsh style beer made with real Rhode Island Blueberries. Fermented at colder temperatures, but using our American Ale yeast strain eliminates conflicting fruity esters other fruit beers might posses. We feel that the addition of juice from real, hand pressed Rhode Island Blueberries shouldn’t have to compete with the natural fruit background of the yeast. Pale Malt makes up the base of the grist bill, but this brew also calls for a large amount of malted wheat, an ingredient that lends a soft mouthfeel to the beer. Further there is enough caramalt to ensure a sweetness everyone will enjoy. Hops are chosen to compliment and balance the brew as it is bittered with a small amount of Magnum and flavored with English Pilgrim to lightly accent this truly unique ale.
From Lake of Bays Brewing Company out of Baysville, Ontario comes their “Crosswind Pale Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of apple juice with some mild malts. The flavour is of apple juice, citrus, grainy malts and some minor hops. The alcohol content is 5%. This is a pretty good beer and very refreshing although I was surprise how much like a hopped apple juice it tasted like.
Commercial Description: Pours with a brilliant golden colour and a nice white foam in which the bubbles are generous. The aromatics are primarily citrus and range between lemon and grapefruit. There are also hints of caramel, toasted grains and a touch of fresh apple. The flavours include toasted bread and a slight note of toffee and stewed apple. The mouth feel is quite dry and the finish is quick with some mild, lingering bitterness.
From Purnode-Yvoir Belgium’s Brasserie Du Bocq comes their “Blanche de Namur” a witbier. The beer pours a cloudy blond colour with a white head. The aroma consists of fruits like orange and lemon peal and wheat. The flavour is of fruits like orange, lemon peal, orange peal, wheat and a very minor hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% and the IBU is 12. This is a very tasty witbier or wheat beer and I am very happy that it has finally made it to Canada. Make sure to pick up some bottles for yourself!
Commercial Description: Blond, cloudy, milky (colloïdal by cold). The cloudy appearance is created at low temperature but disappears when the beer gets warmer or when it is kept too long in the cold. Fine fruity with a scent of the used spice, coriander and bitter orange. Smooth beer, thirst-quenching but mild, slightly acidulous, powdery consistency on the tongue, not bitter
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Fish, white meat
Food Pairing according to the brewery: Game, red meats, highly-seasoned white meats