From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Pacific Northwest Porter”. The beer pours a very deep black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke, caramel and earth. The flavour is of smoke, ash, roasted malts, caramel and a big hit of bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 32. Once a gain Kevin Emms has made a very tasty brew and should be picked up if you see it. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson.
A few weeks ago I was invited on a boat cruise with Granville Island Brewing to celebrate their Lions Summer Ale.
Who would turn down a boat cruise in the Vancouver Harbor? The bar on board was serving their Lions Summer Ale as well as some other Granville Island Brewing favourites. Personally I stuck with the beer of honor for the day. I enjoyed the first few of these beers when I had them on a cloudy day but I can say for certain that it pairs even better on a sunny warm summer day.
The boat brought us on a scenic tour of the harbour including around Stanley Park and around the Convention Centre. They had tasty snacks to go with the great views. They also had some live music to liven up the mood.
Wherever you find yourself be it on a boat, patio or some other beautiful location this would be a great companion! Pick up some for yourself soon.
From Granville Island Brewing located in Vancouver BC comes their Winter seasonal “Barley Wine 2012” the breweries first Barleywine. Like all Bombers (650ml bottles) produced by Granville Island Brewing this beer is actually brewed on Granville Island not brewed elsewhere. This barleywine has been aged for a period of time in Bourbon barrels to add to the flavour. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, grapefruit, cherries, hops and maybe a hint of malts. The flavour is composed of dark fruits, bourbon, oak, citrus, cherries, sweetness with some good alcohol present. Some will think this barleywine is a bit to sweet. The alcohol content of this beer is 11.5% with an IBU of 60.
This beer was part of Mikes Craft Beer’s Barleywine Tasting. I personally really like this barleywine but I was overruled by the others at the tasting.