Shredder Golden Ale – Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers

The latest beer to come out of Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers in North Vancouver is called the “Shredder Golden Ale”.  This golden ale has been created to raise money for the Tim Jones Legacy Fund a fund that helps North Shore Search and Rescue operate.  If you or someone you know loves to spend time in the North Vancouver backcountry this may just be a great cause to support.


The beer pours a copper colour with a slightly off white head.  The aroma is not to strong but consists of biscuit malts, mild fruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of biscuit malts, lemon, honeysuckle, hops bitterness with some resin and pine in small amounts to finish it off.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  This is a great golden ale and a great beer to partner up with the cause.

Commercial Description:  Tim Jones’ love of exploring the backcountry and shredding the North Shore Mountains led him to dedicate his life to saving many others, and ultimately to spark a lasting legacy.  He was given the nickname Shredder due not only to his love of backcountry skiing but for the infamous “shredding” motivational tactics that he used on his North Shore Rescue team to inspire the highest level of performance and success.  Tim was a huge supporter of the local community and dreamt of a day when the NSR could have sustainable funding, allowing the team to focus more on training.  With that coal in mind the proceeds from each bottle of Deep Cove’s Shredder Golden Ale will go to the Tim Jones Legacy Fund.

The SHREDDER Golden Ale was designed to be a beer Tim would have enjoyed with his family, friends and husky after a call well done. A nice, rounded malt body featuring biscuit and honeysuckle notes leads into a pleasing herbal hoppiness. Refreshing and sessionable, this honey coloured ale is best enjoyed while appreciating all that the North Shore has to offer. 5% ABV.


To Commemorate the launch of this beer Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers held a fund raiser party on Saturday November 15th 2014.  350 tickets were sold at $45 a piece.  The event was held at the brewery and went from 5pm to 9pm.  There were silent auction items up for grabs, Shredder Golden Ale for sample and even a food truck for eats.  I had commitments the night of the event but I purchased two tickets and attended for the first hour.  I spend countless hours hiking and snowshoeing not only in the North Shore Mountains but all over Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.  It was an honer to be able to meet some of these Search and Rescue volunteers and honor Tim Jones.  I hope to never have to meet any of these hero’s while enjoying the beautiful province we live in but I am glad that there are people out there willing to be that hero!  It is so important to make sure that Groups like North Shore Search and Rescue are well funded so that they can save lives.  So get out there and purchase some of this beer and help make a difference because who knows they may just be saving your life or a loved ones in the future.

If you would like to further help this cause you can donate money by clicking the following link.  Tim Jones Legacy Fund.

In Memory of Tim Jones (may 30th, 1956 – January 19th, 2014)

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Burning Rock Ale – Green Leaf Brewing Co

From North Vancouer’s Green Leaf Brewing comes their “Burning Rock Ale” a Steinbier.  A Steinbier is not mashed in the same way as most ales.  This ale is brewed by added burning hot stones to the mash to heat and sear in the flavours.

The beer pours a ruby brown colour with a creamy tan head.  The aroma consists of roasty malts, candied caramel, dark fruits and some floral hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, smoke, caramel, dark fruits, toasted nuts, resin and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 26.  This beer really reminds me of a very mild Barleywine.  I am going to dub it a Session Barleywine.  I really enjoyed this beer as it hits all of the check boxes for a great barleywine style ale but the alcohol content is very sessionable.  I recommend this beer for anyone that likes a barleywine, smoked ale or just a great esoteric beer.

Learn a bit more about the beer

Commercial Description:  Beer inspired by fire and rock. When red-hot granite meets beer wort that sears itself into the beer and then into the imagination. The taste of this beer is all about malt and the unique range of caramelized flavors that come from this most unusual process.


Pear and Star Anise ESB (Cask) – Bridge Brewing Company

From North Vancouver’s Bridge Brewing Company comes their latest weekly cask the “Pear and Star Anise ESB” a beer brewed not by the Brewmaster but by their other brewer Rachel.  The ESB pours a cloudy red/orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of tons of pear with lots of anise and malts.  The flavour is of pear, star anise and some mild hops bitterness and malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 38.  I do not like pear but this beer was wonderful!  I would love to drink more of this beer any day, what a weird and amazing mixture!

Commercial Description:  Sweet and quintessentially autumn Bartlett pears have been freshly juiced and paired with the deep flavour of star anise in this cask-conditioned ESB.

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North Shore Black IPA – Bridge Brewing Company

From one of my favorite little nanobreweries out of North Vancouver BC comes their “North Shore Black IPA”.  The beer pours deep black with a tan head.  The aroma of this beer is of roasted malts, pine, cola and floral hops.  The flavour of this brew is of roasted malts, pine, chocolate, cola and floral hops.  This beer has a very nice body which is very creamy and very smooth.  The alcohol content is 5.25% and the IBU is 44.  For some IPA purists out there this beer may not have the stats for you but it is really worth the try.  The guys at bridge brewing are really producing some great beer for our consumption!

With coffee and cola flavours, and a hint of pepper and nuttiness resulting in a very dark, very hoppy beer with a thinner malt profile.

North Shore Pale Ale – Bridge Brewing Company

From North Vancouver’s Bridge Brewing Company comes their “North Shore Pale Ale”.  Bridge Brewing is a Nano Brewery so this is their one main beer they produce.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with a white head.  The beer smells heavily of malts and citrus.  The flavor is of malts, citrus and a pretty good hit of hops bitterness.  The beer has an alcohol content of 5.5% and an IBU of 27.  This beer is very tasty and I am glad they are making the beer more accessible.  You can now buy the beer in growers at two locations and on tap at a few place around North Van and Vancouver.


Purchase growlers at the brewery on Friday 3-7pm and Saturday 2-5pm

115-2433 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver, BC, V7H 0A1
604-770-BREW (2739)

Edgemont Fine Wines, Spirits & Ales (Purchase through brand new Growler Exchange Program)
Every Day 9am – 11pm
3020 Edgemont Boulevard
North Vancouver, BC V7R 2N4