Kazu Maru IPA – Wheelhouse Brewing


From Wheelhouse Brewing in Prince Rupert comes their  “Kazu Maru IPA”.  The beer pours a fairly hazy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of lots of fruit notes including citrus and grapefruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of juicy citrus, grapefruit, stone fruit, earth, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 75.  Its always nice to see a big fairly challenging IPA being made in the middle of nowhere!

Commercial Description:  The fishing vessel Kazu Maru disappeared from the waters of Owase, Japan in 1985. A year and a half later it was found across the Pacific near Owase’s sister city Prince Rupert. Here it was lovingly restored and honoured. To this day the boat sits in the park across the street from the brewery.  This bold yet balanced IPA is a salute to those who have fallen in love with the sea, and who have given their life to it. Out of chaos comes beauty.

First Mate White IPA – Wheelhouse Brewing (Yellow Dog Brewing Company)


From Wheelhouse Brewing in Prince Rupert in collaboration with Yellow Dog Brewing comes their  “First Mate White IPA”.  The beer pours an orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruits, sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of wheat, malts, citrus rind, pineapple, citrus, resin and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 57.  Both breweries are known to make really good beers and this one is no different.  I wish that it was easier to to get beer from Wheelhouse Brewing beer outside of Prince Rupert as they are doing some really good stuff up there.

Commercial Description:  This White IPA balances a delicate malt bill with soft juicy citrus hops and a spicey Belgian Wit yeast. Citra and Mosaic hops are featured beside sweet orange peel.

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Prospector’s Peril Blonde Ale – Barkerville Brewing Company


From Barkerville Brewing in Quesnel comes their “Prospector’s Peril Blonde Ale”.  The beer pours a mild cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grainy malts, sweetness and citrus.  The flavour is of mild earth, sweetness, bready malts, citrus and grassy hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.4%.  This is not a ground breaking Blonde Ale but not every beer needs to be.  This beer is a good example of a blonde ale.

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Beer on the road – Road Trip Northern BC and Okanagan


Road trip to the a Portion of Northern BC and the Okanagan

Last year I took a road trip to the Kootenays region of BC for Craft Beer and hotsprings and I even made it back to the Kootenays for the East Kootenay Beer Festival this year.  The 2800km road trip really got me excited to explore more of the vast province that is British Columbia.  With a week at our disposal we hit the road to check out some of the Northern BC breweries as well as checking out a few of the latest breweries in the Okanagan.

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When the trip was finished the odometer read 3433.3km which is a hell of run but we live in a beautiful area and it is a crime that we always fly elsewhere to Holiday.  If you were paying attention you would notice we took a dip into Alberta to visit Jasper National Park to camp and check out the Athabasca Glacier and a brewery (surprise surprise).

This run of driving brought us to Three Ranges Brewing, Jasper Brewing Company, Barkerville Brewing, Red Collar Brewing, Cannery Brewing and Tin Whistle Brewing.  Our plan had us staying in a hotel in Valemount while camping in Jasper National Park, Quesnel and Shuswap Lake (Shuswap Lake was not possible due to extreme thunderstorms and 30mm or rain so we continued to the Okanagan) and we started the whole trip in Squamish.

With the price of gas skyrocketing in Canada and especially in BC it is getting harder to pull off affordable road trips.  Your best bet will always be to camp as your average night will be around $40 or less instead of the $100+ in hotels.   One thing to note with camping at Provincial Park campgrounds in BC is that most sites are now only available as reservable sites.  The campground will likely say full even if they have lots of room.  The only way to camp now in British Columbia is to book ahead and as soon as possible.  The best way to do it is online at Discover Camping although you can also book on the phone in Canada and US at 1-800-689-9025 or Internationally at 1-519-826-6850.  National Parks are a whole different game with awful websites that have mazes of links and unhelpful information.  Your best bet is again to book in advance but if you are going to Jasper National Park click here to book sites and any other National Park just search for online booking of campsites in the park you want to stay in.  It will save headaches and frustration.

What is a road trip without Photos?

Alice Lake Provincial Park Campground (Squamish)

Mount Robson Provincial Park (BC), Jasper National Park and Jasper Brewing (AB)

Quesnel, Barkerville and Pinnacles Provincial Park (BC)

Kamloops (BC)

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A total of 3433.3km may seem like a long way but it barley touched the surface of the province of BC.  I can’t wait to explore event more of the province in the future!

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I hope this can inspire you to both explore more of the Province of BC and its nature and Breweries or really wherever you live!  Some times it is just better to explore your back yard no matter how big it is and I know BC is bloody big with 944,735 square km (or 364,764 square miles) inside its borders.

Three Ranges Brewing – Valemount


I just got home from a long road trip that headed as far North as Prince George.  The first stop on the trip was Valemount a short 675km from Vancouver (and we drove from Squamish 737km).  Not only was Valemount a great way point for a road trip but it also houses the brewery Three Ranges Brewing.

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Three Ranges Brewing is not open on Mondays but still opened the brewery up to give me a tour of the facility. The tasting room is beautiful with wood finishes everywhere.  For such a small town Village like Valmount the brewery has lots of seating and around 6 taps of beer.  Sadly when I was in town they had temporarily shut down beer production for maintenance and were using the shutdown to reorganize the brewery. Fortunately for the locals it gave them a chance to have a tap takeover and showcase the breweries friends.

Once finished looking around the tasting room I was brought into the brewery.  Currently the brewery was in a bit of disarray as they were just finishing up moving tanks and starting to brew again.  They have moved equipment around to new locations and are working on bringing in new equipment also.

Here are a few more photos I took including the Valmount sign and two more of the brewery.

If you are looking for Three Ranges Brewing’s beer you will have to take a drive unless you live in Valemount, Prince George, Clearwater and McBride according their website.  It is well worth the drive though and I was happy I found a few 6 packs while driving through Price George.

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Three Ranges Brewing
http://www.threeranges.com/
1160 5th Avenue
Valemount
info@threeranges.com