Barkerville Brewing Co – Quesnel

My second stop (In BC) on my road trip took me to Quesnel located in the North Cariboo region of BC. Quesnel is the home of Barkerville Brewing Co. Even though Quesnel is located 86km from the historic town of Barkerville the whole region has a rich gold mining history so the name still makes sense.


Walking into the tasting room you will meet both modern looking art with lots of throwback art to the gold panning era.  My favourite touch is that their tap handles are made to look like dynamite.  I really like their symbol with the mustache and teeth with one gold tooth also. It just oozes old school.


After having a sample of the beer available on tap I was able to get a quick tour of the brewery.  For the amount of beer that I have been able to find in the Vancouver area lately I was very surprised at how small this brewery really was.  For their size they sure are pumping out beer!  With most of their products being released in bottles they now have a lager that is found in 4 packs of cans.  This first batch was canned by West Coast Canning but they do have a canning line on order and it should be there soon.

On the way out of the brewery I picked up a growler fill and a bomber of a new beer.  Reviews to come!

full sized photos here

Barkerville Brewing Co
185 Davie Street, Quesnel

Yukon Holiday Kolsch – Yukon Brewing

From Yukon Brewing in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories (Northern Canada 2,400km North of Vancouver BC) comes the “Yukon Holiday Kolsch”.  The beer pours a golden straw colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of bready malts, grainy, grassy hops and some citrus.  The flavour is of bready malts with some grainy notes, wheat, citrus and some yeast.  The alcohol content comes in at a 5% ABV.  This may not be one of my favourite styles but this is a very good version and if I could get more I would pick up a few for sure!

Commercial Description:  Summer has definitely sprung in the Yukon, with long days, warm afternoons, and a very active community. Biking, paddling, disc golfing…you name it. And, of course, tourists are beginning to arrive. What a perfect time, we thought, for a Yukon Holiday.  Now, you might remember the movie Roman Holiday, with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. And, you might think, ‘That kind of looks like them on the artwork’. And who knows, maybe they are. The person here who created the artwork is currently en route to Haines, Alaska, for the amazingly fun Haines Beerfest. If you have never been, put that one on your bucket list, by the way…  But the reason we have no idea where this artwork came from, is that we have nobody to ask! And, we have no idea what Yukon Holiday has to do with kolsch. And, we definitely have no clue where Gregory Peck or Audrey Hepburn fits into this.  But we do know kolsch…this is a pretty tasty rendition, if we do say so ourselves. The beer style originates in Cologne, Germany, and is pretty much a German version of the British Pale Ale. The word itself is basically an adjective meaning “Cologne-ish”, as in ‘from Cologne’. Seems like the perfect thing to name a beer that is popular in the region.  Traditionally this beer was made with a single pilsner malt. We changed it up a bit by using some Vienna malt, giving a bit of breadiness, and some malted wheat for some citrusy notes. Hopping is light, and done with traditional Czech Saaz hops. And, And, in traditional fashion, while an ale this beer was fermented more like a lager, long and cool. Alcohol content is 5.0% abv, which is pretty much in the middle of the range for the style.


Lead Dog Olde English Ale – Yukon Brewing

From Yukon Brewing in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories (Northern Canada 2,400km North of Vancouver BC) comes the “Lead Dog Olde English Ale”.  The beer pours a deep ruby red to brown colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, dark fruits, molasses, nuts and a hint of chocolate.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, earth, nuts and a mild caramel in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7%.  I have only had a very limited amount of Yukon Brewing to this point but this was a very tasty ale and I look forward to trying a bunch more of their beer soon!

Commercial Description:

How could we survive the Yukon winters without a winter warmer? Well, I guess Yukoners have been doing it for many years before we showed up, but this Olde English Ale has to make the whole thing a little more bearable.

This brew is not for the faint of heart; it doesn’t leap out and bite you (most Lead Dogs are better trained than that), but it will most certainly sneak up and knock you for a loop if given the chance (this character might be more comparable to that of the Malamute and Husky!).  Brewed to be high test, 7% alcohol by volume, the beer nonetheless drinks very smooth; the product of a careful blend of six different malts, and 2 months of aging after fermentation. The dark chocolate appearance is reminiscent of a porter, and the slightly darkened creamy head tops the look. But the first sip lets you know that this beer can be consumed, in quantity if desired (or required?), without leading to an overly full gullet.  Intricate malt flavours predominate, with a medium mouth-feel and a very light bitter. This ale promises to take the chill off after running the team in the crisp January nights.

Food Pairing as per the brewery:  Pan Asian, Feta, Gouda, Asiago, Salad, Poultry