Not For Nazis Organic Nut Brown Ale – Boundary Brewing (Crannóg Ales)


From Boundary Brewing in Kelowna and Crannóg Ales in Sorrento comes their “Not For Nazis” Organic Nut Brown Ale.  This beer was born out of a digital attack that threatened the business and life of the brewer Oliver and his children for hanging an Anti Fascist flag in their brewery.  When Sorrento’s Crannóg Ales stepped up to say hey we have been hanging that flag for many months it moved over to them.  From this horrible situation this beer was born.  If you would like to hear more about the situation take a listen to the Pacific Beer Chat episode where we profiled Boundary Brewing.  The beer pours a deep chestnut brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of a good nutty start with mild roasted malts, caramel and some residual sweetness.  The flavour was of nuts, caramel, roasted malts, some ash or smoke and a mild bitterness in the finish.  This Organic Nut Brown ale is a great example of what I look for in a Brown Ale.  So get off your couch and help fight hate by picking up a bottle of this brew!

 

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Battle of the Casks – Townhall Coquitlam – November 29th 2013


On Friday November 29th, 2013 Townhall Coquitlam held a “Battle of the Casks”.  Four great BC breweries were involved including Four Winds, Dead Frog, Cannery and Steamworks Brewing.  The casks were tapped around 5pm and the beer started flowing.  The beer was poured by the brewery staff and then served by the great servers at Townhall.

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This was the very first Battle of the Casks that they have held so it started with a few hiccups but it ran well from then on.  Four Winds Brewing brought their IPA dry hopped with Simco hops.  Dead Frog Brewing brought out a Nub Brown ale with chocolate, espresso and strawberries.  Steamworks Brewing brought a cask of Stout with chocolate, chillies and coca.  The last cask was from Cannery Brewing and was their Amber Ale with honey and Amarillo hops.

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All 4 beer were really tasty and everyone in the place was having a really good time.  There was a ton of great conversation with lots of great people.

Beer 1
Four Winds Brewing – IPA with Simco Hops
Appearance: Cloudy Orange with white head
Aroma: Citrus, tropical fruit, floral hops, malty
Flavour:  Malty backbone, tropical fruit, citrus, pine, good bitterness
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Beer 2
Dead Frog Brewing – Nut Brown Ale with chocolate, espresso and strawberries
Appearance:  Deep brown/red with brown head
Aroma:  roasted malts, espresso, chocolate and mild strawberries finishing it off
Flavour:  Lots of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, espresso bitterness and a strawberry flavour that builds with every sip.
Mouthfeel:  Has the mouthfeel of a stout
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Beer 3
Steamworks Brewing – Stout with Chocolate chilli’s and coca
Appearance:  Deep opaque brown with a brown head.
Aroma:  sweet candied sugar, chocolate, roasted malts
Flavour:  roasted malts, , smoke, chocolate, mild chili’s.  Sweet but not overly
Mouthfeel:  very thick stout
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Beer 4
Cannery Brewing – Amber Ale with honey and Amarillo hops
Appearance:  cloudy amber with almost no head.Aroma:  malts, citrus, honey, floral hops
Flavour:  Malts, honey, citrus, oranges, pine and hops bitterness.
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All the beer was very popular and it was awesome to see that all 4 beer in the Battle of the casks were a different style of beer.  The fist cask to empty and thus win the Battle of the Casks was Cannery Brewing Amber Ale.  I quite enjoyed the Cannery Amber Ale but my choice of best beer was the Four Winds Brewing IPA.  All 4 were great though and I would have had more than one glass each if I did not have to head out after the competition.

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I am really looking forward to the next Battle of the Casks put on by Townhall Coquitlam and I hope to be there!

Full Sized photos can be found here check them out!

Townhall Public House Coquitlam
925 Brunette Avenue
Coquitlam, BC V3K 1C8
(604) 526-2324
jrgvancouver.ca

Cherry Nut Brown – R&B Brewing (R and B Brewing) (Draft)


From Vancouver’s R&B Brewing comes the “Cherry Nut Brown” a beer brewed exclusively for Bitter Tasting Room.  The beer pours a brown colour with a light brown head.  The aroma is of malts, nuts and a semi sweet cherry.  The flavour is of malts, nuts, mild cherry, mild bitterness and amore tart than sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  This was a very nice tasting beer so don’t let the Cherry scare you into thinking it is ultra sweet or anything!  All cherries used in this beer were picked in the Okanagan by one of the guys at Bitter Tasting Room.

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Big Head Nut Brown – The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company


From Canmore Alberta’s The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company comes their “Big Head Nut Brown”.  This Nut Brown Ale pours a reddish brown colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of roasty malts, caramel, nuts like hazelnuts and almonds and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, caramel, hazelnut and almond and an overall sweetness.  The alcohol content of the beer is 6%.  This is a very nice beer and I hope I will be able to get more of their beers in the future!

Commercial Description: This is a smooth, medium bodied classic brown ale.  A crisp mouth feel, with sweet caramel body, mild hops, and gentle finish, lend to the easy enjoyment of this beer.  Brewed from pale malts and four varieties of roast malts this beer has a pleasant malty character. Certainly not a stout, this is a clean, roast flavoured beer.  A great alternative to both the Red and Stout.

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Nut Brown Ale – Big River Brewing Company


From Richmond BC’s Big River Brewing Company located inside the Zone Bowling Centre comes their “Nut Brown Ale”.  This nut brown poured a deep dark brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consisted of roasted malts, nuts and some mild coffee.  The flavour was of roasted malts, coffee, nuts and some slight hops bitterness.  This is a well balanced, medium bodied ale that is quite tasty.  The alcohol content of this beer is 5%.

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