From Oliver BC’s Firehall Brewery comes their “Table Beer Series #1 Red Wine Barrel Brown 2016″. As the brewery puts it this is the Beer of Wine Country. The beer pours a very deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of a ton of red wine, roasted malts and some sweetness. The flavour is of red wine, roasted malts, nuts, earth, chocolate, cherry, berries and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5%. I do not always know what to expect from Wine barrel aged beers but this was a fantastic, enjoyable brew!
From Surrey BC’s Russel Brewing comes their “A Wee Angry Scotch Ale”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of lots of malt, caramel, toffee, mild smoke and some sweetness. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, nuts, earth, peat, sweetness and maybe a hint of chocolate and lesser of mint possibly. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 30. This is an approachable Scotch Ale and worth a pickup.
Commercial Description: A Wee Angry Scotch Ale is crafted in the style of a 19th century 90 Schilling Scotch Ale is a strong, dark ale with dominant malt accent that originated in Edinburgh. Made with Scottish specialty malts including Peated Malt imparting a slight smoky character to the beer.
For the third anniversary of Bomber Brewing in Vancouver in collaboration with Coast Mountain Brewing out of whistler comes the “Double Secret Probation Doppelsticke Altbier”. The beer pours a deep copper brown with a tan head. The aroma consists of roasty malts, caramel, sweetness and a floral and grassy finish. The flavour is of mild roasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts, chocolate, brown sugar, sweetness, earth and a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8.6% with an IBU of 39. This is a tasty collaboration from both of these breweries and well worth checking out! I know I look forward to having more.
Commercial Description: When head brewers Blair Calibaba (Bomber) and Kevin Winter (Coast Mountain) first met, they immediately became fast friends and began plans for a collaboration brew. The result of that planning is this special version of a Düsseldorf Altbier that is higher in alcohol than the traditional German style with a much hoppier aroma due to the use of dry-hopping. ‘Doppelsticke’ means ‘double secret’ in German, hence the nod to the Delta House brothers and Dean Wormer’s infamous crackdown. In the words of John ‘Bluto’ Blutarsky, “My advice to you is to start drinking heavily.”
From Coast Mountain Brewing in Whistler comes their “Fire Steel Red Ale”. The beer pours a chestnut brown with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, nuts and roasted malts. The flavour is of caramel, nuts, earth, resin, roasted malts and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 48. This is a very tasty red ale and is well worth picking up if you can find it.
Commercial Description: Our NorthWest Red Ale is brewed with six carefully selected specialty malts and an intense burst of flavour stemming from Simcoe, Centennial & Chinook hops. High in the mountains, Fire Steel shines with flavour.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Mr Fungi Chaga Black Lager” a beer with Chaga Mushrooms. The beer pours a chestnut brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of earth, chocolate, mild roasted malts and biscuit malts. The flavour is of mild roasted malts, biscuit malts, chocolate, mild coffee, nuts and some earth. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 10. This is a really fun and tasty dark lager and comes in at a very sessionable ABV! Don’t let the mushroom scare you if you don’t like them as it does not taste like mushrooms.
Commercial Description: Mr Fungi is a crisp, dry rice lager coloured with the trendy ‘new’ superfood chaga mushrooms! Native to the Northern Hemisphere, we take locally grown chaga mushrooms and turn them into a thick, black tea which we add to our brew. Notes of coffee, earth and flower power. Real groovy stuff man! Give out some free hugs, start a drum circle and enjoy friend.