From Red Truck Beer in Vancouver comes their “Midnight Run Dark Lager”. The beer pours a chestnut brown with a light brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, nuts and sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, nuts, earth, caramel, hint of dark fruit and a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.9%. This is a fairly basic dark lager but that is exactly what you would want from it anyways. Easy drinking and great for the winter months.
Commercial Description: Our Midnight Run Dark Lager was first made introduced as a limited edition beer in a 650ml bottle back in 2015. After all of raving reviews from consumers, and with the seasons changing, we just had to bring it back for everyone to take for a test drive.
From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver in collaboration other members of the with BC Craft Brewers Guild comes their “BC Craft Brewers Guild Oktoberfest” a Marzen lager well placed for this time of year. The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of toffee, caramel, fruity and a bit of sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, nuts, sweetness and some minor hops. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 25. This beer delivers on exactly what it should. Its got the malts and the crispness of the Marzen or Oktoberfest style beer. This can is the launch of the new BC Independent Owned BC Beer seal.
Commercial Description: OKTOBERFEST BC BEER COLLABORATION: Early in September, BC Craft Brewers Guild members gathered at Bomber to create a celebratory brew in honour of the 6th anniversary of BC Craft Beer Month, an annual campaign to promote and raise awareness of independently owned and operated BC craft breweries. Using a recipe collaboratively designed by various Guild member head brewers, this golden, medium-bodied Oktoberfest is eminently drinkable and refreshing. The BC Craft Brewers Guild would like to thank the following companies for their very generous support of this project: West Coast Canning, IMS (labels), and BSG Canada (malts).
From Calgary Alberta’s Big Rock Brewery comes their “Traditional Ale” an English Style Brown Ale that is also brewed at the breweries in British Columbia and Ontario. The beer pours a medium chestnut brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, mild roast, nuttiness, earth and a sweet finish. The flavour is of nuts, caramel, mild roast, earth some mild bitterness and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 20. This beer isn’t going to knock your socks off but that is not what a brown ale is about anyways. This is a tasty clean brown ale that hits the right notes.
Commercial Description: A recipe gone untouched since Big Rock’s founding. Toasty malt and sweet caramel up front, finishes with a nutty flavour, medium creamy carbonation and mild hop bitterness. “The unmatched quality of our Canadian grown barley is still the backbone of this beer over 30 years after it was first brewed. My comfort food in a glass, some things just never get old.” ~Brewmaster Paul Gautreau
Food pairing as per brewery: Sharp cheeses, red meats and stews.
From Riot Brewing in Chemainus on Vancouver Island comes their “Working Class Hero Dark Mild”. The beer pours a deep copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts and sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, nuts, caramel, chocolate, mild earth, sweetness and a low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 3.8% with an IBU of 14. You have to love a good mild ale that is full of flavour and this one is just that!
Steve and I have finally finished our second successful all grain home brew. Once again we used his Brooklyn Brew Shop brewing system that he was given as a gift. We used the Chestnut Brown Ale mix that comes with everything you need but the optional chestnuts. We were unable to find chestnuts so brewed the beer as per the package.
The brew went down without a hitch and his little one was even able to help in her first ever brew.
The beer sat for two weeks to ferment and then we transferred our Growler Werks Ukeg‘s to force carbonate. We set the Ukeg’s to 15PSI for three days agitating multiple times a day. Today was the day to try the carbonated beer.
The beer poured a deep brown colour with a brown head (different lighting on both photos). The aroma consisted of caramel, nuts, sweetness and a hint of fruit. The flavour was of toffee, caramel, nuts, earth and some medium bitterness. While this beer does not stand up to commercially made craft beer I could taste no off flavours and it was quite enjoyable. If Steve and I could do our first two batches without off flavours and a pretty darn good flavour I would have to say that I would highly recommend the Brooklyn Brew Shop system. It is also nice to be able to force carbonate your beer if you have the ability as bottle conditioning can be a crap shoot. Our first batch 50% of the bottles were way over carbonated. With the Ukeg it was perfectly carbonated.