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!
From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Ashore Rye Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a light brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and rye. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, mild coffee, nuts, earth, mild ash, caramel, rye and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 32. I really enjoyed this Porter and I look forward to picking it up again.
Commercial Description: A twist on the traditional brown style porter, a portion of malted Rye is added which gives a spicy finish, chocolate flavors with hints of nuts and lightly roasted coffee make this a sessionable dark ale. We use only the finest British and local ingredients.
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.