Ashore Rye Porter – Britannia Brewing Company


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.

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Mapalé Milk Stout – Andina Brewing Company


From Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver comes their “Mapalé Milk Stout”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, lactose, toffee and caramel.  The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, toffee, nutty, lactose, earth and some low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 29.  You have to love a well made Milk Stout and I would have to say this one fits the bill.

 

Midnight Run Dark Lager – Red Truck Beer


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.

Traditional Ale – Big Rock Brewery


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.

 

Working Class Hero Dark Mild – Riot Brewing


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!