From Two Wolves Brewing a new contract brewery out of Factory Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Great Plains Brown Ale”. The beer pours a brown colour with a light brown head. The aroma consists of nuttiness, caramel and some sweetness. The flavour is of caramel, nuts, hint of chocolate, mild ash, earth, mild resin and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 18. This is a pretty darn good brown ale and a good release from the new brewery.
Commercial Description: Our dark brew, Two Wolves Great Plains Brown Ale is a well-balanced beer with a deep copper colour and aromas of roasted malt, cocoa and caramel. This highly engaging beer is medium bodied and bright with a high carbonation and pairs well with most foods.
Food pairing as per brewery: This all-season beer is refreshing enough to pair with light foods, and bold enough to stand with rich, heavy meals – excellent with pork and beef, root and winter vegetables, stews and barbecues alike.
From Victoria BC’s Vancouver Island Brewing comes their “48 Dark Lager” one of their brew re-branded beers. The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of lightly roasted malts, coffee, mild fruit and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, nutty, citrus, earth and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8%. This is an enjoyable black lager with just enough flavour to keep you coming back for more.
Commercial Desciption: 84 Dark Lager is a malty, authentic Bavarian dark lager crafted with a blend of caramel, chocolate and roasted wheat malts. Aromas and flavours of bread crusts, coffee and chocolate accentuate this malt-forward beer, while light hop bitterness and flavour are present. This full-bodied beer’s finish is surprising: it ends smooth and clean, typical or the cold fermented lager.
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.
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.