Soothsayer Milkshake IPA – Parallel 49 Brewing

From East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing comes their latest beer “Soothsayer Milkshake IPA”.  The beer pours a hazy orange colour with a white head and good lacing.  The aroma consists of citrus, juicy hops, lactose, floral and just an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of lactose, orange, orange rind with a hint of both resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  I have to say that this is a nice Milkshake IPA as it is sweet but not overly so like some of them.  One of the most true to style NE IPA’s that Parallel 49 Brewing has made to date to boot.


Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse – Hearthstone Brewery

From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse”.  The beer pours a reddish pink colour with a small white head.  The aroma consists of almost raspberry cool-aid and sweetness.  The flavour is of mild tartness, raspberry, wheat, mild earth and maybe some orange rind.  The alcohol content comes in at 3.2% with an IBU of 00.  While I do not find this one as exciting as the Peach and Lychee Berliner Weisse it is still quite tasty. 

Commercial Description:  We give you our take on a traditional old world classic – the Berliner Weisse.  Using 100% wild lactobacillus bacteria, and real, whole lychees.  This brew is tart, light and refreshing.  We hope you agree!  Cheers to summer sours!


Filthy Dirty IPA – Parallel 49 Brewing (Dec 3, 2014)

Beer Advent Calendar 2014

From Parallel 49 Brewing out of East Vancouver comes the “Filthy Dirty IPA”.  The IPA pours a cloudy copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, citrus and tropical fruits with a definite pinapple note or two.  The flavour is of citrus, tropical fruits, orange, orange rind, malts, resin, pine and a hops bitterness that shines through and almost over everything else.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.2% with an IBU of 55 (originally labeled as 75 in Summer).  This is a nice IPA and a good successor of the Lord of the Hops.

Commercial Description:  It’s time to get down and dirty.  This west Coast IPA may be full of filthy amounts of frouty & tropical hop character, but it’s nothing but clean on your palate.  All those other IPA’s are a boar.  We’re here to hog the spotlight.

Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown 2014

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Belgian Witbier with Ginger & Cardamom – Powell Street Craft Brewery

Spring/Summer Seasonal

The latest release from Powell Street Craft Brewery is their Spring/Summer Seasonal the “Belgian Witbier with Ginger & Cardamom”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange/yellow colour with a good sized white head.  The aroma consists of wheat, citrus, ginger and what I can only guess is cardamom.  The flavour is of wheat, citrus, orange rind, ginger, coriander and again what I would guess is cardamom finished of with a very mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content of the brew is 5% and the IBU comes in at a low 16.   David has done a great job at brewing a very different witbier that has a great flavour and easy drinkability.

Commercial Description:  The Belgian Witbier combines traditional bitter orange peel and coriander with aromatics of cardamom and the slight spiciness of ginger.  A perfect beer for patio season.

Interesting fact I found on Cardamom

Cardamom is an herb. The seeds are used to make medicine.
Cardamom is used for digestion problems including heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), intestinal gas, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite. It is also used for common cold, cough, bronchitis, sore mouth and throat, and tendency toward infection. Some people use cardamom as a stimulant and for urinary problems.

In foods, cardamom is used as a spice in many parts of the world.

How does it work?

Cardamom contains chemicals that appear to treat stomach and intestinal spasms and gas, and increase the movement of food through the intestine.

Why not drink your medicine?