Burton Ale – Vancouver Island Brewing (Gladstone Brewing)

From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria in collaboration with Gladstone Brewing out of Courtenay comes their “Burton Ale”.  The beer pours a deep red / amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, molasses, mild roast and dark fruit.  The flavour is of caramel, molasses, orange zest, herbal, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 75.  This is an interesting ale.  I don’t know much about the Burton Ale style so I can not say if it is to style though.

Commercial Description:  Originating from Burton-On-Trent, England, the Burton Ale inspired the IPA beer style we know today. Almost 200 years later, Gladstone and Vancouver Island Brewing have come together to recreate this strong amber ale that inspired the IPA beer style. English born, Island proud.

Agent Orange IPA – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Agent Orange IPA”.  The beer pours a very cloudy orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of orange, orange zest, floral hops and sweetness.  The flavour is of with mild resin and bitterness.  This has all the body of the North East IPA’s that you see around.  I really enjoy this beer and love that the mandarin orange flavour really builds as it warms up.

Commercial Description:  Agent Orange IPA: what happens when you combine a crisp, refreshing IPA with Mandarin Oranges?  Magic!  Introducing agent orange IPA with fresh mandarin Oranges featuring Galaxy, Citra and Cascade hops!

Dry Hopped Saison – Old Abbey Ales

From Old Abbey Ales in Abbotsford comes their “Dry Hopped Saison”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, pepper, citrus and citrus zest.  The flavour is of orange, orange zest, spices, wheat, toffee, mild bitterness and a grassy finish.  the alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 35.  The mixing of the dry hopping with this saison has made for a great tasting beer.  Make sure to pick up a bottle and give it a try.

Commercial Description: Smells like a sunny day in a spring hayfield. Spicy black pepper notes and orange zest are present on the palate with subtle use of noble hops to provide refined bitterness and structure.  Saisons are traditionally brewed in cooler months to provide a refreshing beer to be enjoyed over the summer by seasonal workers “Les saisonniers”. The notoriously open-ended style has changed over time making true definition difficult with both alcohol content and flavor profile evolving.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  If you can’t get hold of a slice of traditional flamische, try this with quiche or pizza and a garden salad. Similarly you can substitute sole meuniere for BC trout or salmon!

Cheese Pairing as per brewery: Salty Goats Cheeses – Soft or Hard –balance the freshness of the Beer. Hard Cheeses like Comte or Appenzeller.