Sour 2 (Kriek Sour) – Central City Brewers & Distillers

From Central City Brewers & Distillers (Red Racer Brewing) in Surrey comes their second beer in their new sour program “Sour 2 (Kriek Sour)”.  This beer has been aged for two years in both French Oak Foeders and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.  The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of cherry, oak, vanilla and vinegar.  The flavour is of cherry, oak, vanilla, red wine, balsamic or apple cider vinegar, tartness and some sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.8% with an IBU of 17 IBU.  While this will probably only get better with age it is already tasting quite nice.  If you can afford to pick up multiple bottles I would recommend it.

Commercial Description:  A Red Ale infused with cherries. Better known as a Kriek, this beer has been aging for 2 years in Cabernet Sauvignon oak barrels and French oak foeders. Brewed in the traditional Belgian fashion the Sour No. 2 is big bodied and has a balance of earthy oak tones and cherry notes that give a lightly sweet and sour experience.

Food pairings as per brewery:  Rich meats, strong cheese, chocolate.


Jitter Buzz Imperial Coffee Stout – Red Racer Brewing

From Red Racer Brewing (Central City Brewing) out of Surrey BC comes the “Jitter Buzz Imperial Coffee Stout”. I did not get the Central City and Parallel 49 Advent Calendar this year but I managed to get ahold of this beer the 24th beer of the Calendar. To take a look at the whole calendar look here. The coffee used in this brew was donated by Around the World Bean. The beer pours an opaque black with a small light brown head. The aroma consists of coffee, roasts malts, hint of chocolate, molasses and some sweetness. The flavour is of coffee, molasses, roasted malts, hint of chocolate, earth, mild smoke or ash and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 9%. I think this brew would be worthy of exploring as a regular lineup beer.


IPA for Autism – Red Racer Brewing

From Red Racer Brewing (Central City Brewing) out of Surrey BC comes the “IPA for Autism” a variant of their India Pale Ale.  In previous years Central City has brought us a variant of their Imperial IPA.  This year they changed up from the Imperial IPA as the IPA has a much larger distribution area.   Instead of $5 per bomber now $2 per 6 pack goes towards Autism research.  The beer pours an amber colour with an white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, sweetness, citrus and caramel.  The flavour is of caramel, pine, resin, bitterness, citrus and melon.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 80.  When it comes to standard IPA’s in 6 packs this would have to be one of the best.  Pick up a few six packs now and help fund Autism research while feeding your friends great beer!

Commercial Description:  This year Central City is releasing a special limited edition Red Racer IPA can for our IPA for Autism Program! $2 from every 6-can pack and 25¢ from every 473ml single can sold will be going towards our fundraising efforts for Autism Research. There will also be a limited number of BC draught accounts participating with 25¢ from every pint sold going towards the program. Check our IPA for Autism webpage for a list of participating on-premise accounts as well as our list of sponsors so far.  This year our program will be going Canada-wide!  Limited release IPA for Autism cans will be launched in April. Central City will also be accepting Autism donations at its Liquor Store and Brewpub + Restaurant.

Why Autism?  Autism now affects 1 in 68 children – 1 in 42 boys. And the numbers are worse in British Columbia, which is a hotspot for Autism. Autism is widespread, and it’s growing and Central City is dedicated to supporting the efforts to improve the lives of those that are affected by it.


Closing Cask Night – VBW – March 14th, 2015

Every good beer week requires a great closing cask night.  Victoria Beer Week 2015 was no different.

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On March 14th, 2015 the closing cask festival was held at the Victoria Public Market.  While the opening cask festival centered on Victoria beers the closing cask festival centered on Vancouver and other parts of British Columbia.  Being from Vancouver I was happy to see that most of the breweries on hand brought interesting one off casks not just standard fair.  This event seemed to really have a buzz especially as many of the beer on sample were from breweries that are not easily attainable on the island.  As I know one of the organizers I did not have to wait in line and was able to get a bit of an inside look into the setup of the event.  Here are a few of the photos I took while behind the scenes.

Once it got closer to the time that the doors would open I got a my grubby mitts on the list of beers that would be poured.

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The beers included if the list is not clear enough:

Bomber Brewing – Winter Tropics’ Stout
Brassneck – Inertia II
Bridge Brewing – Black Rye IPA with Cocoa nibs
Cannery Brewing – Turbanido Sugar
Central City (Red Racer) – Oaked India Style Red Ale
Dead Frog Brewery – Belgian Mist
Fernie Brewing – Griz Pale Ale dry-hopped with Mosaic & Simcoe
Four Winds Brewing – Vexillum Imperial IPA
Green Leaf Brewing – Les Saisoniers
Howe Sound Brewing – Devil’s Elbow dry-hopped with Summit & Topaz
Main Street Brewing – Session IPA with Brettanomyces
Moody Ales – Raspberry Blond Ale
Old Yale Brewing – Hazelnut Sasquatch Stout
Parallel 49 Brewing – Rye the Sterling Face
Postmark Brewing – Dry-Hopped Citra & Simcoe IPA
Powell Street Craft Brewing- White IPA
Red Truck Beer – Fresh Squeezed Delicious
Stanley Park Brewery – Rum Soaked Oak Chips
Steamworks Brewing – Imperial Red Ale
Steel & Oak Brewing – 001 Azacca The Projekt
Strange Fellows Brewing – Talisman West Coast Pale Ale with Mosaic (not listed)
Townsite Brewing – Black Wheat Beer
Yellow Dog Brewing – Pineapple/Mosaic IPA

Once the doors were about to open I was able to get my glass that came with 8 drink bottle caps and one food ticket.  More could be bought at 4 beer tokens for $5 and one food ticket for $5 both of witch you would need more as the beer and food were both great!VBW Closing Cask-010

Once the doors opened it was a steady stream of ticket holders, brewmasters and brewery owners.  The event was very relaxed with little to no stupidity that can break out when you have alcohol involved.  People were way to excited to try amazing beer to be causing any trouble from what I could tell!

Overall the cask festival was an amazing event.  I met all kinds of great people be it festival goers or VBW volunteers.  For the Volunteers you know who you are thanks for being really friendly and chatty.  I also never need a reason to chat with all of the brewery owners and brewmasters from the Vancouver region and I did a ton of this at this closing cask event.  I have to say that Victoria seems to know how to hold a cask event to be sure!  Being inside of the Victoria Public Market really gave a cool vibe to the event also.  It is a really cool space that lends itself to large gatherings!

Full sized photos can be found here.

Dubbel Trubbel Rum & Raisin Belgian Dubbel – Central City Brewing (Dec 24, 2014)

Beer Advent Calendar 2014

The last beer in the Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown Craft Beer Advent Calendar was a collaboration between Parallel 49 Brewing and Central City Brewers & Distillers.  This collaboration was brewed at Central City Brewers & Distillers (Red Racer Brewing) and was a “Dubbel Trubbel Rum & Raisin Belgian Dubbel”.  The beer pours a brown colour with very minimal head.  The aroma consists of rum, raisins, malts, sweet sugar and an earthy finish.  The flavour is of rum, raisins, dark fruit, chocolate, malts, semi sweet and some earthy finish.  The alcohol content came in at 6.5%.  I was happy to find this collaboration to be a very tasty and interesting beer.  The rum and raisins really added a nice touch to this one.

Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown 2014

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