Red Truck Brewmaster Dinner (Romer’s Burger Bar) – Jan 31st, 2016

I have been to two different beer dinners with Romer’s Burger Bar in the past but both were at the Kitsilano location.  This time the brewmaster dinner was held at their Yaletown location.  The dinner was a collaboration with Red Truck Beer.

This is the third year that Romer’s has put on the Craft Bowl promotion at their pubs and this dinner tied into it.  Red Truck is the 2 time defending champion of the promotion.  All three locations put two or three beer against each other in a blind tasting where you pick your favourite and get a glass for $6.  The beer you pick is the one that gets your vote and each week a beer goes on.  I arrived at the dinner early so I decided to make my vote count.

Last weeks beers turned out to be Strange Fellows Talisman West Coast Pale Ale and Moody Ales hardy Brown Ale.  I blindly picked the Pale Ale and it became my vote (Moody Ales moved onto next round).

Once everyone arrived the dinner could begin.


The dinner began with the manager of this location giving an introduction to how the night would go.  He then introduced Jim Romer the owner and executive chef of Romer’s Burger Bar who explained what we would be eating that night.  After he spoke the Cicerone for Red Truck Ales explained why the beers used in the cooking and the beers paired with the food were used (Not always the same beer in food as being consumed).

First Course
Red Truck IPA Organic Beet Salad
Local Goat cheese, wild baby arugula, sweet onion, Red Truck IPA mustard vinaigrette.
Paired with – Red Truck Lager


This salad was a nice fresh salad with a mild bite and tartness from the Vinegarette.  I don’t think you can go wrong with Goat Cheese on a salad either.  The lager is mildly citrusy and clean and does not overpower the salad.  Probably not the pairing I would have chosen but it worked pretty well together.

Second Course
Red Truck Lager Braised Rib Duo
Beef short ribs, maui pork ribs, wild mushroom risotto, Red Truck Lager jus
Paired with – Red Truck IPA


This dish was by far my favourite of the three dishes.  The meat had been marinated in the Lager overnight.  The meat was very rich in flavour  and also very tender.  I can not say I can notice the lager shining through in the meat or the jus.  The mild bitterness of the IPA did cut through the richness of the meat though and paired quite well.

Course Three
Maple Bacon Doughnuts
Maple frosting, fresh thyme, Red Truck Ale caramel Sauce
Paired With – Red Truck Ale


Although not my favourite dish (as I prefer the savoury parts) this was the best pairing of the bunch bar none.  The doughnuts were sweet and had a ton of maple and caramel standing out.  There was a hint of the ale peaking through in the sauce.  The small chunk of bacon on top of every doughnut was an awesome touch!  While the caramel and mild fruit notes pair well with the doughnut the hint of bitterness does help to cut back on the sweetness.

If you did not leave this dinner both full and quite happy with the beer and food offered I don’t think beer dinners are for you!  I quite enjoyed the opportunity to try out new dishes and see how the people involved paired it with beer.  Good job Romer’s and Red Truck on a successful dinner.


This is the last week of Romer’s Craft Bowl “The Trinity” and the three breweries in question need your votes!  All three locations are serving the same three beer with the final tally being on Superbowl Sunday where a winner will be crowned.

Full sized photos can be found here.

Romers Burger Bar
1039 Mainland Street
Vancouver BC
V6B 2T4
Phone: (604) 559 7210

Red Truck Beer

Craftmaster 12 – Red Truck Beer

Red Truck Beer Company has launched a mixed 12 case since the opening of their new brewery in Vancouver.  The mixed case is called the Craftmaster 12 and includes 3x IPA, 3x ISA, 3x Ale and 3x lager.

Going with the truck theme of the brewery the box has a pretty workman like look and really resembles a toolbox.  The mix of beer is pretty darn good with two beers that feature more hops an ale that would probably come in as an amber ale and a easy drinking lager.

Red Truck India Session Ale (Currently Mixer exclusive for bottles)


The India Session Ale or ISA pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, floral and grassy hops and a mild malt note or two.  The flavour is of some earthiness, citrus, grassy, mild malts and a decent bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.2%.  If you are looking for an IPA with lower alcohol content then this might just be your answer.

Commercial Description:  A lovely light Session ale with a ton of Australian Galaxy hops. Perfect for the Outback…or even better, any local patio.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Thai, Vietnamese, Indian Cuisine (cream or coconut based curries go really well…and Vietnamese food is just awesome!)
Mexican Cuisine (grilled meats, and herbal, citrus flavours do really well)
Grilled or roasted meats such as beef, pork, or lamb (fattier, the better; IPA bitterness cuts the fat really well) Burgers (but that’s a bit too easy tho…isn’t it) Sandwiches, especially with cold cuts Pizza (but what beer doesn’t go well with pizza?) Stronger flavoured cheeses
Note: Vinegar (acidic) hot sauces will exponentially bring out an astringent bitterness in this beer; avoid!

Red Truck India Pale Ale


The Red Truck India Pale Ale pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of lemony citrus, tropical, grassy hops and a malty finish.  The flavour is of citrus, orange, tropical, sweetness, mild pine, earth, caramel and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 69.  If you are looking for a good day to day IPA then this could be a good option for you.  It won’t stand up to the special release IPA’s but that is not what the aim is with this beer.  This is a great IPA if you just want to sit down to a few in a sitting.

Commercial Description:  A bright IPA filled with lovely floral, pine, and citrus aromas and flavours. A soft sweetness followed with a lingering bitterness makes this beer an easy drinking friend suitable for all occasions.

Red Truck Ale


The Red Truck Ale pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The fact that it pours amber is fitting as I would assume this is actually an amber ale.  The aroma consists of caramel, fruity notes and a mild bite from hops in the end.  The flavour comes in with fruit, caramel malts, earth and a small but noticeable hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2%.  I would not kick this beer out of my pint glass.  Again this is an easy drinking beer that may not knock your socks off but it will do exactly what it sets out to do.  It will be refreshing and taste good!

Commercial Description:  A blend of premium Belgian malts, plus German and Pacific Northwest hop varieties gives this luscious, copper-hued ale a wonderful complex aroma, a rich depth of flavour, and smooth drinkability.

Red Truck Lager


The Red Truck Lager pours a straw yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts, citrus, sweetness and a grassy finish.  The flavour is of biscuit malts, citrus, sweetness and a grassy hops finish and an ever so slight hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.0%.  If you know me well then you know this is not a style I gravitate to at all.  I will say though that this lager does have much more flavour than any macro brewery and does go down very easily.

Commercial Description:  Made with Canadian Prairie two-row malted barley and hops imported from Germany and the Czech Republic. Red Truck Lager is a beer with world-class credential.

Fest-Of-Ale Beer Judging 2014 – Penticton

I was asked to be a judge for the Fest-Of-Ale and at first I was not sure if I should do it.  Not being a certified judge weighed on my mid a bit.  I felt unqualified or at least under qualified.   I decided though that there is no way to get experience without just jumping at an opportunity that you are given.  This blog has given me opportunities to do things that I would never have had a chance to do usually.  The judging took place on day two of the Okanagan Fest-Of-Ale on April 5th, 2014.  There was 42 Beer and 3 Ciders to be judged from 35 different Breweries and Cideries.  There were 9 Catagories including Lager/Pils (6), Pale Ale (4), Ale (4), IPA (13), Stout (5), Belgian (2), Wit (4), Fruit Beer (4) and Cider (3).  The following Head Shots are from Kim of DogLeg Marketing.  Meet the Judges.

David Beardsell – Brewery Owner/Consultant

Joe Wiebe – Author

Alan Moen – NorthWest Brewing News


Jim Martin – Metro Liquor (Senior Wine Consultant)

As with all Beer Judging competitions this one is done blind.  Beers are brought out in their categories with only numbers on them to differentiate them.  Here are a few examples of how the beer is laid out for the judges and what our scoring cards looked like.  This competition was overseen by Martin who is the owner of the upcoming Bad Tattoo Brewing and runs the Kettle Valley Station Pub both in Penticton.

There are many ways to judge beer from what I can gather talking to this group after the judging. From what I can gather it is best to take notes and sample all the beer and then go back and give your final scores.  I didn’t do it this way and I wish I did.  If there is a next time I can always do it differently.  Judging this competition you are allowed to discuss with the other judges on all points of the beer and if it actually fits into the category it is submitted as.  Saying that it was very quiet in the room from around 10am when we started to 3pm when we finished up.

Once all the samples had been judged our score cards were handed to Martin.  He then tallied up all the scores and were were given a sample of all the winning beers.  This is were the discussion on Best of Show began.  The best of show has to both be a very good beer and it also should be true to the style.  There was a long discussion comparing the merits of each beer.  When it came down to it though it was a fairly easy choice.


Group shots by Kim


Lager/Pilsner: Hoyner Pilsner – Hoyne Brewing Co., Victoria BC
Pale Ale: Red Truck Ale – Red Truck Beer Company, Vancouver BC
IPA: Four Winds White Rye IPA – Four Winds Brewing Co, Delta BC
Wit/Wheat: Robson Street Hefeweizen – Granville Island Brewery, Vancouver BC
Ales: Naramata Nut Brown Ale – Cannery Brewing, Penticton BC
Stout/Porter: Holy Smoke Stout – Firehall Brewery, Oliver BC
Belgian: Sunkissed Tea Saison – Deep Cove, North Vancouver BC
Fruit Beer: Stiegl Radler – McClelland Premium Imports, BC
Ciders: Red Roof Cider – Orchard Hill Estate Cidery, Oliver BC

Best of Show

IPA: Four Winds White Rye IPA – Four Winds Brewing Co, Delta BC

Four Winds Brewing doesn’t seem to slow down on the awards front these days.  Congratulations to all the winners.  You all deserved the awards and should be proud of the medals you received!

Here are some more photos from Kim

Full sized photos can be found here

We then dispersed into the hall for the remainder of the second day of the Okanagan Fest-Of-Ale.  After doing the judging for this event I would jump at the opportunity to do it again.  There was no doubt that the other judges had a better understanding of how the judging process worked and the flavour profiles of the ingredients in beer.  But then they are professionals that either work in the field or have been writing about beer for a lot longer than I have.

Red Truck Ale – Red Truck Brewing

From Red Truck Brewing currently out of North Vancouver (Moving to Vancouver in a year) comes the “Red Truck Ale”.  The beer pours an dark amber colour with a white head.  The aroma of the beer is of roasted malts, caramel, honey and floral hops.  The taste is similar with roasted malts, caramel and floral hops.  The beer has an alcohol content of 5.1%.  This is a nice ale originally only found at Pubs owned by the Mark James Group but now found all over Metro Vancouver.

check out the ground breaking for their new location in Vancouver