Red Truck IPA – Red Truck Brewing


Red Truck Brewing has moved from North Vancouver and set up Shop in the Brewery Creek District of Vancouver.  With this move has brought Red Truck beer in bottles.  The first beer that I have tried from new location is their “Red Truck IPA” and this is the review.  The beer pours a copper colour with a creamy white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, citrus and some tropical notes.  The flavour is of caramel malts, citrus, tropical fruits, pine, resin and a sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 69.  This is actually the first time trying Red Truck IPA and I would have to say this is probably the best beer that I have tried from their lineup.

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.

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The River Boat Throwdown! – VCBW – June 6th, 2013


By June 6th, 2013 the Vancouver Craft Beer Week was in full swing with some amazing events all over the city!  “The River Boat Throwdown” held at the Portside Pub in Gastown was just one of these amazing events.  It was also the second event of Vancouver Craft Beer Week that I was able to attend and was the nights Feature event.  The ticket to the event was $25 dollars and it included a collectors glass, gambling token as well as one drink ticket with more drink tickets came in at $1.  Once the casks emptied you could purchase pints from the bar.

“The River Boat Throwdown” was a presentation of the Portside Pub and VYR Beer Tweetup.  The pub was set up like a River Boat Casino for the event including game tables with professional dealers, dancers and a proformances by The Sweetpea Swing Band.  The night also included casks from some amazing local breweries including Deep Cove, Lighthouse, Vancouver Island, Parallel 49, Central City, R&B, Red Truck, Russell, Tofino and Howe Sound Brewing.  To top it all off costumes were encouraged for the event to give it more life!

The 10 casks were as follows:
1 – Central City Brewing – Imperial Red Ale of Doom & Awesomeness
2 –  Parallel 49 Brewing – Lord of the Dry Hops
3 – Vancouver Island Brewing – Kaffir Lime Leaf Saison
4 – Lighthouse Brewing – Crowded House Pineapple Head
5 – Deep Cove Brewing Company – Wise Crack West Coast Lager
6 – Russell Brewing – Summer Daze Saison
7 – Red Truck Beer – Heavenly Delicious English Strong Ruby Ale
8 – Tofino Brewing Company – IPA w Lemongrass & Tamarind
9 – Howe Sound Brewing – The Dark King
10 – R&B Brewing Company – Apple Jack Moonshine Ale

Nick and Jonny of YVR Beer Tweetup were running twitter contests all night with the final contests centering on the casks themselves.  There were three categories for the casks including first emptied (Quick Draw), best name (The Gambler) and best beer (Cask Maverick).  The Winner of the Quick Draw award went to Russell Brewing – Summer Daze Saison, The Gambler award went to Lighthouse Brewing – Crowded House Pineapple Head and Cask Maverick went to none other than Parallel 49 Brewing – Lord of the Dry Hops.  If I made my own choices for these awards it would have been a bit different with The Gambler going to Central City Brewing – Imperial Red Ale of Doom & Awesomeness and the Cask Maverick being a split between Parallel 49 Brewing – Lord of the Dry Hops and Red Truck Beer – Heavenly Delicious English Strong Ruby Ale.  But hey that is half the fun of craft beer isn’t it?

Having this blog has introduced me to so many really cool people and it still blows my mind.  I find that I am visiting with so many new acquaintances and friends that I forget to pay attention to things like gambling and voting for best cask at events.  Saying this if you see me at an event like this please say hi as I love meeting new people!

I would like to finish by saying Cheers to YVR Beer Tweetup, The Portside Pub, Vancouver Craft Beer Week and all the amazing people in the local Craft Beer Scene that made not only this event but every event so much fun to be a part of!

Spring Sessional Cask Festival – The Portside Pub


May 4th, 2013 was the day Vancouver had its First Sessional cask festival.  The festival was held at The Portside Pub in Vancouver’s Gastown neighborhood and was presented by The Portside Pub and Camera Vancouver.

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The twist on this cask festival was that the breweries had to brew their beers to a “sessional” standard of an alcohol content of 4.5% or lower.  On arrival all in attendance were given a 4 ounce branded glass and three drink tickets with more being available for a low price of $1.25.  One really cool part of this event is that 3 new breweries that are not even opening for a few more months participated in the event (Bomber Brewing, Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers and Four Winds Brewing).  As far as I know this was the first cask event held at the portside pub and it went off pretty well with it being packed with a ton of friendly, fun people that all love great beer (correct me if I am wrong).   Casks were located on both the top and bottom level of the pub at both bar locations.  It was really warm in the pub and some of the casks could have been colder but it was a great atmosphere.   Jonny and Nick of YVR Beer Tweetup were also on hand getting the social media side of things going for the event.

The Brew List

Four Winds Brewing -Featherweight Session IPA 4.5%
Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers – Deep Cove Scotch Ale 4.2%
Bridge Brewing – Bridge Brewing Kolsch 4.5% Keg
Central City Brewers & Distillers – Vanilla Bean & Espresso Stout 4.2%
Russell Brewing – Dry Irish Stout 4.5%
Granville Island Brewing – Bitter 3.8%
Coal Harbour Brewing – Blood Orange Witbier 4.2%
Red Truck Brewing – Kellerbier 4.5%
Camra Vancouver & Parallel 49 Brewing – Dark Mild 2.1% Camra memebers only
Bomber Brewing – Scottish 70 Shilling 4.5%
Bomber Brewing – The Baffler Best Bitter 4.2%
Howe Sound Brewing – Orange Ginger Wheat Beer 4.2%
Steamworks Brewing – Golden Ale 4.2%
Steamworks Brewing – Ordianry Bitter 4.5%
Big Ridge Brewing – English Pale Ale 4.5%
R&B Brewing – Snakebite Cider 4.3%
Parallel 49 Brewing – Cherry Berliner Wiesse 4.0% keg
McLelland Imports – Stiegl Radler 2.5% keg
McLelland Imports – Fruli 4.5% keg
Yaletown Brewing – Nagila Pale Ale (Late entry)

All beer indicated in red are the beer that I sampled at the event.  The other casks ran out before I was able to sample them.  This was a great event that was a lot of fun to attend.  Most leaving the event left to go drink more beer as they were still feeling like they could use some more alcohol in their system.  I would say for the most part this event was a success.  It does show a bit though that our amazing brewmasters are very competent at brewing high alcohol beers that we love to consume but they have not mastered the art of a sessional ale.  Many beer felt a little to thin and light on the flavour.  I personally challenge the brewmasters in Vancouver to outdo this years performance next year at what I would expect to be an annual event.

My notes on the Casks/Kegs that I was able to try.

Four Winds Brewing – Featherweight Session IPA 4.5%
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Appearance – Copper, off white head
Aroma – malty, citrus, mild pine
Flavour – malty, citrus, lemony, pine

Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers – Deep Cove Scotch Ale 4.2%
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Flavour – nice scotch ale flavour with decent hops for session ale

Bridge Brewing – Bridge Brewing Kolsch 4.5%
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Appearance – cloudy yellow
Aroma – Biscuit malts
Flavour – Biscuit malts, citrus, sweet, mild hops bite

Central City Brewers & Distillers – Vanilla Bean & Espresso Oatmeal Stout 4.2%
Appearance – deep black with a brown head
Aroma – coffee, roasted malts, vanilla
Flavour – espresso, coffee bitterness, roasted malts, vanilla, oatmeal, very thin

Coal Harbour Brewing – Blood Orange Witbier 4.2%
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Appearance – cloudy yellow,
Aroma – orange, wheat
Flavour – orange, yeasty, wheat, lemon, tasty

Camra Vancouver & Parallel 49 Brewing – Dark Mild 2.1%
Appearance – Black/brown
Aroma – fruity, sugar
Flavour – mild coffee, malts, fruit, sugar

Bomber Brewing – Scottish 70 Shilling 4.5%
Appearance – dark amber
Aroma – very fruity, bananas
Flavour – fruity, banaana, mild bitterness, very low carbonation

Bomber Brewing – The Baffler Best Bitter 4.2%
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Appearance – deep copper, cloudy off white head
Aroma – citrus
Flavour – citrus, pine

Howe Sound Brewing – Orange Ginger Wheat Beer 4.2%
Appearance – Cloudy orange
Aroma – orange, ginger, wheat
Flavour – orange, ginger, wheat, mild bitterness

Steamworks Brewing – Golden Ale 4.2%
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Appearance – Golden
Aroma – malty, citrus
Flavour – very mild malty and citrus

Big Ridge Brewing – English Pale Ale 4.5%
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Appearance – cloudy golden
Aroma – Mild malts and citrus
Flavour – malty, citrus, mild bitterness

Parallel 49 Brewing – Cherry Berliner Wiesse 4.0%
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Appearance – peach colour with white head
Aroma – sour cherry, lemon, wheat
Flavour – sour cherry, lemon, wheat, very light

McLelland Imports – Stiegl Radler 2.5% (mix of Stiegl Goldrau and Grapefruit soda)
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Appearance – cloudy light yellow
Aroma – sweet pop, grapefruit, citrus
Flavour – mild beer flavour, citurs, grapfruit, pop, tasty

My Winner of the night was a tie

Central City Brewers & Distillers – Vanilla Bean & Espresso Oatmeal Stout

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Parallel 49 Brewing – Cherry Berliner Wiesse
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Best of Show as per certified beer judges at event and peoples choice award

Bomber Brewing – The Baffler Best Bitter
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Thanks to Camra Vancouver and The Portsite Pub for holding this great event.  Thanks to all the new and existing breweries locally for trying something they are not accustomed to doing for the good of the local beer community!  We all appreciate it!  Now until next year lets get back to our Imperial Ales and stop playing around.

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

Red Truck Brewing Ground Breaking Ceremony Sept 27th, 2012


Red Truck Brewing has outgrown their Brewery located in North Vancouver and has decided to build a new larger location in the Brewery Creek District of Vancouver on East 1st.

This is a rendering of what the new location will look like when finished.  Not my photo but a promotional shot.

Instead of doing a boring ribbon cutting or having the owner Mark James dig up a shovel full of dirt they thought up a much more fun and entertaining idea.  Some brilliant person at Red Truck decided they should drop an old red truck from a crane and see what would happen (why wouldn’t you?).  But why do this as a closed staff only event when you could invite the public to watch the spectacle with you.  This was a semi-private event as you had to RSVP a free ticket for entry.  The ticket got you a few free beer as well as a really cool Key shaped USB keychain branded with red truck.  If you drove up in a red truck you got VIP parking and a really cool toolbox swag kit!  The event had upwards of 500 people RSVP’d and it looked like a pretty full house.  The gates opened up around 2:45pm and the crowd filled quickly.  There was a DJ pumping out music and some great food carts there you keep you entertained and fed.  Everyone there was having a great time and mingling (drinking) and socializing even the whole crew from Parallel 49 Brewing was there from the owner to the brewing crew (Great guys!).  But the reason everyone was there was to watch a beat up old red truck fall from the sky!  So lets cut to the chase.  Mega Cranes was on hand to lift the truck high into the sky and intentionally drop the truck (This was the operators first dropped object and only intentionally dropped object and he was stocked) something never asked of crane companies for some reason.  Right near 4:00pm the music stopped and a few announcements happened followed by a countdown from 10.  I will let the photos do the talking!

Google+ Gallery with Larger Photos


Official Video!

I am really looking forward to when ground is actually broken on this site so that the brewery construction can begin!  Thanks to Red Truck for putting on this wonderful event and inviting all of us beer geeks to join in on their special day!  Also thanks for all the access I was granted while there!  It made for a ton of great photos to share with everyone that could not make it!

New location will be located at 315 East 1st Ave in Vancouver BC.
http://www.redtruckbeer.com

oh yes and to finish a truck was seriously hurt in the making of this amazing event!  But that is ok it is an inanimate object!