From Backroads Brewing Co the newest brewery in Nelson BC comes their “ESB”. This Extra Special Bitter pours a cloudy brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of toffee, brown sugar and a hint of fruit. The flavour is of mild roasted malts, toffee, brown sugar, semi sweet with some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 30. While it is not quite like any other ESB I really enjoyed it and I hope that I can get more of their beer sooner than the next time I end up in Nelson.
From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Tom Green Summer Stout”. This golden stout pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of mild roasted malts, semi sweet with a floral finish. The flavour is of mild roasted malts, mild coffee, chocolate, nuts, lactose creaminess and low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 27. This is a great golden stout and I recommend picking up a bottle.
Commercial Description: The Tom Green Beer milk stout is going blonde for the summer! Tom Green Summer Stout is made with organic fairtrade coffee and cacao nibs for roasty and rich accents in a sun-kissed blonde edition of our award-winning milk stout.
Food pairing as per brewery: Strawberry, arugula and fennel salad with white balsamic & poppy seed dressing; grilled venison sausage on crusty bun with red pepper marmalade; Mascarpone cheese tiramisu.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Black Pils”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee and some floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, earth and some pilsner malts with herbal hops and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 23. This is hardly a pilsner in the regular sense but that makes it far more interesting to me.
Commercial Description: Our dark twist on a classic Czech style Pilsner. A dark black beer with an authentic Saaz forward hop character creating a nice bite and dark malts add subtle roasty notes.
Thanks to Hearthstone Brewery for this photograph.
From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “The Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee, pine, citrus and some floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, earth, pine a hint of citrus and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 50. I was hoping for a little more fruit characteristic but I did quite enjoy this brew.
Commercial Description: SPARKS FLY WHEN BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOPS MEET A DARING AND ROASTED MALT BASE. THE HOP FLAVOURS AND AROMAS OF A POWERHOUSE IPA ARE BALANCED PERFECTLY WITH THE DEPTH AND INTRICACY OF A COMPLEX DARK ALE.
Food pairing as per the brewery: GRILLED PORK, SPICY CHICKEN TACOS, SWISS CHEESE
From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario co-operatively brewed with Crannóg Ales of Sorrento BC comes their “Black Strap Boot Strapper Porter”. The beer pours a deep chestnut colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of molasses, coffee, chocolate and a sweet finish. The flavour is of molasses, chocolate, ash, roasted malts, plum, burnt coffee resin and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 30. The body was a bit on the thin side but the flavour was right on point!
Commercial Description: Blackstrap Bootstrapper is a classic British-style porter brewed with an addition of fairtrade organic blackstrap molasses. The recipe uses Challenger hops harvested from Left Fields, the certified organic farm on which Crannóg Ales stands, located in the sunny Shuswap region of BC.
Food pairing as per brewery: Beef, oyster and porter pie (British traditional pie), bacon-wrapped scallops on the BBQ, dark chocolate pudding.