From Rossland Beer Company in Rossland BC comes their “Psycho Brew Brown Ale”. The brown ale pours a deep reddish brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, toffee, nuts and a semi sweet finish. The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, ash, toffee, nuts, pine and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 45. Its to bad this beer is only available in Rossland BC in the Kootenays as it is really tasty.
Recently Rossland Beer Company in the town of Rossland in the Southern Kootenays contacted me because things have really changed since the last time I stopped in back in 2014. I thought I better do an update for the brewery because of this. All photos from this post come from Rossland Beer Company‘s social media accounts.
When I had stopped in the brewery was only a tasting room with a maximum of 12oz per person per day. Now they have a full lounge license with a capacity of 30 people, have expanded the main floor and even have a patio. The brewery has become one of the major gathering places in the town. They do bring in a lot of tourists in all season but the people who call this brewery their own are fiercely local and treat the brewery the same way the old barber shops were treated. The local hangout!
The brewery is still visible from the tasting lounge as you can look down into it over a railing. The brewhouse has not changed and is the original brewing equipment from the first location for Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver. They have 3 – 7 barrel fermentors and 1 5 barrel bright tank. The produce 50 Hectoliters a month but are in the process of trying to acquire more equipment to expand that brewing capacity to at least 100 Hectoliters per month.
If you find yourself in the Kootenays in South Eastern BC then you need to make sure to check out this great little brewery.
We recently did a Pacific Beer Chat episode at Rossland Beer Company check it out here.
Check out my original post about Rossland Beer Company.
With October brings BC Craft Beer Month and with that brings the BC Beer Awards. Once again this year the awards ceremony and beer festival were held at the Croatian Cultural Centre. This year the event was held on October 15th just a little earlier than last year.
I have been attending the BC Beer awards for many years now and it seems to be getting better and better. With the industry exploding like it is in the province this event will only get better. Much like always the event began at 4pm and ended at 9pm. The festival was once again in two room and even had some beer pouring in the front entrance area. This year there were 75 breweries pouring beer at the festival and 5 cideries.
Breweries pouring at the event: 4 Mile Brewing, Andina Brewing, Arrowhead Brewing, Barkerville Brewing, Big Ridge Brewing, Big Rock Urban Brewery, Brewhouse Whistler, Bomber Brewing, Brassneck, Bridge Brewing, Callister Brewing, Cannery Brewing, Canuck Empire, Category 12 Brewing, Central City Brewers & Distillers, Coal Harbour Brewing, Dageraad, Dead Frog Brewery, Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers, Doan’s Craft Brewing Company, Dogwood Brewing, Driftwood Brewery, Fernie Brewing, Feild House Brewing, Foamers Folly, Four Winds Brewing, Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, Granville Island Brewing, Hearthstone Brewery, Howe Sound Brewing, Hoyne Brewing, KPU Brewering and Brewery Operations Diploma, Longwood Brewery, Luppolo Brewing, Main Street Brewing, Mission Springs Brewing, Moody ALes, Moon Under Water, Off The Rail Brewing, Old Yale Brewing, Pacific Western Brewing, Parallel 49 Brewing, Parkside Brewery, Persephone Brewing, Phillips Brewing, Postmark Brewing, Powell Street Craft Brewery, Prohibition, R&B Brewing, Real Cask, Ravens Brewing, Red Arrow Brewing, Red Truck Beer, Ridge Brewing, Rossland Beer Company, Russell Brewing, Saltspring Island Ales, Spinnakers Brewing, Stanley Park, Steamworks, Steel & Oak Brewing, Strange Fellows Brewing, Strathcona Beer Company, Swans, Tree Brewing, Tofino Brewing, Townsite Brewing, Trading Post, Twa Dogs, Twin Sails Brewing, Vancouver Island Brewery, Whistler Brewing, White Sails Brewing, Yaletown Brewing and Yellow Dog Brewing. The Cideries were Left Field Cider, BC Tree Fruits, Tod Creek Craft Cider, Sunday Cider and Dominion Cider Co.
Stephen Quinn from CBC Radio was once again the voice of the BC Beer Awards this year. This year 83 breweries entered beers into the competition and there were 750 different beers entered. Once again this was more breweries entering beer up from 70 last year. Its nice to see that once again this year more breweries have come out to try their luck. Instead of doing the awards at the end of the night this year they started it near the beginning. Lets get to the winning beers of the year!
1: 33 Acres of Darkness (33 Acres Brewing Company)
2: Vienna Lager (Moody Ales)
3: Red Racer Pils (Central City Brewers + Distillers)
German Pale Lager
1: Red Racer Old School Lager (Central City Brewers + Distillers)
2: Keller Pilsner (Persephone Brewing Company)
3: Steamworks Pilsner (Steamworks Brewing Company)
1: Steamworks Kölsch (Steamworks Brewing Company)
2: High Country Kölsch (Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.)
3: Arctic Kölsch (Swans Brewery)
German Amber Beer
1: Gladstone Altbier (Gladstone Brewing Co.)
2: Vienna Lager (R&B Brewing Co.)
European Dark Beer
3: Red Racer Dopplebock (Central City Brewers + Distillers)
Honorable Mention: Brewmaster’s Black Lager (Okanagan Spring Brewery)
German Wheat Beer
1: Demimondaine Dunkelweizen (Barkerville Brewing Co.)
2: This is Hefeweizen (Moon Under Water Brewery & Pub)
3: Weizenbock (Steel & Oak Brewing Co.)
1: English Bitter (Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.)
2: Red Devil Ale (R&B Brewing Co.)
3: Beacon ESB (Lighthouse Brewing Company)
British Pale Ale
3: English IPA (Strathcona Beer Company)
British Brown Ale
1: After Dark Ale (Nelson Brewing Company)
2: Tall Timber Ale (Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.)
3: Aethelred the Mild (Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.)
Scottish and Irish Ales
1: Classic Scotch (Steamworks Brewpub)
2: Irish Stout (Ravens Brewing Company)
3: 1880 Export Stout (Moody Ales)
2: Perfect Storm (Townsite Brewing Inc.)
3: 710 Oaked Stout (Faculty Brewing Co.)
2: Wee Heavy (Persephone Brewing Company)
3: Wobbly Bob (Red Collar Brewing Company)
1: Pinot Noir Raspberry Blonde (Tin Whistle Brewing Company)
2: Red Truck Raspberry Ale (Red Truck Beer Company)
3: Tropic Vice (Dead Frog Brewery)
1: Jackline Rhubarb Grissette (Lighthouse Brewing Company)
2: Spruce Tree Ale (Tofino Brewing Company)
3: Hibiscus Wit (Brassneck Brewery)
Smoke and Wood Aged Beer
1: Entropy Series No. 1 (Dageraad Brewing)
2: Inertia II (Brassneck Brewery)
3: Thor’s Hammer Bourbon Barrel Aged (Central City Brewers + Distillers)
1: Roggen Weizen (Steel & Oak Brewing Co.)
2: Londen (Dageraad Brewing)
3: Sour Wheat Gose (Field House Brewing Co.)
North American Light Beer
1: Hooligan Organic Pilsner (Nelson Brewing Company)
2: Jerkface 9000 (Parallel 49 Brewing Co.)
3: Cypress Honey Lager (Granville Island Brewing)
North American Blonde Ale
1: Organic Wild Honey Ale (Nelson Brewing Company)
2: Postmark Blonde (Postmark Brewing)
3: Dutch Pale Ale (Field House Brewing Co.)
North American Pale Ale
1: Chase My Tail Pale Ale (Yellow Dog Brewing Co.)
2: One Hop Mind (Callister Brewing Company)
3: East Side Bitter (R&B Brewing Co.)
North American Amber Ale
1: 33 Acres of Life (33 Acres Brewing Company)
2: Troller Bay Ale (Howe Sound Brewing)
North American Brown Ale
3: Kim-Ach-Touch Ale (Tree Brewing Co.)
North American Porter and Stout
North American IPA
3: The Ultra Deluxe (Boombox Brewing)
1: Blonde IPA (Dageraad Brewing)
2: White ISA (Red Truck Beer Company)
3: YVR ISA (Steamworks Brewing Company)
2: Cosmic Wave Double IPA (Tofino Brewing Company)
3: Second Anniversary Double IPA (Main Street Brewing Company)
1: Jongleur Wit (Strange Fellows Brewing Company)
2: Bier de Garde (Old Abbey Ales)
3: White Gold Witbier (Barkerville Brewing Co.)
Belgian Strong Ale
2: Saison #7 (Main Street Brewing Company)
3: Old Barn Saison (Fernie Brewing Company)
1: 33 Acres of Euphoria (33 Acres Brewing Company)
2: Central City Belgian Strong (Central City Brewers + Distillers)
3: 10 Degrees (Dageraad Brewing)
Honorable Mention: 8 Degrees (Dageraad Brewing)
European Sour Ale
3: Bizarro (Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.)
North American Wild Ale
1: Bodhisattva (Parallel 49 Brewing Co.)
2: Sour Raspberry (Old Abbey Ales)
3: Little Red One (Strange Fellows Brewing Company)
Best in Show
Richards Buell Sutton LLP Rookie of the Year Award
Field House Brewing Co.
Dan Small Homebrew Award
Sho Ogawa and Novia Chen
CBC People’s Choice Award
Timber Brewers Challenge
Old Money Mild, Brassneck Brewery
This year’s Best of Show Flagship IPA is even more exciting as Julia Hanlon of Steamworks becomes the first female Head Brewer in BC to win this award! A huge congratulations is in order for this!
Once the awards finished everyone went back to enjoying the beer that was on hand. This was once again an amazing event with amazing beer being poured as well as great people be it craft beer fans or brewery staff. Every year this event gets bigger and better! Here is to another year of sticking it to the flavourless garbage that macro breweries make.
Once again like last year I helped set the festival up between 10:30am and 3pm. It makes the festival even more fun when you are able to get involved in any part of the event.
From Parallel 49 Brewing’s Brews Brothers Collaboration mixer pack comes the “Smokestack Lightning” IPA. This beer has been produced in Collaboration with Rossland Beer Company in Rossland BC nestled in the Kootenays. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white colour. The aroma consists of caramel, bread, sweetness and tropical fruits. The flavour is of caramel, bready, earth, tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7%. This may not be a hugely adventurous IPA but it is still quite tasty and I would not say no to more bottles in the future.
From Rossland Beer Company in Rossland BC comes their “7 Summits Milk Stout”. This little nano brewery is located in the Southern Kootenays and is making some great beer and this beer is no different. The beer pours a very deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate and some lactose. The flavour is of lactose, roasted malts, some mild burnt coffee and some semi sweet chocolate to finish it off. The alcohol content comes in at 5.9% with an IBU of 20. This beer was very refreshing and a great example of a milk stout.
Commercial Description: If you enjoy stouts, you’ll love our 7 Summits Milk Stout. If you enjoy beer, you’ll love our 7 Summits Milk Stout. It pours slightly opaque, deep amber to black colour with hues of ruby. The aroma is reminiscent of a fine mocha coffee or even rich chocolate milk. The taste opens with hints of sweet coffee and milk chocolate before maturing into a rich, full malty body.