Psycho Brew Brown Ale – Rossland Beer Company

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.

Rossland Beer Company update – Rossland BC

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.

Rossland Beer Company
1990 Columbia Ave
Rossland BC, Canada
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Helter Smelter Amber Ale – Rossland Beer Company

From Rossland Beer Company in Rossland BC comes their “Helter Smelter Amber Ale”.  This review is part of my lost notes that were recently found from my Summer trip to the Kootenays.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with off white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts, citrus and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of biscuit malts, fruity and citrus with a mild hops bitterness at the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 22.  Being a Nano Brewery in the Kootenays makes it hard to find their beer as it is only sold out of the brewery itself but if you find yourself in Rossland make sure to stop buy and get a growler fill!

Commercial Description:  Our helter smelter is a classic amber with biscuit notes and a soft warming alcohol touch in the aroma and flavor. The hops aren’t your typical citrus hops, but they are still refreshing and crisp. Perhaps what’s best about this beer is that it has universal appeal to any and all beer drinkers.

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7 Summits Milk Stout – Rossland Beer Company

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.

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Rossland Beer Company – Rossland BC

Located in the Southern Kootenays in the town of Rossland you will find the Rossland Beer Company.  This small nano brewery may be very new but the owners Petri Raito and Ryan Arnaud are not strangers to craft beer.  Both owned the Trail Brewing Company before opening up this new Brewery.  I was lucky enough to stop into this brewery twice on my trip to the Kootenays as the first time I was there they only had one beer on tap but later in the week they had three.

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When you walk into the tasting room you will find a small bar with 5 taps with varying amounts of beer to pour (They are just a nano brewery and all) as well as some swag and glassware for sale.  As with all nano breweries it is always hard for this brewery to keep even just one beer on tap so if you are hoping for a certain beer maybe call ahead to see if they have it.  If you are like me though and traveling from a distant location just show up and see what you can sample!  At this time they also bottle their Paydirt Pale Ale in 650ml bottles for sale at the brewery only.

When you are in the tasting room you can also take a peak down into the brewhouse as it is located in the basement of the building.  You are able to see their fermentors and bright tank quite well.


One thing you can not see all that well in the tasting room though is the actual brewhouse.  The brewhouse is located below some equipment that obstructs it.  I asked for a chance to check out the basement level of the brewery and was taken for a quick tour.  Walking down some stairs you are greeted by the brewhouse. If you are like me and have been visiting Bridge Brewing in North Vancouver you will recognize this brew system well.  Rossland Beer Company purchased it off of them when Bridge Brewing expanded their system.  This small 7 Hectoliter brew system is a great start up size for any brewery!   I love the fact that this brewery is dedicated to purchasing local product for their beer.  Their grains are sourced out of Armstrong BC and their hops are purchased from North East Washington.  From Rossland to the Washington border is only a 13 minute drive.

So if you are passing through Rossland or if you live in the area make sure to check out this gem of a brewery!  I just wish I it was easier to get more of their beer now that I am back in Vancouver.  It would also be wrong for me to not point out that even know this is a brand new brewery they are already looking to order more tanks!

Full sized photos can be found here

Rossland Beer Company
1990 Columbia Ave
Rossland BC, Canada
V0G 1Y0