Holliewood Oyster Stout – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Holliewood Oyster Stout”.  If you have a shellfish allergy you will want to skip this beer as it used Ocean Wise Oysters in the brewing process.  The beer pours a deep black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, salty and some sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, earth, mild bitter, ash and some salt.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.6% with and IBU of 20.  I don’t know if this would pair well with Oysters as I do not like them but I sure as hell liked this brew.

Commercial Description:  Oysters and stout have a rich history as food for the masses.  With a creamy rich texture and briny finish from the oysters and a roast bitterness from the malt, this heavyweight stout was brewed with three additions of prime fresh oysters from our friends at Hollie Wood Oysters in Fanny Bay BC.  The world is yours.  And yes, there really are oysters in this beer!

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Himalayan Salted Caramel Porter – Old Yale Brewing


From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Himalayan Salted Caramel Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel, coffee, lactose and vanilla.  The flavour is of roasted malts, bitter coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, lactose, salt and some ash and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at a cool 6%.  This beer sounds like it would be really sweet but it is only lightly sweet and really tasty on a cold day.

Commercial Description:  The Himalayan Salted Caramel Porter joins our Trailblazer Series; a single batch limited release line that is here today, gone forever (once we sell out of our first and only batch). You can find the new brew NOW, for a limited time in the tasting room (in flights, pours, growler fills and 650 ml. bottles) and in select Private Liquor stores, restaurants and bars.

Vapor Wave IPA – Twin Sails Brewing


From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Vapor Wave IPA”.  This is the breweries third release from their new brewery only release.  The beer pours a murky orange colour like orange juice with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange, citrus, huge fruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of orange, citrus, very juicy, hint of salt some resin, mild acidity and low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7%.  This newest winner from Twin Sails has a ton of body and is well worth a pickup.  Wow!

Commercial Descrition:  Vapor Wave is an experimental IPA brewed with acidified malt which adds a nice tart acidity and sea salt to give it a complex flavour profile that is both balanced and refreshing. It was then triple dry hopped with Citra, Lemon Drop and Motueka hops giving it a big citrusy hop punch that reminds you that that beer you’re crushing is actually an IPA.

Salted Chocolate Porter – Steamworks Brewing


From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their “Salted Chocolate Porter”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, mild roasted malts, caramel and salt.  The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, ash, peat, earth, caramel and salt.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25.  You don’t often find salt in a beer other than a Gose but this really worked.

Commercial Description:  The first release in our illumination series, this Salted Chocolate Porter offers chocolate and vanilla aromas and a full body with rich chocolate flavours from a well-balanced combination of toasted and chocolate malts. While the addition of hand-harvested Pacific Ocean Fleur de Sel from Vancouver Island Salt Co. provides an intriguing flourish on the finish. It pours near black with a tan head and is a rich and robust brew sure to please classic porter lovers and adventurous imbibers alike.

Baltic Porter – Steel & Oak Brewing


From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their brand new seasonal the “Baltic Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, licorice, toffee, chocolate and sweetness.  The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, toffee, hint of coffee, earth, hint of saltiness and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.6% with an IBU of 28.  This might be one of my favourite releases from Steel & Oak Brewing.  It has all the makings of a great beer and comes in the winter a great time for porters.

Commercial Description:  At 7.6% and originally brewed by countries bordering the Baltic Sea this Porter was brewed in a city that borders the Fraser River. Fermented with lager yeast, the S&O Baltic Porter has notes of licorice, cocoa, and toffee followed by a lightly spiced finish. This beer will be available mid month.

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