From Big Ridge Brewing in Surrey comes their “Schwarzbier Dark Lager”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a light brown head. The aroma consists of toasty caramel, sweetness and some fruitiness. The flavour is of toasted malts, caramel, hint of chocolate, coffee, earth and a mild bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 22. Ashley has done a great job on this beer and if you find yourself in Surrey stop by for a glass as you will not regret it.
Sapporo is not a craft brewery I know but they do make some small batch beers that they only sell at the brewery in Hokkaido, Japan. Steve went to Japan recently and brought back a bottle of their “Oyster Black” a Schwarzbier to share. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a light brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke and a mild metallic note that is normal form Oyster beers. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, mild metallic, salt, earth and a semi sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. I don’t ever reach for beer from Sapporo but if you make it to Japan make sure to head to the brewery and pick up a bottle of this beer as it is very enjoyable.