Juicy Tropical Hopped Sour – Old Yale Brewing


From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Juicy Tropical Hopped Sour”.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, semi sweet notes and tartness.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, tartness, grain and some sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%.  This would be an amazing brew for a summer patio.  Lets hope this one sticks around.

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Wild Thing Blackberry Bourbon Ale – Red Truck Beer


From Red Truck Beer in Vancouver comes their “Wild Thing Blackberry Bourbon Ale”.  The beer pours a deep red colour with a light redish white head.  The aroma consists of blackberry with some slight woodiness.  The flavour is of blackberry, wood, semi sweet with a very mild almost tart note and a really dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.3% with an IBU of 25.  This is not a huge bourbon barrel aged beer but a nice fruit ale with a hint of wood.  This is a tasty brew that will appeal to more than just the beer geek.

Commercial Description:   A fun experiment gone horribly right. It started with a mild ale and a plan to load it full of bourbon and peaches. When we realized we had missed the harvest, we shifted gears and used fresh Fraser Valley blackberries. After adding in the second case of bourbon and the last of the blackberries, we knew we had brewed up something special.  This limited release ale brings together the sweet-tart flavour of Blackberry and the mellow woody finish of Kentucky bourbon. An extremely refreshing and well balanced seasonal beer. Brewed with locally sourced Fraser Valley blackberries, Kentucky bourbon and Pekko hops.

ESB – Backroads Brewing Co


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.

Sublime Pineapple Hefeweizen – Moody Ales


From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Sublime Pineapple Hefeweizen”.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of pineapple, citrus, grain, wheat and yeast.  The flavour is of wheat, banana, pineapple, fruity notes, hint of bitterness and a semi sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 22.  This is a great beer for the hot weather of the summer.

Commercial Description:  Mix together German Yeast, American hops, and pineapple juice and it adds up to sunshine. That’s beer math. But enough studying for today – it’s summertime. This beer may be cloudy, but the weather isn’t, so go outside, enjoy the sun, and cool down with this sessionable, fruity, refreshing brew.

Oaked Robust Porter – Blindman Brewing


From Blindman Brewing out of Lacombe Alberta comes their “Oaked Robust Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, ash, smoke, caramel and coffee.  The flavour is of ash, burnt coffee, roasted malts, smoke, caramel, oak, some fruit and a semi sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 31.  While not overly oaky this was a nice porter and if you can find a bottle pick it up.

Commercial Description:  smoky, full-bodied porter aged in french oak barrels previously filled with malbachlended 2:3 with freshly brewed porter

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