Adrift Hop Blonde Ale – Britannia Brewing Company


From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Adrift Hop Blonde Ale”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma is of floral hops, sweetness and fruit. The flavour is of grainy and bready malts, citrus, tropical fruit, grassy notes and mild hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 25. This is a good sessionable and aprochable beer. It wont knock your socks off but you should enjoy it. 

Commercial Description: Inspired by our home surrounded by the ocean and mountains this natural ale is brewed with generous late additions of local hops, creating aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. The palate is balanced and dry with subtle bitterness to complete this refreshing ale. “Set yourself Adrift”

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Beach Lemon Mandarin Radler – Strathcona Beer Company


From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Beach Lemon Mandarin Radler”.  The beer pours a murky orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of lemons, mandarin oranges, juice sweetness and some grainy notes.  The flavour is of lemon, mandarin oranges, some tartness and some grain from the beer.  The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 15.  This is a pretty awesome radler with a ton of flavour and would be great in summer.  This will be hard to find until next summer sadly.

Commercial Description:  A precise blend of lemon peel, fresh mandarin juice and beer. A light, effervescent beer that is thirst quenching and easy to drink with a tart, clean finish.

Elderflower Kettle Sour – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their newest in their limited releases Ironworkers Series #3 “Elderflower Kettle Sour”.  The beer pours an orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of fruit, elderflowers, herbal and sweetness.  The flavour is of elderflowers, citrus, nectarine, herbal hops, earth and mild sour notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.9% with an IBU of 18.  This is an understated session sour with nice big flavour without being overly sour.

Commercial Description:  Our Ironworkers Series celebrates the spirit of teamwork, craftsmanship, and hard work.  Grat craft beer, like bridges, have the ability to bring people together and join communities.  When our brewing team at Bridge Brewing created this Ironworkers Series they crafted a beer that does just that.  Tart and refreshing, this beer was inspired by the Brewmaster’s Mother with fresh aromas of spring garden.  Elderflowers give a gentle floral brightness to this crisp kettle-soured ale.  Lightly hopped with Galaxy and Centennial hops ot provide a background of nectarine and citrus.

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Happy New Beer Barrel Aged Sour – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Happy New Beer Barrel Aged Sour”. The beer pours a golden yellow colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of citrus, tartness and a mild grainy finish. The flavour is of citrusy lemon, earth, pepper, grain, mild wood, quite mild tartness with a resinous hops finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 30. This beer is tasty but I have a feeling that the low alcohol content and barrel ageing ate away at the sour nature. This beer will appeal to a much larger group than the average sour beer. It’s more of a fruit beer without the sweetness and with a good hop addition.

Commercial Description:  Our Happy New Beer is a specialty barrel aged sour. A refreshingly tart beer perfect for ringing in the New Year! This beer has been dry hopped with Pacific North West varietals for an added level of complexity.  To good friends, a Happy New Year and a Happy New Beer!

Food pairing as per brewery:  house smoked fish plate.

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Obnoxious Little Persona – Strange Fellows Brewing


From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Obnoxious Little Persona” a Strawberry Berliner Weisse.  The beer pours a pink grapefruit juice pink with a white head.  The aroma consists of tartness and strawberry but is not overly strong.  The flavour is of sweetness up front from the strawberries but the tartness of the beer takes over and completely cuts the sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at a low 3% with an IBU of 15.  If you do not know the Berliner Weisse style this beer has huge flavour even with a very low alcohol content.

Commercial Description:  One of our favourite beers to come from our favourite Particularist – Iain Hill.  He took a sessionable Berliner, aged it for 6 months then added about a hundred pounds of local strawberries to the mix.  The result:  A tart, sour, sessionable glass of goodness that won’t be around for too long.  The obnoxious Little Persona (OLP) is a salute to our friend who tagged our wall in chalk a few months ago … thanks for the inspiration.

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