West Coast Pale Ale – Granville Island Brewing

From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “West Coast Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, melon, citrus and some pine. The flavour is of melon, citrus, caramel, some bread, earth, resin and some leafy bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 38. I quite enjoyed this beer. There is a lot of flavour going on in this bottle.

Commercial Description:  A malty base topped with light, fruity hops from Australia give this small batch mainstay it’s West Coast personality; outgoing flavour that’s refreshingly laid back.



Oyster Black – Sapporo

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.


Nectarine IPA – Four Winds Brewing Company

Limited Brew

From the brand new Four Winds Brewing Company in Delta BC comes their very limited “Nectarine IPA” a very small batch beer.  20L of Four Winds IPA was removed from the tanks and 12 Nectarines were added.  Due to the obvious small nature of this IPA you can only sample it at the brewery.  The beer pours an orange/copper with a white head.  The aroma consists of pine, floral hops, malts and a large Nectarine presence.  The flavour was of Nectarines, pine, citrus, malts and a great hops bitterness to finish it.  Even with a large Nectarine presence this beer is not overly sweet at all.  The alcohol content cones in around 7% and the IBU is 70.  The Four Winds Brewing Company IPA is already a great beer but the addition of the Nectarines make this an outstanding beer and I hope a version of this shows up in bombers or something similar!