Graham Cracker Ale – Hearthstone Brewery

From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Graham Cracker Ale”.  The beer pours a deep chestnut colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, vanilla, honey and some mild chocolate.  The flavour is of roasted malts, earth, honey, vanilla, burnt coffee, spices, graham crackers and some bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 30.  Although not quite what I remember for the original batch of this beer it was quite refreshing especially for a winter brew.  This year they used less graham crackers and more of the ingredients to make graham crackers.

Commercial Description:  In 1829, Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham invented the graham cracker in an attempt at staving off an epidemic that was sweeping the nation – masturbation. As a tribute to Reverend Graham, we decided to concoct a graham cracker brew with 50kg of graham crackers in each batch, resulting in notes of honey, vanilla and all around graham cracker goodness. So instead of knocking one out this evening, how about knocking one back with Hearthstone! Cheers!


Earl Pale Ale – BNA Brewing

From  the newest brewery in Kelowna BNA Brewing comes their “Earl Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange with an off white head.  The aroma consist of earl grey tea and malt notes.  The flavour is of earl grey tea, malts, earth and some bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.75% with an IBU of 45.  Not being a huge fan of tea this is not my favourite beer but if you like tea and beer you will probably really like this beer.

Commercial Description:  Contemporary Pale Ale showcasing the citrus & spice qualities of the hops. The addition of Earl Grey tea compliments these flavours and smooths the finish.