Barrel Aged Sparkling Wit – Dogwood Brewing


From Dogwood Brewing in South Vancouver comes their brand new “Barrel Aged Sparkling Wit” a beer aged in Pinot Noir barrels.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, lemon, wine, vanilla and some mild oak.  The flavour is of Wine but more of a white wine than a Pinot Noir, vanilla, lemon, citrus, yeast, bubblegum, mild oak flavour and a sweet although dry finish with some tannins.  The alcohol content comes in at 6%.  This is one of the most complex beers that I have enjoyed from Dogwood Brewing.  Head over to the brewery to give it a try as this will only be available at the tasting room and select taprooms around town.

Commercial Description:  This Organic Belgian Wit was brewed with Coriander and Black pepper, then aged for 3 months in Organic French White Oak Pinot Noir Barrels. Delicate spicy esters create the perfect base for layer after layer of Flavour that Evolves as your glass warms, creating a thoughtfully refreshing drinking experience. Bright Lemon plays counterpoint to the deeper flavour of vanilla and oak imparted by the young barrels which; like a good pinot noir, pairs well with all types of food. Made with all Organic Local B.C ingredients, this creamy Wit is beautifully rounded in its complexity and finishes Dry with a hint of tannin. We’re very proud of this limited release and sincerely hope you enjoy.

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Vine & Hops Wine and Craft Beer Tours – April 1st, 2016


Vine & Hops Wine and Craft Beer Tours does both public and private beer and wine tours in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.  The beer tours include pick up in Downtown Vancouver, transport to and from 3 breweries, all tasting fees, snacks and trivia.  On Friday April 1st a group of bloggers including myself got to head out on one of their tours.

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This tour was comprised of 4 breweries as they had the ability to check out two as of yet unopened breweries locally.

We started the day out at R&B Brewing in the Olympic Village of Vancouver.  R&B Brewing has built a brand new food primary restaurant attached to the brewery (Yes it is children friendly).  It has not yet opened but we were given a sneak peek at what it looked like.  Just a hint it looked epic!  Started in the food primary.

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The room feels like it could be anyone’s basement full of interesting gadgets and mixed wares.  They have will have a fairly large tap list of their beers plus a few other options for non beer drinkers.  They will have hot food that includes pizza among other things.  They also have a super cool retro real to real music player (actually 2) with two walls of speakers that are active that put out the music.  The last 3 photos are of the separate growler station that is nearest the front doors.  After the new room we headed into the brewery itself for a look at where the beer is made.

The first 3 photos are of their large cold room.  We then moved into the brewery for a quick peek.  We had taken to long in the restaurant side because of our excitement of the new space so we did not get as long a look at the brewery.

Once done at R&B Brewing we headed to South Vancouver to check out Dogwood Brewing.  I forgot to take a photo of the front of the brewery so I will use an oldy.

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We started and finished the tour in the tasting room trying out samples of the beer as well as getting to try some of Dogwood Brewing’s pizza that they offer for sale.

The lounge is well laid out with lots of seats at long tables.  Its a good way to get to know people.  The beers we tasted were explained by Claire the owner and brew master.  All beer that Claire makes are certified organic and come from British Columbia.  This is the first Organic brewery in Vancouver.  After sampling beer and before trying out the pizza we headed into the brewery for a tour of the production space.

Claire is very knowledgeable about brewing beer and she showed us as she even taught our group the odd thing on our tour and we were all beer bloggers.  The size of the brewery space is only possible because it is located in South Vancouver with lower lease costs.  This also means Dogwood can grow quite a bit!  Once we finished up our last samples and the pizza we moved onto our next brewery.

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Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks is just waiting for the last paperwork from the province to open up their lounge in Richmond.

There is no doubt in my mind that Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks is going to be the must hang out lounge in BC once they open to the public.  The space in fantastic with one side being a more subdued sit down lounge with the other side having two arcade systems with tons of games to play all for free!  They also have the bar area where you can sit and watch them pour beer from their Lightsaber tap handles.  The finishings are all wood a nice BC touch.  Once we had tried some beer we moved into the brewery itself.

The brewery is still pretty small with only 6 large fermentors but this will change quickly with their beer being available in more Provinces all the time and in Asia also.  They both can and bottle their beer.  Their standard beers will be available in 6 pack cans with bombers for their limited releases.  Their cooler is larger than some BC breweries all by itself.  This group has everything going for them.  Geeky marketing and a wicked space.  Watch out BC and Canada as they are coming for you.

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Back on the road again we headed under the tunnel to Four Winds Brewing.  Again I forgot to take a photo of the front of the brewery so I will use an old photo.

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Four Winds Brewing is one of the most respected Canadian breweries and for good reason.  This brewery makes some amazing beers!  We started in the tasting room as usual.  If you don’t frequent Delta you may not have been to the tasting room since the expansion.  The room is great with tons of room to enjoy your samples.  Sadly they do not yet have their lounge license from my understanding but they are working on getting it.

After checking out the tasting room we moved into the brewery where the magic happens.  The brewery is amazingly packed with tanks.  They have almost zero room for expansion but that is not stopping them as they have more capacity coming soon (Who knows where though).  They even do their packaging on a mobile machine that fits between the fermentors.

The most amazing part about our stop at Four Winds Brewing though was their tacos.  They only serve them at lunch currently but these are amazing authentic style tacos!  They serve both meat and veggie versions and all are amazing!!!!   Why not finish the post off with some photos from Vine & Hops themselves.

All five photos above are from Vine & Hops.

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I really want to than Vine & Hops for setting up this tour for us bloggers.  We had a great time and I am sure that your group would have just as much fun as we did be it Craft Beer or Wine!  Check out their website for more information.

Vine & Hops Wine and Craft Beer Tours
http://www.vineandhops.ca
info@vineandhops.ca
604-779-WINE(9463)

R&B Brewing
(Olympic Village – East Vancouver)
http://www.randbbrewing.com/

Dogwood Brewing
(South Vancouver)
http://www.dogwoodbrew.com/

Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks
(Richmond)
http://fuggleswarlock.com/

Four Winds Brewing
(Delta)
http://www.fourwindsbrewing.ca/

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Organic Honey Ale – Dogwood Brewing


From the brand new Dogwood Brewing in South Vancouver comes their “Organic Honey Ale”.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a small white head.  The aroma consists of mild honey and malts.  The flavour is of malts, some fruit notes and some semi sweet honey.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 15.  The flavour may not be huge in this beer but it hits all the right marks and is a great session ale!

Commercial Description:  Light and Refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness.

Dogwood Brewing – Vancouver


Well who would have guessed a new brewery would open up in the Vancouver area?  Not me for sure I mean there isn’t a craft beer revolution going on here or anything!

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Ok so I am full of it.  South Vancouver now has a brewery to call its own just blocks off of Marine Way close to Knight Street.  Just to kick the trend in beer lately this brewery is helmed by a female head brewer!  Head Brewer Claire Connolly was formerly the head brewer at Big River Brewpub in Richmond and has worked at breweries in the UK also.  Not only have they kicked the trend of Male head brewers but they are also using different ingredients than most breweries.  Dogwood Brewing only uses Organic ingredients.  They get their malts from Gambrinus Malting Corporation in Armstrong BC and their hops from HOOH Hops Inc (Harvesters of Organic Hops) in Lillooet BC.  This is the first Organic brewery in Vancouver and only the third in the province with Nelson Brewing Company and Crannóg Ales being the other two.

When you walk into the brewery you find a nice big space with lots of table space and a bar where you can order your beer and growler fills.  Currently they only have the tasting room license but I would assume from the layout they will be going for their lounge license also.  There is just too much seating to not plan to have people stick around for more than one flight or 12oz glass of beer.

When you are in the tasting room there is a nice little peek-through window where you can see the brewery in all its small glory.

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I was lucky enough to run into Claire Connolly while I was at the brewery for my first visit and she was happy to give me a tour of the brewery.  She showed off the hops and malts that she is using that are certified organic and then took me though the brewery itself.

In my opinion being fairly in the know in the craft beer community in BC I think Dogwood Made a very good decision to get a space that was currently to big for their capacity.  It may currently look cavernous but thing always grow in Vancouver and they are already planning their next tank purchases and they just opened a few days ago.  If you look at the trend in Metro Vancouver you will see a massive growth in breweries be it Powell Street and  Bridge Brewing or even Central City Brewers & Distillers.  No matter your current space you will probably end up out growing it and depending now small you go your first brewery move may only be years away.  Unless Dogwood explodes like Parallel 49 Brewing I think this space should be great for years to come.  Dogwood may even be limited on growth depending on just how much Organic ingredients they can procure on a year to year basis.  But if you are into Organic ingredients I recommend that you head to Dogwood Brewing as soon as possible and check out what they are doing!  Well when it comes down to it I recommend everyone head out and try out their take on local craft beer really!

Check out full sized photos here.

Dogwood Brewing
http://www.dogwoodbrew.com
8284 Sherbrooke St, Vancouver, BC, V5X 4R6
604 325 3693
dogwood@dogwoodbrew.com

Current hours as of April 5th, 2015 are as follows but are subject to change:

TUESDAY          4PM   –  8PM
WEDNESDAY    4PM   –  8PM
THURSDAY         4PM   –  8PM
FRIDAY             4PM   –  9PM
SATURDAY       11.30  –  9PM
SUNDAY           11.30  –  5PM