From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their “Santa’s Sac Golden Strong Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consist of bubblegum, Belgian yeast, citrus and some spices. The flavour is of bubblegum, yeast, candi sugar, sweetness, fruit with some peppery spice. The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 30. This brew drinks much like a Belgian Tripel with a strong sweetness. If you are big on that style then make some to pick this bottle up.
From Lighthouse Brewing in Victoria BC in Collaboration with Richmond’s Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks comes the “Ryujin Belgian Tripel with Plums”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of plums, candi sugar, some spice with a sweet finish. The flavour is of plums, candi sugar, bubble gum, sweetness but not cloying like many Tripels, some grain, spice from hops and some mild alcohol in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 20. With the addition of plums to this tripel it makes it taste different than the norm which is good as I usually find Tripels far too sweet and I usually avoid them. I would suggest picking up a bottle or two of this one.
Commercial Description: Our collaboration brew with Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks from Vancouver! A Belgian Tripel Style beer, Ryujin pours golden with dark plum on the nose and palate along with classic banana and spicy clove flavours.
From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Off Trail Pale Ale. The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, grain, citrus with floral and herbal hops. The flavour is of grain, caramel, citrus, mild earth, spicy and herbal hops and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 35. This is a well executed standard pale ale and should do the trick for a good 6 pack in the fridge beer.
Commercial Description: A generous heaping of whole leaf cascade hops are carefully balanced with malted barley and combined to deliver our refreshing Off Trail Pale Ale. We suggest pairing with a juicy burger or your favorite pizza.
Food pairings as per brewery: Coconut curry w/ rice & chicken, Mushroom meatloaf, Grilled tiger prawns, Arugula salad, Samosas, Strong cheeses
From Love Shack Libations in Qualicum Beach comes their “Crafty Cream Ale”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of fruity notes, malts and some sweetness. The flavour is of stone fruit, peach, bready malts, spice, herbal hops and low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 18. While this strayed from the standard cream ale flavours for sure I did enjoy it.
Commercial Description: This tricksy little number is constructed for easy drinking. A smooth, slightly sweeter ale with a rounded mouth feel. This is a gateway beer to the craft world.
From Victoria BC’s Moon Under Water Brewing comes their “Old Ale 2017″ a beer in the Ancient Ale Series. The beer pours a deep reddish brown with a tan head. The aroma consists of spices, mild vinegar notes and semi sweet notes. The flavour is of mild sour notes, spices, herbal notes, tannins, earth, oak and some wine notes. Most reviews I have read spoke of smoke but I did not get that in my bottle. The alcohol content comes in at 6.9%. This is definitely a very different beer but I really enjoyed it none the less. I mean I am always hoping to try new and crazy beer and this one fits that mold.
Commercial Description: A long time ago. In a civilization far, far away… For 9,000 years our history has been shaped by the myriad of ingredients use to crate fermented beverages. This series pays homage to the variety of starches, spices, fruits and whatever else civilizations of the past have used to satisfy humanity’s love affair with alcohol.