From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their new beer in the Sea To Sky Series of beers a “Honey Wheat Wine”. This one is release number 13 in the series. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of honey, wheat, vanilla, caramel and fruity esters. The flavour is of honey, wheat, candy sugar, fruit, caramel, wheat, vanilla, low bitterness and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 11.3% with an IBU of 25. At first sip I thought this may end up being a bit to sweet but the flavour is great and never gets cloying.
From Backcountry Brewing in Squamish comes their “Widowmaker IPA” a North East style IPA. The beer pours a murky orange with a white head. The aroma consist of tropical juicy fruits with sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, orange juice, pith, pine with a fairly low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 50. If you are like me and love the NE style IPA you will really enjoy this brew.
Commercial Description: Our signature IPA is made in the east coast style. This style of IPA is characterized by a light malt profile with a big pulpy body that is there to complement the intense juicy character coming from the hops. Despite the absolute truck load of hops used in this style of beer the bitterness is restrained and comes across more like that of a pale ale. In this beer, we kept the malt profile light but full and we threw in a ridiculous amount of Citra and Mosaic both in the kettle and in the dry hop to create this intense juice bomb. This beer is unfiltered and un-fined to leave as much flavor and mouthfeel behind in the finished beer as possible.
From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Hazy Daze North East IPA”. The beer pours a mildly hazy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of mango, pineapple, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is packed with fruit including tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, citrus, stone fruit, resin, herbal hops and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25. Howe Sound Brewing has once again created anouther tasty seasonal.
Commercial Description: “Hazy Daze North East IPA is packed full of as many hops as we could get in it. Brewing techniques, the use of malted oats, and a massive dry hop give this IPA big tangerine, grapefruit, nectarine, melon, guava, mango peel, sweet white grape must, and berry notes. This beer is completely focused on hop flavour and aroma and best enjoyed as fresh as possible!” – Simon Jongsma, head brewer.
Food pairing as per brewery: The beer has a lot of flavour and aroma so should not be paired with anything too strong. Good complement to fruit dishes, light salads, and more delicate meats marinated with citrus and mild herb seasonings. It’s a perfect beer for summer sipping and al fresco dining.
Backcountry Brewing is the newest brewery to open up in town of Squamish. From the outside it just looks like anouther commercial building that has very little that stands out.
As you arrive at the door they currently just have a banner hanging in the window.
Now once you walk through the doors you are transported to a totally different place.
When you are inside it both feels like a ski resort bar on the one side and like your sitting outside of a backcountry building. You almost feel like you are outside drinking with the decor. This is one of the more intricate builds for a brewery in BC and I really like what they have done. It is really welcoming!
Behind a big of a keg wall to the far back of the brewery you find the brewing equipment. The brewhouse comes in at 25HL and they have 3 25HL fermenters and 3 50HL fermenters. They also have a canning line for when they are ready to start packaging their beer for sale. For now you can pick up growler fills at the brewery.
If you have not been up to check out the brewery its time to go.
#405-1201 Commercial Way
Squamish B.C. V8B 0V1
604 567-BREW (2739)
From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their new beer in the Sea To Sky Series of beers a “Double IPA”. I am a little confused as this bottle states its the 8th release in the series but the Baltic Porter With Red Grape was also numbered 8. The beer poured a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of some maltiness, juicy fruit notes including pineapple, tropical fruit, oranges and floral hops. The flavour is of passion fruit, mandarine oranges, stone fruit, candied mango, caramel, honey, resin, pine, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 55. Howe Sound definitely delivered with this new release and its nice to see that they are doing more of the Double IPA style now.
Commercial Description: A juicy, full flavoured and delicious Double IPA. Hop notes of candied orange peel, watermelon, nectarine, ripe berry, passion fruit, rose petal, and resin are forefront on top of a clean malt profile. This beer is big balanced and simply beautiful.