From Stanley Park Brewing (Turning Point Brewing) in Delta comes their “Midnight Black IPA” a part of their new Sampling Series in Bombers. The beer poured a very deep black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, pine, earth, mild fruit notes and floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, earth, pine, mild fruits and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 65. This is a nice mix of flavours for a black IPA and I am happy to see Stanley Park Brewing tackle this style. Stanley Park Brewing is now owned by Labbat.
Commercial Description: Embrace the darker days as the seasons change with our exceptionally smooth and hoppy Midnight Black IPA. Bursting with aromas of freshly fallen pine needles and ripe berries from Simcoe hops, it’s like we took the forest of Stanley Park and bottled it…
From Stanley Park Brewing (Turning Point Brewing) in Delta comes their “FRESH HOP RED IPA” a part of their new Sampling Series in Bombers. The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, rye, caramel, grapefruit and floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, rye, caramel, toffee, chocolate, earth, grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine, pepper, herbal and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.4% with an IBU of 70. This Red IPA has a similar roast malt characteristic of some Cascadian Dark Ale’s. I quite enjoyed this one although it is definitely more roasty than most. Stanley Park Brewing is now owned by Labbat.
Commercial Description: A robust Fresh Hop Red IPA with Crystal Rye malts and heaps of fresh, locally-grown Cascade and Chinook hop cones direct from bines at B.C. Hop Co.’s picturesque hop fields in the heart of the Fraser Valley.
The beer fest was a bit of an extra cost on top of the Airshow but well worth it. The breweries that came out to celebrate were Ravens Brewing, Hathi Brewing, Highway 97 Brewing, Chaos & Solace Brewing, Mt Begbie Brewing, Two Wolves Brewing, Cannery Brewing, Dead Frog Brewery, Granville Island Brewing, 4 Mile Brewing and Stanley Park Brewing. The fenced off area was located on a nice grass field with seating at the front on the runway side. You could either buy designated seating up front or just pay to go into the beer fest and get very similar seating and a beer fest thrown in at the basically the same price.
Being a big beer nerd there were not a ton of beers I had not had but there was still the odd one. But the breweries still brought some really tasty stuff and made for an exciting time for new beer drinkers and seasoned craft fans alike. Shout out to 4 Mile Brewing for bringing some unique releases that I have not seen. I could not believe the view of some of the airshow acts from the festival grounds. Check out the videos below to see some of the acts.
F18 Super Hornet does a high speed flyby.
Impressive turning capabilities of F18
Entertaining staged scary flight.
But when you go to the Abbotsford International Airshow you really need to check out the planes. This year saw a handful of American and Canadian military planes with some coast guard, police and private planes rounding out the lineup with one exception. There was one really cool stealth fighter that came to the show and I think it came from Norway but I am not sure anymore.
This is definitely a must attend event. Be it for the craft beer like me or even just for the planes. Make sure to make it out next year to see for yourself. I will leave you with this video.
From Stanley Park Brewing (Turning Point Brewing) in Delta comes their “DayTrip West Coast Lager”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grain, sweetness and grassy hops. The flavour is of citrus, grain, herbal and grassy with a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.4% with an IBU of 25. While I would like a little more hops bitterness in a West Coast style beer this one does taste quite good for the lager style.
From Stanley Park Brewery (Turning Point Brewery) in Delta comes their “Noble Pilsner”. The beer pours a golden straw colour with a white head. The aroma consists of fruit, floral hops and some mild malts. The flavour is of biscuit and caramel malts, citrus and extremely low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1%. While I am not a fan of the Pilsner style personally but this one is a great example of the style and well worth picking up if you want a good representation of the style.