From Steel Toad Brewpub in Vancouver comes their “Patio Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of peppery notes, lemon and yeast. The flavour is of pepper, spice, yeast, citrus, citrus rind with low bitterness levels. This beer is not super dry but it is also not overly sweet. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 25. Personally this is exactly what I am looking for in a good saison. you can pick up a growler fill right now at the brew pub.
Commercial Description: Citrus and pepper from the farmhouse ale yeast used in this beer dominate the palate. Unlike the traditional ultra dry beers typical of the saison style, this beer is brewed with a healthy quantity of flaked oats to give it a fuller body. This allows a lower alcohol content that makes this a perfect beer for sessions on the patio.
Steel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall has been brewing up a storm since late 2015 but with some changes they invited me out to try some of their brew beer and share the fact they have finally begun filling growlers! Located in Vancouver’s Brewery Creek district and on the edge of the Olympic Village you do not have to venture far to check out this brewpub.
I still find it amazing that this building was saved after it lost its historical status back in 1997. Nothing usually sticks around when it is left to fall apart like this building was. Luckily the developer saw the value of the history and saved this building.
I have enjoyed myself every time I have stopped in to Steel Toad Brewing. The bar area is located in the middle and is a wrap around style. On all sides you will find seating also. There are now two different patios with one located out front and one in the back. To the far left and up the stairs you will find a nice mezzanine seating area that can be used for private events. On the right side you get to see the brew house behind a glass wall. The beer here is very fresh as they pour directly off of serving tanks for their own brews. But if you are looking for something else they also have guest taps and other bar drinks.
mezz area seating
mezz area seating
view of brewpub from mezz
Behind the glass wall you find the brewery. As far as I can tell they still use a mobile grain mill that they wheel outside to do all their milling. The brewery uses a 10 barrel brew house that consists of a two part vessel that is comprised of a mash tun and hot liquor tank. The other part of the two vessel brew house is their kettle. Once they have finished making the wort it is moved over to the fermenters on the far side. Once the beer is finished it is moved into one of 10 serving tanks. The brewery has a capacity of 1000 barrels a year. The photos below are a mix of old and new photos.
If you have never been here you are doing a disservice to yourself. If you have been its time to go back for a nice meal and to take home a growler of your favourite beer. The brewery does not purge their growlers with CO2 at this point so they recommend you drink it as soon as possible. This is a nice first step and hopefully in the future they can start purging the growlers with CO2 so that the beer will last longer.
From Steel Toad Brewpub in Vancouver comes their “Blood Orange Sour” a Berliner Weisse. The beer pours a cloudy dark pink with a whitish pink head. The aroma consists of bloody oranges, mild tartness and maybe a hint of something herbal. The flavour is of blood orange, stone fruit, grapefruit rind and tartness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 10. This is really tasty and a nice sour for the summer coming up. This sour wont kick your taste buds in the teeth which is nice as so many kettle sours are extremely sour.
Commercial Description: This kettle soured wheat ale, (Berliner Weisse) has been blended with blood oranges after fermentation. The resulting beer is extremely easy drinking, refreshing, and delicious.
On February 25th, 2017 UnTapped Craft Imports and Steel Toad Brewpub in Vancouver hosted the Soirée Dieu Du Ciel. When you hold a party with this epic Quebec brewery and the master brewer Jean Francois in attendance you know you are in for a treat.
The $40 ticket got you entry into the event between 2pm and 5pm and that included a commemorative glass and 4 beer tokens. The real star of the show was the rare beer that have not been seen in British Columbia as of yet. These beers included the following:
Moralité (American IPA)
Ultra Mosaika (Ultra Mosaic Pale Ale)
Hélium (Helles Lager)
L’Austérité (American Barleywine)
Grande Noirceur 2015 (Imperial Stout)
Hérétique Obscura (Funky Black Beer)
Rigor Mortis Brandy/Cognac (Abbey-Style Brown Ale)
Isseki Nicho Pinot 2015 (Imperial Black Saison aged in Pinot Noir Barrels)
Exorciste Mûres 2015 (Blackberry Sour Whete)
Péché Véniel 2015 (coffee Stout)
This was the ultimate introduction to the beers of Dieu Du Ciel! I have never had a bad beer from this brewery but these are the crème de la crème from them. Why not get to know a brewery with their absolute bests?
My absolute favourites from this event include the Grande Noirceur 2015 (Imperial Stout), Hérétique Obscura (Funky Black Beer) and the absolute winner the Rigor Mortis Brandy/Cognac (Abbey-Style Brown Ale).
If you are not familiar with this brewery yet it is time to get familiar. Their beer is available at liquor stores on the West Coast and well worth picking up. This is truly one of the best breweries in Canada.
Not only is Steel Toad Brewpub hosting a great event with the Soirée Dieu Du Ciel that will bring the founder and master brewer Jean Francois Gravel to Vancouver to discuss his beer but they will be putting some rare beers on tap that have never been seen in this province.
The event Runs from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday February 25th, 2017 and tickets go for $40. The ticket includes a commemorative glass and 4 beer tokens.
Down to brass tax. Here is the list of 10 of 12 beers on tap and the three beers in bottles.