Big Horn Amber Ale – Spencer Hill Cottage Brewery


From Spencer Hill Cottage Brewery in Grand Forks comes their “Big Horn Amber Ale”.  This bottle comes from batch number D0067.  The beer pours a deep amber, orange colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, fruit, floral hops and a semi sweet finish.  The flavour is of caramel, stone fruit, melon, citrus, pine and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2%.  For a brewery that currently only makes one beer this is quite tasty.  I hope the owner produces more than just this beer in the future.

 

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Crafty Cream Ale – Love Shack Libations


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.

Blood Orange Sour – Steel Toad Brewpub


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.

 

Hazy Daze North East IPA – Howe Sound Brewing


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.

Kazu Maru IPA – Wheelhouse Brewing


From Wheelhouse Brewing in Prince Rupert comes their  “Kazu Maru IPA”.  The beer pours a fairly hazy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of lots of fruit notes including citrus and grapefruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of juicy citrus, grapefruit, stone fruit, earth, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 75.  Its always nice to see a big fairly challenging IPA being made in the middle of nowhere!

Commercial Description:  The fishing vessel Kazu Maru disappeared from the waters of Owase, Japan in 1985. A year and a half later it was found across the Pacific near Owase’s sister city Prince Rupert. Here it was lovingly restored and honoured. To this day the boat sits in the park across the street from the brewery.  This bold yet balanced IPA is a salute to those who have fallen in love with the sea, and who have given their life to it. Out of chaos comes beauty.