Double Infinity (Galaxy) – Superflux Beer Company


From Superflux Beer Company brewing out of Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Double Infinity (Galaxy)” a Double IPA.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, stone fruit and citrus with a herbal and floral finish.  The flavour is of herbal hops with citrus rind, tropical fruits, melons, stone fruit, resin and bitterness with a hint of alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8%.  Superflux Beer Company is a big player in the local North East IPA style and this one is killing it just like their other brews.  Pick this up if you can find it.

Commercial Description:  We’re thankful for Galaxy Hops. They make better beer than turkey bones do. Hope you fellow Canadians enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday today! Our first Double IPA “Double Infinity” will be available in cans at Strathcona Beer Company while supplies last.

Rye ESB – Strathcona Beer Company


From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Rye ESB”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of rye spice, rye malts, caramel, and floral hops.  The flavour is of rye spice and rye malts, earth, caramel, semi sweet citrus and bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 50.  Strathcona Beer Company is on to something with this beer as Rye malts seem to add great aroma and flavour to beer.

Commercial Description:  Strathcona Beer Company presents a Rye, English Special Bitter. A beer brewed in the tradition of Lord Strathcona’s British heritage, a man that left behind a legacy of charity and philanthropy that shaped many communities across Canada. The design of the can, with the Strathcona astronaut, is to symbolize our first launch of limited edition, four pack, tall cans. This beer has an abundance of well rounded malts, a crisp bitter finish and a hop character that is moderate and balanced, with a touch of dark caramel flavours.

 

British IPA – Strathcona Beer Company


From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “British IPA”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of biscuity with an overly malty with a fruity, sweet and floral finish.  The flavour was of lots of fruit up front with caramel, grain, biscuit, earth, mild resin and a medium bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 60.  While I personally prefer a good hop bomb this one is on point and a British or English IPA and will definitely appeal to the non hop head.

Commercial Description:  This is first and foremost a classic, English IPA. This style is recognized for a flavouring more balanced between hops and malt as opposed to the more hop-forward IPAs of the Pacific Northwest. This is also reflected by the low hop aroma. The light hop flavouring comes from the traditional English hops Fuggles and UK Goldings. This light gold colored beer has a moderate citrus flavor, low fruitiness and a dry finish.

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Left Imperial IPA – Strathcona Beer Company


From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Left Imperial IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of mango, tropical fruits, caramel, sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, ripe mango, tropical fruit, berries, citrus, citrus rind, resin, sweetness, bitterness and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.4% with an IBU of 100.  Imperial IPA’s are a ton of fun as even with a huge alcohol content and a high IBU it does not mean it will be a harsh beer.  This one has lots of fruit flavour and sweetness with good bitterness but not a massive bitter hit from the 100 IBU.

Commercial Description:  Light coloured ale with robust hop flavour and high alcohol content.  Smooth malt finish coupled with subtle notes of citrus, featuring Asaacca, Wakatu and Cascade Hops.

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Tri-Cities Cask Festival Winter 2017 Pro-Am – Coquitlam


On January 22, 2017 I finally attended the Tri-Cities Cask Festival Winter 2017 Pro-Am.  What a festival it turned out to be.

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As beer festivals go this has to be one of the best fests for your buck in the province.  With $49 dollars getting you 10 samples, a custom burger and custom poutine you just can not go wrong.  I also love that this beer fest is 100 percent casks!  Basically every beer that was on offer was a one off creation just for this festival and that seems to be lost in the majority of beer fests these days.  When I saw that 577 people would be in attendance for this festival I expected the room at the Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre to be larger.  Somehow with even this many people in the space it never seemed super busy.  I never had to wait more than a minute to get a sample of a beer I wanted to check out.

Here are the breweries that took part in the cask festival:

One of the more interesting facts about this festival was that it was a pro-am so there were also casks from some home brew clubs that were made in collaboration with local breweries.

Here are the home brew clubs involved:

Everyone that I talked to at the festival was having a great time and seemed to be really happy with the cask beer that was on offer.  I have to say that the burger and the poutine were also awesome!

The following photos are of the different beer that I was able to sample while enjoying the festival.  Every beer that I consumed was enjoyable but like all experimentation some were better than others and some were next level.

I had a great time tying out all of the beers that I did try and I wish that I could have tried more.  Here are my winners for the ones that I was able to try.

Best Commercial Brewery – Storm Brewing – Vanilla Brandy Black Plague

Best Home Brew Club – Full Barrel Brew Club (Langley) – Maple barrel Imperial Stout

Most Intriguing Beer – Mango Habanero Play Dead IPA

My Best of Show – Full Barrel Brew Club (Langley) – Maple barrel Imperial Stout

Now the festival had awards that were voted on by the ticket holders of the festival.  All voting was done via a website and near the end of the festival the winners were announced.  While one of the awards Lines up with mine the other one did not.  Here are the festival winners as per the overall festival goers.

Best Amateur – Full Barrel Brew Club (Langley) – Maple barrel Imperial Stout

Best Pro – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks – Haze For Daze

Best of Show – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks – Haze For Daze

There is no doubt in my mind I will be attending more festivals in the future put on by the Tri-Citires Cask Festival people and you should check one out too!  They consist of great beer, food, people and you never have to wait long for a sample like you do at some festivals. Also as the BC government opens up the liquor laws these pro-am events may become even more easy to host.

The next festival they are holding is taking an whole new spin on the festival and making it about the Women in Beer in the Province of British Columbia.  Not all of the women involved will be brewers per say but they are all integral in making their brewery awesome and will help make the casks for the event!

Make sure to check out Siris Cask Fest coming up on April 22nd, 2017.  An added bonus for the women out there the first hour is only open to Women!

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