Once again a small town in BC has a new brewery. This time it was the town of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast. To be precise it is the historic area of Gibsons Landing on the seaside. The name of the brewery is Gibsons Tapworks and you should really make your way there and try out their beer.
When you walk through the doors you will find a beautiful lounge with white paint and wood furniture. Up a few stars you will find the bar and from there a view of the brewery itself. Currently they have 4 of their own beer on tap including a brown ale, oatmeal stout, Vienna Ale and an IPA. The beer upon opening is better than I would have expected from a new brewery and is really quite tasty. Neil, Geoff and Warren really know what their are doing with this brand new brewery. I was lucky to meet both Geoff and Warren when I stopped in and they are both very knowledgeable and excited to talk about what they are doing.
Sorry for the poor quality. I took it thought the window in a hurry.
The brewery is small with a 7 barrel brew system. The brewery hosts 4 fermenters and 5 brite tanks. It is nice to have an extra brite tank to age a beer a little longer than the average when needed. They have some room to grow in the future so fret not beer lovers.
Its time to take your next trip over to Gibsons now and try some new beer.
From Townsite Brewing out of Powell River comes the “Cardena Quad (Barrel Aged)”. The beer pours a chestnut brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, bubble gum and sweetness. The flavour is of oak, bourbon, dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, bubblegum, leather and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 30. With Townsite Brewing having a Belgian brewmaster it is no surprise that they can make a great Quad especially when it is Barrel Aged.
From Persphone Brewing in Gibsons BC comes their “Persephone Pale Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of really tropical fruits, citrus, caramel malts and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus, caramel, resin and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 33. As Pale Ale’s go this one is on the top of the heap in British Columbia. I would recommend this one to anyone.
Commercial Description: This medium bodied, light coloured ale is bursting with juicy citrus and tropical fruit aromas from Citra hops. The pleasant citrusy hop flavour and modest bitterness is balanced with a light malt profile. A sessionable beer for the hop lover.
After getting my hands on a tool called The Perfect Black and Tan I had to give it a shot. I picked up “Into the Black Stout” from Off The Rail Brewing in Vancouver and “Persephone Pale Ale” from Persephone Brewing in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast. I have dubbed it “Into the Pale Ale Black and Tan”.
The beer poured a deep golden colour on top with an opaque black colour on the bottom and a very light brown head. The aroma was obviously dominated by the pale ale on top but consisted of floral hops, roasted malts, tropical fruits, coffee and some oats. The flavour started with tropical fruits, citrus, caramel and floral hops but transitions with every sip into toasted oats, roasted malts, coffee, earth and some mild chocolate. The alcohol content from the Stout was 4.8% and the Pale Ale was 5.5% so it was somewhere in the low 5% range. While the colours were not quite as apposing as I would have liked for this black and tan the flavours actually worked quite nice together. Maybe not the perfect black and tan but a pretty tasty one none the less.
Persephone Brewing out of Gibsons BC has started up a single hop series recently. The third beer in this series is the “Eureka Pale Ale” a series where the beer recipe will only be altered at the hops level. I can not find any information on Eureka hops so I can not look up what to expect from this hop. The beer pours an orange copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, tropical and sweet malts. The flavour is of earth, caramel, tropical fruit, orange, sweetness, pine, mild bitterness and some resin in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. Once again this was a great pale ale with lots of flavour.