From Abbotsfords Surlie Brewing comes their “Solitaire” a Belgian Strong Dark Sytle Ale. This ale pours a deep brown with an off white head. The aroma consists of malts, dark fruits and candied sugar. The flavour is of caramel malts, dark fruits, banana, candied sugar, yeast with a mild sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at a mildly strong 6.5%. This beer really reminds me of beers coming out of Belgium and is very tasty! Pick up a bottle for yourself to find out!
Commercial Description: “Solitaire is a strong beer with hints of dark, dried fruit and spice. The direct fire brew kettle brings out subtle caramel notes. Grab your favorite glass and enjoy this beer doing what you love.”
Food pairing as per Surlie Brewing: pairs well with aged cheddar.
Sadly this brewery has been forced to close its doors.
Well it has happened! Abbotsford has now entered the Craft Beer revolution in British Columbia. Tim Brown a well known brewmaster who has brewed for both Mission Springs and Dead Frog Brewing has now started his own one man show Surlie Brewing.
Just so you know this is an amazing likeness of Tim (if you didn’t know) and also the breweries Logo. This is a tiny little brewery and only has one employee until bottle day when friends are wrangled into part time jobs. I contacted Tim and was lucky enough to get the invite to take a peak at this new brewery and just chat for hours on all sorts of subjects. Surlie Brewing is launching with just one beer the “Solitaire” a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. A review will follow in the next few days but pick it up as soon as you find it and ask your local beer stores to bring it in! It only hit stores yesterday but is sure to be a local favourite.
At this point Surlie Brewing will not have a tasting room or retail space as the City of Abbotsford will not yet allow this. I am sure this will change at some point as it was the same way in Chilliwack until recently. So depending on the City and Tim there may one day be a proper retail space.