From Surrey’s Russell Brewing comes their “Eastern Promises Czech Pilsner”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, grassy hops and citrus. The flavour is of grain, biscuit, citrus, mild hops bitterness with a crisp finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 35. While I’m not a big fan of Pisners this one is full flavored and quite enjoyable.
Commercial Description: EASTERN PROMISES ALWAYS RINGS TRUE and this beer is no exception. A classic Bohemian Czech-style pilsner. Golden hue, rich and complex malt backbone from superior Pilsner, Caramel Vienna and Munich Malts. Spicy bitter and floral finish from noble Saaz hops. Expertly crafted using Czech brewing traditions aiming to make the town of Pilsner proud. PART OF THE RUSSELL BREWMASTER SERIES – a succession of small batch beers crafted for an unconventional beer drinker.
From Surrey BC’s Russel Brewing comes their “A Wee Angry Scotch Ale”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of lots of malt, caramel, toffee, mild smoke and some sweetness. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, nuts, earth, peat, sweetness and maybe a hint of chocolate and lesser of mint possibly. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 30. This is an approachable Scotch Ale and worth a pickup.
Commercial Description: A Wee Angry Scotch Ale is crafted in the style of a 19th century 90 Schilling Scotch Ale is a strong, dark ale with dominant malt accent that originated in Edinburgh. Made with Scottish specialty malts including Peated Malt imparting a slight smoky character to the beer.
From Surrey’s Russell Brewing comes their “Root Beer Milk Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of sarsaparilla, chocolate, sweetness and basically all of what root beer is. The flavour is of chocolate, sarsaparilla, toffee, lactose, earth, anise and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 30. Being a milk stout I am surprised to say that this is not overly sweet as I find most root beers that way. I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did as I am not really a root beer fan.
Commercial Description: Celebrate the winter months with this Russell Root Beer Stout. This dark elixir will provide you with the best, feet-up-by-the-fire-job-well-done feeling a brewer could dream up. It combines the outstanding flavours of chocolate and roasted malts with the traditional flavours of sassafras. The addition of lactose provides the sweet and creamy mouthfeel that the traditional milk stout is known for…but with a twist.
From Surrey’s Russell Brewing comes their “Luck of the Irish Red Ale”. The beer pours a deep copper red colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of toffee, sweetness and mild fruit. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, mild toasted malts and some bitterness. The beer comes in at 5% with an IBU of 30. This is an enjoyable easy drinking Red Ale.
Commercial Description: Bitter is not always better when it comes to craft beer. As a beer style, this red ale is intended to be malt-forward, offering toffee and caramel sweetness which is beautifully balanced by a restrained use of hops. The natural rich red colour comes from the generous use of imported roasted barley and specialty malts. Finishes clean and smooth, leaving you wanting more.
From Surrey’s Russell Brewing comes their “Blood Alley Extra Special Bitter”. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of caramel, mild roasted malts, fruit and floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, caramel, grapefruit, pine, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 50. While this is not your typical ESB because the bitterness is a bit to high I quite enjoy it.
Commercial Description: Blood Alley Bitter is an Extra Special Bitter named after a notorious cobblestone laneway in Vancouver’s Gastown district. At 50 IBU’s this beer is slightly higher in bitterness than the average ESB but it is well-balanced by the rich, roasted malt flavours.
Stylistically, the malt side is very English, but the hops are all floral US varieties. Brewed with only the best including: 2-row Pilsner malt, Flaked Barley, UK Crystal Malt, and a touch of UK Chocolate Malt. We use Columbus hops in the brew kettle, and dry hop with Cascade and Willamette. PART OF THE RUSSELL BREWMASTER SERIES – a succession of small batch beers crafted for an unconventional beer drinker.