Rizzla Rice Lager – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Rizzla Rice Lager”.  This beer is certified Gluten Friendly by both White Labs and Siebel Institute by having both labs test every batch of the beer to a threshold of 10 parts per million of gluten.  The beer pours a light straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mild bready malts, almost caramel, rice, citrus and a crisp finish.  The flavour is of bready and grainy malts, rice, mild caramel, citrus, sweetness, mild grassy hops and a crisp low bitterness finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 18.  If you are looking for a nice crisp clean lager this could be a good choice for sure.  If you are looking for a gluten friendly beer this is definitely a good choice for you!

Commercial Description:  Rizla Rice Lager is an easy drinking Asian style lager. A great session beer for watching sports, weather, and people. Brewed using rice properly, for flavour rather than filler, bittered with classic northern brewer hops to balance the rice sweetness. Makes a great house lager.  Gluten reduced to less than 10 parts per million & it tastes great!  Every batch is tested twice by two labs.  All the flavour not the gluten!

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Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse”. The beer pours a reddish pink colour with a small white head.  The aroma is of Raspberry, sweetness but not to much else.  The flavour is of raspberry, tartness with some undertones of sweetness with a mild malt note.  The alcohol content comes in at 3.2% with an IBU of 00.  You can not go wrong with a nice session sour ale and this one will not disappoint.

Commercial Description:  We brew this the way they did back in the day, using a 100% wild lactobacillus bacteria to sour the beer, then we bring it back into the kettle and add 200lbs of real, whole local raspberries resulting in a pink, tart and refreshing summer beer.

Goose Four Star Pils – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Goose Four Star Pils”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, biscuit, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of grain, biscuit, citrus, fruit, sweetness and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 38. This is exactly what a Craft pilsner should be. Grainy with a good little hops bite. Goose Island Beer Co is owned by AB-Inbev and their standard lineup is brewed by Labatt in Canada.

Commercial Description:  Goose Island has taken the traditional Pilsner beer style and made it uncommon with a unique blend of German and American hops. The result is an immensely drinkable and refreshing beer with a crisp hop aroma that will have you reaching for another one in no time.

 

West Coast Lager – Bowen Island Brewing


From Bowen Island Brewing now brewed in Kamloops by Kamloops Brewing Company comes their “West Coast Lager”.  The beer pours a golden straw colour.  The aroma consists of caramel, biscuit and maybe a hint of some grassy hops.  The flavour is of biscuit, caramel, citrus and a sweet finish with little to no bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 17.  If you enjoy a lager that comes in on the sweeter side then pick up some of this one as it will be in your wheelhouse.

Commercial Description: Slowly aged over an extended period of time to enhance it’s taste profile. Creamy at the beginning followed by a slightly malt sweetness on the back of your tongue. This easily drinkable lager has a clean and crisp finish.

Photo from Bowen Island Brewing.

Monster Ale Barleywine 2007 Vintage – Brooklyn Brewery (Aged aprox 9 years 4 Months)


From Brooklyn Brewing out of Brooklyn New York comes their “Monster Ale” this bottle being a 2007 vintage Barleywine.  This bottle was opened on May 2nd 2017 making it in the neighborhood of 9 years and 4 months old if I assume the beer was released in December.  Unfortunately this beer was discontinued in 2013 after their cat named Monster passed away.  The beer poured a chestnut brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, brown sugar, sweetness and some mint.  The flavour is of chocolate, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, orange, sherry, mild resin, tannins and sweetness.  This beer coats your tongue with every sip.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.1% with an IBU of 47.  I am really bummed to hear of the demise of this beer as this close to 10 year old bottle tastes bloody amazing!

Commercial Description:  Brooklyn Monster Ale is a classic barley wine, a style of ale originally brewed by the butlers to the English and American aristocracy. It is brewed from three mashes of heirloom British malt and spiced with aromatic American Willamette, Cascade and Fuggle hops. After four months of aging, it has a magnificent burnished copper color, an aroma redolent of sherry, citrusy hops and fruit, a soft, warming, complex palate, a spiritous finish, and a strength of 10.3%. It is vivacious when young, but will age gracefully for many years, becoming more complex over time.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Brooklyn Monster Ale is a fine accompaniment to a variety of cheeses (especially Gruyere, Stilton and aged cheddar), ice cream, flourless cakes, crème brulee and good cigars.

Here is my review of the same vintage from December 2012.