Traditional Ale – Big Rock Brewery


From Calgary Alberta’s Big Rock Brewery comes their “Traditional Ale” an English Style Brown Ale that is also brewed at the breweries in British Columbia and Ontario.  The beer pours a medium chestnut brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, mild roast, nuttiness, earth and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of nuts, caramel, mild roast, earth some mild bitterness and sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 20.  This beer isn’t going to knock your socks off but that is not what a brown ale is about anyways.  This is a tasty clean brown ale that hits the right notes.

Commercial Description:  A recipe gone untouched since Big Rock’s founding. Toasty malt and sweet caramel up front, finishes with a nutty flavour, medium creamy carbonation and mild hop bitterness.  “The unmatched quality of our Canadian grown barley is still the backbone of this beer over 30 years after it was first brewed. My comfort food in a glass, some things just never get old.” ~Brewmaster Paul Gautreau

Food pairing as per brewery:  Sharp cheeses, red meats and stews.

 

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So-Cal Style IPA – Granville Island Brewing


From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “So-Cal Style IPA” the latest in their Small batch brews.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, fruity, syrupy and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, pineapple juice, fruit candies, sweetness, lemon, pine, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.8% with an IBU of 80.  While I don’t think I would consider this a So-Cal style IPA it was enjoyable.  Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson. 

Commercial Description:  Like the state of California, our So-Cal Style IPA is big, bold and beautiful. Bright citrus and grapefruit notes dominate this audacious brew thanks to an epic dose of West Coast hops. Pairs well with fish tacos with a citrus salsa.

Steel Toe Lager – Dead Frog Brewery


From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “Steel Toe Lager”.  The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The flavour is of citrusy lemon, grain, and grassy hops.  The flavour is of biscuit, grain, citrus, sweetness and a low bitterness and grassy hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 14.  While it is well known that I am not a big fan of the lager style this one delivers on exactly what it should with a crisp clean flavour and is worthy of your glass if you enjoy a good lager.

Commercial Description: A SMOOTH AND REFRESHING LAGER BREWED WITH PREMIUM INGREDIENTS, MADE FOR ENJOYING AFTER A HARD DAY’S WORK.

 

Working Class Hero Dark Mild – Riot Brewing


From Riot Brewing in Chemainus on Vancouver Island comes their “Working Class Hero Dark Mild”.  The beer pours a deep copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts and sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, nuts, caramel, chocolate, mild earth, sweetness and a low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 3.8% with an IBU of 14.  You have to love a good mild ale that is full of flavour and this one is just that!

Muy Bonita Double Brown Ale – Funky Buddha Brewery


From Oakland Park Florida’s Funky Buddha Brewery comes their “Muy Bonita Double Brown Ale” a beer with apple, cinnamon and vanilla.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of apple, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, coffee, chocolate and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, coffee, apple, mild roasted malts with some bitterness and alcohol in the finish.  The beer came in at 8.5% with an IBU of 35.  This beer is desert in a bottle and well worth picking up if you find yourself in Florida or anywhere their beer is sold.  Funky Buddha Brewery is now owned by Constellation Brands.

Commercial Description:  The big sister to our Bonita Applebum Apple Pie Brown, Muy Bonita is a bigger, badder ‘bum. This double brown ale flaunts a bodacious body and a stunning combination of real cinnamon, vanilla, and apples. So thick, she’s like a hip hop song.