Common Winds Apricot Bret Ale – Four Winds Brewing (The Commons Brewery)

Four Winds Brewing in Delta recently did a collaboration brew with The Commons Brewery from Oregon. The beer was called “Common Winds Apricot Bret Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a mildly explosive white head. The aroma consists of Apricot, Bret funk, fruity and a sweet finish. The flavour is of Apricot, yeast, citrus rind, tropical fruits, floral hops, oak and lots of Bret funk. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 15. With these two great breweries it is no surprise that this beer turned out really great.  Hopefully they can do more of these collaborations in the future.


Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival – Vancouver (UBC)

On June 27th 2015 the inaugural  Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival was held at the UBC Farm.


This festival was a nice change from your average beer festival in this province.  Many of the beer were either one off saisons / sours or rare and hard to get beers.  Nothing for sample was a standard lineup beer.  The ticket cost $50 plus taxes and got you a fancy taster glass and 4 tokens.

Breweries at the Festival
Beerthirst – Elysian, Logsdon, North Coast
Brassneck Brewery
Bravo Beer Co – Brouwerij Verhaeghe, Dupont
Category 12 Brewing
The Commons Brewery
Copper & Theory – Breakside, Cantillon, pFriem
Craft Beer Imports – De Molen, Omnipollo
Dageraad Brewing
Driftwood Brewing
Four Winds Brewing
Goose Island Brewery
Lighthouse Brewing
Main Street Brewing
Moon Brewpub
Parallel 49 Brewing
Persephone Brewing
Powell Street Craft Brewery
Steel & Oak Brewing
Strange Fellows Brewing
Storm Brewing
Untapped Craft Imports – Double Mountain, Dieu Du Ciel, Les Trois Mousquetaires
Westbier – St Louis, Bockor, St Feuillien, ToØl
Yellow Dog Brewing

Full list found here.

The festival had a small amount of tickets sold which showed as there were very rarely lineups and those lineups were only for timed limited beers.  The weather was very hot as has been the case for the Month of June and this shows with brown grass!

As always I took many photos of the different beers that I was able to sample.  There were so many good sours that I did not stray form this style very often.

Full sized photos here.

This was probably one of the best festivals that I have ever attended.  The heat was brutal for me but being in June you would never have guessed it was going to be 30C in Vancouver (It probably should have rained).  If you are looking for just one festival to attend next year then this should be the festival you go to!


Brotherly Love 2014 – The Commons Brewery

Seasonal Release

From Southeast Portland Oregon’s The Commons Brewery comes their “Brotherly Love” 2014 Edition.  This beer is part of the Beetje Series named after the Flemish word for “Little bit” it celebrates the Garage Brewery where The Commons Brewery began.  These beers are all small batch experimental beers.  The Brotherly Love is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale that is aged in second use Bourbon barrels with sour cherries and Cocoa Nibs from both Trinidad and Peru.  The beer pours a deep brown almost opaque with a tan head.  The aroma consists of cocoa, sour cherries, roasty malts, bourbon, oak and maybe some yeast.  The flavour is of roasted malts, bourbon, cocoa, oak, sour cherries, yeast and dark fruits.  The alcohol comes in at a cool 10% alcohol although that does not come through in the flavour one bit.  This is an amazingly crafted ale and I would love to have a few more bottles of this kicking around (sadly I don’t).

Commercial Description:  Brotherly Love is our Belgian Dark Strong Ale, Little Brother, aged in second-use Bourbon barrels with Northwest grown sour cherries and Ecuadorian cacao nibs roasted by Woodblock Chocolate in SE Portland.


O’hare’s Beer Club – December Box 2012

Well we are into the full swing of Rainter….. oh wait Winter and the days are getting wet and short.  This is the best time to sit back and enjoy some new craft beer.  I am so happy to see that this Decemeber box is a true Christmas Gift as I have only tried one beer in this box.  This is by far the most new beers so far for me!

The box consistes of 9 beer mostly from around the world and 2 from BC.


Beer included is as follows:

Vancouver Island Brewing – Dough Head Gingerbread Ale 650ml
Deschutes Brewery – Hop Trip Fresh Hop Pale Ale 350ml
8 Wired Brewing – The Big Smoke Porter 500ml
Green Flash Brewing – Rayon Vert Belgian Style Pale Ale 350ml
8 Wired Brewing – Saison Sauvin 500ml
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing – Industrial IPA 650ml
Corsendonk – Christmas Ale 250ml
The Commons Brewery – Flemish Kiss Belgian Style Pale Ale 750ml
Howe Sound Brewing – Father John’s Winter Ale 1L

Reviews will come as I enjoy the Beer.  Once again O’hare’s has outdone themselves!  Thanks O’hare’s!!!

O’Hare’s Gastropub & Liquor Store
5031 Steveston Hwy
Richmond BC
V7E 2K5
Liquor Store 604-241-4313

Click here to check out the O’hare’s August 2012 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s October 2012 Beer Club Box.