From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Thompson Okanagan comes their “Belgian Wit”. The beer pours a cloudy straw colour with a white head. The aroma consists of spices, citrus and wheat and Belgian yeast. The flavour is of wheat, citrus, lemon, coriander, spices and Belgian yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 14. While I do not run out of my way to drink a Belgian Wit this one is doing all the right things and would be a great one to pick up this summer.
Commercial Description: A cloudy wheat beer brewed with Seville oranges and coriander. A light mouthfeel paired with citrus and spice aromas makes for a very refreshing beer.
From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Thompson Okanagan comes their “Blonde Belgian-Style Ale”. The beer pours a citrus fruit, honey and yeast. The flavour is of citrus, citrus rind, honey, bready malts, Belgian yeast and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 32. This blonde was quite tasty and I will be finding more in the future.
Commercial Description: A medium bodied ale with a crisp, dry finish. The use of Pilsner and French aromatic malts create a golden colour with biscuit and honey flavours. Fermented at lager temperatures with Red Collar’s proprietary Belgian yeast strain. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated.
From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Thompson Okanagan comes their “White IPA”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus rind, grapefruit, wheat, caramel and floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, citrus rind, grapefruit, yeast, spice, wheat, caramel and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 52. I am not always sold on White IPA’s but this one hits the spot.
Commercial Description: A beer that bridges continents and blends styles. Built upon the foundation of unmalted wheat, this beer was dry hopped three separate times with Ahtanum and Mosaic hops. The result is a refreshingly light beer with an abundance of berry and grapefruit aromas.
On my way to the East Kootenays on a recent tour I stumbled upon the Barley Station Brew Pub. Neither knowing really where we were or remembering there was a brewery in the area we stopped for gas. As it turned out we were in Salmon Arm and across the street was the Barley Station Brew Pub. As the car was being filled with gas I ran across the street to buy some beer and take a peak.
There is a small but nice looking pub behind the doors that has a smaller town charm. They had a pretty good selection of different brews on tap with a core lineup and some seasonals. Sadly they only sold their core lineup to go in either 6 packs of one style of beer mixed 6 packs or growler fills. You have to stay in to try their seasonals and we were less than half way on a 10 hour plus drive.
While my growler was being filled with pale ale I took a peak through the windows at their cute little brew pub system. The walls of the brewery have windows all the way around so you can see the brewing process or just snoop to see what it looks like. The system is on the small side but it seems to get the job done and that is all that matters really.
If you find yourself passing through Salmon Arm then you really should stop in for a pint a bite and some beer to take with you!