Sacrifice Red Ale – Three Ranges Brewing


From the Village of Valemount’s Three Ranges Brewing comes their “Sacrifice Red Ale”.  The beer pours a brownish colour with a light brown head with sediment.  The aroma consists of caramel malts, biscuit, earth, mild fruit and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of earth, melon, citrus, caramel, biscuit, resin and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 35.  This is a refreshing beer and its to bad that it is so hard to get more of it unless you take a drive up to Valemount.

Commercial Description: This red ale is dedicated to service members past, present , future and especially to those who gave all. The colour red is for those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice. The malt sweetness signifies making it through the toughest of battles, balanced by the bitterness of the price paid to get there. Finally, a citrus aroma to go with the lemon of a deal being handed out by our governments! Contact your local MP today and let them know that you support your troops!  As a US Army vet this issue is close to owner/brewmaster Michael’s heart. Both Canada and US governments cut veterans’ benefits and services in early 2014. We decided to act. A portion of all sales of Sacrifice Red goes toward selected soldiers, veteran’s and family member charities. On Red Friday’s at our taproom, we match all the money in the tip jar and add it to our monthly donation.

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Beer on the road – Road Trip Northern BC and Okanagan


Road trip to the a Portion of Northern BC and the Okanagan

Last year I took a road trip to the Kootenays region of BC for Craft Beer and hotsprings and I even made it back to the Kootenays for the East Kootenay Beer Festival this year.  The 2800km road trip really got me excited to explore more of the vast province that is British Columbia.  With a week at our disposal we hit the road to check out some of the Northern BC breweries as well as checking out a few of the latest breweries in the Okanagan.

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When the trip was finished the odometer read 3433.3km which is a hell of run but we live in a beautiful area and it is a crime that we always fly elsewhere to Holiday.  If you were paying attention you would notice we took a dip into Alberta to visit Jasper National Park to camp and check out the Athabasca Glacier and a brewery (surprise surprise).

This run of driving brought us to Three Ranges Brewing, Jasper Brewing Company, Barkerville Brewing, Red Collar Brewing, Cannery Brewing and Tin Whistle Brewing.  Our plan had us staying in a hotel in Valemount while camping in Jasper National Park, Quesnel and Shuswap Lake (Shuswap Lake was not possible due to extreme thunderstorms and 30mm or rain so we continued to the Okanagan) and we started the whole trip in Squamish.

With the price of gas skyrocketing in Canada and especially in BC it is getting harder to pull off affordable road trips.  Your best bet will always be to camp as your average night will be around $40 or less instead of the $100+ in hotels.   One thing to note with camping at Provincial Park campgrounds in BC is that most sites are now only available as reservable sites.  The campground will likely say full even if they have lots of room.  The only way to camp now in British Columbia is to book ahead and as soon as possible.  The best way to do it is online at Discover Camping although you can also book on the phone in Canada and US at 1-800-689-9025 or Internationally at 1-519-826-6850.  National Parks are a whole different game with awful websites that have mazes of links and unhelpful information.  Your best bet is again to book in advance but if you are going to Jasper National Park click here to book sites and any other National Park just search for online booking of campsites in the park you want to stay in.  It will save headaches and frustration.

What is a road trip without Photos?

Alice Lake Provincial Park Campground (Squamish)

Mount Robson Provincial Park (BC), Jasper National Park and Jasper Brewing (AB)

Quesnel, Barkerville and Pinnacles Provincial Park (BC)

Kamloops (BC)

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A total of 3433.3km may seem like a long way but it barley touched the surface of the province of BC.  I can’t wait to explore event more of the province in the future!

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I hope this can inspire you to both explore more of the Province of BC and its nature and Breweries or really wherever you live!  Some times it is just better to explore your back yard no matter how big it is and I know BC is bloody big with 944,735 square km (or 364,764 square miles) inside its borders.

Tail Slap IPA – Three Ranges Brewing


From the Village of Valemount’s Three Ranges Brewing comes their “Tail Slap IPA”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a off white head.  The aroma consists of caramel malts, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel malts, citrus, grapefruit, hint of tropical fruits and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  This is a very refreshing IPA and I am sad that when my 6 pack is done I will have to go back to Valemount to get more.

Commercial Description:  Citrus, Hoppy, Hoppy, Hoppy. The beaver opened up Canada to the world and took it on the chin as trappers and traders almost drove the species to extinction. But the beaver didn’t get mad. It got angry. Our Tail Slap India pale Ale is the liquid embodiment of that quintessential fighting spirit. With a Schwak-load of bittering hops, a solid malt backbone, and tart citrus aroma it is perfectly suited for the disenfranchised.

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Derailed Pale Ale – Three Ranges Brewing


From the Village of Valemount’s Three Ranges Brewing comes their “Derailed Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma is very malty with citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of biscuit malts, earth, sweet citrus and some hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with and IBU of 38.  I am a big fan of Pale Ale’s and this one is no different with all of the characteristics that you would want in a great beer.

Commercial Description:  Just as you’re picking up steam, a piece of paper can fly in the door and knock the track out from under you.  Silly, eh?  Not to be taken off course, we present the Derailed Pale Ale – the same great beer as Mile *50-1 with a new name.  A wonderfully hoppy pale ale with no more bitterness than before and the same beautiful aroma.  (*Do the math, because it’s the number we can’t legally use)

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Three Ranges Brewing – Valemount


I just got home from a long road trip that headed as far North as Prince George.  The first stop on the trip was Valemount a short 675km from Vancouver (and we drove from Squamish 737km).  Not only was Valemount a great way point for a road trip but it also houses the brewery Three Ranges Brewing.

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Three Ranges Brewing is not open on Mondays but still opened the brewery up to give me a tour of the facility. The tasting room is beautiful with wood finishes everywhere.  For such a small town Village like Valmount the brewery has lots of seating and around 6 taps of beer.  Sadly when I was in town they had temporarily shut down beer production for maintenance and were using the shutdown to reorganize the brewery. Fortunately for the locals it gave them a chance to have a tap takeover and showcase the breweries friends.

Once finished looking around the tasting room I was brought into the brewery.  Currently the brewery was in a bit of disarray as they were just finishing up moving tanks and starting to brew again.  They have moved equipment around to new locations and are working on bringing in new equipment also.

Here are a few more photos I took including the Valmount sign and two more of the brewery.

If you are looking for Three Ranges Brewing’s beer you will have to take a drive unless you live in Valemount, Prince George, Clearwater and McBride according their website.  It is well worth the drive though and I was happy I found a few 6 packs while driving through Price George.

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Three Ranges Brewing
http://www.threeranges.com/
1160 5th Avenue
Valemount
info@threeranges.com