From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “At 17 “(Tap 13). This beer is a Belgian style Tripel brewed with apples that resided on their Tap 13 an unlabeled tap in the brewery. The series of beers are named like the periodic table of elements with a big letter then a small letter and then a number. Very few bottles are packaged of these beers and I was absolutely lucky to get a bottle in trade from the owners. The beer poured a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, apples, lots of fruit and a sweet finish. The flavour is of Belgian yeast, bubble gum, apples, fruity notes, candi sugar, hint of spices, very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9.1%. This Belgian Tripel is really tasty and does not suffer from the overly sweet notes that many do for me. I’m sad to say you will likely never be able to try this but I hope you will consider heading out to Nelson to check out the brewery and maybe get lucky enough to try something from Tap 13.
From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Noctis” a dark lavender hibiscus sour. The beer pours a deep red brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of floral hops, hibiscus, fruits and mild tartness. The flavour is of hibiscus, citrus, stone fruit, flowery and mild sour notes. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 8. This was a very interesting beer. This is a mild sour but would be a great one to try if you are just getting into sours.
Commercial Description: This dark, dry-hopped, kettle soured, lavender, hibiscus hybrid is one of the more intricate beers made here at Torchlight.
Chelsea of Brewtiful British Columbia and I headed over to Nelson for the grand opening of Torchlight Brewing’s new production brewery on June 24th, 2017 . It was also their third anniversary party as they opened their original nano brewery location in June 2014.
I had been to the original location soon after they opened and this new location is something amazingly different. The old location was way more hands on with plastic mobile fermenters with little to no refrigeration. Check out my original post on the brewery. The tasting room was also very small and not as well laid out. By the end of 2016 their brewery just could not keep up with demand and they decided to move into a much bigger production facility.
The new lounge is amazing! The space is very large with lots of seating (60 seat capacity) and 20 taps available with 6 growler filler guns. Currently not all of the taps are full but they do have some local guest taps pouring as well as their own beer and their brand new sodas. On top of the beer and sodas they also do cocktails and have a full kitchen that serves tasty food. I enjoyed all of their beer as I always do but their Sodas are really amazing also and a good choice between beers or for your friend or child that do not drink alcohol.
The brewery has grown from their original nano system to a 20HL brewhouse. The current brewing capacity is 100HL wich is an amazing upgrade from the old brewery with a 16Hl capacity. Not only does the brewery fill growlers but they produce bottles on their 8 head bottler. They also now distribute outside of Nelson to much of British Columbia. Make sure to look for their bottles in your favourite bottle shop and if they don’t have them ask the store to bring them in.
Not only is this a great brewery located in the Kootenays but the staff and the owners are great people and will make you feel very welcome. Their 13 staff members will make sure you have a great time while you visit them.
For more information check out our Pacific Beer Chat episode where we sat down and interviewed the brewery.
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From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Blondes In Stereo”. The beer pours a cloudy blonde colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grainy, citrus, citrus zest and some floral hops. The flavour is of grain, bready, citrusy, orange, citrus zest, mild spices and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 19. This gives you exactly what you would expect a tasty low hopped ale that drinks a bit like a lager.
Commercial Description: Did you grab this bottle because it was the brightest one on the shelf? Well, you’ve definitely made the right call by picking this crisp, refreshing, blonde ale to quench your craft beer thirst. Made with Wakatu hops from New Zealand, this is the perfect beer to pair with all our sunshine shenanigans.
April has come again and one of my favourite beer festivals has come and passed. This was the 22 annual Fest-Of-Ale in Penticton. This years festival was held on April 7-8th 2017 (Friday and Saturday). This festival is held at the Penticton Trade and Concention Centre and is comprised of a large indoor area and a small outdoor section. Both areas have live music as well as food options.
This festival continues to grow every year. This year had an extra 15 breweries bringing it up to 65 and and a total of 6 bringing it up to 71 cider and beer producers.
This year the list included:
4 Mile Brewing Co.
Bad Tattoo Brewing Co
Banff Ave Brewing Co.
Barley Mill Brew Pub
BC Brew Co. and Distilling – New
BC Tree Fruits Cider
Beau’s All Natural Brewing
BNA Brewing Co
Boundary Brewing Company – New
Britannia Brewing – New
Cannery Brewing Co.
Canuck Empire Brewing
Category 12 Brewing
Coal Harbour Brewing
Coronado Brewing Company
CrossRoads Brewing – New
Doan’s Craft Brewing Company – New
Dominion Cider Co
Dogwood Brewing – New
Fernie Brewing Co.
Field House Brewing Co. New
Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co. New
Four Winds Brewing
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks – New
Highway 97 Brewing Company Ltd
Howe Sound Brewing
Howling Moon Craft Cider
Hoyne Brewing Co.
Kettle River Brewing Company – New
Lighthouse Brewing Company
Marten Brewing Co.
McClelland Premium Imports
Moon Under Water
Mt Begbie Brewing Co.
Naramata Cider Co. New
NOMAD Cider – New
Orchard Hill Estate Cidery Ltd.
Parallel 49 Brewing
Persephone Brewing Co.
Phillips Brewing & Malting Co
R&B Brewing Co
Ravens Brewing Company
Red Arrow Brewing Company – New
Red Collar Brewing Co
Red Truck Beer Company
Steel & Oak Brewing Co.
Strange Fellows Brewing – New
Summerland Heritage Cider Co.
The Parkside Brewery – New
The Tin Whistle Brewery
Tree Brewing Co.
Twin Sails Brewing – New
Twisted Hills Craft Cider
Victoria Caledonian Brewery – New
Yellow Dog Brewing
This year there were more than 175 craft beers being poured over the Friday and Saturday with over 5000 people in attendance. Once again this was an amazing festival with great beer and lots of great people! Here are some of the beer and food that I tried while at the fest.
This year I spent more time working on episodes of Pacific Beer Chat than I did taking photos for the blog.
Cannery Brewing, Detonate Brewing, Bomber Brewing, Steel & Oak Brewing, Untapped Craft Imports, BNA Brewing, Kettle River Brewing and Torchlight Brewing.
Episode 14 Part 2 found us talking with a selection of breweries as seen below. Monday May 1, 2017
R&B Brewing, Crossroads Brewing, Tin Whistle Brewing, Marten Brewpub and Yellow Dog Brewing.
Like every year this was an amazing event. There are a ton of people but you never have to wait in line long for a beer. So many beer festivals get so crowded that you almost need two samples glasses to make it to the front of the line. In the years that I have attended this has never been an issue.
This festival has become one of my absolute favorites every year. Most of the best breweries come to this festival every year and the people really love that fact! This year there were so many new beers to boot! It may not have been requested but this year so many breweries brought out North East Style IPA’s the super cloudy and juicy beers. These beers are all the rage right now and I am very happy that this is the case.
The first day of the festival I really explored the beers that the festival had to offer as I usually do. This year though the weather was very bad on the way to Penticton and you could pick out the people like me that took the Coquihalla Highway and the Okanagan Connector as were were still stressed out and drank a bit to much because of it. On Day 2 I was once again one of the as they put it Industry Expert judges for the best beers of the festival. After Juding beer from 10am on Saturday I decided like normal that the second day of the festival was far more about the food than the beer. Luckily for me the food was amazing!
If I remember correctly on Saturday around 3pm all of the judges made their way to the Main Stage for the awards ceremony. Here are the winners from this years festival.
The Awards were distributed as follows:
Best in Show, Judges’ Choice Award:
High Five Hazy IPA – Yellow Dog Brewing, Port Moody, BC
Best in Class, Judges’ Choice Awards:
Pilsner/Golden Lager Pixel Pils – Fuggles & Warlock, Richmond, BC
Pale Ale Dusk Pale Ale – Parkside Brewery, Port Moody, BC
Wheat Ale Summer Ale, Witbier – Steamworks Brewing, Burnaby, BC
Saison Sirens Chai Saison – Britannia Brewing, Richmond, BC
Amber/Dark Ale Brave Liver Scotch Ale – Mt. Begbie Brewing, Revelstoke, BC
IPA Street Legal IPA – Twin Sails Brewing, Port Moody, BC
Specialty IPA High Five Hazy IPA – Yellow Dog Brewing, Port Moody, BC
Dark Lager Dark Lager – Steel & Oak Brewing, New Westminster, BC
Stout/Porter Dry Irish Stout – Ravens Brewing, Abbotsford, BC
Sour Nectarous – Four Winds Brewing, Delta, BC
Cider Pippin’s Fate – Twisted Hills Craft Cider, Cawston, BC
Fruit Beer Park Life Passionfruit Ale – Bomber Brewing, Vancouver, BC
The People’s Choice Awards, voted for by guests at the event:
Best Beer Old Style Lager – Red Arrow Brewing, Duncan, BC
Best Cider Pears & Peaches – BC Tree Fruits Cider, Kelowna, BC
Best Food Brodo Kitchen, Penticton, BC
When it comes right down to it if you can only make it to one beer festival in British Columbia in a year then the Okagnagan Fest-Of-Ale is that one festival. They also have an amazing pop up liquor store to boot!