Beach Week Double IPA –  Twin Sails Brewing


From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Beach Week Double IPA”.  The beer pours a perfect NE Style IPA murky orange with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, orange and floral hops with an overall juice finish. The flavour is of tropical fruit, pineapple,mango, fruit candies, some citrus rind and a good bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.2%. This was anouther awesome release from Twin Sails.

Commercial Description:  Hopped with mostly El Dorado hops with a small amount of Amarillo and Mosaic playing a supporting role, this beer is a straight tropicana juice bomb. If a pineapple, a mango and a beer had a baby, this is the hop chowdery spawn they would create. Two massive dry hops give this beer a huge hop forward aroma and flavour with big notes of pineapple, mango and citrus.

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Disco Nap Double IPA – Twin Sails Brewing


From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Disco Nap Double IPA”.  The beer pours an orange juice orange and thickness with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange juice, tropical fruits, some pine and some floral notes.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, orange, citrus rind, resin and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.1% with an unspecified IBU.  This North East Style Double IPA is right on point and absolutely should be sought out.

Commercial Description:  Disco Nap is the next release in our DIPA series. Heavily hopped with Azacca, Ekuanot and Denali, this one is straight Pineapple juice with a touch of Dank.

Fest-Of-Ale 2017 – Penticton


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
Bomber Brewing
Boundary Brewing Company  – New
Bridge Brewing
Britannia Brewing  – New
Cannery Brewing Co.
Canuck Empire Brewing
Category 12 Brewing
Coal Harbour Brewing
Coronado Brewing Company
Crannog Ales
CrossRoads Brewing  – New
Dead Frog
Detonate Brewing
Doan’s Craft Brewing Company  – New
Dominion Cider Co
Dogwood Brewing – New
Double Mountain
Fernie Brewing Co.
Field House Brewing Co.  New
Firehall Brewery
Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.  New
Four Winds Brewing
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks  – New
Glutenberg
Hearthstone Brewery
Highway 97 Brewing Company Ltd
Howe Sound Brewing
Howling Moon Craft Cider
Hoyne Brewing Co.
Kettle River Brewing Company  – New
Lighthouse Brewing Company
Longwood Brewery
Marten Brewing Co.
McClelland Premium Imports
Moody Ales
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 Racer
Red Truck Beer Company
Spinnakers Brewpub
Steamworks Brewing
Steel & Oak Brewing Co.
Strange Fellows Brewing  – New
Summerland Heritage Cider Co.
The Parkside Brewery  – New
The Tin Whistle Brewery
Torchlight Brewing
Tree Brewing Co.
Twin Sails Brewing  – New
Twisted Hills Craft Cider
Victoria Caledonian Brewery  – New
Whistler Brewing
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.

Episode 12 Found us talking with Crannóg Ales out of Sorrento.   Website, Google Play Music, iTunes, Stitcher.

Episode 13 Part 1 found us talking with a selection of breweries as seen below.  Website, Google Play Music, iTunes, Stitcher.

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!

Blueberry Yum Yum – Twin Sails Brewing


From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Blueberry Yum Yum” is a wheat ale brewed with 800lbs or blueberry purée.  The beer pours a deep cloudy purple with a purple head.  The aroma consists of blueberries, sweetness and some tartness.  The flavour is of blueberry, wheat, yeast and mild tartness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  This is a tasty beer although a little more one dimensional than most of the beers that they release.

Commercial Description:  Blueberry Yum Yum is a Tart Wheat Ale that gets its colour from conditioning on 800lbs of blueberry purée, which equates to roughly 2lbs per gallon. We brewed it with a heavy amount of wheat and acidulated malts to add a slight tartness. As far as flavour and aroma go, this one is all about the blueberry and at 5% ABV, this beer will go down way too easy on a patio.

 

Kool Koala Double IPA – Twin Sails Brewing


From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Kool Koala Double IPA”.  This is the breweries second release from their new brewery only release.  The beer pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, very mild malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of and lots of hops bitterness, citrus, tons of tropical fruit with a mild alcohol finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.2%.  This is just anouther amazing release from Twin Sails Brewing!

Commercial Description:  Kool Koala joins our tasting room only DIPA series today. This one was heavily dry hopped with Galaxy, Motueka and Summer. These Aussie and Kiwi hops put forward huge tropical fruit on the nose with candy and tropical fruit on the palate. At 8.2% ABV, this one is way too crushable. Like our first TR only release, this one is very limited and likely will not make it past the weekend. Limit of 2 flats per person.