From Lighthouse Brewing in Victoria BC in Collaboration with Richmond’s Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks comes the “Ryujin Belgian Tripel with Plums”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of plums, candi sugar, some spice with a sweet finish. The flavour is of plums, candi sugar, bubble gum, sweetness but not cloying like many Tripels, some grain, spice from hops and some mild alcohol in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 20. With the addition of plums to this tripel it makes it taste different than the norm which is good as I usually find Tripels far too sweet and I usually avoid them. I would suggest picking up a bottle or two of this one.
Commercial Description: Our collaboration brew with Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks from Vancouver! A Belgian Tripel Style beer, Ryujin pours golden with dark plum on the nose and palate along with classic banana and spicy clove flavours.
From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria in collaboration with Gladstone Brewing out of Courtenay comes their “Burton Ale”. The beer pours a deep red / amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, molasses, mild roast and dark fruit. The flavour is of caramel, molasses, orange zest, herbal, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 75. This is an interesting ale. I don’t know much about the Burton Ale style so I can not say if it is to style though.
Commercial Description: Originating from Burton-On-Trent, England, the Burton Ale inspired the IPA beer style we know today. Almost 200 years later, Gladstone and Vancouver Island Brewing have come together to recreate this strong amber ale that inspired the IPA beer style. English born, Island proud.
From Riot Brewing in Chemainus on Vancouver Island comes their “Working Class Hero Dark Mild”. The beer pours a deep copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts and sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, nuts, caramel, chocolate, mild earth, sweetness and a low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 3.8% with an IBU of 14. You have to love a good mild ale that is full of flavour and this one is just that!
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Ortega Blonde” 2017 edition. The beer is a blend of wine and Ortega Blonde Ale. The wine is of the final vintages of the Muse Winery that was the oldest winery on Vancouver Island. The wine was a Bacchus wine. The beer poured a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of white wine, citrus and some grassy hops. The flavour is of white wine, citrus, grain, bread, mild bitterness and a mild spicy hops. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 24. People that know me know that I do not like wine but this beer is well made and well blended and really refreshing.
Commercial Description: Building on our 2014 Ortega Blonde, and taking the final vintages from Muse Winery, home of the oldest wines on Vancouver Island, this Ortega/Bacchus blend was introduced to a light bodied Canadian Pilsen based ale resulting in a delicate, complex, effervescent ale, a beer spritzer with citrus notes, and a dry white wine finish. As the saying goes “It takes lots of beer to make a good wine.” We believe in having them both and drinking them both too. Cheers!
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Juice Monkey Tropical IPA”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of tons of tropical fruits including pineapple, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, pineapple, caramel, sweetness, earth and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 45. This is a pretty good representation of a juice bomb and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Commercial Description: This juicy, double dry-hopped IPA has a restrained bitterness and a big citrus aroma. Please juice responsibly. This beer is brewed in small batches and is best consumed very young due to the volatility of the hop aromas. Savor not cellar.