From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “BC Bitter”. This English Bitter pours a cloudy copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of caramel, sweet malts, mild grapefruit, mild pine and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, mild earth, citrus, bitterness and herbal hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 32. This new beer using all BC grown ingredients is an enjoyably brew. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson Coors.
Commercial Description: Local ingredients add BC flavour to this traditional English bitter. Nugget and Chinook hops from Lillooet balance brilliantly with Pilsner malt from Armstrong for a slightly hoppy, bready summer beer. Pair with fish & chips.
From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Japanese Biere De Garde” a new release in their 2017 Cellar Series. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, clove, Belgian yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of lemon, citrus rind, pith, clove, pepper, mild pickles, earth, Belgian yeast and a hint of bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9.5% with an IBU of 54. Kevin Emms has come up with a really interesting beer here and I look forward to seeing what my second bottle does over time. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson Coors.
Commercial Description: East meets West in this rare farmhouse ale. Rice, Japanese Sorachi Ace, hops and Belgian saison yeasts create a heady mix of dill pickle, pepper and clove notes atop a strong, light ale body . Pair with chicken fettuccine pasta.
From East Vancouver’s Coal Harbour Brewing comes their “Market Saturation IPA” a North East style IPA. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of orange, tangarine, tropical fruit and some sweetness. The flavour is of oranges, tangerines, pineapple, melon, oat, wheat, some resin and citrus rind and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.2%. This is definitely a North East IPA with a little bit of West Coast flair. They used similar water profile, hops and malts to try and mimic the NE Style and they definitely made a tasty beer with this one.
Commercial Description: New beer alert! This one has been a long time in the making but oh so worth it. Market Saturation IPA brings a tropical bouquet of tangerine, pineapple and melon to a full bodied base of barley, wheat & oats. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Cheers!
From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their first of four beer of 2017 in their fellowship club the “Berliner Geist Barrel-Aged Berliner Weisse”. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tartness, sweetness, citrus, orange, vanilla and oak. The flavour is of tartness, lemon, vanilla, oak, sweetness, citrus rind with a good acidic finish. Especially for a 4.5% alcohol this one is huge on flavour while not packing a huge punch on the alcohol side. I am really happy to be part of the Fellowship again this year.
Commercial Description: BERLINER GEIST: This barrel-aged and bottle conditioned Berliner Weisse is distinctly sour and complex (refreshing), with a delicate woody vanilla character and an oaky aroma. At 5% ABV this is a slightly lighter but deeply flavourful release perfect for laying down or enjoying on a summer evening.
A few weeks ago I was invited on a boat cruise with Granville Island Brewing to celebrate their Lions Summer Ale.
Who would turn down a boat cruise in the Vancouver Harbor? The bar on board was serving their Lions Summer Ale as well as some other Granville Island Brewing favourites. Personally I stuck with the beer of honor for the day. I enjoyed the first few of these beers when I had them on a cloudy day but I can say for certain that it pairs even better on a sunny warm summer day.
The boat brought us on a scenic tour of the harbour including around Stanley Park and around the Convention Centre. They had tasty snacks to go with the great views. They also had some live music to liven up the mood.
Wherever you find yourself be it on a boat, patio or some other beautiful location this would be a great companion! Pick up some for yourself soon.