From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Black Lager”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted coffee, roasted malts and earth. The flavour is of coffee, roasted malts, some caramel, ash and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 30. I am really loving the Black Lager these days. They have tons of flavour unlike other styles of lager!
From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Rye ESB”. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of rye spice, rye malts, caramel, and floral hops. The flavour is of rye spice and rye malts, earth, caramel, semi sweet citrus and bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 50. Strathcona Beer Company is on to something with this beer as Rye malts seem to add great aroma and flavour to beer.
Commercial Description: Strathcona Beer Company presents a Rye, English Special Bitter. A beer brewed in the tradition of Lord Strathcona’s British heritage, a man that left behind a legacy of charity and philanthropy that shaped many communities across Canada. The design of the can, with the Strathcona astronaut, is to symbolize our first launch of limited edition, four pack, tall cans. This beer has an abundance of well rounded malts, a crisp bitter finish and a hop character that is moderate and balanced, with a touch of dark caramel flavours.
From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in East Vancouver in collaboration with Sons Of Vancouver Distillery in North Vancouver. This beer is a blend of Doan’s Altbier and Sons of Vancouver’s No 82 Amaretto and called “No 82 Amaretto Altbier”. The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of honey, vanilla, caramel and apricots. The flavour is of vanilla, honey, caramel, brown sugar and apricots. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25. While Doan’s Craft Brewing makes a tasty Altbier adding the Amaretto from Sons of Vancouver takes it to the next level. This is a crazy good dessert beer without being really sweet.
Commercial Description: The story goes that Evan met James Lester from SOV back when the two were homebrewing funky beers. Evan, then working at Dan’s Homebrewing on Hastings, struck up a conversation with James. A few years later the two now small business owners were cheersing one day and thought it might be nice to collaborate on something. The idea was to fortify one of the Doan’s darker beers with the No.82 Amaretto. And so the Altaretto was born. Releasing a subtle nuttiness from the Amaretto, the new beer is surprisingly well balanced with a great base provided by the German style pale that finishes with a light honey sweetness. Buy a pint at either the Brewery or at the Distillery in North Van.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Brassneck in Vancouver comes their “Wild Brett Wasp Sour”. This beer has one of the weirder ingredients in it as the yeast used comes from the stomach of a wasp (Yes those stinging jerks). This is the second of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of brett, tartness, herbal notes and citrus. The flavour is of tartness, brett, lemon, elder flower almost honey sweetness and a herbal finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 18. This was really tasty and I think either Field House or Brassneck should do more beer with this messed up Wasp stomach yeast.
Commercial Description: Edition 02/04 is a sour and floral wild ale, fermented with yeast harvested from a wasps gut, and finished with Brett. This beer was left overnight in our Copper Coolship with elder flower and hops, allowing the beer to collect micro flora and fauna from the cool pacific night air, while naturally bringing it down to fermentation temperatures.
In July Tap & Barrel will be celebrating their 5th year anniversary. For the five months leading up to July and their birthday they have decided to collaborate with 5 different local breweries and pair different food with it.
For March they partnered up with Phillips Brewing in Victoria to make the Dazed & Co-Brewed East Coast IPA. The East Coast IPA or New England IPA is sweeping the west right now and for good reason. They showcase the fruit flavour in the hops that are used with a bit lower bitterness bringing new fans to the IPA. The beer looks great for the style and it tastes on point!
To pair with this great collaborative beer the chef has decided to make a Thick Bacon & Blue Cheese Burger. Don’t let the blue cheese scare you as this is a great tasting burger with a ton of flavour. The burger has certified Angus beef, thick cut bacon, blue cheese, lettuce, pickled shallots, roasted garlic mayo and balsamic fig jam.
To celebrate the beginning of this collaborative effort Tap & Barrel Olympic village invited a bunch of industry and bloggers out to try the pairing. We got to try out a slider version of the burger with sleeves of the beer. I have to say that both the beer and the burger tasted great and I plan on heading back before the end of the month to have a full sized burger!
Especially if you have not been into the Tap & Barrel recently at any of their locations or if you are just looking for a great beer and burger pairing head over and order right away! You will not regret it as the flavour of both a seriously top notch.
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