Blood Orange Sour – Steel Toad Brewpub


From Steel Toad Brewpub in Vancouver comes their “Blood Orange Sour” a Berliner Weisse.  The beer pours a cloudy dark pink with a whitish pink head.  The aroma consists of bloody oranges, mild tartness and maybe a hint of something herbal.  The flavour is of blood orange, stone fruit, grapefruit rind and tartness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 10.  This is really tasty and a nice sour for the summer coming up.  This sour wont kick your taste buds in the teeth which is nice as so many kettle sours are extremely sour.

Commercial Description:  This kettle soured wheat ale, (Berliner Weisse) has been blended with blood oranges after fermentation.  The resulting beer is extremely easy drinking, refreshing, and delicious.

 

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Lions Summer Ale – Granville Island Brewing


From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Lions Summer Ale”.  This latest release was created by Kevin Emms the small batch brewer at Granville Island but brewed by the parent company Molson.  The beer pours a mildly cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of passion fruit, pineapple, grainy malts and some floral hops.  The flavour is of passion fruit, pineapple, grain, bready malts, very mild tartness and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 19.  While I find the Lions Winter Ale a bit to sweet for my taste I can definitely get behind this fruity flavourful ale.

Commercial Description:  Like the twin peaks that shine above Vancouver’s coastline, Lions Summer Ale beams with the bright, refreshing tastes of summer. Lively tropical fruit notes balanced with an easy-going personality are perfect after a paddle on the water, a hike up to your favourite lookout or wherever your next sunshine adventure takes you.

Black Lager – Doan’s Craft Brewing Company


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!

Rye ESB – Strathcona Beer Company


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.

 

No 82 Amaretto Altbier – Doan’s Craft Brewing Company (Sons of Vancouver Distillery)


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.