From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “At 17 “(Tap 13). This beer is a Belgian style Tripel brewed with apples that resided on their Tap 13 an unlabeled tap in the brewery. The series of beers are named like the periodic table of elements with a big letter then a small letter and then a number. Very few bottles are packaged of these beers and I was absolutely lucky to get a bottle in trade from the owners. The beer poured a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, apples, lots of fruit and a sweet finish. The flavour is of Belgian yeast, bubble gum, apples, fruity notes, candi sugar, hint of spices, very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9.1%. This Belgian Tripel is really tasty and does not suffer from the overly sweet notes that many do for me. I’m sad to say you will likely never be able to try this but I hope you will consider heading out to Nelson to check out the brewery and maybe get lucky enough to try something from Tap 13.
From Kreuztal Germany’s Krombacher Brauerei comes their “Krombacher Non-Alcoholic Pils”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head and lots of carbonation. The aroma consists of citrus, grassiness, sweetness and a biscuity malt finish. The flavour is of citrus, grassy, bready and biscuit malts, with a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at a minuscule 0.3%. I am not one to drink non-alcoholic beer but this one is worth checking out if you want a good pilsner without the alcohol.
Commercial Description: In Krombacher taste is the one and only benchmark in the production of our beers. Whenever we commence on the journey of innovation within our product range the number one priority is to produce a brew that tantalises the taste buds. During the production of our non-alcoholic drinks the focus was to produce a product that had the full bodied characteristics of Krombacher Pils minus the alcohol content. The non-alcoholic beer is brewed in the same way, with the same fresh Felsquellwasser® (mountain spring water) and malt content. It then goes through a process of de-alcoholisation developed especially in Krombach, which enables the beer to retain the unique aroma which originates during the brewing process. It is no wonder therefore, with these credentials, that this isotonic thirst quencher is the most popular non-alcoholic Pils in Germany!
From Yukon Brewing in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories (Northern Canada 2,400km North of Vancouver BC) comes the “Yukon Gold English Pale Ale”. The beer pours a deep golden colour with a small white head. The aroma consists of citrus, floral hops and some bready malts. The flavour is of caramel, bready, mild citrus, mild nuttiness, earth and some very mild hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This is a very mild Pale Ale and fits the bill as an English version. Do not look at this beer as anything West Coast but do look for a nice flavoured quite mild Pale Ale.
The Yukon’s number one selling draught (yes, including the mega-breweries), this ale was designed to be an almost “non-ale”. It is golden in colour, brilliantly clear, and clean across the palate. The mix of 5 malts still provides subtle character in the body, and the addition of malted wheat provides a slight, but characteristic citrusy finish. Hopped with noble Saaz, Sterling and UK Golding, the bitter is barely perceptible, but mild hop flavours linger in the after-taste; the dry, clean finish provides a refreshing perk at the back of the palate. The full package mimics the classic milds of the British Isles, with a bit of Yukon spirit, just to make sure you remember what part of the world it’s from! The artwork on the package and label was created by Artist Lynn Blakie. Her piece captured the gold that’s present not only in the soils of the Klondike but in the spirit of the north. Gold is in the colours and culture of this place, the campfires and the ever-lasting summer sun. To learn more about Lynn’s work, click here.
Food pairing as per the brewery: Pan Asian, earthy cheeses, camembert, fontina, asiago, colby cheese, Parmesan, Edam, feta, salad, poultry.