Sombrio Citrus Session – Vancouver Island Brewing 


From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Sombrio Citrus Session”. The Beer pours a mildly hazy Yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, mld malts and floral and herbal hops. The flavour is of earth, citrus, mild resin, grassy hops and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 36.  Like many session Ales this one is light on flavour but still enjoyable. Should stand up to a good patio.

Commercial Description:  Bright and citrusy, this fruity session ale will take you right to the beach, no matter the season.

Hermannator Cookies (Hermannator Ice Bock – Vancouver Island Brewery)


Hermannator Cookies

I would like to thank Vancouver Island Brewery for the recipe for these awesome cookies!  I have altered the recipe slightly to taste removing white chocolate and replacing it with dark chocolate.

The ingredients you will require
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2 Bottles Hermannator Ice Bock (or equivalent imperial ice bock)
1 cup brown sugar (two portions of 1/2 cup)
2 & 3/4 cups of flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp espresso powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp backing soda
1/2 cup butter softened to room temperature
1/2 cup shortening (I used vegetable shortening)
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups milk chocolate chips
1.5 cups dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F
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Put beer and 1/2 cup brown sugar into a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Reduce mixture until syrupy and measures 1/3 cup.  In a medium saucepan this takes around 30-45 min (in a small one it is hours oops).  Watch it carefully because you do not want to scorch it.  Remove syrup from heat.  Set aside to cool slightly.
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Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.
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Cream or beat with mixer butter, shortening, white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, in a large bowl until fluffy.
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Add beer syrup, eggs and vanilla into creamed mixture and mix to combine.
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Stir flour-cocoa mixture into creamed mixture until flour is incorporated.  Do not beat or over mix as you could end up with tough cookies
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Add chocolate chips to mixture.  Fold the chocolate into mixture to achieve a consistent mix.
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Drop portions of the batter by the teaspoon onto cookie sheets (spray with pam to ensure non stick).  The batter may appear dry but don’t worry they will bake into beautiful tasty cookies._MNG2468  _MNG2469

Bake for about 12 minutes.  Let stand and cool before eating the entire batch in one sitting!
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Obviously my portions were too big.  These are amazing moist chocolate chip cookies that taste amazing.  Run out and pick up a 6 pack so you can make cookies and Chili!

Hermann’s Dark Lager – Vancouver Island Brewery


From Victoria BC’s Vancouver Island Brewery comes “Hermann’s Dark Lager”.  This Lager is named after one of the breweries first brewmasters who was Bavarian and uses his German recipe.  The beer pours a deep black with a brownish head.  The smell of the beer is very malty with some coffee notes.  The flavor of the beer is very high on the malts with some creamieness and coffee with a light hops hit.  To me this beer is the Stout of Lagers!  The beer sits at a 5.5% alcohol content.  This beer won an award this year for top black lager in Canada or something to that effect.  This is a very good black lager and I can not wait to pick it up again.