From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “48 Lager”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grain and floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, grain, biscuit and a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 22. This is not going to wow you as a craft beer fan but it is a clean crisp lager and well made.
From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Juan De Fuca Cerveza”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of corn, biscuit malts and sweetness. The flavour is of biscuit, corn, sweetness and a mild grassy hops note. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 19. While I would assert that this is a well executed Mexican style lager I don’t personally understand the craft adjunct lager.
Commercial Description: A craft take on a Mexican classic. This light and crisp artisanal cerveza was designed to explore new territories.
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.
From Victoria BC’s Vancouver Island Brewing comes their “48 Dark Lager” one of their brew re-branded beers. The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of lightly roasted malts, coffee, mild fruit and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, nutty, citrus, earth and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8%. This is an enjoyable black lager with just enough flavour to keep you coming back for more.
Commercial Desciption: 84 Dark Lager is a malty, authentic Bavarian dark lager crafted with a blend of caramel, chocolate and roasted wheat malts. Aromas and flavours of bread crusts, coffee and chocolate accentuate this malt-forward beer, while light hop bitterness and flavour are present. This full-bodied beer’s finish is surprising: it ends smooth and clean, typical or the cold fermented lager.
Victoria’s Driftwood Brewing releases a very limited release Russian Imperial Stout every year in the winter months. This beer is called “Singularity 2017”. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of bourbon, oak, chocolate, toffee, roasted malts and some ash. The flavour is of and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 13.2%. This beer is always a winner and they have really outdone themselves this year. If you can find this beer make sure to pick up a few bottles so you can age at least one.
Commercial Description: Beer of infinite density. Massive, rich coffee and chocolate flavour mingle with the vanilla and dried fruit. A beer to be shared and savoured. Can be cellared. Enjoy with (or as) dessert!