Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes— Apr 17–23 (34 Unique Beers)

Another big week (when isn’t it), with my usually bombers and cans at home, drinks at Hank’s and The Drake, and a house party, which left me a little worse for wear…

Bottle and Cans:

The Last Aurochs by Driftwood Brewery

The heffe yeast brings unmistakable isoamyl acetate banana flavour and clove and pepper nose. Rich malt body with warming alcohol finish.

Bourbon Blood Orange by Bridge Brewing Company

The bourbon and blood orange flavours and aromas are represented really well. The finish was quite dry and offset the sweetness of the aforementioned.

Wild Dark Currant Sour // Coolship Collaboration Series 03/04 by Field House Brewing Co. and Steel & Oak

Rich dark fruit notes with tart acidity and moderate Brett funk.

Umeboshi Sour by Steamworks Brewing Company

Pretty mild sourness with light tart cherries and fruity white wine aroma from the hops. Felt like something was missing.

Karaoke Showdown by Yellow Dog Brewing and Steel & oak

You get the rich toasty malt of a Dopplebock and a touch of light caramel, with a big hit of American hops. Pretty much an imperial red IPA.

Brune by Dageraad Brewing

Rich dark fruit notes from the Mission figs and clove and pepper notes from the Belgian yeast. I love this beer. Full review.

Global Warmer by Sixpoint Brewery

Caramel malt with pine and citrus hop nose. Quite good, but these guys are overrated.

Talisman by Strange Fellows Brewing

A great sessionable pale from Strange Fellows. Light bodied with a mild tropical/citrus hop nose.

Hubert MPA by Melvin Brewing

Juuuuuuuicy and smooth. Citrus, tropical, pine, and floral. They say it’s sessionable at 6%. I guess that’s why I had a hangover.

Albert 3 by Le Trou du Diable

Citrusy hop notes with a touch of farmhouse funk. Belgian yeast fruit and spice on the palate. Dry. Over a year old, but still way too much carbonation.

Immoralité by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Bottled a year ago. Like licking dank water of a stalactite in a subterranean cave.

Blackthorn by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Grassy hop aroma. Dark malt flavours of plum, raisins, figs, and cheery. Alcohol warmth that starts in the gut and spreads through the chest.

Sri Lanka (2017) by Dageraad Brewing

Belgian yeast fruity and spicy notes with tart citrus notes from the tamarind. The kithul jaggery adds a nice rich sweetness to the finish.

Oude Geuze (Vieille) by Brouwerij Oud Beersel

Two years old. Funky nose. Tart palate with strong citrus notes and a touch of oak and leather. Very dry finish.

Super 8-Bit IPA (2017) by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

Tons of tropical fruit notes, with citrus, stone fruits, berries, and a touch of pine. Juicy and delicious.

150 Heritage Ale by Lighthouse Brewing Company

Rich malty flavour. The sweetness of the maple was balanced by the dryness of the rye, while the smoke gave it a woody/peaty quality. Full review.

Jerkface 9000 by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Gentle floral, citrus, and tropical nose. Dry finish from the wheat. Super crushable summer beer.

Transmutation Belgian Specialty Ale by Category 12 Brewing

I love this hop-forward tripel. The hops are balanced by the sweetness of the candy sugar and counterpoint the Belgian yeast profile nicely.

I, The Mountain & The Leprechaun Flute by Sawdust City Brewing Co.

Big malty body meets pine and berry hop notes. Really well balanced and super tasty.

Juice Plus by Twin Sails Brewing

Batch #2. Even juicier than batch #1. This showcases those bright Citra orange peel and lemon rind aromas and flavours so well.


Red Chair NWPA by Deschutes Brewery

Nice hop presence with notes of citrus, floral, and pine. Biscuity malt base. Well balanced and easy drinking. Nitro made it smoooooooth.

Axes of Evil by Gigantic Brewing Company

Hoppy pale with a citrus, floral, and tropical note. Biscuity malt. Strange mash-up of an English and NW pale.

Brewer’s Crack by Boneyard Beer Company

Confusing. It was very hoppy for a strong ale. Rich malty body with citrus adn pine hop notes and bitter finish. Basically a DIPA.

Fresh Squeezed IPA by Deschutes Brewery

Juicy as it gets. So much citrus, with a touch of tropical, pine, and floral aroma. Fresh to Death!

Fruitlands (Blood Orange) by Modern Times Beer

Tart citrus acidity with juicy blood orange flavour and a wee touch of funk.

Kölsch by Steamworks Brewing Company

Clean, crisp, and refreshing. Haven’t had it in years and it’s seriously improved.

Hop Hash by Powell Brewery

Can’t get enough of this. It’s like sticking your head in a bag of hops.

Czarcasm by Strange Fellows Brewing

Light bodied, but incredibly flavourful. Tropical fruit and citrus hops with light crackery malt. Juicy and refreshing.

Wandering Camel by Barkerville Brewing Co.

Rich caramel malt base. Floral hops with grapefruit rind and orange peel.

Back Hand of God Stout by Crannóg Ales

Rich dark malt flavour with coffee and chocolate notes and a smooth, dry finish.

Dark Matter by Hoyne Brewing

A Victoria favourite. A nice schwarzbier with mild cocoa and nut flavour.

Chocolate Raspberry by Big Rock Brewery

I couldn’t tell if it was raspberries or Raspberry ketone. That’s not good.

Race Rocks by Lighthouse Brewing Company

Pretty sure this used to be a lighter beer… dark malt flavours of biscuit, chocolate, and caramel. Touch thin.

Killer Bee Dark Honey Ale by Tin Whistle Brewing Company

Honey sweetness and caramel notes dominate and obliterate the subtle dark malt flavours. Could do with more balance.

Powell Brewery to Release Daybreak White IPA

Powell Brewery in East Vancouver has announced the release of their new Daybreak white IPA.

Daybreak has the spicy yeast character of a classic Belgian ale with the distinctive hop profile of a Northwest IPA. Orange peel and coriander mingle with a tropical fruit hop character,rounded out with a hit of estery goodness.

They describe it as a patio beer that is both refreshing and intricate.

It will be available on Monday May 1 at the Powell Brewery tasting room for glasses, flights, fills, and 650ml bottles for off-sales!

I should imagine it will begin making its way to select liquor stores shortly after.


Hearthstone Brewing to Release Small Batch Atlantic Pale Ale

Hearthstone Brewing in North Vancouver has announced the release of their new Atlantic Pale Ale, which is the second release in their small batch series.

Atlantic Pale Ale is their take on an English style pale ale—light in colour and body, hopped with a mix of old world and North American hops, resulting in a balanced and refined pale ale.

The beer will be launched at the Hearthstone tasting room this Friday.

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Parallel 49 Hosts Beer Garden & Brewery Tours for Hop Circuit 2017

Are you missing the Parallel 49 tasting room? Well, it’s not reopening quite yet, due to construction delays, but they are opening a a special beer garden for the 2017 Hop Circuit this Sunday and will also be operating self-guided brewery tours.

Find out more below:

Parallel 49 Brewing Company Hosting Beer Garden & Brewery Tours for East Vancouver’s Hop Circuit Open House, April 30th from 1pm to 5pm

Vancouver, B.C. – April 25th, 2017 – On Sunday, April 30th, Parallel 49 Brewing Company is participating in East Vancouver’s Brewery District Hop Circuit Open House. From 1pm to 5pm, Parallel 49 Brewing Company will be offering self-guided brewery tours and hosting a beer garden behind their brewery (between Triumph St and Pandora St.), with Parallel 49 Brewing Company brews available for purchase. Minors will be allowed in the brewery as part of the self-guided brewery tours.  Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s tasting room is still undergoing renovations and will not be open to the public during Hop Circuit.

This is the second year Parallel 49 Brewing Company has participated in Hop Circuit, an event dedicated to uniting Vancouverites and the “Yeast Van” community. Popular brews like Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s Craft Lager and Bodhisattva Dry Hopped Sour will be on tap.

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About Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Parallel 49 Brewing Company is an East Vancouver brewery brewing up some of the most unique and high quality craft beers in BC.  Since opening in 2012, their cheekily named brews have become staples amongst craft beer enthusiasts.  Staples include Filthy Dirty IPA, Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale, Jerkface 9000 Wheat Ale and WobblyPop Pale Ale.

Visit Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s tasting room, retail store, and restaurant, set to reopen this spring at 1950 Triumph Street in East Vancouver. Parallel 49 6 packs, 12 packs and limited release bottles are available at private and government retailers across British Columbia.

BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of Apr 24–30

This week sees the kick-off of BC cider week, so I’ve featured a number of those events here, as craft is still craft!

If you are look for beer events, there are a number of brewmaster dinners going on, as well as several tastings, including one hosted by Adem Tepedelen, writer of Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers.

Oh, and don’t forget the 2017 Hop Circuit open house event in Yeast Van.

Do you have an event happening this week that you’d like to see listed? Feel free to send me an email.

For a full list of events, check out my Facebook page

April 25: R&B Brewmaster’s Dinner

CRAFT Beer Market, Vancouver, BC; 18:00–21:00 PST

R&B Brewmaster’s DinnerTuesday, March 28th, 20176pm – 930 pm
Join East Vancouver’s original, R&B Brewing Co. & CRAFT Beer Market Vancouver for the next collaboration dinner. If you enjoy great beer paired with fresh local food, this is an event you do not want to miss!

Your ticket includes a welcome beer, plus four courses each paired with a R&B beer.
Please note that this is a set menu! If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please e-mail us BEFORE purchasing a ticket here.

Limited tickets available for $60 (taxes and gratuity included).

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April 26: Beer Club Meeting

Landing Liquor Store, Nanaimo, BC; 19:00–21:00 PST

This month The Landing will host Chemainus’s Riot Brewing. Seating is VERY limited so be sure to visit our Beer Club web page and drop your name into the contact form to reserve your spot. Again, this is a FREE event! See you there.


April 26: Craft Beer Tasting

Uomo Modern Barber, Victoria, BC; 19:00–20:00 PST

An intimate beer tasting event hosted by Adem Tepedelen, writer of Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers.

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April 26: Cider Tap Takeover at Smiths Pub

Smith’s Pub, Victoria, BC; 17:00–1:00 PST

In addition to great craft beer, we also love delicious craft cider. So for our next tap takeover we’ll be pouring a number of ciders from three amazing local cideries.

With BC Cider Week starting on April 29, we figured we’d jump the gun and whet our whistles a few days before featuring the following fermenters of apples:

  • Merridale from Cobble Hill
  • Sea Cider from Saanich
  • Tod Creek from Prospect Lake

We’ll let you know what’s pouring closer to the date and look forward to raising a glass with everyone.

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April 26: Craft Beer 101 – Workshop

Gallery Bistro, Port Moody, BC; 19:00–20:30 PST; $45

Join local beer expert, Paul Pyne, for an interactive session on beer, the ingredients, and styles of the World’s most beloved alcoholic beverage.  Talk and taste through some common styles brewed by local companies, and pick the brain of a Certified Cicerone® in a small, intimate setting.

Craft brews being featured include (3 ales and 3 lagers): Czech Pilsner, Maren, Schwarzbier, English Pale, IPA and Oatmeal Stout.


April 27: SAVE the BEER Farms! Tap Takeover at The White Whale

The White Whale, Courtney, BC; 15:00–23:00 PST

We’re tapping 10+ Unique Persephone brews @ The White Whale in Courtenay!

Persephone Brewing Company is in danger of losing the ability to continue to brew on our land! We’ll be on hand to discuss what’s at stake for farm-based breweries in the province under the Agricultural Land Commission Act’s current regulations.

++We’ll have our petition to the Minister of Agriculture on hand for those who’ve yet to sign!++

Come out and show your support for locally grown hops, craft beer, sustainable agriculture, and community-focused small business’ in BC!

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April 27: Kick off BC Cider Week with Sea Cider; $20

Vessel Liquor, Victoria, BC; 18:30–20:00 PST

Get a jump start on BC Cider week. Kristen Jordan, owner of Sea Cider Farm and Cider House, will lead this tasting of her sparkling ciders, all made from organic fruit grown on the Saanich Peninsula. The newly released April seasonal, Birds and the Bees, will be featured.

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April 27: Russel Brewmasters Dinner; $65

Heron Rock Bistro, Victoria, BC; 18:00 PST

A five course dinner paired with beers from Powell Brewery.


April 27: Russel Brewmasters Dinner

Crooked Goose Bitro, Victoria, BC; 18:00 PST

A five course dinner paired with beers from Russell Brewing.

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April 28–30: Phillips Tap Takeover

1550’s Restaurant, Victoria, BC; 11:00–23:00 PST

Come join us for a Phillips Tap Takeover the last weekend of April! With ten Phillips beers, there will be something for every beer lover to try.

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April 28: Steel & Oak Brewmaster’s Dinner

One20 Public House, Delta, BC; 19:00–22:00 PST

Enjoy an amazing 5 course dinner from Chef Michael Ferreira, each paired with beer from Steek and Oak Brewing

This is a monthly brewmasters series that is put on by the One20. Each month we partner with a different brewery and create a spectacular dinner showcasing the best of what we both have to offer.

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April 28: Tasting Time! Red Arrow

The Landing Liquor Store, Nanaimo, BC; 15:00–19:00 PST

In-store sampling of Red Arrow beers.

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April 29: ParkLife Launch Party at Tap & Barrel

Tap & Barrel, Vancouver, BC; 12:00–16:00 PST

Come join us at Tap & Barrel in Olympic Village on Sat 29th of April from 12-4pm for the launch of our summer seasonal ParkLife Passion Fruit Ale. Games, give aways and beers. Free Admission.

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April 29: ParkLife Launch Party at Tap & Barrel

Tap & Barrel, Vancouver, BC; 12:00–16:00 PST

Come join us at Tap & Barrel in Olympic Village on Sat 29th of April from 12-4pm for the launch of our summer seasonal ParkLife Passion Fruit Ale. Games, give aways and beers. Free Admission.

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April 29: British Columbia Cider Festival

Heritage Hall, Vancouver, BC; 14:00–18:00 PST

Be part of the first annual BC Cider Festival on April 29! This tasting event will feature 20+ cideries from BC, the Pacific Northwest, and abroad. Set in the historic Heritage Hall on Main the festival will kick off BC Cider Week in Vancouver. Meet producers and orchardists while sampling the full range of authentic craft ciders available here in BC.

BCCF is a tasting event, and attendees will be able to sample ciders from each of the producers over the course of the four hours; you won’t need to worry about tokens.

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April 29: Brewer’s Dinner – SOLD OUT

Red Arrow Brewing, Duncan, BC; 19:00–22:00 PST

**UPDATE** This event has now SOLD OUT! The response has been amazing. A huge thanks to all of those who have purchased their tickets so quickly! To any of those who didn’t get a chance this time aroun, don’t fret, this will be one of many– we will see you next time! Cheers!!

Red Arrow Brewing is thrilled to partner with talented local chef Peter Barger to present to you our very first Brewer’s Dinner! The evening will include a fabulous 7 course meal, offering a variety of tempting flavours and cooking styles, with each course being complemented by a small pour of one of our delicious housemade beers. Our two passionate brewers, Zach and Chris, will be dining alongside you to help guide your tastebuds and excite your senses on this indulgent (and possibly even informative!) tasting experience. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased in our Tasting Room while quantities last (must be 19+). There are only 12 seats available, so be sure to purchase your tickets right away! Please note that this price does not include gratuity or any extra drinks that you may wish to enjoy during the meal. We will post a preview of the menu in the event photos to make sure you are fully prepared for this evening of pure delicious-ness!

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April 30: Hop Circuit 2017

Yeast Van Brewing District, Vancouver, BC; 13:00–17:00 PST

Walk, skate, or bike over to East Van’s Brewing District for our second annual HOP CIRCUIT – the day when we throw open our back doors to welcome one and all for free behind-the-scene tours, and the chance to taste some really fresh beer and spirits.

Take a self-guided tour or hop on the shuttle service provided by Vancouver Brewery Tours. Maintain your strength with grub from the many food trucks scattered around the neighbourhood.

Call 604-215-0092 for more information.

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April 30: Sea Cider Social as Part of BC Cider Week 2017!

Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Victoria, BC; 14:00–17:00 PST

Sea Cider is thrilled to welcome the public to Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse for the 3nd annual Cider Social, as part of BC Ciderweek on April 30th 2017, from 2pm-5pm. This year, we’re back in the springtime to experience the beauty of the blossoming orchard and celebrate the cider season ahead!

Cideries from across Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest will be gathering this spring to celebrate the art of craft cider at Sea Cider. Tickets are available to the public and will include six cider tasting tickets, live entertainment from Jon Middleton Music (of Jon & Roy) and a chance to try dozens of delicious craft ciders!

Cideries in attendance will include some of BC’s favourites, including:

  • BC Tree Fruits Cider Co.
  • Spinnakers Brewpub Cider
  • Tod Creek Craft Cider
  • Dominion Cider Co.
  • Twisted Hills Craft Cider
  • Merridale Ciderworks
  • Naramata Cider Co.
  • Salt Spring Wild Cider
  • The BX Press
  • Gabbie’s Cider / Ravenskill Orchard
  • Scenic Road Cider Co.
  • Lonetree Cider
  • SunRype Cider
  • Left Field Cider Co.
  • Fraser Valley Cider Company
  • Summerland Heritage Cider Company
  • Faustino Estate Cidery
  • NOMAD Cider

…and more!

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Driftwood to Release 2017 Batch of Twenty Pounder DIPA

20-Pounder-Blurizer-8.pngDriftwood Brewery in Victoria has teased the release of a fresh batch of their Twenty Pounder double IPA.

Twenty Pounder is pretty much Fat Tug‘s big brother and if you think that Fat Tug is a hop bomb, then Twenty Pounder will blow up your taste-buds and send you to hop heaven. With floral, citrus, tropical fruit, and pine notes over a rich malt base, this is one of my favourite double IPAs.

Bottle will start hitting Victoria stores this weekend and Vancouver shortly thereafter.

An agent of delivery for hops! As always, we believe in balance, so the double-shwack of hops is supported by a dense-but-clean malt base. Huge fruit in the form of mango, passionfruit, guava, citrus and pine makes this a hop head’s delight

ABV: 9%
MALTS: Pilsner, Carapils, Crystal
HOPS: Amarillo, Centennial, Mosaic



Beer Review: 150 Heritage Ale from Lighthouse Brewing

Lighthouse Brewing in Victoria BC recently released a special new beer to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the confederation of Canada. Called 150 Heritage ale, this malt-forward wee heavy is infused with subtle notes of maple, smoke, and rye.

ABV: 6.3%
IBU: 14
SRM: 19

We Proudly join the rest of Canada in celebrating the country’s 150th birthday. At the same time, we’d like to shine a light on the heritage of this nation’s lighthouse keepers, who have quietly served mariners on both coasts. For example, Newfoundland’s Cape Spear Lighthouse was tirelessly manned for over 150 years by several generations of the same family, the Cantwells. A tip of the watch cap to them and all Canada’s Keepers. This beer honours them with a malt-forward flavour infused with maple (for Canada), smoke (for oil lamps), and rye malt (for colour).

20170420_222037.jpgThis beer poured out a ruby-brown colour with half a finger of effervescent white head that faded quite quickly and left a light ring of lacing.

The nose was primarily smoky and peaty, with secondary aromas of sweet maple and doughy malt, along with a hint of spiciness from the rye.

The palate was really malt-forward and decadent, with rich maple flavour and just the right amount of peaty smokiness, along with a touch of rye spice.

The mouthfeel was full-bodied and smooth, with moderate carbonation. The finish was off-dry, due to the addition of rye to offset the sweetness of the maple.


I love a good Scotch ale. It’s one of my favorite styles and it drives me a little nuts when Canadian breweries try to put their stamp on it by dumping maple into it. You typically end up with a sweet and cloying beer that leaves you feeling like your tongue has been coated in syrup. This is not the case here, though, as the addition of rye to the recipe really tempered the sweetness of the maple to make it finish off-dry. A very smart move!

I also love a bit of peat and smoke in my scotch ales and here it really complemented the richness of the malt and the sweetness of the maple to create a wonderfully balanced Scotch ale that I think is the best Lighthouse beer since Numbskull.

This was like eating a stack of pancakes, topped in bacon, and drenched in maple syrup.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Serving temp: 12-14C

Food pairing: Haggis with a side of poutine (how could I not?)

Glassware: Tulip; thistle