Debrief: Winterbrau 2016

img_20161112_142600Last weekend I went to Winterbrau 2016 at the Canoe Brewpub. This is one of my very favourite tasting events. Not only is the setting nicer than most other tasting events, but you pay just $60 for the ticket, which includes as much food and drink as you can stomach, which believe me, is a lot!

There were 18 breweries at the event and a few were serving two beers each, making for a total of 22 beers. I tried every beer and went back for seconds of a couple of the really good ones. This made for a pretty hazy afternoon and an early night, especially as they were 7oz pours.

The star of the show was the delicious New Kids on the Bock, which was a special one-time cask from Sooke Oceanside Brewery. The Smoked Honey Dopple Bock from Steel & Oak was also fantastic, as was the Barrel-Aged Belgian Red IPA from Bridge, and Driftwood’s Singularity, and… oh god, there was a lot of good beer!

Here is a full list of what was on tap, click through to see more details on Untappd, including my ratings:

4 Mile Brewpub: Bourbon Barrel-Aged English Strong

Category 12: Wild IPA

Axe & Barrel: Dry Irish Stout

Phillips: Citricity Grapefruit IPA

Howe Sound: Father John’s Winter Ale

R&B: Dark Star Oatmeal Stout

Moon Under Water: Black Currant Copper Kettle Sour

Tofino Brewing: Dark Lager

Tofino Brewing: Dawn Patrol Coffee Porter

Hoyne Brewing: Gratitude Winter Ale

Trading Post: Three Bears Breakfast Stout

Trading Post: Dark Tart Farmhouse Ale

Driftwood: Singularity Russian Imperial Stout

Bridge Brewing: Barrel-Aged Belgian red IPA

Steel & Oak: Smoked Honey Dopplebock

Steel & Oak: Roggen Weizen

Lighthouse Brewing: Seaport Vanilla Stout

Sooke Oceanside Brewing: New Kids on the Bock

Spinnakers brewpub: Bier de Noel

Canoe Brewpub: Abbey Session Ale

Canoe Brewpub: E.S.B.

Canoe Brewpub: Lager