Last 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
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