Old Yale Releases Stone Fruit Hibiscus Saison

Old Yale Brewing in Chilliwack BC has released their new Stone Fruit Hibiscus Saison, which is part of their Trailblazer series.

This saison is brewed with peaches, apricots, and hibiscus, giving it a combination of fruity, floral and spicy notes up-front, and a pleasant tartness that quickly dissipates into a dry refreshing finish.

Stone Fruit Hibiscus Saison is available now at the Old Yale tasting room and will be select private liquor stores very soon.

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Phillips Releases Hopocalypse Meow 16th Anniversary Ale

unnamedThe mark their 16th anniversary, Phillips Brewing in Victoria BC is set to release their latest anniversary ale—Hopocalypse Meow.

Hopocolypse Meow is an imperial IPA that is said to feature big tropical hops that explode over a crisp malt base. The beer pours a hazy, fiery orange with a thin, white foam cap.  It has aromas of tropical candied fruit and melon, which mingle with delicate fruity esters. It is medium-bodied and very resinous, with a slightly warming finish from the 9.2%,ABV.

You find find it now at select private liquor stores in BC and Alberta.

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BC Beer Awards and Festival 2017 – New Format, New Awards!

Press release:

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Vancouver BC, August 11, 2017 – The 8th annual BC Beer Awards and Festival (BCBA) is set to return on October 21, 2017 to the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. The signature consumer tasting event of BC Craft Beer Month, this festival celebrates the very best in craft brewing from across the province. A one-day only event, it features both the BC Beer Awards ceremony and a craft beer festival with over 65 breweries, and a selection of BC ciders presented by The BC Farmed Craft Cider Association.

We are pleased to announce a new format this year! We recognize that not everyone wants to pause to watch an awards ceremony in the middle of a beer festival. For those that do, and the industry folks, it’s a special time! Well now you have the choice. Ticket holders can choose between two ticket types:

VIP Awards Hour Ticket grants early entry at 4pm and live viewing of the awards ceremony hosted by CBC’s Stephen Quinn in the main ballroom, and starting at 4.15pm. These tickets will be for industry folks and a limited number will be available for sale to the public.

General Admission Ticket runs 5 – 10pm does not include the live awards ceremony viewing, yet still offers a full 5 hours of festival as before.

Awards will be presented for 30+ categories including the CBC People’s Choice Award, Richards Buell Sutton LLP Rookie of the Year Award, and the Krones Brewers Challenge. New this year – The Tap & Barrel Brewery of the Year Award. More award announcements to come!

Last year the BC Beer Awards challenged Brewers to show off the wonders of the almighty Mild Ale. This year we want them to SMaSH it out of the park, by showcasing how a single malt and single hop can really make a beer shine! The Growler is also back hosting a Brewer’s Collaboration Booth.

Event Details

Where: Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, October 21st, 2017 from *4 – 10pm
Tickets: On sale Tuesday August 15th @ 10am

  • VIP Awards Hour Tickets – $55 + tax (no early bird)
  • General Admission Tickets – Early bird $35 + tax until October 1st, Regular $40

Tokens: All tickets include 4 x 5 oz drink tokens

Dageraad Brewing Releases 10.5 month Aged Batch of Amber Kelderbier

Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby is planning to release a special small-batch of their Amber Kelderbier that has been ageing for 10 1/2 months.

Amber Kelderbier is their Belgian-style pale ale that has been spiked with Brettanomyces lambicus, bottle-conditioned in 750ml bottles and then aged. Brettanomyces acts very slowly, and brings out some lovely pepper and cherry-pie notes in this beer.

“Kelderbier” is Flemish for cellar beer. In this case, it means both that the beer has been aged before they release it, and that it is appropriate for continued aging. Stored properly (upright in a cool, dark, temperature-stable place) this beer will continue to develop for at least two years.

Amber Kelderbier will be available tomorrow, August 9, at noon for $9.75 per 750ml bottle. There will be 22 cases available, with a limit of two bottles per customer per day.

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Four Winds Brews Bloom as Farmhouse Fest 2017 Exclusive

Farmhouse Fest has announced the official beer of the 2017 festival will be brewed by Four Winds Brewing from Delta BC.

Called Bloom, this farmhouse ale was conditioned over cherry blossoms with Brettanomyces lambicus. It is described as being funky, with muted tartness that opens the palate to floral highlights with notes of citrus and almond, then finishes with a silky mouthfeel from the use of wheat and oats.

Bottles can only be purchased by Farmhouse Fest 2017 ticket holders and must be picked up at the event.

500ml / 7.1% abv / 5 IBU

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Moody Ales Releases Huge Citrus Pale Ale

Moody Ales in Port Moody BC has released a new beer called Huge Citrus.

Huge Citrus is a pale ale inspired by the hazy North East IPA craze. They decided to use typical North West hops, leaving out the oats commonly used in that style.  This left them with a very juicy, well balanced beer with a lighter body than it’s North East cousins.

Huge Citrus gets a massive addition of Cascade and Mosaic hops late in the brew, and is then dry-hopped with copious amounts of Cascade and Mosaic hops while the yeast is still active, leaving a Huge Citrus aroma and flavour—notes of tropical fruit, stone fruit, orange, grapefruit, and pomelo.

They used Sacc Trois yeast to ferment this beer to really increase the juicyness, hazyness, and to add a bit of funk. This medium-to-light bodied beer is very well balanced, juicy, not sweet and VERY crushable.

It is available in the unusual format of 2-packs of 750ml cans.

  • Tasting notes: Tropical fruit, stone fruit, orange, grapefruit and pomelo. Finishes with a very balanced bitterness.
  • Pairs well with: Nothing too heavy. Light salads, charcuterie plates, or a good old fashioned backyard BBQ
  • Grains: Pale, Crystal 60, Acidulated Malt
  • Hops: Cascade, Mosaic
  • IBU: 35
  • SRM: 8
  • OG: 14.4P
  • FG: 3P

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Twin Sails Releases Volcano King and Juice Plus Batch #3

Today, Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody BC released a new tasting room exclusive beer called Volcano King and a third batch of Juice Plus.

Volcano King  is a double milkshake IPA with pineapple and coconut. Over 400lbs of pineapple purée was added to this beer along with almost 50lbs of toasted coconut. It was then hopped with Citra, Amarillo and Motueka. They describe it as tasting just like a Piña Colada.

They have 55 cases available in the tasting room only with a limit of one case per person.

ABV: 8.3%

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Juice Plus is a 100% Citra hopped IPA that is the big brother of Dat Juice. Brewed with flaked and malted wheat then dry hopped with huge amounts of Citra, this beer takes juicy to a whole other level.

They have 30 cases available in the tasting room, with a limit of one case per person. It is available for fills, with a limit of two per person. This beer will also be hitting stores late next week.

ABV: 7.5%

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