Cannery Releases Darkling Oatmeal Stout 2017

Cannery Brewing in Penticton BC has released the 2017 version of their fall/winter seasonal Darkling Oatmeal Stout.

Darkling is an oatmeal stout that balances a smooth mouth feel with bittersweet roasted flavours to brighten the darkest of days.

Darkling Oatmeal Stout is available in 650ml bottles and 355ml cans at the brewery and select craft beer focused stores in BC and Alberta. It is also available at the brewery on tap by the glass and for growler fills.



Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Sept 25–Oct 1

This was a pretty big week. I received a a beer mail with lots of IPAs in it that were getting a little older than I generally like, so I had to work my way through them quickly. It’s a hard life.

Bottles & Cans

20170927_225735Sartori Harvest (2017) by Driftwood Brewery

This much-sought-after fresh-hopped IPA had a floral nose with fresh, piney, woody, and a slightly grassy fresh hop notes over a crackery malt base.

Fresh Hop IPA by Powell Brewery

Grassy, piney, and citrusy fresh hops with a touch of tartness and funk. One of this year’s best fresh-hopped beers.

Singularity (2017) by Driftwood Brewery

I aged this imperial stout for several months. The heat has mellowed a little with aging. Roasty malts dominated the palate, with notes of coffee, toffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. This is aging well!

Wake Up Dead (2016) by Left Hand Brewing Company20170929_002516

I aged this imperial stout for one year. Roasty malts dominated the palate with notes of raisins, black licorice, coffee and dark chocolate. Mild touch of earthy, herbal hops.

Cash Only by Twin Sails Brewing

This double IPA was juicy, hazy, and smooth with notes of orange peel, melon, and pine. It hides its 10.3% well!

Bachelor Pad by Twin Sails Brewing

Hop-forward aromas of pineapple, mango, orange peel, and a touch of dank. Hazy with a very smooth mouthfeel.

IMG_20170925_223410Shower Thoughts by Twin Sails Brewing

Tons of blackberry flavour, but it was only very mildly tart from the acidulated malts. Doesn’t finish as sweet as some fruit beers

Back To Basics by Twin Sails Brewing

Basically an IPL, this was crisp and dry with a bright, citrussy hop bite. One of the best lagers I’ve ever had!

Str8 Flexin’ by Twin Sails Brewing

I aged this imperial stout for 6 months. Not as hot and smoother. Roasted malt, with coffee, chocolate, liquorice, and fudge notes. Full bodied and balanced.

Seeking Asylum by Yellow Dog Brewing Co & Alesmith Brewing

This Belgian IPA has piney and dank hops, doughy malt, spicy Belgian yest phenols, and a touch of fruity esters, Great balance of styles. Spicy bitter finish.

360 Grodziskie by Riot Brewing Co.IMG_20170925_210924

Very mildly smokiness with a touch of oak and a very wheaty body. Dry and a easy drinking for a smoked beer.

Spiced Apple Ale by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

This was a nice alternative to pumpkin ales. It was like a mulled cider without the sweetness. The palate had a touch of cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg.

Fuzz by Structures Brewing

A juicy and hazy NE-style IPA with hoppy notes of mango, orange, and pineapple. There’s rye in there, which makes it dry and a little spicy.

Yummy Bits by Wander Brewing

A NE-style DIPA with fresh peach flavour and notes of citrus and tropical fruit from the Citra hops. Smooth and juicy AF!

40km Island Session Ale by Longwood Brewery20171001_195702

I appreciate the idea behind this one, but I really didn’t get a lot of fresh hop aroma or flavour. It was a little underwhelming.

Pear Milkshake IPA by Bridge Brewing Company

When I think milkshake, I don’t tend to think pear. This definitely had pear flavour and a some spice, but it was crystal clear with clumps of lactose floaties.

Satsuma by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

This dry-hopped lager was crisp, dry and refreshing. Lots of grainy malt with a touch of tangerine and satsuma-like citrus notes.

Good Juju by Left Hand Brewing Company


Very light ginger spice and aroma over a light biscuity malt base. Good, but they really need to turn the ginger up a notch.

Con Leche by Twin Sails Brewing

Rich and roasty malt notes of coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of vanilla and a cinnamon. Smooth mouthfeel and sweet finish from the lactose.

Juicy Double #2 by Foamers’ Folly Brewing

The mango really complements the citrusy hop notes perfectly and it doesn’t finish too sweet. I slightly prefered the Strawberry version.

Rainbow Machine by Foamers’ Folly Brewing

Pineapple-forward tropical fruit notes, complement by citrus, pine, a touch of dank, and light biscuit malt. Wonderful NE DIPA.

20170929_233700Wildfire IPA by Cannery Brewing

A really nicely balanced black IPA with roasty malt notes of chocolate and coffee complemented by citrussy and piney hops notes.

Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock by Dead Frog Brewery

Biscuity and caramel malt with a touch of blood orange and hoppy fruitiness. Crisp and dry finish.

On Tap

Peated Belgian by Driftwood Brewery at The Drake Eatery

Just the right amount of peaty smoke, accompanied by a touch of caramel, spicy yest phenols, and rich dark fruits

Lunch Break by Breakside BreweryIMG_20170929_214605

A decent session ale with lots of orange and grapefruit citrus hops notes and a touch of resin.

Wild Tacoma Black Currant Table Sour by Engine House No. 9

Puckeringly tart with tons of black currant flavour. Finished medium-sweet.

Hedge Witch by Modern Times Beer

A super-juicy and hazy NE-style DIPA bursting with citrus, stone fruit, and tropical fruit aromas and flavours. Amazing!

Black House w/ Toasted Coconut & Cocoa Nibs by Modern Times Beer

The toasted coconut and coffee nibs complement the coffee notes of the original beautifully and the flavours are really well balanced.

Vanilla Oatis by Ninkasi Brewing Company20170929_230111

A nice balance of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt with a silky mouthfeel from the oats.

Short Wave by Phillips Brewing Company

Like a slightly hoppier version of Blue Buck. It’s not awful, but there are definitely more note-worthy pale ales out there.

Scarfface Cranberry Orange Wit by Phillips Brewing Company

Mild cranberry and orange. Bit thin. Dry wheat finish.

Cannery Brewing Releases 2017 Knucklehead Pumpkin Ale

Cannery Brewing in Penticton BC has released the 2017 version of their fall seasonal  Knucklehead pumpkin ple.

Knucklehead is named after a type of pumpkin that is distinguished by its gnarly warts. The Knucklehead pumpkins used for this brew were grown locally by Harker’s Organics in Cawston, BC. These pumpkins were then roasted with brown sugar at the Kettle Valley Station Pub and brewed with traditional fall spices.

The roasted Knucklehead pumpkins bring a rich mouth-feel and a touch of sweetness to this traditionally spiced brown ale.

Knucklehead is available now at the Cannery tasting room and bottles will be shipping to select private liquor stores over the next week.


Cannery Releases 2017 Batch of Wildfire Black IPA

Cannery Brewing in Penticon BC has announced the release of a fresh batch of their seasonal Wildfire Black IPA.

Wildfire Black IPA is intensely dark and smooth. This black IPA has complex hops that rage through to the finish. Fierce Hop, Gentle Bite!

This unique black India Pale Ale is a tribute to the firefighters and emergency service workers who help fight our Canadian wildfires each year. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer go to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

  • IBU’s: 6.0%
  • Alcohol: 88
  • Colour: Black


Craft Beer Tasting Notes for the Week of April 24–30 (26 unique beers)

This… this is really late. What can I say, sometimes life gets in the way. That and drinking. Mostly the drinking.



At home

Vapor Wave by Twin Sails Brewing

Pineapple and tropical fruit nose. Biscuit and crackery malt base. Mild tartness and drying saltiness. Extremely refreshing.

Juice Plus by Twin Sails Brewing

Batch #2. This delicious beer showcases those bright Citra orange peel and lemon rind aromas and flavours so well over a light biscuit malt base.

Street Legal IPA by Twin Sails Brewing

Nothing crazy, but a good standard IPA with pine, citrus, tropical, and a touch of floral. Balanced by light biscuit malt. Super crushable.

Karaoke Showdown by Yellow Dog Brewing Co

You get the rich toasty malt of a dopplebock and a touch of light caramel, with a big hit of American hops. Like Red double IPA.

Devil’s Dream IPA by Hoyne Brewing

Lots of bready and doughy caramel malt with pine and floral hop notes and a hint of undefinable citrus. More like an English IPA.

Chimay Bleue (Grande Réserve) by Bières de Chimay

God bless those Trappist monks. Rich notes of dates, raisins, cherry, caramel, toffee, apple, pear, clove, pepper. So much alcohol warmth.

Brewer’s Row Collaboration Peach Belgian by Moody Ales / Twin Sails / Yellow dog / Parkside

The peach really complements the fruity ester notes from the yeast and counterbalances the pepper and clove notes from the phenols.

Sour & Salt by Brekeriet Beer AB

Nice refreshing gose with light tartness and a touch of salt and coriander spice.

Anniversary India Red Ale by Tree Brewing Co.

One dimensional piney and grassy nose with generic caramel malt. By the numbers.

Foraged Saison by Field House Brewing Co.

Floral and funky nose. Brett rapsberry and natural blackberry on the palate. Funky, but not sour. Intriguing.

Mystify by Boombox Brewing Company

Tart, lemony, and sweet, with a wee touch of funk and wood. Super crushable and delicious!

Hop Chowdah by Cannery Brewing

Nice light and fruit IPA with a tropical fruit nose. Not quite full NE. It wasn’t cloudy or smooth enough.

Brett Saison by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Touch of mild funk on the nose. Rich cherry and peach flavour with a bit of citrus, floral, and spiciness.

Colour & Shape by Superflux Beer Company

This was my last can of the last batch of small cans. The haze had dropped out, but it still had tons of Juicy papaya flavour. So refreshing! I can’t wait for the new batch!

On Tap

Incredible Pulp by Boneyard Beer Company

Juuuuuuuicy AF. The blood orange comes through so nicely.

Hare And The Dog by Main Street Brewing Company

Classic English-style bitter. Grassy hop notse with a rich malt forward body with an earthy bitter finish.

Le Merle by North Coast Brewing Company

Tropical fruit nose with hops and Belgian yeast on the palate, providing notes of peppercorn and apricot.

Sour Weisse by Four Winds Brewing

Tart light sour with mild citrus palate and dry wheat finish.

Salted Caramel Stout by Breakside Brewery

Smooth milk stout with caramel, chocolate, and mild salt on the palate.

Joe’s Banjo by Brassneck Brewery

Mild lactic acidity with pear, apple, peppercorn, and clove on the palate.

Psychosomatica by Brassneck Brewery

Tropical fruit, berries, melon, passion fruit. Mild bitterness. Delish.

Rocket Surgery by Brassneck Brewery

Sweet candy sugar, mild spiciness, gentle Brett funk. Well concealed alcohol.

Scarfface Cranberry Orange Wit by Phillips Brewing Company

Average. Mild cranberry and orange. Bit thin. Dry wheat finish.

Lions Summer Ale by Granville Island Brewing

Biscuity malt base with hints of citrus that wishes it was tropical. Tastes like cheap beer I would buy as a teen in the UK.

Fat Tug IPA by Driftwood Brewery

Hardly my first time drinking “the Tug.” Do you like hops, because this has HOPS!

Guinness Draught by Guinness

Malty, with some nuts and cocoa. Seemed way more thin than I remember from when I was young and dumb.