BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of Nov 27–Dec 3

Nov 27: Brewers Q&A and Book Signing with Author Stephen Beaumont

Central City Downtown, Vancouver, BC; 17:00–19:00

Stephen Beaumont, author of The Indispensable Guide to the World’s Best Craft and Traditional Beers, joins Brewmaster Gary Lohin and Dageraad Brewing’s Ben Coli for a craft beer Q&A.

Stephen included Hoyne Brewing from Victoria and Central City on his ‘Canada’s Can’t Miss List’. Dageraad Brewing made Stephen’s ‘Canada’s Up and Coming List’.

Join us at Central City Brewpub on Beatty for a flight of beers recommended by the beer guru himself as well as an intimate Q&A with two of Canada’s best brewers.

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Nov 28: Aletown Beer Society

The New Oxford, Vancouver, BC; 18:00–20:00

Hello Beer Drinkers!!

Aletown Tasting Sessions are about to relaunch this year with your hosts Jan Eim and Callum Thederahn.

These two are New Oxford’s top bartenders and have been with our company for quite some time now.. They love their beer (I’m sure as much as you do) and are excited to host these tastings for your enjoyment!

Our first re-launch is going to be amazing! We have a great brewery coming in with lot’s of samples and give-a-ways. You don’t want to miss this!

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Nov 29: November Brewmaster’s Dinner

Trading Post Brewing, Langley, BC; 18:30–21:30

Our last few Brewmaster’s Dinners have sold out so don’t wait to reserve your seat!


Amuse Bouche: “Patatas Bravas”
Skinny Kennebec Fries, Chorizo & Manchego Cheese Jus

Appie: Ensalada A-Rocha
A-Rocha Farm’s Baby Carrot Carpaccio, Sherry Pickled Shallots & Winter Greens

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Nov 30: Cannery Brewing Tap Takeover

St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, BC; 17:00–23:00

Please join us as Penticton’s Cannery Brewing takes over the taps at St. Augustine’s in Vancouver.

There will be 15 different taps – 6 core beers, 7 seasonals and 2 exclusive beers for this event.

Come anytime after 5pm and enjoy a flight of the beers that helped put Penticton on the craft beer map. Meet the team from Cannery Brewing and enter for some beer swag as door prizes.

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Nov 30: 4 Course Hoyne Brewing Beer Pairing Dinner

Oceanside Yacht Club & Public House, White Rock, BC; 18:30–21:30

Our chef will prepare a 4 course dinner, perfectly paired with 4 Hoyne Brewing Company Beers

Click here to see the menu: http://www.jrg.ca/event/jrg-public-houses-present-hoynebrewing-3-course-pairing-dinners/

*Please note: online ticket purchases are subject to service charges, whereas in-store ticket purchases are not

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Nov 30: Tasting Event For Female Craft Beer Enthusiasts

Nanaimo, BC; 19:00–22:00

The Sisterhood of Island Beer Drinkers is Excited to WELCOME you to our first (of many) Beer Tasting Event For FEMALE Craft enthusiasts!

Who Are We?
A collective of ladies living in Nanaimo excited to experience all the craft beer beautiful Vancouver Island has to offer; sharing this passion in a space exclusively for females where we can Learn – Experience – Empower 🍻

What’s in it for you?
For $25 you receive 5 4oz tasters from our local breweries
+AN EARLY released winter spiced brew from Love Shack Libations featured HERE first!
+FIRST 20 THROUGH THE DOOR receive a Sisterhood of Island Beer Drinkers Growler!
Where to buy?
E-transfer @ sisterhoodofislandbeerdrinkers@gmail.com
Credit / Cash @ VIU and Nanaimo surrounding message us!
Can’t wait to see you!

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Nov 30: 2nd Annual Christmas Craft Beer Festival

Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Victoria, BC; 19:00–21:00

It’s Back! The 2nd Annual Christmas Craft Beer and Cider Festival!

This year we have more vendors and more prizes! Vendors joining us will be:

Wolf Brewing
Category 12
Moon Under Water
Tod Creek Local Craft Cider
Now including Spinnakers Brewpub!

We can’t wait to welcome all vendors and try their delicious product. We’ll also be raffling off a turkey and movie tickets for 2.

All attendees will receive a keepsake beer stein as well.

Open to all members and their guests. Register on the club website at www.rvyc.bc.ca **Must be 19+ to attend**

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Dec 1: Christmas Craft Beer Show

Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria, BC; 17:00–21:00

After a resounding success in its first year the Christmas Craft Beer Show is back for another round! The 2nd Annual Christmas Craft Beer Show will take place at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on December 1 & 2, 2017.

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Dec 2: Christmas Craft Beer Show

Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria, BC; 13:00–17:00

After a resounding success in its first year the Christmas Craft Beer Show is back for another round! The 2nd Annual Christmas Craft Beer Show will take place at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on December 1 & 2, 2017.

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Dec 2: CAMRA Monthly Meeting – Hoyne Brewery Visit

Hoyne Brewing Company, Victoria, BC; 16:00–18:30

Please Join your CAMRA Exec for a special Tour and Tasing at Hoyne Brewing on Saturday, December 2 @ 4pm

(This is our November event, but due to scheduling will be in Dec) .

In order to be able to do this event, we need to have a mininum of 10 participants and can only have a max of 20.

If you would like to attend this event, Please RSVP by November 29 by going to:


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Cannery Releases Heist Maple Stout 2017

Cannery Brewing in Penticton BC has released the 2017 version of their seasonal Heist Maple Stout.

The addition of natural maple brings this premium stout a softer, smoother mouth feel and adds a touch of sweetness to balance the dark rich malts. It is a truly Canadian version of an old British classic.

Heist Maple Stout is available now at the Cannery tasting room and will be shipping to select private liquor stores soon.


Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Nov 13–19 (36 beers)

Good god, I drank a lot of good beer this week. Well done me!

Bottles & Cans

IMG_20171113_220513Passionfruit Milkshark by Bellwoods Brewery

Juicy and delicious with big notes of passionfruit and vanilla, along with a hint of apple. It was a smooth and silky mouthfeel.

Home Ec by Twin Sails Brewing

This Tirimisu stout had notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, cookies, and cream. It was sweet and decadent. Phenomenal!

Boysen the Hood by Twin Sails Brewing

This was the best milkshake IPA I’ve ever had! The boysenberry really came through and the colour was insane. It was so smooth and deceptively boozy.

Woke Up Like This by Twin Sails Brewing

This imperial spelt porter had toasty and roasty notes of coffee and chocolate, with a smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

The Fraser by Steel & Oak Brewing & Four Winds Brewing

Bright and fruity with notes of mango and guava and a touch of funk in the finish.


Brett IPA by Category 12 Brewing

This spent 10 months in my cellar. The Brett had gone nuts—so much carbonation. The smell was horseblanket and the palate was funky, tart, and fruity.

S2S Series Honey Wheat Wine by Howe Sound Brewing

This wheat wine had rich notes of honey, vanilla, caramel, and dark dried fruits. It was really smooth and finished a little dry. It hid its 11.3% ABV very well!

Screaming Banshee Irish Cream Stout Nitro by Old Yale Brewing Co.

Oh wow! This really did taste like Irish cream. It was so rich and creamy with a touch chocolate. I like it a lot!

Devilfish IPA by Old Yale Brewing Co.

This was quite a malty IPA, but the Ella hops brought notes of grapefruit and tropical fruits with a touch of spice.

Half Hitch by Crux Fermentation Project

This was a nice fresh bottle that I brought in Portland. It was way better than the draught I had up here. It had nice notes of papaya and guava with a touch of dank.



Lavender ESB by Field House Brewing Co.

This had a floral nose with notes of lavender and mild spice on the palate. It was sweet with low bitterness.

Eastern IPA by Field House Brewing Co. 

Floral nose with notes of stone fruit and grapes on the palate with bready/caramel malt and light bitterness in the finish.

Dark Sour with Blueberries & Blackberries by Field House Brewing Co.

This was lightly tart with lots of blueberry and blackberry flavour. Sweetness hides the 10% ABV very well.

Vienna Lager by Strathcona Beer Company

This was a crisp and light Vienna lager with sweet biscuity malt and a touch of herbal hops.

Premium Pilsner by Strathcona Beer Company

This was a crisp classic pilsner with a floral nose and mildly spicy palate. It was decent, but not exciting.


India Pale Ale by Hearthstone Brewery

Floral nose with citrus, tropical fruits, and stone fruits on the palate. Quite light with low bitterness.IMG_20171115_214309

Riptide Rye IPA by Britannia Brewing Company

Notes of apricot apricot, nectarine, melon, and mild spice with a dry finish.

Tiny Little Tart Golden Sour by Hearthstone Brewery

Nice mild kettle sour with tingling lactic acidity and tons of tropical fruit and citrus notes from the hops.

Ashore Rye Porter by Britannia Brewing Company

Notes of chocolate, nuts, coffee, and spice with a really dry finish.

Wave Crusader XPA by Britannia Brewing Company

Resinous and citrusy hops atop toffe/caramel malt base. Not a lot of bitterness.

Sirens Chai Saison by Britannia Brewing Company

I didn’t get chai from this at all. It had a medical toothpaste-like flavour.

Blueberry Garden Ale by Britannia Brewing Company20171114_213458

Nice blueberry presence without being too sweet. It has a touch of tartness from the citric acid.

El Dorado Kettle Sour by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Nice level of tartness with notes of tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, stone fruit, and candy.

Scarlet Red Rye Ale by Steamworks Brewing Company

Damn! That was so tasty. The barley wine took on so much rye whisky and oak character from the barrel aging to make this a rich, warming sipper.

Mastodon Mother Puncher by Mikkeller

This IPA had a delicious passion fruit punch, complemented by a touch of funk from the Brett. I wish I bought more!

Darkling Oatmeal Stout by Cannery Brewing

A decent example of the style, with a touch of chocolatey roasted malt and a smooth mouthfeel. I found it a little thin-bodied though.

Bad Santa, Cascadian Dark Ale by Pelican Brewing Company20171119_000011

Floral nose with eathy hops and chocolate malt on the palate. It was quite mild for the IBUs and maybe a little thin-bodied.

Sack Lunch by Twin Sails Brewing

This Sacc Trois pale ale had subtle hop fruitiness with notes of peach, papaya, accompanied by a touch of spice and funk-lite. It was crushable with a dry finish.

Blackberry Jam by Four Winds Brewing

The blackberries in this fruited IPA balanced really nicely against the lupulin. The lactose and vanilla added a touch of sweetness and it finished oh so smoothly.

Like That by Strathcona Beer Company

This NE IPA was way better than the previous “Like That.” It was far more juicy and had far more tropical fruit flavour.



Double Overhead by Maui Brewing Company

Doughy malt base with citrus and tropical hops. Low bitterness.

Big Swell IPA by Maui Brewing Company

Nice West Coast IPA with hints of pine, tropical fruit, and citrus over a bready malt base.

Bikini Blonde Lager by Maui Brewing Company

Crisp and malty with a nice hop profile.

Pineapple Mana Wheat by Maui Brewing Company

Nice juicy pineapple taste without the tartness. The body was wheaty and it finished medium dry.

Pueo Pale Ale by Maui Brewing Company

Nice pale with a floral nose and some citrus, tropical, and pine on the palate.

BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of Nov 13–19, 2017

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Nov 15: Cheers to Four Years: Anniversary Party

Craft Beer Market, Vancouver, BC; 16:30–19:30

Please join us to celebrate four great years of craft beers on November 15th from 430-730pm with live entertainment, complimentary small bites and sampling and most importantly, good company!
…oh and cake…it would not be a birthday party without it.


*St.Vincent de Paul Society is a non-profit organization helping families in-need in our community all year long with the hope of lifting them from poverty. Every year, the CRAFT team supports 10 families around Vancouver during the holiday season by providing them with food, clothing and other gifts of need. In 2016, we raised $40,000 across Canada for this great cause.

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Nov 16: BC Beer Award Winners

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

Explore the world of BEER with the Thirsty Writer, Joe Wiebe. Once each month, Joe shares insights into a different style of beer with us. Taste through 8 beers in a friendly, relaxed environment, with a maximum of 14 guests per class. All beer fans welcome!

This month taste through some of the Gold Medal winning beers from the 2017 BC Beer Awards.


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Nov 16: Beer Club—Spinnakers

Lucky’s Liquor Store, Nanaimo BC; 18:30–20:00

This month’s Beer Club features great craft suds from Spinnakers Brewpub. Now in their 33rd year of brewing, Spinnakers was the first Brewpub to open in Canada. Duncan McIntyre will be on hand as brand ambassador, pouring and chatting up the brews from this iconic establishment.

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Nov 16: Driftwood Brewery Tap Takeover

328 Tap House, Langford BC; 19:00

Who’s stoked for our TAP TAKEOVER on the 16th? We can’t wait! Hope to see all of your smiling faced there! Driftwood Brewery Driftwood Brewery


Nov 14: Aletown Beer Society – Relaunch!

The New Oxford, Vancouver, BC

Aletown Tasting Sessions are about to relaunch this year with your hosts Jan Eim and Callum Thederahn.

These two are New Oxford’s top bartenders and have been with our company for quite some time now.. They love their beer (I’m sure as much as you do) and are excited to host these tastings for your enjoyment!

Our first re-launch is going to be amazing! We have a great brewery coming in with lots of samples and give-a-ways. You don’t want to miss this!

We will be hosting Aletown every second Tuesday. We have a great line up this year and will hopefully continue on after the New Year as well.

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Nov 16: Hawaii In November Night feat. Maui Brewing Co.

Garrick’s Head Pub, Victoria, BC; 18:00–23:00

Join us for a special event at Garricks Head Pub on November 16th! All the Maui favourites will be on tap including a few limited releases. We will also have a special guest joining us from Maui Brewing Co, so come join us for a pint and a little taste of Hawaii in November!

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Nov 18: Camosun Childcare Brews Mystery Tour

Dunlop House, Victoria, BC; 15:00–22:00

The Brews Mystery Tour will take place at three different secret locations, starting and finishing at the Dunlop House on the Lansdowne campus of Camosun College . You will be transported to each event on a double decker bus and upon arrival will enjoy a variety of beer tastings paired with canapes while experiencing live music/entertainment. The evening will conclude with guests returning to Dunlop House for a silent auction, all in support of Camosun Child Care Services (CCS).

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Nov 18: White Sails Two Year Anniversary

White Sails Brewing, Victoria, BC; 11:00–23:00

Join us in celebrating White Sails Brewing’s two year anniversary!

We want to thank our amazing community for supporting us over
the last two years by offering special anniversary pricing, two anniversary casks, live music, food specials, prizes and giveaways, free brewery tours and much more!

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Nov 18: Coal Harbour Open House Vol.2

Coal Harbour Brewing Company, Vancouver, BC; 15:00–22:00

We know you all wonder why we don’t have a tasting room like everyone else. We’re working on it.
In the meantime…..join us for the second edtion of our monthly (hopefully) open house/pop up tasting room!!
Come hang out, drink our beers, check out the space, take home some swag, and chat us up!!
We want to see everyone and their dog here (mostly just the dogs).
$4 beers
-311 Helles Lager
-Market Saturation IPA
-Woodland Sour Saison
-Sunrise GUAVA Gose
-Special cask

Be there. No other option.

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Nov 16: 4 Course Hoyne Brewing Beer Pairing Dinner

The Buck & Ear Bar and Grill, Richmond, BC; 18:00–21:00

Townhall Public House, Maple Ridge, BC; 18:00–21:00

Our chef will present a 4 course dinner, perfectly paired with 4 Hoyne Brewing Company Beers

To see the menu: http://www.jrg.ca/event/jrg-public-houses-present-hoynebrewing-3-course-pairing-dinners/

*Please note: online ticket purchases are subject to service charges, whereas in-store ticket purchases are not

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Nov 17: Cannery Brewing Tasting

Tudor House Liquor Store, Victoria, BC; 16:00–20:00


4 – 8PM

Tastings – no need to register

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Nov 17: Craft Beer Pairing Dinner

Howe Sound Brewing, Victoria, BC; 19:00–21:00

Join us on November 17th for another amazing night with Chef Brendan Cooke. The Craft Beer Pairing Dinner Series continues with limited seats available. 4 Courses + 4 Beers. Call now to reserve your place at the table. 604.892.2603.

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Nov 18: Turbrewlence!

Comox Officers’ Mess, Comox, BC; 13:00–17:00

The OMess will be hosting a selection of BC Breweries for an All-Ranks Beer Fest!

Regular ticket includes:

– 9 stations of beer and cider, pouring until the kegs run out! (breweries TBA)
– 5oz souvenir sampling glass
– A tasty menu provided by Tria, including hot sausage po’boys, pork belly bahn mi, double beef sliders, wings, and more!
– Live band
– Your chance to win some awesome door prizes!

Ticket sales are cash only. Early bird tickets go on sale 3 Oct!
$30 for OMess Members
$40 for Guests of Members

Starting 1 Nov, tickets will be $35 and $45 for members and guests, respectively.

Food-only tickets are available for $15.

Refund policy: no refunds unless due to operational reasons. You may conduct ticket buy/sell/trade transactions using this FB event page.

As a reminder, taxi chits are available for OMess members. Please don’t drink and drive.

Popcorn will be popping and beer will be flowing; you won’t want to miss out. See you there!

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Nov 18: Whistler Cornucopia – Best in Glass

Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler, BC; 11:30–13:00

Whistler Cornucopia presented by BlueShore Financial
SEMINAR | Best in Glass: Award Winning BC Craft Beer

Ken Beattie, Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild, leads a guided tasting of the different styles of BC beers, and shares the stories behind many of the winning local brews. BC-made craft beers continue to punch above their weight in North American competitions. At the 2016 Canadian Brewing Awards, for example, 47 of the 165 medals, including Beer of the Year, went to beers made in this province. Breweries and beers featured:

1. Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.: Kolsch – Gold, Canadian Brewing Awards and Canadian Brewery of the year
2. Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company: Blonde Ale – Gold, BC Beer Awards – Brewery of the Year
3. R&B Brewing: Pale Ale – Gold, Canadian Brewing Awards
4. Backcountry Brewing: Widowmaker IPA – Silver, BC Beer Awards and Rookie of the Year Award
5. Central City Brewers + Distillers: Thor’s Hammer – Gold, Canadian Brewing Awards
6. Coal Harbour Brewing Company: Smoke and Mirrors – Gold, Canadian Brewing Award

Saturday November 18, 2017
11:30AM – 1:00PM
Whistler Conference Centre
Ticket includes 6 tasters of beer

Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial, the True North of food & drink festivals – a place of culinary reckonings, where the wild meets the refined and the epic and the epicurious come together. Cultivate passion. Open wide. Let your tastebuds run wild.

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Nov 18: Whistler Cornucopia – Brewing Outside the Boxs

Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler, BC; 14:30–16:30

Whistler Cornucopia presented by BlueShore Financial
Seminar: Brewing Outside the Box – Brewers Gone WILD
Presenter: Ken Beattie

Picasso was perfectly capable of painting anatomically correct — and boring — portraits of attractive women, but if that was all he’d ever done, you probably never would have heard of him. He had mastered the depiction of the human body, but his genius lay in going a step further. Similarly, BC’s eminently qualified craft brewers are experimenting brilliantly with unusual ingredients and flavour combinations. Ken Beattie leads this tasting of BC craft beers that will turn your expectations of how a beer should taste inside out and upside down.

Saturday November 18, 2017
2:30PM – 4:00PM
Whistler Conference Centre
Ticket includes 6 tasters of beer

Beers will be sampled from these breweries (which are known for creating some wild and interesting flavour combinations:
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks
Category 12 Brewing
Central City Brewers + Distillers
Bridge Brewing Company
Tofino Brewing Company
Deep Cove Brewers + Distillers

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Nov 18: R&B Tasting and Brewmasters Night

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, Surrey, BC; 17:30–23:00

Join us as we bring in a classic – brewing the good stuff since 1997 – R&B Brewing!

To celebrate their big win at BC Beer Awards (Bringing home Gold out of 82 other brews with their Vancouver Special IPA) we’re not only doing our normal tasting night with great beer specials but have limited tickets available for a long table styled 4 course pairing dinner.

We’ll be pouring for the evening the award winning Vancouver Special IPA, Shake Your Fruity Milkshake, Dark Star Oatmeal Stout, and Ravens Cream Ale.

Beers will be on special for 4$ a sleeve, 16$ a Pitcher, and 8$ for a flight.

Dinner includes four 5oz beers, and a four course meal with an introduction of each beer by our R&B rep Ty.

Please note reservations must be made for the dinner. Tickets for the dinner are $30 per person. Please e-mail in all reservations and inquiries to cjohnston@famoso.ca RE Brewmasters Dinner.

As usual, we’ll be doing our prize baskets – Each beer purchase gets you entry into the draw for swag from R&B and gift certicates to your favorite Pizzeria; Us! 😉

See you here – we start at 530!

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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.