Powell Brewery to Release Murder Barrel-Aged Porter for 5th Anniversary

Powell Brewery in Vancouver BC has announced the release of an extremely limited 5th anniversary ale called Murder.

Murder is a special version of their Dive Bomb porter that has been aged for 24 months in American oak bourbon barrels. The end result came out at a massive 11.2%.

Murder will be available at the brewery only on Wednesday December 13, 2017 and there will only be 28 cases available.



Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Nov 20–26 (36 Beers)

Sorry for the brevity of this week’s notes. Normally I flesh them out a bit, but my girlfriend just got back from a month-long trip and you know, priorities…

Bottle & Cans

Snowball Saison by To Øl

This bottle was couple of years old, so the hops had fallen off a bit. It had horse blanket on the nose and funk and spices on the palate, with a really dry finish.

Elemental Series Wild Saison With Loganberries And Brettanomyces by Category 12 Brewing

I found this wild saison had only a hint of berry flavour, but it had a nice touch of spice and Brett funk. I might leave one to age a little longer.

Saazy Wit by Moody Ales

A respectable wit with Earthy and spicy hops over a dry wheaty body.

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.

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.

Lune de Miel by Unibroue

This had hoppy and spicy nose with notes of honey, spice, and flowers on the palate.

Lavender Earl Grey by Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.

Big floral nose; floral and herbal on the palate with notes of lavender and bergamot dominating.

Home Ec by Twin Sails Brewing

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

Goodnight Sweet Prince by Twin Sails Brewing

One of the best coffee stouts I’ve had. Dark roast coffee flavour with just enough sweetness to offset the bitterness. Nice caffeine kick!

Sakura Gose by Burnside Brewing Co.

This gose had a really floral nose. It was tart on the tongue with hints of cherry blossom and a touch of salt.

Pumpkin Head by Fernie Brewing Company

Mild pumpkin spice and some roasty malt. A bit thin.

Ten FIDY by Oskar Blues Brewery

This big imperial stout had notes of roasty malt, chocolate, liquorice, raisins, coffee, and boooooze!

Winter Dunkel by Whistler Brewing Company

This is a Christmas favourite of mine. It’s basically Terry’s Chocolate Orange in a glass.

Elemental Series Raw Ale by Category 12 Brewing

This has aged a couple of months now. It had a little more funk, along with more of the beech, and mild sulphurous notes. I think the latter will even out with a little more aging.

Sky Mountain Sour by Buxton Brewery

A complex sour with apple, pear, and gooseberry. The sourness was moderate, with a touch of salt and a little hop bitterness on the finish.

Flammenbeer Smoked Ocoberfest by Swans Brewery

Just the right amount of smoke to complement the caramel malt without overpowering it. There’s also a touch of fruitiness to round it all out.

Blackmail Milk Stout by Strange Fellows Brewing

Creamy and roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate. Smooth and not too sweet.

Year In Review by Riot Brewing Co.

Really astringent with too much orange peel bitterness. Left an aftertaste like Lysol bathroom cleaner.

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale by Boulevard Brewing Co.

A little older, so the hops have dropped off. Notes of coriander, apricot, straw, and barnyard funk. Finished very dry.

Right Kind of Crazy (2017) by Powell Brewery

A big aggressive hop bomb with notes of pine and citrus. I used to enjoy these more, but honestly prefer hazy IPAs now. It’s a very good example of the style though.

Diablo Cookie by Superflux Beer Company

Amazing! Just like the cookie. Chocolate, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, cayenne, and a touch of salt. It’s warm, without being too spicy.

Winter Lager by Steamworks Brewing Company

Almost like an Oktoberfest, but with a bit more caramel malt. Not mucuh going on here.


Alex’s Scandinavian Saison by Driftwood Brewery

A nice light saison with fruity citrus notes and some mild spice.

Juicy IPA by Vancouver Island Brewing

This was not very juicy at all. It had lots of citrus and little tropical fruit. It was more malty than anything.

Fortunate Islands by Modern Times Beer at The Drake Eatery

Citrus and tropical hops over a slightly nutty wheaty body. Finished nice and dry.

Celebration Ale (2017) by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. at The Drake Eatery

This fresh hop ale was quite piney with a touch of citrus and grassiness. Little bit of sweetness from the malt to offset the bitterness of the hops

Abbey by New Belgium Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

This dubbel was rich and malty with notes of caramel, raisins, figs, hazelnuts, and a touch of spice.

Trippel by New Belgium Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

Dark fruits, banana, clove, coriander, sweet bready malt, and Earthy hops.

Tropic King by Funkwerks at The Drake Eatery

Passionfruit, mango, peach, pepper, and ginger. Slightly drying finish with some nice alcohol warmth.

Imperial Coconut Porter by Maui Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

Rich notes of coconut, dark roasty dark malt, cacao nibs, and coffee. Silky mouthfeel with a warming finish.

Rodenbach Grand Cru by Brouwerij Rodenbach at The Drake Eatery

So good. Slightly tart with notes of cherries, red wine, balsamic vinegar, and oak. Sweet, but with a dry finish.

Double Bastard Ale (2015) by Arrogant Brewing at The Drake Eatery

Over two years old and the hops are but a a grassy memory. It’s super malty like a barley wine with plums, raisins, and cognac.

C12 3rd Anniversary

Gin Gone Wild by Category 12 Brewing

Holy moly. This really took on intense botanicals from the barrel. You can still taste citrus from the hops, but there tons of gin flavour.

Heriloom Rice Ale by Category 12 Brewing

Sake-like with notes of rice and Brett funk. Made me think of sticky rice witg red bean paste.

Red Alpha by Category 12 Brewing

Puckering citric acidity with notes of Loganberries on the palate

Honey Badger by Category 12 Brewing

Very malt forward with a floral nose and hints of buts on the palate.

Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Nov 6–12 (35 Beers)

IMG_20171112_224705OK, I guess that was another big week. I went over to Vancouver on Sunday and hit up a few breweries.

Goodnight Sweet Prince by Twin Sails Brewing

This was one of the best coffee stouts I’ve ever had. It had dark roast coffee flavour with just enough sweetness to offset the bitterness. It also had a hell of a caffeine kick!

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.

Double Infinity (Galaxy) by Superflux Beer Company

This is probably one of the worst beers that Superflux has made, but it’s still one of the best NE DIPAs I’ve tried. It was super smooth and delicious with notes of passionfruit and citrus over a rich malt base. My first can was a little green, but that seemed to have settled down after a couple of weeks.

Like That by Strathcona Beer Company & Superflux 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.

Genèse by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

This apricot triple was deceptively light! It was sweet but not overpowering, with notes of apricot, pear, and black pepper.

Cashmere Fresh-Hopped Tart S.M.A.S.H Milkshake IPA by Field House Brewing Co. & Doan’s & Boombox

This style-defying beer had a nice bit of citrus and tropical fruit with a touch of tartness, a smooth mouthfeel, and a slightly sweet finish. I feel like it would be better without the tartness. Not everything has to be sour Field House…

Depth Charge (2017) by Lighthouse Brewing Company


This Belgian Quad was aged oak aged with cognac. It was full bodied but not heavy with notes of caramel, vanilla, nuts, dried fruit, spices, and oak.

Tuesday Can Conditioned by Burdock

This saison had notes of pineapple, straw, and clove. It was really effervescent from being can-conditioned. I didn’t drink it on a Tuesday though…

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.

Oscar by Dageraad Brewing

This Belgian-style pale ale had a spicy and fruity nose. The palate brought spicy phenols and fruity esters notes of pear and clove with a hints of pine and resin from the hops.

Louise by Dageraad Brewing

This Belgian-style blond had subtle notes of grapefruit and tropical fruits, which complemented the fruity yeast esters and balanced the clove-like spicy phenols.

Wet-Hopped Blonde (2017) by Dageraad Brewing

This is one of my favourtie annual fresh hops. You’d think the freshness would fall off during bottle conditioning, but they still lend and nice herbal and resinous quality to this spicy and fruit blonde.

Bah Humbug by Wychwood Brewery

This was a a decent brown ale with some fruity undertones and very light spice. Even drunk at cellar temp the flavours still didn’t come through enough.

Rizzla Rice Lager by Hearthstone Brewery


This was quite interesting. It wasn’t quite as grainy as a regular lager, but just as crisp and refreshing.

Fugli by Oskar Blues Brewery

This fruited IPA had mild notes of tangerine and Blueberries with some earthy undertones. It was nice, but I was hoping for more prominent fruit.

Into the Black Oatmeal Stout by Off The Rail Brewing

Light and smooth with mild roasty notes of coffee and chocolate. However, I found it was a little over-carbonated and thin-bodied.

10th Anniversary Sour Raspberry Nut Brown Ale by Dead Frog Brewery

This beer was a little weird. I like the fact that they tried something different, but it didn’t really work. It was far too bitter and the raspberry tastes medicinal.

Dave Bomb 2.0 by Red Collar Brewing Co.

This was first legitimately good beer I’ve had from Red Collar. The roastiness of the coffee worked well with the fruity esters from the yeast and offset the sweetness really well.


La Morsure by Le Trou du Diable—at The Drake Eatery

This IPA had tropical fruits, caramel, and pine on the nose. The palate


had fruity and resinous hops, balanced by a sweet malt base. It finished with decent bitterness.

Dulcis Succubus – Brassin Spécial by Le Trou du Diable—at The Drake Eatery

This sour was tart and funky with notes of peach, apricot, vanilla, honey, oak, and horse blanket. RIP LTdD.

Too Much Monkey Buisness by Monkey Paw Brewing Company—at The Drake Eatery

This brown ale was rich and roasty with notes of chocolate and coffee, followed by a smooth and satisfying finish.

Seizoen by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales—at The Drake Eatery

This saison was fruity and spicy with notes of pear, lemon, coriander, and straw. It was very effervescent and refreshing.

Boxwood Wit-IPA by Four Winds Brewing—at The Drake Eatery

This Belgian white IPA had notes of orange and coriander playing with the citrusy and floral hops. It also had a light touch of acidity and funk from the mixed culture.

Chasing Freshies (2017) by Deschutes Brewery—at The Drake Eatery

This was an incredibly interesting fresh hopped IPA. The experimental hops brought notes of peach, berries, citrus, mint, and tropical fruit. Every sip was a little different.

Oatmeal Pale Ale by Monkey Paw Brewing Company—at The Drake Eatery

The oats gave this pale ale an interesting grainy yet quite creamy mouthfeel. It finished quite smoothly.

Lekkers by Dageraad Brewing—at Dageraad Brewing


This spiced dark ale was rich and malty with hints of chocolate, orange rind, cherry, and spices.

Spicy Nuggs by Bomber Brewing—at Bomber Brewing

This spiced rye porter had light chilli heat over a dark rye malt base, providing notes of chocolate, nuts, and spice, followed by a dry finish. This was served on nitro, so so it was super smooth.

Right Kind of Crazy (2017) by Powell Brewery—at Powell Street Craft Brewery

This imperial IPA is a classic West Coast hop bomb with notes of citrus, melon, and pine. It finish with satisfying bitterness.

Lazy D’Haze IPA by Powell Brewery—at Powell Street Craft Brewery

This NE IPA had notes of tropical fruit, grapefruit, melon, berries, bready pale malt. Low perceived bitterness.

Staycation by Powell Brewery—at Powell Street Craft Brewery

this dry-hopped blonde was light and sessionable with bready/biscuity malt and hints of citrus on the palate and a floral nose.

Sweater Weather by Powell Brewery—at Powell Street Craft Brewery

This baltic porter was characterized by rich roasty dark malt with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and dried fruits. It had some nice alcohol warmth in the finish.

“Cleopatra” Shiso Pale Ale by Night Owl Brewing—at Callister Brewing Co.


This pale all had mild herbal and grassy notes from the Shiso, with hints of spearmint, basil, and anise.

Blue Whale Candy by Real Cask Brewing—at Callister Brewing Co.

This one was rather interesting. It was basically a British golden ale with sweet notes of gummy candies.

Strong SMASH by Real Cask Brewing—at Callister Brewing Co.

This SMaSH had a touch of lemon and sweet bready malt that hid the alcohol content quite well.

Cascadia Dry Ginger Saison by MorningStar Brewing—at Callister Brewing Co.

This saison was dry and spicy with notes of ginger and clove. It was a bit like the saison version of ginger ale.

Powell Brewery Releases Vanish Series of Barrel-Aged Ales

Powell Brewery in Vancouver BC has announced the release of  the first beer in a new line of limited-edition barrel-aged ales called Vanish.

Vanish is set to be an irreplicable series of ales, each unique yet sharing a common origin. The first beer in the series is a mixed fermentation farmhouse ale that was matured for 30 months in French oak barrels.

They say that aromas of roasted nuts, late harvest fruits, and tobacco lead into a pleasant acidity with flavours of citrus, stone fruit, and assertive oak.

Vanish No. 1 will be released on November 10 at the tasting room and will be priced at $14.70 a bottle.



Powell Brewery Releases Right Kind of Crazy 2017

Powell Brewery in Vancouver BC has announced the release of the 2017 version of Right Kind of Crazy.

Right Kind of Crazy is a classic West Coast-style double IPA with a light malt base, complemented with the use of Amarillo, Azzaca and Columbus hops—providing flavours and aromas of citrus, pine, and melon.

Right Kind of Crazy will be released on November 10 at the tasting room and bottles will begin shipping to private liquor stores ton November 14.

9% ABV


Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Oct 2–8

What a week. We’re in full harvest mode right now, with tons of fresh hop and pumpkin beers in the mix!

Bottles and CansIMG_20171005_175254

Surround by Stillwater Artisanal

This imperial wheat stout had the aroma of cognac. The palate brought caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, smoke, and oak. It was full-bodied and chewy with a very dry finish.

Ryujin by Lighthouse Brewing Company

The plum comes through surprisingly well in this tripel and complements the citrusy esters and peppery phenols from the yeast. It had a slightly drying finish, which offset the sweetness of the fruit.

Chrono Wet Hop IPA (2017) by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

This fresh-hoped IPA had notes of pine, grass, earth, and dankness, with a touch of citrus. It was very fresh and didn’t finish bitter.

Alpha Dog (Fresh Hop Pale Ale) (2017) by Yellow Dog Brewing CoIMG_20171007_202330

This fresh hop pale ale was hoppier than most of this year’s fresh hop IPAs. It had notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and earthy dankness over a bready malt base. It was rather fantastic!

Juicy AF by Boombox Brewing Company at Smiths Pub

The name is not false advertising! This NE IPA is like a juicy tropical fruit explosion in your mouth.

Beach Week by Twin Sails Brewing

Smooth NE IPA with juicy tropical fruit notes of pineapple, mango, along with pear, stonefruits, and watermelon.

Mocha Porter by Persephone Brewing Company

Rich and roasty with big notes of coffee and hints of dark chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel with a bitter-sweet finish.

Parting Kiss Bourbon Barrel Ale by Twa Dogs Brewery20171007_224009

I found this barrel-aged amber ale to be very sweet and sickly with thin notes of vanilla and caramel. There was little bourbon or oak quality.

Thaddeus by Townsite Brewing

This oud brune was mildly tart with a touch of funk and notes of dark cherries and a balsamic.

GroundSwell by Lighthouse Brewing Company

This fresh-hopped lager had a malty body with spicy hop bitterness and citrus and grapefruit notes. It was light-bodied with a crisp finish.

Smoked Imperial Pumpkin Ale (2017) by Howe Sound Brewing

This was really rich, smokey, and spicy, with more subdued pumpkin notes than the regular pumpkineater. I think this might be my favourite pumpkin beer so far this year.

Volcano King by Twin Sails Brewing20171005_221851

This NE IPA is getting a little old, but still had tons of pineapple and coconut flavour—just like a piña colada. So smooth and the alcohol is hidden well.

Day Blink Simcoe Pale Ale by Twin Sails Brewing

This pale ale had notes of tropical fruit and stone fruits with a touch of resin. It was hazy, juicy, and smooth.

Fresh Hop Wild IPA by Powell Brewery

This fresh-hopped wild IPA was grassy, piney, and citrusy with a touch of tartness and funk.

Drouthy Neibor IPA by Twa Dogs Brewery

This was a pretty standard West Coast IPA with hoppy notes of citrus, tropical fruits, stone fruits, and pine over a biscuity malt profile. It is pretty dry with low bitterness. Decent, but a bit boring.

Cash Only by Twin Sails Brewing20171006_221917

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

Kicking In Speakers by Twin Sails Brewing

This NE-style DIPA had notes of pineapple, mango, papaya, and nectarine. It was smooth with a juicy, with a creamy mouthfeel and low perceived bitterness. The hops have faded and gone a bit grassy at this point, but this is still an amazing IPA!

Like This by Strathcona Beer Company & Superflux Beer Company

This was a nicely balance east-meets-west IPA with hoppy tropical fruit notes and hints of citrus. It had a crisp and smooth body but no haze. Pretty good blend of the styles of both breweries.

Voodoo Ranger IPA by New Belgium Brewing Company20171006_193116

Well balanced IPA with tropical fruit and citrus hop notes over a caramel malt base. This bottle was a little old, but still tasted fresh.

Lost Souls by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Probably one of my favourite pumpkin beers. The pumpkin is subtle, but the spices really complement the roasty malt and chocolate notes.

Salty Scot by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Tons of caramel and toffee flavour, but not enough salt this year, which made it come off a little sweet.

On tap

379 Wet N Wild Smash by Faculty Brewing—at Smiths Pub20171009_014045

Light grassy, piney, and citrus hop notes with a touch of acidity and funk.

Fresh Coast Farmhouse Ale by Luppolo Brewing Company—at Smiths Pub

Floral and citrusy nose with a spicy and citrusy body. The fresh hops add a touch of earthiness to the mix.

No 11 Sea To Sky Series Belgian Ipa by Howe Sound Brewing—at Smiths Pub

Spicy with notes of pineapple, guava and lemon. Juicy body with low bitterness.


Powell Brewery to Release Funky Gose Medina

Powell Brewery in Vancouver BC has announced the release of a new tasting room-only beer called Funky Gose Medina.

Funky Gose Medina is a gose-style ale aged in Merlot barrels with Brettanomyces. It is said to be light and refreshing with notes of lemon balm, salt, and pepper which lead into a velvety mouthfeel with back notes of melon and Brett funk.

They will have limited quantities available in the tasting room staring at 12 pm on October 13, 2017.