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!

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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.

 

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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.

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Parallel 49 Releases Amalgamation: a 9 Brewery Fresh-Hop Collaboration

Parallel 49 Brewing in Vancouver BC has announced the release of a special collaboration beer with Boombox, Dageraad, Four Winds, Powell Brewery, Doan’s, Bomber, Hearthstone, and Parkside.

Called Amalgamation, this fresh-hopped double IPA was brewed with 300 lb of fresh Amarillo hops from the Yakima Valley.

Amalgamation is available in 4-packs of tall calls today at the P49 Beer Store and will be hitting the shelves of BC private retailers next week!

ABV: 8% | IBU: 40
Malt: Pale, maris otter and oat malts, flaked wheat
Hops: Amarillo

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Powell Brewery to Release Fresh Hopped Wild IPA

Powell Brewery in Vancouver has announced the release of their new Fresh Hopped Wild IPA.

Fresh Hopped Wild IPA was dry-hopped with 200 pounds of fresh Amarillo hops. To really get as much out of the hops as possible, they used liquid nitrogen to freeze and crush them, releasing all the lupulin goodness held inside the hop cones.

Lastly, they fermented the beer with a wild yeast strain for a little funk and to bring out the citrus and stone fruit character of Amarillo.

Fresh Hopped Wild IPA will be released at the Powell Brewery tasting room on Friday September 15. It will be available in 4-pack tall cans, by the glass, or for growler fills (2 litre max).

It will be shipping out to liquor stores early next week.

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Powell Brewery Releases Batch #2 of Ode to Wallflower

Powell Brewery in Vancouver has announced the release of a second batch of their Ode to Wallflower pale ale.

Originally released in April 2017, Ode to Wallflower is Powell’s Ode to Citra Pale Ale that has been aged in aged in Odd Society SpiritsWallflower Gin barrels to produce a botanically charged, slightly oaked, and incredibly delicious version of the Citra hopped ale.

Bottles are available now at the Powell Brewery tasting room, with a limited supply available on draft in glasses and for growler fills (limited to 1 fill per person).

6.2% abv / 35 ibu

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Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Aug 14–20 (27 Unique Beers)

With no beer festivals or brewery crawls, were back down to a slightly more reasonable 27 unique beers this week… well, reasonable for me at least

Don’t judge me!

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Rosé de Gambrinus (2016) by Brasserie Cantillon

This was a young sample of the 2016 batch and was ripe with fresh and fruity notes of raspberry and touch of mild funk. The mouthfeel was tingling and effervescent with puckering acidity.

Pretty Much Yeah by Superflux Beer Company

A hazy NE IPA with citrus and passionfruit from the hops with a really smooth mouthfeel from the oats and lactose. I kinda of wish Superflux would branch out a bit, but at the same time, they are so damn good at what they do!

Melodie Raspberry Kölsch by Twa Dogs Brewery

This Kölsch was crisp, refreshing, and fruity. The raspberry was well represented, but I found it a little too sweet.

Market Saturation IPA by Coal Harbour Brewing Company20170816_205701

This was one of the best Coal Harbour beers I’ve had. They nailed the NE style. It was cloudy and smooth with tangerine, pineapple, and melon.

Juicy Double #2 by Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.

The mango in this double IPA really complemented the citrusy hop notes perfectly and it doesn’t finish too sweet. However, I slightly preferred the Strawberry version.

Lake City Farmhouse Ale by Dageraad Brewing

This farmhouse ale opened with a beautiful herbal, floral, and grassy aroma, followed by a spicy and herbal palate. It was medium bodied and very effervescent with a dry finish.

IMG_20170820_223323Rhythm Section by Dageraad Brewing & Upright Brewing

This collaboration was a very spicy saison with black pepper, coriander, and a touch of lime. It was floral on the nose with a dry and slightly funky finish.

Solid! by Gigantic Brewing Company

This dry-hopped American wheat ale had nice tropical hoppy aromas of kumquat and orange with a grainy and wheaty body. It finished moderately dry with a touch of bitterness.

Side Cut by Bridge Brewing Company

On of BC’s first NE IPAs, this one was smooth and cloudy with hoppy notes of peach, tangerine,tropical fruits.

Stay Gold by Powell BreweryIMG_20170818_223909

This oat pale ale had aromas of tropical fruits, pear, watermelon, and stone fruit. It was medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel from the malted oats and barley.

Olde Winston Smoked Porter by Off The Rail Brewing

This one was very over-carbonated for the style, in fact the bottle blew and spewed foam all over the kitchen counter. It was full-bodied with moderate smoked salmon flavour that overpowered the richness of the malts a little.

White Rabbit Lemon Raz Radler by Russell Brewing Company

The lemon and raspberry flavours in this radler were well-balanced, but it was a little too sweet for me.

Blazing World by Modern Times BeerIMG_20170817_224007

This red ale had hoppy aromas of grape and gooseberry over a light bready malt backbone. It was really dank and highly aromatic.

Woodland Sour Saison by Coal Harbour Brewing Company

This saison was moderately sour with complex notes of orange peel, coriander, and peppercorn. It was medium-bodied with a nice dry finish.

20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale by Stone Brewing

I aged this once hoppy Belgian strong for two years. The hops notes had fallen off leaving behind bitterness that accentuated the pepper and clove note. It was sort of like a spicy barley wine

20170819_002849Teppistenbier by White Pony Microbrewery

This rich Belgian quad had a complex grainy body with notes of chocolate, toffee, figs, dates, almonds, and plums. It was full-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry and boozy finish.

Long Root Ale by Hopworks Urban Brewery

This was a decent pale ale with a touch of peppery spice. It wasn’t exactly mind blowing, but I appreciate the fact that the grain was organic and sustainable.

Hopocalypse Meow by Phillips Brewing Company

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This 14th anniversary beer was a a big old hop bomb. I got tropical fruit, melon, and resin. Not getting the esters due to the strong hops. It was like Amnesiac’s long-lost brother.

Old Stumpy Pine IPA by Fernie Brewing Company

For a beer calling itself a pine IPA, I was actually hoping for more pine. Sure the hops bring notes of pine, but it would be nice if they added spruce tips or something.

On tap

Spruce Tip by Steel & Oak Brewing—at Smiths Pub

Wow! This was like licking a Christmas tree! The spruce tips were really well represented and complemented by the fruity and vinous Nelson Sauvin hops.

Sapperton Anniversary Beer (2017) by Steel & Oak Brewing—at Smiths Pub

This was really nice for a lager. It was moderately tart with notes of peach, apricot and plum. Light-bodied and super refreshing.

Jasmine IPA by Steamworks Brewing Company—at Smiths PubIMG_20170815_232009

The jasmine mainly comes through on the nose. The body was more spicy than anything and it finished quite bitter.

Antwerpen by Dageraad Brewing—at Smiths Pub

This was a fantastic triple with a nose of Earthy and herbal noble hops and floral alcohol. The body was spicy and fruity with a touch of pepper, coriander,  banana, and pear. The finish was warming and dry.

Tropical Tart Ale by Steamworks Brewing Company—at Smiths Pub

This was a moderately tart kettle sour with notes of passion fruit and pomegranate.

Fuzzy Wuzzy Peach IPA by The Parkside Brewery—at Smiths Pub20170820_175714

Not as much peach as one would expect, but on the plus side, it was not sickly sweet. Lots of grassy/piney hops, which was an odd choice.

Coastal Wit- Batch #0044 by Swans Brewery—at The Drake Eatery

Wonderful spiciness from the the grains of paradise and the coriander, counterpointed by a touch of sweetness from the orange peel.

Chocolate Hazelnut Porter by Heretic Brewing Company—at The Drake Eatery

A rich and creamy porter with notes of chocolate, hazelnut, coffee, and caramel. Quite sweet, but not cloying.

 

I left My Liver in Vancouver, or How I Visited 43 Craft Breweries in 48 hours and Lived to Tell the Tale

Do you ever have a really stupid idea to do something, then against your better judgement, do it anyway? Well, that’s pretty much a way of life for me!

In May I had the ridiculous idea to visit Vancouver for the weekend and attempt to visit 43 craft breweries by public transit. It was quite an adventure, with lots of highs and lows—mostly resulting from the dangerous amounts of alcohol I imbibed. 🙂

I did it, so you didn’t have to. You are welcome!

Day 1

I arrived on the ferry at 11 a.m. with a suitcase containing 20 bombers of beer for a friend I trade beer with on the mainland. He was supposed to pick me up and collect the beer, but messaged me to say he’d had a family emergency, so I was a little screwed, as my AirBnB wouldn’t let me check-in till 3 p.m and I couldn’t really go all over town with this huge amount of beer.

I quickly changed the plan and decided to start with Four Winds, Fuggles, and Brittania, but as I was stressed out, I ended up getting the express bus to River Rock and completely missing them. Damn!

It was 1:30 by now, so I decided to head over to Dogwood, which was close to my AirBnb at Oakridge. Bit of a later start than I originally intended…

Dogwood

Vancouver’s only organic brewery. This place is a bit off the beaten track, but has nice a little tasting room, with plenty of benches, a relaxing atmosphere, and lots of games to play.

As this was my first stop after a stressful morning, I did a flight of six beers. This may not have been the best decision to start off the day.

Super flight:

  • Organic Fest
  • Organic IPA
  • Organic Stout
  • Apricot Sour
  • Vanilla Bean Lager
  • Organic Honey

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Finally, I got to my AirBNB and was able to offload my heavy suitcase of beer.

Now that I was unencumbered by luggage, I decided to head down to the Mount Pleasant area to try out the first big cluster of breweries. How could I start anywhere bu the inimitable Brassneck.

Brassneck has a fantastic tasting room with a nice warm environment and an amazing selection of some of the best beers in BC. It’s the sort of place you could hang out and relax in all evening. However, as I was settling into my flight, I got a message from my friend saying he was waiting outside in his car and didn’t want to some in, so I had to chug all of this fine beer. 😦

Flight:

  • Ambiguation
  • Bjørn Again
  • Free Radical
  • The Geezer

Strathcona

The plan was to head out to Port Moody, but my friend decided to stop in at Strathcona to pick up their new Beach Radler. Much like my previous visit to this place, I came away with a sour taste in my mouth, and it wasn’t from the beer. The service was just abysmal—It took forever to get served and the server was very surly.

Glasses:

  • Left Imperial IPA
  • Rye ESB

Steamworks

Then we made an impromptu stop into Steamworks’ Burnaby location. I’m not a huge fan of the touristy downtown brewpub, but this was my first time going to the Burnany location and I was very impressed. The tasting room had a really nice open atmosphere and much, much better prices than the brewpub. They also had an old fashioned car right in the middle of the lounge for some reason.

Glasses:

  • Tropical Tart Ale
  • Killer Cucumber Ale

IMG_20170527_182129Twin Sails

… and I finally got to Twin Sails! If you read my blog, you will no doubt know that I am a huge fan of this brewery. As an added bonus, they were releasing their new Disco Nap double IPA that same day, so I got to pick up a 4-pack straight from the brewery and try it on tap. I was a little happy

Glasses:

  • Slam Dank
  • Disco Nap

Yellow Dog

A short stumble next door took us to Port Moody’s first brewery, Yellow Dog. These guys are probably my #2 Port Moody brewery, so I was super excited to finally check this place out. The tasting room / lounge was large and funk, but sadly, while they had a huge tap list, I’d drunk everything on offer multiple times. Whoops…

Glasses:

  • VCBW Hazy Pale Ale
  • Super Secret Sour Ale

The Parkside Brewery

We then took a quick stop into Port Moody’s newest brewery, The Parkside Brewery. These guys have been in business a year now and they’ve begun to break away from their standard line-up and experiment a little, with great results. The tasting room was awesome and had a nice community environment. It also had a large patio area featuring fake grass to fit the park side theme.

Flight:

  • S.M.a.S.H Ekuanot
  • Radical Red Ale
  • Dim Wit
  • Hampstead Brown Ale

Moody Ales

Last but not least was Moody Ales, the second brewery to open on the row. Another warm and inviting tasting room with a great little patio and great ales on tap. Fellow Blogger Mike Garson of mikescraftbeer.com even joined us here.

Flight:

  • Sublime Pineapple Hefeweizen
  • Dry Irish Stout
  • Intrepid lemon Matcha Saison
  • Special Bitter

20170527_222739Parallel 49

I really needed food at this point, so somehow we ended up at the new P49 street kitchen and tasting room. I wanted food, but you know, there was booze too!

The new tasting room is pretty cool and had a nice “street” chic to it, but I kind of miss the old tasting room, as it was a lot more low key. They had 40 taps of P49 beers on though, which was insane!

Flight:

  • Experimental IPA 005 (Trash Panda V2)
  • Experimental IPA 002 (Trash Panda V1)
  • Tasty Mon
  • HBC 344 SMASH IPA

Glass (not that I needed it at this point):

  • 2014 BA Barley Wine

After this, sleep was needed, so I got driven back to my AirBnB. However, I got dropped off a few doors down and didn’t know where I was, so I decided to call a cab, which drove me half way across town before I demanded he stop. After a huge argument with the cab driver, my phone died and I was lost. Eventually I found a bar where I could charge my phone and finally made it back around 2 a.m. Urgh!


Day Two

Day two started with a gentle walk from Oakridge down to Main Street. Thankfully, with no hangover!

20170528_121356Main Street

First stop of the day. They have a smaller tasting room, but it had a nice atmosphere and good staff. They’d only opened a couple of minutes earlier, so it was a little empty.

Flight:

  • Witches Brew
  • Flahute
  • Breffny Irish Red Ale
  • One Man Band

Red Truck

As tempted as I was to go back to Brassneck. I didn’t want to repeat myself, so I popped into Red Truck. I’m not a huge fan of their beer, but their restaurant / tasting room is probably one of the most unique I’ve ever been to. Called The Truck stop, it’s done up like an old fashioned diner.

Flight:

  • Blackberry Bourbon Ale
  • Tropic Thunder
  • Ryzenshein Crystal Rye Gose

Steel Toad

More a brew pub than anything, Steel Toad is pretty much a swanky restaurant that brews its own beer. Their beer was OK and they had a legit guest tap list, but they’ve since started serving sub-zero macro beer and I am not a fan of that!

Glasses:

  • Kermode
  • Blood Orange Sour

20170528_130608Faculty

Faculty is an awesome little brewery with a dinky little tasting room where you can literally touch the tanks from your seat. They always have interesting beers on and the staff is always fantastic.

Flight:

  • Rhubarb Pear Sour
  • 404 Cashmere Pale Ale
  • 699 Earl Grey Ale
  • 710 Oaked Stout

R&B

Last time I went to R&B I guess I was a little drunk and just went to the growler bar, but they have actually have a full restaurant and bar set-up where you can also order fantastic pizza. Who knew?

Flight:

  • Belgium Amber Ale
  • White India Pale Ale
  • Lil Haze IPA
  • East Side Bitter

33 Acres

I’m not a huge fan of this place. It’s far too hipster for my taste. Everything is decorated in white, all the beer labels are black on white and even the beer tastes a little white.

Flight:

  • 33 Acres Of Darkness
  • 33 Acres of Genesis – Batch 2#
  • 33 Acres of Sisu
  • 33 Acres of Euphoria

20170528_141912Big Rock Urban

I chose an interesting day to attend. They had a special collaboration beer event the day before, so had none of their regular beers on tap, but I got to try some amazing collabs leftover from the event. This is something of a bonus, because their regular beer is a little bland.

Flight:

  • Kicking In Speakers (Twin Sails / Boombox)
  • La Casa (Four Winds / Luppolo)
  • Fotzel (Powell / Strnage Fellows)
  • Hoppy Mess (Big Rock / Strathcona)

Granville Island

Huge-ass tourist trap parading as a craft brewery. I had a drink and left quickly.

Glass:

  • California Common

Yaletown

Another tourist trap parading as a craft brewery. Meh.

Glass:

  • Ariana Golden IPA

Postmark

This place has a fancy restaurant in a gorgeous building with these massive ornate wooden doors. Their beer is decent, but it’s not the sort of place I’d like to hang out and drink beer in all day. Good for a date, maybe?

Flight:

  • Loral IPA
  • Mandarina Wheat
  • Raspberry
  • IPA

20170528_154530Powell Brewery

Now we’re getting back to the good stuff. Formerly called Powell Street Craft Brewery before randomly changing it to Powell Brewery, these guys make some fantastic beer. The tasting room is an intimate affair, but the place was full of beer nerds and the staff was really friendly.

Flight:

  • Old Jalopy
  • Ode to Citra
  • Dive Bomb
  • Cumulus Lupulus

Andina

Andina is East Van’s new kid on the block. Founded by Columbian/Canadian brothers, Andina has a distinctly South american influence, with Hispanic music playing, Andean food on offer and much more. It’s a very different experience and a lot of fun!

Flight:

  • Monita – Blonde IPA
  • Andina Session Ale
  • Totuma – Kölsch
  • Mapalé – Milk Stout

Doan’s

Do you like rye? Because Doan’s has all of the rye! I love these guys. Lots of solid German-style beers with a twist and a tiny but fun tasting room.

Flight:

  • Rye IPA
  • Altbier
  • Kölsch
  • Doan’s German IPA #3

Coal Harbour

Dang! they don’t have a tasting room. Come on guys! Get on that!

IMG_20170528_165412Storm

Storm brewing is one of the oldest breweries in East Vancouver and also one of the sketchiest. That’s kind of what I love about the place though. It has an odd smell and you drink beer out of plastic cups by donation. They’re really capturing the East Van vibe. 😉

Oh god, the beer! I love how they have a beer labeled as a cinnamon bun ale and it will actually taste like a cinnamon bun. They are not fucking around. It’s like black magic!

  • Root Of All Evil
  • Cinnamon Bun Ale
  • Vanilla Whiskey Stout
  • Raspberry Apple Ale
  • Old Fashioned Ale
  • Storm Damage

Bomber

After those big Storm beers, I was a little tipsy and I dropped my phone. It’s a Galaxy S7 Edge, so the case did little to protect it from the impact. Oh well, just a casualty of my war on my liver.

Next up was another East Van Classic. Bomber has a decent size tasting room with a bar and ample seating. I love being able to watch people brew through the glass behind the bar.

Flight:

  • Red India Session Ale
  • Marzen
  • ESB
  • Pilsner

20170528_181301Callister / Boombox / Lightheart / Real Cask

This one is cheating a bit. Callister is a sort of brewery incubator. It’s four breweries operating out of one location, so I’m counting it as four!

I love the variety you get in this place. every brewery has a very distinct style. Sorry to the other guys, but Boombox was my favourite! Sadly they’ve now moved on, but I was lucky enough to try some of the leftover beers at Farmhouse Fest a couple of weeks ago!

Flight:

  • Short N’ Stout (Callister)
  • Sabroso (Lightheart)
  • Blood Moon (Real Cask)
  • Tropic Thunder (Boombox)

Off the Rail

At first glance, you wouldn’t think there was a tasting room here, but after wandering up the stairs to the second floor you will find a really nice little tasting lounge that looks down on the neighborhood.

Flight:

  • Equinox ISA
  • Raybuck Red Ale
  • Belt Up ESB
  • Classic Pale Ale

Luppolo

Luppolo is an Italian-inspired brewery with a warm and inviting tasting room with an inviting rustic feel to it. The beer isn’t really Italian-style, but a mix of different styles from across the globe.

Flight:

  • Hoppy Rye Saison
  • West Coast Farmhouse Ale
  • Table Beer w/ Peach
  • Black Lime Gose

20170528_185041Strange Fellows

Another favourite of mine, Strange Fellows specializes in creative takes on traditional styles. They brew lots of wild ales, sours, IPAs with experimental hops, and more. I’m actually a member of their Fellowship club, so get access to lots of rare barre-aged beers not available to the public.

Flight:

  • Saison De Printemps
  • Cyclhops Bramling Cross IPA
  • El Jefe
  • Guardian White IPA

Central City

Central City has an impressive custom built production facility out in Surrey that is almost as big as some of the macro brew facilities. They have a nice beer tasting bar, retail store, and cocktail bar right in the lobby.

Glass:

  • Thor’s hammer

Steel & Oak

Another favourite. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad beer from S&O. The tasting room is more of a bar than anything. You don’t get to see much of the production side of things, but the atmosphere is always good.

Flight:

  • Radler
  • Red pilsner
  • Dark Lager
  • Smoked Lager

Dageraad

Oh wow! The last time I came to Dageraad, the tasting room was ridiculously small, but they’ve since built a new one that is gorgeous and incredibly spacious. I’d have spent more time here if they we’re closing in five minutes!

Glass:

  • 10° (2017)

20170528_210239Deep Cove

My friend Greg then drove me up to North Vancouver. I don’t know what I would have done without him. I’d have been screwed!

This place had a swanky-ass tasting room with barrels all over the place and a gin still in the corner. I’ve never tried their beer before, but they had some pretty good choices.
Flight:

  • Picnic Apricot IPA
  • The Crawl Stout
  • Scout Rye IPA
  • Yuzu Wit

Bridge Brewing

Probably the most well-known North Van brewery. The tasting room is small, but cozy, which I kind of like. Some of the fancy swanky restaurant ones feel artificial to me.

Glass:

  • Oat ISA

Greenleaf

This place had a nice little tasting room and patio. This was the first time I’ve friend their beer, so I had to go with something special.

Glass:

  • 2 Years Oak Aged Brett

Black Kettle

This place has a nice little tasting room that is right is smack bad in the middle of the brewery. Well, not as bad as Storm, but close. It’s cool to see all of the tanks around you. The beer is so-so.

Glass:

  • White IPA

20170528_212853Hearthstone

Heathstone is a great brewery with a really nice restaurant and bar attached to it. They put out some really unique beers and try a few things that no one else does locally.

Glass:

  • Chocolate Milk Stout

Craft Beer Market

Not a brewery, but holy cow, this place has an insane amount of taps and amazing food. This was the best way to end the night!

Glass:

  • Mountain View Black Currant Sour

Day Three

My last day! My friend steven picked me up and we hit the last few stops on the way to the ferry.

20170529_113307Four Winds Brewing

What better way to start the day than drinking Four Winds and eating delicious tacos? Four Winds is my favourite BC brewery and perhaps one of the best in Canada. I’ve never had a beer from them that was less than excellent!

Glasses:

  • Elementary Lager
  • Wild Marmalade Farmhouse // Coolship Collaboration Series 04/04

Fuggles & Warlock

Fuggles! I am a huge geek, so how can I not love this place with all of its nerdy decorations and old school video game machines. I wish I could have stayed all day.

Flight:

  • Yuzu
  • The Last Fruit Salad
  • Takumi Saskatoon Berry Wheat Sour
  • Personas

Britannia Brewing

One last stop on the way to the ferry. Basically another restaurant that brews some beer. The beer wasn’t bad, though.

Glass:

  • King of the Sea Saison

And done! I arrived at 11 a.m. on friday and left at 11 a.m. on Monday. 43 breweries and a craft beer bar. I’m not sure how I did that.

I even went out on a date when I got home and had a few more beer!