Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Nov 27–Dec 3 (36 Beers)

My girlfriend came back from a month-long trip to visit her family in El Salvador, so we had some drinking to catch up on. There were about another 30 beers sampled at the Christmas Craft Beer Show, but I didn’t take notes on those.

Bottles & Cans

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Palate Wrecker by Green Flash Brewing Company

Big notes of pine and citrus over a bready malt base. Lots of earthy bitterness that lingers.

Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel by Ravens Brewing Company

Definite notes of dark fruit and spices but only a touch of oak. It finished much too sweet.

Craft Made Pilsner by Phillips Brewing Company

Pretty standard North American pils. Slightly floral nose, touch of corn on the palate, and a crisp body.

Trainwreck (2017) by Phillips Brewing Company

Really good this year. Smooth and rich with notes of vanilla, currants, bourbon, and oak.

Trainwreck Barley Wine (2016) by Phillips Brewing Company

Aged one year. Not as much bourbon character as 2017. Glad they went back to barrels.

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Accusation Ale by Phillips Brewing Company

Nice example of the ESB style. Very malt-forward and light with a touch of bitterness in the finish.

Jitter Buzz by Central City Brewers + Distillers

Decent coffee stout with some roasty malt and espresso flavour. A little thin though.

Piñata Squamata by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Really nice notes of pineapple and coconut in this Piña colada milkshake IPA. The lactose got a little chunky after settling, but rolling the bottle helped.

Sumo In A Sidecar by Evil Twin Brewing

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This is a really weird idea for a beer—an apricot and umami IPA. The apricot came through but the umami made it taste a little off.

Levadura by Stillwater Artisanal

This was a really refreshing gose with notes of agave and lime plus a touch of salt.

Mexi-Gose by Odin Brewing Company

Another lightly tart Gose with notes of lime and sea salt.

Gose To Hollywood by To Øl

Really nice Gose with a touch of tropical fruit and salt. Refreshing and smooth.

G&T Gose by Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Really refreshing with notes of lemon, lime, juniper, and salt.

Pêche Mel Scaldis by Brasserie Dubuisson

Loads of fresh peach flavour with a touch of spice from the yeast. It also had hints of brandy.

Anxiety Ale (2017) by Phillips Brewing Company

Fruity esters and spicy phenols from the Belgian yeast complemented by a touch of sweetness and mild flavour from the added beetroots. I’m really glad they brought back the beets for this year’s version.

Gary’s Chocolate Orange by Central City Brewers + Distillers

Whistler Winter Dunkel this ain’t. Nothing on the nose, but hints of orange peel and bitter chocolate on the palate.

SeaQuench Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Really thirst-quenching with tons of lime, black pepper, and sea salt. Finished really dry. Mix of three different styles that comes off like a saison.

Mera Belga by Cadejo Brewing Company

My girlfriend brought me this back from El Salvador. Not a bad Belgian Wit. It had a nice wheaty body with a touch of honey, vanilla, and zesty citrus.

Prescription Porter by Barkerville Brewing Co.

A nice chocolate porter with a mild touch of chili heat. Not sure if the chaga mushrooms added much though and the body was a little thin.

Blackberry Wheat (Sour Series) by Townsite Brewing

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Really nice blackberry flavour over a grainy malt base. Just the right level of tartness and the wheat offsets the sweetness.

Space Armadillo by Twin Sails Brewing

This Sacc trois IPA was really juicy with notes of mango, pineapple, citrus and a touch of light funk. It finished nice and dry. I’ve missed this beer.

Woke Up Like This by Twin Sails Brewing

Big toasty and roasty notes of coffee, chocolate, and nuts, with a smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

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Pineapple, stone fruits, berries, lemon. This so amazingly juicy and smooth.

Juxtapose by Four Winds Brewing

Nice subtle funkiness to compliment the tropical fruit notes from the hops and the yeast esters.

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.IMG_20171201_143040

Home Ec by Twin Sails Brewing

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

2×4 DIPA by Melvin Brewing

Incredibly hop-forward with notes of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit over a light malt base. Lingering grassy bitterness.

Honorary non-Craft Mentnion

Pilsener of El Salvador by Industrias La Constancia

The national beer of El Salvador. Crisp body with a touch of corn. Not mind-blowing, but way better than Corona.

Green Flash Tap takeover at Smiths Pub

West Coast IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company

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Floral nose, with tropical fruit, citrus, and pine on the palate. Nice bitter finish.

Le Freak by Green Flash Brewing Company 

A nice hoppy triple with citrusy hops and spicy phenols.

Imperial IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company

Piney resin, a touch of tropical fruit and grapefruit, and a boatload of dankness.

Soul Style by Green Flash Brewing Company

A nicely balanced IPA with a tropical fruit nose accompanied by citrus notes and biscuit malt.

Tangerine Soul Style IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company

Really nicely expressed tangerine to complement the hops. Nice and juicy.

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Passion Fruit Kicker by Green Flash Brewing Company

Slight citric acidity with notes of passion fruit and a hint of tea with a rich mouthfeel and a dry finish.

Ideal Belgique by Green Flash Brewing Company

Beautiful roasty malt, with fruity esters, spicy phenols and hops, and brown sugar. Rich and decadent.

Divine Belgique by Green Flash Brewing Company

Fruity esters and spicy phenols complemented by zesty European hops over a rich pale malt base.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Twin Sails Releases Batch #2 of Vapor Wave

Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody BC has released a second batch of Vapor Wave.

The first batch was only on release in their tasting room but this second one will go on general release as part of their white can limited release series. 

Vapor Wave is a tart IPA brewed with acidified malt and sea salt to give it a complex flavour profile that is both balanced and refreshing. It was then triple dry hopped with Citra, Motueka, and Mandarina Bavaria.

They have 25 cases available in the tasting room with no limit and this beer will be heading out to select private liquor stores next week.

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Photo courtesy of Twin Sails Brewing

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

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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

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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.

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

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

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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

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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.

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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.

Full Line-Up of Twin Sails Anniversary Releases Revealed

To Mark their 2nd Anniversary, Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody BC has released eight new beers!

Here’s the details I could find, though I have no info on limits or what will be available at retail vs. the tasting room.

As If… (6.2%)

Field House collaboration—Dry Hopped Sour IPA – Fermented on lacto in Chardonnay barrels for 3 months, then blended and dry hopped before bottle conditioning.

Bière de Crabe (6.1%)

Brasserie Dunham collaboration—Saison w/ Crab, lemon peel & sea salt (bottle conditioned).

Random Thoughts

Farmhouse Saison Aged 1yr in freshly emptied Okanagan red wine barrels over Cherries & Blackberries (bottle conditioned).

Space Armadillo

Double IPA with Galaxy and Amarillo hops and Sacch Trois yeast

Boysen the Hood (8.3%)

Double IPA with Galaxy and Amarillo hops and Sacch Trois yeast

Home EC (9.1%)

Sons of Vancouver collaboration. Tiramisu Imperial Stout.

1yr Bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout

1yr Rum barrel aged Imperial Con Leche

 

BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of Nov 6–12

It’s a bit of a quieter week this week, but we have a couple of big birthday bashes for both Twin Sails and Riot Brewing happening. I wish I could make it out! 😦

Do you have an event happening this week that you’d like to see listed? Feel free to send me an email.

For a full list of events, check out my Facebook page

Nov 7: Fernie Brewing Tap Takeover

Malone’s Social Lounge & Taphouse, Vancouver, BC; 17:00–20:00

We are excited to have Fernie Brewing joining us for another great TAP TAKEOVER!

From 5pm November 7th, Fernie Brewing will be here to answer questions and give you a unique insight into their beers and brewery.

There will also be prizes for some lucky guests and live music!

Event page

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Nov 7: Twin Sails Brewing & Hook Seabar Pairing Dinner

Hook Seabar, Vancouver, BC; 19:00–23:00

We are pairing up with Hook Seabar to launch our Brasserie Dunham collaboration brew, Bière de Crabe, a saison brewed with lemon peel, sea salt & 50lbs of dungeness crab.

The dinner will be hosted by Twin Sails Brewing owners, Clay and Cody Allmin, and will feature a three course menu by Hook’s Head Chef, Kayla Dhaliwall. If you haven’t had a chance to eat at Hook yet, we can assure you, it’s amazing! We will be pairing each course with one of our anniversary release beers, see below for details.
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Welcome Beer – Dat Juice – Citra Pale Ale
Appetizer – Space Armadillo DIPA w/ Sacch Trois yeast
Main Course – Bière de Crabe – Saison w/ Crab, Lemon Zest, Sea Salt
Dessert – 1yr Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Con Leche
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Event page

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Nov 9: Depth Charge Launch and Tasting Event

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

Join us to celebrate the launch DEPTH CHARGE, a limited annual release 750mL bottle, at Tudor House Liquor Store’s Cellar Room!

Tastings are an informal, drop-in style event. This event is open to the public.

The Lighthouse Brewing Company brewing team will be present to
answer questions and guide tastings. A tasting glass will be provided free with purchase.

Food pairings will be provided by Melting Moments Catering.

Event page

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Nov 10: Twin Sails Brewing 2yr Anniversary Party

Twin Sails Brewing, Port Moody, BC; 17:00–23:00

Twin Sails Brewing is turning 2 and to celebrate, we’re throwing a party!

We’ll be releasing eight beers for the night:
– Space Armadillo – Double IPA
– Bosyen The Hood – Boysenberry Double Milkshake IPA
– Dry Hopped Sour IPA – Fermented on lacto in Chardonnay barrels for 3 months, then blended and dry hopped before bottle conditioning (Field House Collaboration)
– Bière de Crabe – Saison w/ Crab, lemon peel & sea salt (Dunham Collaboration)
– Farmhouse Saison – Aged 1yr in red wine barrels on Cherries & Blackberries
– Home Ec – Tiramisu Imperial Stout (SOV collaboration)
– 1yr Bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout
– 1yr Rum barrel aged Imperial Con Leche

We’ll also have brewery tours, live music from Nick Hope, food trucks, and local treats.

Space will be limited so please arrive early.

Bottle & Can release info will be posted closer to the date.

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Nov 10: Tasting with Powell Street, Steel & Oak, and Moody Ales

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

Craft Beer Tasting with Powell Street, Steel & Oak and Moody Ales Breweries.

Friday November 10th
4-8pm
Hosted by Andrew Simpson
tastings are downstairs, no need to register

Phone: 250-590-5883
Email: tudorlrsevents@gmail.com

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Nov 10: Riot Brewing Co. Turns 1!

Riot Brewing Co., Chemainus, BC; 16:00–20:00

It’s our birthday and we want you all to help us celebrate!
Open house in production!
Happy Hour pricing!
Casks!
New Anniversary Beer!
Past seasonal beers!
BBQ!
Live Music!
Swag!
Shuttle Service!
Stay tuned for more exciting details!

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