Saturday, 14 June 2014

Persephone Brewing's American Pale Ale

BREWERY:
Persephone Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Gibsons, British Columbia

STYLE:
American Pale Ale

COLOR:
Light Copper

ALCOHOL:
5.5% @ 33 IBU's



Persephone (per-sef-any) Brewing Company is a new(er) brewery that's located in one of my favorite locations within a day trip from my house.  Gibsons, on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast should be very fortunate to have a brewery of this caliber located right in their own back yard.  Not only do they brew great quality beer, they use British Columbia produced grains and they even grow their own hops on their 11 acre property.  They've reduced their carbon footprint in a way that I'm sure that other new breweries will follow.

Their American Pale is not your average pale ale.  In my opinion, it's more of a hop forward pale ale.  The citrus aroma bursts out like a slap in the face.  Right away the hoppyness hits you but it's not heavy at all.  The bite is perfectly laid out like a well planned taste bud attack.  It has a medium malt flavour that is smooth and and easy flowing.  The finish also very smooth with a light - medium aftertaste.

People often bypass Pale Ales because they all taste the same and there's never any variety.  Do NOT bypass this one because I know that you'll love it and change your opinion about Pale Ales.  Persephone Brewing Company hit it out of the ball park on this one.  Now, my only thought is... when can I get a chance to visit their brewery.  Hopefully soon.    

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Central City's New Red Racer Copper Ale

BREWERY:
Central City Brewing

LOCATION:
Surrey, British Columbia

STYLE:
Amber Ale

COLOR:
Copper (obviously)

ALCOHOL:
5% @ 23 IBU



Ok Ladies and Gentlemen, I have some major news from Central City Brewing.  The first news is major and the second news...meh, not so much.  So lets get started on the major news shall we?

Central City has introduced a new beer to their Red Racer Brand.  It's called their  Copper Ale.  It's a great looking can but to me it looks way too complicated.  But the flavor of this beer is anything but complicated. It has a really good caramel aroma that you can smell right away.  No need to dig deep on this one.  It's a light tasting beer that is very smooth and easy tasting.  It's full bodied with a really pronounced caramel malt taste. The finish is very clean with little aftertaste.

Central City is know for their beer.  The majority of the beer that they brew are hoppy.  (IPA, ESB Etc..) Their Copper Ale is a nice break from the norm.  This beer is very easy to drink and it will definitely please the masses.  The Copper Ale is a far cry from their other Red Racer brand beers.  This beer would be a perfect summer beer and, since it's sold in cans, it would make the ultimate camping beer.

Ok so here's the second news coming out of Central City Brewing.  I'm sure that you're all aware of Central City's Red Racer ESB right?  Well, they've rebranded their ESB and now it's called Red Racer India Style Red Ale.  Why you ask? Here's the answer.. Just like the Copper Ale, they want to make it sound more appetizing to the general public.  To me that's understandable because in Surrey, BC, the masses like their Canadian, Bud and all that shit.  People need to embrace Central City and the beer that they brew because they'll realize that Craft Beer is taking over and Breweries like Central City, have way better alternatives to the B|ig Brand Breweries.

The next time you walk in to your local Liquor Store, you'll soon realize that both cans look almost exactly the same.  So be careful when choosing either the Copper Ale or the India Style Red Ale (formally know and their ESB). I hope that they'll redesign at least one of them so that the can does not look alike and does not look so frickin' busy.









Thursday, 29 May 2014

Burnside India Pale Ale

BREWERY:
Burnside Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Portland, Oregon

STYLE:
India Pale Ale (IPA)

COLOR:
Foggy Light Copper (unfiltered)

ALCOHOL:
6.6% @ 84 IBUs



It's been awhile since I talked about an American Craft Beer.  So I figured why not talk about one that's brewed from the mecca of craft beer, Portland Oregon.  Just in case you're wondering, all of Burnside Brewing's beers are unfiltered.  This leaves a beer foggy but full of flavor.  This one in particular is flavorful from the start right to the end.

You don't have to dig deep to get the citrus aroma.  Smells like a freshly cut grapefruit.  I would love to make the aroma of this beer to an air freshener, that's how good it is.  It has a great malt taste that is smooth and refreshing, especially for an IPA.  It has 6 different varieties of hops making it a beer with a medium bite and heavy aftertaste.  The finish is smooth leaving you wanting more.

This is a great IPA and one that you should not miss.  It's full bodied but it won't leave you full in the stomach.  Give it a try and I'm sure that you'll go back for more.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Coast Trail Pale Ale

BREWERY:
Canuck Empire Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Aldergrove, British Columbia

STYLE:
Pale Ale

COLOR:
Copper

ALCOHOL:
5.5%



I do have to say that I've never heard of this brewery.  Are they going to compete with Dead Frog Brewery? It must be really new considering they only have one beer out right now.  However, their planned lineup of brews is making me very exited because if their Pale Ale is any foreshadowing, then this brewery is going to make a name for itself pretty quick.

But before I get to that, here is what's up and coming from this brewery:
*Backcountry IPA - Arriving this spring. (65 IBUs btw)
*Stargazer Chamomile Wheat - Summer of this year
*Pumpkin Patch Ale - Arriving this fall

The aroma is not subtle at all, in fact, you don't even have to dig deep to get the citrus smell. When I smelled it, I knew that this was going to be a nice Pale Ale.  The taste is almost like your typical Pale Ale except that this full body Pale Ale has a slight sweetness to it.  It has a really good bite which is also really refreshing. The finish is very smooth and the aftertaste is just above the medium mark.  One thing that I do know about this brewery is that the brewmaster, Brandon Wiggins, is a long time Homebrewer.  I think with this introduction to his brewing knowledge, I cannot wait to try his other brews.  Great job guys, I look forward to visiting your brewery very soon.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

White Rock Beach Brewing Company

BREWERY:
White Rock Beach Brewing Co.

LOCATION:
15181 Russell Ave. White Rock, BC <-- Map

TAPS:
3

GROWLERS:
1L and 1.89L


Finally there's another brewery that has opened up south of the Fraser River.  Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to White Rock Beach Brewing Company.  A new brewery that was started by 3 high school teachers who had a passion for beer.  And who are these guys? Let's say hello to: Peter Adams - Media, Bill Haddow - Marketing, and Rob Kwalhem - Brewmaster.

What's on tap
 Rob has been a brewing beer at home for about 20 years and has perfected his skill in the art of homebrewing.  He always let his neighbors try the batches that he brewed. (wish I was his neighbor)  He happens to be a perfectionist and you can obviously tell by the beer that he brews.

When I walked in, right away I was greeted by Peter and Bill while Rob was busy in the back brewing up the liquid gold.  Obviously these guys enjoy teaching but when you meet them, you can tell right away that they have a passion for beer and want to spread their passion for beer to everyone that walks in.  It was originally a dream of theirs.  But their drive and determination to start their own brewery finally came true on the weekend of April 25th 2014.  A day I'm sure that they'll never forget.

Here are the three beers that they have on tap:
West Beach 'Fruit' (Pale Ale)
BEER:
West Beach 'Fruit'

STYLE:
Pale Ale

COLOR:
Light Copper

ALCOHOL:
5%

So what they say about this beer is that it's an American Pale Ale but it's style is of and English Bitter.  When I first smelled this beer, the 'Fruit' Aroma was very subtle.  I had to dig my nose in it a few times to actually get the citrus aroma.  This beer is light and very refreshing.  It has a smooth finish and very little aftertaste.  I really enjoyed this beer.  It would make a really great summer beer.

Border Porter
BEER:
Border Porter

STYLE:
Porter

COLOR:
Deep Copper

ALCOHOL:
7.4%

I've never had a porter that wasn't called "imperial" that was 7%.  However, this porter was really good.  It actually had a refreshing quality to it making it a great beer for not only fall, but for the spring season as well.  It has a slight fruity aroma with a great chocolate taste.  It's very smooth and has a medium bitterness.  If you would like to try this beer, get to the brewery as soon as you can because in about a month they are going to take it off the taps and introduce a wheat beer just in time for the summer.  I know I'll be there next week to fill up my growler with this porter.

East Beach 'Nut'
BEER:
East Beach 'Nut'

STYLE:
BROWN ALE

COLOR:
Dark Copper

ALCOHOL:
4.9%

I love the aroma of this beer.  You can definitely smell the caramel and subtle chocolate flavours.  It's a full bodied beer that's smooth and easy tasting.  The finish is also very smooth and has a medium aftertaste.  Not a bad beer at all.

Potential Expansion unit. (next door)
I was very impressed by White Rock Beach Brewing Company. These guys had a dream and made it happen.  The nicest guys you'll ever meet and they have so much support by, not only me and the craft beer revolution, but also the local residences and business because after all, White Rock is a place to move to when you want to die.  I can't wait for these guys to tweak their recipes of their existing brews and brew more exiting flavours.  I'm also looking forward to seeing their beers on tap at the local restaurants.  But don't be so eager to see their beers on a shelf at your local beer store because the brewery is very, very small.  Nano small.  Actually, smaller than that.  However, they do have their lounge license and are currently looking to expand their brewery.  One option is right next door where the unit is the same size giving them all the space they need to satisfy the soon to be growing customers.

If you haven't checked out their brewery yet, you need to as soon as you can because the 3 guys that run the place, are the nicest guys you'll meet and will make sure that your visit is a memorable one.
Cheers guys! and good luck!  I'm looking forward to the years ahead when your brewery will start winning awards.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Garibaldi Honey Pale Ale

BREWERY:
Howe Sound Brewing

LOCATION:
Squamish, British Columbia

STYLE:
Pale Ale

COLOR:
Light Copper

ALCOHOL:
5%



I don't usually talk about Pale Ales because, to me, they all taste pretty much the same.  I love it when Breweries change it up a bit and Howe Sound Brewing has done just that.  You can smell the honey but it's very faint.  But just because the smell of honey is faint doesn't mean that it's a bland tasting beer.  Far from it. The taste is very refreshing with a little sharpness to it that makes it a really great beer to have on a hot day instead of your typical summer beer.  The aftertaste is very smooth and that's where the honey comes into play.  The taste of this beer is amazing with the honey flavor and it's lightly hopped making it a well balanced beer.  The aftertaste isn't bitter at all.  In fact, it leaves a great scent in your mouth (no jokes please :) If you're like me and think that all Pale Ales all taste the same, try this one.  You'll be glad you did.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Solitaire

BREWERY:
Surlie Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Abbotsford, British Columbia

STYLE:
Porter (smells and tastes like one)

COLOR:
Dark Copper

ALCOHOL:
6.5%



First off, before I begin taking about this beer, I just want to welcome Abbotsford, to the British Columbia Craft Beer Revolution.  Surlie Brewing is the newest brewery to open up around these parts.  So new that even their website is under construction.  But, if they wanted to make an entrance, they did a really good job with their first bottle beer, Solitaire.  The caramel aroma really stands out when you pour it in the glass.  The smell has a really good combination of sweet and savory.  The body of the beer is really smooth (porter quality) with a slight smokey flavor.  The smoothness also carries on to the finish with only a slight bitterness.  The aftertaste lingers but it's really enjoyable.  I think that this beer is a really good introduction to Surlie Brewing and I'm really looking forward to what else they have in their arsenal.  Great job guys!

Monday, 3 March 2014

Kettle Valley Amber Ale

BREWERY:
The Tin Whistle Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Penticton, British Columbia

STYLE:
Amber Ale

COLOR:
Reddish/Copper

ALCOHOL:
5%



I've had a few beers from The Tin Whistle Brewing Company so I expected great things from this beer.  I've had a lot of amber ales so I expected this one to compete.  However, it's a good beer but it's not as good as the other Amber Ales that I've had.  First off, the aroma is hard to find.  You really have to dig deep to get the subtle sweet smell.  It has a pretty good caramel malt flavor but it's not as deep as they say it is.  It's crisp and it's clean at the beginning but it has a bitterness that I didn't expect from an Amber Ale.  The taste is smooth but the aftertaste lingers for quite some time.  Too long for my taste.  I'll tell you one thing, this Amber Ale is one that you can bypass.  But, if you like ESBs and want to try one that is different and sweeter than the rest, then this beer is right for you.  

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Olde Sailor's India Pale Ale

BREWERY:
Mission Springs Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Mission, British Columbia

STYLE:
India Pale Ale (IPA)

COLOR:
Copper

ALCOHOL:
5.5%



The first time I ever went to Mission Springs pub was when I was about 20.  Yes it was many moons ago.  But that was the time when I was drinking the regular crap beer (Canadian, Kokanee etc)  The food was great and the staff was really friendly.  To be honest, that was the last time I ever went there.  Not that I had a bad experience, it was because it was too far for me to go to enjoy a brew.  When they started to bottle their beer, I was really excited.  Finally their beer came to me.

When I walked into my local liquor store and saw this IPA, I just had to have it.  I felt nostalgic.  At first the aroma was a little hard to detect.  You really have to stick your nose deep into the glass to smell the citrus scent.  However, what I did was that I poured it in a glass and let it breath for a bit.  I let it warm up.  Once it was warm that's when I really took in the aroma.  It has a really good deep malt flavor.  Slightly nutty and chocolaty. This beer is what I (and others) like to call a hop bomb.  Seriously, the IBU of this beer is 75!  Damn that's hoppy.  And bitter to boot.  It's really smooth and goes down really easy.  The finish is not sharp but the aftertaste (75 IBUs remember) lingers for a while.  This beer is perfect for those who like IPA's and want to try out an Imperial version (imperial IPA, double IPA etc.)  It's a great go between the two.