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.