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.