Category Archives: Beer

Red Truck Bottled Up

Until last year you had to head to a pub or buy a keg in order to get your hands on some Red Truck Beer, but luckily for us, they’ve now bottled and canned up their brews for maximum portability. Stay tuned for their new brewery, opening in the very near future.

Red Truck Ale
An ale with a copper-hue and aromas of caramel, malt, pine and herbs. Toasty toffee, evergreen and slight hops. A nice sessional sipping beer with average carbonation.

Lager
A golden yellow hued beer with aromas of biscuit, sweet caramel, and citrus.  Clean and crisp with a malt taste, and some floral and grassy notes.

IPA
A nicely balanced IPA with mineral, floral and grapefruit aromas. Flavours include citrus, pine, caramel malt, toffee and biscuit; somewhat sweet on entry with a moderate bitter finish. Great with tandoori chicken.

Dead Frog Brewery Big Stump Spruce Gold Ale

Big-Stump_bottle-shotSourcing Sitka spruce tips that were harvested 10 minutes from their brewery, Dead Frog pays homage to Captain Cook’s arrival in Nootka Sound with this newly released ale.

A great summer sipper that is far less scary than it’s name (it’s only slightly BIG), this beer pours golden with nice foam head and does have that pine aroma coming in from the tips and hops, along with citrus hints.  Sips of the ale show citrus, nuts, caramel with a nice smooth and pleasantly bitter finish.

FROM THE BREWERY – Specs

o   Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast, spruce tips
o   Malts: Prairie 2-Row, Maris Otter, Cara 30, White Wheat
o   Hops: Simcoe, Northern Brewer, Cascade
o   IBU: 26
o   ABV: 6.5%
o   Suggested serving temperature: 12-14°C
o   Recommended glass: English pint, dimpled mug
o   Suggested food pairing: Asiago or Manchego cheese, pesto pasta, cedar plank salmon, Greek roasted lamb

Dead Frog’s unpasteurized and preservative-free, limited release Big Stump Spruce Golden Ale is available in GLSs and LRSs in 650ml bottles with a suggested retail price of $5.50. It can be ordered from the LDB using SKU #831602. It will also be available on draught in select pubs and restaurants.

About Dead Frog Brewery

Dead Frog is an independent, award-winning craft brewery in Aldergrove, British Columbia. In January 2006, Derrick and Donna Smith launched Dead Frog with the goal of producing premium quality beer marketed with fun and innovative branding. Today, Dead Frog produces six core brews including the Classic Nut Brown Ale, Seasonal Citrus Wit, and Fearless IPA, along with one limited release beer monthly.

Tree Brewing Rickshaw Raspberry IPA

tree brewing raspberryVery cool that raspberry and IPA are tastes I most always adore and are appearing at the same time in this bottle from Tree Brewing. Aroma shows definite raspberry along with some citrus, bread and caramel notes. The raspberries don’t mask the hops but are definitely present. It’s slightly bitter with citrus and earthiness.

Worked well with our grilled pork sausages and mixed green salad. Perf for Summer sipping as it’s not too high in alcohol so you can still get back on your bike and ride on!

IBU 64
Malts Pilsner/Vienna
Hops Perle/Centennial/Cascade/Columbus/Crystal
5.6% alcohol
$6.50ish

Tree Brewing Red Wood Wine Barrel Aged Ale

red woodWhat? Wine and beer? Well sort of. This lovely ale arrived in it’s pretty package and I was excited to get it chilled and sample. The Kelowna Brewery sourced some local wine barrels and then aged there Hop Head IPA within them. It’s amber in colour and has aromas of toasty oak, citrus notes, toffee, coffee, and a nutty presence.

It’s a flavourful number that did not disappoint. Noticeable hops, somewhat toasty with some mocha characteristics. Nice and creamy. Please pour me more!

 

Steamworks Brassneck Firewalker Collaboration Ale

collab beerThis collaboration between brewmasters at Steamworks and Brassneck pours black with a lasting tan head that sticks right to the glass with telltale signs of how big a sip I took! Smells of smoked malt, cocoa, dried fruits with some meaty notes. On the palate it’s again smoky, nutty, with a tad of bitterness on the finish. I’d like to try this with BBQ ribs.

 

 

Phillips Ginger Beer

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Well it’s a sunny Friday and I have a little bit of a sore throat so I’ve been told ginger is good for it and hence it’s time to crack the Phillips Brewing Co. Ginger Beer. Lots of ginger in this one so I am on the right track. Pours hazy copper with a head that soon dissipated. Aromas of freshly grated and crystallized ginger along with fresh bread and herbal notes. Lots of ginger dominating the palate with a bit of caramel; very refreshing with a spicy finish. Great with sushi or ceviche of course.

 

 

Four Winds Brewing Company Saison

four winds saisonThis beer is amber in colour with a slight haziness and creamy head. On the nose there is a hint of grass and herbs, floral, apricot and banana aromas. Rather mild body with a sweet entry lots of fruity flavours, some pepper, coriander, wheat and a slightly bitter finish. Well balanced. Brewed with aromatic Noble hops, finished with Pacific Northwest Cascade hops and fermented hot.

Alcohol 6.5%
IBU 30

Bridge Brewing Company Wunderbar Kolsch

kolsch-300x300Kolsch’s are a German hybrid of ale and lager and this one tows the line using German noble hops in the fermentation. Cloudy and straw in colour, the beer is malty and yeasty like fresh baked bread with some fruity and floral and citrus notes on the palate. Medium body, with mild herby bitterness and carbonation. Well balanced at ABV 5% IBU 27.

Perfect with grilled sausages served up with sauerkraut!

Tofino Brewing Blond Ale

Blonde-Ale-260Headed down to Feast Tofino Dock Festival and grabbed a mug of Tofino Brewing Blonde Ale to cheer on the release of a rehabilitated octopus! Had it in a plastic cup which is by no means the best way to drink it, but it worked dockside and was less of a hazard if you happened to have a few. It has a pale straw colour with a nice floral, biscuit and fruity aromas and on the palate clean peachy, orange bitters taste with abit of light hoppiness and mild carbonation.

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Tofino Brewing Tuff Session Ale

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As they say, when in Rome! Our latest journey to the far west coast brought us to Tofino where Tofino Brewing rules the taps. Had to grab a growler of this Tuff Session Ale and will be going back for some bottles for the ride home. This sessionable ale (meaning lower in alcohol allowing you a longer drinking session) is made with Pacific Northwest Hops and brewed right in town. The colour is bright copper and with aromas of chocolate, malt, and floral with somewhat yeasty notes. This dangerously easy drinking brew is crisp with a medium body and a dry slightly hoppy finish. Pour me another one!

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