Category Archives: Beer

Parallel 49 Ugly Sweater Milk Stout

Ugly Sweater

Seasonal ale  is upon us and this little number has both an entertaining label and a rewarding interior. It’s dark brown in colour and has aromas of roast cocoa beans and wood burning fire.  Tastes like coffee, chocolate, hazelnut and caramel and is somewhat creamy.  Finishes smoothly and makes me crave a hearty beef stew perhaps in a mole sauce.

This could work – Beef Enchiladas in mole sauce

 

The Pumpkining – Granville Island Brewing

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This seasonal Belgian ale from Granville Island Brewing is actually made with organic pumpkin puree adding distinct pumpkin notes. There’s a malty caramel aroma and the brew is crisp with slightly sweet, mildly bitter with notes of Christmas spices, and a malty finish.  Love the new labels; don’t let it scare you off.

Works well with roast pork and root vegetable mash.

 

 

Parallel 49 Salty Scot

salty_scot_bottlesThis Salted Caramel Scotch Ale is not surprisingly full of caramel, dried fig and malt flavours and a definite sweetness and mild saltiness.  Lots of buttered caramel on the nose with coffee, vanilla and a marked toastiness.  A good sip for the holiday season and would work well with a nice creme caramel or pumpkin pie for the dessert course or some sharp cheeses post or pre dinner.

Stanley Park Brewery Wit

Stanley-Park-Belgian-WheatThis Belgian-style wheat aged (Witbier = white beer) is golden-straw in colour and hazy from the yeast and wheat that remain in the unfiltered beer.  There are hints of coriander, star anise, malt and lots of fruit, orange peel and citrus in the bottle.  A refreshing beer to sip alongside some fried chicken at a summer picnic.  Stanley Park Brewery is using half the malt sourced from local wheat along with  and is locally owned and operated.

 

 

 

Parallel 49 Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

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A ruby red coloured ale with lots of dark malt, cirtrus and hop aroma and flavour.  They’ve used  late hop additions and dry-hoppying.  There’s a slight bitterness.  A truly enjoyable brew.  Would like to sip this with some buffalo wings.

About Parallel 49:

As a group of craft beer lovers, founders Mike, Nick, and Anthony all set out to turn their passion into a reality. Friends for over 20 years, they “wanted to raise the bar for craft beer establishments in the city, specifically in their own hood.”  They took the plunge and opened up a craft beer specific restaurant in Vancouver, which quickly grew to a popular destination for craft beer lovers in East Van.

The three self-proclaimed “beer geeks” eventually decided to go after their big dream and start their own brewery. They partnered with Michael Tod, a friend with a wealth of experience in the BC craft brewing industry and targeted a brewer to help turn their brewery dream into a reality. Graham With has been assigned as head brewer. Not only an accomplished brewer, Graham has his degree in Chemical Process engineering from the University of British Columbia, and also founded VanBrewers, a network of home brewers with over 200 members.

With their passion for craft beer, these 5 all plan to test the limits with Parallel 49 Brewing Company, brewing up quality craft beers that will bring out the beer fan in all of us. Parallel 49 is proud to be a part of the rapidly growing legacy of craft microbreweries in Vancouver.

Online: www.parallel49brewing.com

Parallel 49 Old Boy

parallel 49This traditional British ale is an made as an ode to the pub beers of England.  A smooth malty beer with caramel, cocoa and light on the hops.  A nice clean beer that works well with red meat dishes such as a stew or pot pie.

About Parallel 49:

As a group of craft beer lovers, founders Mike, Nick, and Anthony all set out to turn their passion into a reality. Friends for over 20 years, they “wanted to raise the bar for craft beer establishments in the city, specifically in their own hood.”  They took the plunge and opened up a craft beer specific restaurant in Vancouver, which quickly grew to a popular destination for craft beer lovers in East Van.

The three self-proclaimed “beer geeks” eventually decided to go after their big dream and start their own brewery. They partnered with Michael Tod, a friend with a wealth of experience in the BC craft brewing industry and targeted a brewer to help turn their brewery dream into a reality. Graham With has been assigned as head brewer. Not only an accomplished brewer, Graham has his degree in Chemical Process engineering from the University of British Columbia, and also founded VanBrewers, a network of home brewers with over 200 members.

With their passion for craft beer, these 5 all plan to test the limits with Parallel 49 Brewing Company, brewing up quality craft beers that will bring out the beer fan in all of us. Parallel 49 is proud to be a part of the rapidly growing legacy of craft microbreweries in Vancouver.

Online: www.parallel49brewing.com

Steamworks Brewery Blitzen

Blitzen_ProductShotThis colourful label was delivered to me by a reindeer over the holidays, but I’ve just cracked open the bottle.  This Winter Ale is an ode to Belgian Tripel.  It’s golden in colour and has aromas of fruit, noticeable citrus, malt and some honey and yeasty notes. This is a beer with medium body, light hoppiness, and a slight amount of bitterness.  I like this with roast chicken and veggies.

About Steamworks Brewing Company:

Founded in 1995, Steamworks Brewing Company has been brewing and serving its own craft beer for nearly 20 years. Named after the famous steam that run through Gastown’s historic steam clock, Steamworks offers distinctive, full-flavoured, award-winning brews. Today Steamworks beer can be found in liquor stores and establishments across B.C., featuring their two award-winning Pilsner and Pale Ale, as well as a number of select craft favourites available in more limited quantities on a seasonal basis.

 

 

 

Stanley Park Brun

Stanley Park Brun ImagesThis Belgian-style dark ale is made with Crystal, Pilsner and Munich malts.  A very clean beer with aromas of caramel, malt and rye bread, cocoa and espresso.  On the palate the beer is balanced, a touch sweet, but not cloyingly so, with some caramel, malt, and coffee notes and a nutty finish.  Pairs well with braised short ribs.  Try these coffee-braised short ribs with ancho chile.  I’ve made them twice and they were much loved.

www.stanleyparkbrewery.ca

About Stanley Park Brewery

Stanley Park Brewery is Canada’s first sustainably-focused brewery and one of the most technologically advanced breweries of its size in North America. Being locally owned and operated is an important distinction and part of our proud heritage which dates back to 1897 when our namesake brewery was established on the south shore of Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park. Our beers, Stanley Park 1897 Amber, Stanley Park Noble Pilsner, and Stanley Park Brun, honour our region’s distinctive past and bring this history to life through historic images and narratives on labels of our craft beer. The future of the environment is at the forefront of everything we do and our Canadian-built wind turbine enables us to harness the power of the wind to brew completely natural beer using much less energy than a regular brewery. For further information, visit www.stanleyparkbrewery.ca. Stanley Park Brewery is owned and operated by Mark Anthony Brands, part of The Mark Anthony Group of Companies, one of North America’s most diversified and successful private beverage Companies focused on the alcohol beverage sector. For more information, visit www.markanthony.com.

Barking Squirrel Lager

This beer is from Hop City in Ontario and I’m rather fond of the branding ; cute and fun.  Inside  this can is an amber lager that is orange in colour and smells of malt and caramel.  The flavours are also malty with sweet caramel  and some mild hops on the finish.  Light body and  a clean taste. 473 ml cans.

Great after a hike, on the patio or as a pre-dinner drink.

About Hop City

Hop City Brewing Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canada’s Moosehead Breweries Limited. Independently operated as a craft brewer, Hop City’s focus is to create and sell world-class quality beer while having as much fun doing so. Today, Hop City brews four beers: Barking Squirrel Lager, Lawn Chair ‘Classic’ Weisse, Happy Hour Pale Ale, and Mr. Huff Persuasion Pilsner. For more information on Hop City Brewing Company visit

www.hopcity.com or at www.facebook.com/HopCityBrewingCo

Granville Island Robson Street Hefeweizen

While I’ve been known to sip the occasional beer when the weather is cloudy, the summer is the time when I really crave something refreshing, crisp and bubbly in a glass.  Sure champagne will do, but after, or during a day at the lake I really crave a beer. With summer attempting to show its face, Granville Island Brewery has just released their Robson Street Hefeweizen.  This unfiltered wheat ale quenches my thirst with a nice nutty, malty and wheat flavours.  It’s got hints of hops and clove and is finishes smoothly.   Not too big a beer, perfect for a mostly wine drinking gal.