Parallel 49 Ugly Sweater Milk Stout

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…

The Pumpkining – Granville Island Brewing

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…

Parallel 49 Salty Scot

This 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…

Stanley Park Brewery Wit

This 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…

Parallel 49 Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

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…

Parallel 49 Old Boy

This 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…

Steamworks Brewery Blitzen

This 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…

Stanley Park Brun

This 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…

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…

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…