Boundary Brewing & Crannog Ales Not For Nazis Brown Ale

This beer is a very special beer, in several different ways. First of all, this beer marks my slow return to blogging after a long break taken to deal with a cancer diagnosis – if you’re wondering I beat it, and am just being monitored for the next year to make sure it’s gone!

Secondly, this beer has a BIG backstory. Just today I saw Boundary Brewing and Crannog Ales featured on Reddit for their ongoing battle against fascism, which inspired this beer. Pacific Beer Chat did a great interview with Oliver from Boundary if you want the full details, but the short version is that they hung an anti-fascist flag in the brewery in support of the victims of the hate-crime that occurred in Charlottesville last year. Someone from a local militia group got wind of this and rallied a massive online right-wing troll-fest against Boundary for hanging this flag. A shitstorm of threats and criticism occurred, whereby Crannog spoke up, having had the same flag hung in their own brewery for some time, and became embroiled in the fracas. United against fascists, trolls and sharing a great love of good beer as the dust settled the two breweries came together to brew this AWESOME Not For Nazis Nut Brown Ale.

The beer stands on it’s own accord. Call it whatever you want, it’s still delicious. Dark, full bodied with a rich and creamy mouth feel, it walks a fine line between a brown ale and a stout. It’s like Backhand of God’s cheeky little brother. I haven’t even finished my glass yet and I want more. Get it in ya!

The story doesn’t end here yet. Boundary and Crannog sent this beer into the LDB for distribution, whereby the LDB accused the beer of promoting violence and hatred – exactly what both breweries had brewed the beer to fight against. There is a connotation of some anti-fascist groups as being violent in their attacks on Nazis. Now, not all anti-fa groups are violent, and some may say promoting violence against a group that wants to eliminate other groups is justified. Either way, they had to pull the beer and re-market it under the new name of Auntie Fa Brown Ale. 

On February 23, I visited Oliver at Boundary Brewing and brought home a bottle of the Not For Nazis to review later on that day. On my drive back home a pick-up truck lost control and crossed into my lane. I avoided a fatal head-on collision by turning into the narrow ditch, but still my car was totaled and I was trapped unconscious in my vehicle for over an hour while emergency crews worked to free my leg that was pinned inside of twisted metal. I spent two weeks in the hospital recovering from major surgery on a complex fractures of my leg and arm, plus a major concussion and other injuries. I’m home now, but have a long road to recovery ahead of me.

Back to the beer, though, I was asking while in ER and high out of my mind what happened to my beer – I was so upset that it had been crushed in the wreckage. My Dad went to my car a few weeks later to try and pull what he could out of it… And sitting there among the crumpled metal and broken plastic was THIS VERY BOTTLE, not a single scratch on it!!! This beer cannot be stopped, not by Nazis, not by the LDB and not even by a Ford F350!


Superflux Colour and Shape IPA

Nothing like Superflux’s Colour and Shape IPA to lift your spirits on a grey day. I love the amazing fruit notes that explode out of the can when you crack it open; passion fruit, guava, grapefruit, mango, orange, pineapple… Ah, liquid sunshine! The body is soft and full and the flavour is more of the same with a bitter kick reminiscent of bitter citrus with a touch of dank. I think I’m in love all over again!


Yellow Dog Brewing Alpha Dog Fresh Hop Pale Ale

I finally got back on the fresh hop train. I took a break from chasing these down over the past few years as it had seemed like the “new” pumpkin beer – everyone has got one but they aren’t always very good. Got a tip from a hops-loving friend that Yellow Dog’s Alpha Dog Pale Ale was the top fresh hop beer. I don’t have anything to compare it with (I’ve been too busy drinking stouts) but I can definitely agree that it’s super tasty. Nice light body, malts have a presence and the aroma and flavour are very pronounced. Citrus, grass and tropical fruit notes are in the nose; the flavour moves from slightly sweet to slightly bitter, is very fruity and has a fresh, juicy element that you just can’t get from dry hopping. Maybe this is sold out where you are, but Penticton still has a few packs in the fridge at Jaks by Cherry Lane Mall!


Andina Brewing Kölsch

Hit up Andina Brewing Co. today for some Ceviche de Pescado and a Kölsch! Best ceviche I’ve had this far north, and the beer was mighty tasty! The overall vibe here was great, I really enjoyed the South American twist on the craft brewery aesthetic. A lovely bit of sunshine on a grey fall day!


Modern Times Black House Nitro Coconut

I was going to buy some BC beers, but when I saw this Nitro Stout from Modern Times (out of Los Angeles, California) I knew I had to have it. Black House is their standard coffee-oatmeal stout, and this version kicks it up a notch with cocoa nibs, coconut and nitrogen. So smooth, so dark, so roasty. It’s like a liquid version of my favourite dark chocolate coconut bar, plus it has booze! A nice break from the crazy hoppy trend I’ve been enjoying lately, I am definitely ready for stout season this winter!!


Twin Sails and Brasserie Dunham Le Quench Du Soif Wild IPA

This collab from Brasserie Dunham and Twin Sails is gorgeous! Le Quench Du Soif is crisp and light for 7% ABV with a fruity and funky flavour. There is a lot going on with this beer, but it maintains a balance making it highly drinkable. Extra points for super cool label art!


Beau’s All Natural Buenos Días Gruit Ale

Beau’s All Natural Brewing (from Ontario) sent me some beers to try a few weeks ago and I had saved the Buenos Días Gruit Ale for last as it sounded the most intriguing. Made using orange peel, lime peel, lime juice and a touch of sea salt, and just a touch of hops. On the very first sip there isn’t much going on, just crisp malt flavour and a good amount of carbonation. Then the citrus flavours develop with a little bitter bite, finishing off slightly salty. Reminds me of drinking a Corona right after doing a proper tequila shot, minus the tequila. Very refreshing and an interesting concept, but this might be a bit out there flavour wise for traditionalists.


Red Collar Brewing Impeachment Wit

Can I give a shout out to how wonderful it is that more and more breweries are able to offer their delicious brews in cans for the outdoor-minded craft beer drinker? Cuz bombers and swimming holes just don’t mix. Impeachment from @redcollarbrewing is a superbly refreshing wheat beer that really delivers the peach experience with a light sweetness and full body, played off with just a hint of bitterness to keep it crisp. Dee-lish!


Nelson Brewing Co. Happy Camper Summer Ale

After a busy June and July I’ve finally escaped for a weekend in the woods. Figured the perfect accompaniment is Happy Camper Summer Ale from Nelson Brewing Company. Light bodied and refreshing, finishing with bright fruit flavours and just enough bitterness to balance things out. At 4.2% it’s also a good choice for lazy afternoons! (Camper pictured is our friend’s, we are in the OG Coleman tent ⛺)


Sorry I’ve been absent…

Ugh I’m super behind on all my posts! I’ve been drinking rad beers with cool people all over BC and I want to tell you all about it, I really do! I blame the deer that hit my car last weekend, the wicked hangover this weekend, and well I guess summer in general for tempting me to go hiking and swimming rather than blogging inside. I do have some good stories though, and I’m going to hopefully get my rear in gear soon and update! Meanwhile here’s a shot of the delicious and hazy hefeweizen I was drinking last weekend at Torchlight Brewing during their grand opening at their new location in Nelson, BC. Super fun party and super good beer!