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 ⛺)
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!
Hey! I’ve been slacking off on my beer reviews, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been drinking! This past weekend I toured all 5 of Kelowna’s current breweries, including Boundary Brewing Company, who are making some AMAZING beer right now! As Kelowna’s youngest brewery they are making better beer than some of the places that have been established there for decades. This is the Falconer’s Flight Pale Ale, made with a light touch on the hops which results in a very flavourful yet balanced beer. I also really enjoyed the Rauchbeer, sometimes this style can wind up as a smokebomb but again balance seems to be something Boundary is focusing on in their beers. The location is a bit out of the way, but trust me, it’s worth it!
I am a big Saison fan, the more into beer I get the more I appreciate the funky, spicy and complex flavours from this style. I’m also a big fan of Steamworks and Dageraad, so imagine my excitement when this collaboration, East of East Van, was released! A mild spring evening seemed like the perfect time to crack this open! I’m not sure if it’s the additions or the beer itself but this is one of the best Saisons I’ve had in a while; nice creamy body with a hint of citrusy tartness blending into spicy complexity. I can pick out the white pepper addition, it blends in nicely with the yeast, but leaves a lingering spice behind. The other addition is black lime, which I looked up and is basically a dried lime. I’m not confident I know what that tastes like, but there does seem to be a citrus element that is over and above what I’d expect from a Saison. It’s the kind of beer I immediately want more of… Good thing I remembered seeing a bottle or two hanging out at the local shop, I’m gonna get a few more to enjoy later on this summer!
Trying out the Alternative Facts “Zero IBU’ IPA from @redcollarbrewing. First my server described it as a zero bitter IPA (close, but I’d have to be a real snob to argue that point) and then the bartender who brought it over described it as a zero hop IPA which I really wanted to correct but he left to quickly. I’ve read a bit about how zero IBU is a misnomer as dry-hop and flame-out only beers still carry an IBU count, albiet much lower than their traditionally brewed counterparts. This beer has a punchy fruit aroma – mix of citrus, tropical and tree fruit. The flavour matches up pretty closely with the aroma. There is a bitter element in the finish of this beer, it is light compared with a traditional IPA, but absolutely present. I actually like this version of zero IBU better than the Twin Sails version I had a few months ago because this beer does have a residual bitterness, which makes it less true to “style” but much more satisfying to drink.
I love cassis and I also love a nice Saison, so this bottle from Powell Beer was already looking like a winner even before I cracked the bottle. An aroma of deep black currant leads, followed by a peppery note from the Saison yeast. I really enjoyed the fact that while the cassis flavour is definitely present, the spicy Saison character is also given room to express itself and the beer remains quite dry despite the fruit addition. I’ve also had their Mango Saison, which was great but doesn’t quite hit the striking balance between fruit and yeast complexity that is present in the Cassis Saison
First craft beer back in Canada just had to be the experimental tap at Cannery Brewing. Hella Melons is a German-style IPA with, you guessed it, an aroma of melon, and a hint of sweetness in the body. Very flavourful and interesting, but I’m not sure I’d have more than one glass in a sitting. Nice to be back at the local watering hole, Friday night this is the place to be in Penticton!
It’s not often I spy Modern Times Beer in my hood, so when I caught sight of City of The Sun I knew I had to have it. Described as a juicy, hoppy IPA “redolent of melon, lime, and citrus notes” due to the use of Mosaic, Motueka and Experimental Hop 05256. This smells like heaven on a hot day. Super flavourful and I can totally pick out the melon and lime in the taste as well as the aroma. The nice, crisp malt profile totally lets the hops do all the work, and it finishes off with a moderate bitterness. Delightful! Here’s hoping that this isn’t a one off and I’ll get the chance to access more from Modern Times at my local!
I’m writing one of the last papers ever for my degree (yay!) and needed to take a procrastination break. Luckily I had a can of Hop Chowdah, the newest release from @cannerybrewing . Penticton has finally joined the rest of the continent on the hazy, juicy, New England IPA trend! Amarillo and Mosaic hops give lots of tropical and stone fruit flavour and aroma. A bit soft in carbonation with a full, smooth body, bitterness is moderate and lingering but not in a dry-your-mouth-out way. I had this as a grapefruit radler this weekend and it was equally delightful as well as easier to tolerate as at 6.5% this beer packs quite a whollop. It’s apparently only a seasonal but if you can drop by and tell Patt you love it maybe we can get them to keep it around!
I had given up hope on tracking down Twin Sails special releases in the South Okanagan, so imagine how thrilled I was when I discovered Lush Crush Pale Ale at my local CB&W, Riverside, while on a random beer run this week! I had no idea this was only 3.8% ABV until I grabbed the 2nd can. The aroma and flavour is full, bright and citrusy, courtesy of Citra and Apollo hops. Malted Oats contribute a smooth mouthfeel and cloudy appearance. A light beer doesn’t skimp on flavour or body is much appreciated by someone who is a fan of big, bold flavour but can’t handle more than a couple 7%ABV IPAs without becoming a total goon. Wish this one was a regular offering, I could see this being delightful for cooling off on hot afternoons!