The Blackcurrant Copper Kettle Sour by Moon Under Water Brewery is quite fitting for Valentine’s Day with it’s beautiful ruby-red hue. Aroma is tart with a hint of juicy blackcurrant. Flavour is tart upfront, softening into wheat then tart again with blackcurrant prominent on the finish. Very delicate with subtle flavours that come out with each sip. I paired it with some peppered goat cheese from Salt Spring Island Cheese and it’s a match made in heaven! ❤🍻🐐❤
I get a little jealous of people living in Port Moody because of the crazy talent they have on Brewer’s Row. Yellow Dog Brewing has impressed me already with their hoppy offerings, but High Five Hazy IPA has blown me away. Part of the NE trend that’s taking over local IPAs, this beer is very aromatic with notes of citrus, and tropical fruit – think guava, papaya, passionfruit – with a little hit of dankness. A soft, almost creamy mouthfeel the malts provide an understaded background for juicy hop flavour that leads into lightly lingering bitterness. Definitely glad I picked up a 4-pack as this goes goes down very easy. I’d say this is a great bridge into the new style of IPA while retaining the bitter bite that hop heads love. High fives to High Five 🙌!
Just completed the final assignment for my English course and I needed something to celebrate! The Eastern IPA from @fieldhousebrewing was the perfect answer. Made with exotic Australian and New Zealand hops the aroma and taste are juicy and fruity with lots of tropical notes. A light body and moderate bitter finish give this NE IPA a bit of a edge, which I have noticed I’ve been missing in other versions of this style. Overall it is refreshing and flavourful without being cloying… The kind of beer I could absolutely drink several in a row of!
I am normally down for weird and creative beers but Twin Sails Hot Take has crossed a line with me. The premise is it’s super hoppy but has zero IBUs (this apparently is not quite accurate it does have some). Done by using late-addition hopping/dry hopping to impart the aroma and flavour but not the bitterness. It smells amazing; fresh, juicy, hints of tropical and a little bit dank. A sip reveals some bright fruity characteristics then… Nothing. It’s just gone. Maybe a teeny tiny little touch of hops on the finish but pretty miniscule at any rate. If anything, Twin Sails has proven what benefit bitterness gives to a beer. I’m finishing up with their Slam Dank just to get some taste back in my mouth!
Checking out the Sour IPA at @yellowdogbeer on my @brewersrow mini-crawl tonight. I get quite a bit of funk on the aroma with a twist of citrus/fruit. The flavour is not what I was expecting at all. The sour factor isn’t mouth-puckering (like many of this style are), it’s more of a deep and funky flavour, heavy on the juice and a mildly bitter finish. I like it, but it’s not a sour in the sense of what my palate is used to, overall the funk reminds me of yogurt rather than sour patch kids.
In between dinner #1 (Green Lettuce) and dinner #2 (Forage) we came to Brewers Row (in Port Moody) to get some beers. Currently enjoying a Slam Dank IPA at Twin Sails Brewing. Not only does the name make me giggle, but the aroma and flavour are delightful as well. Dank indeed with lots of bright, tropical aroma and a good balance of juicy to bitter in the flavour. Yum!
The best thing about staying in Delta is the close proximity to Four Winds Brewing. I’m having the Blódberg Nordic Saison, Scott is having the Triplicity Belgian Tripel. The Blódberg is a collab with Borg Brugghús from Iceland. Foedre Aged with Arctic Thyme and Plums. Not sure I’m getting much thyme off this but I can taste the plum, and it’s a nice mix of sweet and sour with complex favours that build as I get more into it. Another gold star to Four Winds!
A week ago I drank this Cherry Barrel-Aged Old Ale from Kettle River Brewing, and enjoyed it so much I totally forgot to post it! I have really been enjoying having a creative barrel program so close to home, and I just learned today that a portion of sales from this series also goes towards preserving the Kettle River. I liked these guys already but seeing as how one of my top 5 campsites in BC is along its shores I’m even more inclined to keep drinking! Okay – back to the beer – I can’t tell you much more about the process that’s not already evident from the name. Pours dark reddish-brown with thick, creamy head. Aroma was mostly boozey with dark fruit, the cherry wasn’t distinct but definitely present. The flavour was rich and deep, with a slight caramel finish and again dark fruits as the dominant flavour. One downside was a slight metallic element to the beer, but it wasn’t detrimental to the overall experience.
I love me a bright and juicy IPA, or a tart sour, but there are some days where what I really, really want is a rich and deep beer that tastes like dessert. Raven’s Hot Chocolate Porter really takes care of that craving with vanilla and cacao nibs playing up the mix of dark, chocolate and caramel malts. Pours almost black with quickly dispersing head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla and caramel with just a touch of roasted malt. Flavour proceeds the same way. Very satisfying, and I like that it’s only 6% as sometimes these rich beers can lean towards the boozey end, this one left me still able to carry on with the rest of my day.
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Cannery Brewing’s Kindling Breakfast Stout sure packs a punch for a “morning” beer at 8%. Loaded with coffee from Red Beard Cafe, which was roasted slightly longer than usual specifically for this collaboration in order to play up the roasty toasty flavours of the malts. Creamy, dark and thick with bold up front coffee flavour followed by hints of dark chocolate and caramel. It feels pretty luxurious for a snowy New Years Morning!