Thanks Perry and CTV News at Noon for inviting us to share our beer love with your audience today. Here are the beers we talked about and a few key links for those interested in learning more about the wonderful world of craft beer in Vancouver.
Steamworks Pilsner 5% – pilsner is a style of lager, it took its name from the city of Pilsen where it originated (what is now the Czech republic). It has a sweet (hint of lemon) taste with moderate hop bitterness, it is crisp and clean and easy drinking. This beer won best in show at the recent BC Craft Beer Awards and also took gold in the lager/pilsner category.
Vancouver Island Iron Plow Harvest Marzen 5.8% – Marzen (or March) is a pale lager which originated in Bavaria, Germany. It was usually cellared until late summer with the remaining bottles being consumed during Oktoberfest. It is the perfect beer to celebrate the end of summer and transition into fall. It is medium bodied, with a malty flavor and clean dry finish. This one took bronze in the special lager category.
Parallel 49 Schadenfreude Pumpkin Oktoberfest 5% – this is a seasonal beer by this new brewery, brewed by Graham With. This is one of many Pumpkin ales available currently. It has a malty backbone, lovely spice aroma and flavour (often ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and allspice ), a thicker consistency and a mild bitterness. Some brewers use real pumpkin, puree or flavouring in their pumpkin beer. This beer took bronze in the Specialty beer category.
Red Racer IPA of Central City Brewing 6.5% – this is our go to beer and our favourite beer in BC. India Pale Ales are the hoppiest of all ales. It has a prominent hop aroma with a citrusy, floral and piney flavor. Full of bitterness and a little dry and puckering in the mouth. It collected bronze in in the IPA category, with its brother - Central City Imperial IPA - collecting silver.
Driftwood Sartori Harvest IPA 7% - this is a seasonal IPA, brewed with fresh (used within 24 hours of being picked) Centennial hops sourced from its namesake Sartori Cedar Ranch hops farm and barley malted by artisanal maltster Mike Doehnel in Saanich. This beer was very limited in its release and if you didn’t get a chance to taste it, you are out of luck. This beer is a beautiful balance of colour (coppery gold hue), with an herbal green nose and flavour, and a full hop fruitness which lingers into a nice bitter finish.
Townsite Brewing PowTown Porter 5.8% - This is a dark style beer named from its popularity with street and river porters in London in the 18th C. This beer, brewed by Cedric Dauchot of this fairly new brewery in Powell River, boasts roasted malts, a little chocolate/coffee aroma and flavor, nice bitterness and a smooth consistency. This one took gold in the Porter/Brown category.
Refer to these organizations and resources if you want to partake in more craft beer events or learn more about it.
CAMRA BC and CAMRA Vancouver
BC Craft Beer Month
BC Beer Guide
And check out our Links page for places to drink, breweries and brewpubs, beer blogs and other places of interest.