Brews Brothers — First 4

 Well this took longer than expected, but I am finally going to let you know what some of these beers taste like. For some reason now that school is over I feel like I have less time to write, I’m not sure how that happened.

The first beer I tried was the Table Saison by Dageraad & Parallel 49.

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I was very exited to try this one because I hadn’t tried anything by Dageraad before. Overall I was pretty disappointed in it. It definitely wasn’t the best one to start with.

It smells like a Saison- wheat, citrus, and a hint of hops.

It is way too carbonated for my liking. The first few sips were hard to get down because of all the carbonation. Once you get past that, the flavor is nice. It’s not the best Saison I’ve ever had but it’s not the worst either.

Overall this beer is decent but disappointing.

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Next I tried the collaboration with Strom Brewery & Parallel 49. This one is a Basil IPA.

Storm Basil IPA Storm Basil IPA

I thought this one sounded kind of gross so I figured I would get it out of the way early on. How good could bitter basil be? Much to my surprise this one ended up being one of my favorites. I could drink this all day every day.

It smells how you would expect it to, like basil and hops.

It tastes like sweet basil ending on a bitter note. It reminds me of home made pizza for some reason. Its a unique flavor that I wish more breweries would play with.

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The next 2 that I tried were pretty average. They were good but nothing amazing, not like the one above.

Townsite Brewery & Parallel 49 – Black Table Saison

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A black saison was new to me so this one was interesting. I am a big saison fan but I had no idea what to expect from this one. The smell surprised me; it smells very malty with a hint of toffee and chocolate.

It tasted pretty similar to a coffee or chocolate beer. It has a slight bitterness balanced by a slight sweetness near the end.

This beer was a little weird for my liking. It’s flavour is nice but if I’m in a saison mood this is not what I would pick up. If I was in a coffee or chocolate beer mood this one would fit better, but I would probably choose an actual espresso beer over this one.

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Brassneck Brewery & Parallel 49– Post Classic Pilsner

Rossland IPA

I’m not a pilsner fan but this one was pretty good. I usually find pilsners kind of bland and boring- maybe I just haven’t tried the right one yet.

This pilsner, like all the others I have tried, smells like beer. I have no other way to describe it.

The flavour is very mild and very smooth. It ends on a nice bitter note. Overall it’s a decent beer but not something that I would look for when I’m shopping for beer.

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Hopefully you got our hands on this mixer, if you did let me know which ones you liked the best

Brews Brothers Collaboration Pack

    I tried to get this up as soon as possible so that you could still get this pack, so hopefully I did. This pack is a collaboration between 12 BC brewery and Parallel 49.

Brews Brothers Collab

As I try each beer I’ll let you know what I think but by the time I do this pack may not be available, so if you want to try it you should buy it ASAP. I’ve tried 2 so far, one was pretty average but the other was incredible so even if you only buy it for that beer it’ll be worth it.

Brews Brothers Collab

Brassneck – Post- Classic Pilsner
Persephone- N2 Smoked Brown Ale
Storm- Basil IPA

Brews Brothers Collab

Firehall- Barrel aged Smoked Scotch Ale
Steel & Oak- Kellerbier
Bomber- Red IPA

Brews Brothers Collab

Yellow Dog- Belgium IPA
Townsite- Black Table Saison
Dageraad- Table Saison

Brews Brothers Collab

Moon Under Water- Triple Hop Belgium Tripel
Roseland IPA
Powell Street- Imperial IPA

I’ll keep you updated as I drink the beers.

 Let me know if you’ve tried any of them and which ones are your favourite.

Don’t forget the Punch!

I’m a sucker for fruit beer and anything that reminds me of my favorite time, summer. Living in Vancouver, I usually don’t get a very good summer. It’s called Raincouver for a reason. But I crave summer all year round.  From the second I saw this label I knew I had to try it.

Russell Brewery – Surrey, BC

russell Punch bowl IPA    russell Punch bowl IPA     russell Punch bowl IPA

Punch Bowl IPA

Size: 650ml
IBU: 65
ALC/VOL: 6.5%
Price: $5.95 – Port Moody Liquor Store

Punch bowl smells like fruit punch which is no surprise. It has lots of different citrus notes with a hint of melon.

The first thing you notice about this beer is that it’s bitter. Under the bitterness is a layer of fruit. It’s really cool because you can actually feel the layers if that makes sense – like that gum.

For me it has the perfect level of bitterness for an IPA. I don’t like a bitterness that attacks me so if you like that than this one might not be bitter enough for you. The fruit balances the bitterness really well, that’s how I like my IPA’s – Bitter and fruity.

Here we have the perfect patio beer, now all we need is some perfect patio weather.

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Howe Sound Super Jupiter

It’s a little early for summer beers but since the weather has been so nice that’s all I’ve been in the mood for lately.  Super Jupiter is an amazing spring/summer beer. This is only the third beer I’ve had by Howe Sound but it has inspired me to try more.

Howe Sound– Squamish BC

Super Jupiter ISA    Super Jupiter ISA

Super Jupiter Indian Session Ale

Size: 1L
Price: $9.95 – Port Moody Liquor Store
IBU: 45
Alc/Vol: 4.5%

I bought this beer purely for the label – Marketing gets me every time!

Super Jupiter smells like your average ISA Sweet Citrus, and hops but the taste is out of this world, I guess that’s why it’s called Super Jupiter.

Super Jupiter starts and ends on a bitter note with and amazing sweet citrus sandwiched in between. The citrus flavours distinctly grapefruit – it tastes like the smell of grapefruit more than the actual taste of the fruit.

I will definitely be buying this beer again and you should too! Make sure you get it while it’s available because this beauty is a spring seasonal.

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Coffee Coffee Coffee- oh and beer

Recently I’ve been on an Espresso/Coffee beer kick. I’m a coffee addict so any beer that has a fake or mild coffee flavor isn’t going to get a high rating but I will mention if that’s why I’m giving it a low rating. I’ve only found stouts and porters that have appealed to me so far. I saw 1 IPA but on its list of flavours it was all over the place. Let me know if you have tried any other good ones!

For this post I’ve tried 3 beers; one from Elysian, Tofino, and Phillips

Elysian Brewery– Seattle. WA

Split Shot          Split Shot

Split Shot Milk Stout

Size: 650ml
Alc/Vol: 5.6%
Price: $7.95 – Port Moody Liquor Store

The Split Shot has a distinct sweet coffee smell with undertones of malt. This beer is a deep espresso colour with a full body. It tastes like espresso with a perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. The espresso in this beer tastes genuine- not like fake coffee flavouring. The split shot is like a latte, full and delicious but you can only finish one- or at least I can only finish one. I’ve seen this beer in a 6 pack but the bomber bottle is the perfect size.

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Tofino Brewery– Tofino, BC

Tofino Coffee Porter                Tofino Coffee Porter

Size: 650ml
Alc/Vol: 6.5%
Price: $7.50 – Port Moody Liquor Store

This coffee porter smells like my kind of mocha with a perfect balance of coffee and chocolate.

It’s flavour is amazing. I love coffee and that’s exactly what this tastes like, with just a hint of chocolate. The chocolate doesn’t taste fake which is something that I always look for in a beer. I can’t stand fake chocolate! If you’re a mocha fan than this is a good choice for you. This beer isn’t as full as the Elysian Split Shot but it is still packed full of delicious coffee flavour. Like the Split shot this one has a perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness

Both me and Meagan agree that this is at the top of our porter list

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Dylan and Jose, who are not coffee fans, agree that this beer is good but not one of theirs favourites.

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Phillips Brewery– Vancouver, BC

Black Jackal Stout

Size: 650ml
Alc/Vol: 8%

Black Jackal Imperial Coffee Stout

I’ll start by saying I love Phillips beer- but this one was very disappointing. If I wasn’t a huge coffee fan I think I would have liked this beer more; but since I was hoping for that intense coffee flavour this beer fell flat for me.

It doesn’t taste like an 8% beer- in a good way but it is very light for a stout. When I choose to drink a stout I hope for that full and rich body. It starts very bitter with little flavour and ends on a slight coffee note.

Overall I was disappointed in this beer but there are so many amazing Phillips beers out there so I’m not to heart broken. Both me and Meagan agreed that we wouldn’t drink this one again unless there weren’t other options- it’s still better than bud!

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Dylan and Jose liked this one a bit more than us because they don’t really like coffee. This beer was much more subtle than the previous ones.

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Green Leaf Pale Ale & IPA

Have you ever wanted to have a beer where LOVE is the first ingredient? Than here are some beers for you!

Green Leaf Animal Farm IPA         Green Leaf beer

I was given these beers so I’m not sure of pricing yet but when I find them I will let you know where and how much.

Green Leaf Brewery – North Vancouver, BC

Pie Hole Pale Ale

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Size: 650ml
Alc/Vol: 5.8%
IBU: 40

This beer looks and smells like summer. It has a fresh, citrus, fresh hop smell with a hint of coriander or something similar. I fell in love with this beer at first sip. It is definitely a hop forward pale ale but it is perfectly balanced with a citrus blast. The Pie Hole Pale Ale can stand on its own or you can add a slice of orange or grapefruit if you’re a fan of  fruit garnishes.

I would definitely buy this beer again.

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My mom, who is not a beer drinker also loved this beer and would buy it often.

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Dylan- who is a fan of generic German beer said it was very nice but not something he could drink all the time- It was to fruity for him.

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Animal Farm IPA

Green Leaf Animal Farm IPA        Green Leaf Animal Farm IPA         Green Leaf Animal Farm IPA

Size: 650ml
Alc/Vol: 7.5%
IBU: 65

Animal farm smells very hoppy and bitter. It tastes just like it smells- happy with a hint of oats and it ends on a surprising sweet note. While this beer is bitter, it’s not an over powering bitterness. It is perfectly balanced and easy to drink. This is one of the best IPA’s I have tasted- I don’t like IPA’s that attack my mouth with bitterness so if that’s your thing than this might be to mild for you.

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My mom hated this beer and couldn’t finish it.

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Dylan wasn’t a fan either.

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Old Yale – Sasquatch Stout

Voted Canada’s best beer for 2014 this stout really lives up to its name. Stouts aren’t my favorite beers but this one was calling my name for two reasons.
1. It has a Sasquatch on it- and who doesn’t like that guy?!
2. It’s fierce reputation.

Old Yale Brewery – Chilliwack, BC

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Size: 650ml
Price: $6.75- Maple Ridge Liquor Store
IBU: 25
Alc/Vol:
5%

This stout is DARK- the bottle describes it as pitch black and they are right on the mark. The colour is very fitting for a beer that is named after such an illusive and mysterious creature. It smells like a Starbucks mocha; well I’m sure it smells like any mocha but for some reason Starbucks pops into my mind when I smell this beer.

I tasted this beer with Dylan who is a big fan of pilsners. He thought this beer smelt like mocha and pie crust- in a good way.

 For me the coffee flavour is very prominent in the sasquatch stout with just a hint of chocolate. The chocolate in this stout tastes like the real deal which is very exciting. I find so many beers with chocolate end up tasting artificial and cheap but that’s definitely not the case with this one. This stout is a bit too sweet for my liking but I find that most stouts are. Despite the sweetness I would buy this beer again when I am in a dessert mood- which is pretty much all the time.

Dylan is not a huge fan of stouts but he found this one to be quite enjoyable. He said that it tastes like burnt baking, but in a good way.

Both of us would buy this again and you should too! Even if your not a huge stout fan, you will still enjoy this beer if you like mochas.

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Driftwood- Entangled Hopfenweisse

I bought this beer a while ago and I just got a chance to try it, so I’m sorry if you can’t find it anywhere. It was just such a cool beer I felt like I still had to write about it.

Driftwood – Victoria, BC

 Driftwood - Entangled.            Driftwood - Entangled.             Driftwood - Entangled

Size: 650ml
Alc/Vol: 7%

If you don’t know who Driftwood is you should get acquainted with their beers, I haven’t had one I didn’t love. The Entangled hopfenweisse is no exception.

The label was enough to make me buy this beer, in the winter when everything is dark it’s kind of nice to see something so bright and vibrant.

Entangled smells like and explosion of citrus, wheat, and tropical fruit. It smells very sweet- in a good way. This beer starts off tasting sweet and fruity and fades into a pleasant bitterness. It has hints of tropical fruit, citrus, and banana.

If you can’t afford to take a sunny vacation right now just grab one of these and picture yourself at the beach- the only thing you’ll be missing is the tan.

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Lusty Stout

Moody Ales is a brewery that opened a few months ago in my neighborhood; since it opened its been on my ever-growing list of breweries and beers to try. Since it’s winter I figured I may as well start with a heavy one – the Lusty Stout

Moody Ales – Port Moody, BC

Moody Ales Lusty

Size: 650ml
Price: $6.75 – Port Moody Liquor Store
Alc/Vol: 5.8%
IBU: 38

My family and I Tried this one in Whistler over New Year’s and we all felt the same way about this beer – It fell flat, Literally. This stout starts off with a fake chocolate flavor and ends on a slightly bitter note. The chocolate tastes like those horrible dollar store Easter eggs, you know the ones! There is not much flavor to this beer. The only good thing about this beer was its smell. It smelled like delicious dark chocolate and oatmeal. So if your one of those people that likes to just smell things instead of consuming them then this is the perfect beer for you!

Dylan says “Whatever it has, I don’t want”

My dad says “Bland, flat”

Jose “FLAT”

Overall the family and I would not drink this beer again

1/5

Having said that I still have high hopes for this brewery and will definitely check out their other beers. I hear the chipper blonde ale is AMAZING.

The Hobbit Beer- Gollum Pilsner & Smaug Stout

Like many of you I have a not so secret love for the Hobbit- well the book anyways. Don’t even get me started on the movies. I was in Whistler over the New Year’s weekend with my family, who are also fans of the Hobbit, so I figured this was the perfect time to try the new beers.

** I’ve noticed that a lot of people are trying to figure out where to buy these. Sorry non Canadians but they are only available in Canada. Central city has a where to buy app on their website. It crashes for me and is totally useless but maybe it will work better for you “Where to Buy” . Otherwise your best bet would be to call your local stores. If your in the area Port Moody Liquor Store still has lots!

Central City Brewery from Surrey, BC just released the Gollum precious Pilsner and the Smug Stout last week and they should be releasing the Bolg Belgium Style Tripel soon.

Gollum Precious Pilsner

Gollum Pils - The hobbit

Size: 650ml
Alc/Vol: 5%
IBU: 30
Price: $9.00 – Port Moody Liquor Store

This beer was hard for me to judge. It smells like citrus and wheat which is the type of beer I typically like. The flavour is nice, it starts off with citrus and fades into a pleasant bitterness. If this beer came out in a Jug in the bar I’d be pretty happy with it but it was a $9 bottle from the liquor store. If this beers was $5 I would buy it again but that this price point I’d say its only worth it of you are REALLY into The Hobbit.

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Smaug Stout

 Smaug Stout - the hobbit

Size: 650ml
Alc/Vol: 8.5%
IBU: 65
Price: $9.00 –Port Moody Liquor Store

This Dark beer smells like dark chocolate with a hint of smoke. The most noticeable taste in this stout is luscious dark chocolate that then fades into a Smokey bitterness which is to be expected from a stout that was inspired by a dragon. I think the Smokey flavour is from the chili peppers that are brewed into this beer but I wouldn’t have guessed that it was chili if I hadn’t read the label. Overall I liked this beer and I would buy it again if it wasn’t a limited time buy.

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Overall I’d say these beers are a lot like the Hobbit Movie – we all had high hopes but the end product doesn’t quite live up to the hyped expectations.