Oops I suck!

WordPress told me that I haven’t posted anything in 2 months, and wow time has gone fast! Finding the time to sit down and write is hard when it’s gorgeous and sunny everyday but since it’s also scorching hot at night I figure why not use the time I should be sleeping.

These last few months while I haven’t been writing, I have been working, beaching, camping, and of course drinking beer. I don’t have any reviews for you because I wasn’t planning on writing this however I do have my top 5 favourite beers of the summer.

1. Yellow Dog Indian Session Belgium Ale – This is my go-to whenever I’m out. If It’s on tap, I’m drinking it.

2. Parallel 49 Apricotopus sour wheat ale- Apricot beer is my usual summer drink but this one is on another level. I wish they would make this all year round!

3. Phillips Electric Unicorn White IPA- If you’re in the mood for an IPA but you don’t want all the bitterness this is the one to go for. It’s light but still tastes like an IPA.

4. Pyramid Apricot wheat ale- This one is a long time summer favourite. It’s easy to drink and embodies summer perfectly.

5. Elysian Superfuzz- How can you say no to a blood orange IPA? I know I can’t.

Those are my top 5, and they were not easy to choose! there are so many amazing beers out there.

What are your favourite summer beers?

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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