Hoyne Brewing: Helios Dortmunder Golden Lager

Time and time again I’ve been disappointed by breweries that tout their beverage as “German” style. More often than not they ultimately try to appeal to the new era palate by tossing in some Cascade or Citra hops and kicking it up a notch. If I buy something to experience a little bit of “Germany”, […]

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Dageraad Blonde: Too complex for words

I’ve seen their beers here and there but have never actually tried them. Doing a bit of research about Dageraad Brewing, I learned that the founder was a fan of Belgian beer and wanted to brew a little bit of Belgium right here in the Lower Mainland. Belgian beers are the epitome of extremes with […]

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Trading Post: Black IPA

It was a cold and stormy November afternoon, and the east wind was blowing hard against my rain drenched face. Seeking shelter against the violence that only Mother Nature can inflict, I found comfort within the hospitable walls of the Trading Post Brewing and Tasting Room. Wandering up to the counter, I was welcomed by […]

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Off the Rail: Raybuck Irish Ale

With the weather getting rather chilly, Mama Panda was in no mood to sit fireside in the back 40. Having little desire to hang out by the fire with only my thoughts and a frosty beverage, I ended up at the tying bench with an Off The Rail Raybuck Irish Ale. Yeast Van Micro Off […]

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Steamworks: Winter Lager, Angry Rob, and Sturgeon

The mighty Fraser River hosts some of the biggest fresh water creatures known to mankind – the incredible white sturgeon. It’s not unusual to hook into a fish that’s 9′ long or more, but when they hit 12′ you’ve just hitched that wagon to a freight train and you’re going for a ride! In this […]

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Black Kettle Brewing Co.: Could this be a hidden gem?

The other day I stumbled across Black Kettle Brewing, tucked away at the end of an industrial building, around the corner from a client in North Vancouver. Excited by the prospect that I had found a hidden gem of a micro brewery perhaps only the locals talked about. Checking online, the reviews looked promising, so […]

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Fernie Brewing: Pumpkin Brown Ale

“Time heals all wounds” – except for those with a distaste for pumpkin beer. For haters it is a mortal wound that only a double IPA or Category 12 Zombie Repellant Ale 2 can remedy. Not holding the same disdain, pumpkin ales, for me, parallel Christmas carols because they’re fun at first, but quickly lose […]

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Townsite Brewing: Lil’ Red 3.0

The pride of Powell River, Townsite Brewing has certainly not sided on the safe path when it comes to their lineup of brews. Having savoured their Zwarte Wheat I can tell you first hand they are an adventurous group. Tart like a tiger Pouring the light brown beverage, the tan foamy head dominated my glass. […]

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