|my lovingly-filled tasting glass|
|High fives for CAMRA Vancouver!|
Driftwood - Belle Royale
This seemed to be a crowd favourite, and I can understand why. This "strong Belgian cherry ale" (9% ABV) has fantastic, lip-puckering cherry and bold malt flavours, with a sweet undertone. It's rich, malty and fruity - three things I love in a beer. I could see this pairing amazingly with dessert - think chocolate and cherries.
Storm - Rootbeer
As Storm's website warns right off the bat, they make intense, hand-crafted beer. And their root beer is no exception. This one stood out more in a "this is the most unusual beer I've ever tasted in my life" than a "yum, I'd buy a pint" way. It was intensely sweet and almost syrupy, with a huge black licorice finish. Not sure I could get through a pint, but I was eager to try it and and I'm glad I did. Props to Storm for actually creating a beer that tasted like freshly-made root beer.
Howe Sound Brewing - Menage-a-Trois
I'm a sucker for a good fruit beer, especially in the summer. This was exactly that - a little taste of the tropics with a smooth, wheaty finish. I never did get to meet Paul the brewer and ask him what the menage of unnamed fruits were - but I'll hazard a guess for peaches and/or passionfruit. Definite patio/beach beer. Yum.
Tofino Brewing - Hoppin' Cretin IPA
This was my first taste of Tofino Brewing, and I was not disappointed. In fact, as someone who doesn't place IPAs at the top of her beer-drinking list, I can say with certainty that I loved it. A nice light body, big hoppy nose and hints of citrus and mango (are we sensing a theme here with the fruit?). I also picked up a bit of spruce in there. Perfectly balanced. Plus the name comes from a Ramones song, so automatic bonus points. I would definitely enjoy a cold pint of this with dinner... or pretty much anytime.
|Brothers in beer.|
Next up on the beer event docket? The 2011 Nando's Canada Cup of Beer on July 8-9. Last year was a blast, and if Summer actually decides to shop up before then, this year should be no different. See ya there!