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My grandpa always told me if you just do one thing then do it really well. As I grew up I thought only I had this special pep talk but it turns out we all got this talk. No one seemed to take it more to heart then the good folks at Steam Whistle Brewing. Lets make one beer but make it the best beer in the world, and that's what they did. Steam Whistle Premium Pilsner is a proud Canadian craft beer that has been taking the nation by storm. Cut to true story! I gave it to my uncle (a hater of anything in a green bottle) and is now on team, I won't print the swearing words he said when he saw the bottle and thought it would taste like tar mud beer for fancy city people or then the new swearing to describe the great taste! If Uncle Wynn likes it then it will win over any one. Just to add to the coolness of this brand they have a fleet of amazing rides include the Retro Electro http://www.steamwhistle.ca/retroelectro/
A vintage hot rod driven by 100% green energy, you may have seen it around here in Vancouver, designed by Steam Whistle Mike, a legendary dude around town.
So to wrap it a up a crisp clean european craft done here in Canada by people who care for people who like to have fun and drink refreshing beer.
Some old friends came by my patio this past weekend, Granville Island Brewing's Brockton IPA & Kitsilano Maple Cream. Its was good to reconnect, I told them not to take it too personal that I've been spending time with their co worker False Creek Raspberry Ale but its only around for the spring / summer (that's another post, I just keep drinking it before I can write about it). I remember when Vern & the GIB gang launched Brockton a few years ago, I was hooked and attended 4 IPA launch parties with Mr. Roberts, in 1 week. As stated in other posts I'm pro hop but if your new to world of IPA this is a great start crisp, clean and a good hop finish! Aside from GIB being in the game for 25 years, from Vancouver and it's one of the O.G. Micro Brewers from Canada, they do it right. Using quality water from the Vancouver mountains mixed with quality local ingredients and following the laws of 1516 they keep the integrity in all their beers. Don't believe me? Go down to Granville Island and visit Vernon in the brewery, always fun. At this point I should state I'm out of words and haven't event talked about Maple Cream, but I think you get the picture, old friends show up and you start talking about the good times!
And welcome to my craft beer blog, let me be straight up, this is for people looking to drink fun micro brews, something different and unique. This is not a forum for hops, yeast & I only drink beers that begin with the letter T that come from Portland. This is beer by the people for the people, if your looking for exciting & adventures things to try from local brew houses that have a passion & zest for making real beer then your in the right place. I will be reviewing weekly and hope I can help you find that right flavour for game night, movie night, date night or full on session time.
This weeks choices:
Brooklyn Breweries Sorachi Ace:
Clean, crisp, refreshingly light, a hint lemon, is this champagne or is this beer???What I'm talking about is Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, a limited addition from the good people at Brooklyn Breweries. How many times can I name check Brooklyn, I don't know but they make great beer. This combination of the Sorachi Hop and the Breweries farm house ale style makes it a crowd pleaser. Plus the bottle is so damn cool even your friends that might hate it will make sure to Instagram it in on their phone. Bonus points for coming with a real cork, some beers win on just graphic design and taste like gag, this one wins for taste and bringing sexy back. I'm going to give this a triple threat rating, good for the session, with a meal or watching a game or movie. Grab it here.
Phillips Brewing Company & Garrison Brewing
Baltic Porter Mash-Up! Series
This is a clash of the titans, two great coastal brewing houses, Phillips and Garrison colab on a winter classic. Baltic Porter Is described as strong ale, boasting a strong 8.0 % it's a heavy weight but just cause its top ranking on the percentage doesn't mean it lacks flavour. The story goes that these beers had to make long trips across the sea so they spiked the alcohol to keep them fresh on the voyages, you don't have to get scurvy now to enjoy this true taste of the north sea's. if your into porters & stouts this is a must try. If your not into dark beers then run far away, this is a real old school style porter with a great taste and body. Those into the blackest of beers (so metal) should give this a go, good for home front, games nights and although you could session with this but it might be a slow roast, I say bring it on! Looking forward to more of this Mash-Up! Series….