It was a crazy, jam packed August. Not only was I on vacation, but it seemed a plethora of craft beer was falling into my lap. Currently my fridge has 5 varieties and I just want to hold on to summer a little longer…the fruit ales and hefe’s will hang on for several months. I hope!
First off, was the grand opening of Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers in North Vancouver on Aug 23. In attendance with me was Nickel and Mike of Mikes Craft Beers! First thing I noticed? Slick operation. Beautiful building. The details were everywhere showing us there was thought, consideration and ample planning that had gone into this little brewery. 3 beers were featured that will be available year round: Loud Mouth Pale Ale, Wise Crack West Coast Lager and Quick Wit Wheat Ale. It’s no secret I’m not a fan of the Hop, and that makes me somewhat of an oddity in this whole craft beer phenomenon. But, like the trooper I am I had to try ALL the beers. And yes, at 58 IBU’s it was too hoppy for me but with that said, if it was the only beer available I would be able to drink it since it wasn’t over the top with hops! (Like Bergers fave, Fat Tug) The one I was most excited to try was the Quick Wit Wheat; a Belgian Wit promising to be “lively with fruit flavors”. My take on it? Clearer than I was expecting, but the taste was refreshing and crisp; what I would expect in a wit. But it didn’t have me completely sold. I’m keeping my eye on this one. I want to try it again…This past weekend I also got to try their first seasonal: a Tea Saison. Was gorgeously golden, nice head, sweet first taste…was a damn fine beer. In conclusion, I think the crew over at Deep Cove needs to be watched closely- I believe there’s good things up their sleeves and I can’t wait to see what’s in store…
Next up is an ale that has seriously stolen my heart. Whistler Brewing Company Paradise Valley Grapefruit Ale. I was so freaking excited to try this beer it wasn’t funny. I’m not a fan of grapefruits really- I don’t buy them, and think they’re too tart. But I just knew the grapefruit would be a perfect pairing with the beer, and I was so right. Nickel and I traveled to Whistler to taste the ale in it’s element; where it was brewed….it’s home. It didn’t disappoint. It’s a darker ale, the grapefruit comes out at the end of the sip, on the back of your tongue slightly tart, almost bitter. Delicious. Really. I loved this beer so much I bought 24 of them! (OK so I was tipsy and thought I bought 12…) I now have summer captured in a bottle, here in rainy Vancouver! Thanks to the amazing folks at the brewery- friendly bunch who know beer
Staying with Whistler I also tried the Pineapple Express Wheat Ale. I’d say it’s the sweetest beer I’ve ever tasted and because of that, I could only have one but what a lovely pint it was! This beer would be fabulous with Thai food…Mmm, I can taste it now. I don’t know if these are available for much longer so if you can, run out and grab a few and keep summer close as long as you can!
Also, the remainder of 2013 will see some new breweries popping up in the Mount Pleasant area…*yum* (AKA Brewery Creek District).
I’ve got a ton of stuff to blog about in next few days so stay tuned. Better yet, subscribe so you don’t miss one! I’ve been fortunate enough to be given a 30 Day sample of Oxylent, the daily effervescent Multi-Vitamin drink that’s powering the women of Row the Pacific! I’m on Day 3 and loving it! Plus, a great little craft beer joint on the water in Kelowna…and much more!