Craft Beer Review – Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen

Craft Beer Review – Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen: Brewed in Aying, German this is the quintessential Oktoberfest Marzen style beer for the rest of the world outside of Munich, Germany. This beer is rated #1 on ratebeer.com in the Oktoberfest/Marzen styles of beer category. Oddly, I couldn’t find this locally so I had to get it from the USA…

Craft Beer Review – Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Ballast Point Brewing Company – Sculpin IPA: Brewed in San Diego, CA this IPA ranks #5 overall on the ratebeer.com IPA category putting it as one of the best IPA’s in the world according to individual ratings and reviews. It is brewed at a strength of 7.0% abv with 70 IBUs and according to their web description is hopped…

Craft Beer Review – Cantillon Gueuze Lambic

Cantillon Gueuze Lambic: Brewed in Brussels, Belgium at a strength of 5% abv with a new modern flag themed label, this 100% spontaneously fermented Lambic beer is the newest release in BC private liquor stores to which I was excited to try and then subsequently stock up on. Per their website this Gueze is a blend of…

Craft Beer Review – Epic Brewing Elder Brett

Epic Brewing Elder Brett – Saison Brett Golden Ale: Purchased at Total Wines & More in Lynnwood, WA and brewed in collaboration with Crooked Stave Artisan Brewing, aged in wine barrels this is the batch #4 release at 9.1% abv with an undisclosed but likely low IBU. This particular batch was brewed in Salt Lake City, UT…

Craft Beer Review – Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA

Rogue Brewery – Farms 7 Hop IPA:  Brewed in Newport, Oregon right near the jetty (go there, it’s fun) this IPA comes in at a strength of 8% with 90 IBUs. Interesting enough, Rogue starting a significant hop growing program in 2008 during one of the many hop shortages the craft beer world has encountered…

Craft Beer Review – Unibroue Éphémère Cherry

Unibroue Éphémère Cherry : From a Unibroue mixer 12 pack, because that’s the type of beer quality I serve when hosting larger groups (and always a few local mixers), I was a little hesitant for this on as well I don’t really love cherry flavoured things. This emphemeral ale (aka lasting for a short time) is brewed…

Craft Beer Review – MOA Imperial Stout

MOA Brewing Company – Imperial Stout: Continuing with more New Zealand craft beer which has gained some serious distribution into BC thankfully, I opened this 10.2% abv Imperial Stout which is aged in Oak Pinot Noir barrels, is hopped significantly (over 100 IBUs) and comes in a 375 mL bottle that is corked. As you can see…

Craft Beer Review – Mikkeller Funky e Star

Mikkeller – Funky e Star: Brewed in Denmark, this wild/sour are comes in at a strength of 9.39% abv and was poured into a snifter glass from a 12 oz bottle. Aroma and Appearance: This craft beer pours a muddy brown water colour with minimal foam and lots of bubbles. The aroma was some bread, tart and…

Craft Beer Review – Caldera Brewing Hop Hash

Caldera Brewing – Hop Hash: Brewed in Oregon at a strength of 6.5% with 95 IBUs, this IPA use pure Hop Lupulin extracted from a pelletizing line according to the description on the bottle. It’s part of their Kettle Series, aka small batch releases. I’m always up for trying a more experimental beer, so here we…

Craft Beer Review – Brooklyn Brewing Sorachi Ace

Brooklyn Brewing – Sorachi Ace: Is a New York brewed ale made with a rarer hop variety called Sorachi, is bottle conditioned with champagne yeast and has an abv strength of 7.6%. This Saison or Farmhouse Ale was promptly chilled, poured into a snifter and enjoyed at home. Aroma and Appearance: As with many ales of this…