Craft Beer Review – Unibroue La Résolution

Unibroue La Résolution: Brewed in Quebec, this Begian style dark spiced ale was released around the Christmas season, but I decided to wait in it as early reviews indicated that it was quite potent in the spice department. Like all beers from Unibroue, it is re-fermented in the bottle for natural carbonation (aka “ale on lees” on the label…

Craft Beer Review – Deschutes The Abyss (2014)

Deschutes The Abyss (2014) : Brewed in Bend, OR at a strength of 11.1% abv with 86 IBUs, this beer is made with black strap molasses, licorice, cherry bark and vanilla while being blended with carefully aged Abyss from oak bourbon barrels (6%), new Oregon oak barrels (11%) and pinot noir wine barrels (11%). Needless to say, this…

Craft Beer Review – Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale: Brewed in Milton, Delaware at a strength of 7% abv, this awesomely labeled pumpkin beer has a pretty good reputation and was on my buy list this year for pumpkin beers. I have to admit, I really like how Dogfish Head has re-branded their beer labels, this is equally creepy and awesome at…

BC Craft Beer Review – Persephone Brewing Double IPA

Persephone Brewing – Double IPA: Brewed in Gibsons, this Double IPA is brewed at a strength of 9% abv featuring Amarillo, Cascade and Columbus hops. Interestingly enough, this is one of the more expensive DIPA’s on the market, often going for $12-$13 a bottle at private stores (this is where a 10% CAMRA discount is handy). I…

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…

BC Craft Beer Review – Dageraad Randonneur Saison

Dageraad Randonneur Saison: Is a genuine Belgian Style Saison that is brewed locally in Burnaby, BC by a very stylistically dedicated Belgian brewery which comes in at a strength of 6.4% abv. Saisons were traditionally brewed for farm labourers, often at much lower abv’s so they could drink it through they work day and still function. This…

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…