Vancouver Island Brewing New Beer Lineup

Following a successful (re)launch Vancouver Island Brewing (VI Brewing) showcased its new lineup to the public. The unveiling saw a twist on three of their classic beers as well as a preview of four exclusive new ones.

Much of what you may remember from Vancouver Island Brewing beers has been updated. Overall the focus was on sessionable brews without sacrificing taste though (all 7 beers that were sampled that night were under 5% ABV). Some of the beers you will recall from days past but with a new twist or upgrade in ingredients used.

The previous Sea Dog Amber Ale has now transformed into the Carmanah Ale. However, you won’t be thinking of the old Sea Dog with the addition of piney resin hops in the new rendition. The taste is clean with a hint of a woodsy finish. One of the new brews, the Sombrio Citrus Session Ale, enjoys the addition of citrus zests which makes it bright and juicy on the palate with a clean hoppy finish. This one is definitely going to see a lot of patio action this summer. Overall, the new portfolio showcases a very drinkable line of brews.

19 IPA, full-flavored beer with a silky malt backbone and a bright hop profile of tropical fruit, and citrus – it packs all the taste of an IPA with much more friendly alcohol content.

Juan De Fuca Cerveza has complexity coming from premium grain, malt and hop varieties.

The Victoria Lager, a pale golden lager exhibits a classic clean character with notes of biscuity malts. Bitterness is akin to a German Pilsner with an aromatic aroma. Mouthfeel is firm and even, with an overall dry tone.

Steamworks HopAttack Fresh Hop IPA

Steamworks’s fresh hop IPA now available at their store or if you are lucky, at the Yaletown BCLS where we purchased it from. It has a nice pale gold color.On the nose it is round with notes of grassy pine, like being in a forest. The pine forward taste makes it an unmistakable fresh hop. Relatively light for an IPA with a crisp and dry finish.

Yellow Snow IPA

In a dedication to common sense, Rogue Ales & Spirits has canned Yellow Snow IPA for this winter’s release of its snow cult classic.

The pale-golden-hued ale features a hoppy, tropical-fruit-forward aroma complemented by a medium body and hoppyness mid-palate. Made with Oregon-grown Rogue Farms hops and barley, Yellow Snow IPA returns for a long winter in bottles, on draft and now in 16-ounce cans for more thirst-quenching versatility. 

Yellow Snow IPA is available starting November 1 in 16-ounce can four-packs, 12-ounce bottle six-packs, serigraphed 22-ounce bottles, 64-ounce growlers and on draft featuring a distinctive ceramic tap handle.

Since 2008, Rogue has remained committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops, barley, rye, wheat, honey, jalapeños, and pumpkins one acre at a time by growing its own.

Granville Island Brewing Infamous IPA

Granville Island Brewing’s newly complete Under the Bridge series celebrates the bitter start and bright finish of Granville Island. From a dark and dangerous industrial centre, to a bustling artsy hub, this series explores the history of where Granville Island Brewing began.

There are 4 brews in Granville Island Brewing’s Under the Bridge Series: Swing Span Amber Ale; clove and banana flavours of Hey Day Hefeweizen; caramel malts in Maple Shack Cream Ale; and the well-hopped and light citrus flavour of Infamous IPA.

The Infamous IPA is a medium-hopped brew with a full malt flavour. It has notes of light fruit aromas and citrusy grapefruit flavours.

Food Pairings: Bitterness compliments spicy, fried flavours like curry.

Alc.Vol: 6%
IBU: 55
Gravity: 13.8

Devils Elbow Ale and Smokehouse Open for Business

Devils Elbow Ale and Smokehouse opened by the team from Howe Sound Brewery. An award winning brewery located in our backyard, Squamish, B.C. Specializing in craft beer and in-house smoked meats.

Located where the old Chambar used to be. The space is spacious but cozy.

My all time favorite, the woolly bugger barley wine is available…dark rich deep caramel, toffee, raisin and chocolate.

I was disappointed with the beef sandwiches, it came out cold, like it sat there for too long.

Devil's Elbow Ale And Smoke House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato