Parallel 49 Seedspitter Watermelon Wit

What a great idea! Nothing beats the heat like a slice of watermelon! And as a matter of fact (change the voice in your head to sound like Cliff Claven) it’s a little known fact that watermelon juice is uuuuuuh, frequently enjoyed by many cultures, especially in hotter climates there, Norm!
Back to your normal voice now.
In fact while I was in Malaysia it is served in huge 2-liter glasses, and like this beer, it goes down really easy.

These are really nicely designed bottles and labels, and the beer is not terrible either.

I like the fruity character of this beer, but found it to be lacking in body.
Props for putting out something different, and despite my absolute hatred of flavoured beers, I think this is a good effort that will hopefully become more refined in the future.

If you are to try this, it is best served very cold.

Rating: 3.5/5. G2

Parallel 49 Seedspitter Watermelon Wit

Voyage of Beers, Heartland Brewery, Manhattan

I really wanted to visit Heartland Brewing while I was in town.  Having walked past them before, I assumed it was some kind of shitty tourist place. It’d we were one of those snobby beer connoisseurs I would probably poo poo this place, but I have to be honest, I loved it.  The waitress was great, and it was a family friendly place to have ribs and beer.

Since it is fleet week, it is also full of people in uniform getting their drink on, with a complement of hot sluts competing for their attention.  Good thing it is only 6pm, this place probably gets ugly late at night.

We started with the buffalo chicken spring rolls, an interesting twist on a Vancouver-Asian staple.  Then we had the “voyage of beer.”


It is like a cup of hot chocolate on the peak of a powdery mountain after slaying hip-deep tracks into it’s virgin slopes against a blue spring sky.


The beers are listed in the menu with number one starting at 6:00, and moving counterclockwise.
Indian River Light was light and fruity with a nice orangey finish, and slightly burnt aftertaste.
Cornhusker Lager has a more homegrown taste with a smooth finish. It’s a good ‘drinkin beer.
Harvest Wheat Beer… Well, I was stupid and squeezed the lemon into the little glass, so it just tastes like lemon… Which is good.
Red Rooster Ale: this is very flavourful with a toffee aroma and subtle aftertaste. It goes well with the Buffalo Chicken spring rolls.
Indiana Pale Ale (haha, I get it!) is different from an IPA, I guess. It tastes a lot like Lemon Pledge, with a bitter aftertaste. It’s a bit disappointing, but good for variety, I guess.
Farmer John’s Oatmeal Stout: OMG this is soo good. It is like a cup of hot chocolate on the peak of a powdery mountain after slaying hip-deep tracks into it’s virgin slopes against a blue spring sky. I have to admit though, it would be hard to finish a whole pint, it is just a little rich.
Buffalo Bock (in the middle) is meh!
Kelly’s Irish Red Ale (not shown), nope, tastes like river.

The member of this beer family worth remembering is (by far) the Farmer John’s Oatmeal Stout. I am not a stout expert, but I was really impressed.

Overall, there is plenty to choose from and a good laid back atmosphere so this is a really great experience.

Farmer John’s Oatmeal Stout 5/5 (G2)

Ribs at Heartland

Cannery Brewing Apricot Wheat Ale

This coming weekend is the Subaru Penticton Ironman, and I will be heading up tomorrow to volunteer. It is a really great experience if you have never dine it before.

Also from Penticton is the Cannery Brewing Company. i will be toasting the trip with their Apricot Wheat Ale. This is a crisp and clean wheat ale, with a fresh taste and very subtle sweetness. It has a nice foggy appearance and amber colour.

This is a beautifully orchestrated wheat ale, using the apricot not to hide the taste of the beer, but instead to complement it in a “delicate” way.

[xrr rating=4/5]