Big Surf Laid Back Lager

Big Surf Beer is a new brewery in Kelowna that opened in October 2011.  I tasted this beer in November, but with the hockey hangover, preparing for travel, and well, life, getting in the way, I am only getting my review up now.

This is a nice smooth beer, whose label transports me to another place, another season.  It was probably better suited for me to drink in Australia, but alas, it was Vancouver.   It is however, nice to see such a bright label contrasting against the grey Fall sky.

Now that spring is nearly here, it seems more appropriate to pull this photo from my archive, and blow the dust off my review.

This is actually a pretty good beer.  It is remarkably smooth and balanced, and like any good Canadian lager, just a little boring, until you have 5 or six.  This is a great beer to have at noon, then at 12:30, then more, then play in the lake, then have another one, then sit in the hot tub, and … well you get the idea.

It is also nice that this beer doesn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t.  It is really cheap, (comes only in cans) really decent, and really laid back.

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Cannery Brewing 360 Lager

Finding accommodation in penticton is tough during the ironman weekend. As a result, the two past years while volunteering, I have had to stay in osoyoos. This gives my family a bit of a holiday, and I “get” to enjoy the gorgeous 50 minute drive to penticton every day.

This year we are staying at the watermark in, which has one of the few places you can sit and have a few drinks with baby in tow.

Today I am sampling a big bottle from wayermark’s well-selected beer menu.

This is a clear and beautifully colored lager.

The hardest perfection to achieve is the perfection of simplicity.

Unlike my other 5/5 lager, the Fisgard from lighthouse, this one achieves Canadian-style perfection.

Where the Fisgard brought me back to Germany, this one just made Canada a better place.

You could say this is a “well rounded” brew, or that it was brewed with good direction….

Whatever puns I come up with won’t be worthy of keeping you one more second away from trying this beer.

[xrr rating=5/5]


Ichnusa Bionda Sardegna

Well, as promised, today I am doing a rare mid summer non-Canadian beer review that is fresh off the plane courtesy of my travelling nephew who visited the land of our heritage.

You wont find many blondes in Sardegna, Italy but you will likely find this blonde lager everywhere while you are there.

You probably havent heard of this beer unless you have been to Sardegna, or recognize it from the pitch-side banners during Serie A games played in Cagliari.

This is a light and clean tasting lager with a mild floral aroma, and a slightly dry, bitter aftertaste with just a hint of corn flavour. This is a great session beer. If you are in Sardegna you will likely enjoy it after dark with a cool sea breeze and some karaoke, well into the wee hours.

That’s just the way it is there.

You will probably not find this “tipicamente sardo” (typically sardinian) lager anywhere in Canada, but if you see this lager with the Sardinian crest on the label while visiting Sardegna, have no fear, drink, and enjoy one for me.

… And yes, the Sardinian crest is four black men wearing white headbands (or are they blindfolds?). Don’t ask why, because nobody knows why, but again, thats just the way it is there.