Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale from Parallel 49 Brewing

Well the slick labels and cool bottles continue to impress and stimulate my curiosity. I like this beer’s attitude. It reminds me of Kevin Bieksa’s during his first season. It looks the part, it has an edge, and some attitude, but it’s better days are ahead.

This beer is dark and rich with a nice head. It has a spicy taste I moderate intensity and a sugary finish.

I don’t think this beer is quite as bad as Kevin was his first year (my nickname for him was “biexcrement”)…. Hahaha, it’s funny now because he is so awesome!!!

Now, if only I had a cup to put this in… Let’s see… Nope no cups here. Tastes better out of a glass anyway:)

Score 3.5/5 G1

Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale from Parallel 49 Brewing

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

Ephemere Pomme, Unibroue

A beautiful summer day winds down. It was hot. Two Jamaicans ran really fast in London, (and one pulled up lame). I pressure washed my deck. My son threw some hockey balls over the fence. It was a very full day.

Now I can head down to the beer fridge and reach way in the back for an Ephemere Pomme, while getting ready to watch Newsroom on HBO. Seriously that show is awesome!

I hate flavoured beers, usually, but this one really wins me over. The just-right intensity of the granny smith apple taste is sweet yet not obnoxiously so, and is only to complement what is obviously a great-quality effort from Unibroue.

The corked bottle, a little hard to open, provided a satisfying pop after a few minutes of wriggling, and the head was lively but short-lived.

The body is light, like the taste, and it is perfect for days like today, which in Vancouver, can be few and far between.


Ephemere Pomme, Unibroue