The weather in Whistler today was beautiful and clear, and -14 celsius. It was a balls-cold -22 at the roundhouse. Today ends what I would have to call a snowboarding “phase” and marks my return to skiing after a 14 year absence. My enthusiasm nearly nullifying the cold, my joy sure to send my snowboard into a deep hibernation.
Speaking of hibernation… this is my first post in a while. My wife and I had a little girl in July, and well, although the parenting juice still flows, I just didn’t have time to write.
After an hour or two skiing solo, I went back to pick up my 3 year-old boy and we bundled up for his first trip up the gondola to the Roundhouse for lunch. Then I took him on the Peak to Peak Gondola (my first time as well), which, by the way, is absolutely terrifying!
When I got down the hill I reached for a Whistler Brewing Company Bear Paw Honey Lager. It has a clear amber colour, a good persistent head, and a mild aroma. The taste is smooth and just ever so slightly sweet. This beer has excellent drinkability, with an exceptionally clean taste.
It’s a late Sunday evening (8:50 is late when you have a 4 month old) and we just got home from my dad’s 85th birthday party.
Now that the little guy is finally asleep we can crack open a Bowen island honey brown.
The colour is rich and deep, and the head is good, leaving a delightful ring with each sip.
The aroma is subtle and bitter, and just a little sugary.
The taste is really smooth and well balanced. The taste is very subtle and mild, meaning the wife can drink a few as well. The honey taste is a little more apparent than with other honey brews, which is nice, but becomes more noticeable the more you drink.
A trend among honey lagers and honey browns is that they are very smooth and drinkable.
I don’t really rate a beer based on it’s price, but it is noteworthy that this 12 pack was only $17.00 at the signature liquor store… One of the cheapest you can get. So if you are budget conscious, the Bowen island beers are an excellent choice.