Bowen Island Brewing Artisan IPA

You have to love these guys. First they give me a trucker’s hat, then the case has a little card in it asking you to email them and let them know how much you like their IPA.

It’s a lot easier to give a good review when you know they care what you think. It’s also easier when they give you free stuff.

I happen to have great hair, so I am not a hat person, but damn, I also look good in their hat.

Anyhoo, despite the bribe, this beer is really good!

The head was moderate and the colour was amber and brilliantly clear.

The aroma was floral and moderately intense. The taste is really beautifully balanced, floral, and just bitter enough to be interesting.

It’s like watching a sunset in the spring, when it’s just a little cold outside: satisfying, but you don’t want to be out there for too long.

[xrr rating=4.75/5]



Cannery Brewing I.P.A.

Cannery Brewing has given us an excellent offering with their I.P.A.

A beautiful light copper colored ale with a rambunctious head that is very soft on the lips.

The aroma is very faint and welcoming, with a taste that has just the right amount of bite, and a hint of citrus.

The aftertaste is lingering and dry.

The rings stick to my glass very nicely.

Overall this is a great beer if you are having one, maybe two, and is strong enough in flavor to stay interesting.


2009 World LagerBlogger Beer Awards

As the summer nears, it is nearly time to start tasting again, but first I would like to acknowledge my best and fairest for 2009:

BEST BREWERY: Nelson Brewing, Nelson British Columbia

  • By providing consistently great beer and setting an example for other breweries, but using only organic ingredients, Nelson Brewery has earned the title of Best Brewery of 2009.

Best Brewery: Nelson Brewing

BEST HEFEWEIZEN: Nelson Liplock Hefeweizen

  • Of the three tasted, Nelson had the best head, the best taste and the best name.

Best Hefeweizen, Nelson Liplock

BEST LAGER: Pacific Western Brewing Natureland Organic Lager

  • This is probably the best kept secret in BC. Of course, I feel better drinking organic beer, so It is easier to rate it favourably.

Best Lager; Natureland Organic Lager

BEST HONEY LAGER: Granville Island Honey Lager

  • I don’t know the difference between a regular lager and a honey lager, but this one got a 5/5, and would have won either way.

Best Honey Lager: Granville Island Cypress Honey Lager

Best Pale Ale: Tree Brewing Cutthroat Pale Ale

  • I gave this beer 100% for craftsmanship, freshness, and personal taste. I don’t know what else to say, it kicked ass!!

Best Pale Ale: Tree Brewing Cutthroat Pale Ale

Best India Pale Ale: Nelson Brewing “PaddyWhack” IPA

  • Flavourful and well balanced, this is the top IPA for 2009

Best Brewery: Nelson Brewing

Best Pilsner: Weihenstephaner Pilsner

  • This beer could have taken on a lot stiffer competition than it did, it won hands down!!

Best Pilsner, Weihenstephaner Pilsner