Central City Brewers & Distillers is all grown up and looking pretty handsome at 10 years old. We feel very proud of this company as we have consistently enjoyed them since they were knee high to a grasshopper. Their recent grand opening invited the public to witness an impressive state of the art 65,000 s.f. facility, which was supported by the City of Surrey and the Surrey City Development Corporation who don’t think twice about the value a brewery can bring to its City. The facility houses the brewery complete with a barrel room and Arnold Holstein stills and distillery equipment, a front of house retail shop and tap room. The expansion will allow them to quadruple their production with room to grow. As beer travellers we know this will be a beer tourist destination.
To celebrate, we raise a glass to Gary and the Central City team with your Imperial Porter - a perfect beer for the occasion. Cheers!
Big Rock Brewing Anthea Wet Hop Ale fell into our hands recently thanks to local beer fairy Mark. Only 3600 were bottled and we were lucky to sample one of them. This is the second iteration of a wet hop ale brewed by Paul Gautreau. Made with fresh Cascade hops flown in from the Yakima Valley, the aroma is subtle, a bit grassy and grainy, with a sweet (caramel/toffee/sugar) and grainy taste that is a bit watery with a smooth lingering bitter finish. Overall the freshness is somewhat mellow - a bit more cone in this Cascade would have made it for us. Thanks for the taste, we look forward to more of these Alchemist editions from Big Rock.
Lighthouse Road Trip Fresh-hopped Dark Ale is a nice variation on this seasonal style. Sweet roasted malt flavour with some mild bitter and freshness lingering on the tongue. The dark style dominates the freshness but the result is a highly drinkable brown ale.