Upright Brewing Four Fatali - a hot and sexy barrel-aged wheat beer brewed with chiles. Citrus and funky aroma, bursting with juicy citrus flavour, followed by heat that builds in the mouth gently and lingers lovingly for some time. This goes down easy at 4.5% but leaves a lasting impression.
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Thanks to Brewery Creek we were able to sample four of the Mikkeller single hop series, produced purely for hop heads to enjoy hops for hops sake. This is the second series they have produced and all fifteen samples have an IBU of 100 and are 6.9%. We started with the Citra (tropical fruit aroma and taste, nice bitterness), proceeded with the Summit (more earthy with some citrus notes), moved onto the Simcoe (piney, earthy, citrus and passionfruit) and ended with the Sorachi Ace (stronger malt character, citrus, lemon). Maybe it was the playlist, perhaps it was the cheese, but it was difficult to hone in on the distinct hop flavours but we still had a good time trying. When all is said and done, you wake up the next morning with the sensation of socks in the mouth. Here’s to hops!
Tasting lounges offer a space where you can focus on some quiet time with beer. Thanks to recent changes to B.C. liquor legislation and City of Vancouver bylaws, more tasting lounges have opened in the Vancouver offering a nice alternative to places where you can enjoy a beer and only beer. Bomber Brewing is one of the recent establishments to come to market. Like others, here you can have your growler filled, buy bottled or canned beer to go, or stay to enjoy one of their regular or seasonal brews. Bomber currently offers a very accessible IPA (mildly hoppy with citrus, malt flavours), a nicely balanced ESB (light toffee, biscuit and bitterness), a session Belgian Blonde and a wonderful Pilsner (full floral saaz hops with a bit of wood). In a province, and one may argue country, so tightly wound-up about controlling access to liquor, it’s nice to finally see some reform. A brewery and tasting room in your neighbourhood is an asset - where friends and families can visit over a few beer and not all will go to hell in a handbasket.
Delachaise is a very special find in New Orleans. Located on Saint Charles Ave. in Uptown New Orleans, this local wine bar features a great selection of wine, craft beer and small plates. It is nicely appointed with a long wood bar, booths and chairs on the inside and a patio along Delachaise St. and overlooking Saint Charles Ave. outside, where strung lights and brightly coloured chairs add to its charm. Grab a seat at the bar and talk to the Parisan bar tender before it gets too busy. In addition to its capacious wine selection they offer a carefully considered craft beer menu with 6 taps and 30 bottles. We enjoyed the Lindemans Lambic Frambroise and the New Belgium Fat Tire amber ale as a starter with the Coriander-crusted duck breast, pork and Mediterranean apricot terrine. The Ommegang Hennepin farmhouse saison paired like heaven with the Shrimp Clemenceau - Louisiana jumbo shrimp in golden Thai curry sauce with crimini mushrooms, peas and brabant potatoes. If you have the time take the street car there and hop off at Louisiana. This appears to be a popular spot for locals and before long it quickly fills up with residents and students from Loyola University looking for a more sophisticated evening out.
The Avenue Pub in New Orleans offers a great selection of beer when it’s not Mardi Gras. They pull the high abv stuff off the menu so the revellers don’t kill themselves. We tried to visit late afternoon on Wed. and were told to come back as they were madly cleaning up the mardi gras after-math. When we did get in, the menu consisted of the safer options and most of the beer was $3 a pint so they could put their usual offerings back on. When we returned on Thurs. things seemed back to normal and we enjoyed Thornbridge Hall Kipling and Evil Twin Yang. This is the place in New Orleans.