BC Beer Baron #272 – White Rock Beach West Beach Fruit

For quite some time, the Sip Advisor has wanted to sample the wares of the White Rock Beach Brewing. Some near misses occurred, such as the brewery no-showing this year’s Tip N’ Taste. Finally, it took a visit to the Fuggles & Warlock tasting room and a guest tap to get the job done.

The West Beach Fruit is an American Pale Ale that is described by the company as being a Pacific Northwest-style English Bitter. The fruit in the 5% ABV, 36 IBUs brew’s name comes from flavours of citrus and grapefruit, which occur thanks to the use of Centennial hops.


The beer is available on tap at the brewery for glass servings and growler fills. I would love to try some of the company’s other beverages, including the East Beach Nut (American Brown Ale), Border Porter and Pier IPA. The whole lineup collectively describes the features of the quaint beachfront community.

The Sip Advisor has always had a soft spot in his heart for the White Rock area, as Mrs. Sip and I spent some of our first dates walking along the beach promenade and pier, as well as eating at some of the local establishments. This included our one-month dating anniversary!

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BC Beer Baron #224 – Bad Tattoo Waes Hael Spiced Seasonal Ale

This Bad Tattoo Brewing beverage was another recent pick-up in the Okanagan of a winter seasonal release that I had yet to come across until summer rolled around.

The Waes Hael Spiced Seasonal Ale is a fantastic brew. There’s a lot going on in this drink, with ingredients that are inspired by wassailing, an ancient tradition of visiting homes to participate in yuletide celebrations around Christmas. Recipe elements include cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, all spice, ginger root, and even roasted apples.

Bad Tattoo Waes Hael Spiced Seasonal Ale

The beer holds up well in summer weather, despite being a ‘winter warmer’. Waes Hael means “Be You Healthy” and that is certainly achieved by the 6% ABV Winter Ale.

Bad Tattoo suggests enjoying the beer at a warmer temperature than other products. It is available in bomber-sized bottles from select liquor stores, although you may have trouble tracking a serving down until the next winter season.

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