Beer of the Week #29 – Twin Sails Hot Take IPA

While at Darby’s Gastown’s weekly trivia night recently, I planned ahead and selected this beverage off the menu. From Twin Sails Brewing, a particular claim moved this ale to the top of my list, leapfrogging other options.

What drew me to the Hot Take IPA was that it’s IPU count was zero… and that wasn’t a misprint. By adding hops after the beer’s boil, the brew still had many earmarks of an IPA, such as a 7% ABV and mix of fruit and hop flavour.

Twin Sails Hot Take IPA

I’d be curious to see friends of mine, who loathe IPAs and anything with a bitter taste, try this release. Would they love it, still hate it, or find it acceptable. For those curious, the beer is only available on tap at select locations.

You could always visit the brewery. I’m due for another trip to Port Moody’s Brewer’s Row, which Cousin Sip and I explored last summer. To have four solid operations with a five-minute walk of each other is a beer lovers dream!

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BC Beer Baron #260 – Yellow Dog Stick Toss Saison

Each month, as part of this 366-day BC craft beer extravaganza that I will be sharing with you throughout 2016, I will highlight a specific style or theme of beers for a whole week of articles. Saisons have quickly become a favourite style of the Sip Advisor. I’ve even gone so far as to call the summer of 2016 my ‘Summer of Saison’. Let’s see what BC has to offer.

At the end of our recent Port Moody Brewers Row tour, Cousin Sip filled a growler of this Yellow Dog Brewing release, having enjoyed it so much. This was lucky for the Sip Advisor, who was provided another opportunity to savour the beer again a few days later.

The Stick Toss Saison is flavourful and refreshing, with pleasant notes of fruit and spice. The 5.2% ABV, 25 IBUs drink is made for summer drinking and really shines on those hottest and most humid days.

yellow-dog-brewing

The Stick Toss is a staple of the brewery’s lineup, so much so that they often experiment with it as a base. They have produced Apricot, Orange Peel and Cranberry adaptations of the beer, taking an established beverage to a whole ‘nutha level!

Yellow Dog also has the Go Fetch Hoppy Saison, Super Secret Sour Saison and Bootweather Brett Saison, as part of their collection. The company is very open to experimenting, so who knows what they will dream up next.

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BC Beer Baron #217 – Moody Ales Affable IPA

Cousin Sip and I wrapped up our recent trek through Brewers Row in Port Moody with a visit to Moody Ales, which provided ample seating – inside and out – for customers.

There, I most enjoyed my serving of the company’s Affable IPA. At 6.8% ABV and 60 IBUs, this is not for the beer newbie. Using four different hops, there’s a slightly bitter finish to the beverage. Suggested food pairings include strong cheeses, garlic-heavy foods and fried meat.

Moody Ales Affable IPA

The brewery is most proud of the beer’s nose, which they describe as a “piney, fruity, floral bouquet”. Speaking of scents, I like how Moody Ales aroma scale goes from fruit salad to egg salad, with this product obviously on the fruit salad end of the spectrum.

The beer is available in a number of formats, including canned six packs, bomber-sized bottles and even the rare (but becoming more common) crowlers. For those who don’t know, a crowler is a canned serving, equivalent of a growler.

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BC Beer Baron #216 – Parkside Dusk Pale Ale

On our recent foray through Port Moody’s Brewers Row, Cousin Sip and I really enjoyed our stop at the area’s newest addition: Parkside Brewing.

There, I tried a flight of their wares, with my favourite being the Dusk Pale Ale. This beer has stats of 5.3% ABV and 30 IBUs, which is about as balanced as you can get. The American-style Pale Ale is designed to embrace hop flavours rather than bitterness.

Parkside Dusk Pale Ale

The Dusk Pale Ale is the counterbalance to the brewery’s Dawn Pilsner, which was unfortunately tapped out when we visited. The pale ale is available in 355ml cans and is described as a relaxed, west coast beverage.

For those also wanting to explore the Brewers Row, Parkside even has a monthly calendar, letting customers know when food trucks will be at their location.

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BC Beer Baron #215 – Yellow Dog Pineapple Brett IPA

Recently, Cousin Sip and I toured Port Moody’s Brewers Row. While we enjoyed each stop along the condensed route, our relaxing beverages at Yellow Dog Brewing, may have been the highlight of the day out, sans spouses.

In fact, I enjoyed my serving of their Pineapple Brett IPA so much, that we returned to the brewery before leaving the area, to fill a couple growlers of the drink. Of course, pineapple is a prominent flavour here, but I enjoyed it, even though I prefer the fruit on pizza.

Yellow Dog Brewing

I assume the base of this 7% ABV brew is Yellow Dog’s Play Dead IPA, but I could be wrong. The beer is available at some of the Lower Mainland’s finest beer establishments, such as Darby’s Public House in Kitsilano and Alibi Room in Vancouver’s Gastown district.

This was my second trip to Yellow Dog’s tasting room, but our previous venture was during the winter and on a rainy day. Therefore, I had no clue that the brewery had a gorgeous seating area at the back of their facility, complete with picnic tables for beer enjoyment. I can’t wait to bring Mrs. Sip along next time.

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BC Beer Baron #214 – Twin Sails Dry Hopped Kolsch

The first stop of my and Cousin Sip’s tour of the Port Moody beer scene was Twin Sails Brewing, which has been open since late 2015.

Given the brewery specializes in German beers, it was no surprise that their Dry Hopped Kolsch was really good and a centerpiece of their lineup. The 5.1% ABV, 22 IBUs beverage is constructed using 100% German barley and wheat, then dry hopped to add light fruit flavours.

Twin Sails Dry Hopped Kolsch

The Kolsch is one of the few beers that Twin Sails has put into either bottles or cans. The Kolsch can be had in bomber-sized bottles with limited availability. Twin Sails has also released a lemon variation of the Kolsch, which likely adds a tarter finish to the product.

This was the Sip Advisor’s first foray to Twin Sails tasting room, as Cousin Sip and I tackled Port Moody’s Brewers Row. Given how much fun we had, a return trip is in short order!

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Sip Trips #70: Brewers Row

With Mrs. Sip away in Las Vegas, the Sip Advisor did not shy away from play and had a very busy weekend that went by way too quickly.

On Saturday, members of the Sip Syndicate attended the annual Deighton Cup at Hastings Racecourse. This is the city’s swankiest event of the year, with folks decked out in their finest threads, hats, fastenators and other duds.

Horse Racing

The day of races started off with a wonderful lunch, where options included a Smoked Bo Ssam Beef Brisket Sandwich or Korean BBQ Shrimp on Grits. I went with the beef brisket sandwich and absolutely loved it.

After a few good drinks and some betting wins and near misses, all seemed well, but the end of the event took a bit of a scary twist. On the home stretch of the final race, the horse I bet on crashed to the ground, injuring its jockey. I haven’t been able to find any info on the jockey, so I can only assume their injuries weren’t too severe. No news, might be good news, in this instance.

Early bird tickets to the Deighton Cup were $65, plus fees. I think the price was worth it just for the spectacle of the event, but a couple weeks prior to the big day, a Social Shopper deal came out that would have been nice to take advantage of. It offered the lunch, two drinks and gifts totalling $25, all for the same price of early bird tickets. It’s hard not to jump on tickets when they first come out, but you always have to worry about these great coupon deals becoming available later.

Early Bird Grumpy Cat

Following the races, we went for dinner at the Big Rock Urban Eatery. This was my second time visiting the restaurant in recent weeks and I have been impressed with their expanded food menu, compared to when the place originally opened. I tried their BRUeben sandwich, complete with scrumptious skinny fries and also shared some chipotle-buffalo wings with the group.

On Sunday, Cousin Sip and I travelled to Port Moody to experience their ‘Brewers Row’. The Row consists of Twin Sails Brewing, Yellow Dog Brewing, Parkside Brewing and Moody Ales, all within a five-minute walk. While I will leave beverage reviews to the BC Beer Baron project, here are some general impressions I had from our day out:

Twin Sails: Offering up Germanic brews (Kolsch, Gose, etc.), this is where Cousin Sip and I started our day. I liked their open garage door setting, with plenty of seats.

Yellow Dog: Here, we sat in the brewery’s backyard patio area, which had an abundance of picnic tables, amongst a serene shady setting (at least until a couple trains roared through).

Early Intoxication

Parkside: The newest addition to the Row also had wine and cider available to customers, as well as two guest taps, to supplement their own lineup. The brewery’s beer flights come on little benches, which are incredibly cute.

Moody Ales: Cousin Sip grabbed some delicious spring rolls from the food truck located outside the brewery, while I sampled a few beers, including a cask serving and a guest tap.

The Row, as a whole, appeared to be very family and child friendly (including pets), with a kid’s birthday going on at one location, while a baby shower was setting up at another. The beer at each establishment was very good and it’s hard for me to pick a favourite stop from the day. One thing is for sure, though: we will be back!