Beer of the Week #42 – Dageraad Entropy No. 5

Recently, Mrs. Sip and I – with Baby Sip in tow – finally made the trek out to Burnaby to visit Dageraad Brewing’s tasting room. There, after a flight of their Belgian-themed beers, I purchased a bottle of this unique release.

The Entropy No. 5 is a Gin Barrel-Aged Blonde IPA and was totally worth the $12 investment. At 8% ABV, this beverage is on the imperial/stronger side, but given it’s rarity and popularity, I was very lucky to get my hands on the very limited edition.

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This beer is the fifth entry in the Entropy Series, which features barrel-aged brews of varying styles. Their Smoke & Wood-Aged Beer won a gold medal at the 2016 BC Beer Awards and earned an honourable mention at the 2017 event.

Mrs. Sip and I were under the impression that I snagged one of the few remaining bottles of this brew (only 19 cases were produced). I’m not sure if little sippers will be able to find the 750ml serving, but it’s worth a look.

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BC Beer Baron #302 – Dageraad Dark Days Saison

With the days growing darker and daylight hours being squeezed to a minimum, things can get pretty glum. At least the season inspired Dageraad Brewing to create this product.

The Dark Days Saison is brewed with spices and incorporates golden naked oats and fennel into the recipe. The 5.6% ABV beverage was right up my alley, as saisons are a favourite family for the Sip Advisor.

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This limited release can only be found on tap at Dageraad, so I’m lucky to have got the chance to sample the brew. It won’t stick around forever, so those curious should get out to Burnaby quickly.

As Mrs. Sip and I told the crew operating the Dageraad booth at the BC Beer Awards, they are one of the few Lower Mainland establishments we have yet to visit. For shame!

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BC Beer Baron #273 – Dageraad De Witte

When it comes to Lower Mainland breweries, there are few the Sip Advisor has yet to visit. Dageraad Brewing, based in Burnaby, is one of them and while I must atone for my transgressions, that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying their beers. Such is the case with this release, which I recently tried as a guest tap option.

The De Witte is described by the brewery as a sour-fermented Belgian-style spiced wheat ale, thus checking off some of my and Mrs. Sip’s favourite beer criteria. The 5.2% ABV beverage is quite tasty and perfect for summer drinking. It’s suggested that drinkers carefully pour this brew and try to leave as much of the yeast sediment in the bottle.

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Available in bomber-sized bottles, the De Witte has brought home a few accolades over its lifetime. This includes a silver medal at the 2014 BC Beer Awards in the Belgian/French Ale category and a bronze medal the following year in the Sours/Wild Ale class.

For those curious about the brewery’s name (as was the Sip Advisor), it is an homage to the Dageraadplaats, a square in Antwerp, Belgium. There, beer culture is prevalent and the owner/brewmaster of Dageraad (meaning daybreak or dawn) hopes to bring the Belgian style to BC drinkers… a style he likes to call Burnabarian!

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BC Beer Baron #183 – Dageraad Amber Ale

I honestly can’t explain why it’s taken so long (we’re halfway through this 366-day BC craft beer project) to throw some coverage Dageraad Brewing’s way. I’ve liked most everything I’ve ever had from the company, but the opportunity in 2016 just hasn’t come up.

That was, until recently, when visiting friends and being offered some of the brewery’s Amber Ale. This beer is incredibly good, with notes of sweet malts to go along with a refreshing, crisp finish. The 6% ABV is an homage to and coming together of complex Belgian and drinkable British ales.

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The unfiltered brew is available in bomber sized bottles. Suggested food pairings include Indian and Malaysian curries, braised meats, barbecue, and general pub dishes. The folks at Dageraad argue the Amber Ale is a perfect pairing beer, given its flavour, complexity and higher level of carbonation to cleanse the palate.

Dageraad remains one of the few Lower Mainland breweries that we have yet to visit in-person. We just don’t head out in that direction very often, but should make a point of dropping in. Mrs. Sip would love the place, as their line is heavily made up of Belgian-style releases.

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