BC Beer Baron #328 – Yellow Dog Chase My Tail Pale Ale

Recently, while hanging out and having drinks at the TAPshack in Coal Harbour for a friend’s birthday, the Sip Advisor enjoyed a serving of this Yellow Dog Brewing product. This was in a glass directly from the brewery, a small detail which I love seeing while out and about.

The Chase My Tail Pale Ale continues the company’s celebrated history of great-named and better tasting brews (the Play Dead IPA and Shake a Paw Porter quickly come to mind, as examples). With mixed flavours of fruit and pine, the 5.2% ABV, 50 IBUs beverage is tasty and refreshing.


The pale ale is available in 473ml tall can four-packs on-site at the brewery and at private liquor stores. It paired well with my Maui Wowie Hawaiian pizza and I would love to see other ideas for the drink, but the brewery’s website has been “Coming Soon” since 2014.

Yellow Dog used to be a dog friendly place with water dishes and treat bowls for puppies that were brought to the tasting room. I recently heard a rumour this is no longer the case, thanks to one complaint. If that’s true, it’s disappointing – but not surprising – that one person can ruin a good thing… and this is coming from someone who’s prefers the company of cats.

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BC Beer Baron #136 – Yellow Dog Shake a Paw Smoked Porter

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. I used to be hesitant about drinking porters, believing them to mostly be coffee-based in the flavour department. Once I realized that was only half true, a whole new world was opened to me and that’s a world I want to share with others.

There was a time when the Sip Advisor loathed porters. Luckily, I came to my senses and this Yellow Dog Brewing release was one of the brews that got me there.

I love my smoke-flavoured beers and the Shake a Paw Smoked Porter is high on that list. To bring out the most smokiness possible, the beer should be drank at a warmer temperature. If you – like the Sip Advisor – prefer your beers cold, you may have to wait a little for maximum flavour.

Yellow Dog Shake a Paw Smoked Porter

Originally, Shake a Paw was to be a limited release, but after winning the Best of Show award at the 2014 BC Beer Awards, it became a flagship beer for the company. I love Yellow Dog’s beer names, all of which have to do with puppy behaviour. There’s the Chase My Tail Pale Ale, Play Dead IPA, Stick Toss Saison, and Take a Walk Wit, among others.

Mrs. Sip and I were able to visit Yellow Dog’s Port Moody location once before and have been meaning to return. The place is one of the most dog friendly operations I’ve ever witnessed and I guess that naturally comes with the name.

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