BC Beer Baron #177 – Dead Frog Tropic Vice Tropical Fruit Ale

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. Fruit beers may have some traditionalists up in arms, but if they only them a chance, they would see how good the beverages can be. In putting together this feature week, I tried to incorporate as many different fruits as possible, so let’s see what BC has to offer in this realm.

While I picked up the Vancouver Island Pod Pack on my most recent jaunt to the liquor store, Dead Frog Brewing’s Mixer Pack was also in serious contention, highlighted by this new addition to their lineup.

The Tropic Vice Tropical Fruit Ale is infused with mango and passion fruit. With each sip, you get a burst of flavour from the spring seasonal. At only 5% ABV, the brew is light and refreshing and should be a hit at with drinkers of all creeds.

Dead Frog Tropic Vice Tropical Fruit Ale

The beer has been racking up accolades since its release, voted the People’s Choice Best Beer and Judge’s Choice Best Fruit Beer at the 2016 Okanagan Fest of Ale in Penticton, BC. As a result, Dead Frog is calling this brew ‘The Beer of Summer’. Along with its inclusion in the company’s Mixer Pack, it can also be found in bottled six packs.

The beverage is said to pair well with burgers, pizza, Cajun chicken, and nachos. That makes it the perfect accessory for summer barbecues, days spent lounging in the sun and even around the campfire at night.

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BC Beer Baron #176 – Four Mile Tangerine Dream Ale

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. Fruit beers may have some traditionalists up in arms, but if they only them a chance, they would see how good the beverages can be. In putting together this feature week, I tried to incorporate as many different fruits as possible, so let’s see what BC has to offer in this realm.

After first sampling their wares last November at the Hopscotch 2015 Grand Tasting Hall, I was curious to try more products from Victoria’s Four Mile Brewing. When I learned that this beer was among their arsenal, I looked forward to the day when we would meet.

I finally found the Tangerine Dream Ale at the 8th Street Liquor Store in New Westminster, en route to meeting Mrs. Sip and her colleagues for a Friday afternoon happy hour. While the beverage went light on its alcohol content (only 4.25% ABV), it certainly travelled to the other end of the spectrum with its citrus flavour. I’m not sure if I’ll be dreaming about the beer anytime soon, but it was a good drink.

Four Mile Tangerine Dream Ale

The art on Four Mile’s labels are really neat, featuring forest wildlife and other creatures. The Tangerine Dream Ale, available in bomber-sized bottles at private liquor stores around BC, is highlighted by a noble looking fox and that’s good enough for the Sip Advisor.

I would love to check out Four Mile’s brewery when Mrs. Sip and I finally get around to doing our epic Victoria beer journey. A couple of their other seasonal releases have piqued my interest, namely the Prickly Pear Cactus Wheat Ale and Double Chocolate Porter.

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BC Beer Baron #175 – Stanley Park SunSetter Summer Ale

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. Fruit beers may have some traditionalists up in arms, but if they only them a chance, they would see how good the beverages can be. In putting together this feature week, I tried to incorporate as many different fruits as possible, so let’s see what BC has to offer in this realm.

Mrs. Sip and I recently attended a talk and tasting opportunity, titled: From Barley to Beer, with Kwantlen Polytechnic University Brewing Program instructor Alek Egi. At that event, the Sip Advisor was able to reacquaint himself with an old friend from Stanley Park Brewing.

The SunSetter Summer Ale is an unfiltered wheat beer, which features a nice peach flavour that is not overwhelming. This results in a refreshing beverage that as the name should suggest, is ideal during the summer months. The seasonal release carries stats of 4.8% ABV and 16 IBUs and is available in a number of ways, including Stanley Park’s Summer Edition mixed 12-pack.

Stanley Park SunSetter Summer Ale

I first enjoyed this beer while on vacation last year in Penticton, BC. It was suggested to me by Cousin Sip, who’s a big fan of the product, picking up cases whenever she finds the summer seasonal during the long and lonely winter. Suggested pairings include Caprese salad, steamed clams and grilled pork tenderloin. The SunSetter won a gold medal at the 2015 World Beer Championships in the Flavored Wheat Beer category.

While chatting with the Stanley Park representative, we learned that plans are coming together for the brewery to finally open a tasting room. It was also revealed that Stanley Park will be releasing an India Brown Ale in the fall, which has my interest piqued, as I don’t believe I’ve ever tried that style of suds before.

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BC Beer Baron #174 – Cannery Blackberry 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. Fruit beers may have some traditionalists up in arms, but if they only them a chance, they would see how good the beverages can be. In putting together this feature week, I tried to incorporate as many different fruits as possible, so let’s see what BC has to offer in this realm.

While most fruit-based products tend to fall in the wheat and wit categories, we can thank Cannery Brewing for changing the game with this release.

The Blackberry Porter is comprised of five specialty malts, three superior hop varieties and is made with all natural, pure blackberries, resulting in a dark and delicious beverage. After all that hard work, the brewery simply asks of the drinker to: “Lean back, relax and savour the flavour!”

Cannery Blackberry Porter

This beer took home first place at the Calgary International Beer Festival in 2005 and is a fixture at the Okanagan Fest of Ale and Osoyoos Oyster Festival. Two events the Sip Advisor would love to check out one day.

The Sip Syndicate was able to visit Cannery’s Penticton tasting room last Labour Day weekend, where on a gorgeous afternoon, we were able to enjoy their patio, sipping beer flights, while playing a very outdated card game involving moral dilemmas. All in good fun!

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BC Beer Baron #173 – Central City Dark Cherry Stout

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. Fruit beers may have some traditionalists up in arms, but if they only them a chance, they would see how good the beverages can be. In putting together this feature week, I tried to incorporate as many different fruits as possible, so let’s see what BC has to offer in this realm.

On one of our many trips to the Central City Brew Pub in Vancouver a couple months back, this tap menu item from their own brewery instantly caught my eye and I quickly ordered a serving.

The Dark Cherry Stout combined a few of my favourite things: cherries, chocolate and beer. This 6% ABV, 30 IBUs offering was fairly good. There was a reasonable amount of cherry flavour to the recipe, although I always like more when it comes to my beverages. In most cases, I want to know that taste is there, not just get a hint of it.

Central City Brewing

I’m not sure how easy it would be to find this stout, as it wasn’t even listed on the brewery’s website, at the time the Sip Advisor experienced it. I would assume it was available at Central City’s tasting room, as well as at their Surrey brew pub, but I can’t be certain of that.

As far as Central City stouts go, I’ve also tried their Habanero Stout, which I found to be quite enjoyable. If the Dark Cherry Stout has disappeared with the end of the winter season, I would urge all you little sippers to be on the lookout for it next year.

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BC Beer Baron #172 – Fuggles & Warlock The Last Strawberry Wit

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. Fruit beers may have some traditionalists up in arms, but if they only them a chance, they would see how good the beverages can be. In putting together this feature week, I tried to incorporate as many different fruits as possible, so let’s see what BC has to offer in this realm.

I first enjoyed this Fuggles & Warlock creation while staying in the Okanagan Valley on a wine weekend. Thankfully, I packed along a host of good beers to help stave off palate fatigue, including this little number.

The Last Strawberry Wit is brewed with fresh strawberries, giving the beer a sweet taste, with a tart finish. The 4.9% ABV beverage is nice and light and comes in at only 8 IBUs. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an IBU count that low.

Fuggles & Warlock The Last Strawberry Wit

The label design for this beer conjures images of Final Fantasy or The Legend of Zelda, which is par for the course for Fuggles & Warlock (the brewery that is “Keeping Beer Weird”). The beer is available in canned six-packs, as well as bomber-sized bottles at various liquor stores.

Fuggles and Warlock finally opened their Richmond tasting room in April and I’ve been thirsting to drop by for a visit. Cousin Sip was there on opening weekend and grabbed me a bomber of their 8-Bit IPA, which I will have to review in the future.

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BC Beer Baron #171 – Fernie What the Huck Huckleberry Wheat Ale

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. Fruit beers may have some traditionalists up in arms, but if they only them a chance, they would see how good the beverages can be. In putting together this feature week, I tried to incorporate as many different fruits as possible, so let’s see what BC has to offer in this realm.

You don’t see huckleberries being used in too many products, but thankfully that leaves more available for Fernie Brewing to experiment with.

Their What the Huck Huckleberry Wheat Ale is a 5% ABV, 15 IBUs beverage that was first released in 2008. Using huckleberry juice and blending that with wheat, the result is a smooth and refreshing beer, with one of the best names on the BC brewing landscape.

Fernie What the Huck Huckleberry Wheat Ale

Part of Fernie’s ‘Core Brands’, the What the Huck earned a bronze medal at the 2013 BC Beer Awards in the Fruit Beer category. The beer can be found year round in 650ml bomber bottles, throughout BC and Alberta and also in Manitoba during the summer.

Similar to a blueberry in shape, colour and taste, huckleberries are easily found in the Rocky Mountains region, close to Fernie, BC. Suggested food pairings include desserts, salads or pastas. The brewery also notes that cheeses such as chevre, mozzarella and gouda play nicely with the flavour of the beer.

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