BC Beer Baron #203 – Be Right Back Kentucky Common

Upon entering the recent Tip N’ Taste beer event in Langley, my first drink of the night was from Be Right Back Brewing and it got the festivities off to a good start.

The Kentucky Common is a flagship beer for BRB and a style I’ve come to enjoy, as I occasionally find the option at some tasting rooms. At 4.7% ABV and 21 IBUs, the beverage isn’t a heavy hitter, but is a solid release, with some good flavour.

Be Right Back Kentucky Common

As mentioned by the brewery, Kentucky Commons were popular with the working class of Louisville, Kentucky during prohibition times. The beer is rare to find now, but more and more companies are experimenting with the style, bringing it back to prominence.

Mrs. Sip and I would like to return to BRB’s Richmond brew pub, where we enjoyed a meal and drink earlier this year. BRB used to go by the name Big River Brewing, but changed its moniker in September 2015 to reinvigorate their brand, product line and restaurant.

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BC Beer Baron #116 – Black Kettle Kentucky Common

When the Sip Alliance visited Black Kettle Brewing in February, we weren’t sure what to expect, but they had a new and unique beer on tap that quickly caught my eye.

The Kentucky Common is a darker, stronger (6.5% ABV) brew, with a slight sweetness. It goes down easy though and is a very enjoyable beverage. As far as I know, the beer is only available on tap at Black Kettle’s home of operations.

Black Kettle Brewing

So, what is a Kentucky Common and how did it end up in BC? Well, it’s an ale (also going by the names Dark Cream Common Beer, Cream Beer, or Common Beer) that was popular pre-prohibition in Louisville, Kentucky. Apparently, it’s rare to find nowadays, so I’m feeling a little lucky that I had the chance to have a serving.

For those that haven’t yet checked out Black Kettle Brewing at their North Vancouver tasting room or elsewhere, I urge you to do so. Through early 2016, they have been my MVP of both a beer festival event and a brewery crawl. Here’s hoping they keep up the great work!

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