BC Beer Baron #244 – Sherwood Mountain Skeena West Pale Ale

When Ma and Pa Sip were in Terrace, BC a few months back, they made sure to pick up a couple Sherwood Mountain Brewing bombers for their number one son.

Among those, was the company’s Skeena West Pale Ale, which was a very good drink. The 5.5% ABV brew features flavours of caramel and biscuit with a nice hop balance.

Sherwood Mountain Skeena West Pale Ale

The beer is named after the Skeena River, which is the second longest river to exist entirely in the province and is home to a number of wildlife species, including various salmon and bears. Particularly notable is that the rare Kermode Bear (aka Spirit Bear) inhabits the Skeena Valley, which surrounds the body of water.

Sherwood Mountain’s brewmaster learned this recipe from Lake of Bays Brewing in Baysville, Ontario. The beer was a solid beverage, so it’s no surprise the brewery expects it to become a flagship offering, as time goes by.

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BC Beer Baron #165 – Sherwood Mountain Munich Lager

When Ma and Pa Sip had to travel to Terrace, BC recently for a Celebration of Life in the family, they took the opportunity to pick up some craft beer for the ol’ Sip Advisor, stopping in at Sherwood Mountain Brewing.

The Munich Lager is not your typical lager, coming in with an amber/dark brown colour and bolder flavour than I’m accustomed to. The 4.8% ABV beverage was just recently released in bottle format, joining Sherwood Mountain’s other offerings, including the Friar’s House Lager.

Sherwood Mountian Munich Lager

Ma and Pa Sip had the chance to speak with Sherwood Mountain’s brewmaster (or braumeister and beer bard, as he prefers to be called), Darryl Tucker, who spent six months living in Germany, learning the country’s brewing techniques.

Borrowing from the legends of Robin Hood and the character’s home of Sherwood Forest, the company’s bottles feature a friar mascot named Tuck, who is a man of the people and lover of beer. “From lagers to stouts to saisons to IPAs, the Friar has made friends with them all,” the brewery’s website boasts… and I’d love to try them all, eventually!

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