Beer Review – Anderson Valley Brewing Company – Hop Ottin IPA

My co worker Sue grabbed this beer for us to try at the office. It turned out to be a very tasty brew indeed.  I would happily buy this beer if I saw it in the store.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company - Hop Ottin' IPA

Anderson Valley Brewing Company - Hop Ottin' IPA

The interesting thing about this IPA is that it is unexpectedly creamy, and of course finishes with a nice bitter smack of hops. It weighs in at 7% alc/vol and comes in a 1 pt – 6fl oz bottle. Grab one today.

Beer Review – Lighthouse Brewing – Deckhand Belgian Saison

Today’s beer comes by way of Sue. Thank you Sue – you treat me far too well.


I have a confession to make – I’ve got a BIG soft spot for the Belgian beers. I’m not going to lie, with the higher alcohol content and the exotic yeast, it makes for a heady and unique experience for a country fellow like myself raised in a town where mass produced lagers were the only beers to be found at the local store.

Today I sample Lighthouse Brewing’s – Deckhand Belgian Saison. The brew comes in a 650ml bottle and packs a punch at 8% alc/vol. Don’t let that scare you away, this is a tasty brew worth the buy.

The beer pours with ample head and has a peppery and fruity aroma. The big flavour doesn’t hold back and delivers the same spicy, fruity, peppery taste with a slightly sour and dry finish.

This makes for another fine BC microbrew in this Belgian style. If you like this style of beer, I highly recommend my favorite local Saison from Driftwood Brewing called Farmhand Ale.

Beer Review – Driftwood Brewing – Singularity Russian Imperial Stout (2012)

I have Sue to thank for this funky beveridge.

This beer comes dressed up with wax dripping over the upper 1/4 of the bottle. It’s quite a fun effect until its time to crack it open. Go get that swiss army knife and start cutting because while you make your way to an openable bottle, you’ll be asking yourself, I hope this beer is worth it. And I’m pleased to announce… It is!

The Beer:
650 ML bottle
11.6 alc/vol

Aroma: Sour cherries, raspberry, rich malt, strong alcohol content!

Taste: Big Stout flavour with one hell of a kick.

Verdict: If you like strong stouts, go out and buy this one, it’s perfect for warming up on a cold winter’s night. Because of the high alcohol content, you’ll want to share it with a friend or pace yourself.


Beer Review – Fuller’s Organic Honey Dew Refreshing Golden Beer

Today I sample another beer given to me by Todd. Fuller’s Organic Honey Dew Refreshing Golden Beer.


Is it refreshing you ask? Indeed.
Is it golden? Very much so.
Does it make a great summer lawn mower beer? Yes, and then some.

This beer comes in a 500ml bottle and weighs in at 5% alc / vol. At the time of pour, the beer had a pinky’s worth of head in the glass. Beers with fruit can benefit or suffer from it. This beer works. It sips an easy drinking mild to medium carbonation level with floral, fruit and honey notes. I would buy this again specifically in the spring or summer and serve it cold.

Beer Review – Cannery Brewing – Squire Scotch Ale

I was recently furnished with a few tasty beers from my co-workers. I thank them heartily. This one pictured here is from Todd.


Cannery Brewing produces some great beers – their Maple Stout is delicious as is their Anarchist Ale and Naramada Brown. Today I sample their Squire Scotch Ale – a tasty tipple indeed. Weighing in at 6.5% alc/vol. in a 650 ml bottle, this Scotch Ale differs quite starkly from the other local Scotch Ale I have consumed (Russell Brewing – A Wee Angry Scotch Ale). When I opened this beer I was expecting a much bolder roasty malt flavour but that is not what I was greeted with. After collecting myself and realizing I wasn’t going to get a repeat of the other microbrew’s Scotch Ale, I prepared myself for a different experience.

After checking the aroma and having a taste, I realized that this beer may be more closely related to Fróech, a heather ale I once had. What I mean to say is, the beer is not overpowered by a roasted malt – sure it’s there, but there’s more subtlety going on here with the yeast and malt that make it a more balanced experience. What this means is you have a very drinkable light scotch ale with more hops and yeast in the flavour than you might find in your usual scotch ale experience.

I enjoyed this beer and while it may not be my goto beer for scotch ale, you couldn’t go wrong bringing this beer to a tasting.

For those that are unfamiliar with the scotch ale genre Click here for a nice primer.

Mug Up – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada makes some fine brews, this is no exception.  A mildly sweet and hoppy pale ale with medium body and carbonation.  I could be crazy or maybe it was the sweet chili heat crispy minis I had in advance of tasting this beer, but I found a slight essence of bubble gum in the sweetness of the beer.  Mug up – definitely a repeat buy.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale