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Leapbeer Reviews The Samuel Smith’s Selection

I was really pleased to receive this gift pack a while back. It was picked up by my Sr VP of leapbeer acquisitions on her trip to Vancouver from VITI. It is the Samuel Smith’s Selection from the UK. It had their India Ale IPA, their Nut Brown, and their Oatmeal stout, as well as a nonic pint glass and 2 of the ‘rose of  Yorkshire’ coasters.

This brewery was founded in 1758 in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England. The Samuel Smith’s Brewery employs a fermenting process in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’~ fermenting vessels made of solid slabs of slate, which they say give the beers a fuller bodied taste. You can read more about the brewery on their website here (http://www.samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk/) or on wikipedia here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Smiths) Them using these old style fermenters reminded me of another blog post I had read recently about the beer caves underneath Nottingham, England. You can read about it here (http://ediblegeography.com/beer-caves-redux/)

Pic from Aleheads Blog

First Beer I went to try was the India Pale IPA. This beer pours to a cloudy amber colour with lots of tiny bubbles in it. There is a nice malty smell to the brew. There is definitely bittering hops employed in this beer, but not very present on the nose of it. I get a light licorice flavour from this beer, which will prove to be a common theme to these beers. I’m guessing it comes from the base malts used.

Leapbeer #215 is Samuel Smith’s India Ale IPA

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Leapbeer Fieldtrip – Spinnakers Chefs Table Dinner

While we were visiting Spinnakers my wife and myself took time to savour the excellent dining their kitchen offers. When you dine at Spinnakers one of your options is their Chefs Table Dinner. It is a 5 course meal and each course offers the chef Ali’s suggested beer or wine pairing. The evening was great, the spacing between the plates was perfect and our server was very helpful. I’m still learning about beer and food pairing, so this evening was illuminating for me. I always thought that maybe the beer would bring out some different flavours in the food or vice versa. However it was more that they two flavours would play off each other on my palate.  I chose the beer pairing and my wife chose the wine pairing. I didn’t take notes on the individual plates because I didn’t want to interfere with the mood of the evening. I did my best to take it all in as we ate. The plates were all fantastic. Nothing was excessively large or disturbingly small, but it all had perfect proportions and the timing between courses was impeccable.

First course was a Hertel bacon wrapped smoked oyster with Spinnakers Scottish Ale infused grainy mustard & a house made english flat bread cracker paired with Scottish Ale for beer or Hester Creek Cabernet/Merlot for wine.

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Leapbeer Review #171 Cascadian Brown Ale – the VCBW 2012 Collaboration Ale

This May Vancouver celebrated Vancouver Craft Beer Week and to commemorate it, 30 of BC breweries got together to make this Collaboration Ale. The official site about it has this to say about it.

“On Friday March 30, the official VCBW Collaboration Ale was brewed at Russell Brewing in Surrey, led by Russell Brewing’s Jack Bensley and Central City Brewing’s Gary Lohin, using premium ingredients supplied by Canada Malting.

In celebration of BC’s largest craft beer festival, 30 of the province’s finest breweries banded together to create a unique Cascadian Brown Ale. This nutty, medium-bodied brew is our take on a traditional English ale with a curiously hoppy West Coast twist. It will be available during VCBW in draught and cask at participating establishments, and in 650ml bottles at leading private liquor stores throughout the Lower Mainland.

Each year, partial proceeds from the sale of VCBW’s collaboration beer are donated to a different charity. Last year, $1,294 was successfully raised for Japanese Tsunami Relief from sales of our 2011 Cascadian Dark Ale. This year we’ve tripled the batch size and hope to raise even more money for the Farmland Defense League of British Columbia.”
from http://vancouvercraftbeerweek.com/2012/official-beer/

This was presented to my by a twitter friend, John Lim Hing, on our trip to Tofino. His restaurant (Hog Shack Cookhouse) was location for one of the VCBW events in July, so congrats to you John on that. I grabbed my trusty pint glass and went to work. This beer pours to a lovely coca-cola coloured brown with a frothy beige head. It seems quite odd to me making a malty brown ale and jazzing it up with Cascade hops, but I’m intrigued as well. The taste of this beer doesn’t disappoint. It is malty, then hoppy, then crisp. The 55 IBU’s linger all on the side of your mouth. I don’t believe it was dry hopped, or at least not very much as there is very little scent from this beer. The predominant smell is malt, but even that is faint. I get a light taste of toffee and grapefruit, undoubtedly from the cascade hops coming through. The tartness really builds in your mouth. So much so that it begins as a quaffer and ends as a sipper. This beer definitely has some pucker to it, in a good way. This beer is definitely worth checking out, especially because the proceeds go to charity. I was emailed by Bryan from Cascadia Liquor stores in Victoria that they received a case of this a couple of weeks ago.

Leapbeer #171 is Cascadian Brown Ale by 30 different BC Brewers. See list below.

Here’s the list of the brewers from the official site.

  • Big Ridge
  • Big River
  • Cannery
  • Central City
  • Coal Harbour
  • Crannóg
  • Dockside
  • Fernie
  • Granville Island
  • High Mountain
  • Howe Sound
  • Lighthouse
  • Mission Springs
  • Mt. Begbie
  • Nelson
  • Parallel 49
  • Phillips
  • R&B
  • Red Truck
  • Russell
  • Saltspring
  • Spinnakers
  • Steamworks
  • Storm
  • Swans
  • Tin Whistle
  • Townsite
  • Tree
  • Vancouver Island
  • Whistler

So 5 of them were from Vancouver Island.

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Leapbeer Review #170 Beaver Brown Ale by Canoe Brewpub

I had an evening dinner earlier this month at Canoe Brewpub in Victoria. We shared a flight of their craft and discussed it. If you don’t know a flight of beer is a taster of all their products.

The one beer that stood out to me was their Beaver Brown Ale. I picked up a bottle of it and brought it to the leapbeer tasting room.

I poured this into my trusty pint glass and here’s my thoughts. It pours to a deep brown colour with a cream coloured foam on top. This beer smells fantastic. It smells of malt with a hint of coffee as well. When you taste it the coffee meets some chocolate flavour and this brown ale. It washes in your mouth and fills it with the flavour. It isn’t heavy, but it is rich. It is a bold and easily sessionable brown ale. I really enjoyed it.

Leapbeer #170 is Beaver Brown Ale by Canoe Brewpub in Victoria

This beer was available on tap at the pub, but also in the 650ml bomber. It has a nice sessionable 5.3%.

One other thing about Canoe, our dinner was great. 2 of the diners had the braised beef entré and it was fantastic. They even offer this beer in a beer float. It made for a great night. They also just released a gluten free menu. My hat is off to Canoe for their fine craftsmanship, both in the beer and in their restaurant. Check them out if you get the chance.

http://canoebrewpub.com/index.html

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#32 Alexander Keith’s Harvest Ale

While perusing the Oyster River liquor store I noticed a limited edition brew that I hadn’t seen before. I impulsively bought one and anticipated trying it out.

It was listed as a rich brown ale with hints of roasted hops and caramel. I get the roasted hops, but I’d hardly list this as a bold beer. They have obviously put emphasis on mass appeal so while it has a pronounced taste, it isn’t bold. It does taste good, it has a nice clean finish. It is a relatively decent dark ale.

#32 is Alexander Keith’s Harvest Ale

In honor of a crazy man I’ll close with his line. “Here’s to your mothers, god love her.” “And to Yours”

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