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Leapbeer Fieldtrip – Brewmaster Dinner at Swans Brewpub

On November the 10th, Swans Brewpub had their Brewmaster Dinner. It was a limited seating event, taking up the back half of the restaurant. I was teased the day before by a pic they posted to twitter.

Swans 2012 Brewmaster Dinner Cake

Swans 2012 Brewmaster Dinner Cake

(Courtesy of their twitter feed)

With interests piqued my sister and I headed down to Swans to check out the event. It was a packed house for this 5 course meal, each paired with one of their beers. And, as the evening started, it was hinted that there would be a special ‘secret’ beer as well.

Menu for the night

Menu for the night

First course was a fondue starter paired with Swans Arctic Ale (#280 on the Leapbeer Master List). It was a shared plate of apple and pear slices, grapes and spiced nuts to be dipped in a beer infused cheese sauce. The sauce was very reminiscent of what you’d expect from a nice home cooked cheese sauce over cauliflower or broccoli, but with a hint of blue cheese to it as well. The ale served as a nice palate cleanser between each fon-dunk. This was a great way to start the evening.

First Course

First Course Fondue – Paired with Arctic Ale

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Leapbeer Review #275 Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale by Phillips Brewing Co

This post marks my last (for now) Vancouver Island craft pumpkin beer post. There is one more I want to try, but it is a draft offering in Victoria. Today’s comes from Phillips, their Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale.

This beer hasn’t been favorably reviewed so far this year, and I can see why. It really doesn’t carry much pumpkin character with it at all. It is a thin golden coloured beer with a white head that quickly dissipates. There’s no real pumpkin or spice smell to it, just yeast. The taste is very faint, with a small spice note to it. It is as if this is the anti-pumpkin beer. There’s not a lot I can say about it really. This was my first time trying this beer despite them having made it several years in a row. I initially feared I had picked up a bad bottle, but reading the parting glass post about it confirmed that it wasn’t only my bottle. I’ve had a lot of different Phillips beers this year, and, unfortunately, this is one of the ones I really didn’t like.

Leapbeer #275 is Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale by Phillips Brewing Company

Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company of Victoria BC
Released: September 24th, 2012
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/5.0% ABV
Availability: Seasonal Release
Purchased @:
Merecroft Village Liquor Store
Webpage:
http://phillipsbeer.com/smile-crooked-tooth-time
Other Reviews: Parting Glass Blog, Mikes Craft Beer Blog , Beer Advocate & Rate Beer

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Leapbeer Review #273 Pumpkin Ale by Lighthouse Brewing Company

Another Vancouver Island Craft Pumpkin beer comes to Leapbeer today, and this one is by Lighthouse. I picked this beer up on my last Victoria run, however I’ve seen it in several stores up here, and thats a good thing. This clear amber pumpkin beer is less of a ‘pumpkin pie in a glass’ beer and more of a beer similar to the Post Road Pumpkin Ale. It doesn’t smell really strong, you get a bit of pumpkin smell along with a slight hint of sweet yeast. When I drank this beer I like the way the lightness of the ale plays off the thicker mouthfeel that the pumpkin provides. There’s a reasonable yet reserved dosing of spice in this beer, which I’m getting ginger and clove in the forefront. I quite like this one, despite my previous reluctance in drinking pumpkin beers.

Leapbeer #273 is Pumpkin Ale by Lighthouse Brewing Company

Brewery: Lighthouse Brewing Company of Victoria BC
Released: September 29th (approximately)
Size/ABV: 650ml Bomber/5.5%
Availability: Select Private Liquor stores
Purchased @:
Liquor Plus in Victoria
Webpage:
 http://www.lighthousebrewing.com/ (Beer not featured on their beer list)
Other Reviews: Untappd, Rate Beer & Beer Advocate

I originally had five Vancouver Island pumpkin beers I wanted to put on the blog this week, but I have to wait because I did not get one of them from the brewpub last time I was in Victoria. That said there’s one more in the fridge to come, and I’ll be blogging that one later tonight.

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Leapbeer Review #270 Pumpkin Ale by Swans Buckerfield’s Brewery

This next micropost for Vancouver Island Pumpkin beers comes from Swans Buckerfield’s. They released their Pumpkin Ale this year on October the 4th. I was actually looking for something different when I went into the Liquor Plus on my way out of town in Victoria a while back. But I noticed this and decided to pick one up.

This beer has a fairly prominent pumpkin scent to it. I’m also getting hints of ginger spice and a hint of lemongrass. This looks very much like a fall beer with its deep amber even near red colour. The thin white head on top is formed of tight bubbles. The beer tastes is fairly light, as you’d expect with a five percenter, but you get a lot of pumpkin pie flavour from it. It may be a bit higher on the sweet side for most beer drinkers. It is (again) pumpkin pie in a bottle.

Leapbeer #270 is Pumpkin Ale by Swans Buckerfield’s Brewery of Victoria BC

Brewery: Swans Buckerfield’s Brewpub of Nanaimo BC
Released: October 4th
Size/ABV: 650ml Bomber/5.0%
Availability: Select Private Liquor stores
Purchased @:
Liquor Plus in Victoria
Webpage:
http://swanshotel.com/brew-pub/brew-pub-home (Beer not featured on their beer list)
Other Reviews: Untappd, Rate Beer & Beer Advocate

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Leapbeer Review #267 – Great Pumpkin Ale by Longwood Brewpub

This is the first in a short series of micro posts of different pumpkin beers from Vancouver Island I’m putting into the blog. If you’re looking for a more concise series of blog reviews on Pumpkin beers I suggest either The Parting Glass blog. She’s covered ten different pumpkin beers so far, with more to come soon.

For me, I’m trying to keep with the Vancouver Island theme of my blog, and just cover the ones from here. First up from the VICraftbeer scene Pumpkin Beer, The Grand Pumpkin by Longwood Brewpub in Nanaimo, BC.

I was absolutely shocked at how good this beer is. It has a very nice malty character to it, and a smooth ginger and pumpkin taste. Apparently Harley Smith, the Longwood Brewpub brewmaster, brewed the beer first and then added additional pumpkin spiced tea to the brew near the end of fermentation. It is worth stopping in and trying when you are around the area. Now that their beers have been spotted outside the confines of the brewpub, maybe this will make the export list as well.

Leapbeer #267 is Great Pumpkin Ale by Longwood Brewpub

Brewery: Longwood Brewpub of Nanaimo BC
Released: Unknown
Size/ABV: 178ml Glass/7.0%
Availability: Only at the Brewpub
Purchased @:
Longwood Brewpub
Webpage:
http://www.longwoodbrewpub.com/ (Beer not featured on their beer list)
Other Reviews: Untappd

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Leapbeer Review #130 Post Road Pumpkin Ale

Today’s post is of a beer I picked up a while ago on a trip to Victoria. I was intrigued by the idea of a pumpkin beer. Reading the information from their website  says that hundreds of pounds of pumpkin go into each batch. This beer pours to a deep amber/orange colour. It really has the scent of the pumpkin as well. My last time I had a beer even similar to this it didn’t go well. Let’s hope this one goes better.

It tastes not bad. It has a sweetness to it. You get a hint of the fruit in it as well. You’d expect it to be more omnipresent with this beer, but it’s more reserved. They balanced the finish with a nice dose of bitterness at the end of the taste. I’m thinking that the pumpkin adds more of a silkiness to this beer than a flavour. You get the smell of it, but less of the taste than I would expect. I do like this beer. It’s a definite change to the norm of even most craft beers. This beer is a seasonal offering from Brooklyn brewery, served in 355ml bottles at a 5.0%ABV.

Leapbeer #130 is Post Road Pumpkin Ale

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