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The Microbrew Thread...

Post by RadarGrrl » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:07 pm

This seems to be something that started in the Big Objects thread, but worthy of one all its own.

So...what do you think is the best microwbrewed, craft brewed or pub brewed beer that you've ever had, and why?

I already posted about Church Key West Coast Pale Ale in that other thread. Your turn.
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Post by konadog » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:53 am

Phillip's Hop Circle I.P.A. is my usual, and I like Whistler's Switchback - another I.P.A. Red Racer does a good E.S.B. and pretty much anything from Spinnaker's is top-shelf. Local-ish and good!
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Post by RadarGrrl » Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:28 am

I've actually tried Red Racer...it was available in Trenton (Ontario) when I was there. Nice brew!
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Post by mac_stang » Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:22 pm

I typically enjoy something from Tree Brewing(thirsty beaver, kelowna pilsner, cutthroat pale..)
But recently found Hermans Black lager and Seadog Amber qle from Vancouver Island Brewing.
Great beers with a bit of regional pride!

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Post by psilosin » Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:26 pm

When I was in Halifax on vacation in 2008 I spent most days going apeshit over Propellerhead IPA. Have not seen it out in BC since so not sure if it still holds up against some of the new sexy IPAs on the shelves but it has a fond fuzzy place in my heart.

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Post by nxski » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:57 am

psilosin wrote:When I was in Halifax on vacation in 2008 I spent most days going apeshit over Propellerhead IPA. Have not seen it out in BC since so not sure if it still holds up against some of the new sexy IPAs on the shelves but it has a fond fuzzy place in my heart.
I found an amazing raspberry wheat ale at a brewery in Halifax, but can't remember the name. I had a great grapefruit ale from 16th street liquor store, but again, can't remember the name. :-(
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Post by FalcoColumbarius » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:57 pm

I have recently discovered Phillip's Blue Buck, which is quite pleasant after a gruelling day on the jobsite. Not keen on many of the so called IPAs (not that I've drank all of them), I doubt they'd last the boat trip to India. Also, there has been this new trend to sell "hoppy" beer: This stuff is just poorly made beer ~ if you can smell the hops, the beer is not ready.

Unibroue is still a favourite, I also like Big Rock from Alberta.

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Post by yojimbo » Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:04 am

Historically before hops were used in beer they used nettles, there ks a brewey over here that makes some that way, but at a cost! I've yet to try it due to it. A friend owns a small brewery but isnt keen on making a batch.
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Post by konadog » Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:14 am

FalcoColumbarius wrote:This stuff is just poorly made beer ~ if you can smell the hops, the beer is not ready.
Rubbish. It's popular because it tastes good.
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Post by mac_stang » Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:00 am

Heavy hopping(which makes an IPA an IPA). Hops are the natural preservative used to get the brew all the way to India in the belly of a schooner...that being said, keiths IPA is about as much IPA as Richards Red is a Stout. If I go IPA I look for Phillips products(makers of Blue Buck).
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Post by konadog » Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:36 pm

Ooo, the double amnesiac is too boozy for me. I top out at about 7.5 %...
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Post by mac_stang » Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:58 pm

konadog wrote:Ooo, the double amnesiac is too boozy for me. I top out at about 7.5 %...
LOL! Me too, but my wife seems to like it!!


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Post by RadarGrrl » Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:12 pm

A grapefruit ale! That sounds marvellous! What was that like?
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Post by Shaun Van Ramen » Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:52 pm

I've had too many to decide. But a consisted good Micro is Howe Sound (love the 1L bottles). This time of year (see post date - Oct) their Pumpkineater Strong Ale is delish. Also just had the Bay Ale.

Personally I'm not a big hops fan. I prefer wheaty and unfiltered ales. A special treat is Innis & Gunn oak aged beer. We tend to go seasonal with all our beer drinking.

3 years ago several of us did a 5-day Oregon Micro-Beer tour on motorbikes (Correct! No drinking and riding)

There is also the East Oregon "Brews Byway" tour.
http://www.visiteasternoregon.com/beertag/

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Post by TRUTHautomotive » Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:35 am

Village here in Calgary has made a great name for themselves. I've also got into the habit of making a few brews myself (mostly mead), but here's my favorite Jamaican style ginger beer recipe:
in a 1 gallon carboy
-1kg high quality honey
-juiced ginger
-1/5th package of champagne yeast
-fill with fresh spring water (room temperature or slightly warmer)
shake shake shake until everything dissolves

cap with an airlock and brew until desired flavor is achieved, 1.2 months of fermentation yields approx 6-7.5% alcohol, too strong? use less honey!

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