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Beer Reconnaissance: End of Summer Selections

Dan is on a mission to try as many local beers as possible, one single can at a time...

In the mood for something...

"Simple and satisfying, but thoughtful and nuanced"

Beer: This Pilsner is a Lager

Brewery: Another Beer Company

Style: Czech Pilsner, 5% ABV

Comment: Dear beer aficionados: it's 12 Plato, lagered 49 days, brewed with Raven Floor Malted Pilsner, Melanoidin & Chit malts; hopped with Czech Saaz.  No-nonsense person? It's an all-season beer you can have on it's own as a nightcap, pair with pub grub, or a weekday dinner, since it's equal parts flavorful and drinkable.

"Unapologetically hoppy, but tastefully done"

Beer: She Sells Sea Shells

Brewery: Electric Bicycle Brewing

Style: West Coast IPA, 6.9% ABV

Comment: You get big aromas of a 'walk in the woods', some subtle fruity/citrus taste and aroma, malt backing, bitterness, and a crisp finish.  A 2013-2014 beer done right, if you're feeling nostalgic of Vancouver's initial craft beer boom, and want to take a break from drinking hazies. 

"Advanced, but approachable, and ideal for a virtual bottle share"

Beer: One Day, Eventually, Things Will Bee Okay

Brewery: Temporal Artisan Ales

Style: Unblended Barrel Aged Mixed Fermentation Ale with Honey, 7.5% ABV

Comment: It's bubbly, has considerable acidity, but a one-of-a-kind taste/aroma from the unpasteurized Fraser Valley clover honey interacting with the mixed sour/yeast culture.  It finishes quite dry and smooth to hide the alcohol. *Partial proceeds donated to the Vancouver Food & Beverage Community, as well as Hogan's Alley

"Fun and delicious, but has premium ingredients"

Beer: Class Act

Brewery: Ile Sauvage, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Brewing Program, Brewhall, and BC Beer Awards

Style: Boysenberry Dry Hopped Sour, 5.5% ABV

Comment: Quite jammy, the tartness is just right, not sickly sweet, and the beer finishes light on the palate. Not to mention, it uses a fairly new hop variety called Amarillo -"Lemon Candy" (AKA German Amarillo), and an exclusive hop blend named HS-1228'.  So the ingredients alone are worth the price of admission!

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