The Last Aurochs (Weizenbock)

“…Our crowns of tusk worn high, we then were countless. Time has passed. The year now in its winter, day its dusk, my fellows fallen all, I am the last.”

From Driftwood Brewery in Victoria BC is their Weizenbock, The Last Aurochs, coming in strong at 8% ABV this beer is quite the experience. Not to be drunk lightly that’s for sure. The colour is a beautiful, deep amber, and the aroma is malty and bold with a hint of sweetness. The first sip sent shivers down my spine and my taste buds sent a message to my brain saying “whooooooaaaa.. what did you just consume.. and can I have another sip.” It’s an intense beer I’m not gonna lie, but there’s an intrigue and an enjoyability about it as well. The first flavour that hits you is molasses, it’s like dark and rich and sweet, but definitely tastes like molasses. I felt like this was a good choice to test out considering the changing of the seasons into Fall, something dark and spicy to warm up the insides. Considering how strong it is however, I think this is one to share with others when you’re up for a sharing adventure.

On an inquisitive note:

What are Aurochs?: Aurochs is an extinct species of large, wild cattle that inhabited Europe. It is the ancestor of domestic cattle. (Absolutely love the illustration of the Aurochs on the bottle, Driftwood Brewery has some incredibly talented illustrators).

What is a Weizenbock?: A German style wheat beer. Includes bolder and more complex malt characters of dark fruits and perhaps some spiciness.

Huh, I’ve officially experienced and learned something new



Savoy Brewery

The Location

Almost everyone and their grandmother has heard of the Shambhala electronic music festival that is held yearly and hosts some 10,000+ participants. The festival attracts party goers from around the globe, with good reason, it is a party like none other! This summer was their 20th anniversary, with their popularity growing, and their money keeps flowing it’s no wonder the owners have the means to expand! A few years ago they bought the historic Savoy Hotel in Nelson, and spent what I would imagine millions in restoring it. The building now includes the Farm Fresh Cafe, Bloom nightclub, The Falls music lounge and their very own microbrewery that makes delicious in house craft beer! The brewery is located inside The Falls music lounge which you can see in it’s entirety through the glass walls. The brew tanks are beautifully lite with blue-ish purple-ish glowing lights which really showcase how exquisite they are.  The tanks are clearly state of the art, brand new, very expensive equipment that may be bitty but they obviously get the job done. The Savoy is able to produce 7 different craft beers available on tap, and the variety is amazing! The Falls lounge is beautifully done up, with a live music stage, full bar, and vast seating area, including the most comfy circular booths. Their outside patio is true perfection in my humble opinion, it’s spacious, comfortable, has lovely decor and in the evening sits in the shade of the hotel itself. Which is just perfect for these blazing summer days, when you know you should be outside, but at the same time you don’t want to turn into a puddle of sweat. Oh, and their nachos are pretty much the most adorable nachos you will every see. Not only are they delicious, they come with little cone shaped chip bowls at the top full of dips! Yummmmmm. These guys know what they’re doing, they’re doing it well, and they’re not afraid to go big while they’re doing it! Go big or go home right. The business owners have proven to be incredibly successful at creating their own little empire, and their brewery might be tiny.. but it’s fierce!


The Beers

“Take Flight”

Savoy Brewery Colsch: Their lightest beer, crisp, easy, simple flavour

Savoy Brewery Light Alt S.M.A.S.H: Cloudy and a bit bittery, but nice

Savoy Brewery English Export Ale: Beautiful amber colour, hint of sweetness

Savoy Brewery Nitro Red Velvet: (love the name) Smooth, sultry and sexy

Savoy Brewery Nitro Stout: Smooth, dark, roasty and robust

Savoy Brewery Cerveza Mole- Chili Pilsner: Quite dark for a pilsner, sweet but has a delightful little chilli burn in the back of the throat

Savoy Brewery IPA: Not very hoppy, but nice, light and mellow

Wards Dry Apple Cider: A delicious cider to tantalize the taste buds after all the beers 🙂


Tangerine Dream Ale

From 4 Mile Brewing Co. In Victoria BC comes a limited edition brew that is described on the bottle as a “Pucker Perfect Swig”. These words do not lie. Coming in at just 4.25% ABV this delicious beer is light and the moment you whiff the tangerine aroma your mind tells you that you’re in for a treat! It’s like if a Creamsicle and a vat of beer had a love affair, this would be their love child.. which yes is kinda creepy, but nontheless that’s what comes to mind. The colour is a very lovely dark orange, and the taste is of the most tender, ripe, juiciest tangerines. With a slight hoppy flavour, this beer is real easy to drink. Every time I put my glass down I instantly want to pick it back up for another swig, and another sniff, ’cause damn it smells like tangerine heaven! Absolutely divine.

This bottle has pretty much the best description I’ve ever read “Tangerine Dream. Clean, bright, summertime delight. Easy, breezy, wind up your skirt, tongue tantalizing flirt. Crisp wheat treat with a snaggle of sweet. Brilliant with Indian butter chicken, coconut cream pie or mud wrestling at the trailer park.”

Yes! This beer is delicious as well as incredibly quirky, unique and entertaining. Most excellent 4 Mile Brewing, most excellent.


The Last Strawberry

From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond BC, is the most delicious Strawberry Wit beer you will ever have. The first time I had this tasty beverage it was on tap at one of our local pubs, and as soon as it touched my lips it was true love at first sip. A couple months later I noticed it on the shelf at the liquor store, and of course could not resist the temptation! The moment you raise your glass up to your face and sniff the amazing aroma, and the second it hits your tongue you know you’ve found gold. Coming in at only 4.9% this is pretty much the perfect summer drink, for those hot days at the beach, or just lounging in your yard in the shade trying to survive. It’s light, refreshing, slightly tart and has just the perfect amount of strawberry flavour, that doesn’t overpower the taste of the beer. It’s no wonder this beer has won the bronze medal award from the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2016. Next time you’re hitting up the liquor store on the hunt for something delicious, be sure to keep an eye out for this one. Fuggles & Warlock is definitely a brewery that is on my radar, and I can’t wait to try everything else they have to offer. Strawberry bottoms up!


*Side note: Why did Mr.Strawberry leave Mrs.Strawberry?

….Because she Blue-Barry.


Cheers guys!

Nelson Brewing Company

The Location

An oldie but a goodie, established in 1991 Nelson Brewing Company is one of the oldest breweries in BC. Over decades of building their business, and spreading their all organic goodness far and wide, their reputation far precedes them. The one thing this incredible brewery was missing was a tasting room where customers can come to sit and sample the brews… but a month ago they solved that! Right when you enter the brewery you’re in the spiffy new tasting room, where you can sit at the bar, and have a flight of new beers that are only available on location! They’ve also rebranded their company logo, which looks great on their new black matt growlers, available in 1L, 2L and fancy stainless steel. The aesthetic of the tasting room retains the heritage feel of the building (the brewery was actually built in the 1890’s, shut down, and then restored in 1991). You can see and feel the history in the pictures, metal brew tank signs, old barrels, and numerous bottles decorating the walls. You’ll find quite a bit of NBC swag available such as baseball hats, touques, t-shirts, hoodies, beer cozies, stickers, skateboards and pint glasses. NBC has definitely stepped up their game with their new developments and have proven that they may be old school but they’re still cool. What better way to spend an afternoon than to head over for a guided tour of NBC, which includes a flight of beer afterwards. The tour is amazing, they walk you through the entire brewery and explain the brew process and what each tank does. The mash ton, kettle and grain mill are the biggest I’ve ever seen, and with 17 fermenter tanks and 8 more conditioning tanks it is quite a site to behold! Their shipping area is also impressive with stacks of empty beer cans, and the canning machine which fills each can with the delicious liquid. The mind blowing part is when they explain how there is one guy who stand there gathering the cans as they come down the conveyor belt and assembles them into six packs, by hand. Talk about labour of love. Oh and the creek that runs through the brewing area is pretty handy for washing the waste away. Because the brewery is located on a very steep hill, half of it is actually 30 ft underground, which is great for natural refrigeration. These guys are very clever at utilizing the natural resources they have at hand to save on electricity and plumbing that’s for sure! Nelson’s oldest brewery is an experience for locals and tourists alike to enjoy, and I can’t wait to see what other new and exciting beers they come out with. Props to these guys for keeping it real, staying true to their roots, but also being able to embrace change and keep up with the times!


The Beers

Hooligan Organic Pilsner: Golden, light, slightly bitter and made for the summer

Thuggles ESB (extra special bitter): Beautiful golden, amber colour, sweet and smooth

Pour Mans Porter: Dark, but still light, malty, caramely and very smooth

Nitro Stout: Dark, creamy and aromatic with roasty coffee flavours

OBA (old brewery ale): a light ale with a hint of orange, amazingly delicious and refreshing!

Trail Beer Refinery

The Location

The newest, greatest, most enjoyable venue in Trail, BC is without a doubt their big, fancy, new brewery! From the location right downtown you have a view of the Teck Cominco metals Refinery at the top of the hill. Which definitely leads one to think that the brewery was designed in such a way as to reflect the main industry of Trail, the refinery. Inside the brewery is huge, very open, very spacious, with giant bay doors that open up right onto the sidewalk. From the seating area you can see just about the entire brewery, the brew tanks, fermentor tanks, grain sacks and giant towers of beer cans (like GIANT). There is a nice black and bright orange colour theme throughout the space. The red brick walls and wooden planks add an interesting touch of rustic to the mostly industrial, mechanical feel. There is also a very strong “sports bar” element, with four large flat screen tv’s continuously airing sports news. Just after 5 o’clock on a Friday afternoon there was a line forming outside already, a combination of the young and the old. This would be the place to come after a long work week with a few buddies, pull up a chair, order some brews and chow, kick back and watch the game. The taproom carries beers made on location as well as guest beers, also red and white wine. They offer a full menu, something delicious for everyone… but really you don’t need to look any further than their Margherita Pizza, which will literally knock your socks off! Yummmmmm.


The Brews

Silver City Ice: A delicious, crisp, light, mild flavoured Pale Lager. Perfectly refreshing summer beer.

Trail Ale: A nice, malty, mellow brown ale with hints of caramel and a tinge of bitteriness.

Smoked Chocolate Porter: Dangerously dark and slightly smokey with a very subtle hint of chocolate in the aftertaste.

English Bitter: An easy drinking bitter that has more subtle bitteriness and is slightly tart.

Rossland Beer Co.

The Location

In the tiny town of Rossland, BC is the most ski-bumb like brewery I’ve ever been to. Located in the alley just off the main drag the brewery can be a bit tricky to find at first, but once you see the giant letters on the side of the building you can’t miss it! Inside the layout is pretty fascinating, it goes three levels deep, but is not very big otherwise. The tasting bar/ growler fill station is right when you walk in, then there’s a lounging level, then the level with all the brew tanks. When you stand at the top you can look over onto all three levels! I was lucky enough to snap a pic of the brewer in progress and he was cool enough to pose for me! The whole place just oozes ski culture, from the lovely exposed wooden planks and rippled sheet metal walls right down to the chandelier made out of skis. We’ve been a couple times now and each time the place was hopping, clearly a favourite location for tourists and locals alike. They had the bay doors opened up so that the tasting room and patio were open to one another and the nice summer breeze can flow right through. I can just imagine in the winter what a great spot it would be to hang out in after a long day skiing up on Red Mountain. Based on all the awards and articles that have been written about these guys, it’s obvious that they are highly esteemed in their community. You can read all about it, when you’re doing your business in their washroom… just try not to take too long!


The Brews

6 ft. Blonde Ale: A very nice golden coloured blonde ale, light and more on the bitter and tart side.

Hugh Hefeweizen: Cloudy in colour, and bursting with fruity and citrus flavours. Quite smooth, and not hoppy as it’s not made with hops.

Paint it Black IPA: Just what you’d expect from a black IPA, dark, roasty and smooth and yet quite hoppy (as IPA’s usually go). Almost starts out like a stout as it hits your tongue, then tastes like an IPA as it slides down your throat.

7 Summits Milk Stout: Omg, so good. Stout perfection in a glass. Creamy, smooth, dark, roasty and deeeeeeelicious. Could drink this beer for days.

Red Wood “Wine Barrel Aged Ale”

From Tree Brewing Co. in Kelowna, BC comes Red Wood, a Wine Barrel Aged Ale. This limited edition craft beer is almost mistaken for wine with it’s fancy bottle shape, but this makes it stands out of the ordinary! Coming in at 5% ABV this beer is most definitely not a wine, but a delicious craft beer that will tantalize your taste buds. The beer was made to celebrate the efforts and success of the Okanagan Valley’s Vintners (wine merchants) who have made award winning wine for years! The beer has a very dark, almost syrupy look to it and smells slightly of wine but mostly it’s roasty and malty smelling. A nice, thick, fluffy head foams up which is just so good you want to lick it! This beer tastes mostly like a nice, dark stout but also has a distinct red wine after taste.

So as I am still learning the language of craft beer, I wanted to know why beer would be aged in a wine barrel in the first place… it is done with the intention of imparting the flavours of the wood and what had previously been in the barrel. Being a lover of both wine and beer alike this sounds great to me! And the result is most delicious, so barrel onward I do say!


Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration

To celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation Central City Brewers created a mix-pack of craft beers from across the country! In collaboration with breweries from 12 provinces and territories each of the 12 beers are unique and represent their home province. All of the beers were brewed at Central City’s brewery in Surrey, BC! 

To draw out the enjoyment of the pack my boyfriend and I shared one beer one night a week up to July 1st. What a great way to experience some of the flavors and quality beers that come from across our great nation! We enjoyed reading the description and observing how each province tasted as we made our way through the pack. The breweries are listed on their bottle so you know who was involved with each brew. We enjoyed the whole pack, but found that a lot of the beers were on the lighter side, with a Pilsner, Saison, Kellerbier and a Pale Ale to name a few. It would have been fun if there were a couple dark porters, stouts or sours thrown in! Nevertheless what greater way is there to celebrate the anniversary of our country, than with delicious craft beer from across the Nation! 


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