MicroBrew Tasting notes this week from Vancouver Winter Olympics…Alexander Keith’s IPA, Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale, Indica IPA
What’s on TAP? Everything that is different! On Hornby Street in Vancouver, Canada – Earl’s restaurant features their own Albino Rhino brews, but a patron recommended (after having watched me taste several of the Albino variety without a favorite emerging) “his” Atlantic Canada’s Alexander Keith’s India Pale Ale on tap. It was a better choice (for me) than anyof the Albino brews, but definitely not a typical hoppy IPA. While it had a fresh clean taste (http://www.keiths.ca/) I’ve had Keith’s before and it “paled” in comparison to the others I had the opportunity to taste this weekend. A good fallback beer from Atlantic Canada.
Enroute to downtown for Olympic festivities, I had the fortunate opportunity to visit the Granville Island Brewery pub (http://www.gib.ca/) on Granville Island where I sampled (and brought home) a six-pack of their Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale – what I consider to be a alt-style Cream Ale with a slight maple aftertaste (yummy in cold weather!)
A surprising third new taste that I hadn’t had before was Indica IPA from Lost Coast Brewery (http://www.lostcoast.com/beers.html) which tasted surprisingly like Harpoon IPA. In fact, when I’m back in Florida later in the week, I’ll opt for Indica if I cannot locate a good IPA – and I’ll bet that even in a bottle it will be better than a lot of the IPA’s I can get on tap.
That’s it for microbrew tasting from Vancouver, Canada.
Until next time,