Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Best BC Beer to Pair with Sushi

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Sushi is Vancouver's go-to meal, there is a sushi restaurant on every corner in town. While Asahi and Sapporo go nicely with a California Roll there are better selections from BC for you foodies out there.

Here is a list of local brews to pair with your next sushi meal.

Phillips Brewing Ginger Beer

This is a great ginger beer and it pairs perfectly with anything on the menu but it is killer with fish and veggie rolls. This brew goes down easy while also carrying a nice hit of fresh ginger. Available in bombers around the Lower Mainland. All sushi restaurants should carry this beer!

Driftwood White Bark Witbier

Another clean, crisp ale from the island, this beer goes well with sashimi. According to the brewery's website "this traditional Belgian-Style wheat ale is brewed with the addition of freshly ground coriander and curacao orange peel."

Parallel 49 Old Boy Ale

The lighter ales like Farmhand and Ginger Beer go nicely with the fish and veggie plates, but the maltiness of the Old Boy accentuates the teriyaki flavour of this meat dish well. Old Boy isn't available year round so nice alternatives would be Deep Cove Brewing's Loud Mouth Pale Ale or Howe Sound Brewing's Rail Ale Nut Brown.

For the most part, when pairing beer with sushi you should be looking for lighter beers that don't overpower the flavour of your dish. Try the beers listed in this article and search out new beers that pair well with your favourite dishes. Share your favourite beer pairings in the comments or tweet me at @VancityBeerGuy.


Saturday, 22 November 2014

5 Winter Ales To Drink In Vancouver

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The seasons are changing and with the colder temperature, Christmas markets and gingerbread men come the winter seasonal ales to keep us warm at night.

Here are five excellent choices to search out this year.

1. Woolly Bugger Barley Wine - Howe Sound Brewing

Arguably the best barley wine produced in BC. Very aromatic and cellarable. Clocking in at 11% abv, this is a classic sipper on a snowy night.

2. Coco Loco Chocolate Imperial Stout - Granville Island Brewing

While GIB is best known for their Lions Winter Ale, and that's always an excellent choice, I love the seasonal bombers that Brewmaster Vern is producing. Nice cocoa and coffee flavours in this one. Pair it with ice cream!

3. Ugly Sweater Milk Stout - Parallel 49 Brewing

The holiday season isn't complete with an ugly sweater or two. Using lactose this beer is quite sweet. The most sessionable on this list, grab a six pack and enjoy.

4. Hermannator Ice Bock - Vancouver Island Brewing

Hermannator Day, when this beer is released each year, should be a public holiday. This chocolate  masterpiece is aged for over three months and doesn't last long on liquor store shelves. Grab some while you can.

5. Russian Imperial Stout - Parallel 49 Brewing

Parallel 49 makes a second appearance on this list and for good reason. Aged in whiskey barrels to provide an extra kick of flavour, this winter seasonal weighs in at almost 12% abv. Big flavour is the name of the game for the Russian Imperial Stout. Big chocolate, big coffee, big whiskey. You can age this bottle for a long time and the flavours will continue to meld together and develop.

Bonus: Singularity.

Singularity sells out within days of availability each year. If you see one, scoop up a bottle. It's one of the highest rated beers in BC.
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Happy holidays and drink responsibly!