I recently became a fan of the GIB Winter Ale, which I compare to drinking vanilla and pine trees (but in the most tasty sense possible, I assure you). John’s a fan of their Hefeweizen as well so when I asked if he would join me at the brewery after work, he happily obliged.
At the event Brewmaster Vern Lambourne said that the Brockton IPA (a celebration of the brewery’s 25th anniversary) is brewed in the style of a Pacific Northwest India Pale Ale.
I’ve been a fan of IPA’s before and I have to say this was definitely smooth. We were also remarking that it’s a clever choice of labels for this new product — using a palette that matches the Canucks official team colours to a tee. That, combined with the fact that it’s named after Brockton Oval in Stanley Park so they pretty much won me over within the first few sips.
Granville Island Brewing was Canada’s first microbrewery and they adhere to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, where they only use barley, malt, hops, yeast, and water to make their beer. The also make English Bay Pale Ale, Cypress Honey Lager, Lions Winter Ale, Gastown Amber Ale, Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale, and Robson Street Hefeweizen.
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The event was really fun (and the food pairings were delicious). I’m a fan of local microbrews and also companies that brew locally. I think it’s great that Vancouver is being put on the brewmasters’ map by all of these ventures – giving the community something else to call their own and share with the world.