Wednesday evening we headed to the local beer & wine shop with Keira so that she could collect the standard thank you for helping me move brews. They didn’t have a run-of-the-mill selection, mostly imports and micro-brews, however we did get a brief education about cask brewing and ending up picking up a pack of the Best Beer in BC, which just happens to be from Central City Brewing in Surrey.
Central City’s Empire IPA (India Pale Ale) was giving this top prize in January of 2009 through the Vancouver chapter of CAMRA – the Campaign for Real Ale. Honorees included:
Best Local Brewpub: Dix BBQ & Brewery
Best Local Beer Cafe, Pub, or Restaurant: The Alibi Roomhttps://www.miss604.com/wp-admin/post-new.php
Best Local Liquor Store: Brewery Creek Cold Beer & Wine Store
Best Local Beer Event: The Whip Real Ale Sundays
Best BC Brewery: Phillips Brewing Co., Victoria
Best BC Seasonal Beer: Yaletown Oud Bruin
Best BC Beer: Central City Empire IPA
So what exactly is “real ale”? CAMRA UK explains: “Real ale is a natural product brewed using traditional ingredients and left to mature in the cask (container) from which it is served in the pub through a process called secondary fermentation. It is this process which makes real ale unique amongst beers and develops the wonderful tastes and aromas which processed beers can never provide.”
CAMRA was formed in 1971 when beer lovers became fed up with the replacement of traditional and regional beers in favour of the more “mainstream”. They are an independent consumer organization that aims to:
I’ve always been a fan the Winter Ales, thanks to Sam Adams and local offering from the likes of Granville Island Brewing, and I know our friend Dave has an affinity for Howe Sound.
According to the Canadian Beer Index there are over 30 microbreweries in BC (and I’m sure there are more) so I’d love to expand my horizons on the brew front – from Fernie Brewing Co., Mt. Begbie Brewing Company, Nelson Brewing Company, to the various selections on Vancouver Island. So, what’s your favourite regional beer or what you consider the “best kept secret” beer in BC?
The beer theme is in honor of our Tweetup today at The Lions Pub