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fresh hop beerSo, what is the difference between a fresh hop beer and a wet hop beer?  These two terms describe the same thing. Fresh hop, wet hop, and green hop all refer to beer brewed using hops that are fresh off the hop bine and have not been dried or processed. There is no real definition, but most  agree that in order to call a beer “fresh hop” it must be brewed using hops that are less than 24 hours off the bine.
ABV: Varies    IBU: Varies  SRM:Varies


Dageraad Brewing  – Wet Hopped Blonde ale
Deep Cove Brewing – Fresh Hop Harvest ale
Driftwood Brewery  – Sartori IPA
Fernie Brewing – Fresh Hop Pale ale
Fieldhouse Brewery – Fresh Hopped Red Ale
Firehall – Wind & Fire Harvest Ale
Hoyne Brewing – Wolf Vine
Lighthouse Brewing – Road Trip Pale Ale
Main Street –Harvest Rye
Persephone Brewing – Fresh Hop Harvest IPA
Phillips Brewing –Green Reaper
R&B Brewing– So Fresh, So Green Green Oat IPA
Ravens Brewing – Fresh Hopped ESB
Steamworks – Hop Attack
Tin Whistle – Penticton Harvest Honey Pale Ale
Tree Brewing – Frick’n Fresh Hop Ale


OCTOBER 2 – ALTBIER (German-Style Brown)

ALT beers

Copper to dark brown in colour. A variety of malts, including wheat, may be produce a medium-low to medium level malty flavour and aroma. Hop bitterness may be medium to very high (although the 25 to 35 IBU range is more normal for the majority of Altbiers from Düsseldorf). Hop flavour and aroma may be low to medium. It has a medium body. The overall impression is clean, crisp, and flavourful often with a dry finish.Includes Vienna lagers
ABV:4.5%-5.2% IBU: 25-40 SRM: 13-19


Brassneck Brewing  – Black Light Alt
Doan’s Craft brewery– Sticke Altbier
Driftwood Brewing– Crooked Coast Alt
Hoyne  Brewing– Off the Grid
Main Street Brewing– Sticke Alt Ales / Vienna Lager
R&B Brewing – Vienna Lager
Steel & Oaks – Altbier
Twin Sails – Sticke Altbier
Yellow Dog – Old Dog Altbier



marzen_beer-1An elegant, malty German amber lager with a clean, rich, toasty and bready malt flavour, restrained bitterness, and a dry finish that encourages another drink. The overall malt impression is soft, elegant, and complex, with a rich aftertaste that is never cloying or heavy.Moderate intensity aroma of German malt, typically rich,  somewhat toasty, with light bread crust notes. Clean lager  character. No hop aroma. Amber-orange to deep reddish-copper colour.  Bright clarity, with persistent, off-white foam stand.
ABV: 5.8% -6.3%    IBU:18-24   SRM: 8-17



Bomber  Brewing– Marzen Amber Lager
Dogwood Brewing – Marzen
Red Collar  Brewing– Marzen
Persephone – Oktoberfest
Russell Brewing– Marzen Octoberfest Lager
Steel & Oak – Marzen Bavarian Lager
Twin Sails – Marzen
Vancouver Island Brewing– Iron Plow Harvest Marzen


OCTOBER 4 – DARK LAGERS  (German Style Dark Lagers)


Characterized by depth, richness and complexity typical of darker Munich malts. Deeply bready-toasty, often with chocolate-like flavours in the freshest examples, a decidedly malt-balanced beer, yet still easily drinkable. Aroma is rich, elegant, deep malt sweetness, typically like bread crusts (often toasted bread crusts). Hints of chocolate, nuts, caramel, and/or toffee are also acceptable, with fresh traditional versions often showing higher levels of chocolate. Deep copper to dark brown, often with a red or garnet tint. Creamy, light to medium tan head.
ABV: 4.5% – 5.6%  IBU: 18-28   SRM: 14-28 Dunkels
ABV: 4.4% -5.4%  IBU: 20-30  SRM: 17-30 Schwarzbiers


33 Acres – 33 Acres of Darkness
Moon Under Water – Creepy Uncle Dunkel
Persephone – Black Lager
Steel & Oak – Dark Lager
Vancouver Island Brewery – Hermann’s Dark Lager
Whistler Brewing – Winter Dunkel




A strong, rich, and very malty German lager that can have both pale and dark variants. The darker versions have more richly-developed, deeper malt flavours, while the paler versions have slightly more hops and dryness. Virtually no hop aroma, although a light noble hop aroma is acceptable in pale versions. A very slight chocolate-like aroma may be present in darker versions. Deep gold to dark brown in colour. Darker versions often have ruby highlights. Large, creamy, persistent head -white for pale versions, off-white for dark varieties.
ABV: 5.5%  IBU: 20-27  SRM: 14-22 – Bocks
ABV: 7-11%  IBU: 16-26  SRM: 6 -25 -Doppelbocks

ABV: 7 – 9.5%  IBU: 15-35  SRM: 4-5  -Weizenbocks


Bad Tattoo Brewing – Los Muertoz Cerveza Negra
Canoe Club – Bavarian Copper Bock
Hoyne Brewing – The Big Bock
Moon Under Water – Weizenbock
Red Collar – Doppelbock
Steel & Oak – Weizenbock
Tree Brewing – Captivator Doppelbock



kolschLow to very low malt aroma, with a grainy-sweet character and a  pleasant, subtle fruit aroma .Some yeast strains may give a slight sulfur character . Overall, the intensity of aromatics is fairly subtle but generally balanced, clean, and fresh. Very pale gold to light gold. Very clear (authentic commercial versions are filtered to a brilliant clarity). Has a delicate white head that may not persist.
ABV: 4.4 – 5.2%  IBU: 18-30  SRM: 3.5 -5


Bad Tattoo – True Love Kolsch
Brassneck Brewing – Klutz
Bridge Brewing: Wonderbar Kolsch
Doan’s Craft Brewing – Kolsch
Fernie Brewing – Kickstand Honey Kolsch
Main St – Campfire Kolsch
Mt Begbie – High Country Kolsch
Phillips-Analogue 78
Red Arrow – Kustom Kolsch
Spinnakers – Queen Bee Honey Kolsch
Steamworks – Kanadische Kolsch
Swans  Brewing– Arctic Kolsch


OCTOBER 7 – PILSNERS ( Czech & German Style)

pilsnerCZECH-A light-bodied, rich, refreshing, hoppy, bitter pale lager  with a light  to moderate spicy or herbal hop bouquet. Light gold to deep gold colour. Brilliant to very clear, with a long-lasting, creamy white head.
ABV: 3.4.1%  IBU: 20-35  SRM: 3-6
GERMAN -A light-bodied,  bitter German beer showing excellent head retention and an elegant, floral and herbal hop aroma. Crisp, clean, and refreshing.Straw to light gold, brilliant to very clear, with a creamy, long-lasting white head.

ABV:4.4-5.2%  IBU: 22-40  SRM: 2-5

Dead Frog – Prime Time Pilsner
Fernie Brewing– Project 9 Pils
Four Winds – Pilsner
Fuggles  & Warlock– Pixel Pils
Gladstone – Czech Pilsner
Hearthstone-Bohemian Pilsner
Hoyne – Hoyner Pilsner
Lighthouse – Bowline
Moon under Water – Potts Pils
Off the Rail –Czechmate Pilsner
Parkside – Dawn Pilsner
Persephone – Keller Pilsner
Russell – Eastern promise Czech Pilsner
Sherwood Mountain-Coast Mountain Pilsner
Twin Sails – Pilsner
Steel & Oaks – Red Pilsner
Storm – Precipitation Pilsner
Three Ranges – Upswift Creek Pilsner



blondeGolden/Blonde Ales are straw to light amber. Chill haze should be absent. Hop aroma is low to medium-low, present but not dominant. Light malt sweetness is present. Hop flavour is low to medium-low, present but not dominant. Hop bitterness is low to medium. Fruity esters may be perceived but not predominant.  Body is crisp, low to medium.
ABV: 3.8-5.5%  IBU:15-28  SRM:3-6


Bad Tattoo – ACP Golden
Barkerville – Prospector’s Peril
Barley Station– Station House Blonde
Canoe – Five Alive Blonde
Dageraad – Belgian Blonde
Moody Ales -Chipper Blonde
Old Yale – Knotty Blonde
Persephone – Goddess Golden Ale
Postmark – Blonde Ale
Ravens –Golden Ale
Red Collar – Blonde
Tin Whistle – Centennial Blonde
Tofino – Blonde
Torchlight – Blondes in Stereo
Townsite – Zunga
Strathcona – Strathcona Gold
Wheelhouse – Gillnetter Golden Ale



American Amber AleAmerican Amber/Red Ales are copper to reddish brown. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures. Fruity-ester aroma is low if present. Hop aroma is medium. Medium-high to high maltiness with low to medium caramel character is present. Hop flavour is medium, and characterized by American-variety hops. Hop bitterness is medium to medium-high. They may have low levels of fruity-ester flavour. Body is medium to medium-high.
ABV: 4.5-6.2%  IBU: 25-45  SRM: 10-18



Barkerville – 18 Karat Ale
Bridge Brewing – Ambleside Amber
Cannery –
Anarchist Amber Ale
Big Caboose Red
Off the Rail- Raybuck Red Ale
Parallel 49 – Gypsy Tears
Persephone –
HopYard  Red Ale
Red ArrowMidnite Umber Ale
Red Racer –
India Red Ale
Steamworks –
Herocia Red
Three Ranges –
Sacrifice Red Ale
Tin Whistle
Kettle Valley Amber
Tree Brewing – Thirsty Beaver
Vancouver Island
Sea Dog Amber


mildCREAM – Pale straw to moderate gold colour. Low to medium head with medium to high carbonation.  Brilliant, sparkling clarity. Low to medium-low hop bitterness. Low to moderate maltiness and sweetness. Neither malt nor hops dominate the palate.  Finish is dry to faintly sweet.
ABV: 4.2 – 5.6%  IBU: 8-20  SRM: 2.5 -5
DARK MILD -Copper to dark brown or mahogany colour. Low to moderate off white to tan head. Generally a malty beer, with a wide range of malt flavours (e.g.,  caramel, toffee, toast, nutty, chocolate, coffee ).
ABV: 4.3- 5.7 IBU: 10-24 SRM: 12 – 18

Bowen Island –Irish Cream Ale
Foamers Folly –
Randy Cream Ale
Kettle River – Mild 1832
Mt Begbie- Cream Ale
Phillips –
Slipstream Cream Ale
R&B Brewing –
Raven Cream Ale (Dark Mild)
Ravens –
English Dark Mild
Red Collar – Mild 
Russell –
Cream Ale
Tin Whistle –
Black Widow Mild Ale


OCTOBER 11 – BROWN ALE (English & American Styles)

american-brown_1English Brown Ales are copper to brown. Roast malt tones may sometimes contribute a biscuit/toasted character to aroma profile. Hop aroma  and flavour is very low. Body is medium.
ABV: 4.2-5.4%  IBU: 15-15  SRM: 12-20
American-Style Brown Ale American Brown Ales are deep copper to very dark brown. Roasted malt caramel-like and chocolate-Hop aroma and flavour  is low to medium. Roasted malt caramel-like and chocolate-like flavours.
 ABV: 4.3-6.2%  IBU: 25-45  SRM: 18-35

4 Mile –Brown Ale
Barkerville – Hound of Barkerville
Barley Station-Bushwalker Brown
Cannery Brewing – Naramata Nut Brown
Dead Frog Brewing – Classic Nut Brown Ale
Fernie  Brewing– First Trax
Foamers Folly – Bandit Brown
Howe Sound – Rail Ale Brown
Main Street – Westminster Brown
Moody Ales –Hardy Brown
Mt Begbie – Tall Timber
Nelson – After Dark Brown
Parallel 49 – Old Boy
Tree Brewing – Knox Mountain Brown
Wheelhouse – Blacksmith Brown Ale
Whistler – Black Tusk Ale


Belgian Wit

Belgian Wits are straw to pale. Unfiltered starch and yeast haze should be part of the appearance. Wits are traditionally bottle conditioned and served cloudy. Traditionally spiced with coriander and light orange peel. Low to medium fruity-ester aromas are present.  Hop aroma  or flavour is not perceived, achieved traditionally by the use of noble-type hops. Mild clove like spiciness and yeast flavours may be evident.
ABV: 4.8 – 5.6%  IBU: 8-20  SRM:2-6




33 Acres – 33 Acres of Sunshine
Brassneck – Hibiscus Wit
Category 12 – WaveForm
Central City Red Racer – White Ale
Dageraad: De Witte
Fernie Brewing – Slow Drift Witbier
Howe Sound – Whitecap Wheat Ale
Main Street – Hail Mary
Old Yale –Vanishing Monk
Strange Fellows – Jongleur
Swans: Tessier’s Witbier



bitter-4Special or Best Bitters are deep gold to deep copper coloured.   Hop aroma  and flavour may be very low to medium .Hop bitterness is medium. Mild carbonation.
ABV: 4.2 – 4.8%   IBU:28-45   SRM: 6-16
American ESBs are amber to deep copper coloured. Hop aroma and flavour is medium to medium-high and typical of American hop varieties. Hop bitterness is medium to medium-high. Mild carbonation. The overall impression is refreshing and thirst quenching.
ABV: 4.6 – 5.2%  IBU: 30-45  SRM: 8-24


Arrowhead – Doc Tegart’s ESB
Bomber -Extra Special Bitter
Canoe – ESB
Field House – Lavender ESB
Howe Sound –Baldwin And Cooper Best Bitter
Hoyne – Appleton ESB
Lighthouse – Beacon ESB
Main St – ESB
Off the Rail – Belt Up ESB
R&B Brewing – East Side Bitter
Russell – Bloody Alley Bitter
Steel & Oak – Dry Hopped ESB



india-pale-ale-beer-glassEnglish IPAs are gold to copper coloured. Hop aroma and flavour is medium to high, often flowery. Medium malt flavour is present. The use of water with high mineral content results in a crisp, dry beer.  Body is medium. Hops of other origins may be used for bitterness.
ABV: 4.5-7%   IBU:35 -60   SRM:6-14
American IPAs are gold to copper. Hop aroma and flavour is high, exhibiting various floral, fruity, sulphur/onion-garlic-catty, citrus-like, piney, resinous characters that are typical of  American-variety hops. Medium maltiness is present. Hop bitterness is medium-high to very high.  Body is medium.
ABV: 6.5- 7.5%  IBU: 40-70   SRM: 6-12


Bridge Brewing: Sidecut IPA / Hopilano IPA
33 Acres – 33 Acres of Nirvana
Bad Tattoo – West Coast IPA
Barkerville – Wandering Camel
Central City – Red Racer IPA
Doans Craft Brewing – West Coast IPA
Driftwood – Fat Tug
Fernie Brewing – Lone Wolf IPA
Field house – Eastern IPA
Foamers Folly – Hot Box IPA
Four Winds -IPA
Forbidden – Forbidden IPA
Fuggles & Warlock – Destiny IPA
Howe Sound – Hopraiser West Coast IPA
Hoyne – Devils Dream IPA
Lighthouse – Shipwreck
Moody Ales – Affable IPA
Nelson – Paddywhack IPA
Off the Rail – Hopinionated IPA
Parallel 49 – Filthy Dirty
Parkside – Grafitti IPA
Powell St – Ode to Citra IPA
Postmark – Falconers Flight IPA
R&B Brewing– Vancouver Special
Russell – Punch Bowl IPA
Strathcona – British IPA
Torchlight – Broadside IPA
Tofino– Hoppin’ Cretin
Townsite – Tin Hat
Twin Sails – IPA
Whistler – Lost lake IPA



DIPAImperial IPAs are gold to light brown. Hop aroma is very high. Hop aroma  and flavour should be fresh and evident, from any variety of hops. Malt character is low to high.  Hop bitterness is very high but not harsh. Alcohol content is notably evident. Body is medium-high to full. The intention of this style of beer is to exhibit the fresh and evident character of hops.
ABV: 7.5- 10%  IBU: 60-120  SRM: 6 -14




Category 12 – Subversion Imperial IPA
Deep Cove – Jug island Juice Monster
Driftwood – Twenty Pounder
Four Winds – Vexillum Imperial IPA
Nelson: Full Nelson DIPA
Phillips – Amnesiac
Red Arrow – Hop Shop Imperial
Red Racer -Imperial IPA
Powell St – Right Kind of Crazy DIPA
Wolf – Cerberus Imperial
Tin Whistle – Scorpion DIPA
Wheelhouse – Double IPA



porter-1A moderate-strength brown beer with a roasty character and bitterness. Bready,biscuity,and toasty malt aroma with mild roastiness, and a chocolate quality.  Light brown to dark brown in colour, often with ruby highlights.Moderate off-white to light tan head with good to fair retention.  Earthy or floral hop flavour. Medium-low to medium hop bitterness will vary the balance from slightly malty to slightly bitter. American versions will be hoppier and may be dry hopped.
ABV: 4 – 6.5% IBU:18-50  SRM:20-40


Cannery  Brewery – Baltic Porter
Coal Harbour – Blackwing Baltic Porter
Dageraad– Londen English Porter
Driftwood – Blackstone Porter
Fernie– Sap Sucker Maple Porter
Fieldhouse – Salted Black Porter
Foamers Folly – Black Snake Porter
Four Winds – Oat Porter
Gladstone – Porter
Hearthstone – Hazelnut Porter
Phillips –Odyssey Porter
Powell St – Dive Bomb Porter
Three Ranges – Snow Dance Porter
Tin Whistle –Killer Bee Porter
Torchlight – Led Sled Porter
Townsite – Pow Town Porter
Wolf – Porter
Yellow Dog – Shake a Paw Smoked Porter



coffeeCoffee Beers are pale to black depending on the style. Coffee beers use coffee in any of its forms to create a distinct and balanced character. Hop aroma is low to high depending on the style. Medium-low to medium malt sweetness helps accent balanced coffee flavour and aromas.
ABV:Varies  IBU: Varies  SRM: Varies
Chocolate Beers are light brown to black depending on the underlying style. Chocolate Beers are any beers using “dark” chocolate or cocoa in any of its forms other than or in addition to hops
ABV:2.5-12%   IBU:15-40  SRM: 12-50


Bomber – Choqlette Porter
Brassneck –
Magic Beans Coffee Beer
Canoe –
Espresso Stout
Dead Frog-Nutty Uncle peanut Butter Stout
Deep Cove – Luminescent
Dogwood- Coconut Porter
Field House – Toasted Coconut Black Lager
Fuggles & Warlock – 
Beam Me Up Espresso Milk Stout
Hearthstone-Chocolate Milk Stout
Voltage Espresso Stout
Moody Ales – Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Mt Begbie – Dark Side of the Stoke
PhillipsLongboat Chocolate Porter
Timber Train Coffee Stout
Swans -Coconut Porter
Tin Whistle-Chocolate Cherry Porter
Trading Post – Three Bears Breakfast Stout
Yellow Dog – Chew Toy Coconut Porter



Trappist Single: A pale, bitter,  and well carbonated Trappist ale, showing a fruity-spicy Trappist yeast character, a spicy-floral hop profile, and a soft, supportive grainy-sweet malt palate.
ABV: 4.8 – 6%   IBU:25-45   SRM: 3-5
Dubbel: A deep reddish-copper, moderately strong, malty, complex Trappist ale with rich malty flavours,dark or dried fruit that finishes fairly dry.
ABV: 6-7.6%  IBU:15-25  SRM: 10-17
Tripel: A pale, somewhat spicy, dry, strong Trappist ale with a pleasant rounded malt flavour and firm bitterness. Quite aromatic, with spicy, fruity,& light  alcohol notes.
ABV: 7.5-9.5%   IBU: 20-40   SRM: 4.5 – 7%

33 Acres- 33 Acre of Euphoria
Dageraad –Burnabarian
Dageraad –Sri Lanka
Four Winds-Triplicity
Old Abbey –Belgian Dubbel
Old Abbey –Belgian Tripel
Red Collar – Dubbel
Red Collar –Tripel
Steamworks – Blitzen
Townsite- Charleston



A harmonious marriage of fruit and beer, but still recognizable as a beer. The fruit character should be evident but in balance with the beer, not so forward as to suggest an artificial product.
ABV: Varies   IBU: Varies   SRM: Varies 



Bridge Brewing – Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale
Cannery  Brewing-Thornless Blackberry Porter
Fernie  Brewing-What the Huck
Fuggles  & Warlock – The Last Strawberry Wit
Longwood  Brewing-Berried Alive Raspberry Ale
Old Abbey –  Sour Raspberry Ale
Red Arrow Brewing-Invasion of the Blackberry Lager
Steamworks – Frambozen
Swans Brewing- Berry Ale
Tin Whistle – Peaches Cream Ale
Townsite Brewing-Blackbery Festivale
Trading Post – Captain Coopers Cranberry Ale
Whistler  Brewing – Grapefruit Ale



black-ipaBlack: A beer with the dryness, hop-forward balance, and flavour characteristics of an American IPA, only darker in colour – but without strongly roasted or burnt flavours. The flavour of darker malts is gentle and supportive.
ABV: 5.5- 9%   IBU: 50-90  SRM: 25-40
White: A fruity, spicy, refreshing version of an American IPA, but with a lighter colour, less body, and featuring either the distinctive yeast and/or spice additions typical of a Belgian witbier.
ABV: 5.5-7%   IBU: 40-70   SRM: 5-8


Bomber  Brewing – Absolute Horizons
Cannery  Brewing – Wildfire IPA
Category 12 – Disruption Black IPA
Dead Frog: – Obsidian Dagger
Fernie Brewing – Rockpile Red IPA
Foamers Folly –Railspike Black IPA
Mt Begbie -White Knuckle
Red Collar  Brewing: Black IPA
Red Truck – White Line White IPA
Spinnakers  – Lions Head CDA
Steamworks – Black Angel IPA / White Angel IPA
Strange Fellows: Nocturnum – Dark IPA
Torchlight-Warp.8.5 CDA
Vancouver Isle – Absolute Darkness IPA
White Sails – Snake Island CDA




A pale, refreshing German wheat beer with high carbonation, dry finish, a fluffy mouthfeel, and a distinctive banana-and-clove yeast character.The krystal version is filtered for excellent clarity. The character of a krystal weizen is generally fruitier and less clove like.
ABV: 4.3 – 5.6%   IBU: 8 – 15   SRM:2-6 


Black Kettle –Wheat Ale
Cumberland – Forest Fog
Driftwood – Entangled Hopenweisse
Green Leaf – Wisenhower Hefeweizen
Howe Sound – King Heff
Nelson – Tall Tale
Parallel 49 -Jerkface 9000
Persephone –Noble Wheat Ale
R&B Brewing – Sun God Wheat Ale
Red Arrow – Heritage River Hefeweizen
Red Collar – Black Heff
Russell – White Rabbit Hoppy Hefeweizen
Steel & Oak – Smoked Hefeweizen
Twin Sails –Hefeweizen




A pale, refreshing and hoppy ale, yet with sufficient supporting malt to make the beer balanced and drinkable. The clean hop presence can reflect classic or modern American or New World hop varieties with a wide range of characteristics. An average-strength hop-forward pale American craft beer, generally balanced to be more accessible than modern American IPAs.
ABV: 4.5-6.2%   IBU: 30-50   SRM:5-10


33 Acres -33 Acres of Ocean
Brassneck – Passive Aggressive
Bridge Brewing – North Shore Pale Ale
Category 12 – Critical Point
Cumberland – Red Tape Pale Ale
Dead Frog – Rocket Man Pale Ale
Driftwood – New Growth
Fernie – The Griz Pale Ale
Field House – Dutch Pale Ale
Howe Sound – Garabaldi Pale Ale
Lighthouse– Tasman
Moody Ales – Sociable Pale Ale
Mt Begbie – Power House Pale
Parkside – Dusk Pale Ale
Phillips – Blue Buck
Powell St – Old Jalopy
R&B– Red Devil Pale Ale
Red Arrow –Piggy Pale Ale
Red Truck – Pale Ale
Spinnakers – Northwest Pale Ale
Steamworks  – Pale Ale
Swans – Chico Nico Plae Ale
Vancouver  Isle – Pipers Pale Ale
Yellow Dog – Chase My Tail Pale Ale



A base beer enhanced by or featuring the character of additional rye grains.  The added grain will lend a particular character, rye provides a spiciness-although with some grains the beer will simply seem a bit more grainy or nutty. The alternative grain should provide the major aroma profile for this beer.
ABV: Varies    IBU: Varies   SRM: Varies





Barkerville – Out of the Ashes White Rye IPA
Deep Cove – Scout Rye IPA
Doan’s Craft – Rye IPA
Doan’s Craft – Rye Stout
Four Winds – Phaedra Rye IPA
Fuggles & Warlock-Raiden- Black Rye IPA
Hearthstone – Red Rye Ale
Main Street – Red Reifel Rye Saison
Red Arrow -Rye Session Ale
Trading Post – Otis Farmhouse Rye IPA




Most commonly, a pale, refreshing, highly-attenuated, moderately-bitter, moderate-strength Belgian ale with a very dry finish. Typically highly carbonated, and using non-barley cereal grains and optional spices for complexity, as complements the expressive yeast character that is fruity, spicy, and not overly phenolic.
ABV: 3.5-9.5%   IBU: 20-35   SRM:5-22




Bridge Brewing-Lemon Gin Saison
Category 12 – Unsantioned Saison
Deep Cove – Sun Kissed Tea Saison
Driftwood  – Farmhand Saison
Four Winds  – Saison / La Maison
Fieldhouse – Field Saison
Old Abbey Ales – Dry Hopped Saison
Ravens – Farmers Ale
Sherwood Mountain – Skeena Sunshine Saison
Strange Fellows – Bayard Farmhouse Saision
Trading Post – SMASH Saison
Yellow Dog – Go Fetch Dry Hopped Saison



A sour and/or funky version of a base style of beer. Aroma will be variable by base style. The contribution of non Saccharomyces microbes should be noticeable to strong, and often contribute a sour and/or funky, wild note,with a  range of aromatics, rather than a single dominant character.
ABV:  / IBU: / SRM:  All Variable


Category 12 -Sour Series
Field House – Satori Hopped Red Sour
Four Winds – Nectarous
Four Winds – Pomona -Red Wine Barrel Aged Fruit Sour
Fuggles & Warlock – Kiwami Plum Sour
Main Street – Fruit Bomb Kettle Sour
Powell Street – Sour Series
R&B Brewing – Kettle Sour Series
Steamworks – Tropical Tart Sour
Storm Brewing – Flanders Red
Swans Brewing – Sucker Punch Citra Sour
Tofino Brewing – Hunt And Gather
Trading Post – Brett IPA




A malt-focused, caramelly beer with occasionally a butterscotch aftertaste.Deeply malty, with a strong caramel component. Hops only to balance and support the malt. The malt character can range from dry and grainy to rich, toasty, and caramel.Medium to high malt character with a luscious malt complexity, often with nutty, caramel and/or molasses-like flavours.
ABV: 6.5-10%   IBU: 17-35      SRM:14-25


Barkerville – Sternwheller Scotch Ale
Main St – Up your Sporran
Moody Ales – Strong Scotch Ale
Mt Begbie – Brave Liver Scotch Ale
Parallel 49 – Salty Scot
Persephone – Wee Heavy Scotch
Russell– Angry Scotch Ale
Swans – Riley’s Scotch Ale
Storm – Highland Scottish Ale
Tin Whistle – Stag Apple Scotch Ale
Wolf Brewing – Scotch Ale




oatmeal-stoutA very dark, sweet, full-bodied, slightly roasty ale that can suggest coffee-and-cream, or sweetened espresso. Mild roasted grain aroma, sometimes with coffee and/or chocolate notes.
ABV: 4-7%   IBU: 20-75   SRM: 30-40




4 Mile – Oatmeal Stout
Bad Tattoo – Full Sleeve Strong Stout
Barkerville – 52 Foot Stout
Black Kettle – Keep The Lights Out
Bridge  Brewing– All Out Stout
Cannery – Darkling Oatmeal Stout
Cumberland – Dancing Linebacker  Oatmeal Stout
Deep Cove – The Crawl
Green Leaf – LoLo Stout
Howe Sound – Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout
Lighthouse – Keeper Stout
Old Yale – Sasquatch Stout
Postmark – Stout / Dry Stout
R&B Brewing – Dark Star Oatmeal Stout
Steamworks – Oatmeal Stout
Storm – Black Plague Stout
Townsite – Perfect Storm




Berliner Weisse: A very pale, refreshing, low-alcohol German wheat beer with a clean lactic sourness and a very high carbonation level. A light bread dough malt flavour supports the sourness.
ABV:2.8-3.8%   IBU:3-8   SRM:Varies
Gose :A highly-carbonated, tart and fruity wheat ale with a restrained coriander and salt character and low bitterness. Light fruity aroma with light sourness & slightly  sharp.
ABV: 4.2-4.8%  IBU:5-12  SRM: 3-4


Bad Tattoo – No Walls Berliner Weisse
Coal Harbour – Sunrise Gose
Bridge Brewing : Bruke Berliner Weisse
Driftwood – Cry me A River
Field House – Sour Wheat Gose
Hearthstone -Wyld Peach Berliner Weisse
Four Winds – Berliner Weisse
Main Street – Checkpoint Charlie Berliner Weisse
Moon Under Water -Berliner-Style Weisse
Parallel 49 – Lil Red Sour Cherry Berliner Weisse
Twin Sails – Gose





imperial-stoutsAn intensely-flavoured, big, dark ale with a wide range of flavour balances. Roasty malt with deep dark or dried fruit flavours, and a warming, bittersweet finish.
ABV:8-12%   IBU:50-90   SRM:30-40





Bomber -Russian Imperial Stout
Driftwood – Singularity
Howe Sound – Pot Hole Filler / Mega Destroyer
Longwood – Stoutnik
Main Street – Stag Pheasant Imperial Stout
Moody Ales – Bourbon Barrel Ages RIS
Parallel 49 – Russian Imperial Stout
Phillips -Hammer Imperial Stout
Spinnakers – Titanic
Swans – Black Swan Imperial Stout




American: A well-hopped American interpretation of the richest and strongest of the English ales. The hop character should be evident throughout, but does not have to be unbalanced. The alcohol strength and hop bitterness often combine to leave a very long finish.
ABV:8-12%   IBU-50-100  SRM: 10-19
English: A showcase of malty richness and complex, intense flavours. Chewy and rich in body, with warming alcohol and a pleasant fruity or hoppy interest. When aged, it can take on port-like flavours. A wintertime sipper.
ABV:  8-12%    IBU: 35-70   SRM:8-22


SUGGESTIONS: ( Dig through your cellar-any year will work!)
Bomber – Apex Barley Wine
Central City – Thor’s Hammer
Driftwood – Old Cellar Dweller
Foamers Folly – Brass Monkey
Howe Sound -Woolly Bugger
Parallel 49 – Barley Wine
Persephone – Barley Wine
Phillips – Trainwreck
Red Collar – Wobbly Bob
Russell – Nautical Disaster




An amber to copper, spiced beer that often has a moderately rich body and slightly warming finish suggesting a good accompaniment for the cool fall season, and  Thanksgiving traditions.  Many examples are reminiscent of pumpkin pie.,Additional fermentables (e.g., brown sugar, honey, molasses, maple syrup, etc.) may lend their own unique aromatics.
ABV: Varies  IBU: Varies  SRM: Varies



4 Mile – Sweet Potato Harvest Spiced Ale
Cannery-Knucklehead Pumpkin
Category 12 – Zombie Repellant Ale
Crannog – Maniacal Jack Pumpkin
Fernie-Pumpkin Head Brown Ale
Howe Sound –Pumpkineater / Smoked Pumpkineater
Longwood – Full Batch Pumpkin
Moon Under Water-Pumpkin Pearzen
Nelson Brewing– Pumpkin
Parallel 49 – Lost Souls / Schadenfreude
Phillips -Pumpkin
Steamworks – Pumpkin
Swans – Pumpkin
Whistler –  Valley Trail Chesnut Ale