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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


Bomber Brewing : Fresh Hop East Van SMaSH
Callister Brewing: Wet Wild Farmhouse ale
Dageraad Brewing  – Wet Hopped Blonde ale
Deep Cove Brewing – Fresh Hop Harvest ale
Driftwood Brewery – Sartori IPA
Faculty Brewing – 522 Fresh Hop ESB
Fieldhouse Brewery – Fresh Hopped Sartori Sour IPA
Firehall -Wind & Fire Harvest Ale
Hoyne Brewing – Wolf Vine
Luppolo –Fresh Hop New World sour
Main Street-Cashemere Fresh Hop Farmhouse ale
Moody Ales– Fresh Hop Red Ale
Persephone Brewing – Fresh Hop Bitter
Phillips Brewing –Green Reaper
R&B Brewing– So Fresh, So Green Green Oat IPA
Ravens Brewing – Fresh Hopped Rye Pale 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
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


BC Craft Guild Collaboration – Oktoberfest
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



DUNKEL: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.

DUNKELWEIZEN: A moderately dark, spicy, fruity, malty, refreshing wheat-based ale. Reflecting the best yeast and wheat character of a hefeweizen blended with the malty richness of a Munich Dunkel
ABV: 4.5% – 5.6%  IBU: 18-28   SRM: 14-28 Dunkels
ABV: 4.3% -5.6%  IBU: 10-18  SRM: 14-23 DunkelWeizens

Barkerville  – Demi Mondaine Dunkelweizen
Green Leaf: Dunkelweizen
Longwood Brewing: Steam Punk Dunkel
Moon Under Water – Creepy Uncle Dunkel
Mount Begbie: Bob’s Your Dunkel
Red Collar: Black Hefe Dunkelweizen
Persephone – Black Lager
Steel & Oak – Smoked Dunkel
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
Driftwood – Last Aurochs – Weizenbock
Hoyne Brewing – The Big Bock
Moon Under Water – Weizenbock
Red Collar – Doppelbock
Steel & Oak – Weizenbock
Tree Brewing – Captivator Doppelbock
VI Brewing – Hermannator – Ice Bock


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

Brassneck Brewing – Klutz
Bridge Brewing: Wonderbar Kolsch
Doan’s Craft Brewing – Kolsch
Mt Begbie – High Country Kolsch
Nelson Brewing: Harvest Moon
Off The Rail – Mur Ein Kolsch
Phillips-Analogue 78
Red Arrow – Kustom Kolsch
Spinnakers – Queen Bee Honey Kolsch
Steamworks – Kolsch
Swans  Brewing– Arctic Kolsch




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 – Sour Weisse
Main Street – Checkpoint Charlie Berliner Weisse
Moon Under Water -Berliner-Style Weisse
Parallel 49 – Lil Red Sour Cherry Berliner Weisse
Ravens: Corvus Lingonberry Gose
Yellow Dog: Ginger Lime Gose
Twin Sails – Gose


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

Andina –  Monita Blonde IPA
Bad Tattoo – ACP Golden
Dageraad – Belgian Blonde & Wet Hopped Blonde
Old Yale – Knotty Blonde
Persephone – Goddess Golden Ale
Postmark – Blonde Ale
Ravens –Golden Ale
Red Collar – Blonde
Tin Whistle – Coyote Blonde
Tofino – Blonde
Torchlight – Blondes in Stereo
Townsite – Zunga Blonde
Strange Fellows – Goldilocks Belgian Blonde
Strathcona – Gold Belgian Ale
Wheelhouse – Gillnetter Golden Ale




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

33 Acres – 33 Acres of Sunshine
Brassneck– Small Wonder
Category 12 – Fresh Hopped  Saison
Callister/Dogwood – Mating Saison
Coast Mountain – Sunbreak Saison
Dageraad – Lake City Farmhouse
Driftwood  – Farmhand Saison
Four Winds  – Saison
Fieldhouse – Herbaceous Saison
Ironroad – Farmhouse Saison
Main St – No 7 Saison
Moon Under Water – Hip as Funk
Old Abbey Ales – Dry Hopped Saison
Persephone – Farmhouse Saison
Ravens – Farmers Ale
Riot Brewing – Sorry We Took so Long Saison
Strange Fellows – Bayard Farmhouse Saision
Trading Post – SMASH Saison
TWA Dogs – Mistress Saison


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

Andina– Melcocha Mild Ale
Bowen Island – Irish Cream Ale
Brassneck – Old Money
Gladstone – Dark Mild
Kettle River – Mild 1832
Love Shack Libations – Crafty Cream Ale
Mariner Brewing – Cream Ale
Mt Begbie- Cream Ale
Phillips Slipstream Cream Ale
R&B Brewing – Raven Cream Ale (Dark Mild)
Ravens –English Dark Mild
Riot Brewing – Working Class Hero 
Russell –
Cream Ale
Torchlight Brewing
– Mild in May

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
Coast Mountain – Woodnutt Brown
Fernie  Brewing– First Trax
Freddys – Sandbagger Brown
Howe Sound – Rail Ale Brown
Moody Ales –Hardy Brown
Mt Begbie – Tall Timber
Nelson – After Dark Brown
Spinnakers – Fernwood ‘Cold Brew’ Brown
Torchlight – BC Bruin
Tree Brewing Inst – BC Nut Brown
Wheelhouse – Blacksmith Brown 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
Driftwood – White Bark
Fernie Brewing – Slow Drift Witbier
Fuggles & Warlock – Last Mango Wit
Howe Sound – Whitecap Wheat Ale
Main Street – Hail Mary
Old Yale –Vanishing Monk
Red Collar – Belgian Wit
Strange Fellows – Jongleur
Townsite: Blackberry Sour Wit


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
Bridge Brewing – Rye Cycle ESB
Driftwood Brewing – Naughty Nellie
Howe Sound –Baldwin And Cooper Best Bitter
Hoyne – Appleton ESB
Off the Rail – Belt Up ESB
Persephone – ESB
R&B Brewing – East Side Bitter
Ravens Brewing – Fresh Hop ESB
Riot Brewing – Barcode Blues ESB
Russell – Bloody Alley Bitter
Steel & Oak – West Coast 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: 40-90   SRM: 6-12

33 Acres – 33 Acres of Nirvana
BackCountry – Widow maker IPA
Barkerville – Wandering Camel
Central City – Red Racer IPA
Coast Mountain – Dank IPA
Doans Craft Brewing – West Coast IPA
Driftwood – Fat Tug
Faculty – IPA
Fernie Brewing – Lone Wolf IPA
Foamers Folly – Hot Box 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
Russell – Punch Bowl IPA
Storm Brewing – Hurricane IPA
Tofino– Hoppin’ Cretin
Townsite – Tin Hat
Twin Sails – IPA
Yellow Dog – Play Dead 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

Arrowhead Brewing – I’m so Freaking Hoppy!
Barkerville Brewing – High Stakes
Bomber Brewing – Superpest Double IPA
Deep Cove – North Shore Collab- Triple IPA
Driftwood – Twenty Pounder
Four Winds – Vexillum Imperial IPA
Lighthouse Brewing Numbskull DIPA
Phillips – Amnesiac
Red Arrow – Hop Shop Imperial
Russell Brewing -Hop Therapy
Strathcona Brewing – Left Imperial IPA
Tofino Brewing – Cosmic Wave
Torchlight Brewing – Broken Paddle Wet Hopped DIPA
Twin Sails – Space Armadillo
Wolf – Cerberus Imperial



hazy IPA's

A NEIPA is an unfiltered IPA or Double IPA that’s been aggressively hopped. Appearance ranges from slightly hazy or cloudy to opaque or muddy. Dry-hopping, the use of high-protein grains (flours, flaked oats, wheat), certain yeast strains, water chemistry, CO2 levels, and other techniques may also contribute to the beer’s haze and mouthfeel. But the overall goal is typically a hazy, juicy IPA packed with fruity and floral flavours, with low bitterness. It appears that every brewery has its own take on a recipe !
ABV: 5.5- 10%  IBU: 0-70  SRM: Hazy

Bridge Brewing – Sidecut NE-IPA
Cannery Brewing -Hop Chowdah NE-IPA
Coast Mountain – Day Dreamer NE-IPA
Fernie Brewing – Hit the Deck NE-IPA
Howe Sound – Hazy Daze IPA
Mariner Brewing – North East IPA
Parallel 49 – Trash Panda Hazy IPA
Phillips Brewing – Thunder Punch IPA
Powell Brewing – Lazy D’Haze IPA
R&B Brewing – Shake Your Fruity IPA
Spinnakers – Juice Monkey IPA
Steamworks – Flagship IPA
Superflux – Shape & ColourIPA
Twin Sails – Slam Dank IPA
Yellow Dog – High Five Hazy IPA


Black: 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
Callister Brewing – Sovereign CDA
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

OCTOBER 18 – 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



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.And then, there are those on the list that take a bit of brewers license and add fruit and more hops!
ABV: 4.3 – 5.6%   IBU: 8 – 15   SRM:2-6 

Black Kettle –Wheat Ale
Callisters – Blueberry Wheat Ale
Cumberland – Forest Fog
Faculty – 241 Minzeweizen
Foamers Folley-Raspberry Honey Hef
Green Leaf – Wisenhower Hefeweizen
Highway 97 – Peach Hefeweizen
Moon Under Water – This is Hef
Mount Arrowsmith-Comfortably Chum Hef
Parallel 49 -Jerkface 9000
Persephone –Noble Wheat Ale
Postmark-Manderina Wheat Ale
Ravens –Raspberry Hef
Red Arrow – Heritage River Hefeweizen
Red Collar – Black Heff
Russell – White Rabbit Hoppy Hefeweizen
Steel & Oak –Roggen Weizen
Torchlight –Wheat 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
Dageraad – Amber Ale
Big Caboose Red
Mariner – Amber Ale
Moody Ales – Fresh Hop Red Ale
Off the Rail- Raybuck Red Ale
Parallel 49 – Gypsy Tears
Persephone –
HopYard  Red Ale
Red ArrowMidnite Umber Ale
Red Racer –
Amber Ale
Ridge Brewing – Hairy Dona 
Steamworks –
Herocia Red
Three Ranges –
Sacrifice Red Ale
Trading Post 
Rye Amber Ale




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
Swans Brewing – Rye IPA
Trading Post – Otis Farmhouse Rye IPA
Whitetooth Brewing – Launchpad Belgian Rye Pale Ale



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 -Wild IPA Experimental Series
Coast Mountain – Wild Creatures Rustic Farmhouse
Driftwood – Raised by Wolves
Field House – Satori Hopped  Sour
Four Winds – Juxtapose IPA
Hearthstone – Berliner WYLD series
Main Street – Fruit Bomb Kettle Sour
Mariner Beer – Sour Weisse
Powell Street – Funky Gose Medina
R&B Brewing – Anniversary Brett Saison
Steel & Oak – The Fraser
Strange Fellows – Reynard
Cherry High
Storm Brewing
Flanders Red
Nochs Sour


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

Arrowhead – Coffee Porter
Bomber – Choqulette Porter
Brassneck -Magic Beans Coffee Beer
Bridge – Uganda Sip Coffee Brown
Fuggles & Warlock – Beam Me Up Espresso Milk Stout
Hearthstone -Chocolate Milk Stout
Hoyne -Voltage Espresso Stout
Moody Ales – Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Mt Begbie – Dark Side of the Stoke
Parallel 49 – Chocolate Pumpkin Porter
Phillips -Longboat Chocolate Porter
Russell -Timber Train Coffee Stout
Tin Whistle -Chocolate Cherry Porter
Tofino – Dawn Patrol
Twin Sails – Con Leche
Trading Post – Three Bears Breakfast Stout


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 – Blackberry POrter
Coal Harbour – Blackwing Baltic Porter
Dageraad– Londen English Porter
Driftwood – Blackstone Porter
Fernie– Sap Sucker Maple Porter
Four Winds – Oat Porter
Gladstone – Porter
Phillips –Odyssey Porter
Powell St – Dive Bomb Porter
Salt Spring Island – Dry Porter
Sherwood Mountain – Seven Sisters Stout
Three Ranges – Snow Dance Porter
Tin Whistle –Killer Bee Porter
Torchlight – Led Sled Porter
Townsite – Pow Town Porter
Vancouver Caledonia – Robust Porter 
Smokehouse Porter
Yellow Dog
Shake a Paw Smoked Porter



oatmeal-stoutAmerican:A coffee and chocolate forward ale, but with a hop aroma and flavour,often from citrusy forward varieties. American styles are bold with a distinctive dry roasted bitterness in the finish. The addition of oatmeal is acceptable and assists to the body and head retention. 
ABV: 5.5% -8.9%   IBU: 35 – 60   SRM: 40 -45

English: This beer style is dark brown to black in colour. Roasted malt character is caramel-like and chocolate-like, and should be smooth and not bitter.Coffee-like roasted barley and malt aromas                                                                         are prominent
                                                               ABV: 3.8%- 6%  IBU: 20 – 40  SRM: 20 – 50

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
FireHall – Holy Smoke Stout
Green Leaf – LoLo Stout
Howe Sound – Diamond Head Stout
Lighthouse – Vanilla Stout
Nelson – Organic Black Heart Stout
Old Yale – Sasquatch Stout
Parallel 49 – Milk Stout
Postmark – Stout / Dry Stout
R&B Brewing – Dark Star Oatmeal Stout
Salt Spring Island – Vanilla Stout
Steamworks – Oatmeal Stout
Storm – Black Plague Stout
Tofino – Kelp Stout
Townsite – Perfect Storm


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

The American-style imperial stout is the strongest in alcohol and body of the stouts. Black in color, these beers typically have an extremely rich malty flavor and aroma with full, sweet malt character. Bitterness can come from roasted malts or hop additions.

ABV:7-12%   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


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
Quad: A dark, complex, very strong Belgian ale with a delicious blend of malt richness, dark fruit flavours, and spicy elements. Complex, rich, smooth and dangerous.Deep amber to deep coppery-brown in colour with a  huge, dense, moussy, persistent cream- to light tan- coloured head.
ABV: 8 -12 %   IBU: 20-35   SRM: 12-22

33 Acres- 33 Acre of Euphoria
Category 12  – Belgian Golden Strong
Dageraad – 10 ( and so many other great Belgian choices)
Driftwood – ClodHopper
Four Winds –Triplicity
Morning Star – Heart of Gold Tripel
Old Abbey – Belgian Dubbel / Belgian Tripel
Ravens – Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel
Red Collar – Black Dog Quad
Strange Fellows – Goldilocks Belgian Strong
Strathcona – Belgian Gold
Townsite- Charleston




HEAVY: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.
ABV: 3.2-3.9%   IBU:10 -20   SRM:13-22
EXPORT:A malt-focused, generally caramelly beer with perhaps a few esters and occasionally a butterscotch aftertaste. Hops only to balance and support the malt.
ABV: 3.9 -6.0%  IBU:15 – 30   SRM:13-22


Barkerville – Sternwheller Scotch Ale
Black Kettle – Scottish Ale
Cannery – Squire Scotch Ale
Foamers Folly – Wickerman Wee Heavy
Highway 97 – Islay Scotch Ale
Howe Sound – Wee Beastie
Moody Ales – Strong Scotch Ale
Mt Begbie – Brave Liver Scotch Ale
Parallel 49 – Salty Scot
Persephone – Wee Heavy Scotch
Phillips – Toasted Oak
Russell– Angry Scotch Ale
Swans –  Scotch Ale
Storm – Highland Scottish Ale
Tin Whistle – Stag Apple Scotch Ale
Wolf Brewing – Scotch Ale



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
Strange Fellows – Grey Beard
V.I. Brewing – Hermannator- (Barrel Aged)



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
Foamers Folly – Robbie B’s Double Pumpkin
Howe Sound –Pumpkineater / Smoked Pumpkineater
Longwood – Full Batch Pumpkin
Moon Under Water-Pumpkin Pearzen
Nelson Brewing– Pumpkin
Parallel 49 – Lost Souls / Schadenfreude
Phillips -Crooked Tooth Pumpkin
Steamworks – Pumpkin
Torchlight – Full Patch Pumpkin
Whistler –  Valley Trail Chestnut Ale