CHILLY CHEERS WITH WINTER BEERS
With a deep history in craft brewing, British Columbia is a great place for beer lovers. This winter, you’ll definitely want to finish a chilly day on the slopes by quaffing a local seasonal brew.
The Whistler Brewing Company has released a new recipe in its Unique Brew series, the Limited Edition Cold In-Fusion Coffee Brown Ale, created in partnership with the Whistler Roasting Company, using a double infusion of cold-extracted Face Shot Espresso. Resulting in rich ruby-brown beer with nutty aromas, the coffee brown ale is complex yet balanced. It will be available at the brewery in Function Junction as well as at B.C. Liquor Stores. whistlerbeer.com; Twitter.com/finecafine
If you like dark beers and enjoy the taste of black licorice, you’ll love the Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout from Squamish’s Howe Sound Brewing Company. At 10 per cent alcohol, the Megadestroyer carries a boozy kick, but its bold flavours shine through to create an interesting, enjoyable brew. “We use a combination of dried licorice root and star anise to achieve the robust flavours and aromas,” says Brewery Manager Pat Moore. howesound.com
The Brewhouse’s Derrick Franche is always cooking up something special, and for this winter he’s mixing up a strong, black Baltic Porter. “It’ll have some deep bittered black malts to cut down on the bitterness but add lots of colour. It also is going to have some nice chocolatey notes, and hopefully finish quite dry,” says Franche. Baltic Porter will contain around 9 per cent alcohol, and be on tap at the Brewhouse by late December. mjg.ca/brewhouse