CHILLY CHEERS WITH WIN­TER BEERS

Whistler Traveller Magazine - - LOCAL VIBE - STO­RIES BY STEVE FISHER

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

PHOTO JOERN RO­HDE

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