Phillips has multiple releases

I know this was a last week thing, but they are worth mentioning again. Usually stuff here that the expertly written press release should highlight nicely: an imperial IPA, a Belgian quad and the 3rd in their fruit sours with a musical theme.


November 21st, 2016 – The Holidays are almost upon us and with the number of seasonal pressures that can cause stress levels to spike, an empty beer fridge is not something you want to mess around with.  We are releasing 3 brand new seasonal bombers to make sure you’re well stocked, and to bring a bit of extra fun to your fridge for those moments of blissful indulgence.  Anxiety is a rich Belgian quad; Missile Toad is a hopped up double IPA; and Bass Shaker is a peach sour aged with oak.

All 3 seasonals are available exclusively at private craft-beer focused liquor stores.  If you find yourself in Victoria this week pop on by the brewery on Thursday between 4-6 to try all 3 on tap!

Missile Toad Imperial IPA – 9.0% phillips-missile

‘Tis the season to chill back at the pad with one of these toad-ally hoppy brews.  Missile Toad is loaded with fruit forward Ella hops from across the pond (New Zealand), to create a double IPA worth croaking about.

Tropical fruit, citrus, floral and spicy—this brew covers most of the range of hoppy flavours in one bottle.  Though “balanced” is not usually associated with the IIPA style, Missile Toad drinks extremely easily with a dry finish and a bitterness that doesn’t hang around
Anxiety Belgian Quad – 8.0%

Incessent Christmas songs, the throng of the crowd, or the wild card of relative relations–whatever your challenges this Holiday season we hope that this big, bold, malty Belgian quad helps deliver some sweet relief.

Anxiety is medium in body, pours a deep amber colour, and features aromas of sweet raisins and freshly baked bread.  Crafted with real Belgian Candi sugar and authentic Abbey yeast, phenolics and esters are slightly muted in this expression that showcases rich malts and a warming finish.

Bass Shaker Oak Aged Peach Sour – 4.8%

The Sour Note Series plays on with Bass Shaker: a sour ale brewed with peaches and aged in oak.  Like all sour ales in the series, this beer was soured with our own in-house lactobacillus strain, discovered when our maltster noticed some delicious aromas coming from our spent grain and suggested we culture it.  The result was a wonderfully tart flavour signature that is completely unique to our brewery.

On the palate, ripe peaches and careful aging with medium-plus American oak chips impart subtle nuances of sweet charred fruit and vanilla.  Very tart


Category 12 releases 2nd Barrelholder series

Sorry the full name wouldn’t fit in title description. Such is the way with beers these days. Brewers are adding multiple steps to beer preparation, which should rightfully be on the label. But I digress. Category 12, which just turned 2 years old, writes a great press release.

Anomaly is a delicious deviation from the norm, yet reminiscent of a Belgian Quadrupel. Aged in American Oak bourbon barrels for 10 months, an assertive bourbon character is tempered by notes of dark fruit, sweet vanilla, and coffee. Hints of candied sugar and clove peek through toasted malts in this lovingly blended barrelholder release. category-12-barrel

Bottles are available in the brewery tap room (2200 Keating X Rd.) starting Wednesday, November 30th and hitting shelves at liquor stores throughout BC over the next couple weeks.




Riot Brewing in Chemanius opens

And the have beer. Looks this the trifecta of beer line up (pale, IPA and lager). The English dark mild does sound interesting and truly sessionable. Also a mention of a seasonal saison. So if you are passing through, pick up a growler.

Sooke Oceanside Brewery opens

But they have no beer. Somebody, or somebodies, drank it all. Check back next month for more. Until then read the nice article in the Sooke Mirror

Lighthouse releases Barrel Aged Scotch Ale

It has been a while since Lighthouse released a new bomber. Now we can see why, they have been barrel aging. This bomber only release is a scotch ale style aged in whiskey barrels. I’m only guess about the whiskey part, but you can see the barrels in the background. Press release and pretty photo to follow.

Introducing Depth Charge, our super limited Barrel Aged Scotch Ale. Small run. Bomber only. Get this great fireplace sipper before it sells out!


Spinnakers releases Northwest Dark Sour Saison

Hopefully this sour beer movement keeps going. Spins has yet another sour beer. It’s a dark saison, aged in French and American oak barrels then dry hopped. No press release nor picture. Their website won’t let me cut and paste. Follow the link above. They also have their advent box in stock.



Phillips releases 2016 Barley Wine

First to the shelves is the Phillips Trainwreck barley wine. Not much to add that is not in the press release. Didn’t this label win the 2011 Canadian Brewery Advertising label of the year? Key word here is oak aged, not barrel. In better CBAW stores soon.unnamed

November 7th, 2016: As your numbed fingers and toes can attest, it’s barley wine season! To celebrate, Trainwreck is once again rolling down the tracks to your local liquor store.  Our 10% behemoth is carefully oak aged with French and American oak, stoking this brew full of rich malt flavours and hints of toasted caramel.  The mild carbonation of this barley wine allows the silky sweet flavour profile to settle on the palate and linger a little longer on the finish.  Trainwreck should be enjoyed at (8C), but at 10% ABV be careful not to derail your caboose.

Trainwreck Oak-Aged Barley Wine is released in a 650mL bottle and available from finer private beer stores for a limited time only.

If you’d like to sample Trainwreck on draft, we are hosting a special tasting at the brewery this Thursday  November 10th from 4-6pm.