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On one of Papa Lam’s days off, we took the family out to the Fraser Valley for a day of fun. One of the stops was Field House Brewing. We’ve had Field House’s beers a number of times now, and it’s often a booth we’d stop by at any beer festival, but this was our first time visiting the East Abbotsford brewery on location.

Field House has a covered patio and beer lawn where they serve up their tasty brews and food featuring local ingredients and produce from their own Field House Farm. You can book a table online for the covered patio, but the beer lawn is on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s a nice day out so we took a risk for a spot on the beer lawn. It was a non-holiday Monday but it’s still busy. Luckily for us, we managed to grab the last table available and we settled down for lunch.

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And the draw is: Parallel 49 Rock The Bells Cranberry Sour

This beer opened the advent calendar last year, and I said something along the lines of “I would gladly drink (it) again”. Well, here’s my chance, and yes, I am glad. (more…)

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And the draw is: Parallel 49 Bodhisattva Dry-Hopped Sour

Another sour from P49 today! There was a time when I wouldn’t have been particularly excited about this. After the first Lil Red, and a few other meh’s, I wasn’t sure P49 was going to be my sour brewery of choice. But they’ve really stepped it up over the last year, and are now on my sour beer thumbs-up list. Practice makes perfect, right?

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And the draw is: Red Racer Southern Cross Kiwi Kettle Sour

Right away, this label made me think of the year I spent in Australia. On Christmas day it was nearly 40°C outside, with the cold, snowy winter back home just a dream. Imagine a land where the southern cross shines bright in the night sky, and the only white is the white crest of the wave Santa is riding in on. Probably while doing sick tricks on his board, because, why not?! (more…)

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The Beer

I recently (OK, maybe not that recently) had the opportunity to attend a release event for a new beer from Central CitySour Brown I Barrel Aged Sour Ale – the first in what will become an expansive Sour program, including upcoming Sour Red, Kreik, and Framboise releases. As people may know, I’m a pretty big fan of sours, so I approached this release with no small amount of expectation.

Sour Brown I Tasting

Sour Brown I Tasting

I wasn’t disappointed. This beer offers an aroma of red wine and sour berries, while the taste is balanced nicely with a smooth sour acidity, a bit of wine tannins, berries and oak. It all came together nicely and honestly, I think it’s an excellent first effort. Gary Lohin deserves a serious high five.

Gary Lohin, Brewmaster, Central City

Gary Lohin, Brewmaster, Central City

The Shock

Sour Brown I BottleI went home that night with a plan to buy two, maybe three bottles depending on the price. I knew it wasn’t going to be available right away at my favourite local beer store so I waited a few weeks. I knew it would be available at the brewery first, likely for a couple dollars less, but I like the convenience of my local store. I just had to make sure I was on the ball, because I didn’t expect a huge quantity available, and it would probably go fast. So I kept checking in until I finally saw it on the shelf.

Then I saw the price. (more…)

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