10 B.C. craft beers to finish off the summer

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This summer has been a scorcher so far and there’s still more than a month to go. Some locally-crafted liquid refreshment is just thing to beat the heat, so here are some favourites we’re currently quaffing.

Twin City’s Bottlecap Cherry Cola Sour. Rob Mangelsdorf photo

Bottlecap by Twin City Brewing

Fruited sour ale • 5.6% ABV • 9 IBU • 473 mL tall cans

Well darn if this doesn’t taste exactly like those little sour cherry cola bottle candies you used to get at the corner store for like a nickel. Tart, fruity, dry and very yum.


Faculty Brewing’s Shower Beer. Rob Mangelsdorf photo

Shower Beer by Faculty Brewing

Pale ale • 5.0% ABV • 21 IBU • 473 mL tall cans

The good folks at Faculty set out to create a perfectly refreshing beer for a hot, steamy environment, and they’ve succeeded with this dry, light-bodied, clothing optional pale ale.


Parkside’s Dreamboat Hazy IPA. Rob Mangelsdorf photo

Dreamboat by The Parkside Brewery

Hazy IPA • 6.3% ABV • 35 IBU • 473 mL tall cans

Big juicy notes of pineapple and citrus in this hazy IPA keep it tropical like a half-unbuttoned frangipani-print shirt fluttering in the breeze. Rupert Holmes would be all over this one.


Field House Brewing’s Salted Lime Mexican Lager. Rob Mangelsdorf photo

Salted Lime Mexican Lager by Field House Brewing

Lager • 4.9% ABV • 15 IBU • 473 mL tall cans

If you’re going to be lounging in the sun all day, it’s important to stay hydrated and take in plenty of electrolytes. Now I’m no doctor, but this crisp, exceptionally balanced and easy drinking citrusy salted lager is just what the doctor (whom I am not) ordered. Again, I’d like to emphasize, I’m not a doctor.


Ravens Brewing Allfather Pilsner. Rob Mangelsdorf photo

Allfather by Ravens Brewing

Pilsner • 5.0% ABV • 28 IBU • 473 mL tall cans

If you’re like us, when you think of refreshment, you naturally think of the Norse god Odin. The Allfather himself only drank wine and mead, but if he were to crack into an ice-cold craft beer on a hot summer’s day, he could do worse than this crisp and thirst-quenching German-style pilsner.


Vancouver Island Brewing’s Magic House Grapefruit Gose. Rob Mangelsdorf photo

Magic Hour by Vancouver Island Brewing

Gose • 2.4% ABV • 7 IBU • 473 mL tall cans

We’re thrilled this dad-strength summer sipper has made a comeback. A cross between a gose and a grapefruit radler, this salty, citrusy sour is perfect anytime with it’s modest 2.4% ABV. Why, yes! We do believe we’ll have another…


Land & Sea Brewing’s Comexico Hazy Pale Ale. Rob Mangelsdorf photo

Comexico by Land and Sea Brewing

Pale ale • 5.0% ABV • 473 mL tall cans

This uber-refreshing kveik-fermented hazy pale ale from Comox’s Land and Sea Brewing is styled after the town’s nickname, earned for its hot sandy beaches. The juicy notes of tropical fruit and citrus will take you back to a time when international travel was still a thing. Sigh.


Wild Ambition’s Jewelled Wings Blueberry Gose. Rob Mangelsdorf photo

Jewelled Wings by Wild Ambition

Gose • 4.5% ABV • 473 mL tall cans

Kelowna’s Wild Ambition have been putting out some outstanding beers of late, and this lovely gose is no exception. Heaps of local blueberries went into this fruity little number, resulting in a tart but balanced sour ale.


Steamworks Brewing’s Redemption Saison. Rob Mangelsdorf photo

Redemption by Steamworks Brewing

Saison • 6.6% ABV • 500 mL bottles

Generally, wine and beer don’t mix. Both are perfectly fine on their own and mixing them is nothing short of blasphemy. However, as Steamworks has discovered, when you combine beer wort and wine must, the result can be nothing short of heavenly. This “heretical” hybrid ale boasts vinous notes of stone fruit, gooseberry, cracked pepper and a whole lot of good-God-that’s-delicious!


Tinhouse Brewing’s My Best Day ISA. Rob Mangelsdorf photo

My Best Day ISA by Tinhouse Brewing

Pale ale • 4.5% ABV • 43 IBU • 473 mL tall cans

And the end of a hot summer’s day, we all just want the same thing: something cold, wet, and preferably bubbly. Bonus points if you can drink, like, eight of them without getting sick of it. This light-bodied India Session Ale from Port Coquitlam’s Tinhouse Brewing is moreish and thirst-quenching, with just enough hops to keep things interesting. In short, it’s a crusher.

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