On tap: new releases from Vancouver Island Brewing, Backcountry, and R&B

Here’s what we’re lining up for this week (six feet apart, of course)…

Pod Pack 2021 by Vancouver Island Brewing

Assorted • 4.2%–6.8% ABV • 473 mL tall can four-packs

The long-awaited return of Vancouver Island Brewing’s Pod Pack collab mixer four-pack is here, with four new breweries and four new beers. One dollar from the sale of every Pod Pack will be donated to the Pacific Salmon Foundation to help their efforts in preserving wild B.C. salmon stocks, a vital food source for the southern resident killer whales that call the Salish Sea home, and the beers are each named for an individual whale. The inaugural 2019 edition of the Pod Pack raised more than $15,000.This time out, Vancouver Island Brewing partnered with Whistle Buoy Brewing in Victoria (Mike, a rosé pale ale), Ace Brewing in Courtenay (Solstice, a plum and rosemary saison), Mayne Island Brewing (Tahlequah, a “Pacific” gose) and Ucluelet Brewing Co. (Wave Walker, a helles bock). To learn more about the Pod Pack and the endangered southern resident killer whales, visit Vancouver Island Brewing’s website, here.


Mine Goes To Eleven by Backcountry Brewing. Contributed photo

Mine Goes To Eleven⁠ by Backcountry Brewing

⁠Fruited sour ale • 5.0% ABV • 8 IBU • 473 mL tall cans

Squamish’s Backcountry Brewing is launching this mango, coconut and lime sour ale across the province this week, so be on the lookout. Refreshingly tart, with massive fruit notes that are cranked up to 11, naturally.


Green Screen IPA by R&B Brewing. Contributed photo

Green Screen IPA by R&B Brewing

IPA • 5.7% ABV • 473 mL tall cans

Fancy a cheeky pint while working from home, but don’t want the higher-ups to get wise on the Zoom call? Vancouver’s R&B Brewing has you sorted. The packaging for its new Green Screen IPA renders it invisible during your video conference call (that definitely could have been an email). R&B Brewing’s website has some how-to tips to show you how to harness the magic for yourself. Green Screen IPA is available at select locations across the province, as well as at R&B’s growler station.


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