I have been doing my homework for the upcoming Hopscotch 2011 Grand Tasting and I have compiled a list of beers I am thinking of sampling. For those of you not in the Greater Vancouver Area, Hopscotch is a long-running annual scotch, whisky and beer festival hosted by Foodconnect. It is the biggest combined whisky and beer event across Canada consisting of three nights of tasting and a ton of satellite events and master classes. I wanted to get this post out before Saturday’s event so I could take advantage of the knowledge of my fellow beer enthusiasts. So please feel free to post comments, concerns and/or recommendations so I can get the best out of the fest:
Anchor Porter Beer
A unique dark brew, which was introduced by Anchor in the early 1970s. Anchor Porter, like all Anchor Brewing beers, is brewed with only natural ingredients. Specially roasted dark malts are used, along with a top-fermenting yeast. The brew is hopped at a very high rate, and is naturally carbonated to produce an intensely rich flavour and thick creamy head.
Howe Sound Brewing Co. Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout
This is a traditional English oatmeal stout with an intense roasted barley flavour. This is a sweeter style stout with a lovely creamy texture and smooth finish. This stout won a Silver award this year at the 2011 Canadian Brewing Awards in the Stout category.
Elysian The Immortal IPA
A Northwest interpretation of a classic English style, golden copper in color and loaded with New World hop flavor and aroma. Extremely drinkable. MALTS: Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell. HOPS: Bittered with Chinook, finished with Amarillo and Centennial.
Green Flash Double Stout Black Ale
Golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts create a luscious black brew with satin smooth finish. An old-world style, done the Green Flash way. Big, bold, flavorful and complex.
Grolsch Premium Lager comes from Holland and has more than 400 years of history. Medium-gold in color, Grolsch delivers a smooth, refreshingly pleasing balanced flavour with rich grain and hops aromas.
North Coast PranQster – Belgian Style Ale
Sophisticated brewing techniques, yeast blends and unique flavoring elements have elevated the beers of Belgium to the status enjoyed by wine in other countries. PranQster follows in this tradition using a mixed culture of antique yeast strains that produce a floral nose, a full fruity flavor and a clean finish.
Radeberger Pilsner from the only brewery in Germany which has brewed pilsner beer without interruption since 1872. Radeberger Pilsner is intentionally positioned as a monobrand. The soft water from Radeberger’s own wells, the predominant hops flavour, the golden colour and creamy foam give Radeberger its distinct, smooth bitter taste. 4.8% vol bottom-fermented
Central City Brewing Red Racer India Pale Ale
A style of ale fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. Hops, hops, and more hops! This ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. A beer for the connoisseur, this is the Brewmaster’s choice.
Central City Brewing Red Racer Winter Ale
Big, malty, and brewed to keep you warm through the long dark days of a west coast winter. This complex amber ale has vanilla and maple syrup undertones, with a warm, spicy finish. Best enjoyed when only partially chilled.
Tin whistle chocolate cherry porter
Made from fresh cherries and belgium chocolates. rich and exciting! limited release every fall. don’t miss out on this one, its a winner!
Wiehenstephaner hefeweisser dunkel
95 rating ratebeer. The world’s oldest brewery! a medium-dark wheat beer that is supple, malty and mellow. Memorable for its perfectly blended flavour.
Yukon Red Amber Ale
2009 Canadian Beer of the Year – Highest scoring Amber Ale ever at Chicago Beverage Testing Inst. “a full malt body, bold, fruity and persistent with a snap of of clean hop bitter.