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PURSUIT OF HOPPINESS: The legend is reborn: Horseshoe Bay Ale
As all of you beer aficionados already know, Canada’s craft beer history started here on the North Shore slightly more than 30 years ago when John Mitchell and Frank Appleton opened the first brew pub in North America and the first craft brewery in Canada: the Troller Pub and Horseshoe Bay Brewery.
Well, the brewery is no more but the beer that started the revolution has returned!
To mark the opening of the relocated, expanded, and beautifully re-envisioned Troller Ale House, Howe Sound Brewing in Squamish is brewing the Horseshoe Bay Ale as per Mitchell and Appleton’s original recipe.
After a year of renovations, the Troller has moved a block down the street into new digs and as an ale house will be offering a selection of 14 beers on tap along with gastropub nibblies.
The craft beer selection will favour beers from BC Ferries’ destinations: Townsite Brewing in Powell River, Persephone Brewing in Gibsons, as well as Lighthouse Brewing and Driftwood Brewing from Victoria. These will be complemented by offerings from Howe Sound Brewing (Squamish) and Whistler Brewing. Although already open, its official debut will be next Thursday (Sept. 26).
Beer of the Month: Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers’ Wise Crack West Coast Lager
Brewmaster Kevin Emms and the crew at Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers have found a delicious unique spot in the beer flavour spectrum with their pre-Prohibition-styled lager. In the ever-crowded craft beer market, finding a niche can be difficult, and does the world really need another IPA or pilsner? Lagers normally need refrigeration (or deep caves) as keeping the lager yeast happy requires cool temperatures.
Neither was available at the end of the 19th century in California, so the creative brewers had to adapt their German lager heritage.
The result was a beer style that is a combination of lager and ale styles: a beer fermented at ale temperatures using a lager yeast. Known generically as California Common, but better known from the original, Anchor Steam, this style is considered to be the only one (of the 60 or so major beer styles) to have originated in North America.
Deep Cove’s take combines the best of a great historical beer style with flavour aspects that have made West Coast beers distinct from other regions: hoppy, bold, malty, and with distinctive lemon piney notes from Chinook hops.
This is a great beer which is sure to become Deep Cove’s signature brew, available in growlers at the brewery and soon in bottles from better private liquor stores.
It’s Pumpkin Season
If Charlie Brown had been of the age of majority, he would have been in the pumpkin patch awaiting the arrival of the Great Pumpkin, not because of the presents, but because of the beer!
It’s the season for pumpkin beer and many brew pubs and breweries will be bringing out their versions, and keeping in the historical vein of this month’s column, I’d like to point out pumpkin beer was very popular in the 18th century in New England primarily because of a shortage of quality grains from which to brew.
So look for this other example of a heritage beer and enjoy the final days of summer.
-George Pajari is a BJCP certified beer judge and elected member (ret’d) of the Institute of Brewing, London, UK.
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