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My Favourite Beers

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A few weeks ago, a colleague joked he should send a BC beer kit to family & friends in the UK.  It got me thinking – what would I send?  So I started a list, reflecting and periodically adding to it.  But the list wouldn’t be complete without a few beers from points further east.  At the very least, this would make a fine Canadian beer kit IMHO.  Several styles are absent, but this is a “my” list – so it reflects my favourite styles.  Links point to Beer Advocate since I’m too lazy to write individual reviews – it also shows where my tastes sit within the broader beer geek community.

[Edit 29Apr2012 – It’s also worth noting that while I tried to avoid seasonals or one-offs, I inadvertently included two.  I’ve indicated as much, now.  But while I’m thinking about seasonals, I should mention two fresh hop beers that I still linger for: Driftwood’s mind-blowing Sartori Harvest IPA and Saltspring’s Harvest Moon ESB. Both were especially nice on cask.]


  1. Driftwood – Fat Tug
  2. Lighthouse – Switchback IPA [edit 29Apr2012]
  3. Central City – Red Racer IPA
  4. Black Oak – Ten Bitter Years [Produced sporadically]
  5. Swans – Extra IPA


  1. Propeller ESB
  2. Central City – Red Racer ESB
  3. Swans – ESB

Bitter / Best Bitter

  1. Moon Under Water – Blue Moon Bitter
  2. Howe Sound – Baldwin & Cooper Best Bitter


  1. Swans – Oatmeal Stout
  2. Howe Sound – Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout
  3. Storm – Black Pague Stout


  1. Driftwood – Blackstone Porter
  2. Swans – Cafe Fantastico Double Shot Porter [One-off]
  3. Philips – Longboat Chocolate Porter

Brown Ale

  1. Howe Sound – Rail Ale Nut Brown
  2. Swans – Appleton Brown Ale

Wheat Ale

  1. R&B Sun – God Wheat Ale
  2. Big Rock – Grasshopper
  3. Mill St – Lemon Tea


  1. Mill St – Wit

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February 20, 2012 at 7:54 pm

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