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Hip Hops – BRUT IPAs Have Arrived in Vancouver

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Article by Cam Gerard: Vancouver Brewery Tours Guide & graduate of the SFU Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials program

So Brut IPAs have come to Vancouver recently showing up at three local breweries in the last couple of weeks – Parallel 49, Steamworks and Faculty (with more to come we’re sure). This new style comes in on a wave behind styles such as the Hazy (fruit juice) and Milkshake (soft and smooth) IPAs of the last few years. Of course we still have bitter hopped North West IPAs as well to hold up the old school flavours IPA lovers enjoy.

What’s in a Name?

So what exactly is a Brut IPA? The name “brut” is taken from the terminology used to rank sweetness in Brut IPA - Faculty BrewingChampagne and other sparkling wines — brut is the driest category in that ranking (although it is sometimes subdivided into brut and extra brut). Doing my best craft beer math we get Brut + IPA (which is the most dominant beer style on the West Coast of North America if not the continent) = “Champagne” like beer.

You can expect the beer to be super dry and highly carbonated with a light body. The appearance is a brilliant gold as well as startling clarity. The aroma is complex throwing out fresh citrus fruits, dankness, and petrol like aromatics. The ABV (alcohol by volume) is also on the higher end.

Origins of the BRUT IPA Style

Brut IPA - Parallel 49 Brewing 6 Year AnniversarySo where did this beer come from? Brut IPAs invention is widely credited to Social Kitchen and Brewery’s Brew Master, Kim Sturdavant, in San Francisco over a year ago. To achieve all aforementioned features, Kim used an amlyase enzyme (the amyloglucosidase enzyme derived from a selected strain of Aspergillus niger) normally used to lighten stouts and porters without reducing the ABV. This amylase enzyme is also there to transform all the starches and complex sugars into glucose aka short chain sugars so that the yeast can consume all of the sugars, making the beer very dry. The hopping profile is very light on IBUs with mostly late additions as well as being very heavy on the dry hopping to marry the aroma with a lighter than usual bodied beer.

I have yet to try this particular beer style but it is high on my ISO (in search of) list. I hope it can maintain a place amongst all the other IPAs out there and give us thirsty IPA fans a different alternative. Here’s my list of known Brut IPAs in town, let us know if we’ve missed any!

– Parallel 49 Brewing just recently released a Brut IPA in a cork and cage reminiscent of a champagne bottle – June 15th, 2018.
– Steamwork “Brute IPA” just bottled last Friday – June 15th, 2018 **from an inside source ;)!
– Bridge Brewing Brut IPA  – June 8th, 2018 (check out the Beer Brawlers YouTube video!)
– Faculty have also recently come out with a Brut IPA called “729 Brut IPA” – June 7th ,2018.
– Postmark Brut IPA – May 23rd, 2018
– Yellow Dog “Pop It Like It’s Hop Brut IPA” – May 11th, 2018


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Everybody Needs a Good Buddy – Getting to Know Good Buddy Brewing Co.

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Change is inevitable, and Vancouver’s only co-operative brewery Callister Brewing is well accustomed to change. Each July Callister says goodbye to their current in house breweries and welcomes a new round of aspiring brewers into the craft beer community.  The co-op model is a welcomed opportunity for those looking to test the waters of the business of brewing and has produced some of Vancouver’s most popular beers – perhaps most notably Boom Box Brewing Co. and Superflux Beer Co.

This July, Good Buddy Brewing Co. will be the newest brewery to set up shop in Callister. Founded by Tim Rennie, we had the opportunity to sit down with Tim and learn more about his plans for Vancouver’s newest brewery.

Tell us about Good Buddy Brewing?Good Buddy Brewing Co. Growler - Vancouver Brewery Tours

Good Buddy Brewing is my take at the brewing industry.  We’re sort of the little brother or the goofy friend in the craft beer world.  We want to focus on making beers that are a little weird and playful.  For me drinking beer has always been about hanging out with your friends and family and just having a great time and that’s what I want everyone to feel when they drink GB.  I’m hoping to do a lot of collab beers in the future and feature guest brewers and recipes.  We also plan on posting all of our recipes on our website and if you ever have any questions or just want to talk beer I love that kind of stuff.  This year we are one of the associate brewers at Callister so you can find me slinging beers there once a week.

What inspired you to start Good Buddy Brewing?

I started brewing with my dad at the home brew shop back in Ontario when I was a kid.  Over the years I kept building home brew set ups at the different towns I’ve lived in all over Canada.  I came to Vancouver about 6 years ago and that’s sorta when it clicked that I could do this as a living.  I quit a well paying job I had and took the first beer job I could get which was at Parallel 49 working the bottling line and kegging machine.  The goal for me was always to start something on my own that was a little less industrial than a lot of the other things I saw at the time.  Since then a lot of places have popped up and I’ve worked with a ton of them and made loads of friends.  It’s been about 4 years since I jumped into this game and I keep finding more reasons to love this business.

Why did you choose to partner with Callister Brewing to start your brewery?

Good Buddy Brewing Co. Tim Rennie - Vancouver Brewery ToursI knew Chris and Diana from Vanbrewers and they also gave a presentation at SFU while I was there for the beer program, so I was pretty familiar with their business model.  I’ve seen a few pretty cool breweries come through there so it seemed like a bit of a no brainier.  I’ve been looking at other ways to start a brewery, and there are a lot of them now, and this seemed like the best way to really test out a bunch of recipes and get some feedback on a relatively small budget.  I sent Chris and Diana a ton of emails over Christmas (their probably pretty sick of seeing my name pop up in their inbox) and I was kind of surprised when they gave me the green light because they’re kind of heroes to me.

You have years of experience working for a number of BC’s craft breweries. How will this experience help you now that you’re brewing for yourself?

Once I get something in my head that I want to do I pretty much charge like a bull into figuring that out.  That’s been really helpful for me in this industry.  I went from pretty much pushing a broom at Parallel 49 to doing deliveries at Coal Harbour which eventually led to brewing and some managing and then to my head brewer role at Salt Spring Island Ales, all in a fairly short period of time.  At this point I’ve seen quite a bit of most of the sides of the beer world, but there is always more to learn.  The brewery on Salt Spring is over 20 years old so I had no shortage of things to repair on nearly a daily basis.  I can’t really think of a better way to learn what I’ve learned in a faster time than my time on Salt Spring.  Besides brewing their core beers (which are mostly English ale recipes) I also had the opportunity to make a few of my own recipes which I’m really proud of (most notably the Hazy IPA).  The next challenge is the business side.

How did the name Good Buddy Brewing come to be?

Good Buddy Brewing Co. Cake - Vancouver Brewery ToursA few years ago I was living in Dawson City, Yukon and working in the casino as a black jack dealer.  I put a note in the break room that said if you ever needed the night off just ask your good buddy Tim.  Pretty soon everyone knew me as good buddy Tim.  The cartoon character was also on that note and it kinda became synonymous with the good buddy moniker.  Over the years its kind of evolved into the guy you’ll see on cans today.  I think it also shows a lightheartedness and that I don’t take myself too seriously.

What types of beers will you be focusing on?Good Buddy Brewing Co. Sad Dad IPA - Vancouver Brewery Tours

I have a pretty huge variety of beers that I enjoy so I don’t want to pigeon hole myself too much.  A lot of guys out there stick with a style and I really respect that.  Dagaraad for example does amazing Belgian beers.  I’ve got more of an ADD type personality.  I love things that are wacky so I’d like to focus on that.  I don’t really see much point in making another pale ale or lager since there are so many breweries already doing a great job of that.  I’ve asked my friends in the past to come up with wacky ideas for beers and that’s what I like to do.  I’ve done a wasabi bitter, blonde stout and honey lavender beer in the past (with mixed success) and I’d like to continue to challenge myself with making stuff that’s crazy like that, but also drinkable.  I also love a good hazy IPA, so I’m going to continue to make that.  Basically I know what I like and more importantly what I don’t like so I’m going to keep making that stuff better and better as well as put some challenging beer out there that may or may not be amazing.

What else would you like our readers to know about Good Buddy Brewing?

I’m really at the very beginning of what I hope is a great adventure.  I’m really hoping that I can make beer fun and exciting for everyone, like it is for me.  If you’ve ever had any questions about making or drinking beer I want to be out there to help everyone out with that.  There’s a lot of really smart people in the beer world right now and it can be a bit intimidating.  I’m hoping to be the guy that’s easy to talk to and hang out with.  There’s no stupid questions, only stupid t-shirts.

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Father's Day Beer Family

Father’s Day Brewery Tour

Father’s Day Brewery Tour

Cheers for Beers

The old man is pretty great, isn’t he? He’s always been there for you, had your back on multiple occasions, taught you lots of important skills, passed on the family values… all the good stuff. This year on Father’s Day why not give him a big thank you for his years of dedicated service, fatherly advice and dad jokes?

You could attempt fight the crowds, and parking,  in Deep Cove for a Quarry Rock hike or try and wrestle up a steakhouse reservation (for the record, pretty sure dad is also a champion wrestler). Maybe have dad over for a barbecue, but we all know we’d rather eat dad’s barbecuing. Perhaps your father is more into sports, so a Whitecaps or Canadians game is his ticket.

Let us simplify it for you! We bet two of his favourite things are: spending time with you and drinking beer. Are we right? I have a feeling we’re right.

The third Sunday in June is reserved for dad and making sure you show him a little love. It’s a company favourite over here in terms of special brewery tour days and we want him to enjoy his day as much as possible. The Sunday tour runs from 1:00pm to 4:00pm every week, but we always try to make it a little more special on dad’s day. A 1:00pm start time means that we meet at Waterfront Station by 12:45pm to ensure that the tour can start off right with a quick introduction and the usual start-of-tour formalities.

Our first brewery stop is at Brassneck Brewery on Main Street: a repeated fan favourite. After a delicious sampling of the ever rotating Brassneck lineup we move to Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in East Vancouver. A family business, the Doan’s brothers can perhaps regale us with an old family memory of their own father (who apparently wasn’t much of a beer drinker, clearly the inspiration came from elsewhere!). Third and final tour stop is Bridge Brewing on the North Shore. The perfect location for a final craft beer flight and brew floor tour.

What’s Included in a Father’s Day Brewery Tour?

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  • Obviously spending time with your dad is the biggest perk of all. The Sunday Vancouver Brewery Tour runs just over three hours, so with some travel time to and from Waterfront Station and either brunch or lunch you got a day with dad! If you are still thirsty for some craft beer, head into Steamworks Brew Pub, where our tours end, for a pint!
  • Of course there is the beer! All brewery stops include a flight of some of the best craft beer anywhere.
  • Our public tours come with some pretty great swag! A VBT Beer Tasting Journal, VBT pen, lots of coasters always available, and of course, the famous VBT Pint Glass!
  • Most importantly, the Father’s Day Vancouver Brewery Tour includes something special! At the final spot, Bridge Brewing, all guests on the tour will receive a FREE BEER to take home. You read that right, a free beer for you and dad to share on the porch or deck as the sun sets on your day well spent.


Book your Father’s Day Vancouver Brewery Tour by clicking HERE.



Vancouver Brewery Tours Turns FIVE

Vancouver Brewery Tours Turns FIVE!

It is hard to believe that this June marks our 5th anniversary in business, and to celebrate turning 5 we’re having a party! Come celebrate and share a beer with us at Strange Fellows Brewing on Sunday June 24th from 3pm-7pm.

Open to the public, we’re hosting an open house style event in the art room/brewery with music, food and of course lots of great beer from our friends at Strange Fellows Brewing.  Come say hi to our staff, members of the beer community and more and help us reflect on 5 years of brewery tours and some fantastic memories.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

When: Sunday June 24th

Time: 3pm-7pm

Where: Strange Fellows Brewing – 1345 Clark Drive, Vancouver. Party will be held in the Art Room and in the back of the brewery

What: Open house with food, music and Strange Fellows Beers

Vancouver Brewery Tours Turns 5