One the best things about this job (other than getting paid to drink beer) is getting together with brewers I admire and seeing what sort of creative awesomeness they can come up with. And then drinking it!
For the latest edition of The Growler’s B.C. Brewers Collaboration Series, we had Barkerville Brewing’s Erin Dale and Vancouver Island Brewing’s Danny Seeton team up and create an IPA that’s bursting with fruit flavours.
The Blueberry Lemon IPA was made with B.C. blueberry puree and lemon rind, complemented by juicy Sacc Trois yeast, copious dry-hopping and, of course, love.
There’s so much going on here, flavour-wise. Naturally there’s the citrus and berry flavours from the fruit additions, but there’s also notes of melon, grapefruit, pineapple, stonefruit and tropical fruit from the Mandarina Bavaria, El Dorado and Citra hops. Then there’s the Sacc Trois yeast, punching up the fruit flavour even more.
On the back end, a healthy hop bitterness in the classic West Coast style is balanced by a sturdy malt character. The end result is a well-rounded, bold and flavourful IPA that will keep the scurvy away.
Blueberry Lemon IPA is in stores now all over the province. Grab a bottle soon before they’re all gone (because I drank them all!)
The Growler presents Blueberry Lemon IPA by Barkerville Brewing and Vancouver Island Brewing (6.4% ABV, 62 IBU)
Appearance: Deep copper brown with a thick off-white head.
Aroma: Pineapple, grapefruit, berry, citrus.
Flavour: Grapefruit, pineapple, tropical citrus, blueberry, melon, mandarin orange, stone fruit, healthy hop bitterness, caramel malt character.
Body: Medium bodied with a dry, hoppy finish.
Pairs with: Your new Growler T-shirt and a copy of the new Fall 2018 issue of The Growler, of course!
• The Fall 2018 issue of The Growler is out now! You can find B.C.’s favourite craft beer guide at your local brewery, select private liquor stores, and on newsstands across the province.