It’s not too often that I see a beer on a liquor store shelf from a brewery that I have no familiarity with at all. But that was the case when my eyes happened upon a light green label with red writing. The font was all over the place, but it promised a Thai Lager and offered a short, three-word description of what I should expect.

Ginger. Lime. Refreshing.

Two nouns and an adjective, all of which worked toward the same purpose: This is a summer beer, and you will enjoy it as such.

Patina Brewing apparently opened in early 2019 in Port Coquitlam. And while “brew house & bbq” in the descriptor is an auto red flag in my urban hipster vernacular, I may not complain next time my partner insists on going out to PoCo to pick up a chair from a Craigslist rando.

Patina Brewing

This beer is exactly what it says it’s going to be. The ginger is there, though it’s not at all overwhelming. The lime is definitely present, and in a much more authentic way than Bud Light literally injecting lime flavour into its beer. And yes, this is about as refreshing a beer as you’ll find on the market.

Speaking of market, I just found some very relatively affordable apartments in PoCo…