Here are easy-drinking, approachable ales with a lightly hoppy presentation and enough gentle malt flavours to satisfy repeat samplings. Think blond kolsches, cream ales, and dry-hopped wheat ales. Minimal bitterness and a range of malts - from honey and caramel to a touch of toast - suggest clean-flavoured companions like spring rolls and grilled chicken. 600x600_hybrid GOLD: Parallel 49's Jerkface 9000 (Vancouver) A hazy, musky American wheat ale goosed with lemon/stone fruit and strong hops SILVER: Bridge Brewing's Wunderbar Kolsch (North Vancouver) Lightly hoppy kolsch pours a hazy gold and carries light hops, finishing with a nice lemony tang BRONZE: Mission Springs Brewing's Bombshell Blonde Ale (Mission) A simple thirst-quencher of a ko7 that's crisp and sessionable, veering toward corn lager