BREAKING: Team Behind Savio Volpe Opening New Restaurant in Cambie Village This Winter
Burdock and Co Is Celebrating a Decade in Business with a 10-Course Tasting Menu
The Frozen Pizza Chronicles Vol. 3: Big Grocery Gets in on the Game
Recipe: This Blackberry Bourbon Sour From Nightshade Is Made With Chickpea Water
The Author of the Greatest Wine Book of the Last Decade Is Coming to Town
Wine Collab of the Week: A Cool-Kid Fizz on Main Street
10 Black or African Films to Catch at the 2023 Vancouver International Film Festival
8 Indigenous-Owned Businesses to Support in Vancouver
5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (September 25- October 1)
Protected: Kamloops Unmasked: The Most Intriguing Fall Destination of 2023
Dark Skies in Utah: Chasing Cosmic Connection on the Road
Fall Wedges and Water in Kamloops
Attention Designers: 5 Reasons to Enter the WL Design 25
On the Rise: Meet Vancouver Jewellery Designer Jamie Carlson
At Home With Photographer Evaan Kheraj and Fashion Stylist Luisa Rino
Okay, fine, we’ll play favourites.
There are few things we appreciate more than a seasonal mingler, especially one that’s actually new to the market and not the same thing every time the calendar flips (you know who you are).
But a new seasonal mingler that involves a collaboration between five respected breweries and seeks to support a good cause?
Vancouver Island Brewing’s Pod Pack delivers on those fronts, and its ode to B.C.’s southern resident killer whales is something to behold.
The mixer consists of four tall cans, each crafted in collaboration with another Vancouver Island brewery. The designs that decorates each can—as well as the pack itself—are also whale-specific, with each beer named after a different killer whale inhabiting the province’s shores.
Plus, one dollar from each pack sold goes toward preserving wild salmon stocks, a vital food source for B.C.’s orcas.
Oh, and all the beers are very good, to the point where we almost feel bad ranking them.
We’ll be honest. White Sails is the only brewery on this list (other than Vancouver Island Brewing) that we’ve actually been to. And it’s fantastic, genuinely doing its part to make Nanaimo palatable to the scores of Lower Mainland millennials who are currently looking at the city’s real estate prices out of the corner of their eye.
And while this is a crisp, drinkable IPA (especially at eight percent), it’s not doing anything especially different to stand out from its peers. Though it is a really nice, juicy IPA.
We’ve been aching to take a trip across the Strait of Georgia to visit the recently opened Île Sauvage, which specializes in sour beers. This is our first taste of what the establishment has to offer, and it’s very tasty—a fine summer beer indeed.
And maybe it’s our inherent preference for full-bodied, fruity sours over those that are dry-hopped (it ended up tasting a bit too much like a cider for our taste), but it was a tad outshone by another sour on the list.
Another new entry in Vancouver Island’s beer scene (it opened in December of last year), Land and Sea brings its A-game to the crowded field of hazy IPAs that have dominated craft beer this summer.
It’s a solid sip, though, as it’s juicy and not at all dry. Maybe the slight drop in alcohol content (it’s 4.5 percent) helped with that? Or Land and Sea just knows how to craft an awesome hazy IPA. Of course, Vancouver Island Brewing can definitely do that, as evidenced by its really nice Broken Islands Hazy IPA.
One of our favourite beers we’ve had this summer, this beauty is enough to make us consider the trip up to Port Alberni. Twin City doesn’t usually package its product, so this concoction is likely one of the only experiences Lower Mainland drinkers will have with the brewery.
And what an experience it is. The blackberry and raspberry are both very evident in this extremely tasty (but never too sweet) sour. At 5.5 percent, it’s drinkable but still complex enough to keep you interested.
Hey, Twin City, if you’re reading this, we do accept large quantities of beer. Just saying.
The Pod Pack is selling for $26.12 at BC Liquor Stores across the province.
Want The Sip to put a certain beer to the test? Email email@example.com.