Craft Beer Market Sampler Review

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Went to the craft beer market in Vancouver for the first time. It won’t be the last time. So many beers. So little room in my stomach.

“I’ll be back.” – Some random actor in a pretty big movie. I think his name was Bernie.

I’m going mostly by memory for these quick reviews, because I didn’t have time to write down anything. I was too busy reading the menu, silently marking the fuck out, and plotting out the next beer.

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The beers appear in order from this list. So here we go.

*Deep breath*

1- Liefmans Fruitesse from Belgium

Super fruit cocktail. Not even a beer, this is actually a cooler as far as I am concerned. Tasted really good, although it was sweet as HELL. My buddy Jaymeski took one sip and loved it. Fucking loved it.

1/5 Not even a beer. Pretty tasty cooler though. 4/5 on the fancy Kool aid scale.

Done. Done. On to the next one.

2- Mill Street Lemon tea beer from Toronto

I like tea and lemon. This was disgusting. I just pounded it, too gross too bother with. It’s cold, alcoholic lemon tea. Not much more to say. What am I trying to go to sleep?

1/5 Gross, beer should stay beer. Tea is not beer, Sam I am.

Done. Done. On to the next one.

3- Mill Street organic lager from Toronto

A very good, mellow lager. It’s crisp and refreshing with zero bitter. Tastes mostly of mellow malts, fresh wheat grain and biscuits. Very light feel, a silky smooth, real easy-drinking lager.

3.5/5 A really solid, refreshing lager that would be excellent to slam on a hot day.

Done. Done. On to the next one.

4- Fuller’s London Pride from the UK

I’ve heard of this beer before, it must carry a reputation. It’s a dark malt explosion, roasted wheat and molasses with a hit of sourish hops. It’s a bitter, based on the malts. Well balanced and hearty feel to it, however, it fell flat for me on the flavor. Something in there just doesn’t agree with my palate.

3.5/5 A well done bitter that just didn’t do it for me taste-wise.

Done. Done. On to the next one.

5- Goose Island Honkers Ale from Chicago

I didn’t like this one at all. Reminiscent of sourdough bread, which I hate. Very plain and uninspired, so I slammed it. These small beers are great for that.

2/5 Not my bag at all. This variety pack is weak sauce thus far.

Done and done. On to the next one.

6- Deschutes Fresh squeezed IPA from Oregon

Finally a beer to write home about! This wonderful concoction smells incredible, like sweet grapefruit with a melon twist. The taste is much like the aroma, grapefruit, melon, mango, passionfruit and zesty oranges. A dim brown sugar and crackers malty background makes this a superbly balanced IPA that left me craving more. Absolutely brilliant! I had to order a full one, it was just too tasty.

4.5/5 WOW. This one beer saved the whole Sampler! I must have this again sometime. This took the IPA crown. We have a new champion!

Overall aggregate score 15.5/30

A weak sample set made better based on one amazing IPA. That place has hundreds of beers and good food. It’s a bit pricey but I’ll be back most definitely.

Hey don’t let it go to waste
I love it but I hate the taste
Weight keeping me down

Done, done and on to the next one
Done, I’m done, and I’m
On to the next. – Foo Fighters ‘All my life’

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