Since returning to Vernon for the holidays, I have gone and checked out the Marten Brewing Company on a couple of occasions with family and friends.
I tried their House Pilsner (Holy Moses), House Ale (Rusty Ale), the Captain Marten’s Spiced Winter Ale and the Crannóg Gael’s Blood Potato Ale. I also sampled their nachos, market Cobb salad, and the straight up Brix burger. Though some items are perhaps a little pricey, the food was definitely tasty!
I would also like to note that everything seemed smooth and efficient; there weren’t the typical growing pains of a brand new establishment, except for the fact that they were sold out of the Red Ale. That must be because the Red Ale is rumoured to be excellent!
I concur with Gavin (who researched my previous blog post) that the interior provides the authentic pub atmosphere that Vernon has been lacking my entire life.
Here are my observations on the brews, with more specific tasting notes for the Rusty Ale and the Winter Ale.
Holy Moses House Pilsner: crisp, refreshing, like a Stella Artois; good!
Crannóg Gael’s Blood Potato Ale: Lots of malt flavour, this good beer deserves a proper review one day.
Nose: caramel malts.
Palate: malty, rosemary, meat & potatoes; quite gentle and round.
Finish: pleasant herbal hops.
Overall: a balanced drinking ale; bold, crisp, malty, and bitter.
Rating: 3/5 Good
Nose: vanilla extract, orange, and coffee.
Palate: gentle, roasted malts, and dark chocolate.
Finish: toffee, then herbal hops.
Rating: 3/5 Good
Even though it is perhaps a bit trivial, I feel compelled to finish up this blog post by stating my thoughts on the televisions above the urinals. While I immensely appreciate the low number of tv’s in the actual pub, I find it counter atmospheric and very distracting to have a tv at face height, 1.5 feet in front of my face whilst relieving myself of excess liquids. It’s simply not necessary, especially in a pub that doesn’t seem to be designed as a sports bar. Even if I did want to watch tv at the urinal, the placement of the tv’s is poor. A smaller sized, higher resolution tv, placed at chest height would be easier to watch than the blurry distraction one currently encounters at face height.
I wish Marten’s well,
Spoon It On!