Recently Beer Me BC, a website dedicated to all things BC Beer, released a list of the top 10 BC Craft Beers reviewed on Beer Me BC.
This inspired me to make my own list. My list contains nine beers that I have reviewed in blog posts, and one beer that I have recently reviewed, but not yet shared my review of. Bear in mind that this list only contains beers that I have reviewed, and it will certainly change over time. When two or more beers earned the same rating, I have sorted them alphabetically.
This superbly balanced stout has loads of coffee, dark chocolate, and soda water flavours. It is only available on draught at a select few locations in BC, and in growlers from the brewery in Sorrento (party pigs having been recently discontinued).
This excellent lager starts off with a nose of grass and heather, follows that up with a body full of roasted malt, then finishes off with a balance of custard and tonic water. Only available in bombers and on draught.
3. Lighthouse Keepers Stout 4/5
This Irish style stout sits neatly between the Backhand of God and the Ugly Sweater in terms of sweetness. Lots of coffee flavour, as well as cloves, soda water, dark chocolate, toffee, black forest cake, and biscotti. Available year round in six packs and on draught.
This sweet and creamy stout has flavours of dark chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, milk, coffee, and roasted malt. Only available as a winter seasonal.
5. Saltspring Snug IPA 4/5
Unlike many local IPA’s, this one has a lot more to it than just hop flavours. Very well balanced, with bitter hop flavours such as grapefruit and lemongrass working together with Worcester sauce, peaches, and caramel malt. Available in bombers and on draught.
Beautifully balanced ESB with hops, creme brûlée, granola, black pepper, and tonic flavours mingling together. A nice lingering finish. Available in bombers and on draught at Spinnakers Brewpub in Victoria.
An interesting mix of honey mustard, sea flavours, fruits, hops, and malt. Only available on draught at Spinnakers Brewpub in Victoria.
Starts out quite sweet, with toffee, caramel, roasted apples, and nutty flavours, this beer then morphs into a pleasing bitter finish of endives and fudge liqueur. Well worth taking the time to appreciate it’s complexities. Available in six packs from October to April.
9. Hoyne Dark Matter 3/5
This dark beer has a nose full of roasted coffee and acorns, and a hint of Kahlua. The palate is fizzy, with more coffee flavours that sweeten with brown sugar upon swallowing, before transitioning back to bitterness. Available in bombers and on draught.
10. Parallel 49 Jerkface 9000 3/5
This dry hopped wheat beer has a nose full of grapefruit with a hint of wheat, a palate of celery and white pepper, and a fruity finish with peaches, apricots, melons, and hops. Available year round in six packs and on draught.
Only one beer on Beer Me BC’s list made it onto my list: the Hoyne Dark Matter, interestingly in the same spot on both lists at number 9. However, without a doubt, Driftwood’s Fat Tug IPA would have also made it into my Top 10 if I had taken the time to review it, but that will have to wait for another day.
Their list had seven IPA’s and three darker beers (one stout, one porter, and the uncategorized Dark Matter) whereas my list currently contains only one IPA, five darker beers (three stouts, a chestnut ale, and the aforementioned Dark Matter), one lager, one ESB, one saison, and Parallel 49’s interesting dry hopped wheat beer the Jerkface 9000.
In conclusion, if you prefer IPA’s over all other styles of beer, perhaps their list would be a better guide for you. However, if you find yourself an equal fan of many different styles, and like to try the best of each, it seems that my list might be a better overall guide to the different styles of BC beer!
Let me know what BC beers would make YOUR list in the comments section below!