I really enjoyed my latest visit to the Steamworks Taproom in North Burnaby, because the tap list had a mix of winter seasonals that were on their last legs, some year-round crushable brews, and a limited release beer that is available in select stores throughout spring.
Beer of the Month
The limited release ‘battleship’ double IPA definitely caught my attention. There was a light burst of tropical notes on the nose, from the generous helping of aromatic hops. In terms of taste, hints of citrus fruits, mango, pineapple, and papaya, with a dash of astringent character coated my palate, as it cleverly disguised the 8.9% alcohol by volume. The 65 bittering units (IBU) provided a faint bitterness to balance out the full mouth feel, which also prevented it from being cloyingly sweet.
If big and bold flavors aren’t what you’re looking for, then their mainstay premium craft lager would be the perfect match for any pub grub or comfort food craving. Clean, crisp, with a gentle addition of hops for that zippy character, makes it easy for you to have another when accompanied with friends.
Those who have an affinity for dark and deep flavors won’t be disappointed either, as they still have their seasonal nitrogenated session stout available in limited quantities. Gentle notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla, coupled with a velvety mouth feel from the nitrogen, makes this the ideal beer to pair with caramelized meats, and hardy stews for those chilly spring evenings.
Lastly, for those who are feeling adventurous, the taproom offers an experimental small batch every Wednesday called the ‘weekly one-off’. Luckily, they still had a bit of their latest one-off, the peach and pomegranate sour ale. A light-medium bodied beer, intentionally and thoughtfully soured to impart natural lemon character, which was then dosed with a generous helping of pomegranates to create a fruity, and refreshing brew.
Although the taproom doesn’t have a kitchen, they have a selection of locally sourced light snacks and treats if you’re feeling peckish. Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood meat market and deli, Cioffi’s, also delivers a limited number of freshly prepared gourmet sandwiches daily, so grab one before they’re gone!
We also have a Give-away to announce, hit up our Instagram page for how to enter:
?Beer Of The Month? & ?Give-away Announcement? The Beer Of The Month for March is The Limited Release Battleship Double IPA. @dangerdan_yvr wrote up a snazzy post for us on our website, here is an excerpt from it: “The limited release ‘battleship’ double IPA definitely caught my attention. There was a light burst of tropical notes on the nose, from the generous helping of aromatic hops. In terms of taste, hints of citrus fruits, mango, pineapple, and papaya, with a dash of astringent character coated my palate, as it cleverly disguised the 8.9% alcohol by volume. The 65 bittering units (IBU) provided a faint bitterness to balance out the full mouth feel, which also prevented it from being cloyingly sweet.” Be sure to give @dangerdan_yvr a follow, he gives great recommendations on local beers! Also be sure to hit up the link in our blog to read his full post! The pics and the Beers Featured are: Battleship Double IPA Nitro Stout The weekly one off it was a peach and pomegranate sour While there @Steamworksbeer was nice enough to give us a Tour for 4 and a Free Growler fill-up to our followers! Here’s how to enter: TAG your buddy in the comment section. (you can make multiple entries by tagging a different buddy each time you comment) 2. Make sure both of you FOLLOW @vancitydrinks and @steamworksbeer. 3. entry cut off is Wednesday March 27th @12pm PST, and the winner will be announced over Instagram. Good Luck everyone! . . . ?: @steamworksbeer . ?: Burnaby, BC Canada . . . . #BeerOfTheMonth #CraftBeer #BrewPub #SteamworksBrewery #Burnaby #NorthBurnaby
For more information:
Steamworks Brewing Co.
3845 William St