Now here’s a beer that already had a place in my heart before the first drop touched my lips. I moved to Victoria in 1997 before the term ‘craft-beer’ had been coined. I discovered Piper’s Pale Ale after years of being subjected to only fizzy yellow beer produced in high quantity and low quality. Piper’s was the beer that gave me that “AaaHaaaa!” moment when I suddenly knew beer could be so much more. I haven’t looked back, until today as I fondly remember my first exposure to good beer and tasted a preview of what was to come. Vancouver Island Brewing Company has released their 30th anniversary ale, a homage to the great Piper’s Pale Ale that helped pave the road to what the craft beer scene has become in Victoria today.
This beer packs plenty of robust caramel and toasty malts which are supported by both North American and noble hops. Medium carbonation and a juicy mouthfeel make this big beer remarkably smooth. Available now in most craft beer stores in Victoria.
Join the brewery in raising a glass to celebrate thirty years of making great beer at their anniversary party on May 3rd from 1-5pm.
Glassware: Tulip pint or stemmed tulip.
Pair with: Roasted red pepper Fettucini Alfredo, Lamb stew or Hummus and Pita
My rating: 4.0/5