Natural Selections BC craft sampler

A couple of weeks ago I picked up the Natural Selections six-pack sampler of BC craft beers at my local LCBO. I’m a fan of BC craft beer, but came away a little disappointed. A lot of beers in this sampler have too much malt for my liking. The first I tried was R&B Brewing’s Raven Cream Ale. I didn’t like, it but meh, that was one. I was excited to try the Strange Brew/SCTV-themed Elsinore, a pale lager from Phillips, a Victoria brewery whose work I enjoy. It wasn’t what I was expecting. There was too much maltiness, and I was expecting a straight-up lager. Bear Paw Honey Lager from Whistler brewing again had too much sweet honey maltiness, but that was to be expected. I’m not that big of a fan of Whistler beer to begin with.

I did enjoy Steamworks Pilsner, but I’ve had that in the past. Four Winds’s Saison was rather enjoyable. Four Winds is out of Delta, south of Vancouver. Rounding out the sampler is a decent Belgian-style pale ale by Dead Frog (yeah, that’s what they’re called) called The Bold. It has a chocolate maltiness, but more of a dry roast flavour to it with some bitterness. And yes, the photo of the six-pack was taken beside my kitchen sick before I was about to do dishes.

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