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Feature Beer: Turning Point (Stanley Park) Wit

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Whoa, now THAT’S a controversial headline, eh? Bet you didn’t see that coming. So, what happened? Did Stanley Park make a beer good enough to get off my shit list? Have I sold out? Did I burn my tongue horribly and now perceive everything around me to be full of fruity esters and lemon peel? Did I forget my long-standing feud and dislike of the most dishonest brewery in BC?

None of those things happened. Well, maybe the sellout thing, because this was a sample beer sent to me for review and frankly there is no other way I’d crack open a Stanley Park beer outside of whatever bent moral obligation I feel to at least taste the horrid dreck that shows up in the mail. So I guess that counts as a sellout.

The other thing that didn’t happen is the whole “good beer” aspect. This beer is not amazing. In fact, it might be the most boring beer I’ve ever featured. However, what this beer is not, though, is insipid pond water filtered within an inch of its miserable existence in order to appeal to a mouth breathing moron who only just now set down his empty Molson Canadian but yet can’t wait the five minutes it will take to change the keg, so he orders the next tap instead.


A little further to the left and, with a little luck, his life was ruined forever.

It might even qualify as “not bad” and that, my fiends, solidly makes it the Best Beer Turning Point Has Ever Made. Remember my whole spiel a few months back about how a mediocre beer from a terrible brewery is as worthy, if not more worthy, of praise then yet another home run from someone like Four Winds? Well, time to put my blog where my mouth is.

Not only is the quality (and unfiltered-ness) of this beer a big improvement for Turning Point, but so is the branding. Previous Stanley Park beers were wrapped in packaging so dishonest it would make the Ministry of Truth proud. This iteration does away with a few of the nastier claims, but doesn’t quite come clean. Gone are the picture of an impossibly tiny windmill and the ludicrous claim that it somehow powers a major brewery (it doesn’t), and the image of the late 1890’s Stanley Park brewery with the implied claim that this is somehow the same entity (it’s not).

Improved, yes, but not perfect. Still missing are some key facts, including that there is no such entity as Stanley Park Brewery (seriously, there isn’t), and that the beer in question is brewed by Turning Point Brewing which is owned by the Mark Anthony Group (better know for Mission Hill wine, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, and Palm Bay).

Additionally, the beer now claims to be one of the best beers on the planet (it isn’t). This is a curious claim backed up by absolutely nothing, much like the bottle’s other claim of being produced in Canada’s first sustainable brewery (it isn’t). I guess if you listed every beer on the planet in order of quality and called it “A List of the Best Beers on Earth” then this beer would indeed appear on said list, but honestly that’s stretching things a bit.

Lastly, the beer 100% claims to be produced in “Vancouver BC” (it isn’t) and gives us a postal code (no address though) that correlates to somewhere around Main and 2nd. No where to be found is the awful truth: that the beer is produced on Annacis Island somewhere around the sewage treatment plant. Further research indicates this location is, in fact, not in Stanley Park.

Still, things are getting better, and that deserves some praise. Despite the ugly neighbours, the brewery on Annacis Island is capable of producing some amazing beer, if only they would try, and we have to encourage them to try.

APPEARANCE Cloudy yellow, almost glowing. Honestly, this is a pretty beer.
NOSE Some Belgian yeast esters, some lemon/orange.
TASTE A boring Wit, but not awful. I cannot stress this enough. Lemon esters are present but subdued. Orange peel is nice at the start but provides a bitter finish towards the end.
STATS 5.0% ABV / 14 IBU / Belgian Wit
SHOULD I BUY IT? Do you want something light ‘n fruity but can’t be bothered to hit up a brewery? At a wedding and it’s either this or listening to the drawn-out speeches sober? Sure. Otherwise, skip it.
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Brewery Turning Point / Stanley Park
From Delta, down by the sewage treatment plant
Name Wit
Style Belgian Wit
SOA Now None awarded
SOA Potential n/a
Drink Now
Would Chuck buy it? Well, uh… no.
Availability Everywhere
Cost $12.25 per six pack
Similar Beers Driftwood Whitebark, Powell Street Wit, Moon Under Water Lightside

Written by chuck

May 9th, 2014 at 11:27 am

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  1. Well put Chuck. Tell the truth about the brewery that isn’t. But admit maybe they might be at a turning point…… see what I did there. haha. In all seriousness though I am glad it’s not bad. I have some coming my way too.

    mikescraftbeer

    9 May 14 at 14:43

  2. I predict the next feature to be Cariboo Brewing Buckshot Lager. Kidding. I appreciate that this post pointedly addresses the sham that is Stanley Park Brewing.

    A.

    11 May 14 at 15:35

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