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Parallel 49 Salty Scot

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I guess they installed those 3 new 100hl conditioning tanks over at Parallel 49 (and thus freed up their line of 25s), because they’re just pumping out the seasonal releases now. First Ugly Sweater was dumped upon us (more on that later), then Salty Scot, and next week we get Grinch’d (an Xmas Dark Ale).

P49’s MO from the get go was to take intriguing twists on regular styles and make session-able beers out of them. This is why they’ve been producing six packs since day one. Recently they’ve branched out a bit with a series of 650ml bombers. These releases bring a bit more of The Flavour and a little less of the Must Drink Five More Right Now, but their origin in a session-focused brewery is undeniable.

The 2nd bomber release from P49 brings us Salty Scot. This is a Scotch Ale infused with sea-salt and caramel. I don’t know where they get their ideas from–perhaps from doing drugs on the loading dock–but keep it up guys, so far all the odd flavour pairings have worked, and this beer is no different.

Adding actual caramel to a beer has the potential to go all kinds of wrong. How do you get the flavour to stand out without adding so much caramel that the beer is sickly sweet in the end? Well, they did it. This beer has a nice hint of caramel, even toffee, backed by the solid smooth mouthfeel of a nice scotch ale.

The nose is light caramel and malty beer. Often heavier malted beers come across as “caramel-like” but this is the real McCoy, and the subtle different is quite nice. This is one of those rare beers that is just a joy to stick in your face and smell.

And then, right at the end of the taste, you get a nice salty punch. As is the theme here, it’s neither too strong or too light, it’s just right. About half a glass later, you feel all warm and squishy inside, and inquire as to what, exactly, the ABV of this guy is. Yup, it’s 7.5%, and it sneaks up on you, but that’s okay. Sometimes a little liquor warmth is a nice thing.

Coles notes:

Brewery Parallel 49
From Vancouver, BC
Name Salty Scot
Style Scotch Ale
SOA Now Bronze
SOA Potential n/a; not a cellaring ale.
Drink Now.
Adverse effects Marked increase in your daily use of “Yaaarrr!”
Availability Small release to LRS and at brewery
Cost $5.00-$8.00 per 650ml bomber; $10 in growler at the brewery
Similar Beers Russell Wee Angry, Storm Highland
Chuck says Buy several bottles to keep you company on those long, lonely nights at sea.


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November 9th, 2012 at 11:38 am

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November Beer of the Month

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Usually, when I pick a Beer of the Month, I consider all the beers on the market right now, and try to find something that’s interesting, good, or preferrably both.

I look at the current list of seasonals (conveniently kept up to date on the right), then I think over what beers I’ve had that were unique, and then I consider if this beer represents a departure from the norm for the brewery in question (this is why last month VIB was selected for Iron Plow, for instance).

This month, though, I’m throwing all that out the window and selecting a regular lineup ale that is very possibly the worst, most un-interesting beer, made by the brewery in question*. And instead of picking it for any of those reasons, I’m picking it because it has a swell logo. Take that, rigorous selection process that maintains any semblence of journalistic integrity I might have! Yeah!

Don’t you just want to kiss the glass? No?

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m picking Parallel 49’s Old Boy because it really, really, really should be the official beer of Movember. If anyone else out there has a better candidate please let me know, perhaps maybe something actually MADE with moustaches? An Imperial Moustache Ale (imperial for the style of moustache and not because of the alcohol)? A Walrus Wheat? Pencil Porter?

* It turns out that the worst beer made by Parallel 49 is still quite a decent ale.

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November 1st, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Focus on the LDB

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Nope, this isn’t a rant… well, it isn’t entirely a rant. I looked out the window this afternoon and noticed it was kinda nice out. Then a cloud floated by which sorta looked like a “patio” and I thought “bang up idea, Mr Cloud!” (Note: pretty much all clouds look like a patio to me)

Of course, patio means patio beers. And with that thought came images of Belgian White. Long since gone from the private stores, Belgian White is available rather ubiquitously at the LDB, making for a rather shocking aberration from the LDB’s otherwise near perfect record of stocking pretty much entirely dreck and calling it beer.

So I wander over to the LDB website to find out where to buy this great concoction, and I see this.

Sigh. No funny caption. Just sigh.

Sure, there is such a thing as a nice wine to have in the summer heat, and this wine myopia on the LDB website is nothing new. However, there was just something about my particular context today and made this sting a bit more than usual. So I hung my head in a little bit of mini depression for how awful our provincial liquor board is.

Sensing that I was particularly vulnerable at that moment, the LDB website went for a “kick Chuck while he’s down” approach and scrolled this by.

Oh fuck off, LDB, just fuck right off.

I have officially given up hope that the LDB will ever give a focus to beer, period. Yet they sometimes have nice or unique products in stock. So screw you, LDB, I’ll do it for you. Thus, I present my first Focus on the LDB, a periodic post that will highlight interesting or special beers available in the LDB right now. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, just two or three beers in stock at the LDB that I happen to like (and are therefore good).

Beer 1: Lighthouse Belgian White

Dean’s follow up to their highly acclaimed Belgian Black, the White is a more traditional take on a Belgian Wit Ale. I love this beer, and am happy to see it widely available. Sure, it’s not as over-the-top great as the Black, but sometimes a simpler beer is just what the doctor ordered. This is effectively the perfect patio beer.

Price: $6.50 for 650ml
Availability: Wide

Beer 2: Hopworks Secession

I guess someone ordered too much of this and had to dump it at the LDB to get rid of it. Having said that, this is perhaps the one of the best CDAs available in Cascadia. Grab some of Vern’s locally produced GIB CDA while you’re at it, and do a side-by-side comparison to see who wins in a CDA-off.

Price: $7.75 for 650ml
Availability: Limited

Beer 3: Parallel 49 Sampler

Ok, fine, this isn’t a beer, but rather four beers. So that’s got to be four times better, right? The newest BC brewery on the block decided to jump into the LDB with a splash, giving us all four of their summer lineup in one box. The four are: Seedspitter Watermelon Wit, Old Boy Classic Ale, Gypsy Tears Ruby Red, and Hoparazzi India Pale Lager. Each is a slightly unusual and interesting beer, and I love them all. The only problem is that every time I look down my glass is empty.

Price: $23.50 for 12x341ml
Availability: Limited

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July 21st, 2012 at 2:46 pm