Last night, Tammy and I were invited to an intimate tasting and pairing of Vern Lambourne's last small batch brew! We went down to the Granville Island Brewing Taproom on Cartwright street, and were treated like royalty. Before the event started, Tammy and I had a pint each of the GIB Honey Lager, and just as they were finished, we were invited into a small glass-walled room that had some GIB memorabilia in it (old labels, bottles, cans, tap handles, etc.).
|Table of Hops @ Granville Island Brewery, Vancouver B.C.|
On the centre table, there was a display of three different types of malts, as well as different hops. We were lucky enough to be in the company of (here are their Twitter handles) @Miss604 herself, as well as @BCbrews, @BC_Traveller, @JohnBollwitt, and @CDBasso -- it was great meeting you guys in person!
To start, we were offered drinks. When I say drinks, I mean "What do you want? Here you go." Hence the word royalty mentioned earlier. We were also handed a list of food pairings that we were to taste with the beer.
|Brash Knuckles Food Pairing Menu @ Granville Island Brewery, Vancouver B.C.|
When it came time to tasting the Brash Knuckles (6.2% ABV), we were excited as ever! It gave a smell of nuts and malts, smooth and dark. A cross between a Waterloo Dark and a Cannery Naramata Nut Brown Ale in terms of smell.
As you can see, it poured very well. It's got that beautiful solid inch of head, bubbly but smooth. From this point on, I was pretty much done taking pictures.
|Brash Knuckles @ Granville Island Brewery, Vancouver B.C.|
On first sip, you get the malts, and a bit of nut. You get caramel, and a bread-y taste as well. It all bundled together like a satisfying dessert, but with the brawn of a solid brew. It's very drinkable, seeing as it's 6.2% (which is considered a "Strong Beer" in this part of the world).
Either way, this post has taken much too long to get up here, so go out and get yourself a pair of Brash Knuckles and see what all the fuss is about!
I give the GIB Brash Knuckles a them's-fightin'-words 7.5 / 10
Tammy gives the GIB Brash Knuckles a best-thing-I've-had-from-GIB-so-far 7.0 / 10