By Kristi Alexandra
South of the Fraser, you’ll find local tasting rooms brewing up some serious flavours and suds over autumn. The season, of course, marks the return of pumpkin-spiced everything, but it also inspires creativity and a break from the norm. Find a few drinks below that’ll have you howling at the moon in Surrey and White Rock this fall.
15181 Russell Ave, White Rock
While the near-beachside brewery may conjure up thoughts of eternal summer, you’ll find a brisk, if not refreshing, return to fall near the seashore. Drink up the spot’s Border beer, a Baltic-style porter that’s malty, clear, and has notes of chocolate. As they put it, this beer is “sure to warm you up on the coldest of days – or nights”.
15222 North Bluff Road, White Rock
At 3 Dogs Brewing, there are staples and there are specials. Many of the brews in 3 Dogs Brewing’s menu are mainstays all year, but their radlers change with the season. Now that turkey season approaches, you’ll find their tart-tasting Cranberry Radler on tap at the North Bluff Road brewery.
11411 Bridgeview Dr, Surrey
It’s been long since Central City Brewers & Distillers debuted their famous Red Racer Brew. This year, they’re back with a seasonal favourite–the Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ale. Like a delicious pumpkin snickerdoodle, this craft beer creation is infused with real pumpkin, fall spice flavour, and has a smooth, creamy centre. Now in tall cans, you can snag these fall-themed treats at BC Liquor Stores across the province.
13018 80 Ave, Surrey
Two is better than one at Surrey’s Russell Brewing. In their fall roster, find the Pumpkin Spiced Latte Blonde Ale, a lactose beer that they claim is the “vortex of #basic vibes,” and the returning oatmeal stout, “brewed using a smorgasbord of malts including both flaked and golden naked oats, chocolate malt and Black Prinz.”
5580 152 St, Surrey
This Surrey-based brewery could just be one of Metro Vancouver’s oldest–officially serving up craft brews “before it was cool” back in 1999. Now, nearly twenty years into the new millennium, Big Ridge is outsourcing its talent. New this fall are the Royally Skewed Pale Ale, a British-style brew, and the Der Nachtrider, a dark lager Kviek ale. Both are collaborations with the Kwantlen Polytechnic University brewing program.