By Brittany Tiplady
Vancouver’s North Shore winters may be chilly and long, but there is always beer- and Kinky Friedman said it best: “Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.”
We know the holidays are long over (thank goodness!) but if seasonal beers are your jam, you’re in luck! There’s still a bevy of winter-themed brews stocked by beloved craft breweries on Vancouver’s North Shore to keep yourself warm for the winter months to come.
Green Leaf Brewing
123 Carrie Cates Court, Lonsdale Quay Market, North Vancouver
LoLo Stout 5.5%
Named after Green Leaf’s Lower Lonsdale neighborhood, LoLo is a dark and hearty stout that boasts rich and delicious chocolate and coffee flavours. Perfect for the endless North Shore winters.
Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers
2270 Dollarton Hwy #170, North Vancouver
Dog Mountain Extra Stout, 7.5% (Cans only)
Deep Cove Brewers lovingly describes the Dog Mountain Extra Stout as a “big wool sweater, but for your tummy,” and boy, is that an accurate description. Bundle up and sip on this stout apres ski and enjoy the rich notes of chocolate and espresso.
Beere Brewing Company
312 Esplanade E, North Vancouver
Alpine Start, 6.5%
A loaded IPA dryhopped with plenty of Mosaic and Chinook. Tropical, smooth, with a piney flavour and a resinous mouthfeel.
Bridge Brewing Company
1448 Charlotte Rd, North Vancouver
The Grinch- Winter Ale, 6.50%
Bridge Brewing is current pouring this winter treat until the supply runs out! This delightful ale has aromas of caramelized malt and dried fruit, but not too overkill on the typical holiday flavours and spices.
Santa’s Sack- Belgian Golden Strong Ale, 10%
This hazy strong ale is not for the faint of heart-you might want to try this one with some food in your belly! Enjoy the classic Belgian yeast flavours of Santa’s Sac with some notes of banana and pear and a dry, floral, and hoppy, finish.
Sleigh booster – Imperial Red, 9%
This bold, bitter, and deep amber beer would be paired well with a hearty feast. Expect flavours of toffee and thick malt, and a delightfully hoppy aroma.
Want more winter craft beer? Check out the seasonal winter beer in Surrey & Coquitlam, Vancouver, and New Westminster & Richmond.
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