Best in B.C. craft brew

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Earlier this month CAMRA BC (Campaign for Real Ale) held its AGM and announced its annual craft beer awards.

Most notable among many worthy recipients was Driftwood Brewing which won:

Best B.C. Beer for their Fat Tug IPA (which has won many past awards including the Canadian Brewing Awards Beer of the Year in 2011); all three awards in the seasonal beer category (3rd: Singularity; 2nd: Lustrum; 1st: Sartori Harvest IPA); and, to cap it off, “Best BC Brewery.”

For a complete list of winners, visit

Beer of the Month - Howe Sound Cloudburst Lemongrass White IPA
This month’s beer has been chosen by Mark Galvani, craft beer portfolio supervisor at Village Liquor Store in Park Royal Village.

Although the official start of spring is a month away, we on the “Wet” Coast are privileged to have an early preview while our friends in the East are still shovelling.

So on that note, Galvani has selected a new spring seasonal from Howe Sound Brewing, a short hop (pun intended) up Highway 99. A trip well worth making, by the way, as confirmed by CAMRA Vancouver awarding it first place in the Best B.C. brewpub category at its AGM this past weekend.

Galvani writes that this beer has aromas of lemongrass, citrusy hops and Belgian yeast, with a strong hop flavour that dominates throughout.

The lemongrass taste is still there at the start and hits again slightly on  the finish, but it takes a backseat to the West Coast hops (centennial and  amarillo), balancing them out a bit for a medium length, dry finish.

- George Pajari is a BJCP certified beer judge and elected member (ret’d) of the
Institute of Brewing, London, U.K.
Reach him at and follow him at @zythesis.

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