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6 Oct 2010 - 2:33:16 PM
Howe Sound Brewery

Spent a few days this summer climbing in and around Squamish, British Columbia, and finally made it to the Howe Sound Brewery. They had a dozen or so beers on tap, and I was thirsty. We sat down at a table, and I asked about a sampler tray, expecting to soon have a tray of tasty beer in front of me. Rather than the usual, "I'll have that right out for you!" response, however, the otherwise friendly waitress launched into a long sob story about what a pain it was to put together a sampler tray: the little glasses foam up, and there are so many beers on tap that it takes forever, and they have to kill a kitten or something, so they hate making them. If I really, really, really wanted one they'd do it, but how about a couple of tasters for free, instead, but not too many? Um, okay. So I picked three, and the little glasses arrived, half full of beer, half full of foam. As I made my way through those, a couple other climbers joined us, and we ended up ordering a pitcher of a fourth.

    Rob's Picks
  • Baldwin & Cooper Best Bitter - nice and smooth with a slight hoppy edge
  • Pilsner Plunge - drinkable, which is always nice, and pretty crisp. Not too "wheaty."
    The Rest
  • Devil's Elbow IPA - not bad, decent hoppiness, flavor a bit blah but, again, not bad
  • Diamond Head Stout - sorta watery and sour but actually not too bad
Forgot to get a picture, but next time I'm hanging out in Squamish I'll fix that as well as try their other beers, with or without a sampler tray.
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