While out in Vancouver, my family & I took the water taxi over to Granville Island. Of course, while there, I had to go into Granville Island Brewery store! Among other brewski purchases, I bought a 650 ml bottle of their Limited Release Ginger Beer for Paul & I to sample. We finally got around to that the other night, while out at Paul’s cabin.
Upon arrival at the cabin, I let Sadie ( the dog ) out of the back of the Tracker. As per usual, she started sniffing around – while in the carport, she suddenly became very still and was staring towards the backyard of the cabin. A deer, I thought. So, I approached Sadie to see what had caught her attention. Imagine my surprise ( shock, really !) when I was staring into the eyes of a grizzly bear!! ( See previous blog, dated June 5 / 11 – “Boston Bruin”!). Yep, same bear. Thank goodness he is not an aggressive bear, or “Houston, We’ve Got a Problem”! Mr. Grizz had no interest in us, but I don’t ever remember getting into that cabin any faster than that night!
A beer was in order! So, we popped open the bottle of Ginger Beer. It is spiced with the bold flavour of Hawaiian Ginger, apparently. This Ale combines water, malt, hops & yeast ( Bavarian Purity Law of 1516). Big Kahuna Ginger creates a refreshing taste with a spicy kick you can only get from the South Pacific. It would pair great with the spicy flavour of Jerk Chicken. We were told to avoid the urge to garnish with a tiny umbrella!!
Paul & I both enjoyed this crisp ale, but we both felt it could have used just a little more ginger! It is Paul’s opinion that homebrewers should use the Barons Amber Ale with ginger added in the primary to achieve this style of ale at home.