January 20, 2015

From the Weekend: Strange Fellows Brewing x East Van

Beerfest at Strange Fellows Brewing's tasting room on Clark Drive in Strathcona on January 16 and 18, 2015.

Strange Fellows Brewing | East Vancouver, BC

From brewers Aaron Jonckheere and Iain Hill (formerly of Yaletown Brewing), Strange Fellows, the brand new East Van brewery, is already clearly the real deal. Recently opened, it already has a solid line up of beers.

Strange Fellows Brewing | East Vancouver, BC

Of the six brews available on tap, I partook in five of them (I sat out the stout). I sampled them first in flight form or as they call it, a "box of strange".

Strange Fellows Brewing | East Vancouver, BC

1) Jaune Fizzé (Helles style lager): A light, standard tasting lager. It was a very nice, all-around basic beverage that's clean and crisp.

Strange Fellows Brewing | East Vancouver, BC

2) Talisman (west coast pale): This was the easiest drinking of the bunch with a robust, almost fruity flavour and hop to it. I chose this for my growler fill for its refreshment.

Strange Fellows Brewing | East Vancouver, BC

3) Nocturnum (dark India pale ale): The IPA had a deep, rich taste full of interesting bits, but I can see an acquired taste feel to it. I need a second taste to see if its complexity jives with my tastes.

Strange Fellows Brewing | East Vancouver, BC

4) Jongleur (Belgian style wit): My highlight and initial standout pick of the bunch. I really dug the cloudy and full tasting wheat beer and all the flavourful hints.

5) Bière de Guarde (a French style saison): Sharp and biting, this French saison was full of great flavours and full-bodied. Very French tasting.

Strange Fellows Brewing | East Vancouver, BC

I'm already plotting return visits to drink more of Strange Fellows' well-brewed, sophisticated concoctions as they're off to a very promising start.
Keep it strange.
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