Perhaps it’s the liberal mentality, the food carts, unique establishments, or simply because its known as “beervana;” but if there’s one place the beer nerds in Vancouver can’t get enough of, it’s got to be Portland. It’s simply their second home. That’s why we’re very excited that the next beers we’ll be brining in is from another fantastic Portland brewery! And it’s going to help the local craft beer aficionados feel closer to their second home.
Beerthrist is very excited to announce that The Commons will be available in BC very soon! We will be bringing in 750ml bottles and 58.66L kegs of their fantastic brews! Each shipment will include 2 of their year-round beers and a seasonal release.
The Commons is a small artisan brewery located in Southeast Portland, Oregon. They’re dedicated to brewing well-executed, moderate alcohol beers with a refreshing and unique character. It’s session-able beers that will enhance social interactions.
It all started in a Southeast Portland garage, where Mike Wright began his craft beer venture on a nano brewery scale. But by the time we paid them a visit, The Commons had moved into an industrial sector of Southeast Portland, Sean Burke had joined the team after completing his master brewers program at Siebel Institute, they began producing bottle conditioned beers, and they even began operating a tasting room for their amazing beers on Fridays and Saturdays.
A sample of the Urban Farmhouse Ale and Flemish Kiss was all it took to convince us that The Commons needs to be available in Vancouver BC. We absolutely fell in love with their beers and we thought it would be great to have session-able beers available in BC that weren’t of the English tradition. We thought bright, refreshing, unique, session-able beers that are Saison/Farmhouse Ales, Biere de Gardes, Berliner Weisse beers, or “brett beers” is just what we can use back home. So we were more than excited when Mike agreed to ship beers to us.
The Urban Farmhouse Ale is a bronze medal winner at the 2012 World Beer Cup. It pours a deep golden colour, and it produces a citrusy, peppery, floral nose. The taste is very similar to the nose with light, citrusy, and peppery characteristics. It’s spicy, dry, very effervescent, with a crisp, bitter finish. Overall this 5.3% ABV Farmhouse ale is the perfect beer to enjoy on a sunny day after mowing the lawn, and a great beer to enjoy while conversing with your friends.
The Flemish Kiss as The Commons describes it is an American Pale ale right out of primary fermentation, but as it enters secondary, a bridge to Belgium is build with a dose of Brettanomyces Bruxellnsis. It’s copper in colour, and it produces a slightly floral, sweet cherry like nose, with a hint of funk and tangerine. The beer is dry with citrusy flavours, a hint of sweet cherries, and the tiniest hint of pineapple. It’s slightly bitter and very effervescent. Overall this 5.8% ABV beer is a fantastic showcase of the wonders of Brettanomyces.
Once again, we’re very excited to bring in The Commons into BC and we can’t wait for everyone to try their beers. We’ll keep you posted on where they will be available.