Vancouver Island Brewery has been in business since 1984, and holds the prestige of being the Island’s first craft brewery. Along with supporting a number of local charities, this brewery has consistently produced world craft beer, and racked up a number of national and international awards over the past couple of decades. Here’s a quick rundown of their Pod Pack: twelve bottles, four distinct beers, and very worthy of the title, The Delicious Dozen.
Piper’s Pale Ale
This copper coloured, medium bodied pale ale has a great balance between a hop and malt flavour. Vancouver Island Brewery uses roasted chocolate and caramel malt along with some distinct hops to give it a crisp taste, with an outstanding finish. If you’re looking to turn a friend or family member onto craft beer, this one is definitely a contender.
Hermann’s Dark Lager
This dark lager is easily the most unique addition to the Pod Pack, as well as style of lager most breweries stay away from. It’s a nice follow up to the Piper’s Pale Ale, since it also contains chocolate malt and caramel malt. With more body, and a subtle hop finish, this German style dark lager stands out from the rest. It’s one of the original recipes from when the brewery first opened, and is also recognized as an international premiere dark lager.
Spyhopper Honey Brown
Using locally produced wildflower honey, this light amber coloured lager makes a splash. Sporting a full body, a mild hop flavour, and a honey finish, this might be the beer that goes down just a little too well. Vancouver Island Brewery crafted it after the playful spirit of the orca whales, who can be seen popping their heads up out the water to take a look around. And with only a handful of breweries attempting the honey brown, this ale is another unique addition to their Pod Pack.
Sea Dog Amber Ale
As a tribute to Canada’s Naval history, Vancouver Island Brewery developed their Sea Dog Amber Ale. This German Altbier amber ale combines four different malts, is lighter in its body, and has a welcoming burst of hop flavour. The bottle also displays a well-built man with red hair, and a mighty red beard, so if there are any gingers in your life, this would be the beer for them.
Selection packs are a huge gamble for any brewery. Beer drinkers, craft beer or otherwise, are particular in what they drink, so putting out a mixed twelve pack can be a sink or swim situation for the brewery. Pod Pack is unique, delicious, and has four beers that all go well together. Vancouver Island Brewery has a proud history on the Island, and also takes the time to dedicate their ales and lagers to local history, characters, and tradition. So if a six pack just won’t cut it, or you’re looking for a great addition to any party, pick up a Vancouver Island Brewery Pod Pack.