With the COVID-19 restrictions relaxing a little bit, I made my way down to the Brewery District on Lower Lonsdale to visit a few breweries again after my visit in March.
My March visit was on March 8th right before the COVID lockdown the following weekend.
I stopped in at Streetcar Brewing and had a nice flight of a mix of beers including a Guava Gose, Overcast IPA, Peach Radler and the 153 Pale Ale.
The Gose beer itself is an interesting one as is its history. Named after the town of Goslar in Germany, This style is characterized by the use of coriander and salt and is made sour by inoculating the wort with lactic acid bacteria before primary fermentation.
I’m not usually a Gose drinker and I know this is a real trend these days in craft beer scene in Vancouver and throughout B.C. My first taste of a Gose was the Lime Margarita Gose from Central City Brewing in which you could really get a taste of the saltiness of this style.
That being said I will try anything at least once or twice in order to push my pallet a little more. This type of beer is not my favourite so perhaps I should leave others to judge and move on from there.
The Overcast IPA hits on another beer trend these days, a cloudy hazy IPA that many love. It must be something about the tropical and citrus flavour that hits right with warm weather. I can only take a Hazy trend of IPA’s or Ale’s in doses as well but this one hits the mark nicely.
The Streetcar Peach Radler riffs on a popular low alcohol style of beer that means cyclist in German. The Radler mixes beer and fruit soda or lemonade.
These beers are generally low in alcohol content and this one is 3%.
Streetcar has also been producing Peach Radler slushies which I did not try but that they are advertising on their social media accounts. Follow them on Instagram to see where and when you can get it.
153 Pale Ale
153 Pale Ale is the last of the four beers I tried and it slots in nicely with the others I tried. One gets the sense of citrus and hints of honey and caramel.
This style originated around 1980. American pale ales are generally around 5% abv with significant quantities of American hops, typically Cascade. The style is also close to amber ale, though ambers are darker and maltier due to use of crystal malts.