The Best Summer Seasonal Craft Beer in BC

Summer in BC is fantastic; especially when it comes to craft beer releases. Craft breweries around the province are pushing the boundaries and creating some truly killer special releases for the summer season. We’re talking about fresh fruit, summer flavours and crushable releases.

Here’s a small selection of some of the most releases currently available:

Backcountry Brewing: That’s not a knife…This is a knife


Not just one, but two special releases from Squamish based Backcountry Brewing are worth mentioning this season. That’s not a Knife is a “southern hemisphere IPA” brewed with Topaz and Ella hops.  It has tropical fruit notes and restrained bitterness makes this beer soft and juicy.


Meanwhile, This is a Knife is a double IPA hit with a massive dose of Galaxy hops. It has big tropical notes and a heavy mouthfeel. The contrast between the two is a great example of hop diversity.

Twin Sails: Stiff peaks

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Hot damn this is a good beer! Stiff Peaks Double Milkshake IPA is brewed with lactose and a light malt profile of Pilsner and Wheat then conditioned on a huge amount of Raspberry, Blueberry and Blackberry. It’s then dry hopped it with Citra and Brewers Gold hops just in case you were worried it wasn’t going to taste like a proper IPA.

Steamworks: Frambozen


It’s been a full three years since this beer was last available, so grab a bottle before it’s gone once again! The seasonal favourite pours a beautiful rose colour with a luscious pink head, magnificent aromas, and flavours of freshly picked raspberries.

Postmark: Could you be more pacific


The official beer for Seawheeze 2018, it doesn’t get more summer than this. This hazy ale gets its juicy name from the generous amounts of El Dorado hops used, giving it a luscious tropical fruit-citrus aroma and flavour. Lighter and more refreshing than its bigger brother the hazy IPA.

Steel and Oak: Subtropic

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Dry hopped with copious amounts of Galaxy, Mosaic and Centennial, Subtropic has big notes of pineapple, papaya, and melon riding along fluffy oats, spelt, and pilsner malt. Subtropic India Pale Ale is like being in a tropical rain forest, picking fruit right off the tree, taking a bite, and then having the clouds open up in a refreshing downpour of juicy goodness.


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