Culinaire #6:5 (October 2017)

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Lagers are the (much) younger sibling of ales, but now dominate the world beer scene thanks to their production in almost every county. Most people think of lagers as that clear, fizzy, yellow beer, when in fact they can be any colour from pale straw to black. The entries in this year’s lager category follow a similar breadth of colour. This year’s Best in Class is Stanley Park’s Daytrip, a gold coloured beer with a citrusy hoppy finish. On the other side off the colour scale is a schwarzbier (black beer) from Red Deer’s Something Brewing, the perennial favourite Dark Side. A subtle coffee flavour greets the palate, but it still finishes crisp and clean. David Nuttall BEST IN CLASS Stanley Park Brewing Daytrip Canada $16-19 (6-pack cans) CSPC 790928

JUDGES SELECTION Vancouver Island Brewing Juan De Fuca Cerveza Canada $25-27 (12 pack cans) CSPC 790117 Something Brewing Dark Side Schwarzbier Alberta, Canada $10 (4 pack cans) CSPC 766643

JUDGES SELECTION (continued) Pan Zlatni Lager Croatia $3 (330mL bottle) CSPC 791114 Whistler Brewing Bear Paw Honey Lager $16-19 (6-pack bottles) CSPC 736448 Innis & Gunn Lager United Kingdom $4-5 (500mL can) CSPC 763105 Big Rock Honey Brown Amber Lager Alberta, Canada $16-19 (6-pack cans) CSPC 709686 Singha Lager Thailand $16-19 (6-pack bottles) CSPC 676395