Craft Beer Market Sampler Review


Went to the craft beer market in Vancouver for the first time. It won’t be the last time. So many beers. So little room in my stomach.

“I’ll be back.” – Some random actor in a pretty big movie. I think his name was Bernie.

I’m going mostly by memory for these quick reviews, because I didn’t have time to write down anything. I was too busy reading the menu, silently marking the fuck out, and plotting out the next beer.


The beers appear in order from this list. So here we go.

*Deep breath*

1- Liefmans Fruitesse from Belgium

Super fruit cocktail. Not even a beer, this is actually a cooler as far as I am concerned. Tasted really good, although it was sweet as HELL. My buddy Jaymeski took one sip and loved it. Fucking loved it.

1/5 Not even a beer. Pretty tasty cooler though. 4/5 on the fancy Kool aid scale.

Done. Done. On to the next one.

2- Mill Street Lemon tea beer from Toronto

I like tea and lemon. This was disgusting. I just pounded it, too gross too bother with. It’s cold, alcoholic lemon tea. Not much more to say. What am I trying to go to sleep?

1/5 Gross, beer should stay beer. Tea is not beer, Sam I am.

Done. Done. On to the next one.

3- Mill Street organic lager from Toronto

A very good, mellow lager. It’s crisp and refreshing with zero bitter. Tastes mostly of mellow malts, fresh wheat grain and biscuits. Very light feel, a silky smooth, real easy-drinking lager.

3.5/5 A really solid, refreshing lager that would be excellent to slam on a hot day.

Done. Done. On to the next one.

4- Fuller’s London Pride from the UK

I’ve heard of this beer before, it must carry a reputation. It’s a dark malt explosion, roasted wheat and molasses with a hit of sourish hops. It’s a bitter, based on the malts. Well balanced and hearty feel to it, however, it fell flat for me on the flavor. Something in there just doesn’t agree with my palate.

3.5/5 A well done bitter that just didn’t do it for me taste-wise.

Done. Done. On to the next one.

5- Goose Island Honkers Ale from Chicago

I didn’t like this one at all. Reminiscent of sourdough bread, which I hate. Very plain and uninspired, so I slammed it. These small beers are great for that.

2/5 Not my bag at all. This variety pack is weak sauce thus far.

Done and done. On to the next one.

6- Deschutes Fresh squeezed IPA from Oregon

Finally a beer to write home about! This wonderful concoction smells incredible, like sweet grapefruit with a melon twist. The taste is much like the aroma, grapefruit, melon, mango, passionfruit and zesty oranges. A dim brown sugar and crackers malty background makes this a superbly balanced IPA that left me craving more. Absolutely brilliant! I had to order a full one, it was just too tasty.

4.5/5 WOW. This one beer saved the whole Sampler! I must have this again sometime. This took the IPA crown. We have a new champion!

Overall aggregate score 15.5/30

A weak sample set made better based on one amazing IPA. That place has hundreds of beers and good food. It’s a bit pricey but I’ll be back most definitely.

Hey don’t let it go to waste
I love it but I hate the taste
Weight keeping me down

Done, done and on to the next one
Done, I’m done, and I’m
On to the next. – Foo Fighters ‘All my life’

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