A beer brewed in Kamloops has made the list of the BC Ale Trail’s Top 10 Summer Beers in BC.
Drew Berrymore Pale Ale by Bright Eye Brewing was cited as one of the season’s best, with the judges lauding the “beautiful beer conditioned on fresh blackberry and raspberry puree and then dry hopped with citra and strata.” The pale ale has a five per cent alcohol content and an IBU of 25.
IBU stands for international bittering units and indicates how bitter a beer is due to the type and amount of hops used in the recipe. It is not officially based on a scale of 1 to 100, but that range does cover the bitterness of typical beer styles. A light lager or wheat beer might have 10 to 15 IBUs, while a hoppier pilsner or pale Ale might be 20 to 30 IBUs. Hoppy IPAs are generally in the 40 to 70 IBU range, while bigger hop bombs, such as double IPAs, might reach 80 to 100 IBU.
Bright Eye Brewing is the newest of Kamloops’ five brewpubs. Its creations are made on site in its brewpub/restaurant in The Station development in North Kamloops.
The remaining nine beers chosen for the top 10 list are from craft breweries in the Lower Mainland, on Vancouver Island, on the Sunshine Coast and in Golden and Prince Rupert.
The BC Ale Trail is a Destination British Columbia and the BC Craft Brewers Guild partnership that promotes the craft brewery industry in the province.
The BC Ale Trail has a blog featuring more than 60 new beers from the province’s craft breweries. The blog can be found at bcaletrail.ca.