Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 5 (Central City) – Red Racer Idiot Strings Cranberry Chili Session Ale with Orange Liqueur


TL:DR – “Interesting, it has the cranberry, chili heat, and orange liqueur flavours, but weak beer malt base. I liked it, though you’ll likely find it weird.”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 5 (Central City) – Red Racer Idiot Strings Cranberry Chili Session Ale with Orange Liqueur, 4.5% ABV, 355 ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the label:

“Made with one part nostalgia, one part creativity and one part secret family recipe, the idiot Strings is a holiday dinner inspired brew that goes best alongside classic family movies from the HI-8.”

Ingredients: Water, malted barley, cranberry juice, hops, orange liqueur, chili pepper, yeast.


  • Style: Spiced Ale (cranberry juice, orange liqueur, chili)
  • Taste: sour tart cranberry fruity light malt creeper heat fake orange exhale
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: if you like it weird
  • What made an impression: it’s got all the advertised flavours – it’s complex

Visual: Pours clear cranberry light brownish with a quickly dissipating small head, fine ringed retention, spread out micro streams.

Nose: faint musky cranberry juice, a bit of chili vegginess. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: incoming tart-sour

Mid-palate: slightly thin mouthfeel, light fizzy, tangy, (lvl-4-sweetness), light cranberry fruity

Finish: creeper heat, jalapeno greenness, thin barley malt sweet, tart finish, cheap orange liqueur exhale

Summary: Kind of a sour beer, a bit thin in terms of depth and body, but it does have complexity. Definitely anything but your typical beer, you may like this one if you are into strange brews like I am.

Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 6 – Naked Scotsman Scotch Ale


TL:DR – “a bit alcohol forward, biscuity brown sugar malt, a bit of tang. Forgettable.”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 6 (Parallel 49) – Naked Scotsman Scotch Ale, 7.5% ABV, 341 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“If you’ve ever wondered what’s under a scotsman’s kilt… keep looking! Here you’ll find this delicious scotch ale, brewed with munich, crystal and chocolate malts to give this wee heavy notes of chocolate and roast coffee. Like his salty cousin, this naked scotsman will take you on a tour of alba you won’t soon forget.”


  • Style: Scotch Ale
  • Taste: boozy biscuity light roast slight fruity tang
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: No
  • What made an impression: some brightness despite the heavy alcohol presence

Visual: Pours clear copper brown with large bits of sediment at the bottom of the glass, no head, a cluster of micro streams in the center.

Nose: caramel, biscuity malts. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: malty, heaviness

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, (lvl-7)-sweetness, sweet boozy biscuity malts, a bit of fizzy bright fruity tang

Finish: mild chocolate notes

Summary: A mix of light and mildly dark notes, this one is balance but doesn’t leave a lasting impression. Above average, but nothing special.

White Cranberry Wine – Blue Heron Fruit Winery (Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B]

TL:DR – “Very sippable fruity cranberry, with balanced mouthfeel textures. Solid.”


White Cranberry Wine (NV) – Blue Heron Fruit Winery, 11% ABV, 750 ml., (Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


on the back label:

“Owned and operated by Flynn Farms Ltd., the Blue Heron Winery is located approximately 30km east of Vancouver in scenic Pitt Meadows. The Flynn family has been growing cranberries and blueberries for over half a century. Now, through the Blue Heron Winery they bring to you a full selection of fine fruit wines. Contains sulphites.”


  • Style: (Cranberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: fruity juicy balance tangy tart cranberry subtle cinnamon
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $14 CAD – 750 ml., sometime in 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: decent
  • What made an impression: Balanced textures and clean flavour

Visual: Pours slightly hazy dull copper orange-peach with a bubble or two along the perimeter.

Nose: tangy prickly acidic red fruit, mildly raspberry-esque. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, clean entry, incoming fruity

Mid-palate: fruity brightness, (lvl-3-sweetness), clean cranberry juiciness, subtle tang, light acidity

Finish: residual fruity cranberry juice, cinnamon, soft tart sticky gums

Summary: Very pleasant and enjoyable textures and taste from start to finish. The cranberry flavor is some depth but isn’t incredibly complex. Luckily, the supporting acidity and sweetness help by adding repeatable sippability. Much much better than the Fort Wine White Cranberry I had in the previous post.

Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 2 – P49 Pils (Dryhopped Pilsner)

  • My Rating: [C+]

TL:DR – “subtle bitter easy drinking pils. Grainy, lightly sweet, but a bit metallic. Meal beer.”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 2 – P49 Pils (Dryhopped Pilsner), 5.0% ABV, 341 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“A beer worthy of defending the realm over! We’ve taken our pilsner to new heights by dry hopping it to bring out even more spicy and herbal noble hop aromas. Grab your squire and trusty steed to protect this fine brew from any who would seek to deny you from enjoying it.”


  • Style: Pilsner
  • Taste: soft grainy straw malt light sweet subtle hop bitter metallic
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: not really
  • What made an impression: balanced easy drinking

Visual: Cool art, smooth sticker label. Pours mildly hazy light golden orange with minimal head, a thin layer of micro retention, some lacing, lots of active singular micro bubble streams.

Nose: bright tangerine citrusy sweet malt, slight farty (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, soft creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), grainy-hay/straw malt

Finish: bright citrusy hop-slightly green, subtle bitter, slight metallic grain

Summary: A balanced and easy-drinking malty-light citrus-subtle bitter hopped pils. A good meal beer, decent as a sipper but light-medium depth = refreshing but doesn’t satisfy a curious palate.

Vidal Icewine 2007 – Peller Estates (Ontario, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B+]

TL:DR – “Intense grape-raisin with some pineapple-mango nuances. Great stuff.”


Vidal Icewine Private Reserve 2007 – Peller Estates, 11.5% ABV – 200 ml., (Niagaro-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada)


on the back label:

“This rare wine is made from frozen Vidal grapes hand picked at night below -10C in the middle of Canada’s cold winter. One drop of nectar is pressed from each grape to produce this luscious highly aromatic wine. Intense flavours of tropical fruit, peaches and honey are followed by a refreshing lingering finish…”


  • Style: (Vidal) Icewine
  • Taste: Fruit grape-raisin soft tropical liquid sweet
  • Where I got it : Superstore / Edmonton
  • How much: $18.29 – 200 ml., sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Yes
  • Recommended: Yes
  • What made an impression: clean complex enjoyable flavour

Visual: (cellared for 11 years). Pours copper brownish orange, clear as water.

Nose: raisin, honey, fig/date (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: thicker viscosity

Mid-palate: sugar and alcohol bite, jammy raisin, dissipating (lvl-8-sweetness), mango

Finish: concord grape, sticky raisin, pineapple

Summary: Absolutely delightful. Complex grape flavour accompanied by a the advertised tropical backend. The sugars are intense but scatter quickly enough for the fruitiness to kick in.

The Other Red Raspberry Wine – Barr Estate Winery (Sherwood Park, AB, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

TL:DR – “dull raspberry flavour but has composed tangy-sour-acidic qualities. I’ve had better”


The Other Red Raspberry Wine 201012% ABV – 750 ml., (Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada)


printed on the back:

“Tasting notes: Immerse yourself in the complex aromas and full-bodied flavours of ripe summer fruits and berries. Enjoy The Other Red by itself, with duck breast, or roast pork. Serve cool. Made with loving care from 100% Strathcona County raspberries


  • Style: (Raspberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Dull raspberry soft tangy soft sour firm acidic
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (?) / Edmonton
  • How much: ~$30 CAD (?) – 750 ml., sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: not fully
  • What made an impression: decent body, sippable

Visual: (cellared for 8 years). Pours clear dark maroon with a few tiny bubbles along the perimeter. Low legs.

Nose: juicy pressed raspberries with tang and fruity acidity. Smells great. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: controlled tart, tangy bite, mild prickly 

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), fruity but tangy dry acidity, medium-body dull raspberry, soft sour

Finish: cuts off-dry, hint blackberry woody

Summary: A decent tangy light-medium bodied fruit wine, goes well with a meal. Don’t expect robust or dazzling raspberry flavours in this one, it’s 2-note at with good composure. I’ve definitely had better raspberry wine, check the raspberry wine tag.

Raspberry Wheat – Phillips Brewing Co. (Victoria, BC, Canada)


TL:DR – “basic lightly raspberry flavoured boring wheat ale. Palate is rough after drinking.”


Raspberry Wheat – Phillips Brewing Company, 5.0% ABV, 650 ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-right label:

“A crisp, dry and refreshing summer beer. Brewed with BC raspberries for a full nose and crisp finish, this beer pairs well with sunglasses and patios.”


  • Style: (raspberry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: light raspberry light body wheat ale palate rough
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$6 CAD – 650 ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: no
  • What made an impression: palate roughness at the end

Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Pours blush red with a dissipating 1cm head, fine ringed retention with an island, raspberry sediment, slow and steady micro streams.

Nose: clean fruity raspberry juice, inviting. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp

Mid-palate: thin mouthfeel, off-dry, (lvl-2-sweetness), fruity raspberry jam

Finish: dry wheat malt, raspberry exhale, mild artificial sweetener-like roughness

Summary: A very basic and straightforward lightly flavoured raspberry wheat ale, not much body or depth to speak of. It’s just an easy-drinking brew, barely above average, hardly recommendable nor memorable. The best aspect is the nose.