Similar to the packages released last fall for BC Craft Beer Month, the two samplers – one featuring bottles, the other cans – are 12-packs that each include two containers each of six different beers.
The first in a series of beers brewed in honour of legendary NHL goaltenders, China Wall is named after the nickname of Johnny Bower, and proceeds will benefit the NHL Alumni Association. A great inspiration, a great cause… and thankfully, a great beer to back them up. Pouring a dark and clear reddish amber with a thick tan cap, it has aromas and flavours of caramel, toasted nuts, a bit of brown sugar, roasted barley cereal, and a wisp of cocoa. Sweet up front and in the middle of the palate, it dries nicely in the finish with grassy and moderately bitter hops, and a hint of toasted hazelnut. Here’s hoping the upcoming installments in the series offer beer of a similar quality.