VICTORIA, BC – Publican Matt MacNeil has commissioned Phillips Brewing to create a beer to be served at his three pubs in honour of poet Robert Service.
Service 1904 is a Scottish-style ale brewed in a very traditional fashion, as described by Matt Phillips to the Victoria Times-Colonist:
“This one is interesting as it requires making hot rocks and dumping them in the kettle to caramelize some of the sugars,” said Phillips, noting that’s traditionally how beer was made in wooden vessels that could not withstand a live flame under them. The process produces “full, rich, round, sweet flavours,” he said.
Phillips says his latest ale starts with an initial sweetness with a hint of smoke and ends crisp and dry.