VICTORIA, BC – Vancouver Island Brewery hit an impressive milestone this week with the release of the 25th annual edition of Hermannator Ice Bock.
First brewed in 1987 for friends and family of the brewery, Hermannator has gone on to become one of the longest running seasonal craft beers in Canada, and an always anticipated release in VIB’s seasonal rotation.
From the press release:
A multiple gold medal winner at the World Beer Championships, Canadian Brewing Awards and also recently taking gold at the 2012 British Columbia Beer Awards, brew master Ralf Pitroff credits Hermannator’s quality ingredients and unique brewing tradition as recipe’s for this beers success. “What makes this beer so unique is that it takes up to 3 months to brew and mature from start to finish. Because the brewing process is so intensive and complex, there are few beers like it in Canada”. Pittroff also says that using a signature blend of chocolate and caramel malts creates a dark chestnut coloured beer with a full body and rich malt flavour. At 9.5% alc. by volume, Hermannator delivers a smooth, but assertive flavour with hints of plum, chocolate and a warming brandy like finish.
The Silver Anniversary edition of Hermannator Ice Bock is available now in 6-packs of 341 ml bottles at BC Liquor Stores, select private beer stores in BC, and at the Vancouver Island Brewery retail store in Victoria.