Written By Treve Ring Beer & Cider / Libations Sep 9, 2010 Gulf Island Brewing Salt Spring Island Ales Golden Ale SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestSalt Spring Island, BC $4.70 – 6 for 650mlwww.gulfislandsbrewery.comGreat Canadian Beer Festival starts today! Beer lovers from around the globe descend on little old Victoria every year for this mega-popular al fresco 2 day affair. One brewery that isn’t making that far a trek to the festivities is Salt Spring Island Ales – one little BC Ferry ride away. 100% locally owned and operated, this craft brewery is terroir focused in a way not typically seen in beer. The water for all their brews comes from the site’s natural spring and the wooden barn brewery itself is built from trees fallen on-site. Committed to supporting local farming and suppliers, they partner with local Salt Spring Island hop growers, featured in this Golden Ale. In addition, they ‘close the circle’ by donating spent grain to Salt Spring cattle farmers, mushroom growers and bakeries.And earlier this week, Gulf Island Brewing began harvesting its first crop of estate-grown hops. The organically grown hops, which began in 2009, are part of a collaborative farming partnership between Salt Spring Island Ales and neighboring organically certified Grandview Farms. “The brewery participates in some of the farming labour and contributes to infrastructure costs. In exchange, we get reliable supply of locally-grown hops at a reasonable price,” says Becky Julseth, co-owner of Gulf Island Brewing. With the brewery only two kilometers up the hill from the harvest site, they have the opportunity to harvest the hops while they’re major fresh. Their three hop varieties – Nugget, Cascade and Mt. Hood – will go from vine to kettle in about one hour. That’s fresh. Pickers will glean vines for precious cones and bring them up the road to brewmaster Murray Hunter, who will be ready and waiting with his boil in full swing. According to Hunter, “They’ll still be alive and kicking when we throw them in. I’m hoping you’ll be able to smell and taste that freshness in the final product.”While we’re waiting on that local revelation, let’s whet our thirst with their popular Golden Ale. Mild, light bodied and easy to drink, with refreshing citrus, delicate floral and toasted cereal aromas. The palate is crisp and dry with grass, swish of sweet malt and an orange bitterness on the finish that is appealing. This ale, like all of their brews, is hand crafted and hand bottled in small batches, unpasteurized and unfiltered. Their slogan is “Drink Beer With Nature”, but if you’re still a little hungry, enjoy this with a lunch of grilled chicken panini.If you’re one of the lucky ticket holders, you can visit Salt Spring Island Ales at the GCBF today and tomorrow (booth 35). They’ll be offering samples of this, along with their Porter and Heatherdale Ale.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean) Beer & CiderWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Beer & Cider / Beer Dinners / Events / Food Events / Wineries & Breweries August 30, 2019 A Categorically Great Meal Saanich Brewery Category 12’s ‘Brewmaster’s Dinner’ Marries Wildcraft With Craft-Beer It was somewhere at the beginning of the ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / First Look / Places / Press Release / Wineries & Breweries July 25, 2019 There’s a New Buoy in Town Whistle Buoy Brewing Company, a locally owned craft brewery and taproom, is now open in Historic Market Square, Victoria. Whistle Buoy Brewing ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Events / Press Release July 24, 2019 Great Canadian Beer Festival The line-up is set and the tickets are on sale. The Great Canadian Beer Festival will return to Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, BC, on Friday, ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Victoria March 1, 2018 Victoria Beer Week launches its fifth year Victoria is once again readying itself to host the fifth annual Victoria Beer Week. As locals and beer geeks alike wet their palates for special ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 15, 2017 Highlights and Sours at Victoria Beer Week After nine days of events, Victoria Beer Week once again poured its final pint of the year. Some may still be reeling (recovering?) from the ... Read More Comments are closed.