Written By Treve Ring Beer & Cider / Libations May 11, 2010 Phillips Brewing Company Double Barrel Scotch Ale SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestVictoria, BC $6 for 650ml bottle (7.7% abv) www.phillipsbeer.comIn case you haven’t heard (almost impossible due to the brilliant buzz), May 10-16 is Vancouver Craft Beer Week – the inaugural edition of what is sure to be a hugely popular event. With upwards of 25 local craft breweries and 20 venues participating in various dinners, tastings and mixers – plus a promise of ‘no crap beer’, how can it miss?To honour VCBW, Drink will be profiling a couple of our local microbrews this week – hopefully introducing you to some revelatory tastes. What these small boutique breweries lack in size, they make up for with sheer creativity and guts. Being small also allows for greater flexibility and small run bottlings. Like Double Barrel. Phillips Brew Master/Blue Truck Driver/Sometime Still Builder/Blue Buck Buddy/All Around Nice Guy/Owner Matt Phillips put it like this: “We wanted to make a new beer and found a more expensive way to do it.” The final sum was worth it here. Take well-made Scotch ale. Add an aging stint in Kentucky Bourbon barrels, and then a second layover into Okanagan Cab Sauv barrels. The result? A burnished red-copper hue with layered flavours of sultry caramel, vanilla, biscuit and gentle sweet peat notes with a bitter orange finish. I’m not one to drink warm beer, but more flavours and aromas presented themselves the longer the beer was swirled in the glass. More Bourbony than winey – and lighter bodied than I expected – especially with all the obvious wood character. Definitely different and edgy – ‘no crap beer’ here. Innovative Matt Phillips once again shows why he is the best craft brewer in BC.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 / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events March 2, 2020 Victoria Beer Week March 6 – 14 Victoria Beer Week returns March 6-14 with 19 different events held in venues around Victoria. This 7th annual festival of craft beer offers ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Food Events / Places / Victoria November 17, 2019 Canoe Brewpub’s Eighth Annual Winterbrau Festival 2019 Beer brewers from across the island and the lower mainland gathered in the lofty wooden halls of Canoe Brewpub over November 9 and 10 for the eighth ... Read More 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 Comments are closed.