Friday, 13 April 2012

We visited Tofino Brewing Company, based in the westcoast town of the same name.  Here's how their website describes their three fine craft beers:

Tofino Brewing Company brews exclusively small batch, handcrafted ales that pair best with life on the West Coast. Our natural, unfiltered beer is brewed with whole ingredients using only barley, hops, yeast, and water. High quality Canadian pale malt serves as the backbone of our beer and European specialty malts are brought in for character and body. We brew with healthy amounts of hops grown here in the Pacific Northwest and, of course, fresh Clayoquot Sound water.

They currently brew three fine products - the very "hoppy" Hoppin' Cretin IPA, the light and tangy Fogust Wheat Ale, and my fav, Tuff Session Ale (named after Tofino's nickname, "Tough City.")

The cool and unique thing about this brewery is this: right now, for practical as well as environmental reasons, they don't sell their products in small bottles or cans.  You can only get these rare beers in draft at a few BC pubs restaurants (eg. Alibi and St. Augustine in Vancouver, various locations in Tofino, etc.) or by buying in 2L "growlers" (see picture above) or 1L "growlettes."  You pay for the growler or growlette at first purchase, then bring the large bottle back to their brewery for refills.  The fact that once opened, the growler/growlette must be consumed within 3 or 4 days is quite appealing I think!

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