New Westminister Road Trip
Yes indeed, we consider New Westminister a road trip, since we had to take the car. But it was worth the trip to test out eight drafts from one of our new favorite breweries, Steel & Oak. A very non-descript building at 1319 Third Ave. in New Westminister holds the tasting room and that uses a mixture of North American, English and German brewing styles, techniques and ingredients. The tasting room is open seven days a week at 12 noon. There are no food options available (just pretzels and chips) but food trucks park out front on most weekends and some evenings. The Steel & Oak website provides an up to date calendar.
Steel & Oak Brews
There were eight varieties available for tasting and we tried them all. Each tasting paddle includes four 5oz glasses for $6.50. We tasted: Royal City Ale, Red Pilsner, Dry Hopped ESB, Dark Lager, Projekt 0003, Smoked Hefe, Smoked Lager and Radler. We were not a fan of the smoked ones but if you like smoke you should give them a try. Either you love ’em or you don’t. Our three standouts were:
Royal City Ale – 5% ABV, 20 IBU, Year round. Light in color, medium bodied, American Blonde ale. Mild bitterness, easy to drink.
Red Pilsner – 5% ABV, 35 IBU, Year round. Medium in color, full-bodied Pilsner. Slightly sweet with spicy bitterness.
Projekt 0003 – 5.0% ABV, 35 IBU, Seasonal. This one changes every batch (hence the 0003). Light in color, hoppy, mildly bitter with frutiness.
Take Home Brews
Steel & Oak offers Growler refills on whatever is on-tap. They also sell 750 ml bottles of a few of the year-round brews. We purchased a bottle of the Red Pilsner. The Projekt 003 was not available by the bottle but we found a pub for lunch in New West (The River’s Reach Pub) that had it on tap. We did not fill our Growler as we did not have an opportunity to drink in it the next week, which is the best shelf life. Next time!
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