Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending the Stanley Park Brewing launch party for the SunSetter Summer Ale. Peach and beer is a combination I’ve always wanted to try but have never been able to find. Needless to say I was very excited to finally try a beer with my favourite fruit in it.
Before we get to the beer, the party was pretty awesome. As soon as I walked in, I was handed a SunSetter and started to scope out the scene. A sand sculpture of the Stanley Park Lion was happening, as well as a live painting of some of the views from English Bay. There were some talented dancers providing us with entertainment to the music of a live one man band. I didn’t catch his name but it was such a light, almost jazz-like style of recent hits and they were played in such a non-intrusive manner. It was great to still be able to have a conversation over the music and enjoy it. The food was catered by Railtown Cafe so, of course, it was delicious. A selection of vegetarian and meat sliders, sandwiches, and tacos were provided as well as an adorable quinoa salad. The food highlights of my night were the Maple Caramel Popcorn from Popcorn in the Park, and the churro ice cream sandwich from Hugo’s Churros. I could eat far too many of those churro sandwiches for my own good.
Finally, the beer. As I said, I’ve been wanting to try a peach beer since as far back as I can remember. What’s more summery than peaches? So I’m happy to say that this beer is exactly what I was hoping for. A light and easy to drink beer for those hot summer days. If you’re a fan of ciders or still haven’t found the right beer for you then I would highly recommend you give this a try. The emphasis is on the peach and at 4.8% with 16 IBU, it goes down very easily. The addition of citra hops makes it more than a radler but not such a heavy hop addition to scare people away. This is such an easy, refreshing drink that I would recommend it on a hot day,or post-game for those folks who play summer sports. It’s such a great summer beer that it would be perfect if they could can this for next year to make it a little easier to transport and keep cold.