Hideaway India Pale Ale

Hideaway India Pale Ale

Behind the Beer // Hideaway India Pale Ale

Our Head Brewer Eric has been messing around with yeast blends recently. An IPA we released in November called Homebody was fermented with one of these blends. We really liked how Homebody turned out as the yeast profile gave it an added layer of depth. However, one of the things we wanted to tweak for Hideaway was to turn down the banana notes that were in Homebody and turn up the dryness.
We like hazy IPAs just as much as the next person but we prefer them when they finish a little dry. Juicy up front, dry in the back, like a beer mullet of sorts. That is exactly what this latest IPA is! Brewed with Pilsner malt, rye, flaked oats and dry hopped with Vic Secret, Azacca, and Simcoe, Hideaway has tropical notes of pineapple, mango and tangerine with a hint of pine. It pours hazy and finishes dry and with a touch of spice.

Behind the Label // Hideaway India Pale Ale

Kevin gave Sami the design brief: “Thinking like a “Cabin in the woods” kinda vibe for this one. Something that makes you feel like you’re getting away from it all. Just chilling with a great beer and relaxing without a care in the world.”

Sami hit us back with: “The first two are more literal versions of a hideaway/cabin in the woods.  Option 1 the idea is that the words are almost hiding throughout the woods and option 2 is inspired by camping/outdoor badge shapes. Option 3 and 4 are more abstract takes on a hideaway.”

Hideaway designs

We felt that Option 1 was what we were looking for and rolled with it.

Hideaway India Pale Ale is available in the Tasting Room and shipping out to the Interior and Island, so keep an eye out homies.

-Jorden

Talanoa – S&O Women’s Charity Brew

Women's Brew

On February 3rd, the women of Steel & Oak brewed Talanoa, our second Women’s Charity Brew.

Talanoa is the Fijian word for sharing stories and ideas in order to nurture understanding and build relationships. Those experiencing mental health and wellness challenges often lose relationships, as well as the ability to share their stories without discrimination. In order to change the stigma around mental health, we need to start talking freely and without judgement. The women of Steel & Oak encourage you to share your mental health story.

Our launch event and fundraiser will be taking place on March 7th, at Sapperton District Taphouse from 6:00pm onwards. There will be a fantastic silent auction, raffle prizes, food and beer pairings, and even a Talanoa beer soap to purchase, made by our friends at Peregrine Supply Co.

Last year, the first annual Women’s Charity Brew and Fundraiser raised over $3,500 for our selected charity. This year, we are hoping to raise even more for our chosen non-profit organization: The Kettle Society.

The Kettle Society supports people living with mental illness to lead healthier lives by:
-Providing housing, employment, advocacy and support services
-Raising awareness of mental health issues and breaking down barriers
-Promoting the inclusion of people living with mental illness in all aspects of society

Designed and brewed by the women of Steel & Oak, Talanoa was conditioned on black currant puree and rosemary. Pouring a striking bright red colour from the black currants Talanoa has aromatic notes of fresh gooseberry, passionfruit, and floral qualities of carnations and roses. A sweet earthy taste with a hint of rosemary and pine, Talanoa was fermented with an American Ale yeast so it finishes clean and fruity.

650ml bottles of Talanoa will be available for purchase at the Steel and Oak tasting room and local liquor stores.

Partial proceeds from Talanoa beer sales will be donated to The Kettle Society as well as all proceeds raised during our silent auction, raffle and soap sale.

We hope to see you there!

Seasonal Appeal West Coast ESB

Seasonal Appeal

Behind the Beer // Seasonal Appeal

One of our favourite beers at S&O was our old flagship brew the Dry Hopped ESB. Like many ESBs before it, it suffered from being called an ESB (a style which not a lot of people know), and riding that hop-forward Ale category while being below the 5% threshold.
It has all the qualities of a beer we like. It was refreshing, it was hoppy, it was balanced, and it was lower ABV. People loved it, and it’s the beer we get asked about the most. But not enough people bought it over time to make it viable for us to keep it under the Flagship lineup.
We changed the name to West Coast ESB, then considered changing it again to a Pale Ale but thought that was disingenuous to the style that we were trying to achieve. Eventually we just decided to nix it all together and bring it back at a later date for those of you who missed it, us included.
That time is now.
We’re excited to announce that we are re-releasing ESB under a cheekier name, Seasonal Appeal.
It’s the same beer, now in canned format, and only for a limited amount of time.

Behind the Label // Seasonal Appeal

We wanted to keep the overall vibe of the Flagship ESB so that people would know it was a nod to the original beer but in a new format. Here is my design brief to Sami:
“So this beer is our original flagship S&O West Coast ESB. We stopped making it cause it didn’t sell well enough to warrant keeping it around all year. But it’s an awesome beer and one we get asked a lot about bringing back. So we’re going to in a limited fashion. Not sure if there is a way to play off of this being an original beer we’re bringing back or a way to tie it to our original ESB but just wanted to throw it out there.”
Sami got back to me with the following options and description.
“I tried to take inspiration from the original flagship packaging like you had mentioned. But interpreting it in a different way. Let me know what you think!”
Seasonal Appeal
We decided to go with something that felt like Option 3 but with ESB instead of S&O to make it more obvious. I feel like it’s pretty obvious now 🙂
We’re happy to have been able to bring back one of our favourites for you to enjoy again, but you know, seasonally.
Cheers,
Jorden

Interstate Love Song – Gigantic x S&O

Behind the Beer // Interstate Love Song

So how does a brewery from Portland and a brewery from New West get together to make beer? Well Interstate Love Song (like many collabs) started over beers. I first hung out with Gigantic co-owner and Head Brewer Ben Love at Farmhouse Fest 2018. What started out as a friendly couple beers ended with us eating DL Chicken Shack sandwiches and trying not to get the hiccups. From that point forward, a friendship was formed.

Our Head Brewer Eric went down to Portland for a thing and popped into Gigantic to chat with Ben. Ben thought it’d be cool and very BCish to brew something with oysters. Eric said “Oyster Pilsner!” (Eric wants to make everything into a Pilsner) Ben has a chocolate supplier that he loves called Woodblock and with the release being in winter it was agreed that a Chocolate Oyster Stout may be a safer way to go. Once back in BC we met with Scotty the Big Shucker who was fired up about the collab and recommended some oysters from Desolation Sound.

Interstate Love Song has 60lbs. of cocoa nibs in it. About one pound of chocolate per 50L of beer. 300 whole Desolation Sound oysters went into the boil to give ISL a bit of brininess and minerality. If you haven’t had an Oyster Stout before don’t be scared (unless you’re allergic), this beer doesn’t actually taste like shellfish. The flavour profile is more in line with salted chocolate.

It was rad having Ben and his wife Andrea up for the brew day and we would love any excuse to brew with Gigantic again!

Behind the Design // Interstate Love Song

Interstate Love Song was originally going to be called Contains Shellfish. Buuuut I got a little pushback so we thought ISL was a creative name playing off of the Interstate that joins us, Love being Ben’s last name and the fact that this beer is made with some aphrodisiacs and will be launched Valentines Day, and finally, it’s a sweet Stone Temple Pilots song!

Here is my full brief to our designer Sami:

“What I’d like to do is for all 650ml bottle designs (including bottle collabs now) stick with the diamond shape label. I feel that the consistency on the shelf looks good. However, much like the regular collab labels we were doing before I think the interior of the diamond can be anything. It doesn’t need to follow the regular format of all other diamond labels. So it can really be anything you want, inside of that diamond shape. Gigantic is from Portland and has a very comic book feel to all of their stuff.”

If you had a look at our designer Sami’s S&O Instagram takeover you’ll actually be able to watch her design one of the versions of this label. The options I was sent are below and here are Sami’s explanations for each.

“Option 1: Working with a retro comic book texture in the label to represent the Gigantic side of the design. I’ve kept it black and white to keep it feeling sort of grunge like the song.
Option 2: Sort of an abstract play of a highway going into the distance (also a play on the song)
Option 3: Probably the most conceptual of the 3 but creating an icon that feels like a music note/highway sign and when they come together they make a heart ;)”

 

ISL OptionsWe decided to go with Option 1 but threw some colour at it. I think Sami did a great job of still keeping the font based vibe we use for S&O while adding a bit of that comic book feel that Gigantic is known for.

We’re really excited about this beer and hope that you dig it too. Unless you’re allergic to shellfish, then don’t dig this beer at all please.

-Jorden

We’re Hiring: Brewer

Steel & Oak Brewing is looking for an experienced brewer to join our team!

Working under the Head Brewer, duties will include all aspects of production, starting from wort production to cellaring to packaging and everything in between. As a small team, everyone contributes across the board. Opportunities to grow with the company will be available.

A thorough understanding of the entire beer making process is essential. Previous brewery experience is a huge asset. You must have a passion for quality and a commitment to continuous improvement. You should have a penchant for cleanliness and detail-oriented work. If you’re handy and mechanically inclined so you can troubleshoot and fix things as necessary, all the better.

The brew crew works as a team but often you’ll be doing tasks on your own. Reliability and flexibility are key. The position will involve some early mornings, some late nights, and occasional weekend work. Many aspects of this job are also quite physical and will require, for example, lifting of 25kg grain bags and moving 65kg kegs. A valid driver’s license is an asset.

This will be a full time position with benefits.

If you think you’re a good fit for this position, fire off your resume as well as a bit about yourself and why you’d be the best person for this job to eric@steelandoak.ca. Please include “Brew Crew Application” in the subject line.

Tasting Room Only Releases

Tasting Room Only

Every once in a while at S&O we’ll launch a beer that’s only available on draught in the Tasting Room. We’ll send it to a few bars and restaurants, but mostly keep it on tap at the brewery.

Going forward we’re going to do a super small run of cans with these draught only releases. This way if you come into the brewery, dig the beer, you can still take some home with you.

We’re going to put these Tasting Room Only Releases in 4x473ml cans and I’ll be honest, the releases will be sporadic.

Maybe it’s just selfishness on our part as we want to be able to take some of our draught only beers home with us to enjoy. Even if it’s just one four pack.

First up will be a Rauchbier. Made with nearly 100% Beechwood Smoked Malt and coming in at 4.8%.

We used to make a lot of smoked beers at Steel & Oak and it’s still a style, that when done right, can be refreshing and pairs wonderfully with food.

Rauchbier is available on tap and in four packs to go in our Tasting Room. Unless you’re reading this blog post at a much later date. Then sorry.

Cheers,

Jorden

Inline IPA – The beer formerly known as Rollerblade

Inline formerly Rollerblade

Behind The Beer // Inline IPA

From concept to design Inline IPA is a bit of a long story. I was in San Diego a few months ago with my wife and kids. When you have kids time is at a premium, but I was still able to squeeze in a couple brewery visits. Lots were brewing hazy beer but I loved the big, aromatic, clear, and relatively dry IPAs that San Diego breweries are often known for.

When I got back I said to our Head Brewer Eric that I want us to make a San Diego-style IPA. His Grandma lives in San Diego but doesn’t drink a lot of IPA so he had to do some deeper research to develop this recipe.

Eric and our Assistant Brewer Chef have created a 7% bomb of an IPA. It’s full of Simcoe and Amarillo with notes of citrus, melon, and peach. It packs a punch. Finishing bright and crisp with a refreshing bitterness.

Behind the Design // Inline IPA

I’ve been to San Diego quite a few times and normally stay on Pacific Beach. If you’ve ever stayed on Pacific Beach you’ll notice a gentleman that rollerblades up and down the boardwalk daily in slow motion! He’s known on Pacific Beach as the legendary Slomo. There is a wonderful 15 minute documentary on him that you can watch below.

I wanted to pay homage to Slomo and the many times I’ve high-fived him going down the boardwalk so I decided to go with the now obvious, Rollerblade.

Sami did up some rad designs for Rollerblade and all of them would have worked well with the beer. However, we landed on the retro sock design with the little rollerblade wheels as our favourite.

Inline Beer Labels

The problem I didn’t think of is that Rollerblade is a company. It’s kind of like Frisbee, or Kleenex. We interchange the company names to describe discs and tissues just like most people use rollerblade for inline skates. But I don’t feel like getting a cease and desist letter so Inline it is!

Inline is the latest of our rotating series of IPAs and we hope you dig this San Diego-inspired beer.

Cheers,

Jorden

The BC Ale Trail App Is Now Available

Ale Trail iPhone

BC Ale Trail Launches New App

We’re super excited to be one of the first legs of the BC Ale Trail to have access to their new app! Available on Google and Apple devices.

The BC Ale Trail App is a FREE insider’s guide to BC craft brewery destinations and the cool businesses that surround them. You earn points every time you visit a location in the app, then you can head to any of the breweries on your app to redeem those points for prizes and discounts.

Each time you visit Steel & Oak you can check in on your app and receive 10 points. If you’ve collected 100 points (from any BC Ale Trail partner) you can redeem them at our brewery for 25% off any merch item you’d like!

If you haven’t heard of the BC Ale Trail or would like to learn more about our New West, Delta, Surrey & Richmond leg, check out the video below. I’m in it! See Mom, I’m famous!

Hope to see you by the brewery soon. Redeeming those BC Ale Trail points for some sweet sweet swag.

Cheers,

Jorden

Jorden on Zero to Here Podcast

Our own Jorden Foss is on the Zero to Here Podcast with Denny Dumas. Listen in as Jorden chats about how Steel & Oak began, insights into how beers are created and named, his dislike for socks, and his love of New West. You can hear him get progressively more buzzed as time wears on and his language gets saltier.

If you want to watch him awkwardly shift in his chair, laugh at his own jokes, and get tomato red as he drinks more and more, you can click the YouTube vid below.

Thanks to Denny for having Jorden on! You can subscribe to Zero to Here with Denny Dumas on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. Look for more podcast from Steel & Oak in the future.

Cheers,

Jorden (talking about himself in the third person)

Boombox Collab – A-Side and B-Side IPA

Boombox x Steel & Oak

Behind the Beer // Boombox A-Side & B-Side IPA

Super excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with the folks at Boombox to bring you a mixed four pack! Each pack comes with 2 x A-Side IPAs and 2 x B-Side IPAs. What is A-Side and B-Side you ask? Well here we go!

A-Side has all Northern Hemisphere ingredients including Citra, Azacca, and Equanot hops from the US as well as Superior Pilsner Malt from Alberta and Marris Otter from the UK.

B-Side has all Southern Hemisphere ingredients including Waimea and Rakau hops from New Zealand and Galaxy from Australia as well as Patagonia Pilsen Malt from Chile.

A-Side and B-Side are both fermented using the same yeast and pour a hazy straw colour.

Kent from Boombox has always been a big supporter of ours and just a general awesome dude so it’s always great to have an excuse to hang out with people you get along with and make some beer!

Behind the Label // Boombox A-Side & B-Side IPA

Both us and Boombox love music so doing a cassette themed label was a pretty easy call.

Below are the options that Sami sent our way. Options 1 and 2 she went retro cassette packaging inspired. Options 3 and 4 are still based off of cassette tapes but in amore graphic, abstract way.

A-Side B-Side Options

Launch Party // Boombox A-Side & B-Side IPA

We’ll be launching this collab across all three Colony’s, Main St., Northwoods, and Kits, on Wednesday night January 16th. This is the first time you can try the beer!

Both breweries will be pouring a couple other beers as well so swing by one of the Colony’s on Wednesday and say hi!

Cheers,

Jorden