Steel & Oak Blog

Dark Lager Now in Cans

I remember when three years ago almost to the day that myself and our Operations Manager Brian were driving to the 2015 BC Beer Awards. The topic of discussion was what to do with Dark Lager. Dark Lager has become a style that’s a little more commonplace these days but

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The Fraser

Four Winds and Steel & Oak have a fairly long history together. I mean long in “Beer Years”. I first met the Mills fam at local renaissance man Chester Carey’s Serious Beer class at the Pacific Culinary Institute. Funny enough in that class was also Mark Roberts who’s now gone

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Roggen Weizen is not a Pokemon

Roggen Weizen, often confused with Pokemon Roggenrola, has a cult following. It’s a favourite amongst brewers and those in the know. When we bring it to Festivals or Farmers Markets it’s always the beer that people say “oooh I really like that one.” But if you don’t fall into the

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Red Pilsner in Cans

One of the biggest requests we get is to put Red Pilsner in cans. Today that wish has been granted. You will now be able to get our best selling Flagship beer in 4x473ml cans. So a little background on this as some of you may be asking why we

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Quayside

Our brewer Eric really loves guava. So much so if I didn’t say anything we’d just be a guava based brewery in New West. Guava Hefeweizen, Guava Lager, Guava Honey Doppelbock, etc… Surprisingly this is the first beer we’ve released with guava in it! Quayside is made with Pilsner, Oat,

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Steinbier Hot Rocks Lager

Many of you may remember that at this time last year we did a collaboration with Freigeist Bierkultur out of Germany. The beer style was a Steinbier which translates to Stone Beer in German. The reason it’s called a “Stone Beer” is that we actually heat up hot granite rocks

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Cup of Kaffee

The following is a conversation had before we decided to make the first batch of Kaffee a year ago. I may have taken some liberties with what was said. Eric: I want to make a Blonde Ale but with coffee in it. Me: So the beer is going to be

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Coorinna

Coorinna is believed to be one of the names that Aboriginal Tasmanians called the now extinct Thylacinus, or as we know it, the Tasmanian Tiger. We named this beer after the marsupial with distinct tiger-like stripes as one of the main ingredients comes from its former homeland, Tasmania. Wild harvested

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SO3 Birthday Party

We’ve turned 3 so we’re throwing a family friendly Birthday Party and you’re invited! Here are the details: What: SO3 (Steel & Oak’s 3rd Anniversary) When: Sunday July 9th, 3-6PM Where: Back Parking Lot of Steel & Oak For food – there will be a Bratwurst Bar by our friends

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S&O Satellite Patios this Summer

So Steel & Oak doesn’t have an outdoor patio. I wanted to put one on the roof but our landlord said no. I wanted to put one in the parking lot but the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch said no. I wanted to put one under the overpass but the City

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Shiny Things IPA

Hey we made an IPA! But in typical Steel & Oak fashion we put a German twist on it. The first edition of Shiny Things showcases the newer hop varietals coming out of Germany with generous additions of Huell Melon, Mandarina Bavaria, and Hallertau Blanc. This unique German blend creates aromatic notes of

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Roselle

We’re super excited to announce a new Flagship at Steel & Oak, Roselle Wheat Ale! At S&O we’re known for doing quite a few German-style beers, yet we’ve never had a year-round Hefeweizen. Well, I hate to disappoint but although it’s loaded with wheat malt Roselle isn’t a Hefeweizen. Roselle actually uses

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Weekend Plans

This week we’re releasing Weekend Plans. A beer that our Head Brewer Eric has been working on for a couple years now. Here is a short blog post on the creation of this beer and the branding behind it! When Eric first thought up Weekend Plans it was because he

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Smoked Lager

Steel & Oak’s beer styles always find a way back to Germany. One way or another. It’s what we’ve become known for and even as we diversify our lineup German styles will always be what we come back to. A lot of what Steel & Oak does is actually tied to Bamberg Germany in

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Over on Instagram

First, if you aren’t following us on Instagram… c’mon! That’s where the real action is. Here is our feed in an easy to click link. Now that you’re following us on Instagram I’m super excited to let you know that we are in the process of hosting our first ever

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Analog: Pop Up Vinyl Shop Returns

Analog: Pop Up Vinyl Shop returns on Record Store Day! It’s back! On Saturday, April 22nd from 2-5pm, indie and electronic record labels from across Metro Vancouver will descend upon New Westminster for a day of live music, beer, food and of course crate digging! We are super pumped about

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Blackthorn

I’m going to try and start doing a better job of posting about individual beers we make. To give you an idea of the background that went into developing beers and just an overall idea of what has gone on behind the scenes to create them. So here we go!

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International Women’s Day

I’m sitting here at 8PM on International Women’s Day trying to figure out what to write. Truth be told I was sitting at 8PM last night and 10AM this morning and then again at 6PM trying to figure out how to put on paper (or internet fake paper) how much

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