Beer enthusiasts searching for a true West Coast IPA need to go no further than Vancouver favourite Granville Island Brewing’s Brockton IPA. Brewed in the style of a Pacific Northwest India Pale Ale, this 2010 Canadian Brewing Award winning IPA is refreshing, golden coloured and well-hopped.

“There’s nothing better than enjoying this full-flavoured IPA, under the Vancouver sun,” says Vern Lambourne, brewmaster at Granville Island Brewing. “This is a perfect craft beer to pair with fried and spicy food – the bitterness complements spicy, fried flavours. Thai curries, blackened salmon and fish and chips are just a few of my favourites!”

Launched in 2009 for the microbrewery’s 25th anniversary, Brockton IPA has always offered full malt flavour, but now boasts even more hop bitterness than before. The finish isdry and balanced with light fruit aromas and citrusy grapefruit flavours. The critics agree with this flavour enhancement and have awarded the Brockton IPA with a Gold Medal atthe 2011 World Brewing Championships and a silver medal winner at the recent Canadian Brewing awards.

Brockton IPA will be the featured beer at GIB’s upcoming Brewmaster’s Dinner on May 11, at its Taproom on Granville Island. In addition to providing IPA education, Vern will be pairing the beer with a four-course meal. GIB’s Brewmaster Dinner is being held during Vancouver Craft Beer Week, taking place all across the city May 6-14.

For more than 25 years, Granville Island Brewing has dedicated itself to handcrafting its premium beers using all natural ingredients to ensure that its award-wining beers are 100 per cent pure: Canadian two-row barley malt and imported malts, the finest blend of European and Pacific Northwest hops, special yeasts and of course, fresh BC water. Inspired by the West Coast lifestyle, GIB’s popular palate of premium microbrews includes local favourites such as its English Bay Pale Ale, Cypress Honey Lager, Lions Winter Ale,Gastown Amber Ale, Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale and Robson Street Hefeweizen.

About Granville Island Brewing (GIB)

Established is 1984, Granville Island Brewing (GIB) is Canada’s first microbrewery offering a variety of award-winning beers which are brewed and sold here in BC. GIB is dedicated to handcrafting only the finest premium beers that are 100 per cent all-natural and brewed in small batches to provide consumers with the ultimate tasting experience. In celebration of their West Coast heritage GIB names each beer after iconic Vancouver locations that embody the local lifestyle. From the original Island Lager and English Bay Pale Ale, to Cypress Honey Lager, and now their latest innovation; Brockton IPA, GIB continues to produce a diverse portfolio of beers inspired by life on the West Coast. For more information, visit www.gib.ca.

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