Elgood & Son's Captain Vancouver's 250th Anniversary Ale
Almost let this one slide by without hoisting it: from England's North Brink Brewery, built in 1795 the year Captain Vancouver completed his survey of the Pacific Northwest coastline comes Elgood & Son's Captain Vancouver's 250th Anniversary Ale ($4.50 for the 500 millilitre bottle at selected LDB stores). It's mellow and palate-filling a good Chinese-food brew with cherry-fruit aromas and a slight sweet edge. Excellent and versatile, thirst-quenching and hearty, it's a beer to be reckoned with. Keep some in the boat if you're going off to chart any coastlines (remembering to adhere to safe drinking/boating guidelines).