What's a demonstration brewery, you ask? Well, just over the border in Abbotsford, B.C., it's a brewery built by an importer of craft brewing equipment, to show what that equipment can do. At Old Abbey Ales the equipment can do quite a lot. Head brewer Tony DeWald, whose many years of experience include a stint most recently at Dead Frog Brewing, creates some of the most celebrated Belgian styles: a quadrupel, trippel, dubbel, sours, etc. He also brews a number of the better known west coast styles. A full picture of the tap list last weekend is better than 1,000 words.
Had to try the Hophefeweizenbock just to see if I could get all the German syllables off. As the numbers on the board indicate, this was a balanced hefe with a lot of alcohol.
My last 4 oz. sample (their license limits a customer to 12 oz. per visit) was the Kettle Sour. listed in the Standard brews column. That was worth a growler fill, The nose alone was singularly fine.