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Shaftebury Brewing Co.

 - Shadow Brand, Brewery closed  
(See Okanagan Spring Brewery)
Vernon

Now part of the Sleeman Breweries empire, Shaftebury was started in 1986 by Tim Wittig and Paul Beaton, two young entrepreneurs who cottoned on to the idea of starting a microbrewery in Vancouver for fun and profit. Sales were originally limited to draft in the Vancouver area, where they became popular among fans of British-style ales. Shaftebury taps are instantly recognizable, as they feature a porcelain bald brewing-guy with apron. By late 1995, growth prompted a move from within Vancouver to a new facility in the nearby suburb of Delta. With the purchase of the company by Sleeman Breweries in early 1999, the Delta plant shutdown and production moved on up to the Okanagan Spring brewery in Vernon, B.C. (08/08/2000)  More Comments [4 1.5 stars]   Add Your Comments/Rate this Brewery

Brands

Cream Ale (Brown Ale, 4.8%) - Shaftebury's flagship ale, the beer that inspired several other mis-named "cream ales" by B.C. breweries. (Traditionally, cream ale is a light-coloured, light-bodied lager fermented at warm temperatures to create a somewhat ale-like flavour.) This beer is reddish-brown and medium-bodied, with a fruity aroma, a slight citrusy tartness, and low bitterness.    More Comments [6]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Hefeweizen (Wheat beer, % unknown) - (No longer available) Cloudy, yellowy colour due to bottle conditioning, traditional for German wheat beers. Yeasty aroma. Slightly tart flavour, mildly bitter finish.      More Comments [0]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Hemp Ale (Pale Ale, 5%) - (No longer available)    More Comments [0]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Honey Pale Ale (Pale Ale, 5%) - A light, refreshing ale that still manages to deliver some flavour - a very big seller for Shaftebury. Bitterness is low, a slight citrusy flavour in the finish.    More Comments [1]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Long Beach Lager (Lager, 5%) - (No longer available)    More Comments [0]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Paul and Tim's Original Ale (Brown Ale, 5.5%) - (No longer available) Short-lived vanity brew, originally used to replace the E.S.B. because the company felt the term 'bitter' scared off too many customers. (Those that weren't scared off were probably disappointed with lack of bitterness.) The result is a hearty brown ale with robust malty flavour and a nice dry hoppy finish.    More Comments [4]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Rainforest Amber Ale (Amber Ale, 5%) - Deep amber colour, nice body, mildly malty flavour nicely rounded out by gentle hop bitterness.    More Comments [2]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Summer Solstice Ale (Wheat beer, 5%) - New entry as of Summer 2000, this is a rather plain, light wheat beer that goes down easy on those hot Summer days.    More Comments [0]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Wetcoast Winter Ale (Seasonal, 8.5%) - (Seasonal/not currently available) A strong seasonal ale, supplemented with blackstrap molasses and golden syrup. The 1997/98 version was rich and malty, with some cinnamon notes.    More Comments [0]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer


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