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Bowen Island Brewing Co.

 - Shadow Brand, Brewery closed  
(See: Kamloops Brewing)

Started as a self-proclaimed "English-style Cottage Brewery" on a small island off the West Coast, just North of Vancouver in 1994. In 1997, its operations were moved into Vancouver. At one point some of their beers were produced under contract to Earl's restaurants. By late 1999, it (along with Coquihalla Brewing) had merged with Whistler Brewing and all production moved to Whistler. During 2001, production of Whistler and Bowen Island brands were moved to Bear Brewing in Kamloops. As of early 2006, the Hemp Cream Ale and superb Special Bitter were still being produced by Kamloops Brewing (formerly Bear). (01/03/2006)  More Comments [14 3.5 stars]   Add Your Comments/Rate this Brewery


Bowen Ale (Pale Ale, 4.5%) - (Discontinued) A standard pale ale.    More Comments [2]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Bowen Blonde Ale (Pale Ale, 4.5%) - A very light, slightly sweet ale, with a flowery hop aroma and a refreshing bitterness in the finish    More Comments [0]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Hemp Cream Ale (Pale Ale, 4.5%) - Bowen Island jumps on two bandwagons at once with the combination 'hemp' and 'cream' ale. The result is a light golden beer with slight graininess in the flavour and a clean aftertaste. Not sure what the hemp adds, but its a good enough all-around beer for supporters of the hemp 'movement'. (And who isn't!)    More Comments [2]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Original Hemp Lager (Lager, 5%) - Okay, enough with the hemp gimmick already.    More Comments [1]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Special Bitter (Pale Ale, 4.5%) - One of my favourite B.C. beers - a nicely balanced, smooth and hoppy reddish ale. Deep brownish-red color with good clarity, lively hoppy nose, medium body and well-rounded finish that is hoppier than a pale ale but stops short of IPA territory. Great session ale.    More Comments [3]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Winter Ale (Porter, 4.5%) - A seasonal 'winter warmer' style ale that was released in winter 2000/2001(?) and then disappeared. Quite possibly the same beer that goes under the name 'Winter Pudding' at Earl's restaurants.    More Comments [1]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

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