#29: Dead Frog Brewery

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Location: Langley
Year Opened: 2006
Flights of Four: $7
BC Beer Award Wins: 2016, Commander Imperial Stout
Canadian Beer Awards Wins: 2015, Peanut Butter Stout

Go east, young man, past Surrey, past the Township of Langley, into a winding industrial park north of Aldergrove, and you will find Metro Vancouver’s most remote brewery.

Dead Frog has been in the game a while, and made a conscious effort to up their quality in 2013, coinciding with the region’s brewing scene becoming increasingly competitive.

Still, it hasn’t changed too much from the pepper lime lager outlet you remember from college: they’ve gone from a brewery with fun labelling and mediocre novelty beer…to a brewery with fun labelling and pretty decent novelty beer.

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Yes, there’s a perfectly respectable IPA (Green Magic), Pale Ale (Rocket Man) and Lager (Steel Toe) always on tap, but that’s not why you drink Dead Frog: the only thing that stuck out from their seven core beers was the Tart Cherry Ale (Atomic Cherry), and the most enjoyable offering was their Peanut Butter Stout (Nutty Uncle) — a smooth and interesting mix that is definitely good to drink once or twice every winter.

Still, it’s hard to justify making the trek there if you live outside Aldergrove, because the beer ultimately is middle of the road, and the tasting room is a sparse concrete cube in a room adjacent to the brewing tanks.

There’s a good variety, and the fact they have improved is something to be celebrated. But ultimately, Dead Frog don’t do enough interesting things, or make good enough beer, to really stand out in 2017.

Quality: 11.4/20 (28th)
Standout: 3.5/5 (17th)
Diversity: 6.2/10 (16th)
Innovation: 3.3/5 (12th)
Experience: 4.4/10 (41st)
TOTAL: 28.8 (29th)

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