Location: Port Moody
Year Opened: 2015
Flights of Three: $5
BC Beer Award Wins: NA
Canadian Beer Awards Wins: NA
There are many, many things to love about the four tasting rooms on Port Moody’s brewery row, all within 150 metres of each other, but a big one is the fact that all four have a distinctive style from one another.
Or at least that was the case in the first year of Twin Sails’ existence: they were the “German-style beers” place on Murray Street, with a solid Pilsner/Hefeweizen/Roggenwizen/Marzen setlist. No cute names, just a solid option sandwiched between Yellow Dog’s porters and IPAs and Moody Ales, well, ales.
The beers were a cut above average, but between the small number of taps (generally no more than five at a time) and somewhat generic tasting room, there wasn’t a lot to give Twin Sails a buzz.
Perhaps recognizing that, they’ve gotten a lot less basic in the past six months, complementing their German base with a bevy of interesting IPAs, including a 55 IBU American style (Slam Dunk), a double with a blood orange twist (Tone Def), and a dry-hopped double with Sacc-Trois yeast (Space Armadillo), to name just three.
Not only are these good, interesting beers, but it shows Twin Sails wants to push itself and isn’t content with doing one style well.
Add in the fact their distribution is slowly improving, and this is clearly a brewery that will get more attention in the years ahead, especially if they’re able to expand their capacity to offer as many taps as the rest of their Port Moody rivals.
There’s a great base here, and we’re excited to see what comes next.
Quality: 13.1/20 (20th)
Standout: 3.6/5 (14th)
Diversity: 5.6/10 (25th)
Innovation: 3.2/5 (13th)
Experience: 7.0/10 (17th)
TOTAL: 32.5 (18th)