Essentially, a crowler is a giant 32 oz. can that is filled from any of our tap lines, then capped and sealed with a special machine right in front of you. This keeps the beer fresh until you crack the can, and provides a recyclable, single-serve option for take away draught.
The short answer is no, but we do sell crowlers. The longer answer is that we have a love/hate relationship with them. On one hand, beer drinkers enjoy them so much because of the supposed sustainability of reusable packaging. On the other, there is the lack of quality control to contend with, and the fact that we can’t force people to drink them in one sitting immediately upon refill. Beer that is not properly sealed with Carbon Dioxide will go flat very quickly.
Unfortunately, in accordance with Fraser Health regulations, we cannot allow dogs (other than service animals) inside the tasting room. When the weather cooperates, we do allow dogs outside on our patio when open.
Whenever possible, we try to source as many local ingredients as possible. A few of our beers are 100% BC sourced such as our Sumas Mountain Lager and a few summer seasonals. As Canadian resources are fairly limited, everything else has imported hops from all over the world, depending on what the style of beer requires.
A key factor is the beer itself; the style will have a huge impact on what happens to the flavors over time. Light body, low ABV beers tend to have their flavor deteriorate faster than darker, high ABV beer. IPAs are best consumed fresh, ideally within a month of packaging, and preferably no older than three months; this is because the degradation of the amount of hops occurs rapidly. The key factor to look for is the packaged date, then go roughly 6 months from then for optimal freshness. Refrigeration also extends the life of packaged beer by quite a bit.
IBUs, or international bettering units, is a system for measuring the amount of bitter compounds found in beer. Most of these bitter compounds come from hops, but some can come from tannins and roasted grains. IBUs are very important for brewers during recipe formulation, a brewer will use IBUs to balance against residual malt (grain) sweetness, and ensure each beer has an appropriate amount of bitterness for its style. That said, the IBUs of any given beer won’t tell anyone – even a brewer – much about the beer’s actual flavour. Most people attribute high IBUs to high bitterness of a beer, but this is not necessarily accurate. The best way to gauge the bitterness of a beer is to ask our bartender, or simply try it for yourself!
The Sumas Mountain lager is a great staple beer, and many of the session and seasonal beers are some of my favourite go-to choices from Allfather pilsner, to the English Dark Mild, and especially the Hot Chocolate Porter!
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Raven’s has amazing beer and is locally owned by amazing people. Love getting my Ravens delivery and will keep supporting them moving forward.