Central City Brewing has been one of British Columbia’s top breweries since they first opened. Gary Lohin, Central City’s brewmaster, makes great beer and has proven that great products sell – its that simple. Red Racer IPA, a mainstay amongst westcoast hopheads, consistently wins top awards when entered into competition and is a shinning example of how great a hop forward West Coast IPA can be.
Central City is growing rapidly and is expanding their brewing operations to keep up with demand. This means more great beer will soon hit store shelves. This is great news as availabitliy of some of Central City’s greatest beers has been limited to select beer-centric establishments and at their Surrey based brewpub. But this is about to change.
May 31st marked the launch of Central City’s limited edition collection. The first of a three part offering (on store shelves as of May 31) is a well hopped Imperial IPA. Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine and a Bourbon Barrel aged version of Thor’s Hammer is also planned for release shortly. All three of these new releases are top quality beers. An aged Thor’s Hammer was my first barley wine and it has remained a prefference since.
I look forward to all three releases, even though it may not be the best time to release a big barley wine (its more of a winter seasonal). But the only rule that truly matters in the craft beer industy is make good beer – Central City has no problem with this.