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Howe Sound Log Driver

Howe Sound Releases Log Driver Juniper Rye IPA

Howe Sound Brewing LogoInto the Woods with Howe Sound Log Driver Juniper Rye IPA

Howe Sound Log Driver Howe Sound Brewing is pleased to introduce its newest seasonal release – Log Driver Juniper IPA – an American-style Rye IPA brewed with Juniper berries.  Combining Juniper and a dry hop of Simcoe and Chinook hops results in a beer with bright citrus and mango aroma and juicy fruit and resinous piney flavours.  Log Driver is 45 IBUs, 12.5 Plato and 5.5% alc/vol.  It is now available in private and government liquor stores in BC.from February until May 31, 2016.

The history of Howe Sound and Squamish is intrinsically bound  to the mountains and the waterways.  Once a hop growing area from 1890-1930, and a major forestry and boom production area from the early 1850s until today,  the region now offers incredible recreation opportunities in the heart of Sea to Sky Country.   For many, skilled workers such as the Log Driver evoke memories of a robust bygone era in British Columbia.  Along rivers and waterways throughout Canada, the Log Driver manually moved logs with a boom driver, dancing with great agility on the roaring water, log to log. Our Log Driver Juniper Rye IPA celebrates those times and the people that moved lumber with great dexterity and skill. The smell of resin and juniper wafted through the community then, as it does now.

Howe Sound Brewer, Simon Jongsma had these thoughts to say.  “The idea behind making our new Log Driver Juniper Rye IPA was to brew an American style Rye IPA that was loaded with a lot of resinous pine notes and bright citrus tones. Springtime in Squamish means getting outside and spending sunny days in the forest and that’s really what we tried to capture with this beer. It’s a refreshing and flavourful IPA that uses piney hops and Juniper berries to showcase a great ingredient,” Jongsma says.

Howe Sound Brewing is an award-winning  craft brewery located in Squamish, BC., brewing over 30 artisan beers and distributing  a full-range of lagers and ales in Canada, specifically Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario, and to 15 states in the US.  The brewery opened its doors in 1996 and  features 20 character guestrooms, a picturesque brewpub and restaurant, and beer inspired cuisine.  John Mitchell, one of the pioneers of craft brewing in North America, mentored a number of HSB’s brewers.  His dedication and continued commitment to fine ales has led to accolades locally and internationally.


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