Fraser Mills Fermentation – North Pacific Brown Ale


Fraser Mills Fermentation – North Pacific Brown Ale Review

Some of the best things are created unintentionally. North Pacific Brown Ale is one of those things.

Legend has it that Head Brewer Kristy Tattrie was whipping up a batch of Fraser Mills Fermentation Co.‘s estimable Oatmeal Stout when she discovered that the black patent malt had been overlooked. The result turned out to be surprisingly drinkable. Next thing you know, a delicious recipe for an American Brown Ale was born.

The beer pours a dark reddish-brown with a respectable head. It’s soft on the palate, with a nice rich (for a brown) maltiness sporting flavours of caramel and chocolate. The that’s the thing that makes this brown more appealing than most BC browns: its substantial flavour.

On the finish, there’s a pleasing hazelnut note. Make your way into the brewery to enjoy this one on tap and that flavour is all the more evident.

Fraser Mills’ Oatmeal Stout and Brown Ale, in the taproom

Like most in this category, the beer is about malt, but it’s more balanced than average due to well-supporting Cluster and Fuggles hops. There’s a slight astringency.

Planned or not, the BeerSeekers declare that this is the Brown Ale of the year in BC. What’s Brewing contributor Warren Boyer tells us that a number of beer geeks visiting the brewery were offered the happy accident, and agreed that it’s a winner. If you’re a fan of this style of ale, contact the brewery to find out how to get your hands on it:

Fraser Mills Fermentation Co.
3044 St Johns St, Port Moody, BC V3H 2C5
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About This Beverage

  • Colour: Brown
  • Head Size & Retention: Normal head + retention
  • Carbonation: Well Carbonated
  • Clarity: Clear
  • Balance: More Malty
  • Drinkability: Easy Drinking
  • Enjoyment: I would definitely seek this beer out again
  • Malt Characteristics: Juicy Malt, Caramel, Nutty, Chocolate
  • Hop Characteristics: Floral
  • Palate: Full Bodied, Juicy


Our first review of a beer from Port Moody’s newest brewery tells the story of a tasty beer born by happy accident. If you’ve never had a Brown Ale that you fell in love with, you might find that this is the one.

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