Lillooet Brewing ~ Spotted Bat Stout


Lillooet Brewing ~ Spotted Bat Stout Review

Just opened in the fall of 2022, Lillooet Brewing is located on 3 acres of land situated on an ancient riverine bench right near the Fraser River, in Lillooet, BC. The views are amazing! The building was once the local Feed Store and was constructed and renovated with old-growth timber, much reclaimed during the renovation.

The co-founders, Sam Quinlan (founder of HOOH, an organic hop company), and Sasha Bordas (KPU Brewing graduate and local contractor) are very passionate about beer and working and supporting their local community. They are also both avid supporters of local wildlife, especially Lillooet’s at-risk species, which explains the beer names and artwork on their cans. Each beer profiles one of these at-risk species and if you scan the QR code it will take you to the “Lillooet Wild” site,( hence the nickname “Beer with Wild Purpose “), where you can learn more about the project and the species profiled on the can.

The Spotted Bat stout was released shortly after opening. This beer pours an opaque, almost jet black with a tan coloured very foamy head that lasts right to the last sip. It’s lightly carbonated with a full body, and the expected aromas & flavours of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and molasses. The hop of choice used is the BC Nugget grown in Chilliwack, providing just a hint of pine aroma but adding a good amount of bitterness that cuts through the malt body. A perfect stout for these cold winter evenings, and a great pairing with dinner or dessert.

Right now the beers are not widely distributed outside the interior (see here ), so a trip to Lillooet might just have to be in your future plans. I know it’s in mine!

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About This Beverage

  • Colour: Black
  • Head Size & Retention: Above average head/retention
  • Carbonation: Mild Carbonation
  • Clarity: Opaque
  • Balance: More Malty
  • Drinkability: Definitely Drinkable
  • Enjoyment: I am leaving right now to get more
  • Malt Characteristics: Coffee or Chocolate, Toasty/Roasty
  • Hop Characteristics: Bitter
  • Palate: Full Bodied


Traditional stout recipe with a touch of oats. Bittersweet roasted malt aroma with a smooth finish, and using BC Nugget hops for bitterness.

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