Love Shack Libations-Jaihu Are You?


Love Shack Libations-Jaihu Are You? Review

Love Shack Libations is a nano-brewery in Qualicum Beach, BC. One man show, Dave Paul, has teamed up with UVI Anthropology Professor, Dr. Marie Hopwood, to do a series of historical beer reenactments. One of the series is Jaihu Are You?, a rice-based beer inspired around the alcoholic drinks of ancient China. It is brewed with hawthorn berries, sweet orange peel, chrysanthemums, and hibiscus.

Jiahu (pronounced zjoo-hoo) has a strong aroma of bitter and sour berries with a peppery floral undertone. It pours red in colour with a good white head that lingers. It is very well carbonated. It is light-bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Jiahu has a smooth berry taste, including blueberry and blackberry notes, that is not sweet nor tart. Peeking behind is very soft floral flavours. There is also a hint of vanilla. There are no hops perceivable and little to no bitterness or maltiness. The finish is quick but enjoyable.

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About This Beverage

  • Colour: Red
  • Head Size & Retention: Normal head + retention
  • Carbonation: Bubbly/Lively
  • Clarity: Clear
  • Balance: Balanced Malt/Hop
  • Drinkability: Extremely Crushable
  • Enjoyment: I would definitely seek this beer out again
  • Malt Characteristics: Light
  • Hop Characteristics: Floral
  • Other Flavours/Aroma: Fruit Flavouring: Berries etc, Floral
  • Palate: Creamy, Soft or Silky


This historical recreation has wonderfully smooth berry, floral and vanilla notes that will have you wishing you lived in 7,000 BCE China, or, at least, in current day Qualicum Beach.


Great texture.

Powerful aroma.

Delicate and drinkable flavour


Limited availability.

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