Originally Posted by Bandwagonesque
Yer right, Yaletown Brewery doesn't have a maple ale IIRC. Their brown ale is excellent. I also had a seasonal ale there before... really strong, red Belgian ale that tasted too much like cough syrup.
Granville's maple ale excellent. Not too strong/fake of a flavour, but it's noticeable. Their Winter ale is my favourite. Strong vanilla/toffee flavours...almost like a root beer, except it'll get ya drunk.
What do they brew down in Costa Rica that's worth noting?
Damn, I wish there was a way to get a hold of that Granville while in the States. CR makes pretty average/sub-average beer. The two major national beers are Imperial and Pilsen which are both slightly sweeter versions of Molson. Can't touch the stuff. Rock Ice what I normally drink and even then it's a slight step above the normal crap. The good news is that they make a premium line called Bavaria with Light, Gold, and Dark variations that are all very drinkable. They came out with an anniversary edition a few months ago that was one of the best beers I've ever had (I'm holding on to a bottle as a souvenir). I got excited to hear that there was actually a microbrew in town. While they made five or six kinds of beers (ales, a stout, an IPA, a pilsen), they were sadly heavily watered down.
Probably a Canadian brewmaster....