go ahead, sue us for our puns, we have a good bearister! * 
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Oi!!! Get off our berries!

A new release from the Outlier Beer Bearons...

 ‘Poke the Bear’ was inspired by a young rogue bear who routinely raided our garden, berry patches and rubbish over in Tahsis. He never showed any aggression, however, he was the most pestering visitor to our farm. We tried several methods from bear spray to slingshots, but ‘Phil’ the bear just wouldn’t give up! Below is a video from our failed attempt to drive him off with a slingshot (we never hit him, though we came close). 

We are releasing Poke the Bear on the 13th of December - perfect for that last minute Chrissy present!

Find Poke the Bear online at the Beer Jerk!

There was a big brown bear
Who took pride in his derriere
One day, He got stung
By a bee on this bum
And could not sit in his favourite Chair!


In a sense, we were trying to ‘Poke the Bear’ off our farm – hence a new beer idea was born! We wanted something fun and fresh and reminiscent of summer from a different angle. So I got out my scribble pad and sent Carlos and Alvin a crude sketch I had in mind. We all had discussions of what the beer could be – with the Canadian summer near the end, we thought something along the lines of roasted marshmallows would be an interesting flavour combination.

Meet Mia AKA 'LuithenS' 

We looked around for an artist that could capture the fun and silliness of Poke the Bear - we decided to go for a new artistic style called low poly. We found Mia from Bosnia and Herzegovina - and she did an amazing job our label. 

What's Inside???

For this release, we wanted to give a nod to the experience of having roasted s’mores by the fire. Whilst the idea isn’t new, we loved the challenge of recreating the flavors and packing a well rounded sensory impression into the beer.

Here’s a pic of the Tahsis Farm crew around the fire which inspired us to bottle this moment – sitting with your friends, roasting the marshmallow on a stick and sandwiching it between a thin piece of chocolate and two Graham crackers. Those slightly chilly summer nights on Van Island are just perfect bliss!

Did you know that what we know as a marshmallow now is the modern version of a medicinal confectionery of the marshmallow plant Althaea officinalis?

For Poke the Bear, we went with a mix of oats, light chocolate, biscuit and honey malts, vanilla, Graham flour and cocoa nibs on a base of American Ale malt from Gladfield. It’s all a fine balance but recreating the flavors of the roasted marshmallow and the slightly gooey chocolate on those Graham crackers was challenging and fun. A little bit of lactose rounded out the impression of the beer. Gimme some more!

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