The Narrows - Winter Ale

The Narrows

Winter Ale - 5.5 Gallons - All Grain - ABV 6.0% - IBU 26 - SRM 19

The Narrows is where the land between North Vancouver and Stanley Park are closest across open water. This location was chosen for the 1st Narrows Bridge, otherwise known as Lions Gate Bridge. This Winter Ale recipe is paying homage to the famous Lions Winter Ale beer made by Granville Island Brewing.

We did our best to mimic the smooth vanilla notes from GIB’s beer, but we also wanted to make it different in some ways. The end result is a bit boozier, darker, and heavier than GIB’s. The secret to this beer is the additions of molasses in the boil, along with vanilla and white chocolate in secondary. We add them like a dry hop. In the end, the beer is easy drinking and its vanilla smoothness complements a cold dark snowy night, which is something Vancouverites wouldn’t know much about (except when they are out snowboarding on one of their many mountains)

Purchasing this recipe includes all of the below ingredients, as well as the instructions. We will mill the grains for this recipe unless told otherwise. Equipment and extras such as dextrose or DME for priming are sold separately. For this recipe, Molasses, White Chocolate, and Vanilla Extract will need to be added. 

Recipe Instructions

Included Ingredients


Maris Otter x 7.5lbs

Vienna x 1lb

Munich Light x 1lb

Crystal Light x 0.5lb

Crystal Medium x 0.5lb

Crystal Dark x 0.4lb

Chocolate Malt x 0.2lb

Carafoam 0.3lb

Molasses x 4oz (Sold separately) 


1oz Willamette @ 60min

0.5oz Cascade @ 60min

0.5oz Saaz @ 0min