Tuesday, January 17, 2017

cbc website

i guess i gotta stick with the training, now...


NEW

Stout competition: B.C. 

brewers to box each other for
charity

Plus, check out Rebecca Whyman's beer picks for this week

CBC News Posted: Jan 17, 2017 4:19 PM PT Last Updated: Jan 17, 2017 4:20 PM PT
Ian Kampman of Brassneck Brewery was a contender at the 2016 edition of Beer Wars. This year, On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman will enter the ring.
Ian Kampman of Brassneck Brewery was a contender at the 2016 edition of Beer Wars. This year, On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman will enter the ring. (Jeremy Allingham/CBC)
People in B.C.'s craft beer industry are ready for another round — in this case, another round in the boxing ring.
The second annual B.C. Beer Wars will see people in Vancouver and Victoria's craft beer scenes box each other to benefit two local gyms, the Eastside Boxing Club in Vancouver and the Victoria Boxing Club. 
Both gyms have a number of community programs focused on at-risk youth, mental health and self-defence classes for female-identified and LGBTQ members of the community.
Contenders from the beer industry will learn how to box and then fight each other at a fundraising boxing match at the end of April and among the contenders will be On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman.
"I'm both looking forward to it and wondering what the heck I was thinking signing myself up for this," she told On The Coast host Stephen Quinn. "It's gonna hurt! I am looking forward to seeing all those beer beards flying as their owners get skipping and punching — assuming of course I can catch my breath long enough to focus on anything else."
And since Whyman is going to be working out a lot in preparation for her match, here are her picks for post-workout beers.
Powell Street Brewery's barrel-aged saisons
"They are classic Belgian saisons aged in French oak barrels for three months. They're spicy and fruity! Fruit additions are local raspberries, tropical mangoes or rich black currants. Available in 650 ml bottles at the brewery and select liquor stores."
Parallel 49's Tricycle Radler
"Always delicious! It's a 3.5 percent blend of lager and ruby red grapefruit juice. It's tart. It's juicy. It's refreshing and it's dangerously easy to forget this is not just fruit juice! Available in six packs of cans at liquor stores."
Fieldhouse Gose
"Salty, sour and citrusy! 3.8 percent of light and bright minerally goodness. Coriander and elderflower replace hops in this wheat beer for a different take on a classic German style. Available in 750 ml bottles at select liquor stores."
With files from CBC Radio One's On The Coast

Thursday, January 5, 2017

cbc website

my latest beer column extract on the cbc website

Milkshake beer could be among

2017's craft brewing trends

Beer columnist gives us her thoughts on what will be popular in B.C.'s 

craft beer scene

CBC News Posted: Jan 04, 2017 5:30 PM PT Last Updated: Jan 04, 2017 5:30 PM PT
Four Winds' Blodberg beer was one of Rebecca Whyman's beer picks this week
Four Winds' Blodberg beer was one of Rebecca Whyman's beer picks this week (Four Winds Brewing Co./Facebook)
Everyone wants to know what the future holds, and On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says the future of craft beer in B.C. — at least for 2017 — is the New England India Pale Ale.
Also known as the Northeast-style IPA, New England IPAs are less bitter than a Northwest IPA, which makes them more approachable for most people. Whyman says they have fruity, citrusy flavours and a creamy soft mouthfeel, an unexpected sensation for drinkers used to Northwest IPAs.
"We saw Vancouver's first version of this style of beer, Steamworks' Flagship IPA, win the best IPA and best in show at the 2016 B.C. Beer Awards," she told On The Coast host Stephen Quinn.
"[Hops] are added at the end of the boil, and dry-hopped during fermentation. This adds a lot of hop flavour and aroma, but very little bitterness."
Another possible 2017 trend? Milkshake IPAs: hoppy beers with lactose sugar added to make them thick, milky and sweet.
"Using the words milky and fruity together doesn't sound terribly appetizing, but believe me, the beers are delicious and very approachable," she said. "Locally, Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody recently brewed their Two Straws Milkshake IPA."
Here are Whyman's beer picks for this week:
Steamworks Flagship IPA
"Cloudy and juicy! Generously hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy and Citra hops for an intense tropical fruit aroma and just a touch of bitterness. Available by itself in six packs of bottles, or as part of eight-pack tall-can mash-up packs."
Four Winds Blodberg
"A dark nordic saison brewed with plums and arctic thyme, and aged in an oak foeder. This is a collaboration beer inspired by Iceland. Get it while you can! 750 ml bottles at specialty stores and the tasting room."
With files from CBC Radio One's On The Coast

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

link love

little bit late (it ain't monday, but it is my first day back at the office, so it feels like one)

anti-trump beer will knock you on your ass

another guide to drinking in vancouver

parallel 49 revamping the tasting room - into a full-service restaurant with a patio!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

steam whistle


wanna go to toronto for beer?
enter this contest and you might get your wish!



From Steamwhistle:  Running now until  Jan 15th Steam Whistle’s put together an awesome prizepack that can send lovely Vancouverites and beyond down for the most exciting outdoor winter craft beer festival.  You can check out pics from previous years here.  It was recently named one of the Top 3 Ontario Tourism Events of the year.


We’re calling on all Canadians to share a short story of your Quintessential Canadian Winter Memory (max 100 words) for a chance to win 2 tickets to Steam Whistle’s Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival, return airfare for 2 from any major Canadian City , hotel accommodations for two, and a limited edition Steam Whistle Retro Snow Suit  (a $2400 value).Simply visit http://steamwhistle.ca/winter-craft-beer-fest-contest/index.php  to enter (must be of legal drinking age).

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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Serving beer at Christmas 

dinner? Here are some tips

No rules for beer pairing — just some guidelines

CBC News Posted: Dec 20, 2016 4:45 PM PT Last Updated: Dec 20, 2016 4:45 PM PT
You can serve more than wine at your family's Christmas dinner.
You can serve more than wine at your family's Christmas dinner. (John McStravick/Flickr)
Nothing beats a nice glass of wine at Christmas dinner — except maybe a nice glass of beer.
On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman has some thoughts on what craft brews are best to serve with your holiday feast.
"There are no hard and fast rules for beer pairing. Complementing or contrasting flavours are the two basic ways to go, but within those, you can go so many different places. So the best non-rule is to drink what you like," she told On The Coast guest host Chris Brown.
"Complementing is when you match like-flavours, like a chocolate stout with your chocolate cake. Contrasting is when you pair opposites, like a sour beer with a sweet dish. This can also be used to balance flavours. Using the sweet maltiness of beer to counter the saltiness of a dish or the bitterness in a hoppy beer to cut the sweetness."
Whyman says a more carbonated beer, like a dubbel or a saison, will cleanse your palate between bites of food and cut through fat. 
She says if you're going with lighter fare, like turkey or tofurky, the saison might be more pleasing. The yeast and sweetness complement the gravy and the veggies, while the earthy spiciness brings out the flavours in the meat.
She also says if you're overwhelmed by trying to choose a beer that will work with all the dishes, you could choose your favourite part of the meal and pair your beer to that.
If mashed potatoes are your thing, maybe you'd like to drink a cream ale to mimic that smooth mouth feel. If it's all about tart cranberry sauce for you, pair with a lambic. For latkes, a golden ale is lovely.
"Or if you have the inclination, you could try a variety of beer styles taster flight style and see which ones work with the most dishes," she said. "If you take notes, you can use that information next year."
She also says if you're the one doing the cooking, you can always use beer in the food and then serve that beer alongside that course for an easy pairing.
Here are Whyman's beer picks for this week:
Luppolo Brewing Double IPA
"Available at the brewery for tasters and growler fills. Using five northwest hop varieties gives it aromas of peach, melon and citrus zest. Be careful: this one is eight percent alcohol but tastes like five!"
Twin Sails Two Straws Milkshake IPA
"This one is thick — you'll need two straws! It is brewed with lactose, hence the milkshake name and lots of mango and pineapple. Get this very limited release before it's gone at the tasting room in Port Moody. 6.5 percent."
SuperFlux Happyness
"Formerly known as Machine Ales when they brewed at Callister, this is their most recent offering under the SuperFlux name. Happyness is a seven-percent IPA that's bright and clean and fruity. Four-packs of cans will be hitting liquor stores any day now."
With files from CBC Radio One's On The Coast

beer column

Beer News:

A-Frame Brewing is now open in Squamish.  They’re open Wednesday through Sunday and have an opening line up of: Okanagan Lake Cream Ale, Magic Lake Porter, Elfin Lakes Belgian Ale and Sproat Lake Dry Hopped Pale Ale.  I’m noticing a theme in their beer names...

Old Yale Brewing in Chilliwack just got their lounge endorsement, so you can get full 20oz flights or 12 and 16oz pours now, with a selection of food options as well.


New Year’s Eve beer events: 

There’s a party at Darby’s Gastown.  Reserve your seat now!  They’ll be featuring limited releases from Strange Fellows, Deschutes, Four Winds and more.  No tickets to buy or set menus, just reserve a seat and show up to pay as you go.

Big Rock UrbanBrewery is having a party that will ring in the new year six times!  Beginning at the far East of Canada, with a shot of Newfoundland Screech, they will count down the new year in each time zone of Canada.  $60 gets you your screech, and a maple champagne cocktail every hour.  There will be a buffet and live entertainment.  And if you give them an extra $10 you can go back again for the all-you-can-eat brunch buffet on New Year’s Day
Yaletown Brewpub’s new year’s party tickets are $40.  You get a pizza buffet, photo booth, and happy hour drink specials after midnight.
 
Trading PostTaphouse in Langley is hosting a four course set menu beer pairing dinner.  Tickets are $60.  There’s a party afterward too, to get you through the rest of the night, or if you’ve already got dinner plans. $30 gets you nibbles and live music.

The Trading Post tasting room is also hosting a party – no tickets required for this one.  They’ll have a special cask and beer cocktails and live music.


Beer Pairings for Holiday Feasting:

Christmas is coming – the goose is getting fat!  And it would pair really nicely with a Belgian Dubbel.  You can go traditional with a Chimay Premiere (that’s the red one) or keep it local with a Krampus from StrangeFellows, or a Dageraad Brune.  The dark fruit and spice of the beer can stand up to the heavy flavour of the goose.  These beers also pair nicely with lamb, duck, brisket or a roast.  Or so I’ve heard!  I’m a vegetarian, so I’m not much of a source for meaty beer pairings!

What I do know is that it’s not the easiest thing to find one beer that will pair perfectly with all the different dishes and their flavours that make up many a holiday meal.  But before you despair about finding one, there are a couple of general guidelines that can help you:

First, there are no hard and fast rules for beer pairing.  Complementing or contrasting flavours are the two basic ways to go, but within those, you can go so many different places.  So the best non-rule is to drink what you like!

Complementing is when you match like flavours, like a chocolate stout with your chocolate cake.  Contrasting is when you pair opposites – like a sour beer with a sweet dish.  This can also be used to balance flavours.  Using the sweet maltiness of beer to counter the saltiness of a dish, or the bitterness in a hoppy beer to cut the sweetness. 

A more carbonated beer will cleanse your palate between bites of food, and cut through fat.  Like the Dubbel already mentioned, or a saison.  While both are carbonated, if you’re going with lighter fare, like turkey or tofurky, the saison might be more pleasing.  The yeast and sweetness complement the gravy and the veggies, while the earthy spiciness brings out the flavours in the meat.

If you’re overwhelmed by trying to choose a beer that will work with all the dishes, you could choose your favourite part of the meal and pair your beer to that.  If mashed potatoes are your thing, maybe you’d like to drink a cream ale to mimic that smooth mouthfeel.  If it’s all about tart cranberry sauce for you, pair with a lambic.  For latkes, a golden ale is lovely.  With pecan pie, something bourbon barrel aged is fantastic.  Pilsner is a dream with dim sum.

Or if you have the inclination, you could try a variety of beer styles taster flight style and see which ones work with the most dishes.  If you take notes, you can use that information next year.  If not, no worries, try it again at your next big dinner!

If you’re the one doing the cooking, you can always use beer in the food, and then serve that beer alongside that course for an easy pairing.


Beer Picks:

They’re all ipas this week:

Luppolo Brewing has a lovely double ipa available at the brewery for tasters and growler fills.  Using five northwest hop varieties gives it aromas of peach, melon and citrus zest.  Be careful – this one is 8% but tastes like 5%!

Twin Sails Two Straws Milkshake ipa:  This one is thick – you’ll need two straws!  It is brewed with lactose (hence the milkshake name) and lots of mango and pineapple.  Get this very limited release before it’s gone.  At the tasting room in Port Moody. 6.5%


SuperFlux Happyness:  Formerly known as Machine Ales when they brewed at Callister, this is their most recent offering under the SuperFlux name.  Happyness is a 7% ipa that’s bright and clean and fruity.  4-packs of cans will be hitting liquor stores any day now.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

new release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. Releases “Stoked Winter Ale”.

Dec 20th, 2016 - Revelstoke, B.C. - On Sat Dec 10th , Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. release Stoked Winter Ale.  This is the first time the beer has been brewed and bottled by the company. It is available in 650mL bottles and also 56.8L kegs for draft. This will be Mt Begbie Brewing Co’s main winter seasonal for 2016/17.

Stoked Winter Ale is a mildly spiced, rich winter ale.  The beer is not sweet and has no vanilla. Cloves, Nutmeg, Cinnamon and cocoa were used to create a winter warmer effect with an ABV of 6% and 20 IBU.