Friday, December 31, 2010

rosie the riveter was a rogue

so says rogue


not made any new year's resolutions yet?
fear not, there is still time
and you can make them all about beer!
click here to find 10 beer resolutions

Thursday, December 30, 2010

women in beer

gasp!  women like beer
oh my goodness, could it be?

read about it here


okay, so its almost january
and in january i do a cleanse
every year
the cleanse means that i don't drink beer for a whole month

this year, i'll just be cleansing for three weeks, because i leave for mexico on the 21st and i'm certainly not going to miss out on any fun vacation time cleansing!
so its just three weeks without beer this time
but still, its three weeks

which leads me to wonder what the heck i'll blog about for those three weeks
and the two following when i'll be in mexico

friends, i think there's gonna be a hiatus on the blog
minimal posting for three weeks and then a 2.5 week vacation from posts altogether
i would love to say that i'll miss you
but i'd be exaggerating
i'll be miserable for three weeks without my beer
but then when i'm on vacation, i won't even be thinking about all y'all!
i'm selfish that way!

brew dog news

to read about the alice porter, click here

to read about the musa dinner, click here

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


wanna party with the central city crew for new year's eve, but don't want to go all the way to surrey to do it?
fear not, timbre on the drive is having a red racer new year's!

Timbre Restaurant is hosting a rocking New Year's Eve party for all you who cant make it out to the brewpub. Taps of Red Racer Beer flowing till 2:00am!

wine tasting

just to mix it up, i went to a wine tasting house party on monday night
the concept was simple, everyone was assigned a varietal to bring
all the bottles got a number and their labels hidden in a paper bag
everyone tries the wines, compares them to the tasting notes and makes their best guess as to its identity

i only drink white wine
the red gives me most unfortunate migraines
so i only sampled five of the eleven wines on offer
i instantly got the gewurztraminer, the sauvignon blanc and the reisling
but i mixed up the chardonnay and the zoignier
that was still good enough to come second place percentage wise in the guessing
and i won wine pairing and cheese facts playing cards!
go me!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

beer geekery

tasting notes

at last week's beernesday at st. augustine's i began my evening with a pint of the deschutes inversion ipa
definitely one of my faves
"a trio of american hops deliver an over-the-top nose with hints of citrus.  surprisingly soft, caramel complexity for an 80 ibu ipa"

then i moved to the crannog ales 10th anniversary fresh-hopped ipa
100% organic. dry-hopped with farm-fresh golding hops.  5.2%
no hop nose, can't immediately taste the hops, but sure can feel them in my mouth
as i adjust to this beer after the uber-hoppy inversion, i'm starting to get the hops
and my the end, i was really getting into it

next up was the hopworks abominable winter ale
7.5%  100% organic.  made with cascade, centennial and simcoe hops and six organic malts, has a complex floral, spicy and citrus hoppiness backed up by just the right amount of malt sweetness
omg - a winter ipa!
its a fabulously hoppy brew!
i think this is my favourite winter ale
although i think it might be cheating to pick this one since really, its an ipa...

and lastly i had the rogue mogul madness
6.3%  hoppy, caramel aroma, burgundy in colour with an off-white head.  intense flavours of citrus, and complex notes of nuts, berries and mocha
but do you think i remembered to take notes at all?
pretty sure i liked it...

hopefully they have the mogul madness and the abominable this week as well
i'd like the chance to try them both again

oh, and bridget asked that i write down that she gives the backhand of god two hearts.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

brewdog news

to find out what brewdog did when their hops shipment got weather delayed, click here

should brewdog sell other beers on their website?  to weigh in on the debate, click here

to check out their new delivery van, pre-pimping, and make suggestions on how to pimp it, click here

for golidhops and the three beers, click here

for brewdog's christmas wish list, click here


december 22nd beernesday at st. augustine's

Saturday, December 25, 2010

beer geekery

look what i got for christmas!
its a whole year of beer jokes in the form of a calendar!

christmas kegger!

its just not christmas without a photo of me with a keg!

such style, such grace
such fabulous scottish ale from storm!
best keg deal in town
and really great beer to boot!

for all you of the christianish persuasion, merry christmas!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

riddle me this

this was the riddle at the charlatan last i was there
no, i do not know the answer!

yaletown brew pub

oh how the time flies!
its been a whole week since i made it out to the yaletown brew pub for cask night
and it was a gooder!
cascadian dark ale (aka black ipa)
tasty, tasty stuff!
look how much i was enjoying it!

i was at a work holiday party
so the details of the entire late afternoon, evening and late night are pretty hazy
i know there was lots of wine with lunch
followed by two cascadian dark casks
followed by countless shots and pints of the brick and beam ipa
with not much at all to eat since lunch

i know i made new friends
and even remember a couple of their names
but probably will not be calling them for fear that i embarassed myself in front of them!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

rogue news

Our Beer, Our Barrels, Our Johns.
jj dead guy 22 oz
NEWPORT, OR, December 17, 2010- In a collaboration of crafts, Rogue Brewmaster John Maier and Rogue Spirits Master Distiller John Couchot have joined forces to create a distinct, innovative series of brews called John John Ales. The series will take Rogue Ales legends and age them in Rogue Spirits barrels.

The first of the John John series is John John Dead Guy Ale, Rogue's award winning Dead Guy Ale matured in Rogue's award winning Dead Guy Whiskey barrels. The cross collaboration of these two products starts with the distilling of Dead Guy Ale wort to create the Dead Guy Whiskey. The Whiskey is aged in Oak Barrels and bottled, then the Oak Barrels are taken from the distillery, by forklift, across the parking lot to the Brewery where they are filled with Dead Guy Ale and matured for three months.

Each John John product will be a limited release. Following John John Dead Guy Ale will be John John Juniper Pale Ale: Rogue's Juniper Pale Ale matured in Rogue Spruce Gin barrels, and John John Hazelnut Brown Nectar: maturing Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar in Rogue's Hazelnut Spiced Rum barrels. John John Dead Guy Ale will be available on draft and in 22oz bottles from January through April 2011.

John John Dead Guy Ale is made with ingredients from Rogue's own hop and barley farms. Ingredients include: Carastan & Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM and RiskTMMalts; Saaz, Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops; Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water. John John Dead Guy Ale is a German Maibock, deep honey in color with a malt aroma, a caramel, vanilla, and oak finish.

Rogue's 42-acre micro hopyard is located in Oregon's Wigrich Appellation and the Rogue GYO barley farm is located in Oregon's Tygh Valley Appellation. Rogue remains committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops and barley, one acre at a time, by growing our own.

india pale ale

ballast point big eye india pale ale 6%

from the bottle:  big eye india pale ale is an intensely hopped ipa.  we use exclusively american centennial hops to produce this robust beer.  a rush of floral and citrus hop notes are balanced perfectly with the toasty, toffee-like flavors of a superior blend of malted barley.  its full hop flavor is guaranteed to please the palate of the true beer enthusiast.  2002 world beer cup bronze medal winner in the american-style india pale category.  get the point!

driftwood brewery fat tug ipa 7%

from the bottle:  with an extreme power to tonnage ratio, this behemoth delivers a barge load of hops.  this unassuming 22 ounce bottle packs 80 ibus of unrelenting diesel power! let this fat tug pull you in slow and low to happy nirvana...

yup, these two are some pretty hoppy numbers
that makes me very happy!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

rogue news

Independence, Oregon, December 18, 2010 - The wait is almost over.  In just a few weeks, you'll be able to enjoy the World's Best Lager on draft.  The award winning Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager already comes in 22oz bottles.  But starting in January, Dirtoir Black Lager and the rest of the Chatoe Rogue line will be served on draft for the first time nationwide. 
Who says it's the best?  The judges at the World Beer Awards say so, giving Dirtoir Black Lager the title of, "World's Best Lager" for 2010.  It also won a Gold Medal at the 2010 World Beer Championships. Brewmaster John Maier describes it as, "Full bodied, deftly balanced... with smooth bitterness and lingering finish."
It is brewed using 9 ingredients: Carafe Special II, Black, Chocolate, Melanoidin, and Rogue Micro Barley Farm first growth RiskTM Malts; Rogue Micro Hopyard first growth Independent and Revolution Hops; German Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.  Brewing specifications:  15o Plato, 35 IBU, 68 AA, 75O Lovibond
Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager is GYO Certified First Growth Appellation, made with hops from Rogue's 42-acre micro hopyard in Oregon's Wigrich Appellation and malt from Rogue's GYO barley farm in Oregon's Tygh Valley Appellation. Rogue remains committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops and barley, one acre at a time, by growing our own.

 dirtoir tap sticker

For more information on Dirtoir Black Laker, Chatoe Rogue releases, Tasting Room hours, Hopyard tours, or overnight stays at the Hop 'n Bed, please contact the Rogue Department of Agriculture at 503.241.3800.

Double the Legend

Newport, OR, December 1, 2010 -- Double Mocha Porter is the first of three limited release beers from Rogue's Double Series in 2011. Double Mocha Porter is the evolution of Rogue's legendary Mocha Porter, the recipient of over 35 awards for taste and quality.

All of Rogue's Double Series will be available in beautiful 750 ML serigraphed, painted bottles, as well as on draft. These unique bottles make quite the journey before finding their way to shelves. The glass bottles are sourced in Germany, paint jacketed in Canada, and serigraphed in Tualatin, Oregon - all before making their way to the Brewery in Newport, Oregon and eventually to the hands of fellow Rogues across the United States.

Double Mocha Porter in its Royal Blue bottle debuts in early January 2011; Double Dead Guy in Black arrives in May; and in August, Double Chocolate Stout appears in a sleek Red bottle.

Double Mocha Porter is brewed with 11 ingredients including: C-120, C-150, Kiln Coffee, Black, Chocolate and Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM & RiskTM Malts; Summit and Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops, Free Range Coastal Water and Pacman Yeast.

Each of the three beers are brewed using hops from Rogue's 42-acre micro hopyard, located in Oregon's Wigrich Appellation, and barley from the Rogue GYO barley farm, located in Oregon's Tygh ValleyAppellation. Rogue remains committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops and barley, one acre at a time, by growing our own.

seasons greetings

seasons greetings from a couple of the craft breweries around:

beer cozies

my talented friend jackie knit bridget some beer cozies!
she made two different sizes even!  a small sleeve that fits a small bottle or a can
and a full cover that fits a small bottle or a 22oz one

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

beer geekery

tasting notes

from last week's beernesday at st. augustine's:

i began my night with a sampler
dead frog's christmas beeracle!  5%  a festive, rich, warm amber ale with a medley of spices including cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
cannery's no jail pale ale:  3.05% a lower-alcohol beer with an authentic ale taste!  a clean, crisp ale with a bright hop finish and about 40% less alcohol than conventional beer
salt spring's golden spike ale:  5%  voted "best golden ale" at the canadian brewing awards
paddock wood's london porter:  5.3%  a dark ale based on a recipe from 1850 which lets chocolate malt take the lead.  smoother than stout, but still holds a deep roast profile

i very much liked the christmas beeracle!
gingery goodness (reminiscent of the steamworks ginger from last spring)
and no vanilla!!
i would definitely have this one again
and i don't say that about many christmas or winter ales
bridget liked it a lot too!

the no jail was a little thin
very pale in colour and quite crisp
i didn't really find that hop finish they spoke of
you could definitely session this one
and what's not to like about a beer you can have one of and still drive afterward?
but i probably won't have it again

i've had the golden spike before, but didn't remember that until i tasted it
apparently i am not a golden ale fan because i really didn't like it
(neither did bridget)
i like a roastier malt

the london porter was fabulous
very light and refreshing for a dark beer
malty without cloying chocolate or espresso
i would definitely have this one again

next up for me was a bottle of the pyramid snow cap 2010:  7%  deep mahogany in colour, this full-bodied winter warmer is crafted with roasted chocolate and caramel malts, and is generously hopped

yup, its dark and the mahogany comes through in the light
quite clear
and no vanilla!
nicely malty, not too sweet
no over the top flavours
just good reliable maltiness

brooklyn brewery's penant ale '55:  5.1%  a classic english pal ale, brewed with the prized maris otter malt and fuggles, willamette and cascade hops.  maris otter is an old malt variety that yields an incomparable biscuity flavor.

lovely stuff this
the maris otter are a fine malt
this would make a great session beer
tasha is not a big fan - but it does make her want a hot dog!
i would prefer a bit more of a hop profile, but that's hardly a surprise
i'd have it again
i might especially like to have it at a ball game, hot dog or not!

anchor brewing company christmas ale 2010:  5.5%  aroma and flavours of figs, cherries, plums, vanilla, caramel malts, raisins, nutmeg and other winter spices.  medium-bodied with low carbonation and malty, spicy mouthfeel.

i didn't like last year's christmas ale, but this year's isn't bad
i don't love it, but its alright!
quite fruity, but not too sweet
and the vanilla isn't overwhelming
glad i tried it, but i won't have another

and finishing off my night, i had to go with the southern tier pale ale again - i love this stuff!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

beer geekery

remember this miller ad?
ha ha!

railway cask night

i made it to cask night at the railway last week
unprecedented - that's three in a row i think!
(won't be making it this week, i have a solstice party to host instead...)

the cask was driftwood's blackstone porter

three casks of this lively ale were brewed
one at camra's winterfest, this one at the railway
and the third will be tapped at st. augustine's tonight

i hear tell that the initial pour was all thick head, so think a straw wouldn't sink through it
(apparently they experimented!)
definitely still a very thick head when i got mine
the head lingered quite a while and was practically spongey to the touch
(yes, i experimented too!)

malty, not quite sweet, but something along those lines
quite murky
the sweetness is nicely balanced by the sour mash they tossed in there
lots of yeast at the bottom of the glass

i got a chance to talk to ian, the brewer of this fine cask
he thinks there was some secondary fermentation
he likes that there is some coffee coming out when the beer clears
he's the one who said it was a "lively" beer
with that kind of head, yup, lively is a good descriptor
ian is very pleased with this beer
and he likes the redesigned label on the bottles - the boots add a nice touch
he's not sure why the went with boots though!
the blackstone is available in bottles - $4.75 a piece

we also talked about the fat tug - which he reports has had its recipe tweaked a few times
its more balanced now
and its really doing quite well

he also suggests everyone try the old cellar dweller barleywine
you can lay that puppy down for up to five years apparently

we had a second pint of the cask
and then when it ran out they gave us the last pour for free
and its a good thing they did because it was not really drinkable
too much yeast and the head didn't dissipate even after half an hour!
we switched to the red racer esb to round out our evening

the final pour - check out that yeast!