Saturday, July 31, 2010

beer fact of the day

Craft Beer Locator Beer Fact of the Day: (Courtesy of Steve Parkes)

Hop resins, including the bitter acids, polyphenols and essential oils, contain several compounds beneficial to the health of men and women. Some of them survive the brewing process and remain in beer. Hop compounds provide a sedative action, and help relieve stress.

They may be effective at reducing hormone related cancers such as breast cancer and prostate cancer. They are useful in treating complaints related to menopause and menstrual issues. They may also be effective anti-oxidants in the blood reducing the precipitation of lipids. The antimicrobial action extends to effective antibiotic activity against certain pathogenic fungi, streptococcus, staphylococcus, herpes virus and malaria pathogens. In one study meat treated with xanthohumulol failed to produce cancer causing compounds upon cooking. Another showed the same compound to directly prevent and treat cancer tumors.

obviously we should drink more ipa!
more hops, more hops!

beware though:  one comment on facebook suggests that hops are very poisonous for dogs.

Friday, July 30, 2010

stella's snake bite

went to stella's on cambie street the other night
and because i'm not the biggest fan of the belgian beers, i had another snakebite concoction

i teamed the phillips ipa with strongbow
i was a little worried that the hops and cider would fight each other rather than compliment each other, but i needn't have worried - it was delicious!
the hops and the citrus were made for each other
it was refreshing and bracing and i wish i'd thought of it years ago!

so far, this is the leader in my ultimate snake bite search

Thursday, July 29, 2010

guest post

and now for the first guest post on my blog!

this one is from the lovely and talented amanda:

Swans Buckerfield's Brewery Berry Ale:

7%. Not extremely cloudy, unfiltered: contains malted barley, malted wheat, raspberries, hops and yeast. Brewed in Victoria, Vancouver Island. 

A mid amber colour or perhaps the colouring of the raspberries??? When poured, doesn't have the biggest head, light and bubbly and light in carbonation. At 7% the label doesn't lie when it says strong beer... But not too strong. Has a very berry hay taste at first.... 

Very light bodied and fresh on the palate. The raspberry flavour really kicks in as an after taste. Delightful and delish.... raspberries being my favourite of the berries, I find it quite the flavoursome treat! 

The hops are ever so slight, a pleasure to drink. One wee glass would be sufficient... Not a sessioner. I think the berry would become too over powering - more citrus notes are needed! 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

the province

from today's province newspaper (see the save on foods insert):

"Behold the best B.C. brews


One of the annual summer highlights from the Granville Island Brewery, the Raspberry Wheat Ale is once again available to consumers -- but only for a limited time. (Six weeks!)

The GIB Raspberry Wheat Ale is a combination of malt, water, hops, yeast and Fraser Valley raspberries that -- according to brew master Vern Lambourne -- is a "perfect compliment to a fruit-filled dessert, or perhaps a grilled chicken salad."

It should be noted that sales of the Raspberry Wheat Ale will aid a great cause -- 50 cents from every bottle sold goes toward the Weekend to End Women's Cancers. Visit gib. ca for more.


This ale is quickly becoming a favourite among music festival goers in British Columbia. Phillips' Big Time Kolsch was originally brewed for attendees of the Big Day Up festival (featuring Cat Empire and Daniel Wesley) and the Big Time Out festival (featuring K'Naan and Broken Social Scene) but after proving to be a hit on the concert tour, Phillips decided to make the ale available in stores.

You can get your hands on Big Time Kolsch by purchasing one of Phillips' Showcase Mixed Packs, available at various government and private liquor stores. To find out more, visit phillipsbeer. com


The Vernon-based brewery is celebrating 25 years in the beer game by rolling out this light, fragrant lager.

Okanagan Springs has spared no expense in creating a beer rich in colour and flavour -- the Hopped Lager brewing process involves the late addition of Saaz hops which gives the lager a full flavour and a remarkably clean taste. Because of that full flavour, the Hopped Lager is suggested to be paired with "robust" dishes -- cream-based soups, seafood, spicy chicken -- but would probably work well on its own, perhaps on a shaded patio. Visit okspring. com for more.

A refreshing lager with a lime aroma and hint of black pepper, this new release from the Aldergrove-based brewery has become a hit on the Canadian tasting circuit.

In May, the Pepper Lime Lager was voted the People's Choice Beer of Show at the Calgary Beerfest and received rave reviews at July's Canada Cup of Beer at Thunderbird Stadium.

You can get Pepper Lime Lager in individual six packs or as part of Dead Frog's Summer Mixer, available at most government and private liquor stores across the province.

To learn more about the lager, visit deadfrogbrewery. com.


A two-time medallist at the Canadian Brewing Awards, this India Pale Ale is regarded as one of the finest IPAs made from a craft brewery. It's got all the bold, rich flavour one would expect from a hearty IPA, yet finishes neat with a crisp aftertaste.

Hop Head is available in most retail liquor stores and can also be found online at treebeer. com

© Copyright (c) The Province


end of history good humour

just to show you the good humour of the brewdog fellas, check out Tom Scott's blog about creating bargain "end of history" beer and sending it to brewdog... that brewdog is proudly linking to on their blog:

good times!
good fun!
good beer!!

beer fact of the day

Craft Beer Locator Beer Fact of the Day:

Since it's been pointed out that "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" was never said by Ben Franklin, fewer sources for tee-shirts hawking this expression are available. Many breweries who quoted this to sell their tee shirts are offering a free swap-out for the customer to save face.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

quote of the day

"It just makes sense that our favorite social lubricant meshes so nicely with the online phenomenon known as social media.  Good-beer lovers knew this long before anyone ever heard of social media or websites like facebook and twitter."

Bryce Eddings
beeradvocate #41

rogue return

i went back to rogue the other night
and decided to revisit my all hops all the time sampler
just to see if anything had changed for me and my taste buds

however, they had replaced the dogfish 60 minute ipa with the pike place ipa, so it wasn't an exact replica of the original hop-off
it was still a wonderfully hoppy good time though!

i think i may like the pike place better than the tree
i say might, because the two beers pour exactly the same in the glass and i'm not altogether confident that my server knew for sure which was which
i believe the pike place had a maltier finish than the hophead, and i found that most satisfying

of course the central city esb and the rogue yellow snow ipa are delicious and delightful
and that night was no exception
i enjoyed them both thoroughly!

Monday, July 26, 2010


rogue - the vancouver kitchen and wet bar, not the oregon brewery!

i had the distinct pleasure of hanging out with my good buddies at rogue a couple of weeks ago - how time flies, i'm only now finding a moment to blog about it!

shhh, don't tell them at rogue, but their samplers are bigger and cheaper than st. augustine's!  keep that one under your hat - we don't want them to change anything!  4 four ounce tasters for 5.99!!!  and the promise that if you don't like your food, or don't think its worth the price they're charging, you don't have to pay that price, or any price, for it.  what a concept!

located right in waterfront station, its a large space divided into smaller sections to feel more intimate.  we keep sitting right by the bar, but i'm sure the other rooms are great too!

and they have a fabulous selection of taps.

not just beers on draught, but the pulls too!

local, imports, they've got plenty of both!

great decor, lovely bathrooms... and the food is fabulous!  you'll pay full price, happily!  this place is a winner!

we began with a pitcher of storm's highland scottish ale.  talk about local, storm brews this stuff right down the street from my house!  an old favourite of bridget's and mine, we started our night on a hearty note!

after the pitcher was done, i moved on to a sampler pack.  i decided to go with a head-to-head ipa/esb showdown:  central city's esb vs. tree's hop head ipa vs. dogfish's 60 minute ipa vs. rogue's (the brewery this time) yellow snow ipa.

good lord, i couldn't pick a favourite!  so much hoppy goodness!

the central city esb is a well-balanced little number - so well balanced even hop-hater amanda likes it!
["the label has a hot girl on a bike, but you get it on tap so you don't get to see her"]
the hop head is clear and bitter - is that a juniper nose?
["it's kind of a big deal.  google it.  no really, pull out your smart phone & google it.  it's won awards & stuff"]
the dogfish is clear, well-balanced and as i kept going back and forth between all four, seemed a little bland in comparison to the bitterness of the hop head and yellow snow - can you say session?
["the defacto session beer for hardcore hop heads!"]
the yellow snow is cloudy and hoppy and fruitily bitter
["write your name in this IPA you rogue you"]

bridget skipped the taster and just went for a pint of her favourite, crannog's back hand of god.
["ever felt the back hand of god?... it has a coffee cocoa presence."]

amanda decided to mix her sampler up a bit and not go with all fruity or wheaty beers.  she had her favourite pyramid audacious apricot ["pyramids = cool, apricots = tasty.  pyramids + apricots = audacious"], driftwood's white bark wheat ["quaffably orange... as it should be."] (and now for the mixing it up part) howe sound's honey pale ale ["brewed in recognition of the sea to sky regions highest peak"] and crannog's bogtrotter brown ale ["it doesn't taste how a bog smells... we promise!"].

amanda ended up preferring the pale ale over the wheat ale and wonders if this is a turning point in her palate?  she also liked the brown ale "quite nice, most def has the malt taste and the faint taste of molasses... with the nut aftertaste, perhaps for now only the taster" size, not a whole pint.

also among us that night was a non-beer drinker - anathema i know, but she's a good egg so we put up with her non-beer drinking ways.  she went for some of the cocktails, and let us all have sips.  the cougar juice is tasty, but not recommended for a pitcher - tooooo sweet.  the seductive sangria has more alcohol than the other jugs, but was sadly disappointing.  the satan's angel martini was tasty, but too sweet for a second one.  the wine gum martini was heavenly - so much lychee goodness!  that one could be dangerous cuz it goes down a little too well!

we all had an irish car bomb to end our sojourn at rogue - even non-beer drinking tamara.  yummy!  tamara would have even had another one - and wanted "mad props for that guinness man, and whiskey!"  i tell ya, hang out with us long enough, and we'll drive you to drink beer!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

beer geekery

and more proof that i am a big beer geek:  look what we saw on the way home from the canada cup of beer:

how much fun is that?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

craft brewed - take three

and more tasting from the canada cup of beer!

last year the efes guys gave me a t-shirt.  this year they were wearing the same ones, and offering token-free beer if you could toss your token into the cup.  we all came close, but had to part with our tokens in the end.
the guys were nice enough to let me have a half pour of each of the pilsner and the dark ale so that i could try them both on one token.  the pilsner is so refreshing and perfect for a hot day.  the dark was nicely malted. i'd like to find these at a local store some time to properly enjoy them.

russell brewing has come out with a fabulous summer concept - a citrus twist pack!  half lemon ale and half lime lager, its the perfect summertime mixer pack.  both flavours are well filtered, crisp and refreshing.  the lemon has more citrus flavour, but both are delightful.  we strongly suggest picking some up - everyone liked these babies!

then we made it over to the cariboo booth to try the honey lager brewed by the german brewer of natureland fame.  quite a drinkable beer.  that german guy is onto something!

after that the scotch drinkers enjoyed the innis & gunn and i had the tyskie.  both were enjoyed by their particular followers.

i ended my day with the howe sound bailout bitter.  its a very fine beer and i wanted to go out on a high note!

there were quite a few other breweries in attendance.  we skipped several of them because they didn't have beers on offer that we hadn't tried already.  like red truck (without the red truck this year, apparently it was there friday night, but had somewhere else to be on saturday), dead frog, okanagan springs, alexander keiths, central city, tree brewing, moosehead, hell's gate, bowen island, rickards...

Friday, July 23, 2010

timely brew dog news

brewdog has the strongest beer in the world again!
unfortunately the very limited run is already sold out, so i'll not be able to try this one...
and at over $700 a bottle, its not like it was all that likely anyway!

this via craftbeerlocator

and this from brewdog's blog:

"This 55% beer should be drank in small servings whilst exuding an endearing pseudo vigilance and reverence for Mr Stoat. This is to be enjoyed with a weather eye on the horizon for inflatable alcohol industry Nazis, judgemental washed up neo-prohibitionists or any grandiloquent, ostentatious foxes.

The End of History: The name derives from the famous work of philosopher Francis Fukuyama, this is to beer what democracy is to history. Fukuyama defined history as the evolution of the political system and traced this through the ages until we got the Western Democratic paradigm. For Fukuyama this was the end point of man’s political evolution and consequently the end of history. The beer is the last high abv beer we are going to brew, the end point of our research into how far the can push the boundaries of extreme brewing, the end of beer.

At BrewDog we want to push the boundaries and challenge people’s perceptions about what beer is and how it can be enjoyed. We ultimately want to show people that there is an alternative to the mainstream, generic beers and make other people as passionate about craft beer as we are. We have pushed the limits of beers in many directions, ultra hoppy low abv beers (such as Nanny State), Islay Barrel Aged Stouts, Ageing IPAs on the Ocean and doing off the wall collaborations.

Another area we have explored is extreme ABV brewing. Using clowns, penguins and polar bears we have frozen, hopped and oak aged stronger beers than have ever before been made in the history of beer. This program has parented the infamous Tokyo*, Tactical Nuclear Penguin and Sink the Bismarck! The End of History, at 55%, is the final instalment of our efforts to redefine the limits of contemporary brewing.

This blond Belgian ale is infused with nettles from the Scottish Highlands and Fresh juniper berries. Only 12 bottles have been made and each comes with its own certificate and is presented in a stuffed stoat or grey squirrel. The striking packaging was created by a very talented taxidermist and all the animals used were road kill. This release is a limited run of 11 bottles, 7 stoats and 4 grey squirrels. Each ones comes with its own certificate of authenticity.

In true BrewDog fashion we've torn up convention, blurred distinctions and pushed brewing and beer packaging to its absolute limits. This beer is an audacious blend of eccentricity, artistry and rebellion; changing the general perception of beer one stuffed animal at a time.

The impact of The End of History is a perfect conceptual marriage between art, taxidermy and craft brewing. The bottles are at once beautiful and disturbing – they disrupt conventions and break taboos, just like the beer they hold within them."

Thursday, July 22, 2010

tactical nuclear penguin

oh brewdog!  what a fabulous thing it is that you went above and beyond and brewed the 32% tactical nuclear penguin!

oh firefly!  what a fabulous thing it was to do to let a group of us taste the precious nectar that is the tactical nuclear penguin!

at 32% its just dandy to share a bottle of the tnp between 13 people!  especially with a $94.75 price tag per bottle!

what to say about the once-strongest beer in the world?  well, it looks and smells like sherry in the glass.  there's no carbonation and its mighty thick stuff.  a very boozy nose with definite flavour pulled from the oak barrels it aged in.  the first sip is straight booze.  on the second the chocolate notes come through.  it would make a great aperitif or dessert wine.  but make no mistake - its a beer.

did i like it?  yes i did.
would i buy a bottle?  probably not.  its outrageously (although justifiably) expensive and i'd want to share it between several people again.  there's no way i'd want the whole bottle to myself!
am i glad i got to taste it?
omg!  it was a beer geek dream come true!!
and this is how i know i truly am a big ole beer geek...

damned 32% though... i meant to bring the bottle home and add it to my beer geekery collection, but i got a little tipsy at the tasting and totally forgot.  thank dog i got me some photos though!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

craft brewed - take two

jumping back to the canada cup of beer...

just to be different, jack daniels had a booth at the beer festival - pushing their new jack daniels pre-mixed drinks.  they had a jack and lemonade mix and a jack and cola mix.  i tried the jack and lemonade.  whoa!  definitely taste the jack!  they were only giving away 2oz pours, which judging by the boozy taste was probably a very smart thing!  they were also giving away drink cozies to anyone who parted with a token, and jack daniels hats by donation.  i got me a cozy!

next up we hit the booth offering imports dab and estrella.  the rep gave me a big long spiel about the estrella, the only beer brewed (by a chef no less) with the intention of making the perfect food paired libation.  its 70% lager, 30% unfiltered wheat, with notes of coriander, licorice and citrus.  you serve it chilled in a wine glass.  "Pronounced intensity with a complex aroma.  Very fruity and floral on the nose, leaving a sensation of fresh yeast and sweet spices.  The palate it is delicately carbonic, with a fresh and creamy texture and a soft full body.  Finish is long and mild."

definitely tasted the yeast, the coriander, the licorice and the citrus.  very drinkable.  a bit too much of the yeast for me to be interested in buying myself a bottle.

everyone else had the dab:  "Pale amber colour.  White, creamy mousse with floral, pear, spicy hops and light earthy, cooked rice notes.  Dry, light, fresh, slightly bitter entry with light malty, earthy, hops flavours.  Simple, refreshing style for an easy drink anytime."  yup, that about covers everyone's opinion of the dab.

next up we were coveting the barefoot wines swag bags, so off we trotted to get us some.  but it wasn't just about getting pretty purple grocery bags.  oh no!  they had a pinot grigio bubbly!  i love me some bubbles, so i had that.  deeeelicious!  definitely something i'd buy at the wine store.  bridget and amanda had the zinfindel. they found it had cherry and strawberry flavours, and was not too sweet.

anchor brewing out of san francisco was there again this year!  and this year they brought the swag with them - and boy did i ever score!  can't wait to put my new tin posters up on the wall and drink out of my new anchor steam glass!

everyone loved their steam!  and i vote anchor the best swag of the festival!



review and photos to come
but i just had to shout from the rooftops that i got to try it!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

folk festival

i love the vancouver folk music festival!
it is consistently the most amazingly well run event i have had the pleasure of attending.
major kudos to all involved!

last year they introduced a beer garden to the festival.
on principle i did not venture in to said beer garden last year.  i still don't think that a beer garden has a place at a beautiful family event like folkfest, but since having it there did not in any way take away from the festival being my happy place, i thought i'd get off my high horse and give it a try this year.

sponsored by big rock brewery, the offerings were cider, traditional ale, grasshopper wheat and lime.
not being the biggest fan of the big rock product, and it being a fabulously hot sunny afternoon, i decided to explore another snake bite mix.
i paired the traditional ale with the cider.
and it was delicious!
perfect for a hot summer's day.  refreshing, sparkling, not too sweet... it hit the spot!
i extolled its virtues so highly, most of my friends ended up ordering it as well, and liking it.
its a snake bite revolution!

would i have that mix again?
probably not if there were other products on offer
but definitely will have it again next year at the folk festival

beer festival survival guide

check out craft beer locator's blog for a great beer festival survival guide!

Monday, July 19, 2010

la table commune

firefly on cambie has introduced a series of tasting seminars they are calling "la table commune"
basically these are tastings for up to 12 people, hosted by firefly staff, and held at a long table where everyone sits and tastes and talks together - you know, a communal table!

i attended one on june 29th - women's introduction to beer
and have bought my ticket to another to be held on july 20th - introduction to craft beer

among our beers tasted, and in no particular order as compared to the order of tasting, were Fat Cat Brewery's Old Bad Cat barleywine, R&B's Dark Star oatmeal stout, Cannery Brewing's Naramata brown ale, Morte Subite framboise, Anderson Valley's IPA, Duchy Originals ale... and Kokanee.
i'd had the r&b oatmeal before, and am quite a fan
i'd also had the cannery naramata brown, and like it as well
the rest were new to me
loved, loved, loved the anderson valley ipa, was surprised to really enjoy the mort subite as i'm not usually a fruity person
i am not a barleywine fan.  good to know.  i managed to finish my sample of the old bad cat, which was more than pretty much everyone else in the tasting.  i found that once you got past the cat pee nose, it was a very interesting little tipple.
the one i was actually least fond of was the duchy ale.  i found it way too sour yeasty for my liking.  everyone else there enjoyed it though, so i'm definitely a minority of one on that one!

also included was a show and tell of malts and hops.  i love the smell of hops!  eating-wise, i'm much happier munching on the barley - not the dark roast, just the light one for me please.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

pumpkin home brew

next up in the beers paul has home-brewed and let us try is his pumpkin ale.

originally brewed after pumpkin harvest time, it was just too young to drink then.  now though, it has aged to a very drinkable little number.

its cloudy with lots of sediment, not suprisingly.  subtle pumpkin nose with a large head and good carbonation.  its a darned tasty beer.

for me, its just too yeasty to make it something i could drink more than one of at a time, but i was quite happy to settle in with my one!

most noble home brew effort!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

ipas i must try

adding to my ever-growing list of ipas i must try:

samuel adams latitude 48  (5.8%)

eel river ipa (7.2%)

uinta brewing co.'s detour double ipa (9.5%)

shipyard brewing co.'s xxxx ipa (9.25%)

upslope brewing co.'s ipa (7.2%)

hopworks urban brewery's ace of spades (9.2%)

midtfyns bryghus's ipa (7.3%)

deschutes' hop in the dark (india dark ale) (6.5%)

and other styles:

strangford lough brewing co.'s st. patrick's best ale (english bitter) (4.2%)

sweetwater brewing co.'s happy ending (imperial stout) (9%)

yakima craft brewing co.'s stout (6.3%)

boulevard brewing co.'s dark truth stout (9.7%)

Friday, July 16, 2010

snake bite

on my quest for the ultimate snake bite, i tried a strongbow and stanley park amber mixture the other night.

i'm quite delighted by the ale's ability to jump into the lager's place and make a fabulous drink!
less sweet than the usual snake bite, this one had plenty of cidery and beery goodness.  i had a second!

beer fact of the day

Craft Beer Locator Beer Fact of the Day:

Commissioned by Sir Hugh Beaver, then the managing director of the Guinness Breweries,The Guinness Book of Records was published in August 1954. One thousand copies were printed and given away. In 1979, they listed 190-proof Everclear as “the most alcoholic drink.” Ironically, Guinness has since banned all alcohol-related entries from the book.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

craft brewed - take one

and now for the low-down on the beers i sampled at the canada cup of beer:

we began with the steamwhistle pilsner, which was a hit with everyone.  perfect beer for a hot day.  and darned friendly servers to boot.  we can see why they've taken ontario by storm.  (cindy thinks you could mix this with lemonade for even more refreshment)

next up was samuel adams.  on offer was the summer ale and the boston lager.  the lager was a lovely dark lager, quite tasty.  i found the summer ale to be much like russell's lemon, which i like for its lack of yeasty cloudiness, so i was a fan of this as well.  everyone else loves the fruity beers, so they very much enjoyed the summer ale.

on to natureland, the first organic brewers in canada, who just got themselves a genuine german brewmaster (who's the same guy responsible for cariboo's honey).  the nice server let us try all three of his available brews (in smaller pours) for a single token - fabulous way to get us to try all three!  only 2,000 flats of the hefeweisen were brewed, so if you wanna try it, you'd better find it fast!  it's bottle conditioned so its mighty cloudy and yeasty.  it was refreshing, as were the lager and the amber.  they're just so effervescent.  not my favourites, but everybody enjoyed them.

next up was vancouver island brewing where we sampled the honey brown, the dark lager, the pale ale and the amber ale.  i tried sips of everyone else's choices.  i particularly enjoy the dark lager which is pretty much a refreshing stout.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

canada cup of beer 2010

ay, karumba!
saturday kicked me in the ass.  i blame the sudden onset of summer because i certainly did not drink to excess, yet somehow i ended up with heat exhaustion after the canada cup of beer.  not pretty.
good thing i enjoyed myself at the cup and got to sample many a lovely beer first.

+ lots of fabulous craft brewed beers on offer
+ port-a-potty numbers and cleanliness
++ having hidden lounge there offering vegetarian food

+ yelp! offering sunscreen to attendees
- drunken boys making homophobic remarks
- same drunken boys giving the servers a hard time about 2 oz pours
+ some of the servers offering to let you try each of their offerings for a single token (in smaller pours)
+ band playing polka music

+ the weather
- plastic wine glasses instead of the usual little beer steins

+ swag!!
+ good times with good friends!
+ have i mentioned the great beer?

and my vote for the best booth goes to alexander keith's for making a whole experience out of their tent!

best bar still goes to howe sound

beer fact of the day

Craft Beer Locator Beer Fact of the Day:

Wiki estimates 1,500 gallons of beer is consumed during a major league baseball game. Multiple that by 2,430 games each year and you've poured 3,645,000 gallons of beer. This does not count playoffs or World Series or beer consumption at home from fans watching the game on TV.

i wonder how much gets poured at bc lions games...  hopefully more this week than last when they add more taps at empire stadium to feed the thirsty football masses!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

beer and cheese

oooh, beer and cheese is a better pairing than wine and cheese!  yay!

from rogue's wire service:

"Portland, OR, July 6, 2010 -- Fred Eckhardt, author of "The Essentials of Beer Style," says that the combination of wine and cheese leads to a "train wreck in the mouth." On July 20, Eckhardt will make the case that beer is the superior pairing with cheese at the 19th Annual Beer & Cheese tasting event at the Rogue Public House and Distillery in Portland's Pearl District.

During the event, Eckhardt will lead participants through a decadent multi-course tasting featuring predominantly Oregon hand-crafted beers and cheeses. Eckhardt's Beer & Cheese tasting is part of Oregon Craft Beer Month and the perfect prelude to the Oregon Brewers Festival, which begins on July 22."

Monday, July 12, 2010

rogue's 21st brew for the oregon brewers fest

from rogue's wire service:

21 Beers for 21 Years

Portland, OR, June 21, 2010 -- Rogue Brewmaster John Maier has brewed 21 different beers for the 21 years of the Oregon Brewers Fest. To honor the OBF and John's "21er", John brewed a one-time batch of an Olde Ale, called 21 Ale.

21 Ale will be available in black ceramic 750ml bottles in limited quantities and 21 kegs of 21 Ale will be celebrated by 21 of the Rogue Nation's most loyal, long time beer emporiums across the country.

To kick off 21 Ale, a premier pour event will be held at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland on July 21st.

The list of beers John has made for OBF is below, although there are two "mystery" years that we cannot remember. The Rogue Nation Historian is offering 4 bottles of 21 Ale and 427 Hopoes (the official currency of the Rogue Nation) to anyone that can tell us which beers we poured at OBF in 1992 and 1993.

21 Ale is dedicated to Art Larrance and Teddy Peetz, the founders of the Oregon Brewers Festival.

21 Ale is brewed with 14 ingredients: 2 Row, Briess Amber, C-40, Wyermann Carafa & Rogue Farms RiskTM Malt; Willamette, US Goldings & Rogue Farms Revolution Hops; Simpsons Golden Naked Oats; Franco-Belges Carawheat; Molasses, Brewer's Licorice, Wyeast Old Ale Blend Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

Rogue remains committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops and barley, one acre at a time, by growing our own.

For more info contact: Jennifer Anderson
(503) 241-3800 or

Sunday, July 11, 2010

31 things to do with beer besides drink it

from Men's Health:

31 things to do with beer besides drink it:

1.  Bathe in it
2.  Put out a fire
3.  Marinate meat
4.  Polish pots
5.  Make beer BBQ sauce
6.  Shampoo hair
7.  Loosen rusty bolts
8.  Clear up brown spots on your lawn
9.  Steam clams or mussels
10.  Pass a kidney stone
11.  Boil shrimp
12.  Kill slugs
13.  Find due North
14.  Soothe tired feet
15.  Make a beer slide
16.  Lower blood pressure
17.  Trick a cheap landlord
18.  Bake beer bread
19.  Catch mice
20.  Tie a fly
21.  Cure insomnia
22.  Massage yourself
23.  Calm an upset stomach
24.  Build your next home
25.  Cook rice
26.  Stop snoring
27.  Build a plane
28.  Roast chicken
29.  Ice a hamstring
30.  Tame wild hair
31.  Scale fish

instructions are included on the website, as are recipes.

some of these are just plain silly, some would waste far too much beer to be practical, some could be done with other substances than beer, but some are pretty interesting!

Saturday, July 10, 2010


paul's irish red ale

thank f'ing christ that we have friends who not only home brew, but willingly part with a bottle or two for us to try.  they rock!

last night's tipple was fabulously red, nicely heady, not too sedimenty and quite effervescent.
quite drinkable.

for me though, i can't handle the live yeast.  i just can't.
its there, every sip.  if it weren't for it, this would be an amazing session beer for me...
damn, i hate not being able to handle the yeast!

Friday, July 9, 2010

bottled beer

rather than sampling too many beers in one night, tippling at st. augustine's the other night featured a few bottle or pint choices after a single sampler each.

the thought was to try four beers we weren't sure we'd want a whole pint of, or were already in love with.  then follow those with choices we were sure we'd want a whole pint (or bottle) of.  and it turned out to be a sound plan!

alison was the smartest about this method - she got them to let her have a sip of her choices first, then ordered the pints.  she had the r&b red devil ale and the tin whistle killer bee dark honey ale.  she's in love with both of these so much that she went to the beer store last night to buy herself bottles for home!  of the red devil she said:  "nice hop - really not sweet... great depth.  keeps on going."  of the killer bee she said "i'm a killer bee!" (yes, we were a bit tipsy by this point in the evening) and inspired by the mohammed ali documentary on the screen above her head, i replied "float like a nut brown, sting like a honey bee", which sounded far wittier at the time!  seriously though, i found my sips of the killer bee to taste like a nut brown ale with a bit of honey flavour.

r&b's website says:  "R&B’s Red Devil Pale Ale is an English-style pale ale with a coppery red hue. Not to be confused with typical red and amber ales, Red Devil is crafted with the palate and bouquet in mind. A mix of 2-Row and C-75 malts are accentuated by the addition of Crystal, Fuggles, and Whitbread Goldings hops at three different stages in the brewing process. In keeping with English tradition, this little devil has a hoppy floral aroma and malty sweetness, which are followed by a slightly dry and very refreshing finish. The perfect companion to a game of footy down at the local pub. (28 IBU, 5.2% alc/vol) Available in bottles.

Silver – 2007 Canadian Brewing Awards
Bronze – 1008 Taste of B.C.
Silver – 2009 Taste of B.C."

for her pints bridget had her favourite backhand of god stout by crannog, and then let me talk her into trying a bottle of anderson valley's barney flats oatmeal stout.  i didn't take any notes of her impressions, and i know i tried the barney flats, but can't actually remember what i thought of it!  doh!  in trying to avoid sampling too many beers in one night by switching to bottles, i forgot to take into account that i was going to at least take a sip of everyone else's choices and i can't properly distinguish my memories of all the tasty mouthfuls.  must take better notes! 

after enjoying the anderson valley ipa at a tasting, i decided that my first bottle at st. augustine's was going to be their boont esb.  st. augustine's says:  "6.8% The abundant hopping in this four-time gold medal winner creates arousing aromatics, accompanied by pleasantly bitter bite.  Boont Extra Special Beer is deep gold in colour, with a spicy hop aroma."  yup, i agree.  after a violent pour, it took quite a while for the head to simmer down enough to drink it.  lovely hop nose and bitter finish.  i'd definitely buy this one again.

my next choice was bear republic racer 5 ipa - the one that they sued central city over.  but st. augustine's was out of it, so that will have to remain on my list to try another time.  instead i went with their hop rod rye. st. augustine's says:  "8.0% A high gravity IPA brewed with 18% rye malt, Hop Rod Rye has a floral hop aroma and subtle caramel notes with a slightly earthy and spicy rye character."  yup, true, true.  i enjoyed the play of hops and rye.  i want to try this one again when its the first beer of the day and not the last in a long line.  i think there's a lot there to appreciate.

from the anderson valley website:

"Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout Takes Bronze at World Beer Cup® in Chicago
AVBC’s already award-winning Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout took the Bronze Medal at the 2010 World Beer Cup® in Chicago. Entered in Category Number 63 -Oatmeal Stout, Barney Flats beat 31 other entrants to take home a medal. The beer was taken directly from the packaging line. It’s the same beer that can be found in your 6 pack at home which is not just shy sluggin’ gorms neemer.

For more information on the World Beer Cup® and this year’s winners, visit"

Boont ESB:  "The abundant hopping in this four-time gold medal winner, creates arousing aromatics, accompanied by a pleasantly bitter bite. Boont Extra Special Beer is deep gold in color, with a spicy hop aroma. Starts with a big, malty backbone and finishes with a refreshingly bitter bite. Boont Extra Special Beer is excellent alone or as an accompaniment to your favorite well-seasoned meals (such as Mexican, Korean, Chinese, Indian, or Thai, cuisine).

Boont ESB was named the Regional Champion in the 2003 US Beer Tasting Championships, in the Bitter/ESB category, has won two Gold Medals at the Great American Beer Festival, and has several other medals, as well.

As with all of our products, Boont ESB is never sterile filtered nor heat pasteurized, and should be stored in refrigeration. However, to fully enjoy its rich and complex flavor, it should be served between 40° and 45°F.  6.8 % Alcohol by Volume.  61 IBU.  “It’s aplenty bahl steinber horn.”"