Saturday, December 31, 2011

a look back at craft beer 2011 traipses back through the highlights of craft beer in 2011
it was a damned fine year for craft beer
here's to 2012 bringing us even more of a market share
and more wonderfully innovative brews!

Friday, December 30, 2011

top ten craft brew themes of 2011

washington times delivers their top ten craft brew themes of 2011
buh bye 2011!

camra vancouver

from the camra vancouver newsletter:

Hello everyone,

2011 is coming to a close in a few days, but what a great year it's been for craft beer and real ale in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland! More and more liquor stores, pubs, and restaurants are beginning to carry a wide selection of craft beer, and it's even creating quite the buzz in the mainstream. It's not just beer bloggers typing away about the great beers in BC because we saw business magazines, to major newspapers, etc publish plenty of articles about the local craft beer scene. Vancouver Craft Beer Week was jam packed with events this year, and we even had BC Craft Beer Month! Last but not least there's been some great collaborations between brewers and breweries as well.
As far as real ale goes, this year we saw more establishments on board with the weekly/monthly cask program. But what's really exciting is that we now have 6 different restaurants that serve real ale on a daily basis! This year The Whip, both Biercraft locations, and The Cascade Room hooked up a cask engine. It seems like as the craft beer scene began to establish itself, the future for real ale in Vancouver began to look quite promising. There were plenty of cask festivals this year, and for a lot of us, they were the most memorable moments of 2011.
2011 was a fantastic year, and 2012 is looking even brighter by the way things are coming along. We have new breweries expecting to open up in the new year, as well as craft beer forward pubs and liquor stores. We will definitely keep you posted about that.
As for CAMRA Vancouver, it was also a very good year for us, and we now have 558 members! Our goals are still the same however our approach will be a little different next year focusing more on education. Members make sure to keep Sunday January 22nd free, and join us at Smiley's Public House for the CAMRA Vancouver AGM! Have you RSVP'd yet?
Just a reminder that on New Year's eve The New Oxford and Central City Brewing will have casks at their celebration. Also, Pumphouse Pub and Beerthirst will be hosting a 7 course beer dinner.
As always, please drink responsibly, know your limit, plan ahead, and don't drink and drive.
Leo Nomoto
Editor, CAMRA Vancouver

Sunday, December 25, 2011

beer geekery

happy appropriated religious holiday day!

the oatmeal, on beer

bob & doug mckenzie


(Rick Moranis / Dave Thomas)
Bob & Doug McKenzie

Bob: Okay, good day. This is the Christmas part of the album, you can play this at your Christmas parties, uh, or to yourself on Christmas Eve if there is nothing else to do.

Doug: Good day, eh? In case you thought, like, I wasn't on this part.

Bob: Oh, I guarantee ya, you'd be on.

Doug: Okay, uh, this is our Christmas song, in case ya don't know what to get someone for Christmas.

Doug: There's lots of ideas in here, so listen, and don't get stuck. By the way, that's me on the organ.

Bob: Okay, jeez.

Doug: You start.

Bob: Okay ...

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
~ Beer

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
~ 2 turtlenecks
~ and a beer

Bob: 'K ...

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
~ 3 french toast
~ 2 turtlenecks
~ and beer

Doug: ... 'K, that should be more there.

Bob: Where?

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
~ 4 pounds of back bacon
~ 3 french toast
~ 2 turtlenecks
~ and beer ... ii-in a tree

Bob: Oh.

Doug: See? Ya need more.

Bob: Yeah.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
~ 4 pounds of back bacon
~ 3 french toast
~ 2 turtlenecks
~ and beer ... in a tree

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
~ 6 packs of two-four

~ Bob: Beauty.

~ 4 pounds of back bacon
~ 3 french toast
~ 2 turtlenecks
~ and beer in a tree

Bob: Okay.

Doug: Okay?

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
~ 7 packs of smokes

~ Doug: Nice gift. Oh ...

~ 6 packs of two-four
~ 4 pounds of back bacon
~ 3 french toast
~ 2 turtlenecks
~ and beer ... in a tree

Bob: Ah man, I keep forgettin'.

Doug: Whew! This should be just the two days of Christmas. It's too hard for us!

Bob: Um ...

Doug: Go, hoser.

Bob: Oh!

On the eigth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
~ 8 comic books
~ 7 packs of smokes
~ 6 packs of two-four
~ 4 pounds of back bacon
~ 3 french toast
~ 2 turtlenecks
~ and beer on my ...

Bob: Wow, that beer's empty. Okay, day ...

Angelic Chorus: TWELVE!

Bob: Ahh, twelve.

Doug: Good day, and welcome to day twelve.

Bob: Yeah.

~ 4 pounds of back bacon
~ 3 french toast
~ 2 turtlenecks
~ and be-ee-er in a tree-ee-ee

Doug: Where did you learn to do that?

Bob: Uh, albums.

Doug: Go'on. So, like, that's our song. Merry Christmas ...

Bob: Merry Christmas!

Doug: ... and good day.

Bob: Good day everybody.

Friday, December 23, 2011


new belgium has an idea or two about what you should do with a fresh-hopped ipa

labatts tequila

the onion has made me snort liquid out of my nose again!
and because of the reference to labatts tequila, the article qualifies as beer-related and therefore totally legit to post here!!!
oh happy day!
and oh how i wish there really was a canada mexico overpass!

last minute gifts

last minute gift ideas from the lovely folks at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Time for Merrymaking! In no particular order, we present our favourite gifts for the twelve days of Christmas:

3. Everyone Loves Champagne: A bottle of Champagne being popped is reason enough to celebrate. Our favourites: Lallier Blanc de Blanc ($99.95), Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Bouzy ($71.65), and Dom Perignon Andy Warhol Collection ($250).
2. For Wine Lovers: A case of wine personally selected by you for the recipient. Our staff can help you pick a well-rounded selection within your budget and we will even deliver! (12-bottle handmade wooden wine box $50, delivery within Vancouver from $10)
1. The Oldest Scotch in the Province! ($8,895): The Glenlivet 70 year old has arrived at Legacy. Distilled on the 3rd of February 1940, and aged in a first fill sherry butt. This is quite literally one of the most extraordinary creations we have ever witnessed!
~The Legacy Team

Thursday, December 22, 2011

fatali four

upright brewing's fatali four should be winding its way to bc shortly!
i must admit, i have not tried it before as it uses brett yeast
and me, i'm just not able to do the brett...


who whoulda thought that the newly wed and nearly dead would be such big craft brew folks??
not i
but i'm sure glad they are, cuz victoria is close to vancouver
so ergo, i benefit!

globe and mail on the southern vancouver island craft beer scene

nice shout outs to moon under water, vancouver island brewing and phillips
driftwood and spinnakers at least get a mention!


after some mix up about which campagnolo we were going to
(the original on main street or the new roma on east hastings)
we ended up at the original for a friend's birthday the other night

o.m.g. - the food is wonderful!
i had the crispy ceci salad to start - flash fried chick peas - genius!
i was totally in heaven!
and the risotto as a main
i wasn't wild about the hazelnuts in my squashy cheesy risotto, but otherwise it was heaven as well
i shared both the salad and the risotto and found that to be the perfect amount of food
others at my table had the pizzas which looked fabulous and tasted like real italian pizza,
and the salumi platter, which they say was delicious

beer-wise the choices are quite limited
they do have r&b by the bottle and the tap though (bohemian lager and eponymous ale)
i would like to see a larger beer menu as their wine list is a good size

unfortunately the service was not amazing
it took an hour for our food to arrive
there was a private party in the back lounge but we were not advised of this fact when ordering
only when the wait for our food had become intolerable and we looked about to fade away did our server mention that fact
she did take 15% off our mains to try to make amends
i was not totally appeased
but i am kind of a jerk...

i would totally go back again
the food was just too good to let little things like bad service and too small beer menu turn me off forever
will i go back there tomorrow?
nah, there are plenty of other places with awesome food who have better beer lists!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


i am not a big fan of earl's restaurants
they just aren't my scene, you know?
and there are so many other great indie places to plunk my hard earned dollars in vancouver...

but occasionally i find myself being a sheep and following the herd to an earl's
last night was one of those times
work holiday lunch ended around 5
and of course that just meant we needed more to drink

to their credit, the hostess did tell us they could only accomodate our party of 20 for about an hour and a half before they needed the table space for reservations
sure, fine, whatever
and yay for me, they had howe sound devil's elbow and pumpkineater on tap
so i didn't have to settle for the mediocre in house albino rhino beer
the dynamite roll was darned delicious too
so far, so good

however, when the manager comes over all in a huff to nastily chide us like we are little children for staying past the time we were to leave i get a really bad taste in my mouth
perhaps you could have spoken to our server and had her remind us we needed to leave rather than offering us another round
perhaps you could have come over politely yourself to give us a half hour warning
perhaps you should seek employment in another field

it will be a long time before i consider darkening the doorway of another earl's restaurant
i only have so many dollars set aside for eating and drinking out
why would i use them at a generic chain who treat me like i'm an intrusion?

happy anniversary yaletown brewing!

YBC Yaletown Brewing Company

Today, December 21st is Yaletown Brewing Companies 17th anniversary! Thank you for your continued support over all these years! to celebrate today we have a couple of special little treats up our sleeve, so come on by for a fresh beer and a small suprise :) DRINK FRESH BEER!

pike brewing

still looking for beer-related gifts?
pike brewing has some ideas for you

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

21st amendment visits 21st amendment

parallel 49 brewery

new brewery to open in my 'hood!!!
check out the urbandiner article about the soon-to-launch parallel 49 brewery

cannot wait!!!

taps magazine advent calendar

i wish i had seen this earlier, i might have joined in!
taps magazine beer advent calendar:

Dec 5 - Dead Frog Christmas Beeracle
Dec 6 - Black Oak Nutcracker Porter
Dec 7 - McAuslan St. Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout
Dec 8 - Great Lakes Winter Ale
Dec 9 - Wild Rose Cherry Porter
Dec 10 - Muskoka Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout - Winter Beard
Dec 11 - Microbrasserie Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Triple
Dec 12 - Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel
Dec 13 - Garrison Baltic Porter
Dec 14 - Propeller Russian Imperial Stout
Dec 15 - Beau's All Natural Bog Water
Dec 16 - Granite Brewery Gin Lane Barley Wine
Dec 17 - Pump House Scotch Ale
Dec 18 - Phillips Trainwreck Barley Wine
Dec 19 - Vancouver Island Dough Head
Dec 20 - Picaroon's Winter Warmer

Monday, December 19, 2011


the brewdog boys made it to forbes' 30 under 30 wine and food category

christmas keggers

can i just tell you what a lucky gal i am?
i went to not one but two christmas keggers on saturday!
i love being a beer geek and knowing other beer geeks!

the first party featured r&b's esb
the second storm's scottish ale


Saturday, December 17, 2011

beer recipe

yes please!
i want this, who's gonna make it for me???
spicy shrimp - delicious
add new belgium ranger ipa?  its gotta be ambrosia!
ranger ipa shrimp dish

Friday, December 16, 2011

deschutes new beer

i was told the other night that deschutes is coming out with a new beer in march
not a seasonal, a new staple beer
now, i was drinking at the time...
but i recall being told it was going to be a wheat ipa
i think...

don't you feel well informed now?

shaking up the industry

the globe and mail's report on business reports on 12 craft brewers shaking up the canadian beer industry
including driftwood, flying monkeys and dieu du ciel

free tastings at legacy

too late for yesterday's free beer tasting
(which was krombaucher pils and dark)
here's the word from legacy liquor store in vancouver listing their upcoming free tastings:


Friday 4 to 8 pm Dec 16, 2011
Kuchh Nai's full bodied aroma, blended with sweet Highland heather influences, lingers long on the palate, instantly displaying the whisky's fine heritage to the most discerning Scotch enthusiast In its purest form its nose is rich and rounded with good whisky identity and well-integrated aromatics.

Saturday, 2 to 6 pm Dec 17, 2011
ChocoVine Original, the best seller. Also! Legacy now has the Raspberry and Espresso flavour - exclusive to us!

Sunday, 2 to 6 pm Dec 18, 2011
All-natural Colombian Coffee Rum is imported from a family business that has been making rum for over 25 years.
Monday, 4 to 7 pm Dec 19, 2011
We will be sampling the Stoneboat Pinotage, Stoneboat Chorus, Calliope Sauv Blanc and Calliope Fig 8.

Wednesday, 4 to 7 pm Dec 21, 2011
Sample the yummy Prosecco`s from Adami - the Bosco di Gica, Dei Casel, Vigneto Giardino & Cartizze. Each Prosecco is DOCG and makes for excellent toasting sparkling.

gift ideas

and the next instalment of legacy liquor store's 12 gift ideas:

Time for Merrymaking! In no particular order, we present our favourite gifts for the twelve days of Christmas:
6. Glenfarclas Family Casks, Vintages 1952 to 1994 ($339.95 to $2195.95): How about a scotch from their birth year? The Glenfarclas Family Casks, a unique collection of the best single casks from the distillery's warehouse, is available exclusively at Legacy. We have a cask from every vintage dating back to 1952, all the way up to1994.

5. Riedel Gift Pack ($148.50): Beautiful crystal glassware from leading glassware producer, the Riedel Gift Pack includes: the XL Vinum Mixer, which includes a Chablis, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc glass. An outstanding value for crystal glassware.

4. Tickets to see Jim Murray ($125/ticket): Internationally recognized as probably the leading commentator on all of the world's whiskies, Whisky Bible author Jim Murray hosts a Whisky Seminar at Legacy on Monday, January 26. *Four tickets per person, no held tickets. Purchase only online and in store, no phone in purchases* 32 tickets available.
~The Legacy Team

Thursday, December 15, 2011


i began beernesday last night with two martinis
i love the holiday season!

anyway, after my after-work-schmoozey-do i dutifully headed off to st. augustine's to imbibe in craft beer
i love craft beer!

lagunitas sucks holiday ale - 7.9%  a "cereal medley" of barley, rye, wheat and oats.  full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 7.85% abv, then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor
i love when they joyously dry-hop my beer!
and i am in love with this beer - so much hoppy goodness, so many grains - i may have found my new breakfast of champions...
seriously, loved it so much i had to have a whole pint after my taster

tree spiced reserve ale - 7.5%  brewed using a special blend of brewer's spices
special indeed!
no vanilla in sight, just subtle spices all blending nicely on the tongue
this is the tree winter ale i will choose to drink from now on
(no vertical vanilla for me!)

rogue yellow snow ipa - 6.2%  pale golden in color with a hoppy fruity aroma.  big hop flavor up front complemented by medium body and hoppyness mid-pallet (sic).  finishes with a characteristic lingering bitterness
maybe it was the companionship of fuller-bodied maltier ales, but i found the yellow snow less satisfying than in years past
will have to try this one again!

hopworks organic abominable winter ale - 7.3%  made with cascade, centennial and simcoe hops and six organic malts. has complex floral, spicy and citrus hoppiness backed up by just the right amount of malt sweetness.
i really love this winter ale
so hoppy, so malty, so perfect!
if only i could pronounce it after having one...

casks tonight and party tomorrow

from camra vancouver:

Tonight is Sunset Grill's first weekly cask! They've got a cask of Driftwood Brewery Blackstone Porter. 6pm.

Thursday means Yaletown Brewing is Making It Real (Ale). They will tap a cask of BRick and Beam IPA with Columbus hops, 4pm.

me, i'll be at the yaletown as usual!
but that blackstone porter in the cask is very delicious stuff - try some if you have the chance!

and a party tomorrow:

Pivo's Christmas Party is tomorrow at 6pm. Come down for free snacks & Whistler lager plus enter to win Canucks tickets!

gift ideas for the beer geek

if anyone is going to be in the san diego area...
this is what i would like for christmas please and thank you!

Holiday Shopping at Green Flash!

Need an excuse to come and sample some beers in the Tasting Room? How about crossing that craft beer lover off your holiday shopping list! Come check out our new merchandise and stay for the beer!

If you aren’t able to make it to the tasting room? No problem! Check out our online store:

Gift Baskets Galore!

We are making custom gift baskets for the holiday season! Choose any Men's T-shirt or Women's Tank top and two bombers of beer and we'll make you up an awesome gift!
Included in the holiday basket:
•Men’s T-shirt or Women’s Tank Top
•Two 22oz bottles of beer (choose from West Coast IPA, Hop Head Red, Imperial IPA, Double Stout or Barleywine)
•Two License Plate Frames
•Two Pint Glasses
•Limited Edition Pub Towel (not sold in tasting room/online store)
•Speed Bottle Opener
•Flair pin

Retails for $40/each. Gift baskets must be purchased and picked up at the brewery. The baskets takes one day to assemble; Monday – Friday pickups only.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

300 beer list

i didn't realize that there were themed nights for the three 300 beer list celebration nights at the alibi room
its true!
monday night was "sour, belgian and european style, cider & experimental"
tuesday night was "stouts, porters & wee heavys"
tonight will be "hop forward ales, barley wines and winter ales"

fortunately for me, when i attended last night's festivities, there was still some of the central city chipotle ipa left in the cask.  so i had me some!
and it was delicious!
not as peppery as the rogue chipotle ale, but just as smokey, and in my humble beer opinion, ipa is the perfect conduit for chipotle
smelled amazing!  tasted great!

of tuesday's casks i managed to taste tariq's imperial stout and vern's imperial stout 300
i had vern's early on when i still had taste buds
tasted like a session beer, but lord, its an imperial - beware
i couldn't really taste the cocoa nibs and curacao orange peel
it was tasty, but not overly flavourful
tariq's i had last when i may not have had enough taste buds left to appreciate it
everyone else was ooooohing and aaaaahing over it (as generally one should with tariq's beers)
but i wasn't getting much out of it
i had hoped to try it beside the keg version as well, but that keg had run dry before i could
oh well, it was probably wasted on me by that point, alas

i tried some of gary's bourbon aged imperial porter
glad i didn't have to drink a whole 10oz of it - its just too boozey for me!
but everyone else was extolling its virtues!
i also tried a little of boundary bay's imperial oatmeal stout
i was getting citrus and fruit from this one, not oatmeal
interesting and not at all what i was expecting!

touted to be the last of the last of the last of the last,
i had a whole 10oz of the megadestroyer
me, i love black licorice, so i always look forward to some megadestroyer
this batch though had another flavour in there
not sure what it is... it isn't coconut, it isn't burnt vanilla, but its on the same road as those flavours
it intrigued me all night long!

the rocket to russia had run dry before i got to it
way to go matt and danny!

and i managed to get a little bit of the abyss too
that's one heavy mo'fo'!  i'm not worthy of a whole one!

i began my evening at the railway club with a pint of cask blackstone porter
and what a great way to start an evening of stouts and porters
outta the park hit, that one!

nice to see the deschutes and american beerthirst guys in attendance at the alibi!
not to mention the rest of the local beer folks

yelp's hangover cures

tis the season...

Shhh... you're reading too loud. Stop typing typing in in double double. It's that time of year again. It's the holiday season and the drinking is easy. Prevention may be better than a cure, but when that plan fails, Yelp's here to help. So stop spinning and focus on these sure-fire hangover helpers. Because we can't always be the sensible ones, now can we?

After a night of heavy drinking, comfort food is key. Remedy your lethargy at La Belle Patate with Edward L, and order the all-you-can-eat poutine. He warns: "If you value your life, don't go for this. It's suicide. But at least you will die happy." For Aaron S, it's all about choice when battling a hangover: "What are you craving right now? Duffin's Donuts has it. Just looking at the menu makes your brain melt!" But Danny C had a few too many, but gets fixed up with a breakfast burger from Save On Meats where "the biscuit is off-the-chain!" He admits he'll be "nursing many hangovers at this fine establishment." Farewell, fatigue!

Some proclaim soup to be the ultimate elixir, and on a gnarly morning-after, pho from Le Do is the perfect hangover cure. With one slurp, Simon K opines, "The noodles are cooked just right," and "the broth has a hint of sweetness, and saltiness from the beef." But Emily-Anne P has the secret "recipe for the perfect hangover food" – a steamy bowl of pho from Royal. An added bonus? You get a "meal for under $10." Steer us in their direction. Alex K feels the medicinal effects at Pho Linh. "Pour in half a bottle of Sriracha," he ensures, "It's straight-up comfort food." Word.

But let's get real here. Let's get Vancouver on this crapulence. With a "mandate to use locally-grown or organic fruit and vegetables," The Juice Truck rehydrates Daniel L back to his former self. And it's pure fruity-sugar that does it for bleary-eyed Vincci L: "Juice Caboose couldn't have come at a better time. Smooth and packed with fruit, it's the perfect thirst-quenching healthy drink." If you're like Purdy J and "need an energy boost, detox or are just recovering from a cold or hangover," then sip on a tonic smoothie from Sejuiced. Sounds delicious in a way only the hungover Vancouverite can understand!

Friday, December 9, 2011

gift ideas from legacy

more from legacy on the subject of "what to get the libations appreciator on your holiday gift list"

Time for Merrymaking! In no particular order, we present our favourite gifts for the twelve days of Christmas:

9. Kozaemon House Junmai ($35.85): Legacy boasts the largest selection of premium chilled sake in BC. We carry a variety of sizes and price ranges. Our sake enthusiasts' current favourite: Kozaemon House Junmai. With the beautiful goddess of sake on the label, this versatile sake is smooth and full-bodied.

8. Bittered Sling Bistro ($60/ticket): For the person on your list who has everything, nothing is better than creating memories. Pick up a pair of tickets to Bittered Sling Bistro, a bi-weekly food and cocktail pairing
competition series dedicated to pushing the boundaries of cocktail craft.

7. The Stoic Stocking Stuffer ($32.35): For something a little different, stuff someone's stocking with the funky The Stoic, a prized and potent Belgian-style Quadruple with depth and complexity.

~The Legacy Team

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

21st amendment

on the day after the blessed event that provided their name
21st amendment brewery wants your help
they wanna win awards!!!
vote for their cans whydontcha?!
beer in cans, its the way of the future

december 6, 1989

i remember

and i humbly request the powers that be to retain the gun registry
down with bill c-19
canada, protect your citizens

red racer wins!

i know its great beer
you know its great beer
and award givers know its great beer!

Red Racer Beer

Extremely honoured to have won two North West Brewing News medals on Sunday. Our ESB and Thor's Hammer Barley Wine won their respective categories in a field that included beers from Alaska, BC, Washington, Oregon, and Northern California! Thank you to everyone who voted...

Monday, December 5, 2011

beerthirst tour de richmond

i survived the beerthirst tour de richmond on saturday
it was epic!

i promised that i would have my photos and review out yesterday
guess what!
i lied...

it was such a nice day out yesterday
and weather in vancouver is so fickle...
i spent the time i had put aside for blogging sitting outside in sun instead
in my short sleeves!
dude, i practically got a tan!
sometimes i love winter in vancouver

and that is how the dog came to eat my homework
no word of a lie!

maybe tomorrow?!?

beer geekery

i really wish i had received this advent calendar this year!
aw, what the heck, if anyone wants to get it for me, i'll happily suck it up and catch up to the current date!

no idea who to credit this photo to, it was sent to me via facebook

deschutes seasonal brews

seasonal brews now available from deschutes:

Red Chair NWPA's meteoric rise from pub darling to seasonal celebrity is as legendary as its name. THE Red Chair is the oldest operating lift at Mt. Bachelor in Central Oregon. As the lift that the locals ride to catch epic untracked snow on powder mornings - it is an obvious path to glory. This is a hop-forward ale showcasing juicy Cascade and Centennial hops in perfect harmony with British Crystal and German Pilsner malts that highlight caramel flavors providing the perfect complement for this seductive brew. Don't miss one of the winter seasonal's most thrilling rides...Available in 6-packs, 12-packs and on draft where Deschutes beer is sold. 6.2% ABV / 60 IBUs
SEASONAL (Available January-April)

The 2012 version of Hop Henge examines the virtues of high alpha acid hops in concert with less malty sweetness. Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Millennium, Citra & Simcoe hops were added in generous quantities to this Imperial IPA and is guaranteed to make any hop lover pucker! This tasty elixir recently won "World's Best Imperial IPA" at the 2011 World Beer Awards and is constantly evolving each year just like hops in Mother Nature. Hop Henge is the result of a daring effort to create a unique, desirable drinking experience and is a salute to IPA lovers everywhere. Cheers! Available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft wherever Deschutes beer is sold. 9.0% ABV / 90 IBUs
BOND STREET SERIES (Available January - May)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

american repeal day

tomorrow is repeal day in america
yup, the anniversary of the repeal of prohibition aka the 21st amendment

from  "December 5 is a major holiday in the world of craft beer. Repeal Day commemorates the end of Prohibition, which made it possible once again to buy, sell and consume alcoholic beverages in America. Ginger Johnson takes a look at the 14-year history of Prohibition and shares some ideas on how you can salute craft beer on December 5 in Celebrate Repeal Day!"


apparently growlers are back in fashion
silly me, i had no idea they'd gone out of fashion
then again, i did get introduced to the concept fairly recently...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

elysian winter brews

elysian winter brews are ba-ack!

beernesday tasting notes

phew!  all caught up now!

november 2, 2011
big al harvest ale - 5.4% four pounds per barrel of fresh yakima sorachi ace hops offer big citrus and fresh lemon flavors and aromas which we paired with deeply refined malt flavors mark this rich and warming medium-bodied amber ale
lovely!  love the sorachi ace!  very rich and full-bodied
elysian bifrost winter ale - 7.5% taste is bold and balanced with a good amount of citrus and earthy hop bitters to offset the malt character
yes, yes, yes!
crannog insurrection ipa - 5.4% a pale amber malt body emphasizes munich and caramel malts, with enough sweetness to hold up the rather large volumes of fresh cascade and golding hops
light malt with perfect hoppiness, not my favourite ipa but such a joy to drink!
big al brougham bitter - 5.5% english-style pale and crystal malts combined with aromatic, floral english hops create a smooth, balanced medium-bodied beer
very english, but nicely hopped
big al ipa - 7.1% chinook, cascade and glacier provide bitterness, assertive citrus fuit and earthy hop flavors, and the long lip smacking finish to this delicious ipa
yes, very assertive citrus batman, almost too citrusy...

november 16, 2011
russell brewing marzen - 5.5% marzen is a copper-coloured lager with rich, toasted malt aroma balanced by the clean bitterness of german hops and distinct noble hop aroma
paired nicely with nachos, me likey!
big al harvest ale - see above
maltier than i remembered, not how i wanted to end my night
elysian men's room red - 5.6% amber in color with a light hop aroma and toasty malt finish
too malty after my hoppy ipa choices, but i still love it!
rogue brutal bitter ipa - 5.8% an imperial bitter with exotic traditional floor malts, citrusy, hoppy flavor, stupendous hop aroma
delightful! glad to see it back!
new belgium ranger ipa - 6.5% this clear amber beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: cascade (citrus), chinook (floral/citrus), and simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor
i love this one!!!

november 30, 2011
i was not feeling my oats this week (or is that my barley?)
rogue mcrogue scotch ale - 8.2% deep copper in colour, caramel aroma, rich malty flavour with a roasted malt background
i found it quite caramely and damned fine, even if i couldn't finish it
taylor's crossing mad scow stout - 4.2% a dark irish ale having a rich, roasted coffee bitterness and a smooth creamy finish
i got very sweet coffee and a thinner finish... not sure what all the fuss is about on this beer
but that could have just been my general malaise speaking
deschutes jubelale - 6.7% a dark, malty celebtation ale with layered flavors and beautifully balanced hopping
again, maybe it was just my malaise, but i found this one very barleywinesque and not to my liking
north coast beer engine red - 5.5% a cask conditioned version of red seal ale.  malt and hops are beautifully married in this full-bodied, copper-red pale ale
i found it rather thin and murky, all at the same time
but all in all it was a lovely little red ale
cannery wildfire ipa - 6% this unique dark ipa is an intricate and exciting blend of hops, coupled with a rich malt foundation producing this fine ale with a complex character, dark colour and lingering hop finish
i do like this one - so dark and hoppy and satisfying
wish i'd felt better and could have had another!

Friday, December 2, 2011

beernesday tasting notes

october 19, 2011
rogue chipotle ale - 5.5% roasted chipotle peppers produce an eye opening chile flavor in this deep golden ale with a malty, smoky aroma and smooth, crisp flavor
i love chipotle!  so delish!
howe sound devil's elbow ipa - 6% an assertive ale that is heavily bittered and dry-hopped providing an intensive aroma and brewed using selected english and north american barley and hops
its a baby next to the imperial ipa, but its a lovely tasty baby!
paddock wood loki double ipa - 8.7% double ipa weighing in at 80 ibus.  brewed using cascade, amarillo, willamette and ekg hops, giving the beer a strong hop character
i dunno about this one... too boozey for me.  but everyone else likes it and isn't finding the booze in it
rogue imperial younger's special bitter - 7.5% it has a triad of caramel maltiness, fruitiness and hop bitterness in aroma and flavor and a dry, hoppy finish
too boozey for this little princess.  but again, everyone else loves it and can't find the booze
maybe its me?
phillips eternal optimist ipl - 6% this ipl may be eminently smoother but, as an ipa brewed like a lager, it's just as rare
it smells like a lager, it tastes like a lager at first
but then the hops come on through and its a little bit of alright!
central city red racer ipa - 6.5% this ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish.  a beer for the connoisseur, this is the brewmasters choice
as always, this is one hell of a beer!

october 26, 2011
rogue double dead guy - 9.5% buttery peanut brittle, orange blossom tea aromas follow through to a rich chewy and fruity full body with nice notes of caramel drizzled dried apricot and roasted grains and spice
fabulous as always!  double the fun!
elysian bifrost winter ale - 7.5% taste is bold and balanced with a good amount of citrus and earthy hop bitters to offset the malt character
so nice i ordered it twice!  paired well with my garlicky caesar salad
light, pale and hoppy for a winter ale - yes, yes, yes!
rogue chatoe good chit pilsner - 5% made with rogue farm barley that is floor-malted in small batches
yup, i really like this pilsner - yum!
granville island brockton oval ipa - 6% brwed in the style of a pacific northwest india pale ale, this refreshing ipa is golden coloured and well hopped
had a little trouble standing up to the other bigger boys i ordered in my sampler
green flash imperial ipa - 9.4% a super-hoppy (101 ibus), high gravity, yet highly quaffable ale, green flash imperial ipa is created in this new tradition, with intense hop flavors and aromas from a unique blend of summit and nugget hops
just lovely!  and it didn't overwhelm the rest of the beers in my sampler
for a flavourful imperial ipa that's darned impressive!
red truck alt - 4.7% the aromas and flavors are restrained to emphasize a firm hop character.  despite the colour, this ale is very drinkable as the overall impression of this beer is very clean
me, i don't much care for an alt

holiday gifts

so, if you're still convinced that you have to give holiday gifts
and the recipient is under the legal drinking age making it not such a good idea to gift them with beer
may i suggest one or all of these five top toys of all time?

if they are of age, legacy has these suggestions:
"Time for Merrymaking! In no particular order, we present our favourite gifts for the twelve days of Christmas:

12. The PDT Cocktail Book ($30): Sold out at Chapters? Back order four months on Amazon? Not here. Come find out why this book is being hailed as "the cocktailing book of the decade".

11. Glenfiddich Gift Pack ($97): For the whisky lover in your life, this three pack makes an excellent stocking stuffer. Features 3 200 mL bottles of the 12, 15 and 18 YO.
10. Chimay Grand Reserve 1.5 L or 3L ($30.15, $68.95): Get the party started this year in style. The beer is capped with a Champagne style cork and cage, and will definitely let your guests know they're in for a festive night.

~The Legacy Team"

Thursday, December 1, 2011

mmmhop ipa

not sure how i feel about this news
mmmhop ipa by the hanson brothers???

on the one hand i love the idea that ipa will be brought to the attention and hopefully tastebuds of many who didn't have the time of day for it before their idols made it cool
but, on the other hand i'm worried that it'll be just a marketing gimmick and not a quality brew

i do want to try it though...
if only just to agree with this article from popwatch

collaboration beer

late notice, but legacy's got a tasting on today from 4-7 in vancouver:


The beer is called the Big Smoke and this is a collaboration beer between Storm and Russell breweries. No RSVP necessary and free to join us!

beernesday tasting notes

i am very behind on posting reviews and tasting notes
and i have no real excuse
besides i don't wanna spend all my time on-line
i wanna read six more books and meet the 50 book challenge
oh, and i'd rather be out drinking the beer!

october 5, 2011
rogue john john hazelnut - 5.6% ale with natural hazelnut flavor aged in hazelnut spice rum barrels
blech, rum barrels! i thought i'd had this before (last year) but i don't remember booze in it, just nuttiness.  too boozey for me
whistler valley trail chestnut ale - 6% dark amber colour with a tan-coloured head.  notes of chestnut, caramel and vanilla
too much darned vanilla for my liking - why does everyone gotta put in vanilla?  too sweet, not nutty enough!  a vanilla hazelnut latte - not a chestnut beer dammit!
storm imperial flanders red ale - 11% this full bodied monster of a sour has been aged in an oak barrel for a year
oak, sure... but i'm getting a whole lotta vinegar.  i do love a sour and it did grow on me as i got further into it
howe sound pumpkineater ale - 8% a pumpkin ale brewed with barley, fresh roasted pumpkin, hops, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, water and yeast
for a pumpkin beer this one's a winner in my books
lagunita's lil' sumpin wild - 8.8% loads of malted wheat for a curious malt foundation and a light color, but our belgian yeast leaves a huge flavor and complexishness
i don't know what came over me, but i ordered a pint of this - i don't really like wheat and i definitely don't like belgian...
whoa - i like it!!  complexish for sure, malty and hoppy and juuuuuust right! sometimes the universe works in mysterious ways

october 12, 2011
(menu #200 at st. augustine's)
phillips ginger beer - 5% some might be surprised at the instant blast of flavour and aroma from this true ginger beer, but that doesn't take away from its sheer quaffability
i like this one, really gingery, which makes me happy!
rogue chatoe good chit pilsner - 5% made with rogue farm barley that is floor-malted in small batches
i really like this pilsner!  and its hoppy enough to stand up to my other sampler choices
greenflash hop head red ale - 6% resinous hop character and bitterness balance the rich caramel malt base
delicious!  i love me a hoppy red ale
lighthouse race rocks amber ale - 5.2% its smooth, complex character and deep chestnut colour remind of toasted biscuit flavours with subtle notes of caramel and chocolate
next to the hop monsters in my sampler the caramel notes really come out in this beer
a good solid beer
driftwood fat tug ipa - 7% a northwest style india pale ale that is characterized by an intense hop profile of grapefruit and melon and restrained malt notes
i love this beer!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

camra vancouver news

from camra vancouver's lasted newsletter:

There used to be a time when craft beer enthusiasts in Vancouver would celebrate every time Nigel switched up the tap list. But the list began to change so frequently, we decided to give our livers a break and only celebrate the big numbers. Well, it's that time again. In a few more weeks it's going to be the Alibi Room's 300th beer list! On December 12, 13, and 14, the Alibi Room will be serving some special beers in a 10oz glass for $3. It's first come first serve, and the fun starts each day at 3pm.

The wait is almost over. Russell Brewing and Storm Brewing's Collaboration Brew, The Big Smoke will be debuting Sunday December 4th at The Whip. The cask will tap at 4pm, and bottles of this smoky, wee heavy style ale will be available at select independent liquor stores.

If you're excited about all the changes Trevor Kallies has made to many of the Donnelly Group locations, you have something to look forward to. The Bimini in Kisilano will be reopening to the public soon, and there's going to be 24 craft beers on tap! We'll keep you posted on the grand opening.

Last but certainly not least, on December 13th, it's the Eat Local / Drink Local craft dinner series at Darby's Pub. It will be a 4 course dinner paired with Red Racer beer.

brewpubs in vancouver

why are there so few brewpubs in vancouver?
why are there so many songs about rainbows?

give experiences not things as gifts

wanna do something different this holiday season?
wanna occupy christmas?

1. give handmade gifts
2. give experiences not things
3. give beer!!!

one way to accomplish numbers 2 and 3 are gift certificates to local beer establishments
rogue offers you a bonus gift card when you purchase one
that equals win win win by my math!

or hit up biercraft for a $100 gift certificate for the low, low price of $60!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

flying dog pearl necklace oyster stout

save the oysters!
drink beer!

Inside a hard, sometimes rough, exterior is a layer of soft tissue capable of producing gleaming white spheres desired around the world.

Our newest release, Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, is a tribute to the magical mollusks that not only cultivate gemstones, but are also crucial to the Chesapeake Bay's fragile ecosystem.
Proceeds from Pearl Necklace, a dry stout brewed with local oysters, benefit the Oyster Recovery Project.

Why is oyster recovery so important?
•Disease, habitat loss, and overfishing have reduced the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population to a mere 1% of its historical peak. That's right, one percent!
•Oysters are filter feeders. They used to be able to filter the entire Bay in a matter of days; now, it takes years.
•A healthy oyster population provides a habitat for other (delicious) Bay creatures, like striped bass, perch, and blue crabs.
•Even oyster shells are a limited natural resource. They are a natural habitat for new oysters and essential for oyster hatcheries.

What can you do to help?
•Drink Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout!
•Make sure your favorite oyster bar or restaurant is participating in the ORP's Shell Recycling Alliance.
•See how you can donate and get involved by visiting the Oyster Recovery Partnership's website.

With it's coalition of partners (including yours truly), the ORP has revitalized hundreds of acres of oyster reefs with hundreds of millions of baby oysters.
But there's still a lot work to be done. To the loyal legions of The People's Republic of Flying Dog, the time to act (and drink!) is now!

50 book challenge

Yikes! Only a month left and I’ve still got 6 books to go…


44. Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat Pray Love

43. George R.R. Martin – A Game of Thrones


42. A.J. Jacobs – My Life as an Experiment

41. Michael Connelly – The Fifth Witness


40. Michael Connelly – The Reversal

39. Stieg Larsson – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

38. Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake

37. Jilly Cooper – The Man Who Makes Husbands Jealous


36. Lisa M. Morrison – Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest

35. Sarah Graves – Crawl Space

34. Jeff Lindsay – Dexter is Delicious

33. Noah Boyd – Agent X

32. Jon C. Stott – Beer Quest West

31. Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns


30. Kelley Armstrong – The Reckoning

29. Kelley Armstrong – The Summoning

28. Kelley Armstrong – The Awakening

27. Michelle Moran – Cleopatra’s Daughter

26. Michelle Moran – The Heretic Queen

25. Kelley Armstrong – Frostbitten

24. Michelle Moran – Nefertiti

23. Kim Harrison – Early to Death, Early to Rise

22. Charlaine Harris – Dead in the Family


21. Michael V. Smith: Progress

20. Michael Connelly: Angels Flight

19. Jilly Cooper: Jump!


18. Rachel York: Chasing Lightning

17. Guy Gavriel Kay: Under Heaven

16. Kim Harrison: Black Magic Sanction


15. Preston & Child: Fever Dream

14. Nicholas Pashley: Cheers! An Intemperate History of Beer in Canada


13. Louise Welsh – Naming the Bones

12. Jack Whyte – Order in Chaos

11. Noah Boyd – The Bricklayer


10. Christopher Moore – Coyote Blue

9. Christopher Moore – Island of the Sequined Love Nun

8. Jeff Lindsay – Dexter by Design

7. Rachel Solar-Tuttle – Number Six Fumbles

6. Val McDermid – Fever of the Bone

5. Kim Harrison – Once Dead, Twice Shy

4. Jonathan Franzen – Freedom


3. MaryJanice Davidson – Undead & Unwelcome

2. MaryJanice Davidson – Undead & Unworthy

1. Kim Harrison – White Witch, Black Curse

Monday, November 28, 2011

trainwreck barleywine

Trainwreck Barley Wine in Crash Course with Your Local Liquor Store

Trainwreck is once again chugging down icy rails towards your local liquor store just in time for the holidays. Providing a boxcar of big malts and carrying a rich caramel aroma, this ale will run you around the corner on two wheels. At 10% abv, this lightly carbonated monster is best served at cellar temperature.

Trainwreck Barley Wine is due at your local liquor station on November 28th. It’s available for a limited time only so don’t miss the train!

grey cup

let's go lions!
i am very delighted that the bc lions won the 99th grey cup!
and i was there to see it!

there were even beer choices other than budweiser for the game
which almost makes up for choosing nickelback for the half time show

Thursday, November 24, 2011

beer geekery

never did learn the periodic table in high school due to having to drop science over that whole dissecting animals thing
but always enjoyed the concept of it
and riffs on it
(like the sexiodic table t-shirt i own)


woohoo!  i'm back from anaheim and disneyland
it was a whirlwind five days of rides, junk food and good beer
i hit three of my four intended beer targets
and found delicious beer in california adventure
so it was all kinds of win!

proper reviews and gloating to come
in the meantime, tomorrow at legacy:

Friday, 4 to 7 pm Nov 25, 2011
First established in 1989, the Whistler Brewing Company is an originator in the BC craft brewing movement. Proudly 100% BC owned and 100% BC brewed.


happy u.s. turkey day!

Friday, November 18, 2011


so many beers, so little time to write about them!

i had lofty intentions of posting this week
but i have failed
oh well, one day i'll tell ya all about the stout day beer pairing dinner at rogue, my mini-bellingham-pub-crawl to chuckanut and boundary bay, and all the beernesdays and other tastings i've been doing

in the meantime i bid you adieu for a few days
i'm taking a wee vacation in disneyland!
hello mickey mouse!
hello nobel ale works and anaheim brewing
hello out of the park pizza and j.t. schmid's
hello california sunshine and warmth!!

catch ya late next week!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

spice cake recipe

odell's isolation ale spice cake recipe from
who's gonna make me some??

new from spinnakers

now available in bottles is the uber blonde
ooooh, aaaah:

and soon to be in stores
(november 24th dontchaknow)
is the festive saison

"A belgium style Saison
Mildly spiced with coriander & orange peel,
this unique brew is perfect for the holiday season!"

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

coveting a water bottle

oooh, me likey!

i want this dogfishhead water bottle!!
the gift-giving holidays approacheth... anyone?

not beer related

this has nothing to do with beer
(except for being something you could do with a beer in your hand)

the television show i co-host has its debut on shaw tonight!
yes, they choose beernesday to debut the show!

tune in on the shaw channel at 10:30 tonight and see me as a talking head!
the show repeats:
Fri 5:30am
Sat 1:00am
Sun 1:30am
Tue 2:30am

set your pvrs, grab a beer, and prepare to make a drinking game out of mocking me on television
all the cool kids are doing it!

yelp wines about it

well, its not beer, but wine is pretty good stuff too...
here's some yelp advice about good places to get yer wine on in vancouver:

Why Doesn't Yelp Wine About It?

This Weekly Yelp brought to you by Make It Vancouver

It’s that time of year, Vancity... that cold time of year when all we want to do is curl up beside a fire with a big, bold, smooth, elegant, full-bodied… glass of wine. And because not all of us have the knowledge of a sommelier, this Weekly is about finding a way to vin your oenophilic heart.

Meet Scott P's latest crush over at Liberty Wine Merchants, where “they have a great selection from throughout the world. If you want a nice bottle of BC wine, the staff will take care of you.” Yunn A sips over to Taylorwood regularly “to pick up a bottle or two because of the friendly service, great BC wine selection, and knowledgeable staff.” As someone who’s seen her fair share of stores, Kimberley B toasts the manager at Village Wines. “He never judges me if he sees me more than once a day, and he's always cheerful and ready to help!”

If like Janice F, you want to taste before you buy, Legacy Liquor Store is a “seriously impressive Liquor Wonderland!” With “a full kitchen and dining section for tastings,” it’s no surprise when she emotes: “This place has my heart… and likely, my liver.” It wasn’t only the wine tastings at Marquis Wine Cellars that won over Annika F. She can roll in with a request like: "a wine for a guy who's more of a beer drinker," that'll still prove that "a delicious red is a way better match for roasted duck. The staff really know their wine and love a good challenge!" Meanwhile, Firefly’s Enomatic tasting machine allows Nadine F to “discover new varieties and end up buying more than” she went in for! Swirl on that!

When Allison F wants to cozy up in a more public space, she basks in “the creative lighting of the bar” at Keefer. “I’m stuck on Gamay Noir right now and they carry my beloved Mt Boucherie. Heaven.” But “for something uniquely Italian to have with a bottle,” Ronald J ching-ching’s Tavola. Be sure to call ahead because this tucked-away spot “no doubt gets full.” In the mood for something “small, cozy, and filled with wine-loving diners”? Luisa D prefers Latitude whose “focus is food and wine from the Americas.” ¡Salud! Vancity!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

pour it black

oh to be in san diego this coming weekend
stone is pouring it black:

This Sunday we'll be wrapping up an epic San Diego Beer Week with a brand new festival: Pour It Black, an incredible celebration of dark beer. And lucky for you, we've still got a few tickets left.

If you've ever longed for a beer festival featuring nothing but stouts and porters, then your wish has just come true. "Dr." Bill Sysak has rounded up over 100 of the planet's best dark beers--imperial stouts, porters, maybe even a few black IPAs-- for a day celebrating the world of flavors to be found in the blackest of brews. Join us at the newest member of our festival family and revel in the dark side!

This festival is happening rain or shine! In the event of rain, we'll have a very comfortable set-up indoors, so you can stay dry and drink these amazing beers in warmth and comfort.

If you haven't seen the incredible beer list, behold this amazing collection of rare & delicious offerings...

Alaskan Perseverance Ale
AleSmith Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout
AleSmith Speedway Stout
Ballast Point Barrel Aged Victory at Sea
Ballast Point Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Marlin Porter
Ballast Point Indra Kunindra
Beachwood Kilgore Stout
Bison Organic Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Stout
BJ's Whiskey Stout
Craftsman Edgar's Ale
Craftsman El Prieto Sour Black Ale
Deschutes The Abyss 2010
Emelisse Espresso-Stout
Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Jack Daniels Barrel Aged
Flying Dog Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Gonzo
Great Divide Belgian Yeti
Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
Green Flash Double Stout
Green Flash I Plead The 5th IPA
Iron Fist Velvet Glove w/ Vanilla Beans and Rum-soaked Oak Chips on cask
Lightning Black Lightning Porter
Lost Abbey Deliverance Ale
Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Ad Lib
Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast
Mission Dark Seas Imperial Stout
Pizza Port Carlsbad Bourbon Barrel Aged Night Rider
Pizza Port Carlsbad Cow Stout
Pizza Port Carlsbad Coffee Monster
Pizza Port Carlsbad Night Rider
Pizza Port Carlsbad Sticky Stout
Pizza Port Ocean Beach Z Man Stout
Pizza Port Solana Beach Tubby's Porter
Port Brewing Old Viscosity
Port Brewing Older Viscosity
Port Brewing Older Viscosity 2010
Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper
Sierra Nevada / Dogfish Head Life & Limb
't Smisje Catherine The Great Imperial Stout
Speakeasy Scarface Imperial Stout
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels
Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA with Espresso Beans
2008 Stone Imperial Russian Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Stone Imperial Russian Stout 10th Anniversary Special Blend
Struise Black Damnation III Black Mes
Struise Black Damnation IV Coffee Club
Struise / Stillwater Outblack
Taps Imperial Russian Stout

21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale
Avery Mephistopheles Stout
Big Sky Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout 2010
BrewDog / Cambridge / Stone Juxtaposition Black Pilsner
BrewDog / Stone bashah
BrewDog Tokyo
De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis
Deschutes Black Butte XXII
Deschutes The Abyss 2010
Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout
FiftyFifty Eclipse Imperial Stout 2010 Four Roses Single Barrel
FiftyFifty Eclipse Imperial Stout Heaven Hill
Firestone Walker Parabola Imperial Stout 2010
Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin
Full Sail Top Sail Imperial Porter
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 2009
Great Divide Belgian Yeti
Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti
Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout
Green Flash Silva Stout
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura
Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter
Midnight Sun Berserker Imperial Stout
Midtfyns Imperial Stout
Mikkeller Barrel-Aged Black Hole Bourbon Edition
Mikkeller Barrel-Aged Black Hole Cognac Edition
Mikkeller Barrel-Aged Black Hole Peat Whiskey Edition
Mikkeller Barrel-Aged Black Hole Red Wine Edition
Mikkeller Barrel-Aged Black Hole Tequila Edition
Mikkeller Barrel-Aged Black Hole White Wine Edition
Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast
Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch
Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel
Mikkeller Black
Mikkeller Black Tie
Nebraska Reserve Series Black Betty Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Nectar Ales Black Xantus
Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon 3. Edition
Nøgne Ø Sweet Horizon
North Coast Old Rasputin XII
Port Brewing Older Viscosity 2010
Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper 2010 - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Ken's Ale
Struise Black Albert
Struise / Stillwater Outblack
Uinta Labyrinth Black Ale

beer has gone to the dogs!

yup its true, beer has gone to the dogs
well, okay, one beer has been brewed for dogs

but, um, aren't hops poisonous to dogs?
and um, who wants a lurching lurcher?

"The concept of a beer brewed for dogs sounds potentially dangerous since hops, alcohol and carbonation are all bad for canine tummies, but Brown insists her pooch pilsners and labrador lagers are safe for dogs and their owners."

"Bowser Beer is currently available in more than 40 states and Brown has a team of taste-testing terriers -- among other breeds -- to ensure quality control."

Friday, November 11, 2011

remembrance day

on remembrance day i give you a post about fat tug vs sartori
oh sartori, i remember it fondly
and will miss it profoundly until next fall
oh fat tug, i love that you're always around
reminding me how much i love an ipa

"One thing is for sure, they’re both incredible."

holland oats

this is fabulous!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

gumboot salute

if only i wasn't going to be out of town this weekend
(or better yet, if they'd picked a different date!)

YBC Yaletown Brewing Company

‎"The Gumboot Salute" is November 10th, 11th and 12th! Its a celebration of beer, our culture and you our valued guest. We love you so much, that we are selling you massive 32oz "boots" (for $10) to drink out of. You can pre-buy the boots now, but they are only filled on the "Gumboot Salute".

Included in the minimal $10 price tag is a free fill on every day of the Salute. Thats 96oz for free, or ...6 of our normal sized beers! After your one free daily fill, we fill up the boots for our regular prices, ultimately making it a 2 for 1 deal! This, plus an amazing Feature Sheet that week showcasing our chefs creative genius (in a sinful marriage of beer and fresh ingredients). Do not be denied fun, do not be denied "The Gumboot Salute"!

Lighthouse Brewing Company

Today is Yagger's Downtown Restaurant and Sports Bar 6th year anniversary! So come on down and enjoy some pints of Race Rocks and Riptide in celebration of 6 great years! Festivities begin at 6pm! See you there!..

Thursday means Yaletown Brewing is Making It Real (Ale). This afternoon, they will tap a cask of Cascadia Brown Ale, 4pm.
The New Oxford will have a cask of Mission Springs Brewing Company Espresso Stout tonight at 5:30.


why oh why has no one told me of the existence of drinkify before now?
does no one love me?
does no one care?

drinking at work

keeping in mind drinking at work is not the same as drinking on the job
kegworks makes a good argument for having beer at work

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

best bars for beer geeks

only toronados in s.f. made it to the top ten list representing the west
but hey, if you're travelling in the u.s. any time soon
you should check out this list of the best bars for beer geeks

bitter is coming

vancouver's newest craft beer establishment is still in the works
but bitter tasting room must be opening soon as they've put out a call for servers...
servers who eat sleep and breathe beer
this is a very good sign!

gender equality in beer

lord, how misguided can 20 year olds be?
more proof that they can be totally and completely off-track!
gender equality in beer is sure as hell not gonna come from pink fucking beer
oh, and what a poorly written article
or poorly edited, tomatoe, tomato
i hope this trio did not get an A on this project
and that there isn't anyone out there stupid enough to give them funding to start up distribution of their feminine strawberry tasting "equalizing" beer
i throw my hands up in the air!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

chowder chow-down

like chowder?
wanna have some with craft beer?
go to the vancouver aquarium on november 23rd!

pub crawl!

Beerthirst & CAMRA Vancouver are pleased to present:

Tour de Richmond!
Date: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2011
Time: Pick up at 11:45am at Brighouse Skytrain Station in Richmond (just look for the yellow school bus!)

Details: Come experience how Richmond is fast becoming one of the ultimate destinations for craft beer in BC! Our classic school bus will pick us up at Brighouse Skytrain Station in Richmond at 11:45 sharp and whisk us off on a journey filled with fun, friends, prizes, craft beers and appetizers at each stop.

Tickets include a pint and appies at each location

$40 for CAMRA Members (valid card required)
$50 for non-members

Not yet a CAMRA member? Be sure to sign up here

Tickets will be available for purchase at 11am on Friday, Nov 11th

Participating locations include:

Fogg N Suds
Kingswood Pub
Hog Shack Cook House
Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant
O’Hares Gastropub
Pumphouse Pub

Need to stock up on beer to go? Well never fear! Both O’Hares and Kingswood have beer stores!

Beerthirst would like to invite you to O’Hares during our stop for a complimentary tasting, featuring a seasonal release, a Marzen, an IPA and a Double Stout!

We know you’ll be thirsty therefore each location will be offering additional pints for only $4 (+ tax & gratuity).

Follow @Beerthirst, @CAMRA_YVR & all of the participating locations on twitter and/or Facebook - @FoggBeerBar @HogShackca @bluecanoeresto @OHaresPub @PumphousePub to find out what the beer will be at each stop. #tourderichmond – keep the conversation going before and during the event.

Prizes! Because Beerthirst loves everyone so much, they’ll also be handing out extra special items on the bus, including free t-shirts! Email your size to Amanda at before Nov 25th.

And just to make this event even more awesome, we’ll be supplying a Homebrew Collaboration cask courtesy of Russell Brewing and Scott Butchart of VanBrewers at our first stop!

The fine print

Please note that gratuity has not been included in the ticket price, so don’t forget to tip your server. We ask that you bring cash to pay for any additional drinks or food you may order

There is a puking fee of $50, payable to the bus driver. So don’t puke, m’kay.

Questions? Email

See you all there! And remember; what happens on the bus stays on the bus.

Beerthirst & CAMRA Vancouver


last night was allll about driftwood's sartori ipa
the fresh-hopped deliciousness was on cask at st. augustine's
it sold out in 38 minutes
i was a glutton and had two pints of it!
and more nachos than any one person should ever eat in one sitting
(that pre-mexico diet is working out great, thanks for asking)
very happy-making
sad-making was the fact that this was the final cask of the sartori for 2011

but!  in addition to it being cask night, i got a text from my lovely friend sarah, who was visiting the wilds of victoria, telling me that she came across a whole cache of sartori bottles over there
because she is delightful, she is bringing me back a couple
yay!  there will be a bit more sartori in my depressingly grey november!

getting more of a previously-thought-sold-out limited release beer makes me feel like i've pulled one over on the universe
i feel powerful!
need a favour from me?  now would be the time to ask!

Monday, November 7, 2011


the last cask of sartori is being tapped tonight at st. augustine's
you know i'm going to be there with bells on!

conveniently camra vancouver will also be there to renew memberships
offer new ones
and give you a pint glass for signing up!

cask gets tapped at 6
camra is there from 6 until 7

cask will sell out quickly so be there for six

Friday, November 4, 2011

rickards tasting

today, from 4-7 at legacy in vancouver:


Friday, 4 - 7 pm
Nov 4, 2011

Starting on November 4th (Rickards Tasting), Legacy customers can take their Polaroid picture and stick it on the Legacy/Rickards "Movember Wall of Fame". Each picture will be designated a number. Customers can use this number to vote for their favorite mustache. The winner will receive a Rickards prize pack!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

the abyss

i sure do wish i was going to be in bend or portland, oregon on november 15th
the abyss is being released
and there will be a vertical tasting


Happy International Stout Day!!

hit the railway club tonight for a pint of cask r&b mayan chocolate stout why don't ya?
tapped at 5
i'll be there before heading to rogue for the stout pairing dinner

wanna know what else is happening around the world for #stoutday?

or what you should bake/cook with stout?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

best beers of 2011

another best of list
this time from draftmag
the best beers of 2011

only one of my faves made the top 25 cut:
Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

Sunday, October 30, 2011

linky linky

women in beer
i like how this article ends:  "She looks forward to a time where the modern heirs to Ninkasi will be recognized solely as great brewers, not for their gender. The return of women to brewing is bringing fresh ideas and perspectives, which can only mean more new and exciting beers. And that’s something women and men alike should toast."

if we're spending less over all, why are we buying expensive beer?

survey says:  "Because we’re cutting out even more expensive luxuries. As Americans eat out less, we’re willing to spend more for variety, convenience—maybe even health. The seemingly endless flavors, textures, and shapes of Greek yogurt, artisanal cheese, and craft beer make us feel like we’re choosing from a new menu each time we go to the store—while we spend less time choosing from actual menus."

Thursday, October 27, 2011

antiquated liquor laws

more on the antiquated liquor laws in british columbia
beware, movies and alcohol are a dangerous mix?
please change that stupid law now!
i love having me a beer with a late-night double feature picture show
(in the back ro-o-ow)

oxford companion to beer

i have not cracked this book yet
but i have already heard from many fronts that this eagerly anticipated tome is not living up to the hype
incomplete and incorrect are two of the words that i have heard
the beer wench weighs in on what she thinks about the oxford companion to beer
and she's actually read the book!

driftwood sartori

in case you haven't yet had your fill of the fresh-hopped sartori
get your ass down to the whip for the penultimate vancouver cask
tapping at 4 today!

the new oxford one tapped out in an hour... just sayin'

oh, and its dockside's 10th anniversary party tonight
(at dockside of course!)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

canadian craft beer

great cbc article about some of our favourite micro-brewers, central city and steamwhistle
still lots of room for growth in craft brewing they say!

and in a related article, the cbc wants to know if you buy locally crafted beer
i do!

bc craft beer box

the bc craft beer boxes have arrived in liquor stores!
a mixer pack of 6 bc craft breweries
and 6 styles of beer!

cannery brewing's naramata nut brown ale
lighthouse's race rocks amber
russell cream ale
mt. begbie's high country kolsch
central city's ipa
fernie's first trax brown ale


the driftwood sartori cask at the new oxford last night was awesome!
there were a whole gaggle of beer geeks there
not so patiently waiting for 5:30 and the tapping
thanks ian!!

alas, the service at new oxford left a lot to be desired
amanda thankfully took it upon herself to fetch us all our glasses of cask
as ian endeavoured to get it poured as quickly and foam-free as possible

on the upside, ian says that there will be another cask of the sartori at the whip
he's not sure when they'll be tapping it
and... another cask coming to vancouver
no word yet on who will get it or when they will tap it, but keep yer ears peeled if you're a sartori lover
(and if you're not, what's wrong with you???)

Monday, October 24, 2011

cask nights

i broke my camera at oktoberfest...
so no photos of recent casks

last week's rail ale tuesday at the railway club featured vanilla bean oatmeal stout from r&b brewing
i was scared by the "vanilla" aspect
but it was subtle and barely discernable - which made me happy!
delicious!  made having to go to the dentist beforehand feel like it happened to somebody else!

last week's cask at the yaletown brewpub was an unadulterated nagila pale ale
and it was delicious
it really is quite nice to have an unadulterated cask from time to time!
and happy birthday to matt!

this week i will be heading over to the new oxford on tuesday evening because driftwood has gifted them with a cask of the sartori fresh-hopped ipa
and i simply cannot miss that!

black ipa

the beer wench weighs in on the whole black ipa vs cda name debate

Sunday, October 23, 2011

the charlatan

whatcha doing monday evening?
will you be on commercial drive, vancouver?
want some free beer and nibblies?
hit up the charlatan - oktoberfest lives on!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

world cup

in case you want to know what i'll be doing at 1:00 a.m. sunday morning
and the rules i'll be enforcing:


gosh darn it, i think this person got my pint of sartori at st. augustine's last night
i just, just, just missed out
[insert majorly pouty face here]

now i must find me a bottle somewhere
viti??? firefly??? brewery creek???
who has some left?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

#stout day

international stout day is november 3rd!
in vancouver?  then you should go to the stout pairing dinner at rogue kitchen
and not just because it was my idea!!!


i am slow off the mark, but here are some oktoberfest photos from malone's last saturday
from other people's cameras of course
i'm not nearly on top of my game enough to have uploaded mine yet!

all of the above by rodney gitzel
the two below are from the camera of christie little

and these are from stacy buster's camera:

you go carlsberg!

not my favourite beer, but major kudos to carlsberg for this fabulous ad!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

canadian tire money

i've been wondering what to do with all my canadian tire money now that my local store has closed
(and i'm too lazy to travel to another one)

wonder no more!
rogue wetbar will take my canadian tire money at par
yes they will
between 2 and 5 p.m. anyway!

"Yes, us accepting Canadian Tire Money is for real.. From 2-5 pm use as much Canadian Tire cash you have on whatever you want! (no cash back)"


wanna see where my investment in brewdog is going?
check out their latest blog for the new facilities plans

beer geekery

lazy blogger resorts to reposting of witty sayings:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

pat's pub

12 craft taps at pat's pub?
anti-hipster heaven!

well, i'm not sure the 12 taps really all qualify as craft
but i'm not going to quibble with a place that's trying to reinvent itself through craft beer
they're trying!

and, you know, they do brew and can their own lager on-site
and its pretty good
no really, it is
try it, you'll like it!
dude, its $3.50 a pint, $13 a pitcher and only $12 for a six-pack to go

i'm not going to lie to you
it was a couple of weeks ago that i stopped in at pat's pub on a tuesday night around 9
there was no one else there
which just meant the bartender gave us lots of attention and back story on the lager
it also means that i do not have total recall of what's on those 12 taps...
thank goodness they list them on the website!!

cannery:  ipa and blackberry porter
r & b:  red devil pale ale
russell:  cream ale, wee angry scotch
tree brewing:  cut-throat pale ale
big rock:  traditional ale, grasshopper wheat, rock creek cider
pat's pub:  lager
molson:  canadian
and a rotating tap

ooh, and they do off-sales too
of all the big rock line
and the cannery ipa, anarchist amber and naramata brown