Monday, February 28, 2011

beer geekery

now i'm not even sure what's funny any more
i tell you, its hard being me...

but anyway, from my beer calendar:

tasting notes

gwen brought over the breakfast beers a few weeks ago
and managed to bring over three i hadn't tried before
way to go gwen!

mt. begbie tall timber ale
mt. begbie bob's your dunkel
dead frog chocolate mint brown ale

i thought perhaps chocolate mint was not going to pair very well with the mexican eggs i was making for breakfast, so we began with the mt. begbie tall timber ale
and i'm glad we did - i'm a fan!
it was a great pairing with eggs, veggie chorizo, goat cheese, hot sauce, guacamole and hash browns!
its an english brown ale finished with kent golding hops and their website says it goes well with red meat and cheddar cheese
to that i can add veggie chorizo and goat cheese!
not too malty, not too hoppy, like goldilocks says, it was juuuuuust right!

then we moved onto the dunkel
which not very surprisingly i didn't like
i mean, i have yet to meet a belgian beer i do like...
so gwen gamely finished that one off while i moved on to the dead frog chocolate mint

it would not have paired well with actual breakfast
but as an after breakfast treat, it was pretty good
i think the underlying brown ale is a good one
i wish though that dead frog was adding flavours that didn't come off so fake
like the mandarin and pepper lime before it, i couldn't drink much of the chocolate mint because after a few swigs the inauthentic flavouring overwhelmed the beer for me
still, it was quite nice as dessert to breakfast!

then, as we had such a good start on the day, we decided to break out my stashed bottle of howe sound's total eclipse of the hops and continue the happy drinks
and what a fabulous way to while away a sunday
i love the total eclipse!
but would i love it as much if it was readily available all year 'round??
i dunno, but i'd love to find out!

women and beer

women and beer
beer and women
like music to my ears!

if you agree, here's a project worth backing!
for the love of beer

Sunday, February 27, 2011

50 book challenge

while not specifically beer related
i have decided to once again do the 50 book challenge
(i.e. try to read 50 books in a calendar year)
and post about all my reading prowess right here!
yay for you!

so, there will be a beer book, maybe three
in my quest for 50
but the lion's share of books are going to be gratification of my insatiable quest for murder mysteries and silly vampire books

lord help us all...

spurred on by the four books i read while on vacation and the three i have devoured since being home, i am feeling like 50 could happen for me this year
i've come close in the past
but i can't recall ever actually reaching the specified fifty...
let this be my year!

1. MaryJanice Davidson - Undead & Unwelcome
2. MaryJanice Davidson - Undead & Unworthy
3. Kim Harrison - White Witch, Black Curse

4. Christopher Moore - Coyote Blue
5. Christopher Moore - Island of the Sequined Love Nun
6. Jeff Lindsay - Dexter by Design
7. Rachel Solar-Tuttle - Number Six Fumbles
8. Val McDermid - Fever of the Bone
9. Kim Harrison - Once Dead, Twice Shy
10. Jonathan Franzen - Freedom

and yes, i know the year is only 1/6 over and this list represents 1/5 of the books required
but i've started this strongly before and not made it
january and february are big reading months for me... depressing weather, vacation, etc.
but as soon as my sociability reasserts itself, then numbers will slow right on down...
hopefully not so much as in past years - i really wanna do it this time!

beer cans

fox news gives us the low-down on beer can history
and the best brews in cans today
to read, click here

Saturday, February 26, 2011

tempest in a beer glass

more on the russell coaster issue...

i posted a link to my previous post on my facebook and here are a couple of the responses i got from male friends:

"I get what you are saying, and I think you know my opinion on homophobia. Having said that, as a guy, I was taught this as an etiquette thing, nothing to do with orientation. You don't look at a guys junk, while he's doing his business. You don't try and look down a ladies top when she bends over. You know, that type of thing. 
Hey, let's have a beer."

"I kind of agree with [guy #1]. While I can see how it could be construed as being homophobic, I look at it more of a privacy issue than anything else. I wouldn't want anyone looking over the top of my stall either while I was doing my business
That being said, I love to be a bit of a shit disturber and diliberately look over at other dudes just to make them un-comfortable. But I blame that on the six pack I am currently wizzing out. ;)"

and i agree with guy #1 as well
regardless of whether or not it was intended to be homophobic, there's no denying that reading it as such is not coming from way out in left (or right) field.
i think russell brewing should have realized this and not printed these coasters.

after reviewing the other russell brewing coasters i have posted photos of on this blog, none of which were as blatantly (potentially) offensive as the one above, they are all quite hetero and male oriented
gee marketing department, did you think only hetero, white, able-bodied males drink your beer?
maybe they're the biggest population, but its just short-sighted to ignore (and possibly alienate) the rest of your market

the part that i think upsets me the most
and here's where i show you just how non-activist i actually am
is that i took the previous coasters at face value and found them amusing
now that i've seen one that offended me, i went back and looked at the others with my politically correct glasses on and found them quite lacking in social awareness
now i feel i have to take a stand
and anyone who knows me knows what that means
no more drinking russell products
no more going to russell sponsored events
and unfortunately for everyone, making sure you all know why i'm boycotting russell
unless of course russell brewing responds in a half-way satisfactory manner
(and yes, i did send them a link to my previous blog post and my blog in general so they know i'm offended)
so you see, now i'm not just offended by the coaster
i'm resentful of russell brewing 'making me' climb back up on my soapbox


let this be my open letter to russell brewing
where i complain about one of their coasters

i have posted photos of several of russell brewing's beer coasters over the past couple of months here in my blog under the title "beer geekery"
because i thought they were cute and funny
what a great idea to put funny things on the backs of beer coasters
amuse the beer drinkers and have them think more positively about your brand
its a sound plan

but there's nothing cute and funny about homophobia

way to piss off a bunch of loyal beer drinkers (yes, pun intended)
who i can assure you will be thinking twice before drinking another russell product
definite mis-fire on that sound planning

i think a donation to out in schools
and a review of all their "funny" coasters is in order for russell brewing
heck, an apology and a recall of the offending coasters wouldn't hurt either

as for me, i'm going to have to review all my posts of the russell coasters to ensure that there wasn't another one among the bunch that might be offensive
which is sad
i like funny
i don't like having to be the politically correct police
but it strikes me that someone should have been paying more attention over there at russell brewing

i mean, its possible they didn't mean the drawing to be homophobic
maybe its supposed to be informative to those who need to be reminded to look where they're aiming so as not to make a mess of the bathroom
but i still don't see how this particular "joke" could have gotten through marketing department, printing company, bar managers, servers and the rest to end up on my table taking some of the joy out of my drinking experience
did no one along the way notice that maybe this wasn't going to be funny to a sizeable segment of the population?
even if personally no one at russell cares if they piss people off, you'd think that professionally they wouldn't want to alienate a chunk of customers and that st. augustine's who put the coasters out on their tables might have thought twice about condoning homophobia

so russell - what have you got to say?

Friday, February 25, 2011


some pics from this weeks debauchery
(man, did i ever feel rough on thursday morning...)

put the lime in the corona

breaking news!
this just in from my well-read and well-connected correspondent, alison:

"Corona just sent us a press release. To end the "global lime shortage" they have bought 1 million limes so beer drinkers won't have to go without. "Specially trained lime handlers" will be in the streets giving away the limes to Canadians during the month of March. They have "cornered the market on limes" for Corona drinkers. Hmm, since when has cornering a market helped end a global shortage?"

there's a global lime shortage?
lime handlers will be giving canadians limes in march?
do canadians drink corona in march?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

gay beer

apparently those wacky mexicans have come up with gay beer
for the globe & mail article, click here

dagnabit, i wish i'd known while i was there
i coulda tried it!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

craft beer

improve your life with craft beer
drink it at home
drink it at the bar
and encourage your local pub to stock it
need convincing arguments of how it will benefit your local watering hole?
watch this video!


you know, pics from last week's beernesday
because i am lazy and am not posting as regularly as i should be

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


allergic to wheat?
don't drink beer
allergic to barley?
don't drink beer
too stupid to know there's wheat and barley in beer because its not listed on the label?
brewer's association tells the government we're not that stupid!

three beavers

howe sound's three beavers is back!
the total eclipse of the hops was very briefly back, but is apparently so popular that it's sold out everywhere i've looked for it
(did manage to get me a couple of pints at st. augustine's last week... maybe there's a little tickle of it still left there...)
the beavers though, those you can find
and you should!

for a review, click here

Monday, February 21, 2011

ipa championship

there's a u.s. national ipa championship?
i never knew!
read all about it here

only one of my favourites is still in it
(hopefully in it to win it!)
green flash west coast ipa

some of my favourites (unbelieveably to me) went out in the first or second round
ballast point big eye ipa
deschutes inversion ipa
stone brewing ipa
southern tier ipa

unfortunately central city's red racer went down in the first round to fat head's headhunter
must try some of these ipas
i mean, if people say they're better than my known faves, then maybe they're pretty good!

half pints news

the latest half pints brewing blog is all about dumping a bad batch and putting brewing dates on the good stuff
its a shame when a batch has to be dumped
does it count as a sacrifice to the beer gods?

Friday, February 18, 2011

drunkest countries in the world

oh huffington post, you always write about the most interesting things!
click here for the article about the drunkest countries in the world - the US didn't even crack the top 25...

fishy fishy fish

oh how i love the howe sound!
not only do they brew up some fabulous beer
not only do they find greener ways to brew and serve that beer
but now they're teaming up with cpaws and trying to save some fishies too!

i do love eating fishies
it would be a crying shame if they all disappeared...
and how handy that just by drinking beer i can help save them
win win, i say, win win!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

flying dog

for the most recent flying dog newsletter, click here

i think i might just have to try their beer french toast recipe this weekend...
(not with the suggested hefe though)

beer geekery

shari snapped this pic on her way home from mexico
(not on the same trip as me and i bet she's more tanned than me too, but i digress)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

kudos to me!

i am one of the beer blogs featured on the camra vancouver newsletter's "blogs of interest"
does that mean i'm interesting???

"Blogs of Interest

The following blogs have a primary focus on craft beer in Vancouver and British Columbia. These blogs present commentary of our local craft beer scene, and as such, contain content and opinions that CAMRA Vancouver may not share. We welcome your comments or suggestions."

Brewed Awakening
The Green Man
B.C. Beer Blog
Just Grapes Wine
Beer in BC
Urban Diner
Ladies of Craft Beer
Flavoured Beer Reviews
Women Love Beer Too
VanEast Beer Blog
Daughters of Beer
Beck's Beer Blog
Yet Another Damn Beer Blog
What Chris Drinks
Barley Mowat

drive you to drink

lord, i am not the most patient of people
perhaps that's why i am driven to drink so often!

i am very happy every week when beernesday rolls around
because i know it will be good times drinking good beers with my friends
and all my cares and worries and annoyances will drift away

today's annoyance:  the ex who won't go away
today's worry:  the child who isn't committed to finishing the school year
today's care:  money
can't wait to bid them all adieu in a couple of hours

p.s. last night's birthday dinner for a friend was also a wonderful way to lose my cares
thank dog for people who have their birthday dinners at establishments with hoppy ipas!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

musings on my lack of sobriety

it hasn't even been a month since i started drinking again
but i have me some thoughts on the happiness i get from drinking

i like drinking
especially beer

i like to do it fairly often
i like to do it with my friends
i like to do it with my enemies, okay, well, it helps me think more of my enemies
i like to do it in the morning
i like to do it in the afternoon
i like to do it in the evening
i like to do it just to the point of social lubrication
i do not like to do it to the point of illness

having my first drink off-cleanse and on vacation was wonderful
having several more later that evening was even better!
good company, fun new places to visit and warm weather all combined to make it a fabulous night of intoxication, not all of it from the beers and margaritas
(and don't get me started on the hot brazilians we ended our night with...)

but seriously, there's something about the conviviality of drinking
about the social lubrication of mild intoxication
the walls coming down, the smiles coming more easily, the laughter flowing
that makes me revel in sharing drinking time with old friends and friends i'm about to make
like one friend put it, you get a shine on

i like that taking some time off from drinking makes the starting back up again feel like a gift
now where's my damned beer?


a few pics from mexico...

more stuff

this fabulous news from central city:

"Tomorrow our IPA will be going on tap at the Metropolitan Hotel in Vancouver. Head on down to 645 Howe Street and tell a tourist to try our award winning IPA!"

and from howe sound brewery, their visit by shaw tv
and a new vp at pike brewing, click here for the newsletter

Sunday, February 13, 2011

huffington post

from the huffington post:

microbreweries take to cans like ducks to water - for the article, click here

ultimate superbowl six pack - for the belated article, click here


okay, trying again to post pics of the last beernesday i attended in january
aka the time before i had a tan

Saturday, February 12, 2011

beer news

from rogue and green flash:

Highway 78 Collaboration Ale with Stone, Green Flash and Pizza Port - Release 2/14/11
On December 17th, Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing, Chuck Silva of Green Flash Brewing and Jeff Bagby of Pizza Port Carlsbad collaborated on a new brew called Highway 78 Scotch Ale. The name is based on the main road connecting the three Southern California-based breweries. The beer is ready and will be released on Monday, February 14.
The beer is a Scotch Ale and checks in at 8.8% ABV.
To learn more, watch the video:

finally, for the elysian newsletter, click here

i'm ba-ack!

okay, hi, hello
lovely to see you!

back from vacation, all tanned and relaxed
trying to re-size some photos in picassa so that i can upload some new ones...

in the meantime, here are links to some recent brewdog blogs

ipa in cans
a look into the future
edinburgh update
brewdog bar opportunities
77 lager v blog