Wednesday, August 31, 2011

grilled cheese martini

yes, you read that title correctly
grilled cheese martini
made from grilled cheese infused vodka, double-filtered of course
muddled tomatoes and tomato juice ice cubes

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011


i NEED to find this and have some
any leads on who might still have these babies in stock??

Phillips:  To celebrate 10 amazing years of crafting beer in Victoria, we are releasing a 3 Litre 10% Imperial IPA bomb!

We decided to go all the way with a silkscreened label on champagne glass complete with a cork, presented in a whisky-style box. They are very limited edition so if you want one, be sure to grab it quick!! We're selling these little pieces of Phillips' history for $50.

Happy Anniversary!! As always, thanks for supporting your local brewery.


there were multiple casks for me last week!

tuesday night at the railway was r and b's bumbleberry east side bitter
not at all heavy on the berries
nicely hopped
i liked it!
and i raised one for jack layton

raising my glass to jack layton

Sunday, August 28, 2011


i got my brewdog share certificate!!!
very much looking forward to receipt of my membership package in the weeks to come

i didn't realize that brewdog owns part of anchor brewing...
having gotten that anchor tattoo is looking like a better and better idea every day!

have you bought your brewdog shares yet?
need five good reasons why you should?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

beer popsicles

craft beer dot com has a great idea to help you finish off the rest of your fruit beer while the sun shines upon you - turn it into beer popsicles!

beer geekery

i am also jealous of katy and graham's fridge magnet collection, a small portion of which is shown below:

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011


beerlesque was fabulous!
major kudos to leah and everyone else at vcbw
and to amanda and everyone else at camra vancouver
(and thanks to all the brewers for showing up with great beer!)

leah of vcbw
the roundhouse looked amazing!  great job decorators!

oh, and the folks attending looked pretty darned fabulous as well!

i got to pour storm and driftwood

and then sample everyone else's beer when my volunteer shift was over

vancouver island brewing
storm brewing
driftwood 20 pounder
central city brewing
spinnakers and howe sound brewing
phillips brewing
lighthouse brewing
red truck brewing
$!5,000 was raised for the roundhouse community centre
not shabby at all!!

chris of vcbw


beer parade for portland beer week!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

shameless self-promotion

oh yeah, more self-promotion!
i have a table at the artful sunday art market at britannia community centre on commercial drive on sunday
come and buy stuff!!!
12 to 5
live music
fabulous local arts and crafts
an excuse to play on the drive on sunday
and me!
what more incentive do you need?

well, i'll be selling my hops sachets again
drift off to sleep easily with the scent of hops!


upright brewing has four new beers!
i doubt we'll get them in vancouver as they're limited editions
but its fun to dream isn't it?

cask night

Tonight is Rail Ale Tuesday at The Railway Club. They will be tapping a cask of Bumbleberry East Side Bitter, from R & B Brewung. Here's what the folks at R&B have to say about it: A mix of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries stuffed into a a cask full of ESB that has been dry hopped in the conditioning tank and again with the berries in the cask. Tapped @ 5pm

and facebook suggests i have a beer at 5:00 for jack layton
sounds like a plan is born
i had the r&b pale ale cask at the whip on sunday afternoon
dry-hopped with czech hops
it tasted kinda like iced tea
which on a hot and muggy afternoon was a very good thing!
just had the one pint though

Monday, August 22, 2011


mr. layton, i hope your legacy brings about a better canada
you have inspired so many people
my fervent hope is that they not be divisive in your absence
but rather join ranks and use your example to bring about change

"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world."

Saturday, August 20, 2011

quote of the day

jack handy
stolen from a friend's facebook wall:

“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes & dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than to be selfish and worry about my liver.' ”

Friday, August 19, 2011


well, for a not-so-beery week, i still managed to knock a few back!
wednesday night i hit pivo before and between queer film festival movies
had me the phillips hop circle

thursday night before the centrepiece queer film festival movie
i managed to swing by yaletown brewpub for some of iain hill's ipa dry-hopped with sorachi ace
i am not sure there are words to describe it
besides hop heaven!!
delicious! delightful! divine!
the hop nose carried through to the body
i would have happily taken a growler to go if i had any time to get through one this weekend!

if i could be more than one place tonight i would be at both pivo for their second anniversary
and at beerlesque at the roundhouse
but i can't be at both, so i'll be doing my duty to my fellow craft beer lovers by pouring libations at beerlesque!

beer culture

mother jones on the big boys versus the microbreweries, statistics-wise

Thursday, August 18, 2011

beer label

local ipa beer label wins award
and it has an anchor on it!
i love anchors...

organic beer and bacon pairing

i also wish i was heading down to portland this weekend for portland beer week
but alas, i am not...

and its not like i could attend this particular event anyway
but i am all over the idea of organic beer paired with bacon
seven types of bacon!

among the organic beers are hopworks and crannog - yay!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

red truck

managed to sneak in a quick beer between vqff movies last night
it was the red truck limited release ipa at st. augustine's

Saturday, August 13, 2011

how green is your beer?

obviously an ontario-centred article in the globe and mail
about how green (or not) breweries are
where is the mention of crannog??
still, kudos to steamwhistle for their greener initiatives
and thanks to the big boys for committing some money to enviro programs
even if none of those go as far as wasting less water, using fewer adjuncts etc. etc.


there is just no time for beer this week
well, not no time, just very little time

why this week?

well its the vancouver queer film festival august 11 to 21
and i'm spending nine of those 11 days involved with the festival
mostly watching films
but also three nights of volunteering
what a saint i am!

the two days in my calendar not taken up with the festival are today and next saturday
today i get to go join the vanbrewers and sample their wonderful brews
before i hit the bc lions game
next week i get to go see two wonderful friends get married
and they promise me there will be kegs of craft beer at the reception!
(of course i would have gone even without that promise)

what does this mean in general?
not much to anyone but me and my nearest and dearest really
but its my excuse to any of y'all who are reading this for the very light content on the blog over this period!

and speaking of volunteering, i'll be pouring at beerlesque next friday night
(at the roundhouse, put on by camra vancouver and vcbw)
right after seeing a queer film
fun, fun, fun!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

beer geekery

stolen from facebook, from chicks for beer:

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you would have $49.00 today!

If you purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG, you would have $33.00.

But, if you purchased $1,000 worth of beer, drank all the beer, turned in the aluminum cans for recycling, you would have $214.00.

Therefore the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle.

It's called the 401-Keg Plan.

red truck

i hit up a birthday celebration at st. augustine's on wednesday evening
and got to try the red truck limited release ipa!
(as featured in scout magazine)

when i first got to st. a's the staff were not aware of the ipa being on the premises
after i told them it had been tweeted about they searched around and asked enough boss-type people until the keg was unearthed and hooked up

during that time i consoled myself with a deschutes inversion
defintely my go-to ipa
and a staunch member of my revolving evolving top ten beers list

i am very happy that the red truck ipa was found!
the juxtaposition of malts and hops, sweetness and bitterness
was like a perfect tango on my tongue
i really hope there is some left in the keg on sunday when i next get to stop by st. a's

couldn't remember if i'd had the lagunita's lucky 13 before
so i ordered me one
"plenty of light roasted malt to keep it rich and mega-dosed with loads of hoppy - sweet and spicy amarillo goodness to keep it on the edge"
the nose on this one is amazing
i want to bottle that smell, err, well, you know, as an air freshener not a beer
anyway... very floral tasting
hello amarillo!
not gonna crack my top ten
but i would definitely have it again

i wanted to try the brooklyn brewery's brewmaster's reserve "the concoction" next
but alas, they ran out just then
("based off a delightful scotch-based cocktail called the penicillin and combining peat smoked malt, minced ginger, lemon juice and wildflower honey")
bummer, man

instead i went for the moylan's nitro e.s.b.
"an english-syel pale ale.  we chose to deliver this beer with a blended nitrogen and co2 gas mixture.  this delivery method provides a smooth and silky texture to the mouth without compromising a balanced hop profile"
definitely english style, very smooth
almost too creamy
interesting end to a much hoppier beginning
but paired much better with the ice cream birthday cake than any of the earlier beers would have!
might have one again some time

Thursday, August 11, 2011

shameless self-promotion

hey you!
yeah, you

wanna see all the episodes of outgames tv?
sure you do!

check them out on youtube:

Pre-game Magazine Show

Wed Magazine Show

Thursdays Magazine Show

Friday Magazine show

Closing Ceremonies

see me with make-up on
c'mon you know you wanna...

cask night

made it to cask night at the railway club on tuesday
it was a dry-hopped with tomahawk pale ale by russell brewing

i honestly have no idea how i feel about this cask
definitely drinkable
some haze, nice head, amazing nose
tastes like a pale ale that has been dry-hopped
you know, hoppy and malty
but there's just something about it that i can't make up my mind about
do i love it? do i hate it?  am i indifferent to it?
i have no idea
how's that for a review?
that's what i'm here for folks - clarity and articulation
yup, umm hmm

but all was not lost
i kept drinking
i thought that was the best way to deal with my weird taste buds
had a phillips hop circle at the railway
then lagunitas ipa and acme ipa at malones
followed by central city red racer at rogue
(sounds a bit like the pub crawl for ipa day doesn't it?
but nope, just any old tuesday night in vancouver...)
my palate recalibrated itself and all was right in my world
thank dog!

#IPADay check-ins

untappd kept track of their stats from the beer wench's social media ipa day on august 4th
i'm not on untappd, so my stats aren't included
but still interesting to see who checks in and what they're drinking


latest newsletter from spinnakers pub in victoria

latest newsletter from

and leo's interview of iain hill of yaletown brewpub

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


and still more about ipa day!
ryan and i made the camra newsletter because of the pub crawl - yay!!

guess this means we really should plan something for stout day...
another pub crawl?
a room at a pub with stouts on cask?
a beer pairing dinner?


i know ipa day was last week
but i'm a bit slow on the photo upload, okay?!

here is the fabulous ryan and myself in the shirts we made for our pub crawl
adorable aren't we?

first stop of the crawl was yaletown brewpub
where we enjoyed iain hill's dry-hopped with simcoe cask of brick & beam ipa
yaletown hosts a cask night every thursday, tapping at 4

yaletown brewpub
we also had the extra treats made for us by lundy and ryan
lundy made ipa bread with deschutes inversion
ryan made his now famous ipa peanut brittle, this batch with hopworks ace of spades

lundy and the ipa bread

ryan and the ipa peanut brittle
second stop was the railway club
where they had specials on bottles of howe sound devil's elbow ipa, russell ip'eh and r&b hoppelganger...
and phillips hop circle on tap
i had the hop circle
the railway also celebrated international beer day on august 5th with bands and many beer specials
and has a weekly cask night on tuesdays, tapping at 5

railway club
the third stop was the newly crafted malones urban drinkery
where we had a big high-top table reserved for us
all ipa taps were on special
i had the acme ipa
and we were given plates of nachos for the table

fourth stop was steamworks brewpub
where we had space in the lounge reserved for us
i had the ipa... but wish i'd had the raspberry instead
the ipa is fine, but not as hoppy as the others i had been drinking so it didn't thrill me, unfortunately

our final stop was at rogue kitchen and wet-bar
where we had a whole room reserved for us
four ipas on the rotating tap
and appy specials
i had a flight of the four ipas on rotation:  central city red racer ipa, driftwood fat tug, crannog insurrection and moylan's ipa
delicious, every last one of them!

rogue kitchen and wet bar
the crawl was a whole lotta fun
and i hope we make it an annual thing!
thanks to the beer wench for coming up with the idea of ipa day
thanks to ryan for helping me plan our vancouver celebration
and thanks to the pubs for hosting us so well!

see you november 3 for #StoutDay!!


because everyone needs a good laugh
(its good for your health!)
check out these funny sites
(even though they are completely non-beer related)

pointless flyers
gay marriage signs
bizarre disclaimers
facebook misspellings

suddenly i'm so much happier about a grey wednesday morning at the office!

this last one isn't funny so much as it is just brilliant
saving neo-nazis one t-shirt at a time

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

beer geekery

got this facebook message from a friend:

As soon as I saw you pop up in the news feed today it reminded me of my dream last night:

You were riding a Big Wheel trike, pulling a cart full of beer in New York City. Meaning? Who knows but it was fun!

i like it!

50 book challenge

finally getting another beer book into the line-up!
currently reading jon c stott's beer quest west


Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns


Kelley Armstrong – The Reckoning
Kelley Armstrong – The Summoning

Kelley Armstrong - The Awakening
Michelle Moran – Cleopatra’s Daughter
Michelle Moran – The Heretic Queen
Kelley Armstrong – Frostbitten
Michelle Moran – Nefertiti
Kim Harrison – Early to Death, Early to Rise
Charlaine Harris – Dead in the Family
Michael V. Smith: Progress
Michael Connelly: Angels Flight
Jilly Cooper: Jump!
Rachel York: Chasing Lightning
Guy Gavriel Kay: Under Heaven
Kim Harrison: Black Magic Sanction
Preston & Child: Fever Dream
Nicholas Pashley: Cheers! An Intemperate History of Beer in Canada
Louise Welsh – Naming the Bones

Jack Whyte – Order in Chaos

Noah Boyd – The Bricklayer

Christopher Moore – Coyote Blue

Christopher Moore – Island of the Sequined Love Nun

Jeff Lindsay – Dexter by Design
Rachel Solar-Tuttle – Number Six Fumbles

Val McDermid – Fever of the Bone
Kim Harrison – Once Dead, Twice Shy
Jonathan Franzen – Freedom
MaryJanice Davidson – Undead & Unwelcome
MaryJanice Davidson – Undead & Unworthy
Kim Harrison – White Witch, Black Curse

red truck ipa

from Red Truck Beer:

IPA launches today at Romers in Kits, The Alibi Room and Boneta, It's 6.9% and delicious...

Monday, August 8, 2011

keg art

murals painted on kegs?
interesting new artistic medium

canadian ipas

my favourite beer style gets a nice write up in macleans magazine
if macleans is writing about it, maybe my mom will try an ipa!

yoga and beer

ska brewing is brilliant
(have you tried the modus hoperandi?)
they're offering a yoga class with a beer to follow for $10
that would make me try yoga!!

Happy Hour Yoga tonight at Ska...come get your yoga on (THEN your beer!!) 5:30-6:30!! $10 includes one-hour class and a beer! Cheers

Saturday, August 6, 2011

cask night

i made it out to the railway club's cask night on tuesday
where i imbibed in a couple of pints of the fresh-hopped granville island esb

it was fragrant and delicious and a definite crowd-pleaser

i decided to follow it up with a mixing experiment
phillips ginger ale mixed with russell lemon ale
it was a refreshing summer brew
i highly recommend it!

beer labels

i still think stillwater ales has the best beer bottle labels ever
but these other ten are pretty good too!
(especially the 21st amendment ones...)

Friday, August 5, 2011

question tweeted this the other day
and i think its a great question!!

Here's the situation. You are allowed 3 specific beers to have on a desert island forever (in unlimited quantities). What are they? Go.

today i would pick central city red racer ipa
deschutes hop in the dark
can i have a rotating tap for #3?

i can't make up my mind which is third
this is a hard question!!

sorry boys

sorry to all the boy type people on the pub crawl last night
apparently all those ipas were not good for you
oh, they were very good for me and all the other girl type people imbibing them
but not for you
hope you won't hold it against me!

the pub crawl was a success!
people came, they drank ipa, they laughed, they made me laugh
it was good times!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

pub crawl

finally today is just about over
talk about one of the longest days everrrr
i just wanna hop on the ipa day pub crawl wagon and worship the hops!

t minus 25 minutes until i fly outta work
and into a hoppy ipa!

san francisco

oh how i wish i was going to be in san francisco on august 8th
i want to go to the stillwater / evil twin dinner at monk's kettle
it sounds like a once in a lifetime confluence of awesome

The Menu
Reception:  The Debut of the "Debutante" - Stillwater - Saison - 5.8% ABV
First - Bellweather Farms ricotta gnocchi, with Maine lobster butter and chervil
Paired With - "Ryan & the Beaster Bunny" - Evil Twin - Saison - 7.0% ABV
Second - Roasted & pickled summer roots with celery root and tasso gratin
Paired With - "Stateside" Saison - Stillwater - 6.8% ABV
Third - Pan seared veal sweetbreads, with plum butter, preserved grapes and bee pollen
Paired With - "A Saison Darkly" - Stillwater (Brewed at Sint Canarus) - Dark Saison - 8.0% ABV
Fourth - Grilled rib-eye of Bison, with bintje potatoes and chestnut purée in a spruce demi-glace
Paired With - "Before, During & After Christmas" - Evil Twin - Imperial IPA - 8.0% ABV
"Jaded" - Stillwater (Brewed at De Struise) - Strong Dark Belgian Wheat Ale - 10.0% ABV
Fifth - Drunken sour cherry & pecan tart flambé, with Three Twins ice cream
Paired With - "Ashtray Heart" - Evil Twin - Smoked Imperial Stout - 8.9% ABV

Monday August 8th
Doors Open - 5:30PM First Course Served - 6:30PM
$125 per person - tax and gratuity not included
Many of these beers are in very short supply and we do anticipate this event to sell out quickly.
For more information or to secure your reservation please e-mail

ipa day in victoria

if you'll be in victoria today...
spinnakers is celebrating ipa day!


happy international ipa day!

really hope to see you on the crawl tonight!!

4 - 5:45 at yaletown brewpub (with a cask of iain's ipa dry-hopped with simcoe)
6 - 6:45 at railway club (with ipa on special)
7 - 7:45 at malones (with ipa specials and an appetizer for the group)
8 - 8:45 at steamworks
9 onwards at rogue wetbar (with ipa specials on crannog insurrection, mooylan’s ipa, central city ipa and driftwood fat tug)

just show up at the venue(s) at the appointed time and join in on the ipa adoration
hop aboard, they're expecting us!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


in case you'll be in victoria on thursday
you know, for #IPADay
hit up spinnakers - they'll be celebrating!

yay california

oh good job california on making it easier for brewers to hold beer tastings!
let's get everyone else on board!


wow, this is my 900th post
i sure am chatty!

only two days away from international ipa day
please, if you're in vancouver
come join in on the pub crawl!!!

4 - 5:45 at yaletown brewpub (with a cask of iain's ipa dry-hopped with simcoe)

6 - 6:45 at railway club (with ipa on special)

7 - 7:45 at malones (with ipa specials and an appetizer for the group)

8 - 8:45 at steamworks

9 onwards at rogue wetbar (with ipa specials on crannog insurrection, moylan’s ipa, central city ipa and driftwood fat tug)

no tickets
no muss, no fuss
just show up at the venue(s) at the appointed time and join in on the ipa adoration
hop aboard, they're expecting us!
let's make this an event to remember


so inconvenient it is to me that brewdog is in the uk and i am in canadia
i want to be a member of the abstrakt addict club
but alas and alack, delivery is only to uk addresses
le sigh

Monday, August 1, 2011