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