Saturday, December 31, 2011

a look back at craft beer 2011

craftbeer.com 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!
cheers!

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.
Cheers,
Leo Nomoto
Editor, CAMRA Vancouver

Sunday, December 25, 2011

beer geekery

happy appropriated religious holiday day!

the oatmeal, on beer

bob & doug mckenzie

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

(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:
~ 5 GOLDEN TOQUES!
~ 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
~ 5 GOLDEN TOQUES!

~ 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
~ 5 GOLDEN TOQUES!
~ 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
~ 5 GOLDEN TOQUES!
~ 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.

~ 5 GOLDEN TOQUES!
~ 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

beerecipe

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!
Cheers,
~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...

victoria

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!

campagnolo

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

earl's

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

craftbeer.com 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

brewdog

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

bliss!

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...
maybe...

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:

KUCHH NAI WHISKY TASTING

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.

CHOCOVINE TASTING
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!

JUAN SANTO CAFE LIQUEUR
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.
STONEBOAT AND CALLIOPE WINE TASTING
Monday, 4 to 7 pm Dec 19, 2011
We will be sampling the Stoneboat Pinotage, Stoneboat Chorus, Calliope Sauv Blanc and Calliope Fig 8.

PROSECCO TASTING
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.
Cheers,
~The Legacy Team

Thursday, December 15, 2011

beernesday

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:
http://www.storeconsole.com/DefaultStore/Default.aspx?StoreSID=10196

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)
•Coasters
•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.

Cheers,
~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!
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
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)


HOP HENGE EXPERIMENTAL IPA
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 craftbeer.com:  "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!"

growlers

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.

Cheers,
~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:

STORM AND RUSSELL COLLABORATION BEER


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!