Friday, January 13, 2012

friends, romans, countrymen

i'm off to mexico to drink cerveza for a coupla weeks
catch you in february!

p.s. no one else from my house is leaving, so like don't even think about chiding me for announcing publicly that i won't be home!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

free tastings

Free Upcoming Tastings at Legacy Liquor Store in Vancouver

Thursday, 4 to 7 pm
Jan 12, 2012
The Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling is a dry, crisp, refreshing style of Riesling with beautiful fruit flavors, crisp acidity and an elegant finish. It offers beautiful ripe peach and apricot aromas with a clean finish.

Friday, 4 to 7 pm
Jan 13, 2012
A blend of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey and honey liqueur with a taste that is authentically Jack and naturally smooth. This superb new blend was crafted to satisfy consumers who embrace the brand's core values, but whose palates desire a different way to enjoy Jack's whiskey.
Saturday, 2 to 6 pm
Jan 14, 2012
We will be sampling the Gueze and Farrow.
Sunday, 12 to 3 pm
Jan 15, 2012
Legacy Liquor Store is a proud partner of the Canadian Professional Bartender's Association. Together we are presenting the CPBA New Product Salon. If you've ever been interested in becoming a bartender, or just learning the tricks of the trade for your home skills, swing by and meet some of the top bartenders in the city. We will be showcasing bartender tools for sale as well as widely used products like bitters and sprits.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

camra vancouver

anyone wanna run for secretary???

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2012 Camra Vancouver executive. If you are interested in getting involved, or know anyone who is, please email Amanda at

Here are the current nominees to date

President – Paddy Treavor
Vice President – Palle Hoffstein and Dieter Friesen
Secretary – no nominations
Treasurer – Rebecca Whyman
Membership – Matt Anderson
Corporate Liaison – Justin Prasad
Communications Director – Leah Poulton
Events Coordinator – Amanda Barry

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

tempest in a pint glass

oh oh!
controversy in the craft beer world!

a beer advocate thread on over-rated breweries gets some knickers in a twist

"hawksbeerfan" out of new york started it all with this post:
What brewery out there gets too much hype for what they bring to the table? My money goes to Dogfish Head. Their IPAs are solid but most of their "big" beers really aren't anything special and some are downright bad.

sam calagione responds:
It's pretty depressing to frequently visit this site and see the most negative threads among the most popular. This didn't happen much ten years ago when craft beer had something like a 3 percent market share. Flash forward to today, and true indie craft beer now has a still-tiny but growing marketshare of just over 5 percent. Yet so many folks that post here still spend their time knocking down breweries that dare to grow. It's like that old joke: "Nobody eats at that restaurant anymore, it's too crowded.” Except the "restaurants" that people shit on here aren't exactly juggernauts. In fact, aside from Boston Beer, none of them have anything even close to half of one percent marketshare. The more that retailers, distributors, and large industrial brewers consolidate the more fragile the current growth momentum of the craft segment becomes. The more often the Beer Advocate community becomes a soap box for outing breweries for daring to grow beyond its insider ranks the more it will be marginalized in the movement to support, promote, and protect independent ,American, craft breweries.

It's interesting how many posts that refer to Dogfish being over-rated include a caveat like "except for Palo...except for Immort...etc." We all have different palettes which is why it's a great thing that there are so many different beers. At Dogfish we've been focused on making "weird" beers since we opened and have taken our lumps for being stylistically indifferent since day one. I bet a lot of folks agree that beers like Punkin Ale (since 1995) , Immort Ale (wood aged smoked beer) since 1995, Chicory Stout (coffee stout) since 1995 , Raison D'ĂȘtre (Belgian brown) since 1996, , Indian Brown Ale (dark IPA) since 1997, and 90 Minute (DIPA) since 2000 don't seem very weird anymore. That’s in large part because so many people who have been part of this community over the years championed them and helped us put them on the map.These beers, and all of our more recent releases like Palo Santo, Burton Baton, Bitches Brew continue to grow every year. We could have taken the easy way out and just sold the bejeezus out of 60 Minute to grow but we like to experiment and create and follow our own muse. Obviously there is an audience that appreciates this as we continue to grow. We put no more "hype" or "expert marketing" behind our best selling beers than we do our occasionals. We only advertise in a few beer magazines and my wife Mariah oversees all of our twitter/Facebook/ stuff. We have mostly grown by just sharing our beer with people who are into it (at our pub, great beer bars, beer dinners, and fests) and let them decide for themselves if they like it. If they do we hope they tell their friends about. We hope a bunch of you that are going to EBF will stop by our booth and try some of the very unique new beers we are proudly bringing to market like Tweason'ale (a champagne-esque, gluten-free beer fermented with buckwheat honey and strawberries) and Noble Rot (a sort of saison brewed with Botrytis-infected Viognier Grape must). One of these beers is on the sweeter side and one is more sour. Knowing each of your palettes is unique you will probably prefer one over the other. That doesn't mean the one you didn't prefer sucked. And the breweries you don't prefer but are growing don't suck either. Respect Beer. The below was my favorite post thus far.

This thread is hilarious. Seriously, Bells, Founders, FFF, Surly, RR, DFH, Bruery, Avery, Cigar City, Mikkeller are all overrated?

Since I'm from Ohio, I'll pile on and add Great Lakes, Hoppin Frog, and Brew Kettle to the list. Your welcome.

Hopefully soon we will have every craft brewery in the US on the list.

and shaun from 21st amendment responds:
There is a dust storm in the brewing interweb community today over at BeerAdvocate where a thread bagging on craft breweries that are getting too big and popular and calling them out because of that and also maybe how their beers are over-rated.

It reminds me of when Jack White of the White Stripes was asked in an interview years ago about how the early fans of his band back in Detroit would bag... on their success and popularity. He said, that their cool little indie underground band from Michigan was getting bigger, but the Stripes were doing the same thing they've always been doing just more people were listening.

In some peoples eyes you're only cool if your not too popular. I call bullish#t.

Craft beer is becoming more popular and isn't that the point? We've got a great thing going and we want the world to know about it. If you don't like some breweries beer don't wear their shoes, but don't bag on their shoes because more people are wearing them, because someone likes those shoes. OK, I'll turn off the analogy machine and get back to trying to figure out how to add arugula to a beer that I hope everyone on this planet will drink.


me, i say the most overrated brewer is anheuser-busch. period.
stop knocking craft beer while there is so much crappy beer dominating the market
brew the beer you want to see in the world!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

50 book challenge

as i take down all my holiday decorations i am reminded that i haven't yet publicly admitted defeat on the 50 book challenge for 2011
i failed!  sob, gasp, sniffle
i only read 48 books in 2011

i kinda think i won too
i read 48 books in 2011
that's not too shabby, not at all
and three of them were beer books!

jury's still out on trying again in 2012
lemme get back to you on that after my vacation!
(meaning that if i read enough books on vacation to have put a dent into 50 for 2012, challenge on!  if i don't get around to reading on the beach, then screw it, i shall read purely for pleasure in 2012!)


48. George R.R. Martin - A Feast for Crows
47. George R.R. Martin – A Storm of Swords
46. Benjamin Hoff – The Te of Piglet
45. George R.R. Martin – A Clash of Kings

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

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

when good beer goes bad

not a philosophical discussion of the merits of beer
nope, just a guide to how to know your craft beer has gone off and what to do about it
its a shame when a good beer goes bad
but its a bigger shame when you don't know what to do about it!

bottle opener pendant

and again the beer wench finds a fabulous beer accessory
this time its a beer bottle opener pendant
too steep for me at $64, but fabulous nontheless!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

legacy tastings

Free Upcoming Tastings:
Thursday, 4 to 7 pm
Jan 5, 2012
Come try the newest Wine in the Cupcake family - Prosecco! It offers a lively, fruity nose of peaches and nectarines which persist to the palate with soft, creamy citrus accents that finish with a gratifying burst.

Friday, 4 to 7 pm
Jan 6, 2012
Southern Comfort Lime has been infused with premium lime flavours and ingredients to deliver a delicious alternative to the traditional Southern Comfort flavour.
Saturday, 2 to 6 pm
Jan 7, 2012
SpierHead Winery and vineyard is situated along Spiers Road on the benchlands of south east Kelowna. Their focus is on premium quality wine, which is why they produce from grapes grown on their estate vineyard and Black Sage Road.
Sunday, 2 to 6 pm
Jan 8, 2012
Twice a year, Whistler releases a special collection of their best seasonal beers. This winter, they've released The Party Pack! The Whistler Party Pack will help you and your friends bring the fun inside while it gets colder outside. Fashioned in a retro-style board game box.

dear friend

a friend forwarded this to me a couple of years ago
where it is originally from i have no idea and to be honest, i'm too lazy to try to find out!

Dear Alcohol,
First and foremost, let me tell you that I'm a huge fan of yours. As my friend, you always seem to be there when needed. The perfect gift, post-work cocktail, a beer at the game, and you're even around at the holidays (hidden inside chocolates as you warm us when we're stuck in the midst of endless family gatherings). However, lately I've been wondering about your intentions. While I want to believe that you have my best interests at heart, I feel that your influence has led to some unwise consequences:

1. Phone Calls:

While I agree with you that communication is important. I question the suggestion that any conversation after 2 a.m. can have much substance or necessity. Why would you make me call my exes? Especially when I know, for a fact, they DO NOT want to hear from me during the day, let alone all hours of the night.
2. Eating:
Now, you know I love a good meal. But, why do you suggest that I eat a taco with chilli sauce along with a big Italian meatball and some stale chips (washed down with wine & topped off with a Kit Kat AFTER a few cheese curls & chilli cheese fries)? I'm an eclectic eater but, I think you went too far this time.
3. Clumsiness:

Unless you're subtly trying to tell me that I need to do more yoga to improve my balance, I see NO need to hammer this issue home by causing me to fall down. It's completely unnecessary, and the black & blue marks that appear on my body mysteriously the next day are beyond me. Similarly, it should never take me more than 45 seconds to get the front door key into the lock.

4. Furthermore:

The hangovers have GOT to stop! This is getting ridiculous. I know a little penance for our previous evening's debauchery may be in order.  But, the 3 p.m. hangover immobility is completely unacceptable.  My entire day is shot. I ask that if the proper precautions are taken (water, vitamin B, bread products, aspirin) prior to going to sleep/passing out (face down on the kitchen floor with a bag of popcorn or wherever), the hangover should be minimal and in no way interfere with my daily activities.

Alcohol, I have enjoyed our friendship for some years now and would like to ensure that we remain on good terms. You've been the invoker of great stories, the provocation for much laughter, and the needed companion when I just don't know what to do with the extra money in my pockets.

In order to continue this friendship, I ask that you carefully review my grievances above and address them immediately. I will look for an answer no later than Friday 3 p.m. (pre-happy hour) on your possible solutions. And hopefully we can continue this fruitful partnership.
Thank you,
Your Biggest Fan
P.S. Please take a moment or two and note the following items below that I think may be of some interest to you.
1. Innovative
2. Preliminary
3. Proliferation
4. Cinnamon
1. Specificity
2. British Constitution
3. Passive-Aggressive Disorder
1. Thanks, but I don't want to have sex.
2. Nope, no more beer for me.
3. Sorry, but you're not really my type.
4. Good evening, officer. Isn't it lovely out tonight?
5. Oh, I couldn't. No one wants to hear me sing

beer flan recipe

just in time for my mexico departure
here's a recipe for black ale mexican flan

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

good health

while its not actually beer-related, it is related to yer health, which you gotta keep on the good side in order to be able to drink beer... so i say it fits!
harvard changes the "food pyramid" into a plate of health
and does so without listening to u.s. lobbyists - dairy is not on the plate!!
check it out
i'll drink to that!


i leave for mexico in nine days' time
this is very exciting for me

i have not been finding much time to keep this blog current
hopefully after three weeks in the sun i will be recharged and return with new vigour to blog, blog, blog!

my goal for this year's trip is to find all the beers below and try them!
not just take a photo of them like i did last year!

Monday, January 2, 2012


ever wanted to travel to germany to check out the beer?
legacy liquor store has a seminar for you!

Monday, 7 to 8 PM Jan 9, 2012
TICKETS: $25/head 36 seats available.
This seminar, jointly hosted by our beer supervisor Christopher Bonnallie and Jonathan Doan (Project Coordinator for the Educational Travel Program at Langara College) will introduce the amazing cultural and historial points of interest of Germany, alongside a history of German beer making. Advice will be offered to people intrested in travelling to Germany and having a "German Beer Experience" while supplementing this with the odd non-beer-related site, as well as general travel advice. Reference will also be given to related foods traditionally eaten. Regions covered will include Bavaria, Rhineland region, and Berlin.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

happy new year...

or happy apocalypse?!

elysian brings us the 12 beers of the apocalypse
beginning with these two brews:

In a year-long run-up to the end of all time (according to the Mayan calendar), Elysian Brewing Company and Fantagraphics Books, both of Seattle, are planning a series of twelve beers, issued on the 21st of each month in 2012 and featuring the label artwork of Charles Burns. Taken from Burns's weirdly apocalyptic work "Black Hole," the labels will adorn Elysian's "Twelve Beers of the Apocalypse," featuring the creativity and unusual ingredients for which its brewing team is known. What twelve beers would you brew (and drink) if you knew they would be your last?

First up in January is NIBIRU, named for the mysterious planet X supposedly on a collision course toward Earth. The Elysian / Fantagraphics Nibiru will be a Belgian-style Tripel flavored with an infusion of yerba maté. Combining the tasty esters of Belgian yeast and the compelling tea-like flavors of the South American herb mixture, the beer will weigh in at around 7.6% alcohol by volume. A mixture of German Northern Brewer, Czech Saaz and American Amarillo hops round out the uniqueness of this first beer of the Apocalypse. Oddly enough there's another apocalyptic-themed Nibiru out there: a super volcano currently burbling most dangerously beneath Yellowstone National Park. It too is scheduled to end life as we know it very very soon.

February 21 will usher in RAPTURE, an ale of opulent proportions flavored with heather tips. Unlike the various Rapture events predicted by pseudoscientists and alarmist evangelicals, the beer will be very real and frankly delicious, combining the floral fragrance and slight bite of high country heather with Northwest Glacier hops in another 7% abv beer. FALLOUT follows in March, right around the time of the vernal equinox. Fallout will be a pale ale made with green cardamom.

As Earth's last year unfolds, other beers will appear as if by dangerous magic. Persimmons, chilies, raisins, blood oranges, rosemary and other herbs will be integrated into ales, lagers and Belgian styles using the finest local and imported ingredients. These limited brews will be available in bottles and draft and at select bars and bottle shops.

We will celebrate as they are released - on the 21st of every month in 2012 - with events at one or the other of Elysian's three Seattle pubs and at Fantagraphics headquarters in the Georgetown neighborhood. Once they're gone, these beers will never be brewed again. Then again, come December 21, that will be the least of our worries.