Wednesday, February 29, 2012


what a great word!

the cask last night at the railway club was howe sound's best bitter dry-hopped with fuggles
not bad, not bad at all!
and i got to say fuggles several times

spring beers

check out all the spring seasonals being released by u.s. brewers

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

biercraft and firefly

i spent my lunch hour today at firefly and biercraft
success at firefly!  bit of fail at biercraft :(

shopping with shans at firefly
my hoppy haul
biercraft has a new lunch menu and were offering $2 lunches between 11:30 and 1:30 today, plus a $2 coupon for your next lunch visit, meaning that your net spending would end up being zero
a free lunch
who doesn't want a free lunch?
alas, because of the deal they were not able to make substitutions or deletions to their menu items and this vegetarian who isn't eating cheese these days was shit outta luck on menu items
but on the bright side, i made it back to work on time!
i'm surprised there weren't more people in there taking advantage of the special, but then again, i only heard about it at about 11 this morning...

collaboration beer

new collaboration brew from stone, bear republic and fat head - a texas brown ale
sounds a lot like a cascadian dark ale to me...

Monday, February 27, 2012

almost march

its almost march
and that means that st. patrick's day
(aka an excuse to drink a lot of beer)
is just around the corner

my beer husband

i love lazy days with my beer husband!
we watch good television, drink good beers and he makes delicious beer food
i am a very lucky woman
and he is going to make someone a wonderful real husband some day - until then, i will shamelessly enjoy him!!

on deck for yesterday's good times:

hoyne big bock

three boys oyster stout

driftwood singularity russian imperial stout

and the piece de resistance:  beer stew!
(kale, white beans, carrots, russett potatoes and russell black death porter)

(added bonus, an introduction to hoyne)

women in beer

Don't Miss This One! March 8th (international women's day) at Rogue. 8 fabulous bc beers brought to you by 8 charismatic bc women in beer from 8 bc breweries paired with 8 small plate creations by Rogue Chef Cory Chapman! Sponsored by Pink Pints! And Yes Boys, you are welcome to come!! $55/person includes tax, gratuities and swag! PASS IT ON!

rebecca from crannog says that she is bringing a cardamom infused ipa - yay!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

job love

sometimes the whole working for a living thing is a-okay
and i don't just mean on pay day!

today the office field trip was to the liquor store
i love getting to stock the office fridge with beer!

now keep in mind that i am slowly indoctrinating my work peeps
so no judging the choices - the fridge looks so much better than when i started here!

beer pairing

last night i paired the fish tacos at st. augustine's with the deschutes hop henge ipa
(i also paired the rogue fish tacos with the hop henge on monday night - that was heavenly too!)


interview with brian strumke of stillwater artisinal ales
premium lager is a reconstruction of beers hipsters love
and will soon be coming in a can!

upcoming vancouver beer events

from camra vancouver's newsletter:

Upcoming Events

February 24 @ 7pm
Pumphouse Longtable Dinner featuring Anderson Valley
Join Anderson Valley owner Trey White for this 5 course meal paired with 5 beers from the brewery. In addition to being named as one of the top ten breweries in America, Anderson Valley recently claimed several gold medals in California. Don't miss this dinner and tap takeover event! Tickets are $40.

February 25
Central City Bacon Explosion Dinner
To launch their new seasonal, a Bamberg style Rauchbier, Central City will feature a Bacon Explosion Dinner. Bacon, wrapped in sausage, wrapped in bacon, served with spicy slaw, mashed potatoes and beer onion gravy. $14.95, and only $3 more to add a sleeve of the rauchbier. Also, a pin of dry hopped Red Racer Pale Ale will be tapped. Cask tapped at 4pm, dinner can be ordered from then onwards.

February 27 @ 7pm
Eat Local/Drink Local
Darby's Pub will host their 3rd Eat local / Drink local craft dinner on February 27, featuring 3 courses paired with beer from Howe Sound Brewing. Tickets are $40. For more info, contact 604-731-0617 or

February 28 @ 7-9pm
Belgian Beer 101
Want to know what a Lambic is? The difference between Trappist and Abbey ales? What makes Belgian beers unique? Find out the answers to these questions and more at this event, which will cover eight styles of beer from Belgium. Cheese for the evening will be provided by Benton Brothers Fine Cheese. You'll also enjoy a new Belgian beer glass and 10 percent off your purchases at Firefly and Benton Brothers. SOLD OUT.
March 3 @ 2pm
CAMRA Fraser Valley AGM
CAMRA Fraser Valley's Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday, March 3rd, 2pm at Mission Springs Brewing. Members get a free glass, pint of cask ale and appetizers. Come out and get involved!

March 5 @ 6pm
Lighthouse Switchback IPA Launch at Bitter
Celebrate the launch of the newest Lighthouse beer - Switchback IPA - at Bitter Tasting Room. Lighthouse head brewer Dean McLeod will be attending the event to meet and mingle with fellow patrons and discuss different aspects of brewing. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
March 6 @ 6pm
Brewmasters Dinner at Seasons in the Park
The Brewmaster's Dinner showcases award-winning beers paired with seasonal, signature dishes from Seasons in the Park. Guests will receive historical and entertaining information on the history of brewing from Granville Island Brewmaster Vern Lambourne, plus delicious cuisine, complemented with a tasting of Granville Island beer and Limited Release craft brew.

March 8 @ 6:30pm
A Rogue Women in Beer Pairing Mingler
On Thursday, March 8 (International Women's Day), Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar will host a Women in Beer Pairing Mingler. $55 gets you 8 BC beers presented by 8 BC women in beer, paired with 8 tasty offerings from Rogue Chef Cory Chapman. Sponsored by Vancouver Pink Pints. Guys are welcome too! For more info and tickets, see the event page.

March 19 @ 8pm
The Battle of the Belgians - Dubbel Trouble
The second of four dinners at Biercraft's Cambie location. A three course meal expertly paired with Maredsous Dubbel, Grimbergen Dubbel and Westmalle Dubbel. Tickets for all dinners are $60 per person ($50 for CAMRA members), or are available in packages, $100 for 2 in the series, $150 for three. To buy tickets or for more information please call (604) 874-6900 or stop by Biercraft (3305 Cambie Street or 1191 Commercial Drive).
April 16 @ 8pm
The Battle of the Belgians - A Reason for the Saison
The third of four dinners at Biercraft's Cambie location. A three course meal expertly paired with Saison Dupont, Saison Dottignies and Ommegang Hennepin. Ticket information as above.
May 14 @ 8pm
The Battle of the Belgians - Duck, Duck, Gueze
The fourth of four dinners at Biercraft's Cambie location. A three course meal expertly paired with Cantillion Gueze, Mort Subite Oude Gueze and Cantillion Kriek. Ticket information as above.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

beer and food pairing

more on the meaty topic of beer and food pairing

beer labels

apparently i am not the only one obsessed by beer labels
eat your pinterest heart out!


tried two casks at two venues last night
i love vancouver!

first up, it was rail ale at the railway club
featuring central city's red racer vanilla chai stout
fortunately for me, there wasn't much vanilla in it at all
instead it was a delicately spiced easy drinking stout
i liked it, but not enough to have two...

next up i went to the whip
the cask wasn't tapped when i first got there so i had to suffer through a fat tug...
my life is hard!

the cask of r&b black water wheat got tapped around 10 p.m.
after fat tugging it up to that point i just got me a taster of the cask
you know, to be able to say i'd tried it!
it was interesting...
very banana on the nose, wheaty on the tongue, but not as robust as a hefe
and what is black water?
fortunately it is not waste water, its fulvic mineral water, phew!
i don't have a chemistry degree, heck i didn't even take it in high school, so i have no idea what this lovely mineral water offers to a beer
aren't you glad i blogged about it?
don't you feel very informed now?
you're welcome, all part of the service

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2012 is the year for craft beer

joe wiebe thinks 2012 is going to be THE year for craft beer in british columbia
read his openfile article and see for yourself


the whip posted this on facebook today
i had forgotten where i had stolen it from
thanks to the whip i can now properly attribute the theory to cheers!

‎'Well you see, Norm, it's like this . . . A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the heard is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. And that, Norm, is why you always feel smarter after a few beers.'

america's next top brewer

i'm with the beer wench on this one:  most reality television leaves me cold
but america's next top brewer?  that one i'd happily watch!

Monday, February 20, 2012

bikes and beer

while drinking and biking is not a good combo
a six-pack holder for your bike is a great idea!
stolen from pinterest, who apparently got it from besportier

long table dinners

two upcoming long table dinners hosted by beer thirst:

Friday Feb 24th:

Anderson Valley Long Table Dinner and Tap Takeover $40

This dinner will have 5 courses with 5 beers paired from the brewery. Also, Trey White, owner of Anderson Valley, will be joining us at the Pumphouse Pub for this event, and he will be hosting and pouring beers for the Anderson Valley Tap Takeover! The Tap Takeover will have some special beers that we will never get to see back in BC including the Grand Cru, Horse Tongue Wheat, and the Sour Stout. So you don't want to miss out on this event. Please call Pumphouse Pub to reserve a table.

Pumphouse Pub: 6031 Blundell Road, Richmond, BC (604) 274-7424

Friday Feb 24th:

Anderson Valley Long Table Dinner $40

5 course dinner paired with 5 beers from the brewery. Please be advised that there will be no Tap Takeover at this event and Trey White will not be in attendance. Please call Hop and Vine to reserve a table.

Hop and Vine: 1601 Burnwood Dr, Burnaby, (604) 421-1092

diy drink cooler

replace one plank from your picnic table with a gutter
and voila!  a cooler for your bevvies!

thanks amanda and lisa morrison for pinning this on pinterest!

Friday, February 17, 2012

link love

chili lime beer corn recipe

news from alaskan brewing

hopworks cans are coming

top 10 american breweries you need to visit

straffe hendrik

gotta love it when you have travelling beer geek friends
they bring back the beers for the rest of us to try without having to go further from our couches than cask night at ybc

rod brought us back this little gem from bruges
"Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel is a rich and intense dark beer of high fermentation. It is brewed using a subtle mixture of special malts, which give the beer an extremely dark colour and a complex full malt character. This Quadruple combines a pure dryness with a rich fullness, flavoured with just a hint of fruit. The continuing process of re-fermentation in the bottle creates a beer which can be stored over a number of years, with an ever-changing and ever-improving taste as a result."

i'm not much of a belgian fan, but this was a very drinkable beer
those in the know were getting fruit from the nose and banana on the tongue
and were nodding in approval

international women's day

for all the vancouver girlies out there, come celebrate international women's day with me at rogue kitchen and wetbar

Eight Women In Our Local Brewing World
Eight Specialty Beers
Eight Small Plate Pairings by Rogue Chef Cory Chapman.

A mingle and meet event hosted in the Platform of Rogue Kitchen & Wet Bar

Brewery Line-Up:

Crannog Brewery
Big River Brewing,
Nelson Brewing
Howe Sound Brewing,
R&B Brewing
Cannery Brewing,
Townsite Brewery,
Gulf Island Brewing

$55 per person
Includes Entry, Beer Sampling, Food Pairing, Welcome "Swag Bag", Silent Auction with Proceeds to Breast Cancer Survival.

and yes, boys and non-female identified folks are welcome too!

Thursday, February 16, 2012


i more or less divided my beernesday into two sessions this week

after the r&b cask of kumquat ale at the railway club on tuesday night
i took off with my beer husband for taps and apps at st. augustine's (happy valentine's day to me!)
and got a start on the long list of beers the current menu is featuring that i NEED to try
(the kumquat was an interesting beer - those guys at r&b sure do love to get creative with their cask offerings!  but, um, i don't think i know what kumquat actually looks or tastes like... the beer was quite yummy and if that's what a kumquat tastes like, i'll have some please!)

at st. a's i began with the hopworks abominable because its one of my favourites and i have to get it while its still available!
followed by the coal harbour triumph cascadian rye ale because its a new vancouver brewery and it was the keg with the lowest volume left in it!
"5.2% brewed with a high portion of rye malts lending a spicy and unique fruit taste to the beer.  moderate bitterness and lingering hop aroma"
its hoppy, its ryey, damned fine!

saving the following for actual beernesdaying:
"deschutes hop henge experimental ipa - 8.5% an outrageous amount of centennial and cascade hops are added to each barrel, with a heavy dry-hop presence as well.  it is dense and muscular, with a blend of crystal, pale and carastan malts creating an overall biscuity characteristic. it's all hop, no apologies."
i am in love!  hardly surprising since i was in love with last years' as well...
"green flash 30th street pale ale - 6% 30th street pale ale is a strong pale ale tha tis well dry-hopped making it taste like an ipay by many hop head's standards"
definitely hoppy enough for me.  lovely
"old yale pale ale - 5.2% this amber brew is a classic american pale ale with its full flavour and hoppy aroma.  the distinctive hoppy flavour and aroma is a result of the addition of over 11 pounds of fresh cascade hops per batch."
on first sip it was not hoppy enough for me after the other two
but as i got into it, i really got into it!
oh, and the curry chickpea fries currently on the fresh sheet are ah-mazing!  get thee some while you still can
no really, go!


my friend is on her way to portland
i am jealous
i have a trip in the works, but not for at least another month dammit!

in advising her of where she HAS to go i came across this site that provides pub crawl suggestions
so if you haven't yet purchased the beer goddess' guide, which of course you need to go do now, this site can tide you over

rio temporary fix

the rio is temporarily back to showing movies!

from corrine lea:
MOVIES ARE BACK! Thanx to all YOUR letter writing and demands for change!!! After our long battle with the LCLB The Rio is back to booking films at our Theatre! For now this is only a temporary fix, Minister Rich Coleman has provided, while they work out the details in the policy changes. There are scheduling restrictions that must be removed before we can get back to our creative programing so stay tuned...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

howe sound

love this!

and love this year's total eclipse of the hop
it was my bevvie of choice at the pink pints meeting at rogue this week
its their current rotator ipa


love that word:  mississippi

some mail beernesday received
seems legit, although i've never seen a fundraising pitch quite like this before
anyone know if its a scam or its its for true??

"First, I want to say thank you for being a voice for craft beer and for guys (and gal) like us. We appreciate all that you do and your work is truly an asset for the craft beer community.

Lucky Town Brewing Company is a new planned brewery in Mississippi, and although there is no brewery within 150 miles of Jackson, the craft beer community here is thriving. Mississippi suffers from some of the strictest beer legislation in the country, which is one reason why there is only one production brewery located in Mississippi currently. Since the laws do not allow for many to bring their beer to Mississippi, we at Lucky Town intend to give the local craft beer enthusiasts a broader choice.

Lucky Town recently launched a Kickstarter project, and our goal is to raise at least $20,000 to help cover some of our up front costs such as license fees, insurance costs, keg expenses, and ingredients costs among
others. We raised over $6,000 in the first 10 days, and with the support we have locally we feel confident that we can reach our goal. We need your help to reach those who haven't heard our story yet - please help us spread the word.

You can find our Kickstarter page here:

If you need any more information from us or if you would like to talk with us at Lucky Town, we would be more than willing to speak with you. For more information on our beers and bios, visit our website listed below in my signature. Feel free to follow us on twitter and facebook as well.

Again, thank you for all that you do.
Chip Jones
Distribution & Sales
Lucky Town Brewing Company

Be Bold. Rediscover Beer."

fringe festival

its always great to hear when an arts festival gets itself a committed craft beer sponsor!

"And in other news: Beercake

There are so many players that have to come together to make a great Fringe Festival. One of these is our sponsors. They contribute cash and in-kind supplies. The Festival would be much smaller and less awesome without their support. That’s why we’re happy to announce that St. Ambroise, our Fringe Bar sponsor, and the provider of all the beer sold at the Festival, has committed to the Fringe for another three years! To celebrate, we asked our good friend and former staffer, Lois Dawson, to make a beercake to celebrate our new contract with St. Ambroise!"

Monday, February 13, 2012

beer bed

could this be the next fad in beer?
using your empties to make a flourescent green bed frame

double dragon

i have not had the pleasure of tasting phillips' double dragon before
but i sure do like the label
and, as we all i know i'm a sucker for a good label, i'll be sourcing out this beer so i can try it!
Bow to your Sensei because the Double Dragon Imperial Red Ale is back for another round! Fierce hop flavours battle an honorable malt base for the affection of your taste buds in an annual showdown where flavour always wins. Ultimately this majestic beer, brewed fiery copper red, is big enough to slay even the strongest thirst.

If you’re looking to dance with the Double Dragon this illusive ale is available at private liquor stores for a limited time only.

total eclipse

i love jet-setting!
okay, well, my version of it anyway
freshly back from mexico last week, i jumped on over to whistler this weekend
outlook tv was covering the winter pride celebrations so i got me a free trip to whistler
woo hoo!
i love hitting a ski slope with a tan

while i was there i stopped in at whistler brewing for a post-snowshoeing whiskey jack ale
which i also managed to find on tap at the garibaldi lift company where a couple of parties were held

into each life a little corona must happen
its unavoidable really
and can you blame a gal for having one when it comes in a double margarita??

finally, on the drive back to vancouver the lovely outlook crew stopped in for dinner at howe sound brewpub
i had a delicious devil's elbow ipa with my 4 cheese penne
and picked up 3 litres of total eclipse of the hops to bring home with me
i love the total eclipse!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

rio vs bc

it looks like the rio has won its liquor law war with the province
but wait, not yet says corrine lea

"Don't start celebrating yet...this is not the fix we're looking for! The Rio would really like to thank Mr. Rich Coleman and his impressive first day on the job as Minister. We appreciate his efforts to remove the BAN on movies at the RIO however when you read the fine print they have restrictions that will force us to have a permanent set schedule and that is simply - not possible. We hope the go...vernment will understand the nature of the entertainment industry is unpredictable. Movie releases are determined by Hollywood Distributors not a small Indie theatre. There is no way to predetermine when a film will be released. We need the freedom to schedule our venue as needed. We agree to lock up the alcohol - but we can not agree to schedule restrictions. We are working to try and get this fixed but stay tuned...."


its good to be back in vancouver
well, from a beer aspect anyway!

tuesday night i attended the railway's cask night and very much enjoyed the r&b cranberry ipa
not heavy on the cranberry, it was refreshing and would make a great summer patio beer

(lord my phone cam takes lousy photos... must learn to use the new camera toot sweet!)

wednesday night i stopped in at the new oxford to take advantage of the deschutes tap takeover and have me some inversion ipa before heading off to st. augustine's for beernesday.  delicious, and great camra vancouver company too!

at st. augustine's i kept with the deschutes theme and had me a red chair northwest pale ale (6.2% the citrus punch of a big ipa, minus the one-dimensional hop sledgehammer.  seven select european and domestic malts round out the edges for a complex, copper-coloured brew) and my go-to winter favourite the hopworks abominable winter ale

good times, good beers, good friends
yeah, i guess its pretty good to be home!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

valentine's day

looking for something to do next tuesday?
love shakespeare?
why not go to hidden lounge's valentine's day dinner!

swig n stitch

there is just so much right with the concept of a swig n stitch!
it makes my little crafty heart happy
now if only there was one in vancouver...
wait, just because i haven't heard of it doesn't mean it isn't happening...
if anyone hears of anything along these lines please tell me
i have zero spare time, but for a swig n stitch i think i could find some!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

beer opener

lousy video, but awesome idea!
beer opener forms part of bike frame
(don't drink and bike!)

camra vancouver beer awards

i attended my very first camra vancouver executive meeting last night
as the newly elected treasurer!
i think its going to be a very good year for camra vancouver, camra bc and craft beer in general

and today i give you the winners of the 2012 camra beer awards!
great to see so many of my faves on the list
and mega congrats to vancouver beer blog, van east beer blog and barley mowat for topping the local blog-scene!

plus more proof that beer is an awesome substance!
anecdotal, and about heineken, but awesome nonetheless

Monday, February 6, 2012

club de la cerveza

only two months old, club de la cerveza is serving up craft beer in playa del carmen, mexico
if you are in the area, you NEED to stop by
stop drinking corona and start drinking mexican craft beer!

located on fifth avenue, down the quiet end at calle 38, miguel antoniucci is serving it right
he's got quite the list of imported belgian and german beers
and is constantly finding new mexican craft beers to round out the menu
my favourite?
the tijuana guera, a pilsner
speak spanish?  check out tijuana's website
here's an english review of the beer by another blogger
and his photo:

best of all, this was one of the beers i challenged myself to find and try!

photos of club de la cerveza to follow
along with a list of the rest of the mexican beers i tried

Sunday, February 5, 2012

i'm ba-ack!

i'm back, i'm tanned
and i'm off to a superbowl party!

found a great craft beer spot in playa del carmen
plenty more to come about that
and all the beers i got to try
but not today...

all i have for you today is this from elysian about their upcoming ipa offerings:

We are Hopping into 2012 with an Exciting New Line-up of IPAs
So many IPAs, so little time...Idiot Sauvin bottle
Elysian Brewing Company is kicking it's Manic IPA Series in February of 2012 with Idiot Sauvin, an IPA both fiercely fruity and floral, made with New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops. The beer has appeared before only at Elysian's pubs, and will be issued in both 22 oz bottles and draft. 

Then in June will come Prometheus, anaggressively aromatic blend of Northwest classic Chinook, Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo hops fondly familiar to Elysian regulars.  

Rounding out the year will be Valhalla, a reddish fall-into-holiday IPA using Sorachi Ace and Citra hops, scheduled for release in October. Too many IPAs?  Bah, humbug!   

 - Dick Cantwell  

Manic Release Summary:
Idiot Sauvin :: FEB - APR
Prometheus :: MAY - AUG
Valhalla :: SEPT - DEC