Tuesday, July 31, 2012

#IPADay

#IPA Day is only two days away!!!
to help you celebrate appropriately, here is the beer wench herself telling you everything you need to know about #IPADay

(except that vancouver's celebration will take place at portland craft at 7:00!!)

link love

looking for a patio in vancouver on which to sip your beer?
never fear, the province has you covered (or in this case, uncovered!)

#IPADay approacheth - what to pair with your ipa?
how about oysters!?

need something to do in vancouver on september 21st?
how about beerlesque II?

green flash

because i like the green flash graphics:








Monday, July 30, 2012

beer songs

songs about beer!
the guardian calls out for your top songs about beer
and the resulting playlist

La Bière – Jacques Brel
Six Pack – Black Flag
House of the Gods – The Pogues
More Tea, More Beer – The Herbaliser feat Jean Grae
The Man Who Loved Beer – Lambchop
I Heart Beer – The Physics
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
Bubbles in my Beer – George Jones
Sky Phenomenon – Jens Lekman
Oh Good Ale – The Copper Family (Bob and Ron)
Blackout – British Sea Power
Cold Bear – The Gaturs

phillips

a new seasonal release from phillips in victoria:

July 30th 2012: While history may trumpet Captain James Cook as a brave explorer, master navigator and meticulous cartographer, we believe his greatest achievement lies in guiding his men to be the first Europeans to brew beer in BC! In March of 1778, Cook limped his ships, Discovery and Resolution, into Nootka Sound and, upon landing, went about repairing their masts and brewing a spruce beer from a mixture of molasses and fresh Sitka needles.

Our Evergreen Ale is crafted as an homage to Cook and BC brewing history. Just like the explorers of old, we set out on our own little conquest to gather fresh spruce for the brew but what started as a simple harvesting mission quickly turned into a full-blown backwoods adventure when things didn't go exactly as planned...(Check the video on Vimeo or YouTube)

The story does have a happy ending though, in a beer endowed with a citrus-pine taste that might inspire you to become a history buff. Cook was only in Nootka Sound for a month, and this beer is only in private craft-focused liquor stores on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland for a limited time.

recipe

more from the good folks at kronenbourg 1664 (aka the carlsberg group):

Potato Crusted Halibut with Kronenbourg Blanc Pea butter Sauce
Serves 4
 Ingredients:
- 1 pint of heirloom cherry tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 peeled Yukon gold potatoes
- 4 pieces (6oz each) of halibut
- 1 bottle Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, using half and drinking the other half
- 1/2 pound butter, chopped into small pieces
- 1 cup frozen green peas
- 2 slices of prosciutto, cut into thin strips
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 1 whole lemon, julienned
- 1 bag baby spinach


Preparation:
For the Tomatoes:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place tomatoes into an oven‐proof sauté pan and toss with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Quickly roast until soft, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
For the Fish and the Sauce:
- With the side of a cheese grater that creates the large shredded cheese, grate the potato. Squeeze out excess liquid and transfer to a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place the potato on the Halibut fillets so a crust is made.
- Heat a cast iron pan. Once hot, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and place the Halibut potato‐side down and cook until evenly browned and crisp. Flip halibut and put in the oven for 5 minutes.
- Remove the fish, but in the same cast iron pan, on medium heat, deglaze with a half bottle of beer and reduce the volume by half. Turn off the heat and add the chopped butter, peas, prosciutto, salt and pepper to create a burre blanc.
For the Spinach and to Finish:
- In a separate pan, add a tablespoon of butter, shallot and lemon. Cook until shallots are soft and add the spinach. Add 2 tablespoons of beer and let steam.
- Place fish and roasted tomato back in the oven for 2 minutes to reheat.
- To plate, place the spinach on the center if the plate with the fish on top. Spoon the sauce around the plate. Garnish with tomato.

Friday, July 27, 2012

cask night

last night's cask at the yaletown brewpub was nagila pale ale dry-hopped with citra
it wasn't very carbonated
but damn, citra hops are delicious!


the brick and beam ipa currently on tap is half centennial and half citra
i filled my growler...

link love

fox news takes time away from making up stories about celebrities and gives us their top ten summer beers, including 21st amendment's hell or high watermelon and pyramid apricot ale

toronto beer festival, take 18
the toronto star says its finally growing up from frat-boy drunk fest into a caskapalooza craft beer event worthy of beer geek attendance

imperial pilsners the wall street journal thinks you should try
including odell double pilsner
i do love me a pilsner!

r&b in collaboration with the pride society of vancouver
has brewed a special beer for vancouver pride
check out toast vancouver's preview of the g'ale golden ale

and the vancouver courier reports on the three new beer spots coming to mount pleasant
nigel and conrad's brassneck brewery
mark james group's new brewery
restaurant and brewery for main street pilsner

legacy

new beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Adnams Gunhill Brewery of the Year 2011 - A traditional dark ruby ale, delivering full flavour at just 4% abv. Full aromatic barley malts and an exquisite blend of hops combined to create a wonderful balace.
Adnams Tally-Ho Traditional Dark Ale
Tally Ho is a limited edition barley wine style beer. Dark mahogany red with a rich, fruity aroma and a heart warming sweet raisin and biscuit palate. Brewed and bottled only once a year, it can be laid down like a fine wine.
Mactarnahan's Spine Tingler Golden Belgian-Style Triple A surprisingly sublime Belgian-style triple offering an electrifying blend of spicy aromatics balanced with a lively malt palate that is so good it's scary.
also at legacy, a tasting of r&b's pride ale:

R&B BREWING G'ALE TASTING
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM    
Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

#IPADay

getting very excited for #IPADay next week!
portland craft at 7:00!

gigantic

portland's gigantic brewing is now available in vancouver!
drink beer that "embiggens"



Taste The Awesome!
Gigantic Brewing has arrived in BC!
Greetings!
Gigantic Brewing can now be found on the shelves of your favourite private liquor stores (LRS)!!!!
Stay tuned for info on Gigantic's Collaboration with 3 Floyd's Brewing which will hit shelves later, in August!
-RainCity Brands

GIGANTIC IPA
True to its name. Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Simcoe create a citrusy hop confluence that continuously embiggens with each drink. The embodiment of our brewing philosophy to "Never Give An Inch".
16.5 Plato   7.3% ABV   85 IBU

happy birthday

happy birthday to howe sound brewing in squamish!


from howe sound's facebook page:
Happy Birthday Howe Sound! 16 years of brewing great, quirky, whimsical, artisan & local ales! best wishes for more great brewin!

rogue broadway - opens today!

rogue kitchen and wetbar's second location
on broadway at ash in vancouver
opens today... at 4:58 p.m.
with their famous "pay what you think its worth" menu

602 West Broadway

Phone: 604.568.9400

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

cask night

the cask at the railway club last night was r&b's hoppelganger ipa
it was a hazy brew, but really nicely citrusy hopped
i had more than one...

Monday, July 23, 2012

american craft beer in london

apparently there's a whole schwack of american craft beer in england
methinks canada should have gotten some brews over there to cash in on the olympic hype

recipe

brought to you by the good folks at kronenbourg 1664:

Clams, Bacon, Beer with Smoked Blue Cheese Toast
Serves 4
Ingredients:
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 bottle Kronenbourg 1664
- 1 1/2 cups 35% cream
- 1 cup grated smoked blue cheese
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 baguette
- 4 1/2 inch strips double smoked bacon, cut into cubes
- 1 large shallot, chopped
- 2 pounds clams, soaked in water
- 1 bulb garlic, chopped
- 1/2 bunch flat parsley, roughly chopped
- 1 scallion, chopped
Preparation:
For the Smoked Blue Cheese Toast:
- Melt butter and flour together to create a roux. Cook for 2 minutes on low heat, being careful not to let the roux brown.
- Slowly add half a bottle of Kronenbourg 1664 and cream alternately until thickened, remove from heat and whisk in grated cheese and egg yolks.
- Slice baguette in half and lightly toast under broiler. Remove, spread cheese sauce and return to broiler until browned.
For the Clams:
- In a pot on low heat, render bacon for 10 minutes. Drain excess fat and add shallots, garlic and cook until tender.
- Add clams and the remaining Kronenbourg 1664 to pot. Cover and steam until clams open.
- To serve, reheat bread and garnish clams with scallion and parsley.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

beer geekery


not beer related, but i love it!!

here, this will make it beer-related...
i bought one of these when i was in seattle last month:


Friday, July 20, 2012

link love

a take on east van's brewery district by thebeergeek

a blog all about pairing sandwiches and beer

and those scamps over at brewdog offer an anti-food pairing blog post listing some of the foods that even craft beer can't improve

legacy

new brews at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Howe Sound La Brew Ha! Ha! A strong, Blegian-style Ale, with fruity and spicy flavours supported by a soft malt character. Brewed with a unique Belian-stytle Ale yeast in celebration of the annual 'Fete de la St.-Jean-Baptiste in Squamish'.
8 Wired Brewing Hopwired IPA
1 of 3 new beers from 8 Wired. This IPA is made using unique New Zealand hops giving off aromas like a 'Tropical Punchbowl'.
8 Wired Tall Poppy India Red Ale A second beer from this group, it has an intense, sharp and fruity hoppiness that is backed by its complex caramel-like malty structure.

recipe

muskoka mojito recipe
(from strategic objectives and sombersby apple cider)

What you’ll need:
- 1 tall glass
- 1 martini shaker (optional)
- 1 oz homemade Ontario Strawberry Coulis (recipe below) or store-bought strawberry margarita mix
- 1 can Somersby Apple Cider
- Fresh mint, ripped
- Ice cubes
- Optional: Red gummy berries
To make the Strawberry Coulis:
- Take one quart of fresh Ontario Strawberries, remove the stems and quarter them.
- Pour one cup of sugar over the berries and mix together.
- Let the berries sweat for at least one hour until the sugar has dissolved. This can be done the night before and put in the fridge.
- Put the berries into a blender and add one cup of warm water and blend thoroughly.
- To remove the seeds strain the mixture through a sieve (optional).
To make the Somersby Muskoka Mojito:
- If you have a martini shaker, mix the cocktail in that and transfer to a glass, otherwise place the coulis in the bottom of the glass.
- Add ice and the ripped mint.
- Add Somersby Apple Cider and gently stir.
- Garnish with additional fresh mint leaves.
- And for an added fun tribute to Canada, top with red gummy berries!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

folk fest

i managed to spend a little time on my vancouver folk fest weekend in the beer garden
serving up only big rock products, its not my favourite beer garden
but if that's what's on offer
and i get a mighty thirst
i'm gonna find a way to make it work!

for me, the way to make it work again this year was to go the route of the snake-bite
even though snake bites were actually on the menu this year
i still had to throw a spanner into the works and get my snake-bites with the traditional ale instead of the grasshopper wheat

judging by the fact that they ran out of cider by 4:00 on sunday afternoon, i'd have to say the cider and snake-bite options were popular!


mimi enjoys the balmy weather on sunday with a big rock grasshopper
chip off the old block double-fists it with traditional ale

cask carouse

from camra vancouver:

Our Kits Cask Carouse in April was so awesome, we've decided to do it again, Gastown-style. Join us on a four-stop cask crawl around Gastown on August 25th! We'll be visiting The Alibi Room, The Lamplighter, Steamworks and Bitter Tasting Room. Each stop will feature a unique cask-conditioned ale, as well as paired appetizers and a special guest speaker. Your ticket price includes a sleeve and appy at each stop (with additional sleeves available for purchase). Tickets on sale August 1st - join the Facebook event page to keep in the loop!



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

cask night

last night's central city white tea and orange peel ale cask at the railway club was fabulous!
i wasn't getting the usual bitterness of orange peel, but it was definitely citrusy
and the white tea gave it a fuller flavour spectrum than just malts and hops
there was a whole lot going on in that beer
yup, it was a winner!


last thursday's cask at the yaletown was their nagila pale ale dry-hopped with spalt
it was very drinkable
i couldn't get over the colour of it though - so yellow!
i was assured by both iain and nick that it was the same colour as the regular nagila pale ale, but i remain sceptical (of course i could have ordered a pale ale and done colour comparison, but i had other beers to try, you know!)

see what i mean???
that ain't a pale ale - that's yellow!
the seasonal at the yaletown is currently the raspberry wheat
i am not the biggest wheat ale fan... but i love this one
so fruity and pink and deliciously refreshing!


and last, but certainly not least, iain got all citra hoppy in the brick and beam ipa!
its amazing right now!
definitely a westcoast ipa - so hoppy and citrusy
there better be some left for me to have tomorrow...
oh, note to self, bring the growler for that one!

best beers

dying to know which beers mens journal thinks are the top 25?
can't say that i consider them to be experts...
but you know what?  they seem to have done alright as far as i'm concerned:
russian river, dogfish head, sierra nevada, 21st amendment, dieu du ciel, hopworks, ninkasi, hitachino, mikkeller, nogne
(my list would have a couple more canadian brews on there though...)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

news

from parallel 49:
Our store front is officially open! Come down to grab some cold six packs or to fill your growler with delicious P49 draft beer!
(graham says he'll be there tonight and growler fills are $10)

and from the soon-to-be-opened second rogue wetbar location:
Because we love craft beer so much we put in 30 taps at the new Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar Broadway!


i'll be at the railway for cask tonight
no idea what tonight's is
(the power of facebook and twitter is failing me right now...) UPDATE:  its cental city's white tea and orange peel pale ale
but last week's r&b red devil pale ale was delish!

12 beers of the apocalypse

in four more days the seventh beer of the apocalypse will be released by elysian
torrent pale beet bock

covet

and my latest covetous desire:
hops tshirt


Monday, July 16, 2012

news

quickly, a few lovely newsy items for y'all:

cbc radio's on the coast is going to have a beer segment!
currently there is a biweekly wine column...
which will soon be alternating with a beer column
i'm not sure when the beer segment will begin, but as soon as i do, i'll post it here

#ipaday has a venue!
woohoo!
more on this later, but we'll be upstairs at portland craft on august 2nd from 7:00 p.m. onwards
thanks chris for making this happen!

pivo's third anniversary approacheth
check it out on august 17th
and also, they offer 25% off food if you bring in your movie ticket stub from cineplex upstairs
(for the nights you aren't just having popcorn for dinner)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

#ipa day

p.s. plans are in the works for #ipa day in vancouver
looking to be at a single venue for the night instead of a pub crawl this year



vancouver folk fest

just in time for the vancouver folk music festival, here are brewdog's music festival survival tips
note that lack of craft beer is a problem at most music festivals
oh folkfest, why you gotta serve us big rock?

top ten reasons to drink craft beer

endless simmer provides their top ten reasons to drink craft beer

me, i think some of the best top reasons are:


r&b red devil pale ale cask at railway club -
look how pretty it is!!!

taster of nine beers at burnside brewing in portland
you can brew your own!
central city iced tea ipa cask at the railway club -
omg, do you even know how tasty this is??
look how good the craft beer bottles look in a handknit cozy!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

twilight ale

deschutes' twilight summer ale is delicious and refreshing
and apparently i'm not alone in thinking so
not just everyone i know agrees, but so does the world according to the brewing news!


how did i celebrate the first hot sunny weekend of summer 2012 in vancouver?
by drinking a few of these bad boys!

Monday, July 9, 2012

rogue nation

we should start seeing more rogue beers around vancouver
beer thirst just signed on to represent them in british columbia

 
We are very pleased to announce that Beerthirst has been appointed British Columbia Agents of ROGUE beers with immediate effect. Based in Newport, ROGUE produces a wide range of critically acclaimed craft beers and spirits, packaged in some of the best branded bottles on the market.
Beerthirst will be re-launching the brand in BC with a very strategic marketing and promotions plan. Expect to receive an immense amount of support from us in the form of staff training, in-store tastings, signage, social media, events, and promotional campaigns as we work with you to maximize our collective success with ROGUE products. In addition, we have submitted price reductions on the products (packaged and kegs) in order to position it appropriately amongst your other quality brands. We expect to receive our first shipment late in July, and we will communicate product availability as soon as it becomes order-able. Expect lots of options at great prices! At Beerthirst we pride ourselves on our strong marketing platforms, and we feel that ROGUE is the perfect brand to work with both based on the product and their philosophy towards branding.
We really appreciate your ongoing support of Beerthirst brands, and we look forward to continuing to work with you. Feel free to contact myself or Leo Nomoto (Marketing Manager) at 778-863-8584 or leo@beerthirst.com with any questions.
Tom Orange
President
Beerthirst / Velosus Solutions Inc.
778-863-8582
tom@beerthirst.com

Thursday, July 5, 2012

legacy

new and exciting beers at legacy vancouver:

Whistler Brewing Pineapple Express Wheat Ale A perfect excuse to kick back and enjoy a few. This golden beauty's just the ticket. This one's as fresh as a warm breeze - straight from the shores of Maui.


Russell 626 Anniversary Scotch Ale This strong, dark ale was brewed with Scottish specialty peated malts for a slightly smoky character, then skillfully aged in Bourbon barrels - a beer to celebrate Russell's 17th Anniversary!

Hofstettner Granit Bock 2011 The Granit Bock is brewed in large granite open troughs. The granite stones are then heated to be white hot and added to the wort. This causes the sugars in the malt to caramelize around the stones and gives the beer lovely caramel and roasted flavors. It also gives the Granit Bock a unique smoked flavor.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

portland

my long weekend in portland was fabulous!
(even if the weather was less than stellar)

this time around i managed to make it to deschutes, hopworks, gigantic, burnside, cascade, and old town breweries, plus a couple of other drinking establishments offering the lovely craft beer

i took bolt bus to get there and back
and definitely got my $68 worth
its not totally dreamy though... the seats may have a little extra leg room, but they're leather so you spend the whole ride trying not to slide off the seat
the wifi connection isn't very fast, apparently only works well at the front of the bus and until they change the routers, does not work at all while you're in canada
we were not called by group as they say on the website, so even though we were there when the driver had told us to be, he had already loaded everyone else and we had trouble finding seats together - so be early, even earlier than the driver tells you to be!
the departure and arrival times were not ideal, but we worked with them
(6:30 am to arrive at 1:45 pm or 4:30 pm to arrive at 11:30 pm approximately going in either direction)

that said, the drivers were great, we made good time both ways
the border was only a small delay for us, and the officers processed us really quickly
i do plan to take bolt bus again
and recommend it to you and you and you

helpful hints:
if you're going all the way to portland, pack food for the trip
the only stop (besides going through customs at the border) is in seattle
by the football and baseball stadiums, in chinatown
where nothing but starbucks was open on the weekend
(sure, i had a sandwich and a coffee, but over a 7 hour bus ride, that may not be enough for you)
and depending on when you arrive, you might not have any time to go anywhere before the bus has to move on out for portland

there is an international market kitty corner to the bus stop
that was open on monday evening as we passed by it at 7ish
with some fast food places still serving food
and a grocery store
a grocery store that sells beer
not a whole lot of craft beer choices
but still enough to gladden our little hearts as we had neglected to factor beer shopping into our agenda while in portland
we were lucky enough to have 45 minutes to spend there as our bus got to seattle early

if you are just going to seattle
you might want to investigate public transit before you do
as the bolt bus stops in the middle of nowhere
but right at a rapid transit station which looked like it could connect you to a whole lot of other places quite easily

bring earphones
some of your fellow passengers may want to have loud boring conversations that make it hard to sleep or read or want teenagers to be allowed to mix with the rest of society

ah, the bus
its like a box of chocolates
you just never know how many nuts will be in it!