Sunday, September 30, 2012

beer geekery


Saturday, September 29, 2012

beer geekery


this reminds me of the fridge magnet my beloved child got me for christmas one year
"yes, you're my favourite.  now go get mommy another beer"

Thursday, September 27, 2012

yaletown

i missed out on the yaletown cask last thursday
(instead i went to the steamworks bottle launch... more on that later!)
and hear that i really did miss out as nick's unadulterated brown ale cask was to die for

what will i be sipping this week?

yaletown facebook says:
Cask Night! Every Thursday at 4pm we tap a unique cask, this week is a cask of our Downtown Brown with saaz and spalt! DRINK FRESH BEER!

oooh, i like saaz and spalt hops!
should be delicious!

wish list

three months until christmas and i have found the #1 item for my wish list:
mitch steele's ipa book - part history, part brewing manual, all india pale ale

okay, begin fighting over who is going to be the lucky one to get me this book and become my new favourite!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

a little bit of catch up

the cask last night at the railway club was central city's pumpkin ale
it was quite a nice pumpkin ale
is it too early in the season to be over the pumpkin?

and speaking of the lovely railway club, if you ever frequented that joint you would have been served by the fabulous natasha
well, she has retired from slinging beer at the railway
and there's a party in her honour on sunday at 5
come out and hoist a glass to this wonderful woman


bc beer blog reports that a few victoria beers are ready for release
including hoyne's wolf vine ipa and driftwood's sartori harvest ipa, both wet-hopped

a couple of pieces of gossip as well:
there will be a new beer and vodka distributor in town
official announcement coming shortly, but i can tell you oregon beers will be featured

this bit of news is unsubstantiated...
steamworks is opening a new brewery
i would assume to brew their bottled beers and restaurant beers currently being brewed off-site
makes sense to me
i look forward to finding out the details!

red truck

sometimes i hate having a day job
(like most days that aren't pay day)
and i really hate it because i'm having to miss the red truck truck drop tomorrow afternoon...
but if you can make it out at 4:00, here are the details, courtesy of camra vancouver's newsletter

Reminder that tomorrow, Red Truck Beer are holding their "Truck Drop" Ground Breaking Event. They are going to be breaking ground on their new brewery but instead of a ribbon cutting they're dropping a truck from the sky! Beer, food trucks, live DJ, social media contests and prizes! Check it out here!

When: Thurs. Sept. 27th 2:46 pm to 5:46 pm (truck drops at 4pm)
Where: 315 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver
 
While we're on the subject of Red Truck Beer...guess who's hiring? The Red Truck Beer company is looking for some 'truckin' help in their brewery! They are looking for brewery staff for Sat, Sun and Monday shifts, and offer competitive wages based on experience and availability.

All interested applicants please send your resumes to
info@redtruckbeer.com

other upcoming events
(also courtesy of the camra newsletter):

September 30 @ 1-4pm
This Sandwich, That Beer is a blog dedicated to sampling the best sandwiches Vancouver has to offer and pairing them with choice craft beers. Upon entry, you will receive sandwich and beer tickets, along with a ballot for the chance to decide who has the tastiest sandwich/beer pairing. Participants include El Camino's, Street Meet, Woodland Smokehouse, Cartems & Earnest Ice Cream, and Portland Craft; with more contestants to be announced. All to benefit the Five Star Footy Club who puts on free soccer camps for children from marginalized communities both locally and internationally. Please come hungry, thirsty and happy! SOLD OUT
October 2 @ 7pm
Join them this October 2 for a Tap takeover featuring Coal Harbour Brewing as one of the youngest brewmasters in Canada usurps our taps for a Tap Takeover Pairing Dinner. Each Brewery will pair two of their signature beer styles to a custom menu created by Donnelly Chef Alvin Pillay. $40 includes 4 course pairing dinner with 6 craft beer styles. Tickets here.
October 4
"3 Way Cask Off" Each ticket holder will receive a complimentary tasting glass and a commemorative t-shirt. $30 and partial proceeds to go to Canuck Place in Abbotsford. Contact Mission Springs for tickets.
October 5
Home Brew Competition: Entry Deadline
Vanbrewers, in conjunction with the BC Beer Awards, will be hosting a Harvest/Oktoberfest Home Brew Competition. If you have a home brewed beer that is focused on fresh hops, fall flavours or festbiere, we will be accepting entries until October 5, 2012. Winners will be announced at the BC Beer Awards on October 13, 2012. The 1st place entry will be invited to brew their beer at Brassneck Brewing, and will hopefully have their beer available at the 2013 BC Beer Awards. For drop off information, and any other questions, please email Scott for details. Cheers, and good luck!"
October 10 @ 7pm
The Bimini Public House invites you to join them for a Beer Stein show & tell. For one night only they'll be featuring an Oktoberfest Cask from Red Racer Brewing and 3 different pumpkin ale styles from Howe Sound, Parallel 49 & Brooklyn Brewery. $60 all inclusive event. Brats, sauerkraut and traditional German fare.
October 13 @ 1-7pm
The 3rd Annual BC Beer Awards and CAMRA's Harvest Cask Festival, celebrating only the very best of locally-produced craft beer, is set to return to Vancouver. Tickets are only $35.00 (including taster glass and 4 drink tokens). They are down to their last few available...
The organizers are also pleased to announce that the designated charity of choice will be the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society provides food for nearly 27,000 people weekly through 15 food depots and over 100 community agency partners. A table will be set up at the front door of Chapel Arts on day of the event, and all attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food donations or a cash contribution to this important society. Everyone's help is greatly appreciated.
October 16/17
YVRBeerTweetup/HopScotch Doubleshot- Smileys
3 Casks with Urban Distillery Whisky. More details TBA
October 18 @9pm
Gastown's finest Pizzeria and craft beer mecca has teamed up with CAMRA Vancouver and a few of Canada's top standup comics to bring you a night of rock solid comedy, brick oven pizza and top-notch hops. Come laugh at the best comedy has to offer while celebrating BC Craft Beer month in style! We'll be tapping 2 casks, one made by Brick & Barley owner himself, Don Farion and R&B Brewing!
October 26 - 27
The Harrison Beer Festival, the first major beer-tasting festival in the upper Fraser Valley, will bring breweries from around BC to the shores of Harrison Lake. This event will provide an opportunity for BC's finest craft breweries to showcase their wares in a region rich in hop growing history. Please visit their website for more information.

jedi beer

awesome article on craftbeer.com about the pitfalls of beer snobbery
done in a tongue in cheek star wars analogy

"Becoming a beer geek is a journey, not a destination, and there is probably always someone who knows more than you. Connoisseur status doesn’t happen with a few mix six-packs from the supermarket, but that's a sip in the right direction.

Worst of all, claiming to be a beer nerd and looking down your nose at others does nothing to promote the product, culture and craft breweries we love! Otherwise, we are in danger of going to the dark side and banishing others to the desert of lite beer with our condescending fingers."

shocking!

studies show that larger beer menus lead to more beer consumed?
shocking!

drink beer

more reason to drink beer!
sure, its got a lot of sugars in it
but all the nutrition in it makes it a much better choice that soda pop or sweetened juice

is alzheimer's actually diabetes type 3?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

beercation

i haven't been to any of these best beer places on craftbeer.com's list
guess i have my next few beercation starting points!

vancouver craft beer week

its only a couple more days until bc craft beer month!

and in that vein i give to you:
For those that missed our little website update. May 31st - June 8th, 2013 is going to be a beer filled nine days. Mark your calendars.

beer money

woohoo!
it only takes 11 minutes of work for the average canadian to afford an average pint of beer
do you know how much beer i could actually afford if it weren't for those pesky things like food and shelter to pay for too
heck, i could just work part time for beer!

click here for the economist's chart of beer affordability around the world

Monday, September 24, 2012

ouch

beerlesque on friday night was good times!
engagement party at portland craft on saturday night was good times!
working on sunday was not good times
but it is my excuse for not having a proper post ready for today

instead i bring you other people's bons mots:

discovering craft beer in japan from examiner.com

drinking in bc's beer identity from the tyee


September 24th, 2012: Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale is back and ready to put a smile on the faces of craft beer enthusiasts just in time for Thanksgiving!

Straight from the pumpkin patch, fresh ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg spice up this seasonal staple. No tricks here, only the highest quality ingredients went into crafting this sessionable treat.

Available for a limited time in finer craft liquor stores.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

oy vey

oy to the vey with the super long work days!
it is very much interfering with my ability to blog
and that is a very sad thing, for me anyway!

on the coast last evening was very good times
if you missed it (and why would you go and do that??) check back here for a link so you can relive every last glorious moment of my brilliance

in the meantime, enjoy this little tidbit
beer will survive a nuclear halocaust
so i guess this means that we need to hope the end of the world comes via nuclear bombs instead of zombies or the four horsemen of the apocalypse

and the 10 best beer gardens in the world, according to the huffington post
which list includes our very own yaletown brewpub

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

on the coast

its an on the coast day!
please tune in to 88.1 fm to hear me wax poetic about hops!

Monday, September 17, 2012

derby girl

the derby girl ipa launched on friday at the pumphouse in richmond
today, it launches in vancouver at st. augustine's

this is what beerthirst has to say about the vanbrewers / elysian collaboration ipa

i wish i could be there to try it tonight...
hopefully there will still be some left for me a little later in the week


also from elysian, its almost time for the 9th beer of the apocalypse, the blight pumpkin ale

Friday, September 14, 2012

link love

gcbf plagued by stupid liquor laws

obama to be elected by craft beer enthusiasts?

the ultimate autumn beer 24 case?

legacy liquor

new and exciting beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Brasserie Trois Dames Pasionaria 2011
Vintage Double IPA from the great land of Switzerland. 9% alc/vol, fans of the IPA revolution will want to try this one out.

Brasserie Trois Dames Fraicheur Du Soir 2011
Another great beer from the Swiss, this is a Blanche Double Malt that sits at 7%. Just look for the beautifully illustrated labels.

Mill Street Autumn Harvest 6-pack
This split 6-pack is perfect for getting into the Autumn mood.
3 Oktoberfest Beers + 3 Nightmare on Mill Street Pumpkin Ales, what could be a better fit!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

so many beers...

so many beers, so little time...

tuesday's cask at the railway club was central city's hoppy apple pie esb
and it was really quite delicious
their amazing extra special bitter amped up with some apple and nutmeg notes
it really worked!
(now i just need to find someone who can bake me a hoppy apple pie... ryan?)


after the railway i went out with a friend to mahoney's pub by canada place
i had no idea it even existed - really should get out more!
for an irish pub they have a pretty darned good craft beer menu
and the food was amazing!
nice view of the water too



and last night at st. augustine's i tried the anderson valley brewing bahl hornin' wee geech pale ale:  4.4% designed to satisfy the hop heads out there, while still offering a sessionable and balanced ale.  the aroma hops have a very piney, citrusy, and grassy element which we further emphasized by adding fresh cut lemongrass late in the kettle.  it also imparts a spicy ginger character.

i didn't really like this one at all
couldn't put my tongue on the exact flavour that i didn't like, but it might well have been the grassiness
i didn't get any citrus hop or ginger
just lots of ale and that je ne sais quoi that i didn't care for

oh well, it had a fun name, so i'm glad i tried it!


tonight i am off to the yaletown for a pint of cask there
then the granville room for the elysian / ninkasi collaboration pumpkin ipa
very much looking forward to all of that

moon under water

moon under water brewpub in victoria has new owners
b.c. beer blog sat down with them just before gcbf

all i have to say is that i hope the new owner/brewer clay potter keeps brewing the hop harvest - it was one of the stand-outs for me at gcbf

(p.s. anyone else wonder if clay potter is his real name??)

cold beer challenge

my friend, the lovely and talented angela kendall, produced, directed and edited this funny look at how cold cold beer is
brewhouse light challenge

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

pandamonium

i snuck a very quick trip to biercraft into my busy yesterday
because they posted that they had just tapped the very last known keg of phillips' 11th anniversary brew, the pandamonium
and... since i had been remiss on trying it when it was still available in bottles
i figured i'd better hop on over there when the universe gave me one last chance to try it!


look how shiney bright it is!
holy crap, is it ever a bitter little hop monster though
ay carumba!

glad i finally got to try it
but i won't be going out of my way for another one
if you've got a bottle you aren't going to drink though, i'll happily take it
that 11% went right to my head!

i found it wasn't well balanced
but what the heck, i do like me a bitter little beer
and it sure paired nicely with those almost bbq flavoured chips they serve at biercraft!

August 13th 2012: A year ago we celebrated 10 years of brewing with a 10% Double IPA, and this year there was only one way to follow it up: Turn it up to 11!
So we dialed up the malt and hops across the board, and are celebrating 11 years of beers with Pandamonium–a double IPA monster. Brewed to 11%, we loaded hops into the pre-boil, and then added more hops every 11 minutes over a 111 minute boil for a grand total of 11 hop additions (plus a dry hop).
Hopquakes like this don’t come around very often and we only turn 11 once, so enjoy this brewtiful beast while you can! Pandamonium 11th Hour IPA is available for a limited time at finer craft-focused liquor stores.

gcbf

still haven't gotten the pics or review up yet
(stupid day job)
so here's another link to someone else's review of the festival
[insert sheepish grin here]

Monday, September 10, 2012

gcbf

gcbf has come and gone for another year
i'm a bit slow on the posting of my reviews and photos
so in the meantime, here's what another blogger had to say about it:

victoria beers

great pumpkin beer festival

its the great pumpkin charlie brown!
or sort of...

elysian is hosting its 8th annual great pumpkin beer festival
that's a whole lotta pumpkin beer

ANNOUNCING ELYSIAN'S 8TH ANNUAL
GREAT PUMPKIN BEER FESTIVAL!!
(TICKET DETAILS FOLLOW)
As ridiculous as pumpkin beers can sometimes seem, the folks at Elysian Brewing Co. take them very seriously. This year's Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, on October 19 and 20, will showcase around 60 different beers made with pumpkin by local brewers, brewers from around the country, and this year from Canada and Norway as well. Elysian alone will contribute 13 different pumpkin beers, some of them of multiple vintage. The 8th annual GPBF will also feature the tapping of the giant pumpkin cask, which in itself has become a Seattle autumn tradition.
This year Elysian will bring back such favorites as Hansel & Gretel Ginger Pumpkin Pilsner, Dark o' the Moon Pumpkin Stout and Coche de Medianoche, made with pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, cumin and chilies. In addition, new pumpkin beers will be unveiled, such as Gourdfather, a pumpkin barley wine, an Indian-spice-themed beer yet to be named, and "something with plums," according to Dick Cantwell, Elysian's Head Brewer.
A theme of pumpkin brewing collaboration has emerged over the past few years, bringing brewers from elsewhere forward with ideas for beers they'd like to brew for GPBF, as well as joint projects between Elysian's brewers and New Belgium, Stone, The Bruery, Lost Abbey, Beau's All Natural and Ninkasi breweries. All of these beers will be available at this year's fest, along with Sour Pumpkin from Russian River, La Parcela from Michigan's Jolly Pumpkin, Punk Rauchen smoked pumpkin beer from Silver City Brewing, and Ghoulschip from Allagash Brewing in Portland, Maine, spontaneously fermented on Halloween Night 2008 in their famous coolship.
This year's fest will mark the second year being held at Elysian's new production brewery on Airport Way in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood. Crowds will be able to stretch out as they sample beers from several serving areas, and then to convene in the center of everything as the 200-pound-plus Great Pumpkin is tapped and this year's offering flows until it's gone. If precedent is any help in determining how long that is, it should last about ten minutes.

GPBF TICKET INFO ::
***ALL TICKETS ARE PRESALE THIS YEAR, SO MAKE SURE TO GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY TO SECURE YOUR PREFERRED SESSION.***
The 8th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival
Session 1 :: Friday OCT. 19, 4pm-10pm
Session 2 :: Saturday OCT. 20, 11am-4pm
Session 3 :: Saturday OCT. 20, 5pm-10pm
Tickets $25 - Souvenir Glass + 6 Drink Tickets
Additional Drink Tickets for purchase at Event
21+ Event // Check ID
ON SALE NOW AT ELYSIAN PUBS (Elysian Capitol Hill, Tangletown and Fields) as well as a limited number at Full Throttle Bottles
ON SALE ONLINE at Brown Paper Tickets
Festival Line-up Updates Coming Soon on our WEBSITE:
Questions: Contact info@elysianbrewing.com

beer crisis

oh no!
germans, start returning your beer bottles
otherwise they're gonna run out of beer at oktoberfest!

Friday, September 7, 2012

on the coast

if you missed my debut on cbc radio one
here's a link to the whole show
i'm on at about the 2:06:00 mark

legacy liquor store

i'm off to gcbf
but before i go...
here are the new and exciting beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Eet & Bierlokaal De Molen Licht & Lustig
Licht & Lustig, which means 'light and cheerful', is exactly what this delicious golden-coloured ale is! Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen in the Netherlands, this is a great beer for the end of summer.
 
Tatra Pils
Zywiec Brewery in Poland is where this easy drinking refreshing lager hails from. This simple Eastern European style lager is in limited supply so make sure you get this one while quantities last.
 
Granville Island Brewing Saison
The newest limited release from Granville Island's brewmaster Vern is the Belgain Saison. This brew has a fruity characteristic with lower hops and a light malt flavour. Saison, the French word for "season" - is a nod to beers traditionally brewed during the late summer harvest for thirsty farmers.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

gcbf

gcbf is tomorrow!!!
here's what the times colonist has to say about the great canadian beer festival
and the collaboration beer by phillips brewing of victoria and great lakes brewing of toronto

tin whistle and half pints

last night i needed nachos
it was imperative that i have some
and who does better nachos on the drive than st. augustine's?
no one!
and what goes down better with nachos than ipa?
nothing!
so i had a tin whistle scorpion double ipa for double the fun
8% - "loaded with citra hops and a huge malt backbone. brewed in small batches"
they weren't kidding about that huge malt backbone
it was teetering awfully close to the 'too much' precipice
i could have used a little less
but then i do like my ipas bitter(er)
darker in colour, dense head, clear as the day is long
its a fine beer for sure
its not going to crack my top ten list though


and... i'll be making a brief appearance at st. augustine's again this evening
its the beerthirst half pints re-launch in bc
i hear there will be swag as well as good beer!

deschutes

just when i was patting myself on the back for having picked up a few bottles of hop in the dark when i was in seattle last weekend, deschutes tells me there is a new beer a-brewing!


Have you heard? There's a new fresh hop beer in our Bond Street Series...Chasin' Freshies IPA. We're very excited and we're harvesting the hops (Heirloom Cascades) for this beer from Goschie Farms, Inc. on Monday!

so, who's going to be in the states in october and can pick some up for me???

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

link love

if i was going to be in onterrible on september 15th,
i would be going to the steam whistle brewing barrel bragging rights competition

if i was going to be in portland on september 22nd
i would be going to the hop school at saraveza
after my inaugural radio gig last evening
i went to my usual tuesday night cask tasting at the railway club
it was r&b's red devil pale ale
and it was a win!
unfortunately my photo of the beer is a bit of a fail...


the actual beer was not quite as hazy as it looks in this photo
full bodied, great flavour, adequate carbonation
gosh darn it, it was everything you ever asked for in a cask ale

st. augustine's

upcoming casks at st. augustine's
(monday evenings)

Super excited for our upcoming casks: Storm Brewing home-grown, fresh-hopped Hurricane IPA on the 10th, and a Ninkasi Brewing / Elysian Brewing collaboration Pumpkin IPA on the 17th!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

beer thirst

from the beer thirst newsletter:

So believe it or not, summer is almost over. Luckily, the Great Canadian Beer Festival is this weekend, which will be plenty of craft beer fun under the sun. But before you head out to Victoria for 2 days of craft beer madness, you're gonna need a little "warm up." So instead of scaring the s@%t out of your liver on Friday, ease your way into GCBF. Join us the night before at St. Augustine's for the Half Pints relaunch party on Thursday September 6th!

The party starts at 6pm, and St. Augustine's will be serving the Humulus Ludicrous, Little Scraper IPA, and Noche De Los Alebrijes. Half Pints co-owner, Nicole Barry, will be in attendance, and we'll be giving away plenty of Half Pints swag! The first 7 people to order a Half Pints beer and tell the server "Together We Can Fight The Evil Spread Of Lite Beer" will win a Half Pints shirt or a $50 Gift Certificate to St. Augustine's!

For those of you who don't know, Half Pints is based out of Winnipeg Manitoba, and they produce great beers.
Our next shipment from Elysian is looking pretty awesome! The Derby Girl IPA (the Van Brewers/Elysian collaboration beer from our home brew contest) is on this order and will be available soon. We'll be launching it on Friday Sept.14th at Pumphouse Pub at 7:30pm. The winner of the contest, Ian Heathcock will pour the first pint. Then on Monday Sept 17th, St. Augustine's will be launching the Derby Girl IPA. Being that it's Monday, we'll also tap a cask of the Elysian/Ninkasi collaboration beer! It's a Pumpkin IPA brewed with fresh pumpkin, Sorachi Ace and Motueka hops.

We have more than 1 cask of the Elysian/Ninkasi collaboration IPA so make sure you follow us on twitter and like us on Facebook to find out where we will be tapping this beer.

This year, our friends at Elysian Brewing have given us some great beers from their "12 Beers of the Apocalypse" and "Manic IPA" series. Well, it looks like they have more tricks up their sleeves. This year we will have 4 different pumpkin beers from Elysian! We will have the Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, The Great Pumpkin Ale, Dark O' The Moon Pumpkin Stout, and Hansel and Gretel Pumpkin Pilsner! It's gonna be a great Halloween because we're gonna have these beers in kegs and bottles.

PRIZE ALERT!
Wanna win a Half Pints shirt? Tweet "@Beerthirst is bringing in @HalfPintsBrewCo from Winnepeg!" to be entered into a random draw.

on the coast

today is my first cbc radio day!!

i'll be on at 5:40 p.m.
cbc radio one (690 am / 88.1 fm)
talking about gcbf

gcbf

what am i looking forward to at gcbf???
well, drinking beer in the sunshine of course!

but more specifically, there are a few beers i have not tried before
and some casks/limited releases that have my antenna twitching

1.  IPAs I haven’t tried before: 

BANFF BREWING/JASPER BREWING – Banff, AB - Head Smashed IPA - This excellent brew is our flagship beer. Heavily hopped pale ale.

DOUBLE TROUBLE BREWERY – Guelph, ON - Hops and Robbers session IPA, golden, fruity aroma of lemon, pineapple, and toasty caramel malt flavour.

GREAT LAKES BREWING - Toronto, ON - Karma Citra IPA - Flavours of mango, grapefruit and lychee with a clean, crisp bitter finish.

MICROBRASSERIE CHARLEVOIX – Baie-Saint-Paul, QUE - Vache Folle RyePA – It's red colour, spicy notes and silky body conferred by the use of rye set the table for an aromatic hop explosion!

MOON UNDER WATER BREWERY – Victoria, BC - Tranquility IPA - This intense, spicy and delightful IPA is extremely well balanced. Made with four specialty malts and Cascadian hops, this beer has a bold hop presence without being over the top.

NICKEL BROOK BREWERY – Burlington, ON - Headstock IPA - Very cloudy copper and small dense head. Refreshing, balanced: off-dry with good bitterness and a bright resin/pine, fruity finish.

WOLF BREWING – Nanaimo, BC - Red Brick IPA – This impressive West Coast style India pale ale is brewed with lots of Northwest hops to give a balanced, crisp, clean finish.

2.  Limited release or cask:

BEAU’S BREWERY – Vankleek Hill, ON - Pan Ontario – Bourbon barrel aged blend. A blend of four beers from Wellington, Flying Monkeys, Grand River and Great lakes with Beau’s Beaver River.

CANNERY BREWING - Penticton, BC - “Drei” Hopped IPA – This cask is heavily hopped with locally grown hops.

DRIFTWOOD BREWERY – Victoria, BC - Old Cellar Dweller 2011 – Only available in cask once a year. Don’t miss out on the hop & malt monster of 2011!

LONGWOOD BREWPUB – Nanaimo, BC - India Pale Ale – Medium body with high hop bitterness, flavour and aroma keep this beer true to its original style.

GIGANTIC – Portland, ORE - Axes of Evil Pale Ale - Gigantic + Three Floyds unleash this true weapon of mass distraction. Citrus, floral and tropical hoppiness lead to full malt flavour from proper English malt, kilned over Welsh coal.

NOBLE PIG BREWERY – Kamloops, BC - ESB - A blend of five different malts from England. The medium carbonation and the sweetness of the malt are balanced by the generous addition of American and European hops.

SPINNAKERS BREWPUB – Victoria, BC - Hoptoria – Canadian superior pale and English specialty malts give the beer a smooth amber body that balances well with the four assertive additions of five hop varieties

TROU DU DIABLE – Shawiningan, QUE - La Mosure – Get bitten by the bitter taste of this American IPA. This version is cask- conditioned and dry hopped a second time for your pleasure.

3.   Most intriguing sounding beer:

SALT SPRING ISLAND ALES – Salt Spring Island, BC - *Spring Fever Gruit Ale - Made without hops - using locally wildcrafted herbs and a little ‘magik’. A stimulating and refreshing beverage with bright, cider-like flavours, a floral/clover nose and a slight sweetness.