Wednesday, October 31, 2012

link love

2000 km adventure for bc craft beer month

the globe and mail on pumpkin beers

brewmasters' dinner at hop & vine

the globe and mail on beer terroir

the beer wench's hallowe'en candy and beer pairings


beer bachelors

the beer wench announces her tongue-in-cheek list of the 20 most eligible bachelors of craft beer
not sure where all the hot canadian boys of craft beer are on her list
but if you're willing to travel for love in all the beer places, then this list is for you!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

on the coast

i will be on cbc radio's on the coast this afternoon at 5:50
tonights topic is: what makes for a good beer joint?
and the beer of choice: sours

bits and bobs

another set of hallowe'en candy and beer pairings

what i drank during monday night football/frankenstorm porn last night
(not all by myself, i shared!):


what i drank for #champagneday
(also not by myself, we all shared!):

champagne and champagne sake
i didn't bring it, but i sure as heck was gonna try it!

i didn't bring this either, but it has a cork, that counts!

 

Monday, October 29, 2012

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers:

Elysian Dark O' The Moon Pumpkin Stout - $12.55
Stout brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds with cinnamon added. Spookily smooth and chocolatey with a touch of cinnamon. It won 2010 GABF Silver Medal in the Field Beer category.
Phillips and Great Lakes Brewery Puzzler Belgian Black IPA - $6.35
This beer is the collaborative result of two Canadian craft breweries three provinces apart coming together in Victoria to combine yeast from Belgium with hops from the Pacific Northwest in a rich Black Ale.
Whistler Chestnut Ale Limited Edition - $6.50
This limited release is a true reflection of Fall. Blended robust caramel and crystal malts to give the brew deep brown amber hues, for an almost warming appearance. However it's the roasted chestnuts that impart a unique and bold nutty character, complemented by a light level of hops, for a clean yet crisp finish.

link love

livescience offers 10 interesting facts about beer

beer and hallowe'en candy pairing

in defence of pumpkin beer

east coast breweries talk about sandy

non-perishable food and beer pairings

Friday, October 26, 2012

#champagne day


happy #champagne day!

take me out to the ballpark

and buy me some craft beer!

you know craft beer has really arrived when cbs compares world series participants by the beers they drink!

no wonder i'm a giants fan, they have much better beer (and more choice overall) at their stadium!
and now i'm jonesing for a russian river blind pig ipa
thanks a lot cbs!

moo.com

i am in love with my business cards
platonically, but its true love!

and they just gave me 50 more for free
because moo.com is swell that way!

so i'm going to promote them
yup, consider this an infomercial!
if you need business cards - both full size or cute little mini ones - postcards, stickers, business card holders, greeting cards, etc., etc.
you might want to check them out
if you do need something, use this code and get yourself 10% off your first order
(and in the spirit of full disclosure, i get credit towards my next purchase if you do)
http://www.moo.com/share/fbpd9n

you can use your own design on their cards
or choose from hundreds of fabulous stock designs
you can use a different photo on each card
or a combination of a few photos

if you have seen my business cards
you know that they are quality cards
and the mini ones are fabulously cute...

bad photo of really wonderful cards

okay, that's enough paper product love for now

Thursday, October 25, 2012

hermannator's back

Vancouver Island Brewery
OCTOBER 25, 2012
Press Release!
Greetings! Hermannator 6 Pack Bottles

Our Brewmaster has been hard at work crafting our Hermannator Ice Bock seasonal brew...

Brewing up a classic
Hermannator Ice Bock turns 25!

When Vancouver Island Brewery first brewed Hermannator in 1987 it was intended as a special winter batch for the breweries closest friends and family. It quickly became evident that this beer was something special as year after year the number of people demanding a taste of this unique brew grew after each limited release.
Now 25 years and multiple world class brewing awards later, Hermannator is back on local beer retailers' shelves, ready to make a limited release appearance for its Silver Anniversary. "To be able to brew a beer for over 25 years and have loyal customers coming back each year to enjoy this beer is a very rewarding feeling" stated Jim Dodds, General Manager at Vancouver Island Brewery. "Since 1984 we have loved brewing unique flavorful beers and Hermannator holds a special place in our hearts here at the brewery."
A multiple gold medal winner at the World Beer Championships, Canadian Brewing Awards and also recently taking gold at the 2012 British Columbia Beer Awards, brew master Ralf Pitroff credits Hermannator's quality ingredients and unique brewing tradition as recipe's for this beers success. "What makes this beer so unique is that it takes up to 3 months to brew and mature from start to finish. Because the brewing process is so intensive and complex, there are few beers like it in Canada". Pittroff also says that using a signature blend of chocolate and caramel malts creates a dark chestnut coloured beer with a full body and rich malt flavour. At 9.5% alc. by volume, Hermannator delivers a smooth, but assertive flavour with hints of plum, chocolate and a warming brandy like finish.
Crafted in small batches once a year and only bottled in limited quantities, this bavarian style Ice Bock is in high demand. Many local customers expect it to sell out well before the holidays are over. This is true testament to the craft beer savvy of local beer enthusiasts. The highly anticipated 25th Anniversary edition of Hermannator Ice Bock hit store shelves on October 24th and is available while supplies last.
About Vancouver Island Brewery
In 1984 Vancouver Island Brewery started with the mission of crafting local, all natural craft beers for Islanders to enjoy. Beginning with the careful selection of the finest quality ingredients, we use skill and patience to handcraft our family of ales and lagers in small batches. Our goal is to bring
our passion for craft beer to the brewery each day and brew unique, flavourful beer for you to enjoy.
Thanks for your time! I hope you enjoyed the update and didn't spill any beer on your laptop in the process.
Sincerely,
Adam Ball
250-361-0007
2330 Government Street
Victoria, BC V8T 5G5
Vancouver Island Brewery

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

red hook

red hook gets fined by OSHA over worker's death

northwest brewing news

vote, vote, vote!


This being the political season, we are writing to you to urge you to vote — not just for the candidates clamoring for public office, but for something even more important: beer!
Our 8th Annual Readers Choice Awards competition is underway! By visiting our website at http://www.brewingnews.com/northwest/bestofnorthwest/, you can vote for your favorite brewery, brewpub, alehouse or pub, beer store, and homebrew shop in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Northern California, and for your favorite beer and cider as well in 22 different categories. We've added nanobrewery to the list this time also.
Don't delay, as our deadline is Saturday, November 10, at 12:00 noon PST. Remember, only one vote per category is allowed. This is your contest; Northwest Brewing News staff is not eligible to vote. Voter ID or proof of citizenship is not required!
The winners will be announced in our December-January issue, and a special Readers' Choice Awards Reception for the Best in the Northwest will be held Sunday, December 9, at Yaletown Brewing Company in Vancouver, B.C. The event will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and all Northwest craft beer lovers are invited to attend. Don't miss it!
Cheers,
Alan Moen
Managing Editor
Northwest Brewing News

monday night football

the beers consumed at this week's monday night football fest:


the rogue was from last year and was pretty sedimenty
thank goodness the bc relaunch of rogue is next week and i can get some more recent juniper pale ale
it was a hit with everyone, even with the sediment
hope they still like it when it tastes like it should!

both the lone wolf and the lucky 13 went over well
so far I haven't taken anything to mnf that people hated
i love having non-beer-obsessed friends willing to try whatever i bring along for them!

Monday, October 22, 2012

shaw tv's the rush

i just taped a segment on shaw tv's "the rush"
(formerly urban rush)
i am not talking about beer on the segment
but michael eckford does mention this blog so that makes it beer related, right?!

interested?
i'll be chatting with mike and fiona about the cable access show i co-host on shaw called outlooktv
which just celebrated its one year anniversary
check it out on shaw channel 4 at 10 and midnight tonight
(also 2 a.m for the insomniacs and service industry folks)
and again tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.
or you can go new skool and find it on www.youtube.com/therushonshawtv tomorrow
there is some sort of streaming thing too at http://new.livestream.com/therushtv/events/1580921 from noon until three daily... rewind to the 20 minute mark and you can watch me right now...

phillips brewing


Triple-Beer-Super-Massive-Seasonal-Release!
October 22nd: We're celebrating BC Craft Beer Month the best way we know how: with a triple-beer-super-massive-seasonal-release!

Three releases at once can be a lot to keep straight--especially once the craft connoisseur starts sampling. So to help you map your path we'll be highlighting the beers on our website and social media channels over the next 3 days, offering background info and tasting notes for each one.

For all you Victoria-folk, we will also be hosting a tasting at the brewery on Tuesday October 23rd from 3pm-6pm where you can come on down to sample all three releases, meet some of the brewers and have an all-around great time.

But to get everyone's engines revved up, here are some broad strokes...

Puzzler Black Belgian IPA - 9.1% 650mL - Crafted in collaboration with our friends at Great Lakes Brewing from Toronto, buckets of black malt give this beer a deep earthy-brown colour and a huge body. Generous portions of bittering hops add balance and tip the flavour profile definitively to the hoppy side of the scale, while Belgian yeast endows the collaborative brew with a slightly spicy undertone.

Eric Jourdan's Northwest Amber Ale - 6.2% 650mL - Who says you need a brewery to make great beer? Eric Jourdan is one of the winners of CAMRA Victoria's Home Brew Competition, and won the opportunity to come into Phillips and brew his creation in our brewhouse! His home brewed Northwest Amber Ale is a testament to brewing skill whether your brewhouse is in a brewery or a basement.

Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA - 6.5% 650mL - Freshly harvested Willamette hops went from bine to beer in less than 24 hours in this newly minted Fresh Hop annual release. It's a craft beer apparition sent to show you the impact that fresh hops can make as it guides your taste buds to the aftertaste.

**All of the releases are available at private craft-focused liquor stores, and only while supplies last!

Friday, October 19, 2012

gigantic

well that's it for today!
i'm off to the alibi room to say hi to ben love and drink his beer
two new gigantic releases:
black friday cda
royale belgian pale ale
woohoo!

#yvrbeertweetup

look ma!
i made it to three of the #yvrbeertweetup pics on facebook
from the hopscotch cask night at smileys's pub on tuesday



legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Lech Lager - $3.15
Lech Beer is has a golden colour, light aroma, soft, light texture, lightly sweet flavours with a gently bitter finish.
Magners Pear Cider - $4.45
Magners Traditional Apple Cider has been such a big hit, we couldn't resist bringing in the delicious Pear Cider made by the very same Irish producer.
Porterhouse Oyster Stout - $3.55
A superbly balanced brew, smooth and rounded without being bland. More sweetness derived from fresh oysters shucked into the conditioning tank, what a way to go! But of course not suitable for vegetarians.

hopscotch

this is the hopscotch event that i won tickets to at the #yvrbeertweetup on tuesday night:

VanSteenberge Belguim Brews
With Jef Versele!
Gulden Draak, one of the most successful beers in North America recently got a new sibling – Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple and Jef Versele from Brouwerij VanSteenberge will be here for its Canadian debut. Join him as he guides you on a tour to taste and compare VanSteenberge’s offerings. Be the first to try Gulden Draak 9000!
Jef is a 6th generation brewer at the van steenberge brewery. He creates all the new products for the brewery and oversees all the brews. Grandson of mister jozef Van Steenberge, he has been working at the VanSteenberge brewery since he was 22! What a treat to have him here for the festival.
The Hopscotch Festival will purchase $5 gift cards (to Legacy Liquor Store) for each person who attends a master class. Gift card is for use on products tasted within master class and must be used within 30 minutes of master class ending.
All attendees of Hopscotch Festival Master Classes will be given a $20 Gift Card from Uber Car Service towards their first ride with them!
*The value of this ticket is for the event only. Gift cards are considered a bonus value.
6:00-6:45pm
Monday, November 12, 2012
Legacy Liquor Store
1633 Manitoba St.
$20
 
and then on the friday night i will be at the grand tasting hall at the pne forum
good times!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

happy beernesday!

these are the sandwich boards from st. augustine's last week
wonder if they'll have changed by tonight's beernesday celebrations?

 

#yvrbeertweetup

instead of going home after my cbc gig last night
like i should have done and been a responsible human
i went to smiley's pub and had me some wonderful cask ale
like an interesting and beer-engaged human

#yvrbeertweetup was having a hopscotch festival precursor
there were five casks on offer, all with whisk(e)y in them
that is a recipe for an intoxicating evening!

two casks were pumpkin ales, two were stouts
the fifth was an ipa
i know we're all very shocked here, but i went with the ipa!
lighthouse provided a marmalade imperial whiskey ipa
using quince and citrus and i can't remember what all else fruits
and a whole 26er of whiskey,
that 9% fruity ipa went down far too easily
delicious!
i coulda drunk that all night
but fortunately for my head this morning, it ran out pretty quickly!

they're doing the whole thing over again tonight
with different casks
at the bimini in kits
i have my regular beernesday group tonight so i won't be making it out
but it is definitely worth considering if you're not joining me at st. augustine's!

i even won a prize!
which if you know me in person is probably shocking the hell out of you right now
yup, me the luddite and worst tweeter on earth actually managed to tweet the answer to a question first and win two tickets to a hopscotch event
pigs did not fly, but i definitely looked around to make sure they weren't!

harrison beer festival

no plans for hallowe'en weekend?
why not head to harrison??

October is craft beer month and Harrison Hot Springs is celebrating with its own beer festival. On October 26 and 27, Tourism Harrison will host the Harrison Beer Festival, bringing breweries from around BC to the shores of Harrison Lake. As the first major beer festival in the Fraser Valley region, this event will provide an opportunity for BC’s finest craft breweries to showcase their wares in a region rich in hop growing history. This weekend-long celebration has three not-to-be-missed events:
  • Friday October 26: Cask Night – Three of the best local breweries in the region will present a cask of their finest one-of-a-kind brews. A friendly competition will see which brewery’s cask can be finished first. With a warm and friendly British pub feel, complete with Irish stew and bread pudding, this will be a fun night of song and games.
  • Saturday October 27: The main event, Harrison Beer Festival – Armed with your complimentary tasting glass, compare the finest crafted beers in BC. Your vote will decide the winner of the first ever Harrison Beer Festival.
  • Saturday October 27: Oktoberfest Dance – In true Oktoberfest style, guests will experience classic beer hall music with the Black Forest Boys, great beer and German-inspired food (think bratwurst and pretzels). Come dressed to celebrate; the best male and female costumes will win an Oktoberfest prize!
Tickets for each event are available separately or as a package, and can be purchased online, or by calling 604-796-5581. All events will take place in the St. Alice Centre, at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa. For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.harrisonbeerfest.com.

The Harrison Beer Festival is organized by Tourism Harrison, with the support of a number of key partners including the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, the Harrison Agassiz Chamber of Commerce, Agassiz Harrison Museum and the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa.

Responsible Drinking – This is a licensed event open to those 19 years of age and over. Tourism Harrison encourages all attendees to drink sensibly. To avoid any problems with drinking and driving, we advise participants to:
• Stay overnight, thanks to special festival packages available at local hotels
• Take advantage of the shuttle bus service to Agassiz and Chilliwack
• Pick a designated driver before you arrive to ensure you have a sober driver on the way back.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

on the coast

tune in to cbc radio one's on the coast
on right now!
and at 5:50 hear me chat about seasonal beers

monday night football

and for last night's monday night football
to pair with fish tacos (with tons of awesome guacamole):

link love

randy shore's take on the bc beer awards

barley mowat ranks vancouver craft beer bars

maybe they should call it craft beer village instead of olympic village
huge new craft beer pub to open in the salt building
accross the street from both tap & barrel and legacy liquor store

and "hops" is now a professional sports team name
the hillsboro hops will play baseball next season in oregon



APOCALYPSE OMEN RELEASE PARTY
Sunday, October 21 :: 12-3PM @ Elysian Capitol Hill

It's the end of the world as we know it! Come celebrate with us as we release the tenth of our 12 BEERS OF THE APOCALYPSE :: OMEN Belgian Raspberry Stout. Omen will be available on draft, cask and in bottles with labels featuring the artwork of comic artist Charles Burns from his weirdly apocalyptic Black Hole series.

NOON - Official tapping of OMEN Belgian Raspberry Stout
1:30PM - Survival Demo by Bryan & Co.
NOON - 3PM - Special Guest CHARLES BURNS in the House! and Talisman Creation Station
For entertainment we will have a new Survival Demo by Bryan and Co., talisman creation station, and let's not forget the artist behind all these labels - Charles Burns will be here throughout our Sunday Omen lunch! As always, don't forget to bring your APOCALYPSE BEER SURVIVAL GUIDE to this event to collect your tenth survival stamp - MINIONS. Fill your book with survival item stamps at our Apocalypse events throughout the year for an outstanding end of the world experience at our final End of the World Celebration 12.20.12!

Elysian Capitol Hill : 1221 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 | 206.860.3977

Monday, October 15, 2012

bc beer awards

urban diner has the list of all the winners at the 2012 bc beer awards:

Best of Show – Steamworks Pilsner -Conrad Gmoser of Steamworks Brewing Company
Lager/Pilsner – 22 Beers
1.) Steamworks Pilsner – Conrad Gmoser of Steamworks Brewing Company
2.) Beach Blonde Lager – Stefan Buhl of Tree Brewing Company
3.) Kelowna Pilsner – Stefan Buhl of Tree Brewing Company
Special Lager – 8 Beers
1.) Brewmaster’s Black – Stefan Tobler of Okanagan Spring Brewery
2.) Hermann’s Dark Lager – Ralf Pittroff of Vancouver Island Brewery
3.) Iron Plow Harvest Marzen – Ralf Pittroff of Vancouver Island Brewery
Session – 17 Beers
1.) High Country Kolsch -Bart Larson of Mt. Begbie Brewing Company
2.) Seadog Amber Ale – Ralf Pittroff of Vancouver Island Brewery
3.) Begbie Cream Ale -Bart Larson of Mt. Begbie Brewing Company
Wheat/Rye – 22 Beers
1.) Belgian White – Dean Mcleod of Lighthouse Brewing Company
2.) King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen – Paul Wilson and Franco Corno of Howe Sound Brewing Company
3.) White Bark Ale – Jason Meyer and Kevin Hearsum of Driftwood Brewing Company
Pale – 41 Beers
1.) Red Racer Classic Pale Ale – Gary Lohin of Central City Brewing Company
2.) Salt Spring ESB – Murray Hunter of Gulf Island Brewing
3.) River Rock Bitter – Daniel Murphy of Canoe Brewpub
Cascadian Dark Ale – 4 Beers
1.) Skookum Cascadian Brown Ale – Matt Phillips of Phillips Brewing Company
2.) Gathering Storm Cascadian Dark Ale – Paul Wilson and Franco Corno of Howe Sound Brewing Company
3.) Cascadia Dark Ale – Tommie Grant of Spinnakers Brewpub and GuestHouses
Porter/Brown – 24 Beers
1.) Pow Town – Cedric Dauchot of Townsite Brewing Inc
2.) Dark Chocolate Porter – Dean Mcleod of Lighthouse Brewing Company
3.) Longboat Chocolate Porter – Matt Phillips of Phillips Brewing Company
Scottish/Irish – 3 Beers
1.) Big Caboose Red Ale – Gord Demaniuk of Fernie Brewing Company
Fruit – 15 Beers
1.) Blackberry Festivale – Cedric Dauchot of Townsite Brewing Inc
2.) 4 Way Fruit Ale – Paul Wilson and Franco Corno of Howe Sound Brewing Company
3.) Seedspitter Watermelon Wit – Graham With of Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Stout – 14 Beers
1.) Keepers Stout – Dean Mcleod of Lighthouse Brewing Company
2.) Pothole Filler Imperial Stout – Paul Wilson and Franco Corno of
Howe Sound Brewing Company
3.) Singularity – Jason Meyer and Kevin Hearsum of Driftwood Brewing Company
IPA – 36 Beers
1.) 5 Rings IPA – Derrick Franche of High Mountian Brewing Company
2.) Central City Imperial IPA – Gary Lohin of Central City Brewing Company
3.) Red Racer IPA – Gary Lohin of Central City Brewing Company
Sour/Brett – 4 Beers
1.) Oud Bruin – Iain Hill of Yaletown Brewing Company
2.) Bird Of Prey Flanders Red – Jason Meyer and Kevin Hearsum of
Driftwood Brewing Company
3.) Imperial Flanders – James Walton of Storm Brewing Ltd
Specialty – 20 Beers
1.) Smoke & Mirrors Imperial Smoked Ale – Kevin Emms of Coal Harbour Brewing
2.) Serendipity #5 – Stefan Buhl of Tree Brewing Company
3.) Schadenfreude Pumpkin Oktoberfest – Graham With of Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Strong – 7 Beers
1.) Hermannator Ice Bock – Ralf Pittroff of Vancouver Island Brewery
2.) Old Cellar Dweller 2012 – Jason Meyer and Kevin Hearsum of
Driftwood Brewing Company
3.) Bourbon Barrel Aged Thor’s Hammer – Gary Lohin of Central City Brewing Company

Sunday, October 14, 2012

cask

thursday's cask at the yaletown brewpub was grapefruit ipa
so nice i had to have it twice...


bc beer awards

i had far too much fun at the bc beer awards yesterday
so i'm taking full advantage of the horrible weather to make today a stay at home day!

i only took two photos yesterday...
must have been too busy drinking the lovely beers!

dave varga is a funny guy!


derrick wins gold in the ipa category
high mountain brewing
chapel arts was a great venue for the camra harvestfest and bc beer awards
the beers were tasty, the crowd was well-behaved
despite the torrential downpours outside, it was all coming up sunshine and roses inside!

beer geekery


Friday, October 12, 2012

the oatmeal

the oatmeal's 20 things worth knowing about beer

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Russel Brewing Nectar of the Gods - $11.55
Matured in Tennessee Whiskey barrels for over four months this Wheat Wine Ale delivers multiple layers of flavour complexity. Comprised of 50% What Malt plus a combination of Pilsner and Munich Malts.
Limited Edition, do not miss out!
Swan's Pumpkin Ale - $6.95
A fantastic brewery from Victoria, BC, Swans has produced a Pumpkin Ale to stand up to the other top-hitters around town. A simple recipe for a clean, flavourful beer: Water, Malted Barley, Hops, Yeast, Pumpkin and Spices.
Porterhouse Brewing Company Hop Head Beyond the Pale - $3.55
A fulsome, winsome strong ale. A deep copper tinged brew for the true aficionado, longer fermentation and thrice hopping bring about a complex soft bitterness allied to a malt induced sweetness with the characteristic oily Fuggles hop perfume. Not just for students. Once "stuffed" savour the flavour of a glass as a digestif... True "Aroma-therapy".

Thursday, October 11, 2012

cask

from yaletown:

Cask Night! At 4pm we tap a cask of our Brick and Beam IPA with grapefruit! DRINK FRESH BEER

Friday, October 5, 2012

bc craft beer month

its only the first week of craft beer week
and maybe its because i'm getting over my man-cold
but i feel like its been all beer all the time for me so far!

monday i skipped the craziness of st. augustine's sartori cask night for the calm of monday night football at a friend's house, with me supplying the beers
which included an ipa homebrewed by matt, rod and ryan's that was needing to be drunk before it lost all its hoppy goodness,
a true northwest ipa that went down far too well!

tuesday i went to two cask nights
the railway club had a lovely r&b ipa cask
very satisfyingly delicious
rogue broadway had their very first cask night, also with an r&b cask
blueberry cranberry esb, which their front office person, lundy dale, who is also the president of camra bc, helped to brew and was thrilled to unveil at the start of bc craft beer month

wednesday was my usual beernesday club night at st. augustine's
omg, the cheese stromboli currently on their fresh sheet is to die for!
get some while you can!


last night the cask at the yaletown brewpub was unadulterated ipa
nick, the new assistant brewer there, has been making some really amazing casks
several of them straight up, no funny business, and the beer geeks are loving it

yaletown ipa cask

(last week nick created a dry-hopped brown ale that went down awfully well!
he's a great addition to the yaletown brew team)

yaletown dry-hopped brown ale
after the yaletown we hopped over to the alibi room for the sartori cask
lord, that is one delicious beer!
i also managed to find room for a hopworks ipx as well
what an amazing night of wonderful beers

this weekend i am skipping town and heading to seattle
hoping to hit pyramid brewing as i have not managed to make it there before
perhaps ubertavern, brouwers and seattle beer deli mart, who knows!?

but before i leave, here's jan zeschky's article on bc craft beer month

driftwood sartori

bc craft beer month is in full swing!
the belle of the ball so far is driftwood's sartori harvest ale, a fresh-hopped ipa
sold out of stores the same day it arrived in them
it is the star of several cask nights around vancouver
and one beer-pairing dinner

st. augustine's had a cask of the elusive sartori that sold out in 24 minutes
that was monday
tuesday there was a cask at the cascade room
thursday there was a cask at the alibi room
neither of those casks beat the 24 minute record, but neither lasted very long either

missed out on the sartori both in the bottle and on cask?
well, you've got three more opportunities that i am aware of to get yourself some:

if you're a camra member and you have a ticket for the now sold out harvest fest / bc beer awards at chapel arts on saturday the 13th, you can have some of the members only cask that will be available there

the whip has a cask of sartori on sunday the 14th
tapping at 4, i expect this one will be gone in very short order

the sartori is also one of the driftwood beers being paired with food at biercraft cambie's beer-pairing dinner on october 25th
as of tuesday there were still a couple of tickets available for this event

me, i managed to get two bottles of this ambrosia
one of which i enjoyed on the air on cbc on tuesday evening
and i got some of the alibi cask last night
(thank you nigel for dealing with the slam of people last night with such grace and making sure everyone got some of the cask!)

i plan to be at the whip on the 14th for more
because i just can't get enough of this limited release
it is not a hop monster, even though it weighs in at 75 ibus
the wet-hopping leaves it smooth rather than bitter
and just so very drinkable

when i'm going to crack my second bottle, i'm not sure
its not a beer you want to keep, it needs to be drunk fresh
but i think i'd like to make an occasion out it!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

dr. funk dunkel

Dr. Funk Struts His Way Back to Your Liquor Store
October 3rd, 2012: The Doctor is in! Our favourite funkadelic dark lager is back from his summer vacation and just jonesin' to set the tone for your next fondue party.

A deep earthy-brown colour and well-rounded malt flavours provide the backbone to this copacetic craft brew, with roasted aromas and hints of coffee stylin' things up as only the doctor can.

Dr. Funk Dunkel is groovin' his way to your local craft beer store now, so if you want to feel tha Funk then boogie on down! Ya dig?

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver
(and yes, they have been sold out of sartori for like a hundred years now!)

Mendocino Brewing Company White Hawk IPA - $6.35
A traditional India Pale Ale. We've blended American West Coast Cascade Hops with a very generous dose of English Fuggle Hops. This combination makes for a very aromatic character, as well as a truly authentic English flavor which you must taste to believe. "Hopheads" will love this brew!
 
Tuatara APA Aotearoa Pale Ale - $9.05
Tuatara APA was developed after Head Brewer Carl Vasta returned from attending the World Beer Cup in Chicago this year. A blend of three American grown hop varieties, Cascade, Amarillo and Simcoe were used over a solid English malt backbone of Marris Otter Pale and low colour Crystal malts. Pouring a rich shade of light amber, APA throws up aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine resin and biscuity malt, in the mouth the beer has a complex range of zesty, fruity hop flavours, and a solid lightly caramel flavoured malt backbone.
Commons Brewery Urban Farmhouse Ale - $12.55
This Harvest Marzen is made to celebrate the end of the summer harvest, and a change into the fall season. A creamy, smooth and malty beer representing the bounty of a season's hard work, from plow to pint.
 
Howe Sound Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale
A high gravity pumpkin ale brewed with barley, pumpkin, hops, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, water and yeast. Produced in limited quantities.
 
Phillips Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale
This spiced ale will pair well with any harvest celebration, and give inspiration for that insane Halloween costume. Water, Malted Barley, Pumpkin, Hops, Spices and Yeast.
 
Vancouver Island Brewery Iron Plow Harvest Marzen
This Harvest Marzen is made to celebrate the end of the summer harvest, and a change into the fall season. A creamy, smooth and malty beer representing the bounty of a season's hard work, from plow to pint.

Monday, October 1, 2012

i'm sick

its true, i'm ill
which is slowing me right down
boo

but, i will be on cbc's on the coast tomorrow at 5:40 p.m. talking about bc craft beer month
which (yay!) started today!

in the meantime
vote for your favourite beneficiary for the phillips benefit brew

Benefit Brew Nominations Open!
October 1st, 2012: Nominations are now open for our 4th annual Benefit Brew! We will be partnering with one non-profit organization to produce a special beer with full proceeds going to the cause. Which cause will it be? That's up to you! Nominate your favourite BC-based non-profit organization at www.phillipsbeer.com/benefitbrew. A public vote will follow and determine the winner.

All BC-based non-profits are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring, but unfortunately due to alcohol-related issues we will be unable to accept nominations for children-related charities.

For a more thourough rundown of how the project works, please head HERE, and to nominate click HERE.

Key Dates:

October 1st-21st: Nominations open
November 1st-14th: Online vote
December 1st: Announce winner!!
Early January: Benefit Brew reception and beer release
Good luck everyone!!