Wednesday, July 31, 2013

press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CRAFT BEER TAKES ON CHILLIWACK
CHILLIWACK, BC— The arts and crafts programs at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre are about to get a big boost. A much needed fundraiser has been launched by the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society Board of Directors, entitled the Fraser Valley CULTURE & CRAFT BEER Festival, debuting Saturday, November 30, 2013. A unique focus on craft beer will highlight the event, alongside local cuisine and Chilliwack rockers, The Lounge Hounds, sure to create a ridiculously good time.
For the past 50 years, beers in the hands of the average Canadian have been put there by mega corporations with the wrong focus. Concentrating on how much they’re selling instead of what they are selling. Over the last several years, craft brewing has become the fastest growing beer segment in Canada. Craft brewing is innovative, full of curiousity, collaboration, and tradition. Craft brewers make their community a better place. For the first time, craft brewers will come together in Chilliwack and showcase beers that don’t follow trends, but rather create them.
Featuring the finest microbreweries in BC, the event line-up includes Coal Harbour Brewing, Cannery Brewing, Howe Sound Brewing Company, Pacific Western Brewing Company, Parallel 49 Brewing Company, Steamworks Brewery, Driftwood Brewery, Dead Frog Brewery, Vancouver Island Brewery, Beverage Concepts, and Chilliwack’s own, Old Yale Brewery.
Foodies will find pure pleasure with our complimentary appetizers to go alongside the beer. The freshest and highest quality samplings will be offered by local gems including Verard Farms, Hofstede’s Country Barn, Frankie’s Italian Kitchen, Birdie’s Bakery, Smits & Co Cheeses, Vallee Sausage, Bill’s Beef Jerky, Decades Coffee Club, Fraser Valley Meats, Happy Days Dairy, Holland Shopping Centre, Original Joe’s, and True North Kettle Corn. Who can resist deep fried bitterballen and croquettes by Holland Shopping Centre, or Fraser Valley Meat’s sizzling skewers hot off the grill?
The Society has been thrilled by the community’s support thus far, with sponsors coming on board and auction items donated. Gold sponsor, Brad Stuart of the District Public House is proud to throw his support behind the festival, “Our vision for the festival is to show everyone in Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley the incredible variety and quality of craft beer here in BC. We will also be able to showcase the new Cultural Centre and the Downtown Core to visitors outside of Chilliwack. We imagine it will be a sold out event.”
Tickets are limited to 400 and sure to go fast. Call the Centre Box Office today to secure your $35 entry to Chilliwack’s monumental craft beer event. Contact the Centre Box Office at 604.391.SHOW (7469), visit www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, or in person at 9201 Corbould Street.
Fraser Valley CULTURE & CRAFT BEER Festival is generously sponsored by the District Public House, Murray Honda, The Chilliwack Progress, Chilliwack Rotary, Tourism Chilliwack and 89.5 The Drive.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

on the coast

if you missed last week's cbc radio beer column
fear not!  you haven't missed out
follow the link, choose july 23 and either listen to the whole broadcast or fast forward to the last 10 minutes to listen to me, me, me talking about craft beer and #IPAday

and, as a preview to next week's beer column about gluten-free beers
here are the beers i have been sampling:

harvester brewing ipa (portland)
harvester brewing pale ale
brasseurs sans gluten brewing's glutenberg 8 (montreal)
estrella damm's daura (barcelona)
world top's against the grain (uk)
green's dubbel dark ale (belgium)


Monday, July 29, 2013

link love

parallel 49 is just over a year old, but they've already expanded several times
and brewmaster graham with has become a media darling

interactive beer labels!

craft beer lounge update from inside vancouver

what's in your beer?  some ingredients in macrobrewed beer may surprise you
yet another reason to drink craft beer instead
(suggestion:  gloss over the part where she talks about the evils of alcohol on diets and go straight for the scary chart at the bottom of the article)

my friend lynn's article for the bc craft beer news
about how to pair your craft beer with food

the best patios in vancouver, some of which actually serve craft beer

beer education in vancouver
get schooled while you drink beer
that is a win-win situation if i ever saw one!

collaboration brews - where creativity meets marketing
(and the true spirit of craft brewing comes alive)




Friday, July 26, 2013

friday frivolity!


legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver

(i will be tasting the gluten-free harvester pale ale (compliments of beerthirst) with stephen quinn on cbc radio's on the coast on august 6th.  buy a bottle and taste along with us!)

Longwood Brewery - Berried Alive - $4.15

A tasty craft beer from Vancouver Island but with a twist, coming to us from Nanaimo as opposed to the craft beer kingdom that is Victoria, our province’s great capital. Dark red in colour, this beer boasts a nose of tart raspberry and mild malts, while on the palate that tart raspberry is backed up by more malt to create a refreshing fruit brew.

Chris Bonnallie | Beer Supervisor | Legacy Liquor Store

Lighthouse Brewing - Numbskull Imperial IPA - $7.55

Gems from Vancouver Island just keep on coming! Fresh from the tanks of Lighthouse Brewing comes Numbskull, an Imperial IPA that pours a beautiful amber with a small white head. Tons of pine, citrus and grapefruit are found on the nose, while on the palate more of the above come through in a smooth, big bodied way leading to a bitter west coast finish. Bravo, sirs.

Mike Dolan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Harvester Brewing - Pale Ale - $8.75

A gluten free beer that tastes like real beer, brewed in the fabulously green state of Oregon with chestnuts and sorghum and generously hopped to create a delicious pale ale. Golden yellow in colour, with a citrusy nose attributed to its cascade hopping and a warming nuttiness from the chestnuts followed by a palate of citrus and nut, this is a gluten free beer that anyone can look forward to.

Conor Marshall | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

cheap craft beer in vancouver

vancity buzz offers this list of cheap craft beer in vancouver

it is a pretty good list,
but it does not correctly identify that a pint is 20oz
and doesn't list serving sizes of a lot of the sleeves
however, i figure if you're looking for a beer bargain, its a great list of places to try and you can figure out for yourself where the best deal is
(and when you do, tell me please!)

on a related note
i handed out my first camra fuss card last night
what's a fuss card you ask?
well, its a card that camra vancouver members can use to inform beer sellers that they are not living up to their provincially mandated duty to properly list serving sizes for their beers
last night's card giving was at windjammer on commercial drive
who advertise on their sandwich board and their menu that they serve 20 oz pints
when the beer arrived, it was in a branded sleeve, not a pint glass
this is not the first time i have been served less than 20oz there
the beer is cheap at $5
and the fish & chip special is cheap at $6
so i will probably go there again
i do think they need to either get 20oz pint glasses or change their advertising though
and will continue to inform them that short pours / false advertising is not okay with me

you can print your own fuss cards
or pick some up at the next camra beer event you attend

beer column

my notes from last night's on the coast beer column:

Defining craft beer is a little like defining art. There is a broad description of an easily graspable concept, but it defies a precise definition. And like art, the "craft" of beer is often in the eye of the beholder.

Wikipedia acknowledges the hard-to-pin down quality of craft beer in its entry for "craft brewing": The definition is not entirely consistent, but it typically applies to relatively small, independently-owned commercial breweries that employ traditional brewing methods and emphasize flavor and quality. The term is usually reserved for breweries established since the 1970s, but may be used for older breweries with a similar focus.

But who is defining "small", "independently owned" and "traditional"?

Craftbeer.com is the website of the American Brewer's Association. The Brewers Association has defined "craft brewer" so the organization can provide statistics on a growing beer industry segment consisting of the majority of the breweries in the U.S.

Craftbeer.com defines an American Craft Brewer* as:

Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less.
Independent: Less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer.
Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50% of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.

Clear as a hefeweizen, right?

These definitions are meant to keep the macrobreweries like Coors, Budweiser, Molson, and Labatts out of the craft classification for statistics purposes. But the definitions also manage to keep small breweries who have expanded from remaining in the craft brewer category, and breweries like Granville Island who have been taken over by macrobreweries out - even though some of the product being brewed there fits the "traditional" part of the definition.

If you ask Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery and author if the Oxford Companion to Beer, he defines craft beer as "universally involv[ing] boldly flavoured beers coupled with a defiantly independent spirit."

All of which still leaves us in a bit of a grey area, but I'm not so sure that's a bad thing - at the very least it gives beer geeks something to passionately debate over a pint! I think its useful for the American Brewer's Association to make definitions and keep accurate stats about beer and brewers who could otherwise be ignored by big business. Being able to chart the rise of craft beer and its ever-expanding market share helps get the word out about craft beer and emphasizes that craft beer is not just a fad. The people are drinking it and demanding more of it. To me though, the most useful part of Craftbeer.com's definition is the "traditional" part. I think if you equate "traditional" with "quality" you get much closer to understanding what craft beer is all about.

Craft beer is part of the whole slow food, do it yourself, back to basics, 100 mile diet type movements that began after 9-11, although craft beer can trace its origin back to the 1970's and CAMRA's beginnings in the UK. Craft beer is about brewers taking pride in their craft and their product and consumers appreciating their efforts. Before prohibition beer had flavour, it was most often brewed locally and in smaller batches. Post-prohibition the resurgence of brewing was slow and moved in the direction of a few large breweries controlling the market because all the small breweries had gone out of business during prohibition. Alas these corporations provided the drinking public with mass-produced product that tended to be lacking flavour. Like the rise of McDonalds and the knowledge that you could go anywhere and eat the same familiar burger, the big brewers made it so that you could go anywhere in North America and drink the same familiar beer. Craft beer is the antidote to the flavourless boredom of mass-produced beer. Craft beer is artisanal, its experimental, it's fresh and new, and it has created a whole new segment of local economies. Oh, yeah, and it tastes good! 

Craft beer is made with quality ingredients, often locally and sustainably sourced, sometimes even organic! It is made by people who love what they are doing and want to produce the best possible product. It is about the art of brewing more than it is about turning a profit. The attitude and approach of craft brewers sets them apart from people who just happen to brew beer for a living. They are artists.

So, to sum up my ode to craft beer, the spirit of it is more important than a specific definition. Craft beer is brewed by real people, using quality ingredients and it is brewed for the people.

#IPAday approacheth. This year it will be held on August 1st. But what is #IPAday?

Its a social media event, created by the
Beer Wench, (real name Ashley Routson) a blogger and beer expert out of Berkely CA, after she saw other beverages getting attention by declaring themselves a day, so she named the first Thursday of August IPAday. Most of those other beverage days (such as Chardonnay day which was May 23rd) are corporate sponsored days. #IPAday is not. Its a day for the lovers of craft beer and India Pale Ales in particular to celebrate the best beverage on earth and create awareness via social media. Celebrate by hoisting a glass of IPA and tweeting about it, or attending an #IPAday event, or better yet, organize your own event! This is the third year of #IPAday, so look for it trending on twitter and other social media. The stats from last year are "roughly 12 thousand tweets from more than eight thousand people were sent out over a 24-hour period, yielding over 10 million impressions for the #IPAday hashtag on Twitter" - that's a whole lot of people getting excited about IPA!

I am not aware of any #IPAday events in the Lower Mainland this year, but if you happen to be in Kuala Lampur next week, there is an event at Taps Beer Bar! I have organized events for the past two years, but got busy this year and didn't make it happen. I can guarantee you though, that I'll be out and about enjoying an IPA or three on August 1st. I suggest you do the same.

In honour of #IPAday, my beer picks this week are some of the best local IPAs:

Driftwood Brewing's Fat Tug IPA - everyone loves this one!

Central City's Red Racer IPA - a favourite all across Canada

Parallel 49's Lord of the Hops - the newest local favourite (and such a great name) - like Michael Flatley, it does a stiff-armed, high-hopping dance on your palate!


* we're going with American information here because the Canadian equivalent to the Brewers Association has only the macrobrewers for members so only keeps stats on them, and the Craft Brewers Association of BC has a mere 16 members, so any stats they may keep would not be all-inclusive of BC craft beer

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

on the coast

it is one of my cbc radio tuesdays!
i will be on radio one with stephen quinn at 5:50 today talking about craft beer and #IPAday
on the coast

then i will be going to the railway club to avail myself of the cask of driftwood naughty hildegard esb with mosaic hops

if that sounds like fun to you, you could go in time to listen to the show
my fan club (aka beer geek friends) have a listening party in the back room
join them!  so long as they have craft beer in front of them, they do not bite

(the cask at tap and barrel also sounds good... might have to try to hit both places!
tree brewing blend of 2/3 hophead ipa and 1/3 black ipa)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

legacy

new beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Deschutes Brewery - Class of ’88 Barley Wine - $12.55

25 years ago a beer renaissance occurred across the country and a passion for craft beer ignited. In honour of those 25 years of delicious beer, Deschutes, in collaboration with North Coast and Rogue, have opened a door to the past. Deep orange in colour with notes of caramel, pine and citrus on the nose, this brew offers more caramel, pine and citrus on the palate. A tasty treat from ’88.

Conor Marshall | Beer Department | Legacy Liquor Store

Old Yale Brewing - D. O. Ale - $7.55

In tribute to the Vancouver punk band D.O.A., this collaboration with CBC music and Old Yale Brewing Co. hits all the right notes (insert rimshot here). Pouring a deep brown in colour with sweet caramel, molasses and toasted malts on the nose, it follows up with honey, brown sugar and nut on the palate, with a little bit of smoke playing backup. Enjoy with your favourite D.O.A album.

Jordan Cran | Floor Supervisor | Legacy Liquor Store

Phillips Brewing - Monkey Drummer & the Incomplete Octave (12th Anniversary Ale) - $7.65

Happy anniversary, Phillips! Twelve years of great beers right from our own backyard. Celebrate with a delectable IPA that delivers a hop bomb you’ll never forget. Full-bodied and a golden straw yellow, this beer offers massive notes of pine and citrus that repeat on the palate, in addition to a faint earthy presence, leaving you wanting more. Get your fill, because 12th anniversaries only happen once.

Evan Doan | Beer Department | Legacy Liquor Store

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

#IPAday

#IPAday is august 1st
the beer wench has decreed it to be so!

can't say i'm wild about this year's logo
but i sure am looking forward to dedicating my day to the love of ipa
(now i just have to plan an event...)


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

on the coast

if you would like to listen or re-listen to last week's beer column on cbc radio's on the coast, just follow the link, click on the july 9th show and fast-forward to the end
i am on about 10 minutes before the end of the show
talking about how wheat gets into non-wheat styled beers
and about the soon-to-open 33 acres and deep cove breweries

new belgium

now here's a good news press release!!

New Belgium Brewing to Distribute in British Columbia
Maker of Fat Tire to open in Canada this September

FORT COLLINS, CO – July 16, 2013 - New Belgium Brewing, brewer of a wide variety of award-winning beers including Fat Tire Amber Ale, will be available in British Columbia this September. The brewery has signed an agreement with Beerthirst to serve as its agent and will officially kick off its entry into Canada at the Great Canadian Beer Fest on September 6, 2013. New Belgium will begin selling beer at retail locations three days later. The brewery will initially roll out six-packs and draft of Fat Tire, Ranger IPA and its current seasonal release. Ninety days later, New Belgium will begin to release limited selections from its Lips of Faith, Hop Kitchen and Trip series, as well as Rampant Imperial IPA.

“For our first adventure in exporting outside the U.S., British Columbia makes perfect sense,” said New Belgium Brewing Sales Co-Pilot Brian Krueger. “This has been a great period of learning and exploring new territories for us, and we're excited to bring New Belgium's portfolio to our good friends up north.”

New Belgium began distribution in Alaska and Louisiana earlier this year, enters Florida this month, and will come to Delaware in August. For more information on the brewery, visit www.newbelgium.com.

ABOUT NEW BELGIUM BREWING
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year round beers; Ranger IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Rampant Imperial IPA, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

Monday, July 15, 2013

link love

this one should actually be on link hate instead of link love
yet another pandering to the concept that women don't love beer
i guess what can you expect from a women's magazine... but still
its articles like this that keep the stupid stereotype alive
womens health magazine on the best beers for women

here's a much better link - to a helpful how-to introduce beer to the not-yet-converted
for all humans with tastebuds!

and a half decent post about orval's new female head brewer

do it yourself - make a bottle cap table top

looking for cheap beer?
one man's list of the worst to the least worst
pbr ranks at number 5 (that's the fifth least worst)

beercation destinations across the u s of a
but these aren't beer towns you should visit
these are beer inns you can stay, golf, spa and drink at

the donnelly group's 30 days of ipa in vancouver

what's in a beer name
or, when is it okay to send a cease and desist letter to another brewer
 

 
 

 

 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

legacy liquor store

new beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Russell Brewing - Summer Daze Saison - $6.95

Russell Brewing constantly churns out unique and delicious beers and their Summer Daze keeps the trend alive. A traditional Belgian Farmhouse Saison, right down to the Belgian candy syrup found within, this brew pours a hazy gold in colour with notes of spice in its bouquet. More peppery spice is found on the palate with a dry crisp finish. Perfection!

Driftwood Brewery - Naughty Hildegard - $7.45

Here’s to Hildy! In honour of the supposed Benedictine Nun, Driftwood has put together a little ESB for us to enjoy. Copper in colour with bread, English hop and caramel aromatics, on the palate more caramel and toffee can be found accompanied by earth and citrus hop. A flavourable ESB by all accounts.

Phillips Brewing - Kaleidoscope - $6.95

A brand new beer from the folks at Phillips, in a brand new bottle to boot. Straw yellow in colour and hopped with Mosaic, this IPA boasts intense notes of tropical fruit from guava to citrus. More citrus and tropical fruit are found on the palate in addition to subtle bitterness. Perfectly balanced, this IPA delivers on all fronts with perfect balance.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

beer column

my notes from last night's beer column on cbc radio's on the coast with stephen quinn:

A couple of weeks ago CBC received a e-mail from a listener, Dave Price from Maple Ridge, directed to me, their Craft Beer Columnist
"I am looking for a great wheat-free ale that is very "Hoppy". Sadly, I cannot handle my old favorite "Hophead" because of the wheat.
Perhaps I can buy hops and add them to my wheat free ale?"

 
And here's my response:
India pale ales, or ipas, aren't supposed to have wheat in them. The four ingredients of beer are water, hops, barley and yeast. There are wheat beers, like hefeweizens and wit beers, which are supposed to contain wheat. When other beer styles, that aren't specifically wheat beers, contain wheat we refer to that as being an adjunct ingredient.

Often macrobrewers will use adjuncts to save on ingredient prices, adjuncts like wheat or corn or rice, which are less expensive than barley. Adjuncts can also be used for colouring - if you malt or roast some of the grains you can darken the colour of the beer. Using rice and corn can lighten a beer's colour - Budweiser would be an example of this. Local craft brewery Parallel 49 use "burnt to a crisp" wheat to add colour to their Gypsy Tears ruby ale.

Sometimes a little bit of wheat can also be added to aid in head retention - i.e. keeping a nice white head on your beer the whole way through, not just at the pour.

Wheat malt may also be used when propagating yeast, so though it may not be in the recipe of the beer it can get into it this way.

I think the only way to 100% guarantee that there is no wheat in a beer would be to certify it gluten-free. I'll be talking about gluten-free beers and the various methods of keeping gluten out of beer in another segment, so I won't go into great detail here, but if there is wheat present at any stage of brewing, going all the way back to obtaining supplies and ingredients, there is always the chance some small amount of wheat could get into the beer. Hopefully the tiny amounts wouldn't make anyone's allergies react. But if you're having a reaction, find another beer to drink!  Good thing there are so many great ones out there.

 
I checked in with some local brewers and am informed that none of these beers have any wheat in them:
Driftwood Brewing's Fat Tug
Parallel 49's Hopparazzi and Lord of the Hops
Tofino Brewing's Hoppin' Cretin
R&B Brewing's Hoppelganger

As for adding your own hops to wheat-free beers, I suggest trying hop oil rather than actual hops - no muss, no fuss, just bitter goodness.  You can find hop oil at various places that sell essential oils and also at Dan's Homebrewing on East Hastings Street (they currently only have one vial in stock, but are expecting another shipment in soon).  Just a wee couple of drops will do it.  I know people who take hop oil with them to sporting events where good beer is hard to come by - just a drop of hop oil and those flavourless lagers suddenly have some punch!

Feel free to send in your questions, I'll answer them!  E-mail onthecoast@cbc.ca


There is a whole lotta exciting stuff going on the world of craft brewing this week:

A new publication - BC Craft Beer News - launched its first issue this past weekend - and I have a column in it - check it out!  You can find copies at various craft beer places around town, or contact the publishers to get a subscription by mail (julia@bccbnews.ca);

Tuesday night the city council voted on beer lounges. If it passed you will see more tasting rooms opening in the City (UPDATE:  IT PASSED!!!);

And, from the long list of breweries in the works, two are on the verge of opening:

33 acres in Vancouver has delivered its first kegs to The Alibi Room and St. Augustine's, of their beers "33 acres of ocean" a west coast style pale ale and "33 acres of life" a lager/ale hybrid in the california common style. they'll be distributing to other vancouver area establishments in the coming weeks and expect to be filling growlers in the tasting room at 15 west 8th avenue in a week or so.  And their growlers are the prettiest ones I have ever seen.

Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers in North Vancouver is having its grand opening on July 19th. With beer available to start, spirits to follow. Deep Cove beer has also been featured at several beer festivals this season, such as the Camra Spring sessional, the Central City summer cask fest and last weekend's Hopoxia at Phillips Brewing in Victoria. If you can make it over to the opening, they'll be open from 11:30 am to 9:00 p.m. at 2270 Dollarton Highway for tastings, growler fills and tours. The first 25 people through the door will receive a free growler.  Deep Cove is brewing three year-round beers to start with, the "quick wit", a wheat ale; "loud mouth" pale ale; and "wisecrack" west coast lager.  Currently available in kegs only, they expect to be bottling by August.  And their bar is the sexiest one I have ever seen.


 


 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

on the coast

i'll be talking beer on cbc radio one's on the coast at 5:50 this afternoon
i'll be on with stephen quinn, talking about wheat-free beers and the new breweries just opened in vancouver
690 am
88.1 fm

Monday, July 8, 2013

link love

need to cool down?
how about some beer ice cream?!

do you really understand ibus?
what international bittering units really mean

do you know the difference between porter and stout?

is the reign of the shaker glass over?

wish you knew when all the beer festivals in canada were being held?
your wish is canadian beer news' command!

shout out to r&b brewing who's labels got mentioned twice in this article about the top beer packaging (and to cbc's ben didier to designed the canadian band beer one)

beer cans making a come back
 

for your consideration

vancouverites, please visit barleymowat.com and give some consideration to sending a letter to vancouver city council in support of brewery lounges
chuck hallett has crafted a letter, all you have to do is click and sign your name
but you gotta do it today for it to count at tomorrow's council vote

for more background information on why this matters, please visit paddy treavor's blog

Saturday, July 6, 2013

legacy

its all about the 8 wired at legacy this week
new beers available at the vancouver liquor store:

8 Wired Brewing - Fresh Hopwired IPA - $10.55
Straight from the southern hemisphere brewed with three hop varieties (Pacific Jade, Motueka and Nelson Sauvin) fresh off the vine, this beer pours hazy amber in the glass with pine and herbal aromas on the nose. A silky body paired with slight sweetness and a vibrant finish help finish this fine brew off.

Chris Bonnaillie | Beer Supervisor | Legacy Liquor Store

Muskoka Brewery - Summer Weiss (6-Pack) - $15.70

Hark! Craft Beer from the vibrant province of Ontario, brewed to capture the essence of summer in a bottle. Pale yellow and hazy when poured from the bottle, this one hits all the right notes when it comes to Hefe: cloves, banana and citrus on the nose with more cloves, bright citrus and spicy yeast on the palate.

Conor Marshall | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

8 Wired Brewing - Mighty Imperial Ale - $10.55

Another fabulous craft beer from the gorgeously green islands of New Zealand, this smoked and oaked Imperial Ale is a dark clear amber colour with an aroma of spruce, caramel, wood and raisins. On the palate, smoke and oak intermingle on a backdrop of burnt sugar to help finish it off.

Joel Wilson | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Friday, July 5, 2013

all beer all the time

so much beer
so little time to devote to blogging about it
woe is me!

alibi room - wednesday:

- wrath of khan cask - as usual, tariq's brew is ambrosia!  this one is being touted as his "swan song" because it was the last cask he made at big ridge.  but fear not, its not really the end of an era - tariq is still with the mark james group, he's just at yaletown now instead of big ridge
- deschutes fresh squeezed ipa - mosaic and citra?  together?  you know this beer is a good one
i need to get some bottles of it!  badly!
- gigantic ipa - i love ben love!
- four winds ipa - i love it when a new brewery makes such great beer right off the gun

yaletown - thursday:

- espresso stout cask - i wasn't feeling stouty, so i just had a sample - damned fine cask
- raspberry wheat ale - summer in a glass! those black raspberries impart a tonne of flavour without too much sweetness.  i'm not a fruity wheaty beer kind of person, but this one i simply adore!
- ipa - this is what i wanted, exactly what i wanted.  ipa just makes everything better in my world, thank hops!

red card - thursday:

my first time at red card
i went to watch the football game,
i drank beer and a martini too
lots of big screens, the volume on, decent food, decent beer selection (but tiny pours), big windows, bright interior
i'm surprised there were not more people in the place
thursday features $5 martinis, $6 stanley park sleeves and cheap hi-balls
their wifi isn't very good, but that's my only complaint

coming up:

hopoxia in victoria on saturday
(and we're gonna have ferry buffet breakfast on the way - such a perfect sounding day!)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

all me all the time

in case you just can't get enough of me
(and beer!)

re-listen to last week's beer column on cbc radio's on the coast  - follow the link, click on the june 25th show and fast-forward to the end
i am on about 10 minutes before the end of the show, at the 2:18:30 mark
talking about summer beers
and blowing stephen quinn's mind with the stiegl radler
 
now available - the inaugural issue of the bc craft beer news
check out the fabulous columns by bc craft beer lovers
including me!
available at your favourite craft beer location