Friday, February 28, 2014

spring

oh happy sunny day in vancouver!
spring is in the air!
and that makes me think of beer
okay, everything makes me think of beer

new seasonals coming out
wearing beer tshirts without a hoodie over them
trying to lose those 10 lbs of winter beer weight so i can fit back into those beer tshirts
drinking on patios
east side beer fest
washington cask beer festival
vegas craft beer fest
cider riot party in portland
bring it on!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

legacy liquor store

more lovely beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Aphrodisiaque (Four-Pack) - $18.75

This Quebecois brewery has been brewing gems since the day they opened on Laurier Avenue, and Aphrodisiaque is just one example of their stunning lineup. A nearly pitch black brew with a powerful nose of vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee that leaps from the glass. On the palate chocolate takes the front seat with vanilla and a touch of coffee pulling up the rear. A full, robust brew that will please any stout lover.

Joel Wilson | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Cannery Brewing Co. Baltic Porter - $8.15

A little BC beer will always please the palate, and this Baltic Porter is perfect for this chilly weather. Bronze in colour with brown highlights and all sorts of biscuit, caramel, a little black licorice and toast on the nose. More biscuit, sticky toffee and dark fruit (plum, prune and blackberry) pop up on the palate that wraps a big body with a dry finish. Easy drinking and just plain delectable, this beer is a gem right out of the Okanagan Valley.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Parallel 49 Brewing Co. Vow of Silence - $8.15

A bit Belgium straight out of Vancouver thanks to the folks at Parallel 49 Brewing, this hazy ruby red Belgian strong ale is full of ripe pear, cloves, caramel and Belgian yeast in its aroma. Meanwhile fruitcake, nuts, spice, more Belgian yeast and dark fruits play on the palate. Medium bodied, with warming alcohol to balance it all out, makes this brew an excellent alternative to buying a flight to Belgium.

Chris Bonnallie | Beer Supervisor | Legacy Liquor Store

Maui Brewing Co. Aloha B’ak’tun (Six-Pack) - $19.45

A brew from a true tropical paradise, this Hawaiian treasure is rich, dark and topped with cocoa-coloured foam. A nose of sweetened coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts strikes first, while chocolate, cinnamon and molasses cookies make themselves known on the palate. This stout is a real mouth pleasure with a dry finish that leaves you wanting more.

Joel Wilson | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Phillips Brewing Co. Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel-Aged Rauch - $7.05

Another gem from the Phillips Twisted Oak Stillage series, utilizing cherrywood and applewood smoked malt. A clear red brick hue with plenty of campfire ember, tanned leather and caramel malt show up on the nose, while on the palate peat (albeit more vegetal) comes through in addition to crackery malts and of course smoke courtesy of the aforementioned malts. This unique brew is definitely worth a taste.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

FiftyFifty Brewing Co. Elijah Craig 12yr Scotch Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout - $43.85

What do you do with phenomenal Imperial Stout besides drink it? Barrel age it of course! And that’s exactly what FiftyFifty Brewing did down in Truckee, California. Aged in Elijah Craig 12yr barrels for 200 days, this beer is as black as the night with a big nose of bourbon, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and so much more. On the palate big bourbon notes come into play, with piles of chocolate, cocoa and smoke from the barrel. Whether you drink this beer now or sometime down the road, either way it’s worth the somewhat hefty price tag.

Chris Bonnallie | Beer Supervisor | Legacy Liquor Store

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

cask alert!

the cask tonight at the railway club is central city's pale ale with juniper, rosemary and orange peel

are you a camra member?
if so, your first pint of cask is free!

why?
cuz you voted the railway club vancouver's bronze medal in cask nights, that's why!

taps at 5:00
see you there!

Friday, February 21, 2014

cask

i've had the pleasure of drinking several wonderful casks of late

notably:

howe sound devil's elbow ipa with delta and summit hops
(at the railway club on tuesday evening)

brassneck brewing passive aggressive pale ale dry hopped with sorachi ace
(at the camra vancouver agm at the biltmore on sunday afternoon)

red truck double clutch pale ale
(at the camra vancouver agm at the biltmore on sunday afternoon)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

legacy liquor store

lots of delicious new beers at legacy liquor store while i was away:

Freigeist Bierkultur Geisterzug Spruced Traditional Gose - $6.95

From the far-off continent of Europe, in the great land that is Germany—Köln specifically—comes a simply delicious brew. Amber in colour with a hint of grapefruit pink, its nose of German yeast, faint lemon peel and a touch of spruce pairs perfectly with a palate of gentle acidity, more yeast, zippy salt and once again a touch of spruce in the finish. A session-able and refreshing beer all the way through.

Joel Wilson | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Elysian Brewing Co. Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout - $8.15

The ultimate collaboration of two of the best things Seattle has to offer: beer and coffee. Rich and dark in the glass with a big robust nose of espresso and just a hint of dark chocolate, followed by more coffee and chocolate in perfect harmony on the palate. Robust and creamy, this brew was made for the lover of all things Seattle.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Parallel 49 Brewing Co. Robo Ruby Imperial Red IPA - $7.55

Cranking the dial on Gypsy Tears is exactly what Parallel 49 did here. Opaque burgundy in colour once it hits the glass with a huge nose of resinous hops and caramel malt, the palate itself shows plenty of stone fruit as well as the resinous hops and caramel malt found in the nose. Bold, balanced and just plain delicious, this IPA hits the mark. Also, who doesn't love a little Binary Code with their beer 0100001100001010001001.

Chris Bonnallie | Beer Supervisor | Legacy Liquor Store

Ninkasi Brewing Co. Dawn of the Red - $7.65

A robust red ale from Ninkasi Brewing Co. in Eugene, Oregon. Amber in colour with a balanced nose of malt, toffee, tropical fruits and floral hops that follows through onto the palate showing more tropical fruits like mango and tangerine rounded off by hoppy bitterness similar to lime pith. The perfect brew to be enjoyed with any George A. Romero flick or while you’re throwing up the horns.

Joel Wilson | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Steamworks Brewing Co. Imperial Red - $7.10

A beer that’s packed with intense flavours and that hop bitterness we love so much. A rich dark copper colour in the glass with dominant aromas of pine, fruit and floral hop neatly packaged with a palate of toffee, caramel and an almost aggressive yet well balanced hop presence. Hopped with Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe and finished off with a suitable dry-hopping, this limited release from Steamworks should definitely not be missed.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Cigar City Brewing x New Belgium Brewing Lips of Faith Series - $11.85

Lips of Faith series presents us with another unique collaborative beer from Cigar City Brewing and New Belgium. This particular brew is orange and slightly hazy in colour with aromas of citrusy hops, spice and yeast. On the palate more citrus and even some tropical fruit make an appearance before a mouth warming sensation takes the helm, thanks to chili peppers. One of the more unique beers available on the market, and definitely worthwhile.

Chris Bonnallie | Beer Supervisor | Legacy Liquor Store

New Belgium Brewing Co. Spring Blonde (Six-Pack) - $18.15

Hopefully heralding the return of longer days and warmer weather, New Belgium Brewing’s seasonal Spring Blonde is here. Exactly the colour you would expect it to be—blonde—with a fresh nose of spice, Belgian yeast and floral hops, aromas that follow through on the palate and deliver more Belgian yeast, barley malts and hops. A simply refreshing beer perfect for the weather to come.

Joel Wilson | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Dead Frog Brewing Co. Uber Nutter Imperial Nut Brown Ale - $8.85

An ode to Dead Frog’s classic nut-brown ale is what you’ll find here, albeit with a bit more pep in its step. Utilizing their classic recipe, and popping in a few more malts to add complexity, this dark rich beer has notes of espresso, chocolate and toffee bursting from the glass and continuing to roll through on the palate. This brew will warm you up during the February chill.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Lagunitas Brewing Co. Cappuccino Stout - $7.10

Lagunitas Brewing is known for their seasonal brews, and their Cappuccino Stout doesn’t stray from their trending excellence. Nearly pitch black in colour with a nose that’s all espresso, coffee, blackberry and blood orange, aromas that come through on the palate in addition to lovely appearances of chocolate, creamy vanilla and more espresso beans. A dangerously quaffable beer given its ABV, but delicious to the last drop.

Chris Bonnallie | Beer Supervisor | Legacy Liquor Store



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Beer Column

if you were remiss and didn't catch me on cbc radio one's on the coast with the one and only stephen quinn yesterday evening, here are my notes:

CAMRA BC (the Campaign for Real Beer) is a Society that depends on membership fees to keep it afloat, but that doesn’t mean that only its members benefit from its activities.
 
CAMRA BC is the umbrella organization under which the five local chapters operate (Victoria, Vancouver, Fraser Valley, South Fraser  and Powell River). A $25 yearly membership gets you, the discerning consumer, a bi-weekly newsletter, access to beer education classes, discounts off CAMRA events and discounts at many beer establishments around the Province. If you take advantage of those discounts, investing in CAMRA pays for itself each year.
 
But you should join CAMRA BC for more than just the discounts! CAMRA is a voice for British Columbians sick of ridiculous and overbearing liquor laws. And that voice gets louder with every member. At over 1,000 active members, CAMRA is getting the attention of law-makers in this Province.
 
CAMRA was recognized as a stake-holder in the recent liquor law reform and invited to a sit-down meeting with the BC Liberals last year. Several of the 73 suggested reforms came from CAMRA BC and its members, and many have been on CAMRA’s agenda for several years now.
 
CAMRA is primarily dedicated to the “promotion and responsible consumption of natural, crafted beers”, but that promotion also includes a mandate to “actively support laws and regulations that contribute to that objective”.
 
So really, CAMRA is working on behalf of British Columbians who aren’t even members.   All drinking British Columbians are benefitting from CAMRA’s existence as an advocacy group. When CAMRA gets wind of a change or proposed change to liquor laws, or has issues with current laws brought to its attention, the pens get set to paper, and the fingers to emailing, to make sure that those in charge know what the people of BC want.
 
For example last year’s Save the Growler campaign began when one brewer mentioned to one CAMRA member that the government had changed the category of tax that growlers came under - effectively a tax grab - that was costing breweries more today and which additional cost could eventually be passed along to the consumer. CAMRA leapt into action, rallied its members and sent off a petition to the government condemning the new tax. CAMRA’s voice was loud enough that the NDP added the growler tax issue to their platform for the election.  Alas the NDP was not successful in their campaign and neither was CAMRA in getting the Liberals to back away from the tax change.  However, freshly re-elected CAMRA President Adam Chatburn believes that “the campaign and the media response was a contributor to the decision to have the liquor review” held by the Liberals last year.
 
After growlers came tasting lounges. The Province agreed that tasting lounges should be allowed, but the City of Vancouver was slow to amend by-laws. CAMRA kept after the Municipal Government and the first tasting room licences have now been awarded in the City (most recently to Parallel 49 Brewing).
 
And of course there are the more recent liquor law reforms. After listening to stakeholders, including CAMRA, the provincial government has made 73 suggested amendments to Provincial liquor laws.
 
As for those new liquor laws though, please keep in mind that Mr. Yap’s list of 73 suggested reforms remains just that, suggestions – no changes have been made to the laws. CAMRA will continue to communicate with the provincial government and the Attorney General Susan Anton to make sure those suggested reforms do become law.
 
So, have I convinced you to join CAMRA BC?
 
C’mon, it has never been easier to become a CAMRA member. This past year the membership system has become automated and you can pay on-line via paypal. CAMRA Vancouver’s website is camravancouver.ca. Click on “Members”and then “Join”. You can also check out the entire list of member discounts on the website and keep up with all the active campaigns.
 
 
Beer picks:
 
Bomber Brewing’s tasting room officially opened its doors on Monday!
I suggest you stop by to try their ESB (Extra Special Bitter), IPA, Shut Out Stout and Pilsner! A flight of all four is only $7, or you can get a sleeve for $5.
They’re open 11:00 – 11:00 daily.
 
And two upcoming beer events around town you can still get tickets for:
- Hot Glass / Cold Beer at the Terminal City Glass Coop on Parker Street on March 7th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. $45 tickets get you a hand-blown beer stein and six tasters of beer to savour while you watch glassblowers make art from molten glass.
- And Saturday’s Barrels and Bottles fundraiser for BC’s Craft Brewers & Distillers Guilds at Blackbird Pub. $49 gets you in the door to sample products from 20 BC craft breweries and 9 BC distilleries from 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
 
BC Craft Brewers Guild
The BC Craft Brewers Guild represents craft brewers from all over BC. Some are small and others smaller but they all brew flavourful local beer with passion and dedication. The mission of the Guild is to support the ongoing creation and discovery of truly great BC Craft Beer.
 
Craft Distillers Guild of British Columbia
Founded as a body to increase awareness of the Artisan Distilling industry in BC, the ADG of BC is actively engaging the Provincial Government of BC in dialogue with an agenda of spurring the growth of a viable distilling industry.

Friday, February 7, 2014