Friday, August 29, 2014

friday frivolity

happy labour day weekend!
(although, this does mean that the summer is pretty much over...)



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

on the coast

if you missed me on cbc radio's on the coast last week
never fear! you can still catch my chat with kirk williams about beer in vancouver stadiums
follow the link to on the coast past episodes
click on august 19 and fast-forward to about 10 minutes before the end

and hopefully you'll be able to tune in next tuesday (september 2) at 5:50 p.m. for my next beer column

Monday, August 25, 2014

link love

sad day - beer pioneer ed mcnally dies
whether you're a fan of big rock beers or not, raise a glass to this man, who in the 80s took a leap of faith and went up against the big boys
every year at the vancouver folk fest i sure do enjoy me a snake bite made of half traditional ale and half cider
cheers, ed!

signs you're a beer aficionado

east bay brewery boom

lynne mcilwee aka hops canary writes open letter to bc place suggesting they are losing $690k a year in beer sales by not offering craft beer

i was gifted with a bottle of dead frog's new release, big stump
it is a spruce golden ale
and it is delicious!
sweet and smooth, golden and nicely balanced with a fruity spruce hint
but don't just take my word for it, jan zeschky agrees!

more on craft beer in mexico
independents take on the giants

Friday, August 22, 2014

one stop shopping

when will beer be coming to the shelves of british columbia's grocery stores?
that is the question i was tasked with answering for the cbc local tv news yesterday

the answer in a nutshell:  not any time soon

the pessimistic addendum:  if at all

oh, i'm sure the legislation will be written in the spring like the liberals have promised
i'm just not sure that it will be written in such a manner as to be practicable

background - facts (and my opinionated commentary):
- the liberal government held meetings and welcomed feedback from the community about revising the province's liquor laws (listening attentively to health and safety concerns and big business concerns, and not so attentively to stakeholders and beer advocates)
- parliamentary secretary john yap wrote a list of recommendations and delivered it to attorney general susan anton on november 25, 2013, amid a media flurry (giving the ag a couple of months to review the report before it goes public - gotta give their spin doctors time to make a silk purse out of it)
- the report went public on january 31, 2014.  it contains 73 recommended revisions, 4 of which concern selling beer, wine and spirits in grocery stores.  apparently this is the one revision most supported by british columbians
- the government accepted all 73 recomendations in the liquor policy review report
- 14 of the 73 recommendations were implemented between april 28 and june 21 (fairly equally divided between actual policy changes and housekeeping matters)
- amendments related to grocery stores were introduced in march 2014, with an anticipated delivery date of spring 2015 (in keeping with the mandate of "quick" implementation)

- in 2012 a moratorium on new liquor store licences was put in place until 2022
- there are 670 private liquor store (LRS) licences in the province
- there are 195 government liquor stores in the province
- there are 221 rural agency locations which serve communities without a government or private liquor store.  they sell bottles of beer, wine and spirits alongside food, household supplies, newspapers etc.

- manitoba and nova scotia currently allow government liquor stores to operate in grocery stores, with separate cash registers and staffed by liquor authority employees.  manitoba currently has 2 such stores, with 3 more in the works.  nova scotia has 35
- quebec allows corner stores to sell domestic and imported beer and wine

what the grocery store recommendations are:

19. The Province should develop and implement a retail model that meets consumer demands for more convenience by permitting the sale of liquor in grocery stores. Government should continue to restrict the total number of retail outlets and require separation of grocery products and liquor. This
reflects the views of health and safety advocates and the acknowledged safety benefits of restricting minors’ access to liquor.

20.  Introducing liquor in grocery stores should be phased in, giving public and private liquor stores time to adjust to the new retail model.

21.  In consultation with industry, government should develop a policy that standardizes the types of non-liquor products that can be sold in liquor retail outlets.

22.  As a grocery model is developed, government should look at consistency in operating hours for licensed, rural agency and manufacturer retail stores.
 
grocery store eligibility (from march 6, 2014 gov't fact sheet):
- private and government stores may relocate within stores primarily engaged in the grocery business
- convenience stores will not be eligible to have a liquor store
- grocery store eligibility will continue to be developed
- two part model for liquor sales in grocery stores: liquor store within a grocery store must be a store within a store with a controlled access point and separate till.  a liquor store may also be immediately adjacent to an eligible grocery store with a connecting entrance for shoppers
- all types of liquor may be sold
- relocation criteria of remaining in the same municipality or within 5 km of the former location will be repealed
- relocation criteria prohibiting relocation of a private store to withine 1 km of an existing private store will be maintained, and beginning in 2015 this will begin to apply to government stores as well

salient points:
- the number of retail licences will remain the same
- consistency in operating hours of grocery stores, all licensees and tasting rooms
- no ability to relocate within 1 km of existing licensee
- store within a store model

collecting my thoughts:
the legislation is the better part of a year away in being released
once it is, they intend to phase it in
no new licences will be issued, so only current licensees can move their businesses into or adjacent to grocery stores
even if grocery stores and licensees are in talks currently, we wouldn't see beer in grocery stores for at least a year

but who is going to be able to even take advantage of the legislation?
some lucky grocery store owner who also already owns a licence and is conveniently not located within a kilometre of another licensee?
i wouldn't even know how to go about doing the math on that one, but it sure seems like a small pool

is the government looking to move their stores into grocery stores?
that could save them a whole lot on overhead...
would you be happy with your government store moving?
48% of the booze money spent in stores in bc is in the government stores, which leads me to believe that a whole lot of people are shopping in them
assuming all these people also shop at big grocery stores and have no brand loyalty to theirs, maybe they'll be very happy to have one stop shopping
but those are quite a few assumptions...
i could see the government stores working in a grocery store, with their more limited stock
and keep the private stores independant so they can carry a broader base of products and the specialty orders that beer geeks have come to worship them for

i prefer smaller shops, and they simply would not be able to afford to have a liquor store within them, private or government
maybe they could partner with a licensee who wanted to move
and being adjacent to one would be manageable for a small store, but that would involve a whole lot of serendipity around the location
it would be less convenient for me if, for example, my government liquor store on commercial drive moved into the safeway at broadway and commercial
it would also be less convenient for me if liberty wines, the private liquor store on the drive, moved into the safeway
there is currently a private store at toby's, which is well within 1 km of safeway, so i'm not sure either of those moves would be allowed anyway (what's a km?  about 10 blocks? so the gov't store and liberty would be just over a km away from toby's currently... liberty and the gov't store are much closer together than a km, which i guess must have been acceptable at one point)

my poor brain hurts just trying to imagine how it is all going to work out, and i haven't even started to imagine which grocery stores around are actually large enough to find space to absorb a liquor store into themselves

when i said that i would like to see booze for sale in grocery stores this was not at all the model i was envisioning
i was picturing american grocery stores, of all sizes, that include a beer and wine aisle
where cashiers check id and the system seems to work just fine
issuing a new category of grocery store licences would be easy enough to do
you'd have the convenience of picking up a bottle or two with your groceries
and there would still be gov't and private stores that stock a larger selection

like they have with happy hours, i think the governement has missed the point of what beer drinkers in british columbia wanted out of grocery stores selling liquor
i am interested to see how it pans out
but my breath is not being held for it to improve my life even one iota
or to happen before this time next year
 


Thursday, August 21, 2014

great canadian beer festival

gcbf approacheth!
september 5 and 6, 2014, victoria, bc

if you haven't bought your ticket yet, you're outta luck for saturday, but there are still a few friday tickets left

and the parties are starting to be announced
oooh, parties!

me, i have a pesky day job that i must be at on friday so i will be ferrying over after that and attending the gigantic and cider riot tap takeover at canoe brewpub
and then attending the festival on saturday
hopefully followed by after parties if i can stay hydrated enough to keep going!

cbc television news

ermigawd!
i will be on cbc's evening news at 5:00 today talking about beer in grocery stores

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

beer column

my notes from yesterday's beer column on cbc's on the coast
wherein i extolled the virtues of craft beer in vancouver stadiums
and patted the pne and pacific coliseum on the back for being the first in the city to go craft:


The PNE opened on Saturday. There are new food vendors this year, new exhibits... and new beer on tap!  And it's local craft beer!

Craft beer at the PNE? Is this the beginning of a whole new era for the City?  Oh yes, please! 

People have been lobbying the stadiums for the past couple of years to start carrying craft beer and the PNE / Pacific Coliseum is the first to make the switch. Parallel 49 signed a three year deal with the fair. You can get Gypsy Tears ale at the fair, which should pair very nicely with the mini donuts! And the Pacific Coliseum will be carrying Gypsy Tears as well as several other Parallel 49 offerings at all their events, including the Giants games. There will be a Gypsy Tears tap at every concession stand in the coliseum and one area that will carry five other Parallel 49 taps. This is great news for Parallel 49 who will be introducing their beers to a wider market, and for the PNE as they get to supply the crowds with truly local beer, brewed just down the street.

It certainly looks like some of the other stadiums in town are moving to craft beer. The Canadians announced earlier this summer that they will be doing renovations over the off-season which will include the building of a "craft beer corner" down the third base line. Vancouver Canadians President Andy Dunn says that they want to "give everybody as many options as they want and whatever they want to wash down that two-foot hotdog". The Canadians currently sell Granville Island (not craft beer) and Whistler beer (arguably not craft beer), but they are the only venue in town that doesn't carry Budweiser. Which beers will be on offer in the new craft beer corner has yet to be decided.  May I suggest you make sure you put in a good word for your favourite?

The Canucks currently sell Budweiser and Alexander Keiths at Rogers Arena. President Trevor Linden has said they are looking into adding craft beer to that line-up and Jay Jones, an award-winning bartender who is the team's new director of beverages tweeted me that "Vancouver Canucks fans deserve quality & selection - craft beer will be part of their new experience #changeIScoming" which I am taking to mean that this hockey season will taste better to craft beer lovers!

I haven't heard anything about BC Place jumping on the craft beer craze, unfortunately. (And they didnt respond to my email to PavCo or tweets to the Lions and WhiteCaps.)  Part of the reason I gave up my seasons tickets a couple of years ago was due to the lousy beer options at Empire Stadium and the newly renovated BC Place. I don't want to drink Budweiser in the first place, let alone spend $8.50 or more for one. I'd rather go watch the game at a craft beer sports bar, or take craft beer to a friend's place and watch the game there.

It should be noted that there are fans who want to keep some macro lager options at the stadium. Like Rob Guthrie of Vancouver who commented on a VancouverSun article about craft beer coming to Nat Bailey. He wants at least one concession to carry "Kokanee, Canadian or even Pil[sner] to cater to a crowd that's been supporting your team since day one!" Which sounds fine to me. I don't need all the beer offerings to be craft, I just want a choice other than macro lagers like Budweiser and Canadian. And if there are, I will be far more likely to go to games, because watching on tv just isn't the same as being there.  But, there are plenty of great craft lagers out there, I'll bet any macro lager fans out there would enjoy those too.  Can you imagine how different the beer landscape could be if craft lagers were available at all the stadiums in place of macro lagers?  I bet the masses would never go back!

Hurdles to having craft beer at stadiums?  Yup, there are a few:
 
The Exhibition Grounds and Pacific Coliseum is a very large contract.  Rogers Arena, that would be a huge contract.  Are there local craft breweries that could provide that volume of beer?  Hmmm, Phillips from Victoria and Central City from Surrey could... Russell did have a contract at BC Place for a couple of years.  I don't think there are very many craft breweries who could bid on an exclusive contract.  But sharing space?  That's totally do-able.
 
It shouldn't be a problem for most of the craft breweries in town to supply beer to Nat Bailey or to a similar "craft beer corner" situation at Rogers Arena. There is also the new sports bar going in the new tower next to the stadium that would be smart to include craft beer in their plan.

I have heard in the craft beer world that the Aquilini's are looking to purchase a brewery and have beers contract brewed there for Rogers Arena. Since they've terminated their food concession contract with Aramark and purchased a winery in an effort to keep everything in house, I wouldn't be surprised if that brewery rumour proves to be true. Why not own the whole supply train and have complete control over the products offered?  Only time will tell if that would classify as "craft" beer though.

Then there are the concerns about quality.  I definitely have concerns about the handling of the beer on that large a scale. I have heard horror stories from people who work at the big stadiums about how far the beer travels from keg to tap, and about lines not being cleaned. I try to avoid drinking draft for just that reason. I prefer to drink from a bottle at a stadium. But even from a bottle, if the beer isn't kept cool and out of the light it can go off. I hope that with craft beer coming to the stadiums there are also best practices being negotiated and made part of the contracts.
 
And lastly, existing exclusive contracts.  These must come to an end before the stadiums can change their beer options.  Hopefully as these expire new ones will not be signed and there will be room for choice.

Liquor Control Policy Directives affecting stadium liquor sales came out in June 2013 and April 2014
 
 
I asked via twitter which craft beers people would like to see at Nat Bailey and Rogers Arena next season.  Here are the responses:
 
Parallel 49 Gypsy Tears
Central City - the whole Red Racer line-up
Russell Blood Alley Bitter
Dead Frog Nut Brown
and perhaps a more wistful than wishful vote for imperial stout... in 32 oz servings
 
Local blogger Lynne McIlwee, aka Hops Canary, has a petition with 464 signatures on it that she sent to Trevor Linden on Monday, with an open letter suggesting Rogers Arena ignores craft beer at its economic peril.  If her stats are right, they are losing at least a million dollars a year by not having craft beer at the stadium.

And just for fun, here's a link to a list of the top 10 craft beer stadiums in the United States, including Seattle's Safeco Field where Canadians flock to watch the Blue Jays every year.

 
Beer Picks:

Parallel 49 Gypsy Tears - have some when you're at the PNE!

and two beers I would like to see available at Nat Bailey next season:

Parallel 49 Tricycle Radler - this would be the perfect beer to sip in the hot sun

Main Street Session IPA - at 4.8% this session ipa would also be perfect to quaff on a hot sunny day

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

on the coast

i'll be on cbc radio one's on the coast this afternoon at 5:50
with kirk williams in for stephen quinn
talking about getting beer into vancouver's stadiums
parallel 49 begins the charge by signing a three-year contract at the pne/pacific coliseum
who's next?

690 am
88.1 fm

Monday, August 18, 2014

link love

calling your beer "panty dropper" is not going to endear you to half of the beer drinking population
it is high time craft beer left misogyny behind

it's time to check out the lamplighter - newly renovated and carrying better beer!

union local 613 makes a stand against their brand being associated with macro beers in refusing to be included in air canada's enroute magazines top restaurants in canada list
(frankly, i think air canada is an evil empire so i'm extra happy someone told them to stick it)

barley mowat's updated bc beer map

toronado s.f. lovers rejoice - one is opening in seattle

parallel 49 launches filthy dirty ipa

Thursday, August 14, 2014

main street brewing

filling my quota of new places to write about for the upcoming edition of the craft beer news, i finally dragged my ass over to main street brewing
it's not that far from my home
or my work for that matter
sometimes i'm just lazy
and honestly that's the only reason i hadn't managed to get over there yet
i'd heard the space was fabulous and the beers well brewed
i meant to get there sooner...
regardless, i went there on monday evening
and experienced the fabulousness that is vancouver's newest tasting room for myself


i do like their slogan
and the exposed brick and duct work and reclaimed wood bar

 
i began with a paddle of the four cask conditioned beers
which of course i neglected to write down... so let's hope my memory is accurate!
1. bonsai belgian ipa with sorachi ace hops
2. kellerbier
3. session ipa
4. smoked porter
 
my drinking buddies found the smoked porter too smoky for them
i found it just the right amount of smokiness - not overwhelming or burn the back of your throaty, heavy on the nose, lighter on the palate and just plain enjoyable
the kellerbier was light and refreshing and a great summer beer
the session ipa was enjoyable, but i prefer this one from the keg - i like more carbonation and body in my ipas, and when i had a sleeve of the keg version, i was a very happy camper
the new bonsai belgian ipa is a treat - sorachi ace is a perfect hop for a belgian ipa, it just keeps that belgian funk going.  i only tried this one on cask - next time i want to see what the keg version tastes like
 


i like the space
i like the staff
i like that there is a vegetarian sandwich on offer every day
i like the beer
well done, main street brewing, well done!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

pub crawls

apparently this summer is 'pub crawl summer' for me
two crawls over two weekends (and one last month) - i guess this is what i do when i'm not galivanting out of town on the weekend
and i gotta tell ya, i like it!

on the long weekend i went on a crawl organized by a friend and we hit a whopping 7 places (loosely calling them all pubs...)
some peeps continued on to an 8th, but i tapped out after 7
(i'm not old, i'm sensible... yeah, sensible, that's it)

where did we go?
parallel 49
odd society
storm brewing
bomber brewing
windjammer restaurant
biercraft
stateside craft
(some to st. augustine's)

odd society
so what was the mission statement of this particular crawl?
get hammered on a sunny saturday afternoon?
well, that may have happened, but the purpose was to show off the incredible bounty of craft beverages within walking distance of our east van homes

3 breweries - parallel 49 tasting room, bomber brewing tasting room and storm brewing that has no tasting room, but they do offer samples and growler fills

1 distillery - odd society tasting room

a plethora of craft beer selling establishments - biercraft, stateside craft, st. augustine's just to name the three we stopped at, all on commercial drive

and windjammer restaurant - just cuz they have the best deal on fish and chips (their beer list leaves a whole lot to be desired, though)

storm brewing
i go to these places quite regularly
they are my neighbourhood watering holes
and they are all great places to get a drink and socialize
not everyone has tried them though, and this was an exercise in introducing people to what is in their own backyard
have i mentioned how much i love that i can walk to all of these places from my home
some of them without even breaking a sweat?
(and how much i'm looking forward to powell street brewing opening their new bigger space very soon, and to both off the rails and strange fellows breweries opening later this year, adding three tasting rooms to my local list)

biercraft commercial
beers and spirits were tasted
growlers were filled
food was eaten
socializing was enjoyed
it was a damned fine way to spend a saturday afternoon and evening
if you haven't done an east van pub crawl yet, i strongly suggest you get out there and do one


the second "pub crawl" was more spontaneous
i needed to try out new places for my upcoming column in the bc craft beer news and i had heard good things about jackalope on hastings street
so after dragging the usual suspects out for dim sum on sunday morning
(and i would tell you where i go for dim sum, but it is already full on sunday mornings and i don't need the competition for a table!)
i further dragged them over to jackalope for a beverage or two
once you get people drinking at noon on a sunday there is just no chance left of a productive day so we decided to carry on carrying on and also visited parallel 49 and stateside craft
stateside craft has happy hour from 3-7 on sundays ($5 beers) and live jazz, so that's where we whiled away the evening

live sunday evening jazz at stateside craft
jackalope and stateside craft are fairly new places
neither place was particularly busy on a sunday afternoon
but both offered us delicious libations and a nice atmosphere to enjoy our socializing

deeelicious libations at jackalope
i have mentioned stateside several times already
it is my new home away from home
they still have kinks to work out, but i really like it there
if you're on the drive, i suggest checking it out

EDIT:  i would suggest stopping by jackalope as well, except you can't
since i was there on the weekend they have closed their door for renovations and management changes (i swear, it was nothing I did!)
i hope the renos don't include losing the fun artwork
rumour also has it that the chef has left
i didn't eat there (too full of dim sum) but i heard great things about the food, so i hope they manage to get someone else who can cook fine southern cuisine
and keep their really great tasting caesar...
i want to support local businesses who want to bring us good beer, but sometimes their growing pains make that difficult
jackalope re-opens on august 20th
i will check out the new jackalope and i can only hope i like it as much as the old one
(note: this also means that my review of jackalope's will not run in the upcoming bc craft beer news)

from the jackalope washroom

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

on the coast

if you missed me on cbc radio's on the coast last week
never fear! you can still catch my chat with gloria macarenko about infusing beer and my ipa picks in honour of international ipa day
follow the link to on the coast past episodes
click on august 5 and fast-forward to about 10 minutes before the end

and hopefully you'll be able to tune in next tuesday (august 19) at 5:50 p.m. for my next beer column

Monday, August 11, 2014

link love

ben's beer blog explores the questionable relationship between small breweries and new restaurants in toronto

it doesn't mention what they deem craft beer, but nat bailey is getting a craft beer corner next year!
i will go to more games if they start carrying beer i want to drink, it's just that simple
did you hear that canucks and lions?

randy shore on the hops shortage

business in vancouver reports on the explosive growth of craft beer in bc

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

beer column

here are my notes from yesterday's beer column on cbc radio's on the coast
where i chatted with gloria macarenko about crowlers and the joys of infusing beer


Beer is a growing industry.  And that means that beer gear is taking off too.  Have you heard of the "crowler"?
No one in the Lower Mainland is equipped to do them yet, but it may just be a matter of time!  A crowler is basically a canned growler.  You go to a brewery that is equipped to fill a 32oz can with fresh beer and then seal it.  You carry it home, and pop it when you’re ready for some delicious fresh beer. 

Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado invented the crowler and has been filling them since December.  Designed to keep beer fresh for longer than a growler,  Beerandbrewing.com did a taste test on a crowler five months after fill and reported that it was as fresh as the day it was poured.  Now, 32 oz cans have been around for a while in America, but freshly poured 32 oz cans?  That’s new!  Not as eco-friendly as a growler that you keep refilling, but the crowler is recyclable and intended to stand beside the growler rather than replace it.  Both have their place in the beer geek’s bag of tricks. 
Oskar Blues is a brewery that cans their beers, so this innovation just makes sense in their evolution of brewing.  The can is filled from a tap and then seamed using a table top design similar to those used to can homemade food.  CO2 is purged to ensure that there is no oxygen in the can, which is what gives the cans their long shelf-life.  They are also opaque, which ensures the beer does not get light-struck.  You don’t even want me to tell you how little Oskar Blues charges for a crowler, as there is no way anyone in the Lower Mainland could ever offer beer for so little!  ($6)

I'm not sure the idea will catch on outside Colorado, but I sure would like to try it! 
Another beer innovation is the beer infuser.  The one I have was given away by Alexander Keith’s as a promotional item.  It is a plastic cup with a strainer.  You put a substance you would like to infuse your beer with into the cup, pour your beer in and let it steep for a couple of minutes.  You then pour the beer out, through the strainer, into a glass and enjoy your infused beer.  If you weren’t lucky enough to receive the official Alexander Keith’s infuser, which I am guessing most of you did not, you can still infuse beer on your own – it only takes beer, imagination and a strainer.
 

I have talked here before about how much I love Storm Brewing’s basil IPa, so I tried to make my own basil infused IPA.  I had some friends helping me with taste testing and everyone loved the results.
We first infused a macro lager as we didn’t want to potentially ruin a good beer!  Just a little basil and that macro lager was delicious!  We didn’t even need to muddle the basil, just whole leaves were enough to change the whole experience.

macro swill and basil infusing its way into a tasty beverage
I also brought a growler of Storm Basil IPA with me, just to make sure that our infusing experiments had a proper yardstick to measure against.  Everyone liked the infused beer as much as they did the flavoured beer.  Which surprised me.  I went into the experiment expecting to have fun, but to come away disappointed in the results.  Silly me – freshly infused beers are delicious, even when you don’t start with the tastiest beer as a base.  I am in no way suggesting that the infuser replace quality craft beer for anyone, just that if you have a beer that you're not in love with, you might want to try infusing it.  Maybe that will make it palatable.  If not, there's always cooking with beer!
We kept the fun going with several other infusion flavourings, including muddled blueberries and cherries in with the basil.  We had that one with cider – very yummy and a great way to have a fruit cider that isn’t too sweet – and with beer.  The infuser also worked really well with soda water instead of beer.

cider being infused with basil - delicious!
Infusing beer isn't a new idea, Dogfish Head in Delaware invented the Randall for infusing draft beer and if you have been to Bomber Brewing or Parallel 49, the Randall is the cylinder filled with tasty treats that draft beer is pushed through before serving it.  You can have one at home, but generally they are used at a bar.  Dogfish Head also came up with a personal infuser, called the Randall Jr.  You can find those original infusers on the Dogfish Head website, or Ebay.  The Alexander Keith's infuser is also available on Ebay.
The personal infuser allows you to have just a single beer infused with a flavour, then you can clean it out and re-use it immediately with a different flavour, or you can keep layering flavours.   And you can control how much of a particular flavour you want to impart.  If you put just a little bit in the infuser, you’ll just get a hint of that flavour.  If you put a lot in, muddle it, and let it steep longer, you’ll get a more intense flavour.  As the friend who gave me my infuser helpfully pointed out, you probably don’t want to put the entire chopped hot pepper in the infuser... just a slice will do!
The infuser is my new favourite toy.  

Beer Picks:
In honour of International IPA day which is on Thursday, August 7th, my beer picks are all IPAs:

Four Winds IPA – available in bottles, and if you can find the Juxtapose Brett IPA around, get that too!  Library Square has it on tap.
Parallel 49 Filthy Dirty IPA – available at the tasting room currently, launching in bottles later this month.

Storm Brewing Basil IPA – available for growler fills at the brewery.
And of course, the ubiquitous Driftwood’s Fat Tug, available in bottles and on tap almost everywhere in Vancouver.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

on the coast

gloria macarenko is hosting cbc radio's on the coast this week
i'll be chatting about a couple of fun new bits of beer gear - the crowler and the infuser - with her at 5:50 this afternoon
88.1 fm and 690 am in vancouver

Friday, August 1, 2014