Thursday, December 22, 2016

steam whistle


wanna go to toronto for beer?
enter this contest and you might get your wish!



From Steamwhistle:  Running now until  Jan 15th Steam Whistle’s put together an awesome prizepack that can send lovely Vancouverites and beyond down for the most exciting outdoor winter craft beer festival.  You can check out pics from previous years here.  It was recently named one of the Top 3 Ontario Tourism Events of the year.


We’re calling on all Canadians to share a short story of your Quintessential Canadian Winter Memory (max 100 words) for a chance to win 2 tickets to Steam Whistle’s Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival, return airfare for 2 from any major Canadian City , hotel accommodations for two, and a limited edition Steam Whistle Retro Snow Suit  (a $2400 value).Simply visit http://steamwhistle.ca/winter-craft-beer-fest-contest/index.php  to enter (must be of legal drinking age).

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

cbc website

Serving beer at Christmas 

dinner? Here are some tips

No rules for beer pairing — just some guidelines

CBC News Posted: Dec 20, 2016 4:45 PM PT Last Updated: Dec 20, 2016 4:45 PM PT
You can serve more than wine at your family's Christmas dinner.
You can serve more than wine at your family's Christmas dinner. (John McStravick/Flickr)
Nothing beats a nice glass of wine at Christmas dinner — except maybe a nice glass of beer.
On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman has some thoughts on what craft brews are best to serve with your holiday feast.
"There are no hard and fast rules for beer pairing. Complementing or contrasting flavours are the two basic ways to go, but within those, you can go so many different places. So the best non-rule is to drink what you like," she told On The Coast guest host Chris Brown.
"Complementing is when you match like-flavours, like a chocolate stout with your chocolate cake. Contrasting is when you pair opposites, like a sour beer with a sweet dish. This can also be used to balance flavours. Using the sweet maltiness of beer to counter the saltiness of a dish or the bitterness in a hoppy beer to cut the sweetness."
Whyman says a more carbonated beer, like a dubbel or a saison, will cleanse your palate between bites of food and cut through fat. 
She says if you're going with lighter fare, like turkey or tofurky, the saison might be more pleasing. The yeast and sweetness complement the gravy and the veggies, while the earthy spiciness brings out the flavours in the meat.
She also says if you're overwhelmed by trying to choose a beer that will work with all the dishes, you could choose your favourite part of the meal and pair your beer to that.
If mashed potatoes are your thing, maybe you'd like to drink a cream ale to mimic that smooth mouth feel. If it's all about tart cranberry sauce for you, pair with a lambic. For latkes, a golden ale is lovely.
"Or if you have the inclination, you could try a variety of beer styles taster flight style and see which ones work with the most dishes," she said. "If you take notes, you can use that information next year."
She also says if you're the one doing the cooking, you can always use beer in the food and then serve that beer alongside that course for an easy pairing.
Here are Whyman's beer picks for this week:
Luppolo Brewing Double IPA
"Available at the brewery for tasters and growler fills. Using five northwest hop varieties gives it aromas of peach, melon and citrus zest. Be careful: this one is eight percent alcohol but tastes like five!"
Twin Sails Two Straws Milkshake IPA
"This one is thick — you'll need two straws! It is brewed with lactose, hence the milkshake name and lots of mango and pineapple. Get this very limited release before it's gone at the tasting room in Port Moody. 6.5 percent."
SuperFlux Happyness
"Formerly known as Machine Ales when they brewed at Callister, this is their most recent offering under the SuperFlux name. Happyness is a seven-percent IPA that's bright and clean and fruity. Four-packs of cans will be hitting liquor stores any day now."
With files from CBC Radio One's On The Coast

beer column

Beer News:

A-Frame Brewing is now open in Squamish.  They’re open Wednesday through Sunday and have an opening line up of: Okanagan Lake Cream Ale, Magic Lake Porter, Elfin Lakes Belgian Ale and Sproat Lake Dry Hopped Pale Ale.  I’m noticing a theme in their beer names...

Old Yale Brewing in Chilliwack just got their lounge endorsement, so you can get full 20oz flights or 12 and 16oz pours now, with a selection of food options as well.


New Year’s Eve beer events: 

There’s a party at Darby’s Gastown.  Reserve your seat now!  They’ll be featuring limited releases from Strange Fellows, Deschutes, Four Winds and more.  No tickets to buy or set menus, just reserve a seat and show up to pay as you go.

Big Rock UrbanBrewery is having a party that will ring in the new year six times!  Beginning at the far East of Canada, with a shot of Newfoundland Screech, they will count down the new year in each time zone of Canada.  $60 gets you your screech, and a maple champagne cocktail every hour.  There will be a buffet and live entertainment.  And if you give them an extra $10 you can go back again for the all-you-can-eat brunch buffet on New Year’s Day
Yaletown Brewpub’s new year’s party tickets are $40.  You get a pizza buffet, photo booth, and happy hour drink specials after midnight.
 
Trading PostTaphouse in Langley is hosting a four course set menu beer pairing dinner.  Tickets are $60.  There’s a party afterward too, to get you through the rest of the night, or if you’ve already got dinner plans. $30 gets you nibbles and live music.

The Trading Post tasting room is also hosting a party – no tickets required for this one.  They’ll have a special cask and beer cocktails and live music.


Beer Pairings for Holiday Feasting:

Christmas is coming – the goose is getting fat!  And it would pair really nicely with a Belgian Dubbel.  You can go traditional with a Chimay Premiere (that’s the red one) or keep it local with a Krampus from StrangeFellows, or a Dageraad Brune.  The dark fruit and spice of the beer can stand up to the heavy flavour of the goose.  These beers also pair nicely with lamb, duck, brisket or a roast.  Or so I’ve heard!  I’m a vegetarian, so I’m not much of a source for meaty beer pairings!

What I do know is that it’s not the easiest thing to find one beer that will pair perfectly with all the different dishes and their flavours that make up many a holiday meal.  But before you despair about finding one, there are a couple of general guidelines that can help you:

First, there are no hard and fast rules for beer pairing.  Complementing or contrasting flavours are the two basic ways to go, but within those, you can go so many different places.  So the best non-rule is to drink what you like!

Complementing is when you match like flavours, like a chocolate stout with your chocolate cake.  Contrasting is when you pair opposites – like a sour beer with a sweet dish.  This can also be used to balance flavours.  Using the sweet maltiness of beer to counter the saltiness of a dish, or the bitterness in a hoppy beer to cut the sweetness. 

A more carbonated beer will cleanse your palate between bites of food, and cut through fat.  Like the Dubbel already mentioned, or a saison.  While both are carbonated, if you’re going with lighter fare, like turkey or tofurky, the saison might be more pleasing.  The yeast and sweetness complement the gravy and the veggies, while the earthy spiciness brings out the flavours in the meat.

If you’re overwhelmed by trying to choose a beer that will work with all the dishes, you could choose your favourite part of the meal and pair your beer to that.  If mashed potatoes are your thing, maybe you’d like to drink a cream ale to mimic that smooth mouthfeel.  If it’s all about tart cranberry sauce for you, pair with a lambic.  For latkes, a golden ale is lovely.  With pecan pie, something bourbon barrel aged is fantastic.  Pilsner is a dream with dim sum.

Or if you have the inclination, you could try a variety of beer styles taster flight style and see which ones work with the most dishes.  If you take notes, you can use that information next year.  If not, no worries, try it again at your next big dinner!

If you’re the one doing the cooking, you can always use beer in the food, and then serve that beer alongside that course for an easy pairing.


Beer Picks:

They’re all ipas this week:

Luppolo Brewing has a lovely double ipa available at the brewery for tasters and growler fills.  Using five northwest hop varieties gives it aromas of peach, melon and citrus zest.  Be careful – this one is 8% but tastes like 5%!

Twin Sails Two Straws Milkshake ipa:  This one is thick – you’ll need two straws!  It is brewed with lactose (hence the milkshake name) and lots of mango and pineapple.  Get this very limited release before it’s gone.  At the tasting room in Port Moody. 6.5%


SuperFlux Happyness:  Formerly known as Machine Ales when they brewed at Callister, this is their most recent offering under the SuperFlux name.  Happyness is a 7% ipa that’s bright and clean and fruity.  4-packs of cans will be hitting liquor stores any day now.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

new release

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Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. Releases “Stoked Winter Ale”.

Dec 20th, 2016 - Revelstoke, B.C. - On Sat Dec 10th , Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. release Stoked Winter Ale.  This is the first time the beer has been brewed and bottled by the company. It is available in 650mL bottles and also 56.8L kegs for draft. This will be Mt Begbie Brewing Co’s main winter seasonal for 2016/17.

Stoked Winter Ale is a mildly spiced, rich winter ale.  The beer is not sweet and has no vanilla. Cloves, Nutmeg, Cinnamon and cocoa were used to create a winter warmer effect with an ABV of 6% and 20 IBU.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

cbc website

from the cbc website from november 22nd:

Warm the cockles of your heart
with these cozy winter beers

Check out our beer columnist's picks for warming winter beers as the
weather gets colder

CBC News Posted: Nov 22, 2016 4:04 PM PT Last Updated: Nov 24, 2016 6:26 AM PT
Spinnakers 12 Bombers Advent Box is one way to enjoy wintery beers this year, On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says.
Spinnakers 12 Bombers Advent Box is one way to enjoy wintery beers this year, On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says. (spinnakers.com)
The days are getting a lot shorter and a lot wetter, which means winter is finally coming to B.C.
But even if the weather isn't so nice, at least there are great winter beers to look forward to, On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says.
She says there are no hard and fast rules surrounding what can be considered a winter beer.
In general, what we think of as winter beers tend to be richer, sweeter and darker roasted, and sometimes quite boozy with a strong malt profile.
"I think what people look for in a winter beer is one that makes them feel cozy and warm," she told On The Coast host Stephen Quinn. "Winter ales often have a higher alcohol content, which certainly helps those feelings of cozy warmth."
One way to enjoy winter beers — and others, to be accurate — is a beer advent calendar.
Parallel 49 and Central City's Seasons Greetings 24-pack advent craft beer calendar is out again this year. It features holiday seasonal favourites and brand new beers exclusive to the pack. The beers include sours, stouts, scotch ales, porters, winter ales, IPAs and pale ales — five of which won awards at the 2016 B.C. Beer Awards.
There is also the Spinnakers' 12 Bombers Advent Box for the 12 days of Christmas, which has a different 650 ml bomber for each of the days including some made just for the box.
Here are some of Whyman's picks for winter beers you don't need to buy an advent calendar's worth to try.
"Strange Times for Modern Fellows" Saison
"This is a collaboration brew from June 2016 between local Strange Fellows and San Diego's Modern Times. It's a complex, dry and refreshing saison made with a multi-culture of yeasts. It has flavours of pineapple, lemon and lychee. 6.5 per cent, available in 750ml bottles."
Bridge Brewing's Sleigh Booster
"An imperial red ale hopped with Chinook, Centennial and Columbus hops to balance out all of the caramelly malts. It pours a lovely red colour. Nine per cent, available in 650ml bottles for sharing."
Dageraad Brewing's Dark Days
"A saison brewed with oats and fennel. It's dark amber in colour, with spicy and fruity notes. Available on tap at the tasting room in Burnaby, and at bars around town."
With files form CBC Radio One's On The Coast

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gift Guide

Got a beer lover or two on your gift list? Lucky you!
They're so easy to shop for!

But if you're stumped, here are some ideas:

Best Default Gifts for Beer Lovers:

Gift packs from breweries!
Most local breweries have swag and gift certificates available. Some also have gift packs – such as:

Central City’s Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine Gift Pack, a combo-pack that includes a 2014 bottle-conditioned Thor’s Hammer, which won Gold at this year’s 2016 BC Beer Awards, and a 2014 Bourbon barrel-aged Thor’s Hammer, which won Bronze.

Four Winds has a gift pack of Pomona and Pequeno Cabo, with 2 branded crystal Spiegelau beer tulips (to drink them out of, natch) and gift cards, all in a beautiful wooden box.  $75.  Please grab one of these for me!

Strange Fellows has a gift pack of a bottle of Krampus, and a glass to drink it from.

Moody Ales has a build your own gift pack – with prices ranging from $25 to $110, you start with a gift card and then add in additional swag. See their instagram for details.

Beer Experiences:

It's nice to give a gift that takes up no space, doesn't need to be dusted, and always fits!

Early-bird tickets to Vancouver Craft BeerWeek’s tasting festival at the PNE (June 3-4, 2017), or the Great Okanagan Beer Festival (May 11-13, 2017) are on sale now.

Or how about a brewery tour from Vancouver BreweryTours or Vine & Hops?

Tickets to the East Van Panto, with a bottle of the panto-inspired beer, Wolf at the Door by Bomber Brewing, is a gift that gives twice!

Book loving beer lovers:

Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont’s coffee table book The World Atlas of Beer would make a great gift. The revised and expanded edition is full of beautiful photos and jam-packed with beer information and history, and travel tips to help plan a beercation. Maybe the recipient will even take you with them!

Frank Appleton's book is a must for all BC beer lovers. One of the pioneers of the craft beer movement, Frank's book Brewing Revolution will change how you look at craft beer!

Burgeoning Beer Lovers:

A newbie would appreciate a beer journal – and there are many to choose from, including one from Cigar City Brewing called the Lager Logger, Moleskine has various types available, and there are the very cute 33 and 99 bottles ofbeer ones!

A subscription to a beer magazine wouldn't go amiss. There’s the ever-so affordable free online version of local magazine What’s Brewing?, and a very affordable online subscription to Taps Magazine that’s based out of Ontario, but has lots of BC content as well,

Or if your beer lover is a lover of actual paper magazines, there's the American based BeerAdvocate magazine.for $44.95USD. But if you have Americans on your list, this one is perfect as they’re offering a $10USD subscription to American addresses for their 10th anniversary!

Gag Gift:

If you’re looking for a funny gift, then may I suggest a stocking flask – they’re all the rage. Fill the stocking with any libation and hang by the chimney with care!

The Gift of Beer:

Always appropriate! And these two make especially lovely choices as they come in 750ml bottles. Give like you mean it!

Strange Fellows Krampus – an Abbey Dubbel ale, with flavours of dark cherry, chocolate and pepper. This one will pair well with chocolate. 8.5%, available at the tasting room and private liquor stores.

Central City Sour Framboise III – a traditional Belgian-style sour infused with local raspberries. It was aged for more than 2 years in wine barrels and oak foeders. It’s a complex beer with tart raspberry notes up front and a dry finish. 9.5%, available at the brewery and liquor stores.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

new releases

Granville Island Brewing Teams Up with JJ Bean to Launch Mocha Porter
first B.C. brewery to combine decaf cold brew and beer

Vancouver, B.C. November 21, 2016 – Granville Island Brewing (Granville) and JJ Bean, Vancouver’s leading coffee roaster, have announced a new collaboration: the Mocha Porter. The first of its kind to hit the craft beer market, Granville’s Mocha Porter is infused with a custom-made Peruvian dark roast coffee from JJ Bean and cocoa nibs, creating a special winter porter to enjoy this holiday season.

“This brew is blended with a variety of special dark malts, resulting in a smooth, deeply layered and complex beer,” says Kevin Emms, Brewmaster, Granville Island Brewing. “We add ground up coffee beans from JJ Bean in conditioning until we have well-balanced notes of coffee, without overwhelming the palate, bringing together two of my favourite things – coffee and beer!”

The combination of coffee and cocoa nibs give the brew its distinct mocha flavour. JJ Bean’s Peruvian coffee was custom roasted for this collaboration, and slow-steeped in the conditioning tanks to create a rich and robust, full-bodied porter with roasted notes and deep caramel sweetness.

The partnership between the two Vancouver based businesses is a relationship that has been brewing for some time.

“Not many people know this but Granville Island is home to JJ Bean’s first cafĂ©,” says Grady Buhler, Coffee Quality Leader, JJ Bean. “The brewmaster at that time, Vern, supplied me with great-tasting brews after work and I ensured he was able to make it through the day with a cup of joe. Collaborating to create the Mocha Porter is a tribute to our long history with Granville Island Brewing.”

Granville’s Mocha Porter brew is almost like a darker version of the coveted Lions Winter Ale, a seasonal favourite among West Coast beer drinkers.

Mocha Porter is available in retail stores for a limited time in 650ml bottles.

About Granville Island Brewing (Granville)

Started in Vancouver in 1984, Granville Island Brewing (Granville) is Canada's original microbrewery, leading the better beer movement known today as craft. Our founders believed consumers deserved more choice than the mainstream lagers available at the time.  Throughout the last three decades Granville Island Brewing has introduced a West Coast inspired line-up of laid back, flavourful, approachable brews perfect for moments big and small.     While the craft beer movement continues to grow, our ambition has not changed: we're on an endless pursuit to welcome people into the wonderful world of better quality more flavourful beer styles.  Our original small batch brewery is our exploration space on Granville Island welcoming millions of tourists and locals annually to learn about craft beer and enjoy a quality pint.
www.gib.ca

About JJ Bean

The Neate family has been roasting coffee in Vancouver for four generations. In 1996, John Neate Jr. (JJ) created a company of coffee lovers called JJ Bean to honour people through great coffee, food, spaces, and service. To this end, it sources the highest quality green coffee and roasts it in small batches daily, always guided by the same principle: the best taste wins. JJ Bean now has 21 locations across Vancouver and Toronto.


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About Steamworks Brewing Company:  Named after the steam that flows through and powers its Burnaby brewery & flagship brewpub in Gastown, Steamworks proudly brews distinct, flavourful and award-winning craft beers. 

Vancouver B.C. (November 23rd, 2016)

Steamworks is kicking off their new Barrel aging program with the release of a 2016 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.

Aged in Bourbon Barrels, it pours near black with a thick tan head. Aromas of vanilla and oak give way to robust flavours of bourbon and chocolate. The beer is a very special release, perfect for rainy days or for cellaring away for further maturing.

Steamworks brewmaster Julia Hanlon expands on the release: "We're really excited to release our first barrel aged beer, it was definitely a labour of love at the brewery, hopefully people get a chance to try it!"

The beer will be available later the first week of December in extremely limited quantities at select private liquor stores. However, bottles will be exclusively available at 12pm on Friday the 25th at the Steamworks Brewery and Taproom - 3845 William St. The taproom also has a very limited number of kegs of the new stout and will be serving glasses of it until the kegs are tapped!

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Deck the halls with a bunch of bombers. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-yum.

3 Brand New Seasonal Bombers

Freshen up the beer fridge for the Holidays

November 21st, 2016 - The Holidays are almost upon us and with the number of seasonal pressures that can cause stress levels to spike, an empty beer fridge is not something you want to mess around with.  We are releasing 3 brand new seasonal bombers to make sure you're well stocked, and to bring a bit of extra fun to your fridge for those moments of blissful indulgence.  Anxiety is a rich Belgian quad; Missile Toad is a hopped up double IPA; and Bass Shaker is a peach sour aged with oak.

All 3 seasonals are available exclusively at private craft-beer focused liquor stores.  If you find yourself in Victoria this week pop on by the brewery on Thursday between 4-6 to try all 3 on tap!

About the beers:




Missile Toad Imperial IPA - 9.0%

'Tis the season to chill back at the pad with one of these toad-ally hoppy brews.  Missile Toad is loaded with fruit forward Ella hops from across the pond (New Zealand), to create a double IPA worth croaking about.

Tropical fruit, citrus, floral and spicy—this brew covers most of the range of hoppy flavours in one bottle.  Though “balanced” is not usually associated with the IIPA style, Missile Toad drinks extremely easily with a dry finish and a bitterness that doesn’t hang around. 




Anxiety Belgian Quad - 8.0%

Incessent Christmas songs, the throng of the crowd, or the wild card of relative relations--whatever your challenges this Holiday season we hope that this big, bold, malty Belgian quad helps deliver some sweet relief.

Anxiety is medium in body, pours a deep amber colour, and features aromas of sweet raisins and freshly baked bread.  Crafted with real Belgian Candi sugar and authentic Abbey yeast, phenolics and esters are slightly muted in this expression that showcases rich malts and a warming finish.
 




Bass Shaker Oak Aged Peach Sour - 4.8%

The Sour Note Series plays on with Bass Shaker: a sour ale brewed with peaches and aged in oak.  Like all sour ales in the series, this beer was soured with our own in-house lactobacillus strain, discovered when our maltster noticed some delicious aromas coming from our spent grain and suggested we culture it.  The result was a wonderfully tart flavour signature that is completely unique to our brewery.

On the palate, ripe peaches and careful aging with medium-plus American oak chips impart subtle nuances of sweet charred fruit and vanilla.  Very tart