Wednesday, September 28, 2016

beer column

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

If you can’t make it to Munich for the famous Oktoberfest, being held right now, never fear – there are several smaller versions taking place right here at home! 

Harvest Haus begins on Thursday.  Ooom-pah, sausages and pretzels, and of course, lots of beer await you at the Queen Elizabeth plaza.  Running Thursday, Friday and Saturday this weekend, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday of next, you can enjoy sword-play and dancing, and cheersing with ceramic steins.

Darby’s Gastown is celebrating Oktoberfest on October 2nd from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  They’re pairing four beer styles, dunkel, marzen, alt and hefeweizen with German fare of pretzels and sausages.  No tickets required, just show up and enjoy.

Port Moody’s Oktoberfest runs from September 29th to October 2nd and the 6th to the 9th at 100 Newport Way.  There will be beer, pretzels, sausages and kettle corn, live dj, singing and dancing. $20 gets you entry to the tent for one evening, $50 gets you a pass for all the days of the festival.

And the 5th Annual Harrison Beer Festival will be held on October 28 and 29th in Harrison Hot Springs.  There’s an Irish-themed cask fest on the Friday night, followed by a tasting festival during the day on Saturday, culminating in an Oktoberfest dinner and dance on Saturday night. 

Looking for something a little different to do?  Why not try a craft beer corn maze!  There’s one in Abbotsford running 11:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m. every weekend until October 23rd.  The Roadside Harvest Social will provide fun for the whole family – dogs included!  There will be three different corn mazes, one for the kids, one for all-ages and one for those wanting to drink their way through it; plus a pumpkin patch, play area, dog bar, photo booths, lounge area and craft beer garden.  Entry is $5 for those 3-18 and $10 for those 19+

Roadside’s partner breweries for the craft beer tasting corn maze and beer garden are the Fraser Valley’s Field House Brewing, Ravens Brewing, Old Abbey Ales and Old Yale Brewing. The beer tasting corn maze includes four tasting stations in a three kilometre corn maze with a total of four 3-ounce craft beer samples, and is included in your entry fee. 


And looking ahead into November, put these dates in your calendar:

Celebrate Craft... Beer! is a fundraising crafts market and craft beer tasting.  It will be held on November 5th at Performance Works on Granville Island.  And I have the honour of being one of the jurors selecting the winning beer.  Come see which one we choose!  Tickets are available on Eventbrite and include a tax receipt for a portion of the $37 price.
Tri-cities cask fest will be held at The Burrard Public House in Port Moody on November 19th from noon til 5:00 p.m.  Tickets are $35 which will get you tasters of 10 cask beers and a beer cocktail.  The event is expected to sell out, so get your tickets on Eventbrite now!


Going back to Oktoberfest for a minute, what kind of beer is traditionally drunk at Oktoberfest?

The traditional beer style is Marzen, also often called festbier or oktoberfestbier.  This style  of lager hails from Bavaria.  In 1553 there was a brewing ordinance that decreed that beer was only allowed to be brewed from September 29 to April 23rd.  Marzen was brewed in March following a recipe that included high alcohol and hops content to help preserve the beer in cold storage throughout the warmer weather until new beer was again allowed to be brewed.  Marzen are full-bodied, malty beers with a dry finish.
 
Oktoberfest came about as a way to finish off the previous year’s beers and make room in the casks for the new beers to be brewed.  If you have to drink a lot of beer in a short amount of time, it only makes sense to have a festival for it!  It wasn’t a full-on festival until 1810 though, when King Ludwig invited the city out for his wedding, and it didn’t become totally beer focused until many years later, with Marzen becoming the official beer in 1872.  Technically speaking, Oktoberfestbier refers only to beers brewed in the city limits of Munich, such as Paulaner and Lowenbrau.  All the rest are Oktoberfest-style beers. In 1990 the style of beer served at Oktoberfest changed to a lighter-bodied, golden-coloured brew, most commonly known as Festbier.


Beer Tasting:

We are full-swing into pumpkin beer and everything pumpkin spiced season.  For tasting today I brought in a very amusing anti-pumpkin beer:  Category 12 Zombie Repellant Ale.

This is a Belgian red ale with hints of orange and fennel.  Category 12 brewed this beer as an alternative to the overwhelming pumpkin-ing of this season.
 
It is 6.9%.  Available in 650 ml bottles at select liquor stores and on tap at 12 Kings Pub on October 7th at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Category 12 tap takeover.  You can try the ZRA, plus 7 other Category 12 beers at that tap takeover.

Red ales tend to focus on the malts, but they can be quite hoppy as well.  Generally they’re balanced beers with toasted malt characteristics and a light fruitiness.  Because this is a “Belgian” red ale, we can expect fruity esters from the Belgian yeast – part of the “orange” flavour.  The rest of the fruitiness comes from the Azacca hops, known for their intense citrus and tropical fruit notes.


Beer Picks:

To round out my beer picks, let’s go with a local Oktoberfest-style beer:  Bomber Brewing Marzen – medium-bodied with a dry finish.  It’s malty, with some hop bitterness.  This seasonal is available in six packs of cans and 650ml bomber bottles at the brewery and liquor stores.

And a twist on the pumpkin beer theme:  Phillips’ Toothless Pumpkin Sour Ale.  At a mere 4.7% this sour version of the pumpkin spice beer has a sour bite and a dry finish.  Available for a limited time in 650ml bomber bottles at private and government liquor stores. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

cbc website

i haven't even been on the air yet, but i'm already on the cbc website!

Prost! Oktoberfest events to check out on the Lower Mainland

Can't make it to Munich? Don't worry — lots of German beer fun in B.C. this year

GERMANY-OKTOBERFEST/OPENING
Visitors reach for the one of the first mugs of beer during the opening day of the 183rd Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. You don't have to go to Europe to enjoy Oktoberfest, says On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman. (Michaela Rehle/Reuters)
If you can't make it to Munich for their famous Oktoberfest being held right now, never fear: there are several smaller versions taking place right here in B.C.
"Oktoberfest came about as a way to finish off the previous year's beers and make room in the casks for the new beers to be brewed," On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman told host Stephen Quinn.
"If you have to drink a lot of beer in a short amount of time, it only makes sense to have a festival for it!"
Here are some local Oktoberfests for beer lovers to check out.
Harvest Haus in Vancouver: Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, Oct. 7-9
"Ooom-pah, sausages and pretzels, and of course, lots of beer await you at the Queen Elizabeth plaza. You can enjoy swordplay and dancing and cheers-ing with ceramic steins."
Darby's Oktoberfest in Vancouver: Oct. 2
"They're pairing four beer styles, dunkel, marzen, alt and hefeweizen with German fare of pretzels and sausages. No tickets required, just show up and enjoy."
Port Moody Oktoberfest: Sept. 29 to Oct. 2
"There will be beer, pretzels, sausages and kettle corn, a live DJ, singing and dancing: $20 gets you entry to the tent for one evening, $50 gets you a pass for all the days of the festival."
5th Annual Harrison Beer Festival: Oct. 28-29
"There's an Irish-themed cask fest on the Friday night, followed by a tasting festival during the day on Saturday, culminating in an Oktoberfest dinner and dance on Saturday night."
Here are Whyman's beer picks for this week:
Category 12 Zombie Repellant Ale
"This is a Belgian red ale with hints of orange and fennel. Category 12 brewed this beer as an alternative to the overwhelming pumpkin-ing of this season: 6.9 per cent, available in 650 ml bottles at select liquor stores."
Bomber Brewing Marzen
"Medium-bodied with a dry finish. It's malty, with some hop bitterness. This seasonal is available in six packs of cans and 650 ml bomber bottles at the brewery and liquor stores, 5.5 per cent."
Phillips' Toothless Pumpkin Sour Ale
"At a mere 4.7 per cent, this sour version of the pumpkin spice beer has a sour bite and a dry finish. Available for a limited time in 650 ml bomber bottles at private and government liquor stores."
With files from CBC Radio One's On The Coast

bc craft beer month

BC Craft Brewers Guild's Latest Collaboration from Driftwood Brewing and Persephone Brewing "King Tide Saison"
We are pleased to start BC Craft Beer Month a little early this year as we announce our 5th collaboration. 

The Earth, Sun and Moon have aligned to deliver this delicious collaboration! Persephone and Driftwood have joined forces to create this strong, effervescent Saison. Notes of tropical fruit abound from the warm fermentation required by the use of the famous Brasserie Dupont yeast. King Tide Saison will be available at select private liquor stores across the province as of September 26.


Ken Beattie, Executive Director, BC Craft Brewers Guild:  “The BC Craft Brewers Guild is stoked to be kick starting BC Craft Beer Month off a little early with our 5th collaboration from Driftwood Brewing and Persephone Brewing; King Tide Saison. This collaborative farmhouse ale embodies the collaboration and sense of community at the heart of our provincial craft beer community – these two coastal breweries have come together in fine style to produce something worthy to start the celebration.”

Dion Whyte, Persephone General Manager:  “We’re pumped to be collaborating with Driftwood Brewing and the BC Craft Brewers Guild on this release! We’ve always loved Driftwood’s beers and their willingness to share their experience with other craft breweries like ourselves and support the industry. We had loads of fun on this project - big thanks to Jason, Gary and the team!”

Gary Lindsay, Driftwood General Manager:  “These collaborative efforts illustrate the heart of the craft beer industry‎ very well. Hard work, innovation and community involvement are a huge part of who we are – collectively we are a very strong & vibrant industry. Driftwood is thrilled to work with the like-minded and highly talented team at Persephone to lay down an amazing brew to support the Craft Brewers Guild of BC!”


About Persephone Brewing Company:  Persephone Brewing Company is located in picturesque Gibsons, BC. PBC grows hops, food, beer and community at what is lovingly known by the locals as The Beer Farm!

About Driftwood Brewing Company:  In a world filled with mass-produced stuff, being connected with the things we consume brings us joy. Distinct and local, at Driftwood Brewery we aspire to create a unique profile in every beer we make. And, from the moment we sold our first keg, we’ve upheld a commitment to never cut corners on quality, character or style.

About The BC Craft Brewers Guild:  The BC Craft Beer Guild represents BC Craft Brewers through the province. Some are small, and others even smaller, but all brew flavorful, local beer with passion and dedication. BC Craft Breweries and their brewpubs employ more than 2,500 people who help create and serve BC Craft Beer. The mission of the BC Craft Brewers Guild is to support the creation and discovery of truly great BC Craft Beer through supportive legislation, education, public awareness and the responsible enjoyment of our Craft Beer.

Previous Guild Collaboration Beers:  Maiden Voyage Cedar Aged Pale Ale from Central City and Four Winds; United Front Braunbier from Steel & Oak and Vancouver Island Brewery; Accelerated Transmission Wet Hop Ale from Red Truck Brewery and Category 12; Spring Shred Red Session Ale from Whistler and Fernie Brewing.


Also please remember to join us on Saturday October 1 at 4pm PST to raise a glass wherever you may be in BC for our first ever ; 

Virtual toast on social media for BC Craft Beer!
Spread the word to your followers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram with a virtual toast! Grab your favourite beer – or better yet, the BC Beer of the day
HASHTAG: #cheersbccraftbeer
WHERE: Held simultaneously at all breweries/tasting rooms or beer related activities across BC. A virtual toast on social media 
WHEN : OCT 1 @ 4:00pm  PST
Thanks for all your support 


Monday, September 26, 2016

link love

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the top beers at the recent great canadian beer festival

brewery tours owner picks his faves in vancouver


mmm, cocktails!
Mezcal Cider Sour
Serves 1
2 ounces Mezcal reposado
1 ounce fresh apple cider
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce ginger simple syrup (see below)
In a mixing tin, combine all the ingredients, add ice, and shake until chilled (around 30 seconds). Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Ginger simple syrup
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thin
In a small saucepan, bring all the ingredients to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Let cool, then strain the ginger out. Makes ¼ cup.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

roadside harvest social


ROADSIDE HARVEST SOCIAL TO OFFER B.C.’S FIRST CRAFT BEER-TASTING CORN MAZE & PET-FRIENDLY ATTRACTION THAT’S FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Festive outdoor event includes pumpkin patch, corn mazes, beer garden, autumn eats, pet photo booth, all-ages harvest games & so much more
September 21, 2016 (Abbotsford, B.C.) – Wrap yourself in a cozy sweater, slip on your boots and bring your camera for an autumn experience in the country like none other at the ROADSIDE HARVEST SOCIAL! From the organizers of the popular Abbotsford Tulip Festival comes an all-ages outdoor attraction that offers a festive harvest experience that's fun for families, pet-lovers, craft beer enthusiasts and everyone in between! 
Set in a rustic country setting on a 10-acre field just off Highway 1 in Abbotsford, Roadside is a harvest social if there ever was one. A gathering of community folks coming together under the big Abby sky, to share some nibbles, some giggles and a few wobble-y pops. Find yourself, then lose yourself in this one-of-kind autumn-themed event that includes three different corn mazes - a kiddie maze, an all-ages maze and B.C.'s first craft beer tasting corn maze; plus a pumpkin patch, games, play area, dog bar, photo booths, lounge area and craft beer garden.
The unique new attraction opens Friday, September 30th and will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm until October 23rd. Admission is $5 per person for ages 3-18 years, $10 for visitors aged 19 years and older and includes the craft beer tasting corn maze and parking. Children aged 2 years and under are free.
Roadside partner breweries for the craft beer tasting corn maze and beer garden are the Fraser Valley’s own Field House Brewing, Ravens Brewing, Old Abbey Ales and Old Yale Brewing. The beer tasting corn maze includes four tasting stations in a three kilometre corn maze with a total of four 3-ounce craft beer samples. No minors are permitted in the beer garden or beer-tasting corn maze. Food vendors will be offering a seasonal mix of autumn treats like pumpkin pies, caramel apples and candy corn from the BB Food on the Go food truck and Tracyakes Bakery CafĂ©.
The Roadside Harvest Social will kick off on Thursday, September 29th with a celebrity dog walk “Instameet”-and-greet with Pepper, the Adventure Dog and his photographer-influencer owner, Elizabeth Gadd from Vancouver (@adventurepepper and @elizabethgadd). Dog owners are being invited to meet, mingle and explore the attraction with their pets and will be encouraged to snap and post photos of their experience while tagging #pupsofroadside. Roadside will host another special pet event on Saturday, October 15 when owners and their pets can have their photos taken by a professional photographer in the Roadside dog photo booth, all in support of the SPCA.
WHAT:  THE ROADSIDE HARVEST SOCIAL
A festive fall outdoor attraction designed for adults but fun for the whole family, including the pets! Admission includes a pumpkin patch, corn maze, KidsZone games and play area, photo booths, craft beer garden and B.C.'s first-ever beer tasting corn maze.
WHERE:  36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, B.C.
Exit 95 at Whatcom Rd.
Same site as Abbotsford Tulip Festival
WHEN:  September 30 to October 23, Friday to Sundays only
11:00 am - 6:00 pm (last tickets sold at 6:00 pm)
Closed at 7:00 pm.
Open rain or shine!
ADMISSION:
Free (2 and under)
$5 (ages 3 - 18) includes taxes and parking and provides access to everything except the beer-tasting corn maze and beer garden
$10 (19 +)  includes taxes and parking and provides access to beer-tasting corn maze, beer garden (beer extra),  and all activities. Children 2 years and under are free.  No minors admitted to beer-tasting corn maze.
CONTACT:  604-751-6389 or info@abbyroadside.com (Media contact below.) 
SOCIAL:  @abbyroadside on Instagram and Facebook
High resolution photos and complimentary media tickets are available. Please contact Tanis Sullivan to make your request.
MEDIA CONTACT:
Tanis Sullivan
Tanis Sullivan Communications
604.230.8008
tanis@tanissullivan.com


Enjoy wide open skies and endless fields of corn, pumpkins and harvesty fun from September 30th - October 23rd, Fridays-Sundays at the Roadside Harvest Social

Roadside's 10 acres of corn mazes, divided into three unique mazes - a kiddie maze, an adults-only beer tasting maze and an all-ages maze.  

Roadside Harvest Social will host B.C.'s first ever craft beer tasting corn maze. 

Instagram celebrity dog, Pepper, the Adventure Dog (@adventurepepper) and his owner, Elizabeth Gadd (@elizabethgadd) will kick off the Roadside Harvest Social with a dog-friendly #pupsofroadside Instameet-and-greet on September 29th. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

bc hop fest

it's almost time for fresh-hopped beer!

2nd Annual fresh hop celebration kicks off BC Craft Beer Month in Abbotsford
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Staged on a picturesque Sumas Prairie farm, BC Hop Fest: Celebrating Fresh Beer is a Fraser Valley experience like no other.  This year’s event will take place Saturday, October 1st from 1 to 6 pm and will double last year’s line-up of the province’s best, with 30 plus breweries participating.  Eating and drinking among hops still on the bine, beer lovers visit with their favorite brew masters, kick up their heels to live music and learn everything they want to know about hops. 2015 People’s Choice winner, Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford will be defending their title against local favorites Field House Brewing and Old Abbey Ales. Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing Company has the distinction of being the first brewery in the Fraser Valley and will be back to Hop Fest along with Chaos & Solace Brewing Company, brand new in Chilliwack and excited to be the latest addition to Hop Fest 2016.

BC Hop Fest is the first beer festival to focus on wet hopped beer, an exclusive variety only available during harvest. Hops are pulled off the bine, and to fit the fresh hop designation, must be in the kettle within 24 hours. If ‘hoppy’ beers aren’t your thing, this year’s participants will also be offering one or two additional selections on tap. Executive Director at the BC Craft Brewer’s Guild, Ken Beattie says, “We are glad to be part of this unique festival again and it’s a great way to start BC Craft Beer Month with so many of our members in one location.”

Between tours of the hop farm, the farmer’s market, brewer’s panel, home brewing exhibition and visits to the Chilliwack Museum display, guests are sure to learn all they want and more about hops. Since beer pairs so well with great food, mobile eateries will be on hand including Reel Mac and Cheese, Wings, Big Red’s Poutine, and Poomba’s Smokehouse. Lepp Farm Market will be back with the infamous “Hop Dog” and “Hoparoni” specialties they created just for Hop Fest.

Event Producer, Donna Dixson says, “We want everyone to have the chance to really connect with all that is happening in the Fraser Valley around hops and craft beer. Vine &hops is providing premier transportation from Vancouver to Abbotsford and we have a shuttle taking people from Abbotsford to the farm as well.   In addition to starting off BC Craft Beer Month in Abbotsford, BC Hop Co is celebrating the second hop harvest and the opening of a world class hop processing facility. It is a testament to the demand for an event of this kind that we have doubled the number of participating breweries and are expecting twice as many attendees in just one year.”

Big players such as Postmark Brewing, Red Truck Beer Company, Central City Brewers + Distillers, Steamworks and Four Winds out of Delta will join the impressive roster that includes East Vancouver’s hop circuit, Powell Street Craft Brewery, Off the Rail Brewing, Bomber Brewing, and Strange Fellows Brewing Company. Driftwood Brewery’s claim to fame is that their Sartori Harvest IPA was the first fresh hopped beer to be released in BC so it is fitting that they are back this year along with a true craft brewing pioneer, Phillips Brewing & Malting Co, also from Victoria. The Okanagan will be well represented by Tin Whistle Brewing Company and Bad Tattoo Brewing out of Penticton and Tree Brewing in Kelowna. Yellow Dog Brewing, Moody Ales, and The Parkside Brewery will showcase Port Moody’s Murray Street. The list goes on and on, check out www.bchop.co to find the rest.

For video and further event information, please visit www.bchop.ca


Hash tags #bchopfest #bchopfest16 #hoponit #bchopco 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

new release

For immediate release                                                                                                      
September 19, 2016
 
Central City Welcomes the Fall Harvest Season with its Limited Edition Oak Aged Imperial Craft Cider

 
Surrey, BC, Canada – The cool, crisp autumn weather is upon us and what better way to toast the new fall harvest season than with Central City’s latest seasonal offering from its brewer’s reserve small batch series: Central City Limited Edition Imperial Cider.
 
Central City Brewers & Distillers' Limited Edition Imperial Cider is a small batch craft apple cider. Made from 100 per cent Okanangan Valley apples and oak-aged giving it subtle bourbon tones. The resulting flavour is complex with notes of vanilla bringing balance to a rich, crisp apple character. The effervescent finish makes for a refreshing and flavourful cider experience.
 
“Craft cider is gaining huge popularity amongst craft beer enthusiasts in British Columbia and it’s no surprise given the province’s renowned Okanagan region and its apples,” says Gary Lohin, Brewmaster at Central City Brewers + Distillers. “In this limited edition small batch Imperial Cider, we only used apples from the Okanagan and aged the cider using oak to give it some dark bourbon tones, with hints of vanilla to balance the crisp apples. It’s the perfect drink for this cool, crisp autumn season.”
 
Central City also has other craft brews made with apples including its Hopping Mad Dry Hopped Apple Cider, as well as its Hopping Mad Cider Radler.
 
The Central City Limited Edition Imperial Cider (11% alc./vol) is available in 750 ml bottles and is sold at BC Liquor Stores throughout the province this September.

Visit www.centralcitybrewing.com for more information and follow Central City on social media: Instagram @CentralCityBrew, Twitter @CentralCityBrew, Facebook CentralCityBrewing.

 
About Central City Brewers + Distillers:
Central City is a craft brewery in the business of developing, producing and selling international award-winning premium craft beer and high quality distilled spirits brewed without compromise. Based in Surrey, British Columbia, CCBD was voted Canada’s Best Brewery of the Year in 2010 and 2012. Its Red Racer brand has become a cult icon among craft beer enthusiasts throughout North America. Founded in 2003 as a brewpub and liquor store in downtown Surrey, CCBD celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013 with the grand opening of a brand new, 68,000 sq. ft. brewery and distillery on Bridgeview Drive. It opened a second restaurant in downtown Vancouver, Central City on Beatty in 2015.  www.centralcitybrewing.com
 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The event you've been waiting for...

Tickets on sale NOW!


The most fun beer-tasting, glass-slinging event of the year is finally here! Hot Glass Cold Beer will feature 9 delicious local breweries, and hot glassblowing demonstrations to thrill and delight. Music by DJ Darkcloud, food trucks, and a COSTUME CONTEST!  >>> Get tickets NOW!

Saturday, October 29, 2016
New this year: two tasting sessions! Choose the time that suits you best: 3:00-6:00 pm or 7:00-10:00 pm. Only 125 tickets per session!
Your $55 ticket price includes:
  •  A handblown taster glass designed, made and signed by glass artist Scott McDougall, whose design was selected by a jury of brewery representatives.
  •  7 beer tasting tokens
  • Glassblowing demonstrations by TCGC members
  • Music by DJ Darkcloud
About this year's taster glasses

This year's taster glass is designed and made by artist Scott McDougall. Scott says that he considered the profile and colour when designing this piece. He says the form is a "modern interpretation of a traditional beer glass [with a] subtle colour application that enhances the natural, rich hues of beer."(Photo by Scott McDougall)