Monday, January 9, 2017

link love

powell street brewery has new saisons available
and they'll be pairing them with pies for international pie day!

5 easy hangover-relief recipes

putting brewery waste-water to good use

are you genetically predisposed to hate hoppy beer?

beer trends for 2017:

the independent uk

bon apetit

taps magazine

cheers

Thursday, January 5, 2017

cbc website

my latest beer column extract on the cbc website

Milkshake beer could be among

2017's craft brewing trends

Beer columnist gives us her thoughts on what will be popular in B.C.'s 

craft beer scene

CBC News Posted: Jan 04, 2017 5:30 PM PT Last Updated: Jan 04, 2017 5:30 PM PT
Four Winds' Blodberg beer was one of Rebecca Whyman's beer picks this week
Four Winds' Blodberg beer was one of Rebecca Whyman's beer picks this week (Four Winds Brewing Co./Facebook)
Everyone wants to know what the future holds, and On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says the future of craft beer in B.C. — at least for 2017 — is the New England India Pale Ale.
Also known as the Northeast-style IPA, New England IPAs are less bitter than a Northwest IPA, which makes them more approachable for most people. Whyman says they have fruity, citrusy flavours and a creamy soft mouthfeel, an unexpected sensation for drinkers used to Northwest IPAs.
"We saw Vancouver's first version of this style of beer, Steamworks' Flagship IPA, win the best IPA and best in show at the 2016 B.C. Beer Awards," she told On The Coast host Stephen Quinn.
"[Hops] are added at the end of the boil, and dry-hopped during fermentation. This adds a lot of hop flavour and aroma, but very little bitterness."
Another possible 2017 trend? Milkshake IPAs: hoppy beers with lactose sugar added to make them thick, milky and sweet.
"Using the words milky and fruity together doesn't sound terribly appetizing, but believe me, the beers are delicious and very approachable," she said. "Locally, Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody recently brewed their Two Straws Milkshake IPA."
Here are Whyman's beer picks for this week:
Steamworks Flagship IPA
"Cloudy and juicy! Generously hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy and Citra hops for an intense tropical fruit aroma and just a touch of bitterness. Available by itself in six packs of bottles, or as part of eight-pack tall-can mash-up packs."
Four Winds Blodberg
"A dark nordic saison brewed with plums and arctic thyme, and aged in an oak foeder. This is a collaboration beer inspired by Iceland. Get it while you can! 750 ml bottles at specialty stores and the tasting room."
With files from CBC Radio One's On The Coast

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

link love

little bit late (it ain't monday, but it is my first day back at the office, so it feels like one)

anti-trump beer will knock you on your ass

another guide to drinking in vancouver

parallel 49 revamping the tasting room - into a full-service restaurant with a patio!

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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FOR IMMEDIATE 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