we were on granville street after an early show at venue, just as the canucks game let out
we wanted another drink before calling it a night
but weren't looking to get swept up in the post-hockey mayhem
uva seemed a solid choice
i recalled the tapas were tasty, and reasonably priced for such a fancy place
i loved their sunday evening tapas and champagne deals in particular...
anyway, we had yummy tapas (the risotto balls are especially good for the soul)
and i was impressed by their beer list!
the beer list is about half belgians
then lots of the usual classier imports
and there, right at the bottom, are two lost coast choices!
i recalled having the indica ipa at st. augustine's from a keg, and liking it
so figured i'd probably like it in a bottle too
and i did!!
lovely citrus hop nose
strong hoppy taste without being overly bitter
this one's a keeper!
however... i am troubled to learn that originally the label had an illustration of lord ganesha on it that upset the hindu community. apparently bowing to the pressure, i have found several accounts that state lost coast removed the image of ganesha from the label back in 2009
(for example, from beergoddess: "A cartoonesque image of Lord Ganesh is on the bottle. Ganesh or Ganapati (translated as the King of sets) is the elephant headed son of Lord Shiva and is widely worshipped by the Hindus. Owing to stringent protests, the company has removed the image of Lord Ganesha from the beer bottle and its website and extended apology, in July of 2009."
however, they didn't remove it so much as change it to be a less authentic representation of the indian god.
from complaints board comes this explanation, allegedly from one of the owners of lost coast: