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a look back at craft beer 2011

craftbeer.com traipses back through the highlights of craft beer in 2011
it was a damned fine year for craft beer
here's to 2012 bringing us even more of a market share
and more wonderfully innovative brews!
cheers!

top ten craft brew themes of 2011

camra vancouver

from the camra vancouver newsletter:

Hello everyone,

2011 is coming to a close in a few days, but what a great year it's been for craft beer and real ale in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland! More and more liquor stores, pubs, and restaurants are beginning to carry a wide selection of craft beer, and it's even creating quite the buzz in the mainstream. It's not just beer bloggers typing away about the great beers in BC because we saw business magazines, to major newspapers, etc publish plenty of articles about the local craft beer scene. Vancouver Craft Beer Week was jam packed with events this year, and we even had BC Craft Beer Month! Last but not least there's been some great collaborations between brewers and breweries as well.
As far as real ale goes, this year we saw more establishments on board with the weekly/monthly cask program. But what's really exciting is that we now have 6 different restaurants that serve real ale on a daily basis! This year The Whip,…

millers coors

beer geekery

happy appropriated religious holiday day!

the oatmeal, on beer

bob & doug mckenzie

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

(Rick Moranis / Dave Thomas)
Bob & Doug McKenzie

Bob: Okay, good day. This is the Christmas part of the album, you can play this at your Christmas parties, uh, or to yourself on Christmas Eve if there is nothing else to do.


Doug: Good day, eh? In case you thought, like, I wasn't on this part.

Bob: Oh, I guarantee ya, you'd be on.

Doug: Okay, uh, this is our Christmas song, in case ya don't know what to get someone for Christmas.

Doug: There's lots of ideas in here, so listen, and don't get stuck. By the way, that's me on the organ.

Bob: Okay, jeez.

Doug: You start.

Bob: Okay ...


On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
~ Beer

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
~ 2 turtlenecks
~ and a beer

Bob: 'K ...

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
~ 3 french toast
~ 2 turtlenecks
~ and beer

Doug: ... 'K, that should be more there.

Bob: Where?

On the fourth day of Christmas, my tru…

drink fresh beer

stone brewing wants to remind you - yes you - to drink fresh beer!

cicerone? sommelier?

more bons mots about how beer pairs well with alllll foods!

beerecipe

new belgium has an idea or two about what you should do with a fresh-hopped ipa

labatts tequila

the onion has made me snort liquid out of my nose again!
and because of the reference to labatts tequila, the article qualifies as beer-related and therefore totally legit to post here!!!
oh happy day!
and oh how i wish there really was a canada mexico overpass!

last minute gifts

last minute gift ideas from the lovely folks at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Time for Merrymaking! In no particular order, we present our favourite gifts for the twelve days of Christmas:


3. Everyone Loves Champagne: A bottle of Champagne being popped is reason enough to celebrate. Our favourites: Lallier Blanc de Blanc ($99.95), Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Bouzy ($71.65), and Dom Perignon Andy Warhol Collection ($250).
2. For Wine Lovers: A case of wine personally selected by you for the recipient. Our staff can help you pick a well-rounded selection within your budget and we will even deliver! (12-bottle handmade wooden wine box $50, delivery within Vancouver from $10)
1. The Oldest Scotch in the Province! ($8,895): The Glenlivet 70 year old has arrived at Legacy. Distilled on the 3rd of February 1940, and aged in a first fill sherry butt. This is quite literally one of the most extraordinary creations we have ever witnessed!
Cheers,
~The Legacy Team

fatali four

upright brewing's fatali four should be winding its way to bc shortly!
i must admit, i have not tried it before as it uses brett yeast
and me, i'm just not able to do the brett...

victoria

who whoulda thought that the newly wed and nearly dead would be such big craft brew folks??
not i
but i'm sure glad they are, cuz victoria is close to vancouver
so ergo, i benefit!

globe and mail on the southern vancouver island craft beer scene

nice shout outs to moon under water, vancouver island brewing and phillips
driftwood and spinnakers at least get a mention!

campagnolo

after some mix up about which campagnolo we were going to
(the original on main street or the new roma on east hastings)
we ended up at the original for a friend's birthday the other night

o.m.g. - the food is wonderful!
i had the crispy ceci salad to start - flash fried chick peas - genius!
i was totally in heaven!
and the risotto as a main
i wasn't wild about the hazelnuts in my squashy cheesy risotto, but otherwise it was heaven as well
i shared both the salad and the risotto and found that to be the perfect amount of food
others at my table had the pizzas which looked fabulous and tasted like real italian pizza,
and the salumi platter, which they say was delicious

beer-wise the choices are quite limited
they do have r&b by the bottle and the tap though (bohemian lager and eponymous ale)
i would like to see a larger beer menu as their wine list is a good size

unfortunately the service was not amazing
it took an hour for our food to arrive
there was a private party in th…

earl's

i am not a big fan of earl's restaurants
they just aren't my scene, you know?
and there are so many other great indie places to plunk my hard earned dollars in vancouver...

but occasionally i find myself being a sheep and following the herd to an earl's
last night was one of those times
work holiday lunch ended around 5
and of course that just meant we needed more to drink

to their credit, the hostess did tell us they could only accomodate our party of 20 for about an hour and a half before they needed the table space for reservations
sure, fine, whatever
and yay for me, they had howe sound devil's elbow and pumpkineater on tap
so i didn't have to settle for the mediocre in house albino rhino beer
the dynamite roll was darned delicious too
so far, so good

however, when the manager comes over all in a huff to nastily chide us like we are little children for staying past the time we were to leave i get a really bad taste in my mouth
perhaps you could have spoken to o…

happy anniversary yaletown brewing!

YBC Yaletown Brewing Company


Today, December 21st is Yaletown Brewing Companies 17th anniversary! Thank you for your continued support over all these years! to celebrate today we have a couple of special little treats up our sleeve, so come on by for a fresh beer and a small suprise :) DRINK FRESH BEER!

pike brewing

still looking for beer-related gifts?
pike brewing has some ideas for you

21st amendment

parallel 49 brewery

new brewery to open in my 'hood!!!
check out the urbandiner article about the soon-to-launch parallel 49 brewery

cannot wait!!!

taps magazine advent calendar

i wish i had seen this earlier, i might have joined in!
taps magazine beer advent calendar:

Dec 5 - Dead Frog Christmas Beeracle
Dec 6 - Black Oak Nutcracker Porter
Dec 7 - McAuslan St. Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout
Dec 8 - Great Lakes Winter Ale
Dec 9 - Wild Rose Cherry Porter
Dec 10 - Muskoka Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout - Winter Beard
Dec 11 - Microbrasserie Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Triple
Dec 12 - Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel
Dec 13 - Garrison Baltic Porter
Dec 14 - Propeller Russian Imperial Stout
Dec 15 - Beau's All Natural Bog Water
Dec 16 - Granite Brewery Gin Lane Barley Wine
Dec 17 - Pump House Scotch Ale
Dec 18 - Phillips Trainwreck Barley Wine
Dec 19 - Vancouver Island Dough Head
Dec 20 - Picaroon's Winter Warmer

brewdog

the brewdog boys made it to forbes' 30 under 30 wine and food category

christmas keggers

can i just tell you what a lucky gal i am?
i went to not one but two christmas keggers on saturday!
i love being a beer geek and knowing other beer geeks!

the first party featured r&b's esb
the second storm's scottish ale

bliss!

more beer gift ideas

saltspring island ales on cafepress offers a whole schwack of beer-related gifts!

and craftbeer.com has stocking stuffer ideas for the book loving beer enthusiast

beer recipe

yes please!
i want this, who's gonna make it for me???
spicy shrimp - delicious
add new belgium ranger ipa?  its gotta be ambrosia!
ranger ipa shrimp dish

deschutes new beer

i was told the other night that deschutes is coming out with a new beer in march
not a seasonal, a new staple beer
now, i was drinking at the time...
but i recall being told it was going to be a wheat ipa
i think...
maybe...

don't you feel well informed now?

shaking up the industry

the globe and mail's report on business reports on 12 craft brewers shaking up the canadian beer industry
including driftwood, flying monkeys and dieu du ciel

free tastings at legacy

too late for yesterday's free beer tasting
(which was krombaucher pils and dark)
here's the word from legacy liquor store in vancouver listing their upcoming free tastings:

KUCHH NAI WHISKY TASTING

Friday 4 to 8 pm Dec 16, 2011
Kuchh Nai's full bodied aroma, blended with sweet Highland heather influences, lingers long on the palate, instantly displaying the whisky's fine heritage to the most discerning Scotch enthusiast In its purest form its nose is rich and rounded with good whisky identity and well-integrated aromatics.

CHOCOVINE TASTING
Saturday, 2 to 6 pm Dec 17, 2011
ChocoVine Original, the best seller. Also! Legacy now has the Raspberry and Espresso flavour - exclusive to us!

JUAN SANTO CAFE LIQUEUR
Sunday, 2 to 6 pm Dec 18, 2011
All-natural Colombian Coffee Rum is imported from a family business that has been making rum for over 25 years.
STONEBOAT AND CALLIOPE WINE TASTING
Monday, 4 to 7 pm Dec 19, 2011
We will be sampling the Stoneboat Pinotage, Stone…

gift ideas

and the next instalment of legacy liquor store's 12 gift ideas:

Time for Merrymaking! In no particular order, we present our favourite gifts for the twelve days of Christmas:
6. Glenfarclas Family Casks, Vintages 1952 to 1994 ($339.95 to $2195.95): How about a scotch from their birth year? The Glenfarclas Family Casks, a unique collection of the best single casks from the distillery's warehouse, is available exclusively at Legacy. We have a cask from every vintage dating back to 1952, all the way up to1994.

5. Riedel Gift Pack ($148.50): Beautiful crystal glassware from leading glassware producer, the Riedel Gift Pack includes: the XL Vinum Mixer, which includes a Chablis, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc glass. An outstanding value for crystal glassware.

4. Tickets to see Jim Murray ($125/ticket): Internationally recognized as probably the leading commentator on all of the world's whiskies, Whisky Bible author Jim Murray hosts a Whisky Seminar at Lega…

beernesday

i began beernesday last night with two martinis
i love the holiday season!

anyway, after my after-work-schmoozey-do i dutifully headed off to st. augustine's to imbibe in craft beer
i love craft beer!

lagunitas sucks holiday ale - 7.9%  a "cereal medley" of barley, rye, wheat and oats.  full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 7.85% abv, then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor
i love when they joyously dry-hop my beer!
and i am in love with this beer - so much hoppy goodness, so many grains - i may have found my new breakfast of champions...
seriously, loved it so much i had to have a whole pint after my taster

tree spiced reserve ale - 7.5%  brewed using a special blend of brewer's spices
special indeed!
no vanilla in sight, just subtle spices all blending nicely on the tongue
this is the tree winter ale i will choose to drink from now on
(no vertical vanilla for me!)

rogue yellow snow ipa - 6.2%  pale golden in color …

casks tonight and party tomorrow

from camra vancouver:

Tonight is Sunset Grill's first weekly cask! They've got a cask of Driftwood Brewery Blackstone Porter. 6pm.

Thursday means Yaletown Brewing is Making It Real (Ale). They will tap a cask of BRick and Beam IPA with Columbus hops, 4pm.

me, i'll be at the yaletown as usual!
but that blackstone porter in the cask is very delicious stuff - try some if you have the chance!

and a party tomorrow:

Pivo's Christmas Party is tomorrow at 6pm. Come down for free snacks & Whistler lager plus enter to win Canucks tickets!

gift ideas for the beer geek

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if anyone is going to be in the san diego area...
this is what i would like for christmas please and thank you!

Holiday Shopping at Green Flash!

Need an excuse to come and sample some beers in the Tasting Room? How about crossing that craft beer lover off your holiday shopping list! Come check out our new merchandise and stay for the beer!

If you aren’t able to make it to the tasting room? No problem! Check out our online store:
http://www.storeconsole.com/DefaultStore/Default.aspx?StoreSID=10196

Gift Baskets Galore!

We are making custom gift baskets for the holiday season! Choose any Men's T-shirt or Women's Tank top and two bombers of beer and we'll make you up an awesome gift!
Included in the holiday basket:
•Men’s T-shirt or Women’s Tank Top
•Two 22oz bottles of beer (choose from West Coast IPA, Hop Head Red, Imperial IPA, Double Stout or Barleywine)
•Two License Plate Frames
•Two Pint Glasses
•Limited Edition Pub Towel (not sold in tasting room/online store)
•Coasters

300 beer list

i didn't realize that there were themed nights for the three 300 beer list celebration nights at the alibi room
its true!
monday night was "sour, belgian and european style, cider & experimental"
tuesday night was "stouts, porters & wee heavys"
tonight will be "hop forward ales, barley wines and winter ales"

fortunately for me, when i attended last night's festivities, there was still some of the central city chipotle ipa left in the cask.  so i had me some!
and it was delicious!
not as peppery as the rogue chipotle ale, but just as smokey, and in my humble beer opinion, ipa is the perfect conduit for chipotle
smelled amazing!  tasted great!

of tuesday's casks i managed to taste tariq's imperial stout and vern's imperial stout 300
i had vern's early on when i still had taste buds
tasted like a session beer, but lord, its an imperial - beware
i couldn't really taste the cocoa nibs and curacao orange peel
it was tasty, bu…

yelp's hangover cures

tis the season...

Shhh... you're reading too loud. Stop typing typing in in double double. It's that time of year again. It's the holiday season and the drinking is easy. Prevention may be better than a cure, but when that plan fails, Yelp's here to help. So stop spinning and focus on these sure-fire hangover helpers. Because we can't always be the sensible ones, now can we?


After a night of heavy drinking, comfort food is key. Remedy your lethargy at La Belle Patate with Edward L, and order the all-you-can-eat poutine. He warns: "If you value your life, don't go for this. It's suicide. But at least you will die happy." For Aaron S, it's all about choice when battling a hangover: "What are you craving right now? Duffin's Donuts has it. Just looking at the menu makes your brain melt!" But Danny C had a few too many, but gets fixed up with a breakfast burger from Save On Meats where "the biscuit is off-the-chain!" He admi…

halfpint gift ideas

more on the theme of beer gifts
halfpint's gift giving guide for beer knurds

300th beer list

and don't forget the celebration of the alibi's 300th beer list begins today at 3:00
lasting three days
all beers are $3
want to know what's on tap?  check here

women in beer

the national post weighs in on women in beer
and features howe sound's leslie fenn

your own personal brewery

ever wanted your own personal brewery?
of course you have!
well here's how you can get one

gift ideas from legacy

more from legacy on the subject of "what to get the libations appreciator on your holiday gift list"

Time for Merrymaking! In no particular order, we present our favourite gifts for the twelve days of Christmas:


9. Kozaemon House Junmai ($35.85): Legacy boasts the largest selection of premium chilled sake in BC. We carry a variety of sizes and price ranges. Our sake enthusiasts' current favourite: Kozaemon House Junmai. With the beautiful goddess of sake on the label, this versatile sake is smooth and full-bodied.

8. Bittered Sling Bistro ($60/ticket): For the person on your list who has everything, nothing is better than creating memories. Pick up a pair of tickets to Bittered Sling Bistro, a bi-weekly food and cocktail pairing
competition series dedicated to pushing the boundaries of cocktail craft.

7. The Stoic Stocking Stuffer ($32.35): For something a little different, stuff someone's stocking with the funky The Stoic, a prized and potent Belgian-style Quadru…

british columbia beer

99 of bc's brews
oh beer, how i love thee!

21st amendment

on the day after the blessed event that provided their name
21st amendment brewery wants your help
they wanna win awards!!!
vote for their cans whydontcha?!
beer in cans, its the way of the future

december 6, 1989

i remember

and i humbly request the powers that be to retain the gun registry
down with bill c-19
canada, protect your citizens

red racer wins!

i know its great beer
you know its great beer
and award givers know its great beer!

Red Racer Beer

Extremely honoured to have won two North West Brewing News medals on Sunday. Our ESB and Thor's Hammer Barley Wine won their respective categories in a field that included beers from Alaska, BC, Washington, Oregon, and Northern California! Thank you to everyone who voted...

beerthirst tour de richmond

i survived the beerthirst tour de richmond on saturday
it was epic!

i promised that i would have my photos and review out yesterday
guess what!
what?
i lied...

it was such a nice day out yesterday
and weather in vancouver is so fickle...
i spent the time i had put aside for blogging sitting outside in sun instead
in my short sleeves!
dude, i practically got a tan!
sometimes i love winter in vancouver

and that is how the dog came to eat my homework
no word of a lie!

maybe tomorrow?!?

beer geekery

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i really wish i had received this advent calendar this year!
aw, what the heck, if anyone wants to get it for me, i'll happily suck it up and catch up to the current date!


no idea who to credit this photo to, it was sent to me via facebook

deschutes seasonal brews

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seasonal brews now available from deschutes:


RED CHAIR NWPA
Red Chair NWPA's meteoric rise from pub darling to seasonal celebrity is as legendary as its name. THE Red Chair is the oldest operating lift at Mt. Bachelor in Central Oregon. As the lift that the locals ride to catch epic untracked snow on powder mornings - it is an obvious path to glory. This is a hop-forward ale showcasing juicy Cascade and Centennial hops in perfect harmony with British Crystal and German Pilsner malts that highlight caramel flavors providing the perfect complement for this seductive brew. Don't miss one of the winter seasonal's most thrilling rides...Available in 6-packs, 12-packs and on draft where Deschutes beer is sold. 6.2% ABV / 60 IBUs
SEASONAL (Available January-April)


HOP HENGE EXPERIMENTAL IPA
The 2012 version of Hop Henge examines the virtues of high alpha acid hops in concert with less malty sweetness. Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Millennium, Citra & Simcoe hops were added …

american repeal day

tomorrow is repeal day in america
yup, the anniversary of the repeal of prohibition aka the 21st amendment

from craftbeer.com:  "December 5 is a major holiday in the world of craft beer. Repeal Day commemorates the end of Prohibition, which made it possible once again to buy, sell and consume alcoholic beverages in America. Ginger Johnson takes a look at the 14-year history of Prohibition and shares some ideas on how you can salute craft beer on December 5 in Celebrate Repeal Day!"

growlers

apparently growlers are back in fashion
silly me, i had no idea they'd gone out of fashion
then again, i did get introduced to the concept fairly recently...

elysian winter brews

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elysian winter brews are ba-ack!

beernesday tasting notes

phew!  all caught up now!

november 2, 2011
big al harvest ale - 5.4% four pounds per barrel of fresh yakima sorachi ace hops offer big citrus and fresh lemon flavors and aromas which we paired with deeply refined malt flavors mark this rich and warming medium-bodied amber ale
lovely!  love the sorachi ace!  very rich and full-bodied
elysian bifrost winter ale - 7.5% taste is bold and balanced with a good amount of citrus and earthy hop bitters to offset the malt character
yes, yes, yes!
crannog insurrection ipa - 5.4% a pale amber malt body emphasizes munich and caramel malts, with enough sweetness to hold up the rather large volumes of fresh cascade and golding hops
light malt with perfect hoppiness, not my favourite ipa but such a joy to drink!
big al brougham bitter - 5.5% english-style pale and crystal malts combined with aromatic, floral english hops create a smooth, balanced medium-bodied beer
very english, but nicely hopped
big al ipa - 7.1% chinook, cascade and glacier provide…

beernesday tasting notes

october 19, 2011
rogue chipotle ale - 5.5% roasted chipotle peppers produce an eye opening chile flavor in this deep golden ale with a malty, smoky aroma and smooth, crisp flavor
i love chipotle!  so delish!
howe sound devil's elbow ipa - 6% an assertive ale that is heavily bittered and dry-hopped providing an intensive aroma and brewed using selected english and north american barley and hops
its a baby next to the imperial ipa, but its a lovely tasty baby!
paddock wood loki double ipa - 8.7% double ipa weighing in at 80 ibus.  brewed using cascade, amarillo, willamette and ekg hops, giving the beer a strong hop character
i dunno about this one... too boozey for me.  but everyone else likes it and isn't finding the booze in it
rogue imperial younger's special bitter - 7.5% it has a triad of caramel maltiness, fruitiness and hop bitterness in aroma and flavor and a dry, hoppy finish
too boozey for this little princess.  but again, everyone else loves it and can't find …

holiday gifts

so, if you're still convinced that you have to give holiday gifts
and the recipient is under the legal drinking age making it not such a good idea to gift them with beer
may i suggest one or all of these five top toys of all time?

if they are of age, legacy has these suggestions:
"Time for Merrymaking! In no particular order, we present our favourite gifts for the twelve days of Christmas:


12. The PDT Cocktail Book ($30): Sold out at Chapters? Back order four months on Amazon? Not here. Come find out why this book is being hailed as "the cocktailing book of the decade".

11. Glenfiddich Gift Pack ($97): For the whisky lover in your life, this three pack makes an excellent stocking stuffer. Features 3 200 mL bottles of the 12, 15 and 18 YO.
10. Chimay Grand Reserve 1.5 L or 3L ($30.15, $68.95): Get the party started this year in style. The beer is capped with a Champagne style cork and cage, and will definitely let your guests know they're in for a festive night…

mmmhop ipa

not sure how i feel about this news
mmmhop ipa by the hanson brothers???

on the one hand i love the idea that ipa will be brought to the attention and hopefully tastebuds of many who didn't have the time of day for it before their idols made it cool
but, on the other hand i'm worried that it'll be just a marketing gimmick and not a quality brew

i do want to try it though...
if only just to agree with this article from popwatch

collaboration beer

late notice, but legacy's got a tasting on today from 4-7 in vancouver:

STORM AND RUSSELL COLLABORATION BEER


The beer is called the Big Smoke and this is a collaboration beer between Storm and Russell breweries. No RSVP necessary and free to join us!

beernesday tasting notes

i am very behind on posting reviews and tasting notes
and i have no real excuse
besides i don't wanna spend all my time on-line
i wanna read six more books and meet the 50 book challenge
oh, and i'd rather be out drinking the beer!

october 5, 2011
rogue john john hazelnut - 5.6% ale with natural hazelnut flavor aged in hazelnut spice rum barrels
blech, rum barrels! i thought i'd had this before (last year) but i don't remember booze in it, just nuttiness.  too boozey for me
whistler valley trail chestnut ale - 6% dark amber colour with a tan-coloured head.  notes of chestnut, caramel and vanilla
too much darned vanilla for my liking - why does everyone gotta put in vanilla?  too sweet, not nutty enough!  a vanilla hazelnut latte - not a chestnut beer dammit!
storm imperial flanders red ale - 11% this full bodied monster of a sour has been aged in an oak barrel for a year
oak, sure... but i'm getting a whole lotta vinegar.  i do love a sour and it did grow on me as …

camra vancouver news

from camra vancouver's lasted newsletter:

There used to be a time when craft beer enthusiasts in Vancouver would celebrate every time Nigel switched up the tap list. But the list began to change so frequently, we decided to give our livers a break and only celebrate the big numbers. Well, it's that time again. In a few more weeks it's going to be the Alibi Room's 300th beer list! On December 12, 13, and 14, the Alibi Room will be serving some special beers in a 10oz glass for $3. It's first come first serve, and the fun starts each day at 3pm.


The wait is almost over. Russell Brewing and Storm Brewing's Collaboration Brew, The Big Smoke will be debuting Sunday December 4th at The Whip. The cask will tap at 4pm, and bottles of this smoky, wee heavy style ale will be available at select independent liquor stores.

If you're excited about all the changes Trevor Kallies has made to many of the Donnelly Group locations, you have something to look forward to. Th…

brewpubs in vancouver

give experiences not things as gifts

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wanna do something different this holiday season?
wanna occupy christmas?

1. give handmade gifts
2. give experiences not things
3. give beer!!!

one way to accomplish numbers 2 and 3 are gift certificates to local beer establishments
rogue offers you a bonus gift card when you purchase one
that equals win win win by my math!


or hit up biercraft for a $100 gift certificate for the low, low price of $60!!

flying dog pearl necklace oyster stout

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save the oysters!
drink beer!


Inside a hard, sometimes rough, exterior is a layer of soft tissue capable of producing gleaming white spheres desired around the world.

Our newest release, Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, is a tribute to the magical mollusks that not only cultivate gemstones, but are also crucial to the Chesapeake Bay's fragile ecosystem.
Proceeds from Pearl Necklace, a dry stout brewed with local oysters, benefit the Oyster Recovery Project.

Why is oyster recovery so important?
•Disease, habitat loss, and overfishing have reduced the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population to a mere 1% of its historical peak. That's right, one percent!
•Oysters are filter feeders. They used to be able to filter the entire Bay in a matter of days; now, it takes years.
•A healthy oyster population provides a habitat for other (delicious) Bay creatures, like striped bass, perch, and blue crabs.
•Even oyster shells are a limited natural resource. They are a natural habitat for new oy…

50 book challenge

Yikes! Only a month left and I’ve still got 6 books to go…


NOVEMBER

44. Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat Pray Love

43. George R.R. Martin – A Game of Thrones

OCTOBER

42. A.J. Jacobs – My Life as an Experiment

41. Michael Connelly – The Fifth Witness

SEPTEMBER

40. Michael Connelly – The Reversal

39. Stieg Larsson – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

38. Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake

37. Jilly Cooper – The Man Who Makes Husbands Jealous

AUGUST

36. Lisa M. Morrison – Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest

35. Sarah Graves – Crawl Space

34. Jeff Lindsay – Dexter is Delicious

33. Noah Boyd – Agent X

32. Jon C. Stott – Beer Quest West

31. Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns

JULY

30. Kelley Armstrong – The Reckoning

29. Kelley Armstrong – The Summoning

28. Kelley Armstrong – The Awakening

27. Michelle Moran – Cleopatra’s Daughter

26. Michelle Moran – The Heretic Queen

25. Kelley Armstrong – Frostbitten

24. Michelle Moran – Nefertiti

23. Kim Harrison – Early to Death, Early to Rise

22. Char…

trainwreck barleywine

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Trainwreck Barley Wine in Crash Course with Your Local Liquor Store



Trainwreck is once again chugging down icy rails towards your local liquor store just in time for the holidays. Providing a boxcar of big malts and carrying a rich caramel aroma, this ale will run you around the corner on two wheels. At 10% abv, this lightly carbonated monster is best served at cellar temperature.

Trainwreck Barley Wine is due at your local liquor station on November 28th. It’s available for a limited time only so don’t miss the train!

grey cup

let's go lions!
i am very delighted that the bc lions won the 99th grey cup!
and i was there to see it!
woot!

there were even beer choices other than budweiser for the game
which almost makes up for choosing nickelback for the half time show

beer geekery

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never did learn the periodic table in high school due to having to drop science over that whole dissecting animals thing
but always enjoyed the concept of it
and riffs on it
(like the sexiodic table t-shirt i own)

anaheim

woohoo!  i'm back from anaheim and disneyland
it was a whirlwind five days of rides, junk food and good beer
i hit three of my four intended beer targets
and found delicious beer in california adventure
so it was all kinds of win!

proper reviews and gloating to come
in the meantime, tomorrow at legacy:
WHISTLER BEER TASTING

Friday, 4 to 7 pm Nov 25, 2011
First established in 1989, the Whistler Brewing Company is an originator in the BC craft brewing movement. Proudly 100% BC owned and 100% BC brewed.

turkey

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happy u.s. turkey day!

vacation

so many beers, so little time to write about them!

i had lofty intentions of posting this week
but i have failed
oh well, one day i'll tell ya all about the stout day beer pairing dinner at rogue, my mini-bellingham-pub-crawl to chuckanut and boundary bay, and all the beernesdays and other tastings i've been doing

in the meantime i bid you adieu for a few days
i'm taking a wee vacation in disneyland!
hello mickey mouse!
hello nobel ale works and anaheim brewing
hello out of the park pizza and j.t. schmid's
hello california sunshine and warmth!!

catch ya late next week!

spice cake recipe

new from spinnakers

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now available in bottles is the uber blonde
ooooh, aaaah:


and soon to be in stores
(november 24th dontchaknow)
is the festive saison

"A belgium style Saison
Mildly spiced with coriander & orange peel,
this unique brew is perfect for the holiday season!"

coveting a water bottle

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oooh, me likey!


i want this dogfishhead water bottle!! the gift-giving holidays approacheth... anyone?

not beer related

this has nothing to do with beer
(except for being something you could do with a beer in your hand)

the television show i co-host has its debut on shaw tonight!
yes, they choose beernesday to debut the show!

tune in on the shaw channel at 10:30 tonight and see me as a talking head!
the show repeats:
Fri 5:30am
Sat 1:00am
Sun 1:30am
Tue 2:30am

set your pvrs, grab a beer, and prepare to make a drinking game out of mocking me on television
all the cool kids are doing it!

yelp wines about it

well, its not beer, but wine is pretty good stuff too...
here's some yelp advice about good places to get yer wine on in vancouver:

Why Doesn't Yelp Wine About It?

This Weekly Yelp brought to you by Make It Vancouver

It’s that time of year, Vancity... that cold time of year when all we want to do is curl up beside a fire with a big, bold, smooth, elegant, full-bodied… glass of wine. And because not all of us have the knowledge of a sommelier, this Weekly is about finding a way to vin your oenophilic heart.

Meet Scott P's latest crush over at Liberty Wine Merchants, where “they have a great selection from throughout the world. If you want a nice bottle of BC wine, the staff will take care of you.” Yunn A sips over to Taylorwood regularly “to pick up a bottle or two because of the friendly service, great BC wine selection, and knowledgeable staff.” As someone who’s seen her fair share of stores, Kimberley B toasts the manager at Village Wines. “He never judges me if he see…

beer geekery

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i don't drink the coffee much myself
but i can get behind the sentiment!!

pour it black

oh to be in san diego this coming weekend
stone is pouring it black:

This Sunday we'll be wrapping up an epic San Diego Beer Week with a brand new festival: Pour It Black, an incredible celebration of dark beer. And lucky for you, we've still got a few tickets left.


If you've ever longed for a beer festival featuring nothing but stouts and porters, then your wish has just come true. "Dr." Bill Sysak has rounded up over 100 of the planet's best dark beers--imperial stouts, porters, maybe even a few black IPAs-- for a day celebrating the world of flavors to be found in the blackest of brews. Join us at the newest member of our festival family and revel in the dark side!

This festival is happening rain or shine! In the event of rain, we'll have a very comfortable set-up indoors, so you can stay dry and drink these amazing beers in warmth and comfort.

If you haven't seen the incredible beer list, behold this amazing collection of rare & delicious off…

beer has gone to the dogs!

yup its true, beer has gone to the dogs
well, okay, one beer has been brewed for dogs

but, um, aren't hops poisonous to dogs?
and um, who wants a lurching lurcher?

"The concept of a beer brewed for dogs sounds potentially dangerous since hops, alcohol and carbonation are all bad for canine tummies, but Brown insists her pooch pilsners and labrador lagers are safe for dogs and their owners."


"Bowser Beer is currently available in more than 40 states and Brown has a team of taste-testing terriers -- among other breeds -- to ensure quality control."

beer geekery

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who are you calling old?!?

beer geekery

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i love rosie!

remembrance day

on remembrance day i give you a post about fat tug vs sartori
oh sartori, i remember it fondly
and will miss it profoundly until next fall
oh fat tug, i love that you're always around
reminding me how much i love an ipa

"One thing is for sure, they’re both incredible."

holland oats

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bwahahaha!
this is fabulous!

gumboot salute

if only i wasn't going to be out of town this weekend
(or better yet, if they'd picked a different date!)

YBC Yaletown Brewing Company

‎"The Gumboot Salute" is November 10th, 11th and 12th! Its a celebration of beer, our culture and you our valued guest. We love you so much, that we are selling you massive 32oz "boots" (for $10) to drink out of. You can pre-buy the boots now, but they are only filled on the "Gumboot Salute".

Included in the minimal $10 price tag is a free fill on every day of the Salute. Thats 96oz for free, or ...6 of our normal sized beers! After your one free daily fill, we fill up the boots for our regular prices, ultimately making it a 2 for 1 deal! This, plus an amazing Feature Sheet that week showcasing our chefs creative genius (in a sinful marriage of beer and fresh ingredients). Do not be denied fun, do not be denied "The Gumboot Salute"!

also:
Lighthouse Brewing Company

Today is Yagger's Downtown Restau…

drinkify

why oh why has no one told me of the existence of drinkify before now?
does no one love me?
does no one care?

drinking at work

keeping in mind drinking at work is not the same as drinking on the job
kegworks makes a good argument for having beer at work

best bars for beer geeks

only toronados in s.f. made it to the top ten list representing the west
but hey, if you're travelling in the u.s. any time soon
you should check out this list of the best bars for beer geeks

bitter is coming

vancouver's newest craft beer establishment is still in the works
but bitter tasting room must be opening soon as they've put out a call for servers...
servers who eat sleep and breathe beer
this is a very good sign!

gender equality in beer

lord, how misguided can 20 year olds be?
more proof that they can be totally and completely off-track!
gender equality in beer is sure as hell not gonna come from pink fucking beer
oh, and what a poorly written article
or poorly edited, tomatoe, tomato
geesh!
i hope this trio did not get an A on this project
and that there isn't anyone out there stupid enough to give them funding to start up distribution of their feminine strawberry tasting "equalizing" beer
i throw my hands up in the air!

chowder chow-down

like chowder?
wanna have some with craft beer?
go to the vancouver aquarium on november 23rd!

pub crawl!

Beerthirst & CAMRA Vancouver are pleased to present:


Tour de Richmond!
Date: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2011
Time: Pick up at 11:45am at Brighouse Skytrain Station in Richmond (just look for the yellow school bus!)

Details: Come experience how Richmond is fast becoming one of the ultimate destinations for craft beer in BC! Our classic school bus will pick us up at Brighouse Skytrain Station in Richmond at 11:45 sharp and whisk us off on a journey filled with fun, friends, prizes, craft beers and appetizers at each stop.

Tickets include a pint and appies at each location

$40 for CAMRA Members (valid card required)
$50 for non-members

Not yet a CAMRA member? Be sure to sign up here http://bit.ly/amKEO5

Tickets will be available for purchase at 11am on Friday, Nov 11th
http://www.tourderichmond.eventbrite.com/

Participating locations include:

Fogg N Suds
Kingswood Pub
Hog Shack Cook House
Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant
O’Hares Gastropub
Pumphouse Pub

Need to stock up on beer to go? Well…

sartori!

last night was allll about driftwood's sartori ipa
the fresh-hopped deliciousness was on cask at st. augustine's
it sold out in 38 minutes
i was a glutton and had two pints of it!
and more nachos than any one person should ever eat in one sitting
(that pre-mexico diet is working out great, thanks for asking)
very happy-making
sad-making was the fact that this was the final cask of the sartori for 2011

but!  in addition to it being cask night, i got a text from my lovely friend sarah, who was visiting the wilds of victoria, telling me that she came across a whole cache of sartori bottles over there
because she is delightful, she is bringing me back a couple
yay!  there will be a bit more sartori in my depressingly grey november!

getting more of a previously-thought-sold-out limited release beer makes me feel like i've pulled one over on the universe
i feel powerful!
need a favour from me?  now would be the time to ask!

sartori!

the last cask of sartori is being tapped tonight at st. augustine's
you know i'm going to be there with bells on!

conveniently camra vancouver will also be there to renew memberships
offer new ones
and give you a pint glass for signing up!

cask gets tapped at 6
camra is there from 6 until 7

cask will sell out quickly so be there for six

rickards tasting

today, from 4-7 at legacy in vancouver:

RICKARD'S BEER TASTING

Friday, 4 - 7 pm
Nov 4, 2011

Starting on November 4th (Rickards Tasting), Legacy customers can take their Polaroid picture and stick it on the Legacy/Rickards "Movember Wall of Fame". Each picture will be designated a number. Customers can use this number to vote for their favorite mustache. The winner will receive a Rickards prize pack!

the abyss

i sure do wish i was going to be in bend or portland, oregon on november 15th
the abyss is being released
and there will be a vertical tasting
dagnabbit!

#stoutday

Happy International Stout Day!!

hit the railway club tonight for a pint of cask r&b mayan chocolate stout why don't ya?
tapped at 5
i'll be there before heading to rogue for the stout pairing dinner

wanna know what else is happening around the world for #stoutday?

or what you should bake/cook with stout?

#stoutday

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it is international stout day tomorrow!!
to celebrate i will be attending a stout pairing dinner at rogue!

best beers of 2011

another best of list
this time from draftmag
the best beers of 2011

only one of my faves made the top 25 cut:
Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

beer geekery

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linky linky

women in beer
i like how this article ends:  "She looks forward to a time where the modern heirs to Ninkasi will be recognized solely as great brewers, not for their gender. The return of women to brewing is bringing fresh ideas and perspectives, which can only mean more new and exciting beers. And that’s something women and men alike should toast."
cheers!

if we're spending less over all, why are we buying expensive beer?

survey says:  "Because we’re cutting out even more expensive luxuries. As Americans eat out less, we’re willing to spend more for variety, convenience—maybe even health. The seemingly endless flavors, textures, and shapes of Greek yogurt, artisanal cheese, and craft beer make us feel like we’re choosing from a new menu each time we go to the store—while we spend less time choosing from actual menus."

world beer awards

beer, zombies and running

i would never have thought to combine all three of beer, zombies and running
now i can't imagine why i didn't

happy birthday

happy birthday to the fabulous paige!

how is this beer-related?
she's 19 today!!!

beer geekery

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occupy this!

antiquated liquor laws

more on the antiquated liquor laws in british columbia
beware, movies and alcohol are a dangerous mix?
please change that stupid law now!
i love having me a beer with a late-night double feature picture show
(in the back ro-o-ow)

oxford companion to beer

i have not cracked this book yet
but i have already heard from many fronts that this eagerly anticipated tome is not living up to the hype
incomplete and incorrect are two of the words that i have heard
the beer wench weighs in on what she thinks about the oxford companion to beer
and she's actually read the book!

driftwood sartori

in case you haven't yet had your fill of the fresh-hopped sartori
get your ass down to the whip for the penultimate vancouver cask
tapping at 4 today!

the new oxford one tapped out in an hour... just sayin'

oh, and its dockside's 10th anniversary party tonight
(at dockside of course!)

canadian craft beer

great cbc article about some of our favourite micro-brewers, central city and steamwhistle
still lots of room for growth in craft brewing they say!

and in a related article, the cbc wants to know if you buy locally crafted beer
i do!

bc craft beer box

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the bc craft beer boxes have arrived in liquor stores!
a mixer pack of 6 bc craft breweries
and 6 styles of beer!


cannery brewing's naramata nut brown ale
lighthouse's race rocks amber
russell cream ale
mt. begbie's high country kolsch
central city's ipa
fernie's first trax brown ale

sartori

the driftwood sartori cask at the new oxford last night was awesome!
there were a whole gaggle of beer geeks there
not so patiently waiting for 5:30 and the tapping
thanks ian!!

alas, the service at new oxford left a lot to be desired
amanda thankfully took it upon herself to fetch us all our glasses of cask
as ian endeavoured to get it poured as quickly and foam-free as possible

on the upside, ian says that there will be another cask of the sartori at the whip
he's not sure when they'll be tapping it
and... another cask coming to vancouver
no word yet on who will get it or when they will tap it, but keep yer ears peeled if you're a sartori lover
(and if you're not, what's wrong with you???)

pretzel recipe

okay, who wants to make this for me?
pumpkin beer pretzels with two different dipping sauces!
heaven!

cask nights

i broke my camera at oktoberfest...
so no photos of recent casks

last week's rail ale tuesday at the railway club featured vanilla bean oatmeal stout from r&b brewing
i was scared by the "vanilla" aspect
but it was subtle and barely discernable - which made me happy!
delicious!  made having to go to the dentist beforehand feel like it happened to somebody else!

last week's cask at the yaletown brewpub was an unadulterated nagila pale ale
and it was delicious
it really is quite nice to have an unadulterated cask from time to time!
and happy birthday to matt!

this week i will be heading over to the new oxford on tuesday evening because driftwood has gifted them with a cask of the sartori fresh-hopped ipa
and i simply cannot miss that!

black ipa

the charlatan

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whatcha doing monday evening?
will you be on commercial drive, vancouver?
want some free beer and nibblies?
hit up the charlatan - oktoberfest lives on!

world cup

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in case you want to know what i'll be doing at 1:00 a.m. sunday morning
and the rules i'll be enforcing:

sartori

gosh darn it, i think this person got my pint of sartori at st. augustine's last night
i just, just, just missed out
[insert majorly pouty face here]

now i must find me a bottle somewhere
viti??? firefly??? brewery creek???
who has some left?

#stout day

international stout day is november 3rd!
in vancouver?  then you should go to the stout pairing dinner at rogue kitchen
and not just because it was my idea!!!

oktoberfest

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i am slow off the mark, but here are some oktoberfest photos from malone's last saturday
from other people's cameras of course
i'm not nearly on top of my game enough to have uploaded mine yet!







all of the above by rodney gitzel
the two below are from the camera of christie little





and these are from stacy buster's camera:


you go carlsberg!

not my favourite beer, but major kudos to carlsberg for this fabulous ad!

canadian tire money

i've been wondering what to do with all my canadian tire money now that my local store has closed
(and i'm too lazy to travel to another one)

wonder no more!
rogue wetbar will take my canadian tire money at par
yes they will
between 2 and 5 p.m. anyway!

"Yes, us accepting Canadian Tire Money is for real.. From 2-5 pm use as much Canadian Tire cash you have on whatever you want! (no cash back)"

brewdog

wanna see where my investment in brewdog is going?
check out their latest blog for the new facilities plans

beer geekery

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lazy blogger resorts to reposting of witty sayings:

beer geekery

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beer geekery

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pat's pub