Friday, January 21, 2011


that's it, smell ya later
i'm outta here on vacation
i'll be back in canadia on february 9th, just in time for beernesday

until then you'll have to suffer through without me and my bons mots!


Thursday, January 20, 2011


i would put up photos from last night's beernesday - my last before my two week hiatus
but apparently i have run out of storage space on my free picassa
and i'm too much of a ludite to figure out how to fix that...

oh well, maybe when i'm be back in vancouver in two weeks' time, with a tan!!

pike press


Read All About It:

January 24, 25 and 26

PIKE PUB presents a Robbie Burns Birthday Special
Robbie Burns' birthday is January 25th. To commemorate it, the Pike Pub has created a dish that would make the Scottish bard, Robbie Burns, Lift his Kilt!


Succulent, locally-raised, lamb chops, marinated in garlic, ginger and Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale, oven roasted and finished with Kilt Lifter Dundee sauce (Kilt Lifter and Dundee Orange Marmalade sauce) served with Bacon Mashed Turnips and Potatoes and Chef Gary Marx's comforting, creamed spinach.
Served with a schooner of Pike Kilt Lifter - $27.95
Order this dish and take home a free Robbie Burns songbook.

"At the Pike Pub we use local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible, this can lead to minor last minute changes in special menu items."



JANUARY 29TH, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

A unique opportunity to join ART Restaurant, Executive Chef Kerry Sear and Restaurant Manager Giorgio Saturnino; Charles and Rose Ann Finkel of The Pike Brewery, and Brad Sinko of Beecher's on a Tour. Enjoy a great meal and local products. The Tour Group is limited to 25 people so get your tickets early! $50* per person plus tax and 20% gratuity.

*Beer and cheeses samples included at the Pike Place Brewery and Beecher's Cheese Shop.


OLD BAWDY VERTICAL TASTING of Rare Archived Vintages

DATE: Sunday, January 30, 2011
TIME: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: The Museum Room, Pike Brewing Company
1415 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
COST: $20 with RSVP by January 29th
$25 at the door
PIKE PUB CLUB and WABL members: $15 (passport required)
RSVP: Tara 206.812.6604

Old Bawdy Barley Wine is a rich, concentrated elixir that is best served as a digestive, or to accompany lusty cheese, artisan bread, fruit (fresh or dried) and nuts, or at the end of the meal.

Fine Barley Wines, when properly cellared, can be aged. Old Bawdy develops in complexity as it matures, and can be laid down for up to 10 years.

Seattle's history of lusty beer dates to pioneer days when the local population was made up primarily of men. Bawdy houses abounded and by the time naughty Nellie Curtis established the La Salle Hotel, this "city on the sound" reverberated with the echoes of fun and frolic.

The La Salle, where Pike Brewery was established in 1989, was the last of Seattle's infamous "bawdy houses."Pike's Old Bawdy Vertical Tasting is an annual toast to commemorate Nellie Curtis and her "ladies of pleasure."

beer tasting 2009

just found these notes from a beer tasting two years ago
january 29, 2009
with someone i don't even speak to any more...

Beer tasting

Stella Jan 29
Satan Gold

J liked it. Very crisp. Lots of apple smell
R didn't like it and found it not good lambic-like. Likes the label
8% alcohol
Ingredients: water barley malt wheat malt hops yeast
Brewed by brewery De Block
Best served: between 8 and 10 degrees c
Stellas says: pours a blondish yellow. The nose has notes of apples, subtle note of banana and malts. Almost similar to a lambic. Comes across the palete As slighty biter with a mild spice.

10.5 %
Contains barley malt
best served between 7 and 11 c
it's brewed by brewery van steenberge

reb likes the ship on the label. Literally translates the label as highly fermented strong beer. Refermented in bottle. She enjoys the hops but doesn't like whatever they are with. Reb wonders if it's tropical fruit cause she doesn't like tropical fruit. She doesn't hate it but not a fan.
j finds only one burst of flavor and then it's done. Nice and crisp. I like it.
stellas says: a wickdly rich and rounded brew that packs a mighty punch. The powerful glow builds up from inside. Deep golden with a subtle haze. Lots of hops and malt. Mild sweetness. Reminiscent of bread dough,spices and tropical fruits.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

pike press


Date: Thursday, February 10
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Pike Pub Micro Brewery Museum
Cost: $25 per person
Reserve Now

Tara (206) 812-6604

PIKE'S CHOCOFEST, billed as "FOREPLAY BEFORE THE BIG DAY" is a romatic and educational way to discover the wide variety of chocolate treats from here and around the world. Stations set up throughout the Micro Brewery Museum and Naughty Nellie Room feature more than two dozen different chocolates each represented by an expert (usually the chocolate makers themselves) paired with more than twenty different beers, wines and spirits to sample with representatives, who will explain their beverages.

· Badger Mountain Vineyards and Powers Winery · Beer Candy · Bonafide Wine Estates
· Carter's Chocolates · Chocolate Box · Chukar Cherries · Classical Wines : Montilla-Moralles
· Clear Creek Distillery · Click Wholesale: fine beer and port · Claudio Corallo
· Confectional · Fran's Chocolates · Gelatiamo Gelateria · Leonidas Chocolate
· Merchant du Vin Corporation · Mistral Kitchen · Mount Baker Vineyards · Noble Wines
· Oh! Chocolate · Pacific Distillery: Absinthe · Pike Brewing Company
· Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods / Bru-Co Chocolates · Sky River Brewing: Mead
· TASTE Restaurant · TCHO Chocolates · Theo Chocolates · Trevani Truffles
· Woodinville Whiskey Company

special release beers

10 special release beers you may just wanna check out!

click here for the article at draftmag

beer bomb

oh sam adams, how you bombed with beer champagne!

for the huffington post article, click here

beer book

oooh, a new book about beer!

"Beer is Proof God Loves Us"
By Charles W. Bamforth (Financial Times Press, $25.99)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

beer can collection

i want to write a book about my beer collections...
but i'm not ready yet
i haven't been collecting beer cans since 1975!

click here for the cool hunting article on a beer collection book to die for

flying dog

i want this job!

beer fact of the day

Craft Beer Locator

Beer Fact of the Day: Throughout history, beer has been important. How important? Napoleon said, "On victory, you deserve beer. In defeat, you need it."

Monday, January 17, 2011

the alibi

for brewed awakening's ode to the alibi room, click here

beer fact of the day

Craft Beer Locator

Beer Fact of the Day: Are fresh hops important? According to Stan Hieronymus, alpha acids can oxidize and even become insoluble. Hops can lose as much as 10 - 20% of their Alpha Acids in their 1st year . . . even if stored if sealed & stored properly.

tonight's cask

Red Racer Beer

Tonight St. Augustine's will be tapping a cask of Gary's "drink your breakfast" Oatmeal Stout. That's our Oatmeal Stout infused with Bean Around the World espresso, demerara sugar, and vanilla beans soaked in vodka.

musings on sobriety

musings on sobriety on a beer blog?
did you ever think you'd see the cruel, cruel day?

i dunno for sure how much of it is the lack of booze
but i find january to be a month where i fail to feel motivated to socialize

i do a cleanse every january
this involves eating no wheat, sugar, dairy, yeast, fermented foods....
basically i don't get to eat anything fun
and that includes all forms of alcohol as they're basically just sugar

january also happens to be the first month of the new year
and along with that comes introspection, reflection and self-indulgent resolutions to live better

january is a long, dark month
and in vancouver, its usually very long, very dark and very wet

all of these things team up in varying proportions to make me want to flee my life
or contradictorially, to hibernate
fortunately january is also a month of few social engagements for me
so it is very easy to hibernate
to lay low and contemplate my navel

however, when i do feel obligated to make an appearance at, say, a birthday party
i find it very different to show up sober, remain sober and leave sober when everyone else is drinking
i know there are lots of sober people out there with robust social lives
but i honestly have no idea how they do it
how do they manage to find their drunken loutish friends intelligent and funny?
how can they stand the booze breath being breathed all over them by close-talking and repetitive boors?

lord a-mighty, i can't wait to have a drink!

there are a couple of upsides to my sober month
(okay, three weeks this year, with two days off for good behaviour)
there's no drawing straws for who has to be the designated driver - its me!
my wallet is less frighteningly empty at the end of every day
i have had to find subjects other than what i think of the beer i'm currently drinking to talk about which i'm sure has made my neurons not being killed by alcohol fire a little faster
and best of all - i'm not one of the drunken louts repetitively close-talking and failing to amuse any other unfortunate sober people at the party!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

wine harlots

they may be wine harlots, but that doesn't stop them talking about beer!
click here to check out their review of flying dog's raging bitch

brewdog news

its all about the alice porter and the i hardcore you over at the brewdog blog

i wish their t-shirts were available here
shipping is just tooooo much to make them fit my budget if i were to shop at the brewdog online store

Saturday, January 15, 2011


photos from beernesday on january 12th

beer is medicinal

more proof that beer is medicinal:
a pharmacy in new york adds a beer aisle to appeal to the locals
no pints sold there, but you can get your growler filled!

for the full new york times article, click here

p.s. thanks alison for sending me this and all the huffington post articles!
you rock!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

stadium beer scandal

as the nfl season winds down, the huffington post took at look at beer sizes at the seahawks' stadium
and found that small beers and large beers were actually the same size
now that's a stadium beer mix-up i'd be happy to have!

click here for the article

food pairing dinners

next week appears to be the week of the beer and food pairing dinners in vancouver!

me, i am breaking cleanse to attend the dinner at rogue on tuesday
and get me some red racer!
(gee, i hope they bring toques for all of us...)

from the camra vancouver newsletter:
Central Bistro will host one of the three beer pairing dinners happening around town this week. Central Bistro's five course Howe Sound Brewmaster's Dinner takes place Tuesday, January 18th at 7:00pm. Also on January 18th is Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar's four course Central City Beer Dinner. Maenam and BeerThirst have also teamed up to host a five course beer dinner highlighting BeerThirst's craft beer portfolio on Monday, January 17th (two seatings).

Thursday, January 13, 2011

blarney stone

go have lunch at the blarney stone why dontcha?

This Weeks Soup & Sandwich Feature: Irish BLT

Ingredients: Irish Back Bacon, Butter Lettuce & Tomato
Bread: Toasted Sourdough
Served with: Daily Soup*

*Sub soup for fries or salad at no extra charge.
(604) 687 4322

robbie burns night in england

gonna be in london for robbie burns night?
wanna celebrate with brewdog?

click here for the deets

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

pike press

Hoppy New Beer!

Well, Pike Double IPA is not exactly new. This is our third year of production, but since we only brew it annually, each reintroduction is like a new flower in Spring. Speaking of flowers, hops are flowers and our Double IPA is a bouquet of the finest Yakima Valley hops. It was released this week and is available on draft and in our 22oz. "Dinner-Size" bottle.

Traditionally, January is a time to slow down from holiday celebrations and make New Year's resolutions: Pike resolves to make more great beer available this year than ever before. Thanks to all of our loyal fans for making 2010 our best year ever.

Please join us at Pike for one of the most fun and educational events of the year, our annual Old Bawdy Vertical Tasting. Compare the most recent vintage, 2010, with four aged versions. Old Bawdy's name pays homage to those lusty ladies of the night at Seattle's La Salle Hotel, our city's most infamous brothel, where Pike Brewery was founded.

So one bawdy event leads to the next.

On February 10, Pike brings you the second most sensual event of the year, Pike's Annual Chocofest.

Think of it as foreplay before the big day; Valentine's that is! Mark your calendar to join us for a romantic evening of chocolate, beer, wine, mead and spirits.

Pike pours on tap at some of Seattle's best restaurants. These include ART at the Four Seasons Hotel next door. From Art, to Pike Brewery, to Beecher's, and back to Art; please join Chef Kerry Searand Restaurant Manager Giorgio Saturnino; Beecher's Head Cheesemaker, Brad Sinko; and us, on January 29 for a fun and delicious educational experience!

We hope that 2011 will be your Year of Pike Beer!

Rose Ann & Charles Finkel

Monday, January 10, 2011

brewdog news

ipa is dead
read about their new 4-pack here

and to check out the guest brews available through brewdog, click here

whistler brewing company

i had the distinct pleasure of being in whistler this past weekend
omg - glorious weather!

i am not a fabulous skiier or snowboarder
so i didn't want to blow the $90 for a lift ticket 2 weeks before i depart for the sun and sand of mexico
and risk injury to more than my pride
so instead, it was a groupon kinda weekend away in winter wonderland

first stop:
whistler brewing company for a brewery tour!

we began with a couple of samplers
(and yes, for those following along, i did break my no booze in january policy for this!)
powder mountain lager - a very light, sessionable lager that i found pretty insipid
export lager - european style, reminiscent of a pilsner, but creamier - for a lager i found it alright


then, to begin our tour with,
altitude honey lager - definitely a sweeter lager, drinkable and quite alright for a lager

i love when i get to taste all the different malts
and take big deep wafts of the hops!

whistler brewing company is 21 years old
(guess its legal to drink in the states now...)
it was privately owned and operated out of whistler originally
then big rock bought it and moved operations to kamloops

a consultant bought the company and moved part of it back to whistler in time for the olympics
and ensures that whistler water is sent to kamloops for the rest of the brewing up there
whistler brews are in four states, japan, australia and all the provinces between here and onterrible
in fact, they're the only bc owned and operated brewery with beer in onterrible

the brewery we toured opened december 2009
all the beer provided to whistler is brewed in whistler
the kamloops brewery brews for export

they currently have four fermenters and 2 bright tanks
they'll be expanding to 8 fermenters later this month

apparently the whistler market was the hardest to crack
mostly because the brewery had been there and then left
so there was no trust or local pride in the product
but now that the brewery is back in town, its catching on
and you can get it in every pub

they don't do any large scale bottling out of this location
but they do bottle some of the product to sell in the store to tourists

sample glasses are empty... saddening

pretending to refill the sample glasses... gladdening

being served more samplers while on tour... tha bomb!
next sample
classic pale ale - yay, finally an ale!  its alright, quite drinkable

i love posing by beautiful copper kettles
 former granville island brewer is now the whistler brewing brewmaster
spent grain is used by pemberton farmers to feed their cattle, who apparently rave about it (the cows to the farmers who in turn tell that to the brewery)

the ales take 2-3 days to ferment
the lagers 5-7 days

the ales take 2-3 weeks from boil to keg
the lagers 5-6 weeks

they are all triple filtered, a process which takes approximately 7 hours

next sample was one of the seasonal taps
they didn't give it a name, as its kind of an experimental brew
its just the ipa
not a west coast ipa, just a modestly hopped little number
tasted like a citrusy pilsner to me
bridget found it quite caramelly
none of us were fans

moving on
black tusk ale - this brew is dark, but not heavy
we found it nicely malted and quite delicious
of their whole line-up, this is only one i'd be tempted to purchase

and we ended our tasting with the other seasonal tap
winter dunkel (7.5% - everything else was 5%)
the nose is all terry's chocolate orange
i mean so much so that you'd think for sure it was a terry's chocolate orange in liquid form
but there's not so much of that in the actual flavour
the chocolate malt is very heavy, and the orange a bit too much
it is from locally sourced chocolate though, so i can see it being a hit with foodies
me, i wouldn't have it again

all in all, the tour was fun
and worth buying a groupon for
(we also bought snowmobiling groupons and used those on sunday - yay bargain weekend!!)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

beer pairings

but wait, not beer and food pairings
although those are amazing,
this article is about movie and beer pairings

from sam calagione of dogfish head
click here for the huffington post article!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

caffeine is evil

apparently caffeine and alcohol are a dangerous mix
jump on the bandwagon and be exponentially afraid
(or just go get yourself a drink)

read all about it here

Friday, January 7, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

brew dog news

and their stunt worked!
brewdog changes a 300 year old law!

for the blog post, click here

2010 best beers

the best beers of 2010 available in the bay area of california
(read san francisco, oakland and other places i love to visit!)

click here for brooks on beer's top 10

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

beer news

brewer's association changes the definition of craft brewed:  click here

therapy in a glass:  ode to festive ales:  click here

red racer beer:  Our Winter Ale is now on tap at Romers Burger Bar. This beer should go great with their excellent selection of burgers.

central city brewing company:  We've got a special Pale Ale on today. Instead of the usual multiple hop styles in the brew Gary used citra hops all they way through the brewing process. This should provide a nice twist on our Pale Ale for you all to enjoy.

half pints brewer's blog, click here

rogue outsells sapporo and kirin

award winners

to read about brewdog's 2010 achievements and goals for 2011, click here

and read below about rogue's award-winning 2010

Monday, January 3, 2011

beer geekery

look what tasha brought back for bridget and i from mexico!

unfortunately, it didn't get drunk before the cleanse, so now it will have to just sit and taunt me until february!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

beer geekery

tasting notes

i began and ended last wednesday's beernesday at st. augustine's with hopworks' abominable winter ale
i love this beer!
just can't get enough of it
too bad i'm cleansing now and won't be done until its gone...

i had two samplers
one a winterish ode
the other an ipa off

rogue ales mogul madness:  6.3%  hoppy, caramel aroma, burgundy in colour with an off white head.  intense flavours of citrus, and complex notes of nuts, berries and mocha.
howe sound woolly bugger barleywine:  11%  a rich dark amber barleywine brewed in extremely limited quantities
dead frog mandarin orange amber ale:  5%  combines the aroma and flavour of a fresh mandarin orange with a light amber ale
salt spring fireside ale:  7%  with a rich ruby colour, and a complex fruity nose.  low hop bitterness allows notes of fresh fruit to come through backed by a flavourful malt

i had the mogul madness the week before, but it was my final pint and i took no notes of it, so i had to try it again this time, just so i could remember having it!
i liked it
bitter hops with a malt back
i really enjoyed the hop/mocha dichotomy
glad i tried it again!  would have hated to miss this one

i must have had the fireside ale before too, but didn't remember
unfortunately, cuz i don't like it
nope, had one sip and passed it along to amy
who enjoyed it, prompting bridget and amanda to suggest she order the driftwood farmhand ale, which i also dislike, but amy loved
so there must be something belgiany in the fireside dammit

the dead frog tasted like a terry's chocolate orange to me
which is mostly a good thing, i do love the whack and unwrap chocolate orange
however, there's no way i'd want more than a sampler of it - the orange flavour gets too fake the further i get into the glass
still, quite enjoyable
that makes me a fan of both dead frog seasonals this winter
amanda says it tastes like christmas
katy says its like ripping open an orange and being misted with the orange love

the woolly bugger barleywine is 11%, so i only got a shot glass worth of the elixir
and everyone wanted to try it, so i got very little actually in my mouth
oh, but what i did have was divine!
not as sherry-like as some other barleywines
this one was smooth and malty

lagunitas india pale ale:  5.7%  multi-award winning west coast ipa
deschutes inversion ipa:  6.8%   a trio of american hops deliver an over-the-top nose with hints of citrus.  surprisingly soft, caramel complexity for an 80 ibu ipa
rogue ales yellow snow ipa:  6.2%  pale golden in color with a hoppy, fruity aroma.  big hop flavour up front complemented by medium body and hoppyness mid-pallet (sic)
russell brewing blood alley esb:  5.5%  well balanced with exceptional drinkability.  generously hopped.

the inversion is one of my running favourites
so i was interested to see how it stacked up against the other three
the caramel came out in comparison to the others
and it is so delightfully hoppy!
still one of my faves!  phew!

the lagunitas ended up being my least favourite of the four
definitely high on the citrus hops scale
but not complex enough to stay in the ring with the other three

the yellow snow is another of my favourites
uber hoppy, but the fruit didn't come through at first
my palate had to get re-adjusted before it was apparent
still, i love this beer!

the esb was quite hoppy, and very well-balanced
big hop nose, not much on the citrus front though
still, very drinkable and delicious - win!

boy, is this week's beernesday ever gonna be no fun for me
club soda, not so yay...