Showing posts from July, 2011

pizza beer

i am very intrigued by this concept
actual pizza infused beer


on friday night at st. augustine's i got to have the very last of james' berliner weiss
you know, that one he just found in the back of the cellar

because mine was the last of the keg
and the bartender wasn't aware of that fact until into the pour
mine did have a little more of the house raspberry in it

still, i gotta say, this was a damned fine beer!

and my hat is off to palle who insisted that i order it as it was running out
boy, was it ever!

oh, and i brought pretty people with me to have some beers!


happy pride!!!

beer geekery


hoppy bitch

just in time for ipa day, i drank a hoppy bitch!
from trade route brewing of pacific washington

she's only 60 ibus according to the bottle and very nicely balanced but yes, she is a hoppy bitch!
website says: This northwest IPA is bold and balanced, with a rich malty flavor and a strong hop presence. We use premium 2-Row, Crystal, Munich and Victory malts to create the perfect base for showcasing Yakima-grown Columbus hops. After one sip you’ll agree, this is one hoppy bitch of a beer.
6.3% ABV 80 IBU

amanda and sarah brought this one back for me from washington
because they love me
and because they rock!!

i liked it
its not a hop monster, so you could probably taste another beer after this one!
its not going to make my top ten list
but i would definitely and quite happily have this one again

beer geekery

and more swag i brought back from 21st amendment in san francisco:


sadly, i did not get to camra vancouver's too hop to handle last weekend
as i had softball finals (we came 2nd! and stuck a five-layer pyramid!)
but i did manage to fit in a beer and cheese tasting at legacy
oh yeah, and it was free!

legacy is a fancy schmancy newish liquor store located in the much maligned olympic village
it is big and beautiful
and being stocked with many amazing libations

to make sure that we all know they exist
and because they are swell folks
they offer regular tastings and special events

one of these was the beer and cheese pairing between north coast brewing and benton brothers fine cheese
legacy paired four beers with five cheeses
for thirty of us at a big long table

north coast are the lovely folks out of fort bragg california who bring us old rasputin and acme
but we didn't have either of those at the tasting
instead we got their red seal ale, pranqster belgian golden ale, le merle saison and old no. 38 stout
fine brews all
and other than the red se…


vote for you favourite local brewer
no really, please go and vote or else granville island is going to win

(its under the misc category...)

women in beer

and yet another post about women in beer, specifically the top five things women need to know about beer
this time its a blog post about a blog post by someone else - a "dude"
i think its in the right spirit
i hope it is...
but man, do i ever feel condescended to
don't call me a chick
and don't assume i'll drink beer to impress a dude

the top things women need to know about beer, imho:
1. it tastes good
2. electrolytes and polyphenols are good for you
3. it tastes good
4. it pairs better with food than wine does
5. it tastes good

the top things men need to know about beer, imho:
1. it tastes good

2. electrolytes and polyphenols are good for you
3. it tastes good
4. it pairs better with food than wine does
5. it tastes good

the updated updated update on IPA Day

the ipa day pub crawl is totally figured out!

4 - 5:45 at yaletown brewpub (with a cask of iain's ipa)

6 - 6:45 at railway club (with ipa specials)

7 - 7:45 at malones (with ipa specials and an appetizer for the group)

8 - 8:45 at steamworks

9 onwards at rogue wetbar (with ipa specials on crannog insurrection, mooylan’s ipa, central city ipa and driftwood fat tug)

no tickets
no muss, no fuss
just show up at the venue(s) at the appointed time and join in on the ipa adoration
hop aboard, they're expecting us!

beer geekery

this is the lovely 21st amendment brewery t-shirt i brought back from san francisco for bridget:

cask night

i was afraid there would be no cask nights for me this week
as i am filming for outgames tv every evening
i was sad to think i was going to miss out on the offerings
but very happy to have a television gig again!
luckily though, i got done filming early enough last night to hit the railway club for the lighthouse cream ale
those kiwi hops (that's new zealand ones, not the fruit) sure had a unique flavour!
an enjoyable ale for sure

last week i had no problems in the cask department
i hit three cask nights and tried a fourth cask beer
the third of those three nights was thursday at the yaletown brewpub
where the beer was brown and delicious and the hops were cascades

i brought along all my work folks
who are becoming quite the fans of craft beer in general
and the offerings at yaletown in particular
(especially the growler option - which they all fill with the raspberry wheat ale!)


in fact i brought in so many people
the manager gave me a yaletown t-shirt!

we tried the deep-frie…

IPA Day updated update

four venues confirmed!!
the fifth is in the works!

4 - 5:45 at yaletown brewpub (with a cask of iain's ipa)

6 - 6:45 at railway club (with ipa specials)

7 - 7:45 at malones

8 - 8:45 steamworks

august 4th can't come fast enough for me!

IPA Day update

the pub crawl for #IPADay vancouver is a go!!

4 - 5:45 at yaletown brewpub
malones (tentatively 7 - 7:45)
8 - 8:45 steamworks

still have two stops in the works and will post those once they're confirmed as well

i'm excited!!

hop in the dark

oh, by the way
firefly has a couple of cases of deschutes' hop in the dark in
i of course relieved them of a few bottles of it!

shameless self-promotion

more on the shameless self-promotion front:
i'm co-hosting outgames tv
which, if you are in vancouver, you can see on shaw channel 4 all this week
if you are elsewhere in canadia it will air next week on out tv

there's a facebook page you can like
there are youtube videos you can watch

and... there's talk of a legacy show resulting from the community effort to bring gay community television back to vancouver!!

how is this beer related?
well, currently its not
but you know that if a legacy show comes to fruition, i'll be pushing for a "beers and queers" segment!

beer and running

i'm no scientist, but i can tell you my beverage of choice after a work-out has always been beer
well, maybe not always
but for sure since my first ever rugby match

i was told beer has electrolytes in it
so i figured that's why i crave it after a hard game or a long run

but maybe, just maybe there's more to it
and apparently the more to it also makes it good for me!!
yay - i love when i get told by sciencey people that beer is good for me!

new research says drink wheat beers after a marathon
its all in the polyphenols!

hop update

the hops they keep a-growing!

collaboration beer

garrison in halifax has jumped on the collaboration beer wagon
and their first foray into collaboration is with our own matt phillips
they brewed a belgian

huffington post

and more beery goodness from the huffington post

tgi fridays wantonly beerifies their menu

ressurecting ancient brews, like midas touch

the world's sourest beers

beer caramels

ryan made up a batch of these amazing beer caramels
he used r and b brewing's east side bitter esb

i like having friends who cook! especially when they cook with beer and share the bounty with me!

beer fact of the day

Craft Beer Locator

Beer Fact of the Day: For you "collectors" out there, "Tegestology" is the name for collecting beer mats and a "Labeorphilist" is the name for someone who collects beer bottles. (Perhaps not the most interesting "fact" we've ever posted, but a "fact" nonetheless!)

cask night

second of my three cask nights this week was tuesday at the railway club
r and b brewing's watermelon wheat ale

okay, so i don't usually like a wheat ale
but i've been having quite a few of them lately and not hating them, so i had to have this one too...
but i don't like watermelon...
so i was a little leery of having a whole pint
they very kindly let me taste it first
and you know what!  what?  i liked it!
i liked it enough to have two!

everyone else was saying how watermelony it was
me, i got spiced peaches on the nose
and light fruit on the palate
but not overwhelming watermelon - go figure
regardless, i enjoyed it
and so did everyone else

if only we had the summer weather to go along with the summer beer

garlic beer?

ummm, garlic in beer?
that might just be a little further than i want to go with flavouring my beer...

shameless self-promotion

an indie film i was in, that shot in 2003 and 2005
is finally having its premiere!

yay!  mudpies the movie will finally see the light of day!

more on the beer divide

more on the whole marketing beer to women thing:

some in britain stand up for molson coors light women's beer

stereotypes get a humourous look through television

cask night

three cask nights for me this week!

hit st. augustine's on monday for the granville island ginger

according to my server the cask blew up real good
there was ginger coating the ceiling
definitely there was a whole lot of ginger pulp in my pint
cloudy with a huge ginger nose
much thinner ginger on the palate, but very definitely a ginger beer
not bad...

and then because it was actually sunny out we stayed for more
see - it was sunny!

amanda and i both ordered samplers
bridget went straight for the backhand of god (followed by inversion ipa and fat tug ipa)

we both went for the deschutes twilight summer ale, the john john juniper and red racer raspberry wheat ale
i rounded mine out with elysian's perseus porter

deschutes twilight summer ale, 5%:  a lighter, et full flavored, aromatic ale for the long days of summer
so much body, yet so crisp and light
oh deschutes how i love thee and they divine brews!

rogue john john juniper, 5.2%:  a hint of cucumber and a sprucey note in the …

flying dog and rogue

add these to the beers i would like to try list:

cask night

the cask last monday night at st. augustine's was a dry-hopped esb from red racer
(the hops were centennial)
i think i must have had the bottom of the cask because it was chock-full of hop sediment
and just a bitter little fiend
i didn't enjoy it at all
making my second pint the deschutes hop in the dark
so happy the hop in the dark hit a tap near me!

tuesday's cask at the railway club was a dry-hopped ipa from central city brewing
(the hops were amarillo)
it was a hit right outta the park!
deliciously bitter!
i had to have me a second one

and yes, that is sun streaming in the window
i like sun - i would like us to be having a whole lot more of it in vancouver
you know, like an actual summer...

women and beer

in case anyone needed a tutorial:


trouble brewing in uk

camra (the uk version) and brewdog are squaring off about the great britain beer festival and who should be allowed to attend

brewdog accuses camra of dirty dealings in contract reneging
camra cancels brewdog's bar at gbbf alleging failure to pay and follow contract

who wins?  no one who likes craft beer
who loses?  camra loses the younger generation as potential members, brewdog loses a marketing opportunity, gbbf ticket holders lose the chance to enjoy brewdog brews

why can't we all just love beer and each other?

crannog dinner at rogue - part 2

last week i had the pleasure of attending a beer pairing dinner at rogue kitchen and wetbar in vancouver the beers were from crannog ales part 2 of 2:

rebecca and brian of crannog were on hand to tell us about the beers
and other fabulous things about their farm
they are members of slow food
and hope to attend terre madre in turin in 2012
course three:  insurrection ipa with duo of spring lamb

served with spring pea puree, ipa fluid gel and spruce tips
(me, i got seared tuna with saffron threads and mango salsa)
i was too busy being in absolute heaven with my meal to listen to what the meat-eaters had to say about their lamby goodness
seriously, the tuna was melt in your mouth perfect, the mango salsa was the perfect juxtaposition of sweet and hot, the pea puree was like tasting spring itself and saffron threads?  i felt like royalty!
my slightly inebriated notes read:  "my meal is the bestest: mango, jalapenos, red peppers, pea stuff, saffron threads, seared tuna.  dude, i want this …

brewdog shares

lots of fabulous media coverage for the brewdog second public offering of their shares!

crannog dinner at rogue - part 1

last week i had the pleasure of attending a beer pairing dinner at rogue kitchen and wetbar in vancouver
the beers were from crannog ales
part 1 of 2:

brian and rebecca of crannog were on hand to tell us about the beers they brought with them
and their 100% organic, zero waste, salmon-safe farm in sorrento
they grow their own hops, and get the rest from local farmers
their farm is a mere 10 acres, so they import barley and have it malted locally
keeping their operation local provides sustainability, a sense of community and works for the greater good

they heat on demand and use their own well water
bringing them in well under other brewers for volume of water used (approx 2/3 less)
they treat and re-use waste water
slurry goes to the compost pile, clear water to irrigation
the pigs eat the mash
zero waste!

course one:  gael's blood potato ale with house cured arctic char

the char was served with new potatoes, root vegetables, dill mustard emulsion and cherry gastrique and it was a s…