Showing posts from November, 2011

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

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

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…


44. Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat Pray Love

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


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

41. Michael Connelly – The Fifth Witness


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


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


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

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!

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

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)


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:

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.


happy u.s. turkey day!


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

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

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

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

who are you calling old?!?

beer geekery

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

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"!

Lighthouse Brewing Company

Today is Yagger's Downtown Restau…


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
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

Tickets will be available for purchase at 11am on Friday, Nov 11th

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…


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!


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:


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


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?


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