Monday, December 31, 2012

beer geekery

happy new year's!

Sunday, December 30, 2012


for some people this is a super busy time of year
not so much for me
i'm without family in this province so when i get some time off work over the holidays, the time is my own
i will admit to spending a lot of it in front of the tv catching up on series that i don't normally have time to watch, and gluttonously consuming all manner of movies, 90% of which i dust off every year around this time because i love them

so what does this have to do with you?
well, i am also trying to catch up on some things i have let slide over the past couple of months
to put some check marks on my to do list
and one of those items on my list is to review's electronic version of one of the best beer books around, randy mosher's tasting beer
i have extolled the virtues of this book in previous posts
and to anyone who will listen to me
so let's just go with the fact that i own the paper version of this book, have read it cover to cover, and use it as a resource for specific information on a regular basis
i like this book
i find it a very well-written and useful resource on all things beer

inkling's electronic version of the book looks just like the paper version
it follows the same chapter set up, has all the same quotes and photos
so if you already own the paper version, why would you need the electronic version?
well, you don't NEED it in the strict sense of the word
but you know, if you happen to have a fancy iphone or ipad to load it on, it becomes a travelling resource
and that is very useful to the beer geek

there are hyperlinks and definitions to click on
you can mark it up and search it
heck, you can even join a study and discussion group
so you're getting a little more than you can in a paper version
and that is why, if you have the book you should also get yourself the online version
if you don't already have the book, why not get the online version?
it's only $12.99

i happen to love books, the kind made of paper
so i am in no way suggesting that ebooks are superior to good old physical books
i am saying that electronic books are wonderful in their own way
and a text book in particular is a great resource when it's electronic

beer geekery

too late:

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Lazy Boy Brewing Belgian Style Golden Ale - $8.15
If it ain't broke don't fix it. A Belgian style golden ale that pours amber in colour and has all the spices you would find in a beer of this style. 

Lighthouse Siren Red Ale - $7.55
A dangerously drinkable Red Ale at 8%ABV. Gently hopped. Dry and fruity. Get this gem while it lasts.

Steamworks Blitzen - $7.10
An extra strong winter ale. Golden, cloudy, with balanced sweetness. Cozy down next to the fire with this sipper at your side.

bubbles at legacy:

Miguel Torres 'Santa Digna' Estelado Rose Sparkling Wine - $27.65
The first sparkling wine made from 100% Chilean 'Pais' Grape. Made using methode champenoise this rose is made saignee. Pale pink in colour with notes of dry cherry, a touch of cranberry and subtle herbaceous notes. With refreshing acidity, an elegant mousse and corresponding flavours on the palate. This sparkling is sure to please. 

Kenwood Yulupa Cuvee Brut - $17.55
California, USA
Produced from the skillful blending of cuvees from premium California grapes, using the classic methode champenoise process. Developed flavours of hazelnut pair with the peach and green apple flavours this wine offers.

Dom Perignon 2003 "David Lynch" - $250.00
Champagne, France 
"Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!" Or in this case drinking with the stars with this limited edition 2003 vintage Dom Perignon David Lynch collaboration. Up the ante this new years and make 2013 a year to remember.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

happy holidays

to all those who celebrate it, merry christmas
to everyone else, happy tuesday and:

Monday, December 24, 2012

beer geekery

50 book challenge

so, maybe i should have officially challenged myself to read 50 books this year - look how well i did, unofficially!
(no beer books this year though... must remedy that for 2013)

1. Deborah Harkness: A Discovery of Witches
2. James Frey: A Million Little Pieces
3. Tina Fey: Bossypants
4. Malachy McCourt: A Monk Swimming
5. Adam Mansbach: Go the Fuck to Sleep
6. Steve Martin: The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.: The Tweets of Steve Martin
7. Beth Griffenhagen: Haiku for the Single Girl
8. Jo Nesbo: The Redbreast
9. Jo Nesbo: The Redeemer
10. Jo Nesbo: Nemesis
11. Patrick deWit: Ablutions
12. Patrick deWit: The Sisters Brothers
13. Michael Connelly: The Drop
14. Camilla Lackberg: The Ice Princess
15. Camilla Lackberg: The Preacher
16. Camilla Lackberg: The Stone Cutter
17. Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games
18. Suzanne Collins: Mockingjay
19. Suzanne Collins: Catching Fire
20. Veronica Roth: Divergent
21. Veronica Roth: Insurgent
22. Deborah Harness: Shadow of Night
23. Susan Fraser King: Lady MacBeth
24. Jonathan Kellerman: Dr. Death
25. Alison Weir: Innocent Traitor
26. Eion Colfer: Artemis Fowl - The Last Guardian
27. Reginald Hill: On Beulah Height
28. Kim Harrison: Pale Demon
29. MaryJanice Davidson: Undead & Unfinished
30. MaryJanice Davidson: Undead & Undermined
31. Mark Sedore: Snowmen
32. Kayt Burgess: Heidegger Stairwell
33. Jennifer K. Chung: Terroryaki
34. Jason Rapczynski: The Videographer
35. Kelley Armstrong: Waking the Witch
36. Kelley Armstrong: Spellbound
37. Kim Harrison: Something Deadly This Way Comes
38. Kim Harrison: Perfect Blood
39. Charlaine Harris: Dead Reckoning
40. Christopher Brookmyre: A Big Boy Did it and Ran Away
41. Gabrielle Zevin: All These Things I've Done
42. Gabrielle Zevin:  Because it is my Blood

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy liquor store
(aka your last minute shopping destination!!)

St. Ambroise Stout Extra Forte
More of what you love, but in a Extra Strong Stout and aged in Bourbon Wood...Mmmm
Swans Black Swan Imperial Stout
Yes you guessed it, another Imperial Stout aged in oak. This local brewery is putting out some great bottlings, come try this special one off today.
Swans Seven Swans A Swimming
"Tis the Saison" - Unfiltered, with the addition of raisins and spice, you know this seasonal is gonna be a beauty!

Friday, December 21, 2012


i am curious by nature
aren't most humans?
and i love getting the behind the scenes stories on things
like the 12 beers of the apocalypse from elysian

Dick's Last Blog
Now that the end is in sight-of the world of course, but also of the pretty substantial undertaking that has been the 12 Beers of the Apocalypse-it's probably safe to spill a little of how a lot of it has come together. Some of the beers have been reinterpretations of beers we've done in the past-Nibiru not so unlike Toro Oro, another Belgian-style golden ale infused with yerba mate; not actually so unlike New Belgium's Jonny's Voodoo Ale, for anyone who remembers that delicious and innovative beer; Doom itself a hop, skip and a jump from Sextacula, the beer we brewed for our fifteenth anniversary, which itself was a bigger version of Triacula, crafted originally for an Iron Brewer competition at the Beveridge Place. There is truly nothing new, in case you haven't heard, under the sun. But isn't the sun supposed to nova or something anyway?

There's a lot of interesting background for some of the beers as well, and bringing them out every month has often been a logistical challenge as we locate and then mobilize some pretty esoteric ingredients, incidentally getting government approval along the way for both label and process. Never mind the brewing-though you probably haven't seen an array of roasted chili powders like the one that went into Peste outside of a Mexican spice market, or just about anything, for that matter, quite the color of Torrent. Ditto the mass of golden raisins left in the fermenter cone after Doom was transferred. Wasteland brought together all the dried elderflowers available in the United States at the time it was brewed, winging in from around six suppliers to make the super-fragrant scene at Airport Way. Compared to all those, Omen was pretty straightforward, with something like 750 pounds of raspberries added to an ordinary Belgian-style stout. Blight? Just another pumpkin beer brewed with dark brown sugar and super-fiery Vietnamese cinnamon.

But as I said, getting the ingredients hasn't always been easy. The inspiration for Mortis was Idefix, one of the first beers we brewed in Seattle with our friends from New Belgium. Making eight barrels of sour persimmon ale was only a mildly arduous endeavor, thanks mainly to our sous-chef Kevin Jackson's willingness to blanch and puree fifty pounds of Fuyu persimmons. Making 120 barrels was a different story, as the 750 pounds of persimmons had to first be procured and processed, and then introduced to the brettanomyces fermentation already underway. We got the fruit from the same guys who supply the lion's share of the pumpkins for GPBF, and tapped into a food processing contact from our friend Howard Lev of Mama Lil's Peppers. So in a bit of a hurry (persimmons don't ripen until late October, and the beer was scheduled for release on November 21), I gave a call to George Wolf of Wolfpack Foods in Gold Bar, up off Route 2 on the way to Stevens Pass.

"Let me tell you how we do business," George told me over the phone, "you come up here and we get to know each other a little bit. We talk about what it is you want us to do for you, we agree on a price, and then you go back and talk to your folks and make sure we can proceed." Yikes, I thought, I really don't have time for this. But I drove up to Gold Bar, had a fairly pleasant chin-wag with George, his daughter and his forewoman, and got the gist of what they were going to be able to do for us. A week later I drove back up with the persimmons and stuck around while a couple of buckets' worth were chopped, blanched and processed into puree. I spent the next few hours at the public library in Monroe hammering away at a chapter of Starting Your Own Brewery, the book I've been working on for Brewers Publications, while the folks back at Wolf Pack fit our job in between some pepper spread and a curry sauce. At the appointed time I went back and loaded 23 5-gallon buckets into my Element and headed back south to Seattle. There was an adventurous moment when I swung out to pass a car on the highway and had a hard time getting the job done with all that extra payload, but the less said about that the better. The next morning we scissor-lifted the buckets up to the catwalk and dumped them into the fermenter.

Finding a source for the golden syrup we needed to brew Doom was surprisingly easy. The British specialty foods webstore we'd used before to get it for Tri- and Sextacula had only grudgingly and unreliably been able to provide us with ten or twenty pounds at a time. This time we needed 660 pounds, but lo and behold I found a manufacturer of a Canadian version just up the road in Vancouver, BC. The trouble was that since sugar cane doesn't grow in Canada and the sugar to produce the golden syrup needed to be imported, they couldn't directly export to the United States. So they steered me to a sugar wholesaler in Surrey who could at least sell it to me. Arranging to bring it into the States was pretty much up to me. I spent a total of the better part of an afternoon talking to folks at McGilvrey Sugar, Customs and Border Patrol and the Food and Drug Administration. I filed documents online scheduling my border crossing and inspection and dickered with CBP about the tax status of my prospective cargo. I had a breakthrough when I called straight to the border crossing in Blaine, Washington and we established that I almost certainly wouldn't be turned back, as long as I was willing to pay as much as $80.00 in duty. That's all this was about?, I thought.

So once again I hopped into the Element and headed north. Getting the syrup went without a hitch, this time 24 buckets' worth, and when I got to the border I was instructed to stand in the wrong line for nearly an hour. I rousted somebody at the FDA counter and managed to convince them there were no bio-terrorism issues with a bunch of sugar, and impressed them just a bit that I had accurately anticipated-and filed for-the time of my crossing. Then it was over to Customs, a consultation in a phonebook-sized manual of product classification, and a payment of 25$ for a simple vehicle crossing, and I was back on the road and on American soil.

It's often a challenge getting specialty ingredients, no matter what your size. But it's a far cry from throwing a handful of something odd into a 5-gallon homebrew batch to mobilizing and introducing several hundred pounds of it into a 60-barrel brewhouse, or a fermenter a couple of stories tall. As I put it in a talk I gave at the National Homebrewers Conference back in June, an ingredient can become weird simply by being unwieldy in large quantities. Still, if the results justify the effort, it's worth continuing to knock ourselves out figuring out new ways to make beer. I think these twelve beers have done that. Too bad about the end of the world and all.

-Dick Cantwell
Founder and Head Brewer

end of the world

happy end of the world everyone!!

beer geekery

it always comes back to beer...


i hate the pressure of having to give gifts at a prescribed time
i much prefer finding something perfect and just giving it for no reason

but, shallow creature that i am, i love getting gifts!
birthday and christmas are the perfect time to be a beer geek
because it gives people a really easy target for finding you a gift
so you're more likely a) to actually get a gift and b) to actually like it

my beer haul so far:
phillips amnesiac double ipa
brassin d'hiver from france
mill street beers and coasters
stout jelly
and one of those really cool glasses made from a beer bottle (also mill street cuz the guy making them was a toronto artiste at the circle craft fair)

i hope the world doesn't end before i can get to drinking them...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


oh the weather outside in vancouver is frightful
but the christmas party i'll be at in an hour will be delightful
so let it rain/snow, let it rain/snow, let it rain/snow

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

winter beeracle

okay, let me begin by saying that i am not a big fan of winter beers
feel free to write me off right now if you must
but i don't like them
you know why?
brewers have started to equate vanilla with winter
and i don't like vanilla in my beer
in my cookies and cakes sure, its wonderful
i can even handle it in a scented candle
but keep it the heck out of my damned beer!
i may be alone in this sentiment
i don't care!  i don't like vanilla in my beer

so why am i reviewing dead frog's winter beeracle?
frankly its because the good folks at dead frog sent me some to sample
yes, every once in a while it does pay off to be a lowly beer blogger
sometimes people send me their beers to try
in the hopes that i'll write a blog post about them
and convince people to buy their beers
so, thanks for the beer, and here's my review:

i didn't hate it

yup, sure, its quite vanilla-y
but there is some balance in there
there are nice rich malts and orange notes
and some hops!
the other folks who i shared my beer fortune with all really enjoyed it
i bet they'll even go buy some
(so already, mission accomplished!)

oh, and it has a great label!

i like the switch in name (from christmas beeracle)
i like a timmy and tony collaboration
(tony dewald and timmy brown)
i hope this is a sample of things to come from dead frog

i remember having the dead frog nut brown a hundred years ago
i was at chambar and having mussels
oh, the sheer joy of pairing a nutty beer with salty and fragrant mussel broth
it was a turning point for me with craft beer
then came brews like the mandarin orange and the chili lime and the chocolate mint
i'm really not a fan of those brews
it made me less eager to try other dead frog brews...
until the citra ipa last year and the fearless ipa this year
harbingers of things to come??? i hope so!
i'm looking forward to the relaunch of dead frog
and wonderful beers for years to come!

so whose winter ales do i like?
elysian's bifrost
hopworks' abominable
ummm... that can't be all, but those two are the only ones coming to mind right now...
you'll note the lack of vanilla in them both
and the appearance of a couple more hops
i am a pacific northwest hophead, it can't be helped
so bear that in mind when you read my beer reviews!

swiss, bacon and beer dip

another awesome recipe!
this one from nuts and bolts - swiss, bacon and beer dip

Monday, December 17, 2012

beer cookies provides six fabulous beer cookie recipes
me, i'm not much of a cook
and while i can successfully bake, i don't have the patience this season
so... anyone wanna make me the lambic and stout cookies?

Friday, December 14, 2012

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers:

Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXIV Porter - $18.85
Using select cocoa nibs and locally roasted coffee, Deschutes partnered with equally passionate local artisans to craft this potent, colossal homage to Black Butte Porter. A final aging in aromatic whiskey barrels infuses a truly handcrafted depth and the complexity of fine wine.
Evil Twin Brewing Disco Beer - $7.65
Discobeer is a vinous IPA thoughtfully aged on Chardonnay wine barrels. This rock star of a beer is a real party starter. No more shy beer geek. Drink it and you will own the dance floor.
Logsdon Farmhouse Organic Seizoen Bretta Ale - $13.85
Fermented naturally with pear juice. The special Brettanomyces yeast provides added dryness and crisp complexity. Made in Hood River, Oregon. Specialty 100% organic farmhouse ale. 8% ABV. 750ml.

complimentary tastings:

December 2012
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Fri, Dec 14, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar
VinoCacao is the innovative marriage between Bordeaux wine and a flavour born in Central America, cacao. Come enjoy this new and delicious dessert style drink made from chocolate, wine and cacao.
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sat, Dec 15, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar
A selection of great whisky’s that are not to miss! We’ll have the Christmas Big Peat, King of Scots and the Tomintoul 10yr. old open for tasting. You’re bound to find something to enjoy over the holidays.
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sun, Dec 16, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar
Alsatian wines are known for richer style whites that are dry, aromatic and fantastic for food. Gustav Lorrentz has been producing classically styled whites from Alsace for years, and will be sharing his Gewürztraminer and Riesling.
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Mon, Dec 17, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar
Firestarter is a premium, ultra-smooth winter weat vodka that is five times platinum filtered. They’ll be sampling the vodka along with ceasar recipes to try.
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Tue, Dec 18, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar
Kōloa Rum Company produces the finest, award winning, premium, single-batch Hawaiian Rums at their distillery near the town of Kalaheo, on the beautiful Garden Isle of Kaua`i, Hawaii.
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Wed, Dec 19, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar
To complete your winter drink list, you’ll need some top grade Scottish whisky! Try grabbing one of these: Auchentoshan Classic, Bowmore 12 Year Old or Glen Garioch 12 year old.
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thu, Dec 20, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar
Xfour™ is British Columbia’s finest premium vodka. Made of only Canadian grown corn, rye and the purest glacier fed water from British Columbia’s interior; this handcrafted vodka is as pure and natural as its surroundings.
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Fri, Dec 21, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar
Sometimes it’s fun to switch things up. Why not come try variations on your favorite with the Grey Goose Poire (Pear), Grey Goose L’Orange and Bacardi Oakheart, a new-spiced rum great for the holiday egg nog.
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sat, Dec 22, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar
Producers of elegant vintage Pinot Noir and Chardonnay based sparkling wines in the traditional méthode champenoise. Schramsberg is a top Californian sparkling wine fashioned identically after Champagne in France.
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sun, Dec 23, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar
Cognac has been produced for centuries in France. Among the many large producers, there are some smaller, more interesting distilleries making this fine drink. Come try Delamain Cognac, one of the small guys.
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Mon, Dec 24, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar
For something new and different, drop by to try a selection of fantastic Korean spirits and beer. We’ll have open the Chum Churum, Seol Joong Mae, Bak Se Ju and Cass Beer.
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thu, Dec 27, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar
Brewed right here in Vancouver, Molson loves to drop by and pour there brews. Come by, say hi and grab a taste!
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Fri, Dec 28, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar
If you haven’t had a chance to try these beers before, they will likely surprise you. Made partially with rice, these are both smooth and flavourful. Come try the Efes Draft, Pilsner and Dark.
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sat, Dec 29, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar
You’ve most likely heard of Therapy’s tasty wines, now come get a taste of their newest addition the Therapy Sparkling Blanc. Make New Years a Canadian event with this local sparkle.
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sun, Dec 30, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar
Join Ron Schilt as he pours some of his favorite wines from Europe. Selections from France and Spain will be showcased in this fantastic flight of wines.
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Mon, Dec 31, 2012
Venue: Legacy Tasting Bar


got some extra funds kicking around?
why not pledge it to a fledgling brewery via kickstarter?
let me save you the trouble of finding one!  i got this email a couple of days ago:

I'm Matej from Slovenia, a homebrewer, beer lover and beer writer for Vino (wine) magazine. As winemaking is common in Slovenia, craft breweries seem not to follow this trend despite having one of the best hops in the world. You might heard about Styrian Golding, rumor has it monks at infamous Westvleteren use it in their beers.
I decided to start a craft brewery to spread the word about craft beer under family name Pelicon. My team of young talents from different professions and I launched a project on Kickstarter to crowdfund part of startup cost. Accidentally we became the first brewery in Europe who did this.
Would you be kind enough to take a look and share the project with your fans or mention it on blog? That would help us a lot. As you know, beer is better with friends. So to kick start this project we need a lot of nice people.

Here's the link:

Thursday, December 13, 2012


the cask tonight at the yaletown brewpub is their downtown brown ale, unadulterated
see you there???

the last couple of weeks have showcased casks by cory curtis, former assistant brewer at the yaletown
who left to pursue his music career
but came back to cover for the current assistant brewer, nick
two weeks ago it was a ginger ale - with fresh ginger in the cask
last week it was a citrus ipa - with lemon, grapefruit and orange zest in the cask
i really, really, really, liked them both
i think nick is awesome
but i sure do miss cory...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


my non-exhaustive gift buying guide for the beer geek in all of us:

if your beer lover has a favourite beer:

-check out the private liquor stores for branded glassware gift packs
legacy liquor store in Olympic Village suggests:  Sam Smith’s 3 bottles plus a glass for $20, $88.50 for 6 bottles of Westvleteren plus 2 glasses, $11.95 for 2 tall cans of Tiger and a glass,  Chimay – red, white, and blue caps with a glass $18.85, St. Ambroise Discovery pack – $14.95 2 beers and a glass, Lindemann’s -  $15.95 two beers and a glass

-go online and see if the brewery has swag for sale - tshirts, bottle openers, beer cozies, etc.
Dead Frog has tees, hoodies, hats, cozies, underwear and bottle openers for sale in their on-line shop and at the brewery in Aldergrove.  If  you order online in the next couple of days, there is still time to receive your order before Santa arrives.
Stone Brewing in California will ship you a pub light for $50, plus shipping and handling, but how can you put a price on having branded lights for your home bar?  They also have wallets, dog accessories, soap, candles, towels, you name it, they’ve branded it!

-get them a membership to a beer of the month club – join online and they send you a beer every month via mail
or a membership to a beer tshirt of the monthclub – join online and they send you a beer tshirt every month and best of all if you join right now, 3 months, 6 months or 12 months, the shipping is free!

if you want to shop local this season:

- check out craft sales for handmade beer cozies
- go to the brewery to purchase swag or a growler

wanna get something crazy or interesting, and have a few extra minutes on your hands?

-do what the beer wench suggests and google "beer" or "beer gifts" to see all the wonderful, and sometimes wacky, search results like:
beer and food pairings calendar on etsy for $24
also on etsy, beer soap and bottle openers
(or just visit

-search the interwebs for wall mounted bottle openers – make sure you never misplace the opener again!
go for branded ones or fancy ones

- go to a craft store and get them scrapbook for their label collection or a decorative box for their coaster collection

is your beer geek a new beer geek? 

-you can't go wrong with a taster pack from the liquor store
Granville Island, Parallel 49, Okanagan Springs all have taster packs out right now that include a seasonal beer plus their regular offerings
or walk on the wild side with an Innis & Gunn pack of 4 beers including rum cask, pale ale, original whiskey beers for $18

-visit your local u-brew shop and design your own beer by adding hops to a beer kit
or go whole hog and get someone all the basic gear for homebrewing for about $75

need a hostess gift?

-take a bottle of fancy schmancy beer!  maybe something to cellar like a barley wine or a sour, or something seasonal to open right away. 
take them a brooklyn brewing local 1, its a belgian style strong pale ale and comes with a cork. now that's fancy

-get a growler and fill it on your way to the party, fresh beer to drink that night and a lovely growler for them to keep and fill forever more
-books!  give the gift of literacy!
So much choice – from the text-book “Tasting Beer” by randy mosher to guides of pacific northwest pub crawls to anecdotal histories of beer to picture books of beer labels, there’s a beer book for everyone!

stocking stuffers:

-you could put a beer in there…

-gift certificates to pubs like biercraft – who will give you a gift card for everyone you buy for someone else ($10 for $50 or $20 for $100)

-key-chain bottle openers

-playing cards

-beer bottle cap tree ornaments
and the list could go on forever, but i have to go and drink some beer now!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

on the coast

i will be on cbc radio's on the coast tonight at 5:50
talking about all the wonderful things you can buy for the beer lover on your holiday shopping list

my list of awesome gifts is very long
i probably won't get to mention everything i want to in my six minutes...
so tune in on the radio tonight for as much as i can cram and then check back here tomorrow for the rest of my (non-exhaustive) list!

Monday, December 10, 2012


biercraft has lots going on this holiday season:

This is a busy time of year for everyone

Don't forget to take time out for yourself

We have a ton of things going on this month, just like you do, so try and slow down and have a beer or 2 when you can and remember what this time of year is all about.
Family. Friends. Good Beer.

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Our Holidy party menu is now available for groups of 8 or more. Where else can you have a certified Cicerone plan your food and beer pairing?

Please call your preferred location for details and bookings.
Tired of spending lots of money on New Years and getting nothing but "party favors" and a glass of sparkling wine?

Why not stay local this year and come party with us for New Beers Eve? No more waiting hours for a taxi to take you home. Just all you can eat food, oyster bar, DIY poutine station and of course a boat load of really good beer.

Tickets and more information
What could make any elf happier than than getting free beer for gving the gift of beer?

Our "Buy Some Get Some" gift card offer is back again this year. Ask your server for details.
Looking for a non traditional Holiday Party this year. At Brick and Barley we are available for booking any night of the week and have a great selection of Craft Beers and of course AMAZING pizza. Please call Christine for details at 604-688-8694
Every weekday from 2:30 till 5 we have a 1/2 pound of mussels and beer on special for just $10. Any mussels from our menu and a 16oz. Pilsner Urquel all for just $10. Yum.
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Driftwood Old Cellar Dweller 2012 Barley Wine - $13.45
Three times the malt bill and five times the hops of a normal strength beer, this Barleywine tests the limits of our brewhouse and our backs! But the real struggle is in getting this massive brew to completely ferment, a true test of our skill and the vigor of our yeast.
Central City Thor's Hammer Barley Wine 2011 - $15.75
Our limited edition bottle conditioned Thor's Hammer is matured for almost 1 full year. Mahogany in colour, this award-winning barley wine is crafted from fine barley malt exuding deep, rich notes of dried fruit, plum and candy with a walnut ester.
Phillips Trainwreck Barrel Aged Barley Wine 2012 - $7.05
Here's a little something to stoke your boiler. This year's barley wine is full of rich malt flavours and aged in bourbon barrels. Mildly carbonated, Trainwreck should be served at cellar temperature (8C). Careful not to derail your caboose.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

rogue in richmond

the beerthirst rogue tour de richmond was a whole lotta fun!
the concept alone guaranteed a good time:  rogue beers paired with a sandwich at every stop
with a school bus to get you from pub a to pub b (c, d and e)

first stop:  hogshack
beer:  st. rogue red ale
sandwich:  sliders with kimchi and spicy carrots
(my veggie option was a beet and quinoa patty)
pairing:  it worked, the spicy toppings with the rich red ale worked like a charm - the judges chose this as the best pairing

the meat slider (and beer)

the awesome veggie slider 
second stop:  buck and ear
beer:  cpt. sig's northwest pale ale
food:  halibut, prawn and shrimp tacos with mango salsa, fried potatoes
pairing:  to be honest, i was so much all about the amazing flavours bursting in my mouth while eating the taco that i forgot to drink my beer with it, but this pairing won the people's choice, so it musta pleased people!  damned delicious fish taco.  if it's not currently on the menu, they should put it on

most wonderful fish taco with mango salsa and fried potatoes

third stop:  sharkey's in ladner
beer:  dead guy ale
food:  donut burger with popcorn
pairing:  first, lemme talk about the food... a glazed donut for a bun... coulda been genius, but tomatoes and onions on the burger?  nope, didn't work.  and it was tooooo sweet to be paired with a lager.  the only miss of the afternoon.  but they did give us a parallel 49 lost souls milkshake to put smiles back on our faces

veggie version of the donut burger 
lost souls milkshake
fourth stop:  o'hare's
beer:  rogue ipa
food:  spicy chicken filo roll or spicy prawn for the veggies
pairing:  ipa and spicey, yeah that rocks!

prawn filo wraps

fifth stop:  pumphouse
beer:  yellow snow ipa
food:  vietnamese subs - meaty or prawn with cilantro
pairing:  again, ipa and spicy goes very nicely.  mine wasn't hot spicy so much as it was herby with the cilantro, and it paired very well, not to mention was insanely delicious!  again, if they're not on the menu, they should be

the meaty vietnamese sub
the prawn vietnamese sub
overall, it was a very successful bus trip
good food, tasty beers, cheerful people
well organized
yup, i'll go on the next one!!


tomorrow evening i will be at portland craft for the modern malt ipa mingler
which is a sold out event...
but for the rest of you, don't fret, you can still get your american beer on by going to the new oxford for the deschutes/phillips tap takeover anniversary party:

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The New Oxford Two Year Anniversary Party
Thursday December 6th - 5pm - late
Two years, two breweries taking over.
Join us on Thursday for complimentary canapes & drink samplings as we host you alongside representatives from Deschutes & Phillips breweries to celebrate two years in Yaletown.

Both breweries will be taking over six taps and will feature notable and rare craft beer selections all evening.
$5.15 featured craft beer sleeves.
Please RSVP to

The New Oxford Public House
1144 Homer St., Yaletown


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

do you give a damn?

charlie papazian wants to know if you give a damn about who brews your beer

and frankly, i'm curious to know too
so go and vote in the poll, wouldya?

VIB hermannator anniversary release

Vancouver Island Brewery
DECEMBER 3, 2012
Media Release!
Greetings! Hermannator 650

Our Brewery Elves have been hard at work dipping collector's edition Hermannator bottles by hand for your cellaring pleasure...

25 years and multiple world class brewing awards later, Hermannator is a collector's edition bomber!

For a limited time Vancouver Island Brewery is offering its Hermannator Ice Bock in collector's edition 650 mL bomber bottles. These 25th Anniversary Edition bottles celebrate an unprecedented beer legacy and are a return to the vessel the beer was originally sold in back in 1987.
When Vancouver Island Brewery first brewed Hermannator in 1987 it was intended as a special winter batch for the breweries closest friends and family. It quickly became evident that this beer was something special as year after year the number of people demanding a taste of this unique brew grew after each limited release.
Now 25 years and multiple world class brewing awards later, Hermannator is still crafted in small batches and is ready to make a limited release appearance for its Silver Anniversary. "To be able to brew a beer for over 25 years and have loyal customers coming back each year to enjoy this beer is a very rewarding feeling" stated Jim Dodds, General Manager at Vancouver Island Brewery. "We wax dipped each of these bottles by hand and while looking sharp, this will also help with any 'cellaring' local beer aficionados may want to undertake." Hermannator tends to age quite well, between 1 - 3 years with the complex flavours of this brew slowly changing over time.
Still crafted in small batches once a year and only bottled in limited quantities, this German Eisbock is in high demand. The 650 mL collector's edition bottles will only be available directly from the brewery's beer store at 2330 Government Street in Victoria, starting on Saturday December 8th. The brewery is also hosting an open house and cask tasting event for Hermannator Ice Bock on this same day from noon - 6pm. This is a great and somewhat uncommon opportunity for beer enthusiasts to come down, sample Hermannator Ice Bock from a cask and go on a brewery tour to see how the local brewery crafts their award winning beers. Please feel free to bring a non-perishable food item as donation to cover your admission.
About Vancouver Island Brewery
In 1984 Vancouver Island Brewery started with the mission of crafting local, all natural craft beers for Islanders to enjoy. Beginning with the careful selection of the finest quality ingredients, we use skill and patience to handcraft our family of ales and lagers in small batches. Our goal is to bring
our passion for craft beer to the brewery each day and brew unique, flavourful beer for you to enjoy.
Hermannator Cask Event - Saturday, Dec. 8th
Cask Join us at the brewery from noon - 6pm on Dec. 8th for your chance to sample Hermannator Ice Bock on cask and purchase your 25th Anniversary 650 mL bottle.

650 mL Hermannator collector's edition bottles are only available for sale at the brewery and won't last long so please get yours while quantities last.
Hermannator 650 mL bottle: $9.95
Thanks for your time! I hope you enjoyed the update and can make it down to the brewery on Saturday, Dec. 8th for a tasting of Hermannator Ice Bock.
Adam Ball
2330 Government Street
Victoria, BC V8T 5G5
Vancouver Island Brewery