Showing posts from January, 2012

friends, romans, countrymen

i'm off to mexico to drink cerveza for a coupla weeks
catch you in february!

p.s. no one else from my house is leaving, so like don't even think about chiding me for announcing publicly that i won't be home!!

free tastings

Free Upcoming Tastings at Legacy Liquor Store in Vancouver

Thursday, 4 to 7 pm
Jan 12, 2012
The Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling is a dry, crisp, refreshing style of Riesling with beautiful fruit flavors, crisp acidity and an elegant finish. It offers beautiful ripe peach and apricot aromas with a clean finish.

Friday, 4 to 7 pm
Jan 13, 2012
A blend of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey and honey liqueur with a taste that is authentically Jack and naturally smooth. This superb new blend was crafted to satisfy consumers who embrace the brand's core values, but whose palates desire a different way to enjoy Jack's whiskey.
Saturday, 2 to 6 pm
Jan 14, 2012
We will be sampling the Gueze and Farrow.
Sunday, 12 to 3 pm
Jan 15, 2012
Legacy Liquor Store is a proud partner of the Canadian Professional Bartender's Association. Together we are presenting the CPB…

camra vancouver

anyone wanna run for secretary???

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2012 Camra Vancouver executive. If you are interested in getting involved, or know anyone who is, please email Amanda at

Here are the current nominees to date

President – Paddy Treavor
Vice President – Palle Hoffstein and Dieter Friesen
Secretary – no nominations
Treasurer – Rebecca Whyman
Membership – Matt Anderson
Corporate Liaison – Justin Prasad
Communications Director – Leah Poulton
Events Coordinator – Amanda Barry

tempest in a pint glass

oh oh!
controversy in the craft beer world!

a beer advocate thread on over-rated breweries gets some knickers in a twist

"hawksbeerfan" out of new york started it all with this post:
What brewery out there gets too much hype for what they bring to the table? My money goes to Dogfish Head. Their IPAs are solid but most of their "big" beers really aren't anything special and some are downright bad.

sam calagione responds:
It's pretty depressing to frequently visit this site and see the most negative threads among the most popular. This didn't happen much ten years ago when craft beer had something like a 3 percent market share. Flash forward to today, and true indie craft beer now has a still-tiny but growing marketshare of just over 5 percent. Yet so many folks that post here still spend their time knocking down breweries that dare to grow. It's like that old joke: "Nobody eats at that restaurant anymore, it's too crowded.” Except the "r…

50 book challenge

as i take down all my holiday decorations i am reminded that i haven't yet publicly admitted defeat on the 50 book challenge for 2011
i failed!  sob, gasp, sniffle
i only read 48 books in 2011

i kinda think i won too
i read 48 books in 2011
that's not too shabby, not at all
and three of them were beer books!

jury's still out on trying again in 2012
lemme get back to you on that after my vacation!
(meaning that if i read enough books on vacation to have put a dent into 50 for 2012, challenge on!  if i don't get around to reading on the beach, then screw it, i shall read purely for pleasure in 2012!)


48. George R.R. Martin - A Feast for Crows
47. George R.R. Martin – A Storm of Swords
46. Benjamin Hoff – The Te of Piglet
45. George R.R. Martin – A Clash of Kings

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. …

greg koch on health

greg koch of stone brewing weighs in on eating better
and what it means for your health and that of our planet
oh, and how it will help you get ahead in business

when good beer goes bad

not a philosophical discussion of the merits of beer
nope, just a guide to how to know your craft beer has gone off and what to do about it
its a shame when a good beer goes bad
but its a bigger shame when you don't know what to do about it!

bottle opener pendant

and again the beer wench finds a fabulous beer accessory
this time its a beer bottle opener pendant
too steep for me at $64, but fabulous nontheless!

legacy tastings

Free Upcoming Tastings:
Thursday, 4 to 7 pm
Jan 5, 2012
Come try the newest Wine in the Cupcake family - Prosecco! It offers a lively, fruity nose of peaches and nectarines which persist to the palate with soft, creamy citrus accents that finish with a gratifying burst.

Friday, 4 to 7 pm
Jan 6, 2012
Southern Comfort Lime has been infused with premium lime flavours and ingredients to deliver a delicious alternative to the traditional Southern Comfort flavour.
Saturday, 2 to 6 pm
Jan 7, 2012
SpierHead Winery and vineyard is situated along Spiers Road on the benchlands of south east Kelowna. Their focus is on premium quality wine, which is why they produce from grapes grown on their estate vineyard and Black Sage Road.
Sunday, 2 to 6 pm
Jan 8, 2012
Twice a year, Whistler releases a special collection of their best seasonal beers. This winter, they've released The Party Pack! …

dear friend

a friend forwarded this to me a couple of years ago
where it is originally from i have no idea and to be honest, i'm too lazy to try to find out!

Dear Alcohol,
First and foremost, let me tell you that I'm a huge fan of yours. As my friend, you always seem to be there when needed. The perfect gift, post-work cocktail, a beer at the game, and you're even around at the holidays (hidden inside chocolates as you warm us when we're stuck in the midst of endless family gatherings). However, lately I've been wondering about your intentions. While I want to believe that you have my best interests at heart, I feel that your influence has led to some unwise consequences:

1. Phone Calls:

While I agree with you that communication is important. I question the suggestion that any conversation after 2 a.m. can have much substance or necessity. Why would you make me call my exes? Especially when I know, for a fact, they DO NOT want to hear from me during the day, let alone all hour…

beer flan recipe

just in time for my mexico departure
here's a recipe for black ale mexican flan

good health

while its not actually beer-related, it is related to yer health, which you gotta keep on the good side in order to be able to drink beer... so i say it fits!
harvard changes the "food pyramid" into a plate of health
and does so without listening to u.s. lobbyists - dairy is not on the plate!!
check it out
i'll drink to that!


i leave for mexico in nine days' time
this is very exciting for me

i have not been finding much time to keep this blog current
hopefully after three weeks in the sun i will be recharged and return with new vigour to blog, blog, blog!

my goal for this year's trip is to find all the beers below and try them!
not just take a photo of them like i did last year!

beer labels

ten things that women enjoying beer feel should be on every beer label
i gotta say, except for the part about skipping the ibus, i totally agree!

the best beer in cans


ever wanted to travel to germany to check out the beer?
legacy liquor store has a seminar for you!

Monday, 7 to 8 PM Jan 9, 2012
TICKETS: $25/head 36 seats available.
This seminar, jointly hosted by our beer supervisor Christopher Bonnallie and Jonathan Doan (Project Coordinator for the Educational Travel Program at Langara College) will introduce the amazing cultural and historial points of interest of Germany, alongside a history of German beer making. Advice will be offered to people intrested in travelling to Germany and having a "German Beer Experience" while supplementing this with the odd non-beer-related site, as well as general travel advice. Reference will also be given to related foods traditionally eaten. Regions covered will include Bavaria, Rhineland region, and Berlin.

happy new year...

or happy apocalypse?!

elysian brings us the 12 beers of the apocalypse
beginning with these two brews:

In a year-long run-up to the end of all time (according to the Mayan calendar), Elysian Brewing Company and Fantagraphics Books, both of Seattle, are planning a series of twelve beers, issued on the 21st of each month in 2012 and featuring the label artwork of Charles Burns. Taken from Burns's weirdly apocalyptic work "Black Hole," the labels will adorn Elysian's "Twelve Beers of the Apocalypse," featuring the creativity and unusual ingredients for which its brewing team is known. What twelve beers would you brew (and drink) if you knew they would be your last?

First up in January is NIBIRU, named for the mysterious planet X supposedly on a collision course toward Earth. The Elysian / Fantagraphics Nibiru will be a Belgian-style Tripel flavored with an infusion of yerba maté. Combining the tasty esters of Belgian yeast and the compelling tea-like flavors o…