Showing posts from April, 2012

brew day

i finally brewed my own beer yesterday!

with my intrepid friends bridget and amanda (and coaching from the one and only matt anderson) we boiled water like champions!

we brewed a stout based on this recipe, called bitch's brew:

i got all the ingredients from dan's homebrew shop, bridget got all the equipment from broadway brewing, and away we went

we overlooked getting a grain bag, so i made one out of cheesecloth
handy, aren't i?

the grain bag held up to the job, the pennies saved us from a boil-over, and all went well on the inaugural brew!

now we just have to wait two weeks to see how we did on our first try...

happy birthday

happy birthday to me
happy birthday to me
happy birthday dear myself
happy birthday to me!

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bottle cap art


i posted a photo of the beerbulance before
but had no idea about the story behind it!
thanks laughing squid, and minerva and giselle for for forwarding it to me at what was practically the same instant as each other
its like my friends know i like beer or something...

green flash

new green flash and founders collaboration brew!

Green Flash has done it again! We have teamed up with another World Class Brewery, Founders Brewing Co. to produce a new collaboration, Linchpin IPA! Join the Green Flash team in the Tasting Room on Tuesday, May 1st for a special Release Party!

“There’s a lot going on in this beer with two yeast strains, copious amounts of wheat malt, and a big focus on ‘C’ hops to deliver a citrus explosion,” explains Green Flash Brewmaster, Chuck Silva. “In fact we lined up more than a dozen hop varieties in the brewery to select three hops with the biggest citrus character to dry hop the beer.

“This golden beer pours with beautiful, frothy white beer foam that lasts due to bottle conditioning. Gently rousing the yeast that settles in the bottle will result in a fuller texture and a more cloudy white appearance. The citrus aromas that jump from the glass are largely tangerine up front with other types of citrus notes that mingle with the Belgian yeast es…

redhook update

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kits cask carouse

the camra vancouver kits cask carouse on sunday was chock-ful of good beer and good times!
and it only mostly kicked my ass!

the carouse was divided up into two groups, hitting pubs in a scissoring order
i was one of the fearless leaders of group b
b for beer
b for best

stop one:  darby's pub
yay for bright and cheerful and wifi!  wonderfully attentive service
(and the new summer food menu looks ah-mazing!)
talk:  paddy treavor of camra vancouver talked about... camra
verdict:  interesting and informative and got us several new members!

cask:  lighthouse switchback ipa
verdict:  as tasty as outta the keg or bottle - pretty carbonated for a cask though!

carnivore food:  wimpy burger with roasted garlic polenta fries veggie food:  vegetarian wimpy burger with roasted garlic polenta fries
verdict:  delicious and perfectly sized!

stop two:  displace hashery
lousy cell reception and no wifi, but pleasant surroundings and attentive service

talk:  brent of r&b brewing spoke about cask al…


sad news from red hook today
one of their employees was killed when a keg exploded
a very sad day for red hook and all craft beer drinkers

more coverage of the story

official statement from red hook

link love

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tuesday night at the railway club the cask was central city's dry-hopped esb stout
it was so delightful i had too many of them!

thursday night at the yaletown brewpub the cask was their nagila pale ale "straight up"
it was alright
i thought it had a bit of an aftertaste...

summer brews

what's coming out this summer?
lots of delicious local beers!

note to self

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:
1. Give up your need to always be right. There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?”Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?
2. Give up your need fo…

100 mile diet

the 100 mile diet means something a little different in ontario
here in southern british columbia, we can easily live off what's around us, especially in terms of beer ingredients
no such luck in onterrible!

draft lines


ramping up to vancouver craft beer week!
just one month away
some tix still available, but get 'em soon


so, apparently kickstarter is for reals!
and breweries are using it to raise funds
thanks for doing my research for me!

12 beers of the apocalypse

next instalment is due for release:

top 50 u.s. craft breweries

according to these are the brewer's association top 50 breweries in the u.s. of a. in 2011:

Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies
(Based on 2011 beer sales volume)

RankBrewing CompanyCityState1Boston Beer Co.BostonMA2Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.ChicoCA3New Belgium Brewing Co.Fort CollinsCO4The Gambrinus CompanySan AntonioTX5Deschutes BreweryBendOR6Matt Brewing Co.UticaNY7Bell's Brewery, Inc.GalesburgMI8Harpoon BreweryBostonMA9Lagunitas Brewing Co.PetalumaCA10Boulevard Brewing Co.Kansas CityMO11Stone Brewing CompanyEscondidoCA12Dogfish Head Craft BreweryMiltonDE13Brooklyn BreweryBrooklynNY14Alaskan Brewing & Bottling Co.JuneauAK15Long Trail Brewing Co.BurlingtonVT16Shipyard Brewing Co.PortlandME17Abita Brewing Co.Abita SpringsLA18Great Lakes Brewing Co.ClevelandOH19New Glarus Brewing Co.New GlarusWI20Full Sail Brewing Co.Hood RiverOR21Summit Brewing Co.St. PaulMN22Anchor Brewing Co.San FranciscoCA23Firestone Walker Brewing Co.Paso RoblesCA24Sweetwater Brewing Co.AtlantaGA…

kits cask carouse

i'm leading a group for the camra kits cask carouse - join me wontcha?!?
four stops
four casks
food, food, food!

Displace Hashery
BeerR&B Raspberry IPA
Food Pairing – TBA
Guest Speaker – Duncan Stewart on ‘Cask beer 101′

Darby’s Pub
BeerLighthouse Switchback IPA
Food Pairing - Wimpy Burger (Fraser Valley beef patty, with lettuce, tomato, crispy onions, mustard & mayo on a brioche bun) with roasted garlic polenta fries, or Vegetarian Wimpy Burger with roasted garlic polenta fries.
Guest Speaker – Paddy Treavor, CAMRA Vancouver President

The Bimini
BeerParallel 49 Imperial Wit
Food Pairing – Slow-roasted pork tacos with smoked pepper hot sauce, pickled vegetables & avocado mash. Served with a side of roasted corn & potato salad. The vegetarian option will replace pork for squash and asparagus.
Guest Speaker – Mike Tod of Parallel 49 on ‘Laws surrounding opening a brewery and the challenges’

Sunset Grill Tap House & Whiskey Bar
BeerRed Truck French Oaked Strong Ale


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and everyone drinks craft beer!

cask night

the cask last night at the yaletown was cory's trojan horseradish ipa
you gotta like horseradish if you're gonna get through this one!
me, i like it so it went down just fine!
and kudos to cory for making this experiment work

the seasonal at yaletown is now the framboise a sour little number!  delicious! get some before its gone and speaking of sour, there's still some ould bruin on tap as well


i am thoroughly exhausted
and cranky!

stayed up last night to buy tickets to hoppapalooza
(the went on sale at midnight and were guaranteed to sell out before the morning)
only to have the vcbw ticketing site crash repeatedly
i kept trying for half an hour and then gave in and went to sleep

lucky for me one of my friends kindly stayed awake and kept on trucking until she got me my ticket
yay friends!

boo! on the ticketing people though
and vcbw for releasing tix at midnight in the first place
that was just mean
and now i'm tired and cranky and wondering if any of it was worth it

and wah, wah, wah, first world problems

vancouver craft beer week

tickets go on sale at midnight tonight!
here's a sneak preview of the events


i must still be recovering from my whirlwind tour of craft beer portland!
been back for a couple of days, but still haven't caught up on sleep or found time to upload photos
forgive me?

in the meantime, here's some link love for ya:

custom wood beer pong table

brewdog ipa is dead lives

paddy's open file story on craft beer in vancouver restaurants

opening soon in vancouver - beer and sausage in chinatown

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hoppy easter!

cool glassware


session beers

the session beer project at

i like the efficiency of high-test beers
but for the summer, on a sunny patio?  session is the way to my beer heart!