Showing posts from May, 2012

post-run beers

i've always said a beer after a run, especially a long gruelling one, is a brilliantly refreshing way to go!

runners world breaks down a few post-run beers and why they're good for you

aged beers

the food and wine snobs have discovered aged beers
it had to happen eventually...
but how much is this going to drive the prices up?
best just have everyone brew more!

food and wine on aged beers

cask night

back to my regularly scheduled beer drinking schedule!

last night's cask offering at the railway club was central city's jasmine green tea ipa
amazing nose (can i get that in a perfume?)
the jasmine was subtle and refreshing, i didn't get the green tea, but others said they did
either way, it was a delicious brew
i'd say summer patio, but think the alcohol content is too high to make it sensibly sessionable!
(but since when am i sensible?!)

gawd, but it was a pretty beer!


this week's yelp is all about beer in vancouver:

Beer-ly beloved, we are gathered here to honour the union of parched lips and everyone's favourite patio pleaser. Be it pilsner or stout, lager or ale, this Weekly vows to bond Vancouverites with ice-cold suds.

Offering 300 brews on rotation and a "dizzyingly diverse beer menu," Alibi Room holds Jordan Y's heart. "There's something for every taste; it's the place to bring that friend who professes to hate beer just so you can blow his/her mind." Meanwhile, Malloreigh M proclaims, "St Augustine's has a selection of microbrews on tap that's unrivaled." Their pint-priced, four-beer taster "allows customers to quell a bit of that overwhelmed feeling that comes from reading a double-sided, tightly-packed beer menu." We're foaming at the options! L James V prefers to tap into Six Acres for his fix: "The beer is vast, varied, unique, and sometimes very rare… they frequ…


vcbw, quickly in a few facebook photos:

stadium beer

oh, if only the stadiums in vancouver would catch on to the craft beer wave!
i know you can get stanley park amber at rogers arena
but there's pretty much only bud, bud or bud at b.c. place
if you want me to pay $8 or more for a beer, it had better be a good one

huffington post on american baseball stadiums serving craft beer


and just like that, vancouver craft beer week is over
i think my liver is happy
and possibly my neglected family
but i'm going to miss it

i know i'm lucky that we have such a vibrant craft beer community in vancouver
and there are events every day of the week that i can go to
but there's just something about a craft beer festival that amps it all up several notches
(perhaps even to 11)

must i pick just one?
no, i cannot possibly do that

highlight of ticketed events - has to be hoppapalooza again this year
always a good time, nigel just keeps sourcing more fabulous brews for this event
and capping the number of tickets sold meant many disappointed people, but for those of us lucky enough to get tickets, it was nice to move freely about the space and be served quickly
oh the beers!
i cannot say enough about the casks and kegs of ambrosia that we imbibed!
41 of them i tried, forty-one
fingers crossed that my luck will hold out and i'll be one of the chosen peo…

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i'm outta here!
off to vancouver craft beer week launch!
i'll be pouring at the roundhouse tonight
and then partaking in many events all weekend long
you might not hear from me for awhile...

cask night

last night's cask at the yaletown brewpub was cory's vanilla brown ale with a hint of mint
think winter ale
think chocolate mint
but just a hint
not overwhelming, it was very pleasing
i had two...


add this to the long list of beer stuff i am currently coveting
a guiness qr code pint glass

freshly brewed

the next elysian beer of the apocalypse:

driftwood's naughty hildegard:


more vcbw news articles
(vancouver craft beer week launches tomorrow!!!)

vancouver sun article

metro article

which events still have tickets available??  check here

where will beerthirst be this week?   schedule here

cask night

the cask at the railway club last night was a central city raspberry stout
it was really nicely balanced
and made me very, very happy
(so did the sunny warm vancouver day!)


more adverts for the rapidly approaching vancouver craft beer week:

yaletown brew pub vcbw fresh sheet

like and dislike

i do love me a beergarita on a hot day
but this is not one that i will be trying on for size!

i NEED this tshirt
not because i properly judge beer (that just sounds like too much work)
but because who doesn't need another beer tshirt?
and it would go with everything!

vcbw - musically speaking

beer goes well with pretty much everything
including music
rick green provides the run-down on musical vcbw events

happy mother's day!


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beers about town

my softball schedule is wreaking havoc on making it to my usual cask nights
but i'm still getting out there when i can!

last night's cask at the yaletown brewpub was an unadulterated brick and beam ipa
after a hectic day at work lemme tell ya, that stuff went down very easily!

beernesday (a special off-season edition) this week offered me these delicious brews:

pint of klickitat pale ale
pint of el torero organic ipa
pint of brooklyn sorachi ace
sampler of vancouver island brewing beachcomber summer ale
sampler of whistler brewing paradise valley grapefruit ale
sampler of paddock wood 606 india pale ale
sampler of elysian brewing the wise esb

mother's day

important notice:

green flash

i really like green flash's news release infographic-like ads for their beers

BIG News for Rayon Vert!
Thursday May 10th Inspired by pre-war Belgium beers, Rayon Vert is the most complex beer we have ever created and, it's the first year round bottle-conditioned Brattanomyces beer available in the U.S.
In March, we debuted Rayon Vert 12 oz. bottles nationwide and it has quickly become a Green Flash fan favorite. And now, we're very excited to announce that our colossal Belgian Pale Ale will be available in 22 oz. bottles nationwide! Check out the Where to Buy store locator on our website to grab a 22-ounce Rayon Vert at a store near you!

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brew dog swag

i got my brewdog shareholder swag in the mail on monday!
poster and window decal and sticker and pencil and pin and fridge magnet and bottle opener key chain!

racking the homebrew

bridget and i racked the bitch's brew on monday night
i was very apprehensive (okay, downright scared) about the siphoning process
what if air gets in?
what if we infect the beer?
what if our siphoning skills suck?
scary man!

i think all went well...
beer is out of the fermenting bucket and into a carbuoy

sanitize, sanitize, sanitize:

siphon like you know what you're doing:

lots of sludge (or trub) at the bottom of the fermenting bucket:

i think our brew is a lovely colour:
carbuoy cover to keep out the indirect sunlight:
fingers crossed we did everything right and will have a drinkable beer in a couple of weeks!

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north carolina

New Belgium Brewing Thanks for everyone's thoughts on the recent vote on Amendment 1 regarding gay marriage in North Carolina. While that vote in no way reflects the values and ethos of New Belgium Brewing, (we happily extend benefits to same-sex partners), we are not reconsidering building a second facility in Asheville. It has been our experience that the best way to effect change is to work within a system rather than to turn away from it.


pizza and beer
a match made in frat boy heaven...
give it an update with pizza cupcakes!

seattle beer week

need to warm up a little for the insanity that is vancouver craft beer week?
head down to seattle first!
seattle beer week, may 10 to 20

thirstysisters at PIKE BREWING NW women in beer, Seattle Beer Week May 15, 2012 - 5 to 8 p.m. Seattle Beer Week, May 10 - May 20, is a 10-day long celebration of local craft beer at venues throughout the Seattle area. On May 15, Pike is proud to host the first annual thirstysistersSeattle Beer Week event: Northwest Women in Craft Beer. We hope you will join us for a taste of locally brewed beers and the chance to meet some of the most influential ladies affecting the local craft beer industry today. thirstysisters is an extraordinary event focused on women involved in the craft beer industry in the Pacific Northwest. Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Where: Museum Room, Pike Brewing Company Time: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $20 includes 5 tasting tickets (additional tickets 6 for $10) RSVP:Tara 206-812-6604 Tickets:Br…

hooker's green?

Hooker's Green at the New Oxford - Now Open

If you follow the newly fabricated winding raw metal staircase down from the library at the New Oxford, you will be greeted by the dimly lit games area of the newest addition to the Donnelly Group Public Houses, Hooker's Green.

Not to be mistaken with ladies of the night, Hooker¹s Green takes its name from a unique shade of green, created by 18th century botanical artist William J. Hooker.

The space is complimented by a large covered patio, a massive wooden bar, its own library and of course a well-stocked and stimulating cocktail and beer menu.

Open seven days a week from 4pm, Hooker's Green offers a menu of locally sourced modern pub fare and a selection of 14 rotating craft beers on tap.

For more info please visit us at

Hooker's Green
1141 Hamilton Street
p. 604.669.4848
Sun – Thur: 4:00pm – 1:00am

howe sound

from howe sound brewing's facebook page
(no idea about original source...)


i went all the way to victoria this weekend
but had no time to visit any breweries
or english, irish or scottish pubs

all my time was taken up by a lovely wedding and reception
congratulations chris and joshua!

i did, however, manage to quaff a bottle of phillips hop circle ipa at the reception
and a few draft lighthouse beacon ipas at the after-party
go me!

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