Saturday, June 30, 2012

beer geekery

at ska brewing

Friday, June 29, 2012


just before i leave for a long weekend in portland
(on the bolt bus!!)
lemme leave you with these lovely pics of bridget and i taking a sneak sip of our brew "ass penny stout"

its very young yet (just 10 days in the bottle), but it has potential!
needs more carbonation, needs some sweetness removed
and please beer gods, take away the banana flavour!

happy canada day!


damn busy days at work getting in the way of my blogging!
here's the rest of my seattle post (finally)

elysian capitol hill:

i was a little hungover from an accidental whisky episode on saturday night
(the accident was forgetting i was in america and a simple shot of whisky is never just a little shot of whisky - this one had to be six ounces at least...)
and just couldn't get my shit together to enjoy the pride parade and ensuing street party
so we got away from it all at elysian

its a great big room with high ceilings with open duct work and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the street
it was just what the doctor ordered
a pint of the space dust ipa
and some fish tacos fixed everything that ailed me!

the specialty beer menu:

and the regular menu:

and while in rome...
i brought home a few bottles too:


well there goes the rest of grupo modelo
being swallowed up by ab inbev

(good thing i stopped drinking their beers a while back...)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


got cancelled on last night
so rather than go home and do all the stuff i should have done with a free night
i went out drinking with bridget!

we started at bitter
where she had the flight of from left to right: lighthouse switchback, driftwood fat tug and alameda yellow wolf ipas
isn't it pretty?

there was another, boozey flight on offer as well

but i went for a glass of the elysian prometheus ipa
(still felt like i was in seattle, you know?)
it was a good decision
i like the prometheus!

from there we went to st. augustine's for the cask of storm's masala ipa
a lot like james' basil ipa, it was a pleaser!
not very carbonated, not overly spiced, it was just right

all in all a successful night of drinking
and i made it home in time to do a load of laundry!


i had a lovely weekend in seattle
a weekend is never long enough
so there wasn't a whole lot of beer tourism on my part
but i got in as much as i could!

pike brewing:
i was looking for breakfast at 11:00
but they just have a lunch and dinner menu
so i made do with a pretzel and xxxxx stout mustard, with a cup of their crab chowder
which were quite delightful - yay oyster crackers!
(deschutes' pretzel is better though...)

i started with the seasonal space needle ipa
pike beat out the competition to win the rights to brew the beer for the space needle's 50th anniversary
dry-hopped to heck, it features centennial, cascade, columbus, chinook and summit

shockingly enough for seattle the sun disappeared and it started to torentially downpour
what else to do but stay and have a few more beers??

next up, the imperial ipa
which at 8% is served in a 12oz pour

the space needle ipa is supposed to be golden, but i didn't really see a colour difference between it and the imperial ipa
both are hop monsters, the space needle coming out a little more floral and the imperial a little more citrusy

i then went backwards and had the regular ipa
i would love to tell you more about it
but frankly i was feeling my beers by that point and had kinda wrecked my palate
so let's just go with i was a happy camper!

meanwhile, back at the ranch, jack was drinking a gluten-free beer
poor sucker...
it was a tripel, so i just had me a little sip
you know what?  it wasn't half bad - for a belgian!

pike brewing is not somewhere i would suggest going if you're prone to headaches
there is just so much going on there
every surface is covered in beer-related paraphenalia
and it can get quite loud when its busy
(not to mention annoying children kicking their table legs...)

the decor all keeps to their red and black colour theme
so it is pleasing to the eye rather than a mish-mash
and gives you lots to look at/think about

i spent a lovely couple of hours at pike brewing
until the sun came back out and i moved on to other activities
which involved red hook ipa, boundary bay ipa and ninkasi total domination

Thursday, June 21, 2012

travelling pants

seattle this weekend!!
portland next weekend!!

that means 24 bombers of american craft beer can come home with me!!

cask night

softball is wreaking havoc on my cask night schedule
no cask this week for me
but last thursday i managed to get to the yaletown for the vanilla mint brown ale cask
not at all my thing - glad i had a sip of ryan's first!

i tried the current seasonal, an esb
very butterscotchy on the nose
so much so that i couldn't get past that to properly give the beer a chance
diacetyl doesn't float my boat, alas

good one

when you're on granville street and you ask what ipas they have and they tell you alexander keith's

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

moon under water

yay for moon under water adding veggie and celiac options to their new menu!!

NEW MENU AT MOON UNDER WATER! We've kept your favourites but added some tasty new ones - including more vegetarian and celiac friendly options. Take a sneak peek at the menu and make sure to stop by to try out something new: like our new and improved (vegan and wheat free) veggie burger or our new trio of homemade and delicious dips (perfect for sharing!)

link love

want to be r&b's new office manager?
check the craigslist ad and apply!

joe wiebe on central city's imperial ipa

abbey beer makes a comeback in england

grilled beer corn recipe

beer that has gone to the dogs

five things dogfish head wants you to know about aging beer

just another beer blog says shut up about craft beer being expensive

and lastly, ewwww, rogue to brew beer from beard yeast

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


i got snap'd at the #yvrbeertweetup at smiley's pub last month
check it out!

from the print version

from the website

the beer is bottled!

its true!
stop the presses!
we finally bottled our first batch of homebrew!

after doing almost everything either wrong or the hard way, our brew turned out quite well
a little bottle conditioning and it should be very drinkable
thank the beer gods!
we're calling it "ass penny stout" after the story matt told us when we put pennies into the boil to prevent boil-overs, and the fact that we just kept pulling stuff out of our asses to make this brew actually happen

its a pretty brew - dark as night

the bottles of ass penny stout

it took us all day saturday, but we got the bottles sterilized and sanitized, the bung out of the carboy, the dextrose into the beer and the beer from carboy into bottles and capped 'em.

cleanliness is next to godliness in beer-making
bridget puts a bottle in the pot to boil the bejesus out of it!

checking to make sure the bejesus has in fact been boiled out!

me, i was in charge of putting the sterilized bottles in sanitizer and pulling the labels off

jackie's job was to take over from the rest of us in the "how to get the bung out of the carboy" department
we tried crochet hooks, praying and a butter knife
jackie began with a coat hanger

that didn't work so she moved the carboy to the ground for leverage and used a pick tool that was just lying around with bridget's 800 screwdrivers
and it worked!
with the right tool a three week problem was solved in three seconds
we don't just love jackie for her good looks!

then it took an army of us to get a good siphon going
and get the dark as night beer into the darned bottles
assembly line of me on racking cane, lara on tube, bridget and jen on bottles and tasha on capping
only sprayed part of the kitchen with beer, only lost about a litre of the beer
and had a lotta laughs
("pull out, lara!  pull out!")

how else do you celebrate finally bottling your troublesome brew?
with a northcoast grand cru of course
the champagne beer!

and how to you reward the rest of the crew for helping out when they thought they were just coming over for a bbq?
with a huge bottle of anchor's christmas beer of course
(especially delicious in vancouver in juneuary)

Monday, June 18, 2012

hop tragedy

the freshly transplanted (yet again) hops are not doing very well
one bine is dead
the other has seen perkier days...

at least the rest of the plants seem to be happy in their new home

beer and bacon cupcakes

apparently the best combination since peanut butter and chocolate
(but not on this vegetarian's list of things to bake)
beer and bacon cupcake recipe

(it says that its a "skinny" recipe, so i suppose putting bacon on top won't actually kill you...)

Friday, June 15, 2012


things are getting interesting over at elysian
this is what they posted on facebook today:

Time for a game of CLUE. Or CSI. Not sure, but the July Apocalypse beer just got more interesting.

and this month's beer of the apocalypse:

bolt bus

this should make it a whole lot easier to get from vancouver to portland for some yummy craft beer
bolt bus vancouver-seattle-portland

or to seattle, where i am headed next weekend
don't know how many breweries i will be able to hit as its just a quick trip...
but imma do my best to get in as much craft beer as possible
both into my belly and into the car to bring home with me!

b.c.'s ale trail

local joe wiebe's take on navigating b.c.'s ale trail
a run-down of b.c.'s newest breweries and what it takes to open one

and he's got two books in the works:
Craft Beer Revolution: An Insider's Guide to BC Breweries (Douglas & McIntyre, Spring 2013)

Tales from Brewery Creek (Anvil Press, Fall 2013)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

hop pickle

beer infused pickles?
with hops?
i'm in!!!

dogfish head collaborates with pickle company


okay, ball was fun last night
i'm just a lazy ass for wishing it had been rained out...
and if we didn't have our finals tournament on july 21st, you know that i'd be hopping on a ferry over to victoria to attend hopoxia

It's back!! Our 2nd annual BC Celebration of Hops is going down in our back lot on July 21st from 3pm-7pm. It's a beer tasting festival that proudly lends its weight to the hoppier side of the scale. This year is sure to be bitter and better than ever with the following brewers descending on our back lot armed with their favourite hop-infused brews:
  • Hoyne Brewing Co.
  • Driftwood Brewing Co.
  • Canoe Club Brewpub
  • Vancouver Island Brewing Co.
  • Moon Under Water Brewpub
  • Lighthouse Brewing Co.
  • Spinnakers Brewpub
  • Salt Spring Island Brewing Co.
  • Tofino Brewing Co.
  • Wolf Brewing Co.
  • Whistler Brewing Co.
  • Howe Sound Brewing Co.
  • Central City Brewing Co.
  • Granville Island Brewing Co.
  • Tree Brewing Co.
  • Coal Harbour Brewing Co.
  • Russell Brewing Co.
And of course Phillips!

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Phillips Brewery (2010 Government St. in Victoria), or online at (NO service fees).

*They include your first 2 tasters with additional tasters available for purchase at $1.50/each.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

rain out - part three

i don't wanna play ball tonight
no excuse this time
(no cask i can't live without trying...)
just not feeling it
but the weather, while far from delightful, does not look like it is bad enough to call games
i feel like its still winter
no motivation at all these days

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

rain out - part 2

the finger crossing worked
my softball game got rained out last thursday
however... i wasn't specific enough with the universe in my wishing
i ended up having to work some overtime
which meant i missed out on the basil esb cask at the yaletown afterall

i rescued my lousy evening by heading off to the alibi room for some tofino brewing spruce tip ipa cask and dave varga's taylor's crossing is dead ipa, and quality time with my personal viking
i tell ya, everyone needs to get themselves a personal viking - they rock!!

i found the spruce tip ipa cask a bit thin
maybe it aged a little too long?  or too little?
i dunno, i just recall the one at hoppapalooza being the nectar of the gods and this one wasn't quite there

tofino brewing spruce tip ipa cask
dave varga's taylor's crossing is dead, long live taylor's crossing ipa was delightful
too bad taylor's crossing is dead and this brew isn't going to be a regular one

taylor's crossing is dead ipa
i rounded out my evening with gary's imperial ipa and vern's imperial ipa
i mean, why not?
strong beers that evoke my strong approval!

yard work

the poor beleagured hops we're growing in bridget's back yard got moved again!
these poor little troopers have been moved three times now
(rhizomes culled from an east van garden, planted at bridget's by the fence a week before the neighbours tell her they're going to put in a new fence, moved to the garden patch where they spent a year before being moved to their current home in the new raised bed)

the hops had a hard time growing last year - crappy soil, not enough sun
so a major work party happened this weekend to fix that situation!

woo hoo, i got to drill!
we built a raised garden bed and filled it with 2 yards of stinky soil
(i used power tools!! bridget and the viking did the heavy work)

the garden frame
filled to the brim with stinky soil
the hops in their new home
and what did we drink while doing all this yard work?
central city ipa and pale ale
it does a body good!

what did we drink after doing all the yard work and resting on our laurels?

brooklyn's local 1
smoky beer ryan brought back from paris
third beer of the apocalypse that i brought
back from portland