Showing posts from August, 2012

tasting night

the cask at the yaletown brewpub last night was cocoa ipa
it was a bitter little beer to swallow
so of course i loved it!
a bit sedimenty with cocoa at the bottom, but what do you expect from a cask?

i also ventured to bitter for their sour flight
for $18 i got to try three sour beers

the upright 4 is not really a sour beer if you ask me
it is just a slightly sour saison, you know?
so, not my favourite...

the jolly pumpkin grand cru - luciernaga the firefly
was starting to get sour
still, i can see why it calls itself a belgian pale ale
tasty for sure but not quite sour enough for me
would i have it again?  sure!

the verhaghe vichte duchesse de bourgoyne was sour
not mouth puckeringly so, but enough that it pleased my sourpuss tastebuds
iain hill described it to me before i had tried it as balsamic vinegar
and he was right!  totally got that flavour from it
my favourite of the three and one i would happy have again

beer chase

this is a whole lot of awesome!!!
the carlton beer chase on youtube

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Phillips Electric Unicorn White Ale
The latest limited release from Phillips come to us in the form of this great white ale. Be sure to get your hands on this foral scented refreshing wheat ale before we run out, cause it will go fast.
Steamworks Frambozen This ruby red fruit beer is inspired by the centuries old Belgian tradition of brewing beer with raspberries, this high gravity brew undergoes a slow second fermentation with tonnes of fresh whole Fraser Valley raspberries. Delirium Tremens Respect the pink elephants adorning the bottle you will be rewarded with a chorus of the best Belgian Strong Pale Ale ingredients singing together in glorious harmony. A fantastic beer brought to us by Brouwerij Huyghe.


the vancouver sun and province are all over craft beer these days
so many articles, so little time...

currently, they want you to know the brewers behind the beers you'll be drinking this labour day long weekend


on the heels of their anniversary pandamoneum ipa brew, phillips is back with a fairy tale ipa

August 30th 2012: In appreciation of International Laser Month we are proud to follow up a giant lazer-eyed mutant Panda with this mono-horned electrically charged laser beast. But while both creatures can sizzle atoms with a glance, the Electric Unicorn White IPA is very different animal than its larger more destructive cousin.

This beer is a white IPA that treads delicately on the palate. Brewed with a generous portion of wheat, the bold hops of the West combine with corriander and a mystical yeast inspired from the East--from Belgium to be specific--to produce a taste that's well balanced and loaded with plenty of Belgian-fruit character. Ditch reality and take this India pale fairy tale for a ride.

If you want your story to end hoppily-ever-after, be sure to grab your Electric Unicorn IPA quick because it's only available for a limited time at finer craft beer stores.


the cask last night at the railway club was central city's very berry white
and very berry it was
the first few sips were all sweet raspberry
as i got further into it though the wheat started to assert itself

definitely a fruit lover's beer!
i enjoyed one, but it isn't my preferred style so i moved on to fat tug for my second course

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what goes into lighthouse's switchback ipa?
jan zeschky asks the brewer, dean mcleod

tree brewing is going pink for breast cancer
now packaging their beach blonde lager in pink cans

are shrinkwrap labels on beer cans actually green?
women enjoying beer wants you, and brewers, to step up to using sustainable beer packaging

and last, but probably the most fun, sam adams beer hoisting contest
how long can you hold a beer stein full of beer?

international arms race

it would appear that the yanks beat out the scots on the first (british) leg of the international arms race zero ibu ipa-off between flying dog and brew dog
(i say apparently because i have only seen the flying dog version thus far... and knowing these two breweries, there may be a contradictory story coming from brew dog any minute now!)

geography of american craft beer

i would love to see what the geography of craft beer is in canada
but to whet your appetite, here is the geography of craft beer in america


all i can say is "you're welcome"!
beer cupcake recipe:  dark beer chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel frosting
(this recipe has been reprinted on several blogs and beer websites, but i think the link above is to the original recipe... if not, i apologize profusely)

1 cup flavorful dark beer– I used Rogue Mocha Porter but Lagunitas Cappucino Stout and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (hometown love!) are also faves. Ask your favorite beer geek for a recommendation.
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
3/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Combine the beer and butter in a large sauce pan and heat to melt.
Remove from heat; whisk in the cocoa, sugar, and espresso.
In a bowl, whisk the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla, then whisk into the beer mixture.
Sift together the flour and baking soda, and fold into the batter.
Pour into cupcake pan (you can…

wedding beer

pride beer
wedding beer
yay - so many people are now making a statement with craft beer!
it warms the cockles of me heart, it does

vancouver sun

it is a sunny day in vancouver
but the vancouver sun i'm referring to is the newspaper, which currently has two articles about craft beer online:

the insatiable taste for craft brews article quotes lundy dale and iain hill

and the longer version of the article names names of lots of local drinking holes and breweries like crannog, tap and barrel, r&b, parallel 49, the alibi room, central city, all the soon-to-be-opened new vancouver establishments and goes into nano-breweries like bridge brewing

labour day

summer is almost over
labour day approacheth

me, i'm going out of town for the long weekend
but if you're sticking around vancouver there are lots of fun things to do to end your summer on a high note
one of which is the gastown bbq and chili festival
there is lots of good beer to be had in gastown!

beer geekery


beer geekery



and the next collaboration beer coming at ya:
phillips and great lakes

August 24th: The Great Canadian Beer Festival is ready to descend upon Victoria once again, and this time around two breweries are using the annual beer celebration as an excuse to have a little collaborative fun.
Victoria-based Phillips Brewing Co. and Great Lakes Brewery from Toronto are teaming up to brew a special one-off beer at the Phillips facility the week of the Festival. It's a project reflective of the unique collaborative spirit of the craft brewing industry, as well as an excuse for old friends to get together for a brew. David Bieman of Great Lakes Brewing cut his teeth in the craft beer industry at Phillips once upon a time, and in the minds of these brewers the opportunity to reunite old friends in the pursuit of creating great beer is as good an excuse as any to participate in the project.

For the time being both breweries are keeping the specifics of their collaborative beer under a tight lid,…

the beer mile

i want to run a beer mile!
who wants to make it a competition (or an exhibition)??
maybe a relay?
only caveat is that it has to be good beer
i know we'll be chugging it, but that's still no excuse to drink inferior beer

on the coast

looks like my first beer column for cbc radio's on the coast will be september 4th
tune in at 5:40 p.m. and hear me wax poetic about craft beer
let's hope i'm interesting, articulate and informative
if not, at least you can laugh, right?!
either way, it'll be beer geek entertainment

cask etc.

tonight's cask at the yaletown brewpub is the brick and beam ipa with citra
this is an awesome beer and i'm sad i'll be missing it
(not sad that i'll be at the pne with olp though!)

i did very much enjoy the cask at the railway club on tuesday night
it was r&b's dry-hopped esb
very nicely balanced
and hopped up like i like 'em!!


the great canadian beer festival is coming up!!
and i have tickets to both days - yay!

click here for the list of beers i will be trying - yes, all of them!
well, okay, probably not all of them...

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sustainable uses for spent grain
(besides ryan's amazing spent grain ipa bread!)

a pint of beer is every woman's right
yup, more on women and beer
but this one from the uk guardian is right on!

campaign for culture wants to bring happy hour to vancouver
and that's a movement i could get behind!

and lastly, a top 8 canadian microbreweries list that i disagree with
but what can you expect with an article that starts out saying
"Kokanee, Canadian, Sleeman’s, and Alexander Keith’s (all great beers)..."
and thinks that granville island and okanagan springs count as microbreweries?

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy in vancouver:

Alameda El Torero IPA
Bursting with floral and orange flavors, El Torero is a bullfighter among Northwest IPAs. This beer won't step out of your way. It wants you to enjoy it.
Red Bull Strong Beer 7.1% This isn't affiliated with the classic energy drink we all know...This is Red Bull Strong Beer, developed in Eastern US and ready for drinking!
Staropramen Our latest Czech import. In every glass of Staropramen lies the free spirit of Prague. Within this city of lovable sins, Staropramen will inspire to savour your zest for life amongst your friends. and: free european beer tasting on sunday from 2:00 - 6:00

best beers in america

we're down to the last couple of days to nominate american bars for's best beer bars in america list

7 deadly sins

need an excuse for being sinful?
apparently the seven deadly sins are actually good for you
bring on the sloth, greed and general debauchery!


spent all day sunday vending at a craft fair
(didn't make much money, but the people watching was pretty good)
so what's a girl to do after being so virtuous?
go for a beer (or three) of course!

i'm talking about the alameda yellow wolves of thailand people
go have it!
gingery and melony
and oh so hoppy!
definitely yellow in colour
i could have gone for a little more basil in it
but so, so good!

currently available on tap at st. augustine's
and i believe it is on the list at portland craft for the #yvrtweetup on wednesday

beer geekery


beer geekery



its a hot and sunny summer friday afternoon
why am i in an office?
i should be on a patio sweating alongside my glass of craft beer!

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women and beer

blah blah blah
women and beer
blah blah blah

yes, women are an untapped beer market
but if you keep pandering to what you think they want rather than asking, you're likely to keep that market untapped

enough with the stupid articles about women and beer cocktails, women and low-calorie beers, women and fruity pink beers
dammit, as many men drink those things as women
and very soon just as many women as men will be drinking all the beautiful craft beers out there because they are tasty and good quality... and rarely advertise misogynistically

plus, hops are wonderful creatures, especially for women
i think more and more women are going to drink beer, realize it makes them feel good
and go back for more!

in the meantime
can we all just drink beer (quality beer!) without making it about the binary gender stereotypes?


i think i am losing my ability to appreciate spice in my old age
i used to be able to pour on the hot sauce
but lately...
lately i'm finding all the chili beers i drink to be too spicy
they hurt my throat
drinking them is just not enjoyable

the exception remains rogue's chipotle ale
that one i can drink a whole pint of
more if i'm sick

tuesday night at the railway club the cask was central city's red chili white ale
i had a taster of it
and it hurt my throat
the flavour was lovely, but i couldn't get past the throat burn to have more than a couple of sips

same thing happened when i was in portland at burnside brewing
they had two spicy ales on the menu
i tried them both in my sampler
(and they do warn you that they contain the hottest pepper known to man)
they smelled divine, but i couldn't get past a sip
instant throat ache
instant disappointment

is it me?
or are people putting too much spice in the beer?
is it so wrong that i want just a hint of chili in my b…

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers:

Alameda Black Bear XX Stout
A surprisingly light-bodied stout with hints of chocolate and coffee. Despite being the same color as the dark side of the moon, this beer has a subtle and intricate mouth feel. The Black Bear XX Stout has won two medals at the Great American Beer Festival.
Phillips Brewing Pandamonium The 11th Hour Anniversary Ale Even the Mayan prophesy couldn't predict the Hopquake Beerageddon about to be unleashed from this bottle. 11% for 11 years of Brewing.
Bad Attitude Hobo IPA It's a beer that's been made for thirsty people, to be drank without too much thinking, to be enjoyed while strolling down the streets on warm evenings.

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alibi room

oh alibi room!
why do you have so many more beers than i can drink in a night?

i began with a cask last night
central city's red racer dry-hopped with simcoe
and it was fantastic
could have been a little more carbonated
but otherwise a stellar ipa!

next up i decided to double my hops pleasure
with the lost coast limited release double trouble ipa
and holy hops batman, was it ever a citrusy bitter little number

why i didn't just have small pours of the above two, i don't know
but there were still too many beers i wanted to try on the menu that i had to go with a frat bat!

from left to right:
conrad's marris otter cascade hopped session ale
tofino hop cretin ipa
tariq's wrath of khan ipa
red truck cherry lemonade cask

loved the first three, did not at all care for the cherry lemonade
at 3.8% i can see drinking the session ale on a summer patio for hours!
and the other two?  gosh darnit, i love me an ipa
colour me happy!

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phillips anniversary

now this is a beer i must try!!

August 13th 2012: A year ago we celebrated 10 years of brewing with a 10% Double IPA, and this year there was only one way to follow it up: Turn it up to 11!

So we dialed up the malt and hops across the board, and are celebrating 11 years of beers with Pandamonium--a double IPA monster. Brewed to 11%, we loaded hops into the pre-boil, and then added more hops every 11 minutes over a 111 minute boil for a grand total of 11 hop additions (plus a dry hop).

Hopquakes like this don't come around very often and we only turn 11 once, so enjoy this brewtiful beast while you can! Pandamonium 11th Hour IPA is available for a limited time at finer craft-focused liquor stores.

beer geekery


beer geekery


cask night

tuesday's cask at the railway club was r&b hoppelganger dry-hopped with cascade
and it was a thing of beauty and a joy to imbibe!
such wonderful hoppy goodness!

thursday's cask at the yaletown brewpub was their stout all dry-hopped up
and it too was a thing of beauty and a joy to imbibe!
not too stouty for a hot summer's day because it was hopped up like crazy!
and it made for a lovely black and tan with the brick and beam ipa

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy liquor store:

Coal Harbour Brewing Black Sunshine Blackberry Weizen Refreshment exploding on your tongue like the rays from the summer sun. True taste: Refermented with blackberries for a subtle tart fruit flavour.
Granville Island Limited Release Ginger Beer
Spiced with the blog flavour of hawaiian ginger. This sessionable ale combines water, malt, hops and yeast. Big kahuna ginger creates a refreshing taste with a spicy kick.
Urthel Hop-It Special Blond Through the use of large quantities of aroma hops, the hoppy character and bitterness of Urthel Hop-it are unequaled. Hops, water, malts, hops, sugar and yeast.

there is also a free tasting on saturday:
2:00 to 6:00 PM Aug 11, 2012

flying dog vs brewdog

an international arms race
flying dog of usa vs brewdog of scotland

flying dog's version of the story

brewdog's version of the story


you know its finally summer in vancouver when you've got a tan and you're too busy soaking up the rays to update your beer blog!
never fear though, i have still been drinking craft beer - lord help me if i'm ever too busy to be doing that

the electrical storm that we had on tuesday evening paired very nicely with the deschutes inversion ipa that i was drinking...

anyway, in real news, the cbc has chosen its beer columnist for the new beer segment that will be debuting in september as part of "on the coast" on cbc radio
and it's me!!!
every other tuesday at approximately 5:40 p.m. all bc residents can tune in to hear me wax poetic on the fabulousness of craft beer
and the rest of the world can catch it later on the cbc website
i'm very excited!

beer geekery


beer geekery


beer geekery



#IPADay celebrations at portland craft last night were fun!
i love ipa!

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy in vancouver:

Gigantic Brewing Company The City Never Sleeps Imperial Black Saison A new brewery coming out of Portland, Oregon. Belgian yeast, light roastyness, bakers chocolate, smoke. Something...different? Nickel Brook Gluten Free
This gluten free beverage has the flavour that any beer lover will enjoy. Discover for yourself the satisfying and thirst quenching flavour of Ontarios first beer alternative.

R&B Brewing G'Ale Golden Ale Made in collaboration with Vancouver Pride, this Golden Ale is easy drinking and refreshing! Grab a case for the weekend - while supplies last. i had the g'ale on tuesday at the launch held at legacy i'm not the biggest golden ale fan but its a really drinkable beer and barry (the b in r and b) said that they were going for a beer that lager drinkers and more adventurous palates alike could enjoy i think they succeeded and its an easy-drinking summer beer - kinda perfect for pride! my story on the g'ale w…

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more #ipaday fun!

happy #ipaday!

happy #IPADay everyone!

in honour of the day
(well, before i am allowed to start drinking delicious ipas anyway)
i bring you some ipa myth-busting

then, in real celebration of the day
i will be at portland craft in vancouver to savour india pale ale
on for sure for tonight:

Alameda El Torero IPA
Alameda American Rye IPA
Hopworks Organic IPA
there may be more depending on whether any kegs run dry in time to replace them with ipa

tap and barrel

tap and barrel in olympic village in vancouver is not officially open yet
but they have been soft-opening for over a week now
which is kinda cool - you get to tell them what you think of everything and the servers are all very willing to go and find out the answers to all of your questions
and believe me, i asked a whole lotta questions!

tap and barrel features all local bc products
food, beer and wine
the beer and the wine are on tap
yes, you read that correctly - wine on tap!

peanut butter and bacon jelly make several appearances on the current menu
apparently they believe that peanut butter is a great way to show off locally sourced food
why not?

i began with the pretzel, because i love a pretzel
normally only served with one sauce (your choice of mustard, beer & cheese or pb and bacon jelly)
i got them to give me a second sauce because i need cheese and mustard to properly enjoy a pretzel
the beer and cheese sauce is amazing!  the mustard is mustardy... together they are a power…

tacofino commissary

so many craft beer serving establishments opening in vancouver this summer! and being the galivanting around town type that i am, i have tried to hit them all well, okay the ones i get told about anyway
last thursday was opening night for tacofino commissary an actual restaurant to go with the two food trucks they already have in town its a delightful space on hastings street, just west of nanaimo street a long narrow room with communal long tables and an incredible light fixture of glowing white balls connected by copper wiring... with live plants growing out of it tacofino was my third stop on thursday night, so i wasn't hungry
i did get to try a bite of my friend's banana churros though - savoury banana churro coated in sugar, served with banana sriracha ice cream

the rest of the menu looks delightful featuring such gems as cauliflower with serrano chiles, turmeric, crispy rice and spicy fish sauce poke tostada with albacore tuna, soy, sesame, wakame and beer h…


i have tried pretzels at every place that i come across that sells them
the best by far at the ones at deschutes in portland
and here is the recipe of how to make their pretzels and the cheese and mustard sauce they serve with them
you are very, very welcome!

HOW DO THEY MAKE THAT PRETZEL & CHEESE DIP? Brewery Pretzel Ingredients 1 oz Yeast 2 Tbs Sugar 2 1/2 Cups Inversion IPA 2 Tbs Soft Butter 1 Tbs Salt 2 lb 4 oz Hi Gluten Flour Directions Combine yeast, sugar and beer until proofed Mix all ingredients with dough hook in mixer Place in oiled container and let double in size (about an hour)Cut into 16 equal piecesRoll into balls, cover with plastic and let sit until relaxedRoll each ball into a rope about 4 feet long, twist into shape and place on a tray in the fridge or freezerGet a large pot of water to boil (add a few Tbs. baking soda)When pretzels have risen a little but are fairly firm, boil them for 1 minute each and put onto an oiled baking sheet then egg wash and salt themBak…

deschutes seasonals

flavours of the season from deschutes:

BLACK BUTTE XXIV Our 24th Anniversary Release is back in black with a couple of new additions this year including fresh Daglet dates and Mission figs. You'll still get flavors of dark chocolate and Bourbon roasty goodness but after one'll be hooked. Grab a few bottles for aging and one for now! Cheers to 24 years of Deschutes beers! RESERVE SERIES 11.0% ABV | 55 IBU's Availability: Now in 22-oz bottles and draft in limited quantities THE DISSIDENT Pucker up, sour's time for the return of our favorite Flanders-style brown ale. As our only bottled wild yeast beer, we use fresh tart pie cherries from Oregon and Brettanomyces to give this beer unique flavors and aromas that will have you singing, "Wild Thing" by The Troggs. Snag a bottle while they last and savor the sour! RESERVE SERIES ~10.5% ABV | ~30 IBU's Availability: Very limited in 22-oz bottles beginning mid-September
HOP TRIP Each year at the …