Showing posts from 2013

on the coast

i'll be on cbc radio one's on the coast with matthew lazin-ryder this afternoon
sometime after 5:30 but before my usual 5:50 timeslot
talking about christmas beers

legacy liquor store

it's not too late to get those last minute beer gifts!

new and tasty at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Big Rock Cuvee Bru Druivenbier - $13.85

A delightful and intriguing union of barley and grapes, pinot gris courtesy of Therapy Vineyards from Naramata, takes place in the resurrection of this esoteric beer. Golden in colour with notes of grain, biscuit and grapes in its aroma, while a palate of grapes, caramel, and bread all work together for a simple and enjoyable beer. Get your hands on this one of a kind beer from Big Rocks Alchemist series!

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Driftwood Old Cellar Dweller - $13.55

It’s that time of year again; when big robust beers full of character brave the winter cold to warm us up from head to toe. Mahogany and ruby in colour, this particular barleywine has a huge nose of molasses, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, tobacco and a warming alcohol. All of these aromas translate beautifully in the mouth with an absurd smoothness at this ABV (…

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fill out the brewed awakening beer poll - have your voice heard!

too late for this year, but it's never too early to start on next year's: instructions on how to make your own beer advent calendar

and how to make a beer menorah's (a travel website) 7 reasons it's a great time to be a beer lover

more british columbia liquor law changes approved

wondering what to do with all those empties?  wonder no more!

p.s. i'll be on cbc radio's on the coast a little early tomorrow
rather than my usual 5:50 spot, i'll be on with mathew layzin-ryder around 5:35ish

on the coast

if you missed me on cbc's on the coast last week talking about gifts for the beer lover on your holiday list, don't fret!
you can still catch the show by clicking the link and choosing december 10
if you just want to hear me, fast forward to about 10 minutes before the end

i'll be back on the air next tuesday (christmas eve) at 5:50 p.m.
when i'll tell stephen quinn what i think santa would prefer that you left out for him

legacy liquor store

new and delicious beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Ommegang Take the Black Stout - $11.25

Now this is a stout that even the brothers at Castle Black can call their own. As dark as the abyss itself, this beer is darker than the fates of those that venture beyond the wall. Roasted dark malts, smoky oak and Belgian yeast own the nose of this beer while the palate is all about chocolate, mocha and warming alcohol. This medium bodied beer is rich, delicious and perfect for these cold months. Remember, winter is coming.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Burnside Thundarr the Bavarian Imperial Wheat Ale - $7.55

Don’t let the fact it’s a wheat ale turn you away; this imperial beer can hold its own amongst the dark beers that dominate the season. German through and through, boasting a hazy golden appearance and an aroma dominated by banana, clove and citrus and a flavour profile that is all about that German hustle, specifically orange peel, lemon peel, coriander, banana and clo…

booze at farmers' markets

looks like camra bc's dream to have beer available at farmers' markets will become a reality.

from camra vancouver president, adam chatburn:
Premier Clark today announced that Farmers Markets will be permitted to sell locally produced craft beer and wine, something that CAMRA BC has been advocating all year. This is a tremendous step forward for BC and shows that the liquor review has listened to the people. I would like to express my gratitude to the hundreds of people who joined in our Farmers Market campaign and signed letters, this is your victory and a victory for a common sense approach to alcohol sales. Let's hope we see more positive changes like this in the new year!"

View the full press release: Liquor changes plant seed for tourism, economic growth.
from camra powell river president, paddy treavor

beer gifts for the holiday season

also known as my notes from yesterday's beer column
on cbc radio's on the coast with stephen quinn

gifts for the beer lover: The holiday season is in full swing. Are you done your shopping yet? Is there still a beer lover or two on your list? Never fear, here are some gift ideas for the beer lovers in your life.
It's too late now to get the beer advent calendars from Craft Beer Importers, featuring 10 Canadian beers, 13 American beers and 1 Mexican beer.  That one is available in early November and usually sells out within days of its arrival in stores, even with a price tag of $130. However, new this year is Phillips' Snowcase - featuring 24 different beers from Phillips, including regular offerings, seasonals and barrel-aged beers and a more modest price tag of $60 - and there may still be a few available around town at government liquor stores. The beer advent calendar is a gift you have to plan ahead for. Luckily, there are plenty of other gifts for the beer l…

on the coast

i'll be on cbc radio one at 5:50 today
on the coast with stephen quinn
talking about what i think you should gift to the beer lover on your list

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i could have told you this
but now that cnbc says it, maybe restauranteurs will listen
bigger beer menus boost restaurant sales

main street pub crawl

twelve local christmas beers

beermebc survey results

four winds saison brett wins coveted five pints award from jan zeschky's beer style finder
find out which styles you may not have tried that you'll probably fall in love with

legacy liquor store

new beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

New Belgium Accumulation White IPA - $17.55

Winter has settled in, and with all this cold weather come the winter beers. This New Belgium beauty is pale blonde in colour with a big hop bomb of a nose, with predominantly grapefruit, pine and other citrus fruits backing it up. Much like the nose, the palate is all about the hop, with grapefruit, pine, citrus and just a touch of sweet malt pulling through on the finish. Grab this Colorado brew and cuddle up next to the fireplace when it’s too cold to venture out.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

R&B Brewing Auld-Nick - $7.80

From our friends located in the historic Brewery Creek district comes a significantly darker shade of beer that will warm you up all the same. A stunning shade of mahogany bursting with aromas of banana bread and buttery caramel that pull through on the palate accompanied by bitter licorice, molasses and dark fruit. A medium body and a lingering finish wrap t…

beer pairing dinners

i love a beer pairing dinner!
(okay, i pretty much always love it when someone else cooks and there's beer!)

i went to cork & fin's beer pairing dinner last wednesday night
featuring six courses of delicious food
and six wonderful brews (including a cask) from moon under water

i got to tap the cask!
my first-ever cask tapping!  and i didn't even fuck it up!
course one:

SEAFOOD SCOTCH EGG Caviar, Micro Greens, Saffron Oil ‘Pots Pils Unfiltered’ Pilsner

course two:

SALMON ‘PASTRAMI’ European Style Sausage, House Mustard, Pickles, Rye Bread ‘Tranquility’ India Pale Ale

course three:

SAVOURY DOUGHNUT Pork Belly, Crackling, Sauce Mornay ‘The Victorious’ Weizenbock

course four:

PANKO FRIED OYSTERS Local Oysters, Frites, Stout Tartar Sauce C & F – Moon Oyster Stout

course five:

POT PIE Oxtail, Braised Vegetables, Puff Pastry Single Moon Batch Red Wheat Wine Ale ‘Year 1’

course six:

STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING Dunkel Sabayon ‘Creepy Uncle’ Dunkel

cbc food bank show

this is the final tally for the goods local beer folks donated to my incentive prize packs for the cbc food bank fundraiser - on today!
i'll be on the air at 5:50 to give these puppies away:

three gift baskets
and one extra special beer


2 Dead Frog Brewing beer glasses
1 Storm Brewing beer glass 1 Storm Brewing growler
1 Storm Brewing tshirt (size men’s medium)
1 Ninkasi Brewing hat (grey)
1 Ninkasi Brewing tshirt (size men’s large)
1 Viti Wine and Lager tote bag
6 650ml beers:
- Driftwood The Heretic (local malt tripel)
- Driftwood Fat Tug (india pale ale)
- Driftwood Son of the Morning (strong golden ale)
- Parallel 49 Russian Imperial Stout
- Dead Frog Commander (imperial stout)
- Dead Frog Antidisestablishmentarianism (amber ale)

2 Dead Frog Brewing beer glasses 1 Storm Brewing beer glass
1 Bomber Brewing growler
1 Parallel 49 beer sign
1 Ninkasi Brewing hoodie (size men’s medium)
1 Ninkasi Brewing tshirt (size women’s large)
1 Viti Wine and Lager tote bag
6 650ml beers:
- Driftwood Fat …

cbc food bank fundraiser

i will be joining in on the cbc food bank fundraiser on friday
and i will be providing some incentive gifts for people who pledge
so far i have the following donations:

camra vancouver:
camra boston round
camra tshirt

steamworks branded beer glass
bomber of beer (blitzen)

bomber brewing:
2 bomber growlers

storm brewing:
2 storm branded beer glasses
storm tshirt
storm growler

parallel 49 brewing
4 bombers of beer (braggot, toques of hazard, sahti claws, russian imperial stout)
p49 bar sign

on the coast

if you missed me on cbc's on the coast last week talking about how to host a beer and cheese party this season, you can still catch the show
click the link and choose november 26
if you just want to hear me, fast forward to about 10 minutes before the end

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best holiday beer news ever!

what paddy treavor thinks will come to pass with new liquor laws
and part II of his musings

what barley mowat thinks of liquor sales in grocery stores
global's story on it
and vancitybuzz's story

interesting theory on why beer after running is such a good idea

and some actual science on drinking beer after a run


fabulous beers now available at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Le Trou du Diable Shawinigan Handshake - $10.05

A reflection of the sharp sense of humour held by our former premier, Jean Chrétien, and a comical event in Canadian political history, this rich, hazy gold Quebecois beer boasts aromas of orchard fruit, Belgian yeast and a sprinkling of malt. Orchard fruits pull through on the palate too in combination with grassy, citrusy hops (Chinook to be specific) with a dry spruce finish. This tasty brew is perfect for any political science geek or beer lover.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Kellerbier - $3.70

A classic German style beer from the heart of Germany, Munich, this naturtrüb (naturally cloudy) beer has all sorts of sweet grains and earthy hops on the nose, aromas that follow through on the palate with grains and earthy hops playing primary roles together with an almost bread-like characteristic. This classic German Kellerbier hits the nail …

beer column

here are my notes from yesterday's beer column on cbc radio one's on the coast

As we near the end of November, you may be planning a holiday party. Would you like to make it stand out? How about having a beer and cheese party?  It's pretty easy to make your party the talk of the season! Beer and cheese go together like chocolate and peanut butter! If you have ever hosted a wine and cheese party, putting together a beer and cheese party is just as straight-forward. I know wine lovers will hate me for saying so, but beer is actually a better pairing for cheese than wine is! The hops in beer, along with the carbonation, cleanse the palate between bites so you can enjoy the full flavour profile of each different food you nibble on. Also both beer and cheese have a similar origin, grass. Barley is a cereal grass used in making beer and milk is a by-product of a cow eating grass. As a result, beer and cheese complement each other by sharing some common characteristics in bot…

on the coast

i'll be on cbc radio one at 5:50 today
chatting with stephen quinn on his award-winning show on the coast
about beer and cheese pairing
and why that's the theme you should choose for your holiday party this year
(if you're hosting one - and why you should hope to get an invite to one if you're not!)
88.1 fm in vancouver

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beer and travel

the tyee on craft beer alliances

walmart looking to double their liquor sales
am i the only one who thinks walmart is the evil empire and will think less of any craft breweries who agree to sell their products there?

upcycling at its best - turning a beer can into a camp stove

new zealand cancels two beer festivals, starts up another

what's new at the port of vancouver?  apparently it's craft beer
but the princeton pub may be cutting its nose off to spite its face over the whole thing

brewdog loves dieu du ciel!

women who brew

some love for no-longer nano bridge brewing

beer tasting

i have been preparing all week for a beer tasting that goes at 4:30 today
(wish me luck!)
my office is holding it as a kick-off to the annual united way fundraising campaign
and i gotta say, when planning a beer tasting, it's great to have minions!
all i had to do for the tasting was pick the beers and do a presentation about them
benton brothers did all the cheese and charcuterie pairings for me, the committee ordered the beer, the tables, the food and sent out the invitations
leaving me to focus on the beers and coming up with tasting notes and information about each

i am doing a very basic guided tasting of five beers, paired with cheese and charcuterie
followed by a self-led tasting (with provided tasting notes) rounding out the evening

for the guided tasting i am aiming to do a basic introduction to beer styles
the method of tasting beer (appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel)
and the basics of pairing food with these beers
i have chosen to go with five basic beer styles: lager,…

legacy liquor store

just when i had gotten my beer stash down to a manageable level
(thank you bottle-share friends!!)
they come out with the dry-hopped saison dupont cuvée
(and you know if i go in to buy just that, i will leave with a full basket)
my life is hard

newly stocked fabulous beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping (1.5L) - $31.35
The gold standard for Saisons just stepped up their game with a dry hopped cuvée for 2013. Hazy gold in colour with superior head retention and defining aromas of pepper, orange rind and a bit of Belgian funk, on the palate of this brew can be found a near perfect marriage of rustic earth and Belgian funk, highlighted with distinct citrus rind (lemon and orange), floral notes and a touch of bready malt. This is what a textbook saison should taste like when the dial is cranked up to 10.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Sound Brewery Ursus Spelæus- $11.15

Take a short 241km drive down to Poulsbo, Washington and you’ll find a lit…

beer column

in case you missed me talking about the calories in beer
and its relative health benefits
on last weeks' beer column on cbc radio one's on the coast with stephen quinn
you can still catch it!  fear not!
click on the link, go to november 12th and fast forward until 10 minutes from the end

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new and exciting beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

#BitterAllies Urban Legend IPA - $7.45

This collaboration brew from those clever minds at Granville Island Brewery and Joey (yes, the restaurant) is definitely no urban legend. Brewed beneath the Granville Street Bridge in the light of the Cascadian moon, this robust India Pale Ale is all about the hop with zingy citrus notes on both the nose and the palate. Northwest hops and a long, lingering finish make this limited release one worth investigating.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

New Belgium Lips of Faith Series Le Terroir - $11.75

Barrel-aged for two to three years (depending on where you’re getting your information) followed by a generous dry hopping, this brew pours a beautiful shade of amber in the glass with sweet malt, hops, oak and sour notes coming together to provide everything you could ever want in a bouquet. As for the palate, all those aromas pull through and make their presence known to create a beer o…

beer column

my notes from yesterday's beer column on cbc radio one's on the coast
where i chatted about beer bellies and nutritional value of beer with stephen quinn

Local craft brewers love to put a list of ingredients on the bottle as evdence that they're making quality products - - but what you won't find on the bottle is a calorie count.
This topic came up during an off the air conversation Stephen Quinn and I had a little while ago.  Through his extensive research this fall tasting some of the new craft brews out there he noticed that his pants appeared to be growing tighter, which caused him to wonder how many calories are in those delicious craft beers anyway.
The internet is full of medical articles about both the health benefits and health detriments of beer. A couple of articles that were getting a lot of attention, and I mentioned in a previous beer column, were a University of Wisconson study that found that Guinness really IS good for you - it "may work as well as …

on the coast

i'll be on cbc radio one's on the coast with stephen quinn this afternoon at 5:50 p.m.
we'll be talking about the nutritional value of beer
and why you see so many so-called 'beer bellies' around - is beer really to blame?

stout day

happy international stout day!

i am not sure yet how i will be celebrating
i'm in onterrible
do they even brew a good stout here?

beer me bc survey

fill out the survey, wontcha?

legacy liquor store

new and fabulous at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Southern Tier Brewing Live Pale Ale - $18.35
From the beloved Southern Tier Brewing Company in New York comes an exceptional bottle-conditioned pale ale. Deep yellow in colour, with a touch of haze for mystery, this beer is all about citrus on the nose. A hop-forward profile featuring the likes of orange, grapefruit and lemon all work together to rocket you into absolute bliss, while a crisp finish and lighter body make this brew easily quaffable and one worth revisiting again and again.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Jolly Pumpkin La Roja - $15.05

This American Wild Ale is brought to you by the state of Michigan and the creative minds of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. This barrel-aged beauty is brewed in the Flanders tradition and pours a murky amber in colour with all sorts of things going on in the aroma including subtle oak, spice, floral and of course sour notes. In addition to notes of red grape, these sour characteristi…


ooooh, it's that time of year again!
from deschutes:

The Abyss is heading your way...
We wanted to give you all a heads up to let you know that The Abyss 2013 launch is set for November 14th at our pubs in Bend and Portland. From 11 am 'til close, enjoy samples, snifters and special food menu items made with this dark and delicious beer. Take home bottles and swag for yourself and your craft beer loving friends and enjoy vertical flights from previous years to compare to the 2013 version.

Don't live in Bend or Portland? Be on the lookout for The Abyss at your local grocery stores, liquor stores, bottle shops, pubs and bars that carry Deschutes Brewery's specialty beers all year round. A limited amount will be shipping out to all 23 states in our distribution footprint from our brewery warehouse the week of November 18th. Please ask for it at your favorite craft beer locations and watering holes and if you are having a hard time locating this beer, try using our beer fin…

on the coast

in case you missed last week's beer column on homebrewing on cbc radio one's on the coast with stephen quinn, you can just click and navigate yourself to the october 29th episode
fast forward to the end, and i'm on right after the arcade fire musical interlude

new in beer

- vancouver island brewing:

OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Nov. 23rd 1pm - 4pm
We will be hosting an open house - tasting event for Hermannator Ice Bock and Dough Head Gingerbread Ale on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 1pm - 4pm. This is a great opportunity to come down for a sample and go on a free craft brewery tour of our facility.
- phillips brewing:

November 4th, 2013 - Voting is now open for the 2013 Benefit Brew!

We're brewing a beer for a cause but we need you to tell us who.  Have your voice heard by voting for your charity of choice with the click of a mouse. You can vote once per day per computer, over at right up until November 16th. Tune back in on November 18th to find out who the winner is!

Regardless of how the voting turns out, every charity participating in the vote will receive a $500 donation.

- newly stocked at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Phillips Brewing Snowcase - $75.25

A collection of Victoria’s finest craft beer from Phillips Brewing in one snappy looking a…