Showing posts from August, 2013

friday frivolity

happy friday!


after a little stout with fuggles cask at the yaletown brewpub tonight
followed by a good-bye party at st. augustine's
i will be off to portland for the long weekend!
crazily enough though, my excursion is not beer-related
nope, i'm going there to play soccer
beer will be consumed, both on the field and off
but it is not the goal of the trip
so who knows what i'll end up drinking!?

new belgium

just a couple of pics from last night's launch of new belgium in vancouver:

besides the fact that they tried to poison me by feeding me "vegetarian" pizza that in fact contained a whole lotta meat sausage under the cheese, it was good times

beerthirst brought in plenty of new belgium beers for us to quaff - i made it through three of the four flavours, but was too tipsy to have a fourth

the pluot was a fruity little beer - very refreshing for summer (and paired nicely with the sausage pizza, lord help me)
the heavenly feijoa was unpronounceable but a very nice belgian that paired well with the deep-fried spring rolls and prawns i was shovelling in my gob
the ranger ipa is one of my faves and did not disappoint as my final beer of the night

thanks beerthirst!

and totally unrelatedly, 21 reasons you should drink more beer

new belgium

lucky me!
this is where i'll be this evening:


hosted by beerthirst

where i will enjoy live music, canapes and 4 New Belgium beers on tap (Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Pluot and Heavenly Feijoa)

some days it is very good to be me!

beerthirst says this about the brewery:

New Belgium is a 100% employee owned brewery located in Fort Collins, Colorado. It was founded in 1991 after home brewer, Jeff Lebesch, took his passion commercially. As of 2010, New Belgium was the third-largest craft brewery and seventh-largest overall brewery in the United States. The company continues to flourish with CEO, Kim Jordan, and they've been recognized as one of Outside Magazine's Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal's Best Small Businesses.


i had my cbc photo shoot today!
they put me in make-up and curled my eyelashes
its hard being a girl!

i think the pics turned out well and i can't wait to see which one they choose for the website
(i hope its one with me holding a beer and smiling)

in the meantime here's a selfie so you can share the joy of me in make-up:

legacy liquor store

fun new beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Moon Under Water Brewery This Is Hefeweizen - $7.05

From across the Strait of Georgia, Moon Under Water holds to the classic stylings of a Hefeweizen with this phenomenal seasonal brew. Pouring a hazy amber with a fluffy head and aromas of earth, wheat and cloves, this beer shows more cloves and bananas on the palate with citrus bringing up the rear. A classic beer taken to the next level.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Bridge Brewing Hopilano IPA - $7.55

One of our favourite Nano breweries from the North Shore is back for more with their distinctly Pacific Northwest Hopilano IPA in tow. This gem of an India Pale Ale pours a cloudy amber orange with a distinctly floral- and citrus fruit-anchored nose. The palate matches the bouquet, with the citrus eventually winding down into a tropical fruit finish.

Chris Bonnallie | Beer Supervisor | Legacy Liquor Store

Driftwood Brewery Gose-uh - $6.95

A popular beer style from Leipzig, Germa…

i'm ba-ack!

i'm back from my amazing week in tofino

i spent an awful lot of time at tofino brewing filling my growlers with hoppin' cretin ipa and reign in blonde and tuff session
(and then drinking them)
on the way home we stopped overnight in victoria
we stayed at swans, drank at garrick's head pub (10 new taps!!)
where i had lighthouse 15th anniversary amber ale, elysian men's room red and driftwood fat tug

next morning we got growler fills at lighthouse (switchback) and driftwood (fat tug)
(such incredibly friendly staff at both places),
stopped in at spinnakers for a pint,
and came home in time for me to not be on cbc radio on tuesday
due to a mix-up it just didn't happen
i apologize if you tuned in and were disappointed
i was most disappointed not to talk extreme beers
silver-lining, i have my topic all ready for september 3rd

tuesday evening i attended camra vancouver's hops 101 class at steamworks
and got to try the brand spanking new parallel 49 crane kic…

link love

oh phew!  beer is still the #1 beverage in america!

camra vancouver checks out brewery touring with vancouver brewery tours

the sensory side of craft beer and food pairing
a visual guide by's julia herz

dogfish head shines a spotlight on its female brewers

how well do you know your malts?
the brewdog blog checks in with all of its brewers about their favourite malts

also from, an answer to the question on everyone's mind
why are ipas so popular?

brewers not following the bjcp style guidelines pissing you off?
it sure pisses lynn off
she's written a letter to the brewers association

friday frivolity



that's it, i'm off to tofino for a week!!
fun in the sun and sand!
and drinking lots of wonderful tofino brewing beers!
i have pre-blogged a few items, so it won't be a total ghost-town around here for the week though!

if you missed me on cbc radio last week talking about gluten-free beers
you can still catch the show by following the link and clicking on august 6
i'm on at the end, so if you want to just hear me, fast forward to the last 10 minutes

i'll be back on cbc radio on august 20th
this time talking about extreme beers
if you're in the vancouver area, tune in to on the coast with stephen quinn at 5:50 p.m.
690 am 88.1 fm

link love

powell street brewing to expand beyond its nano size
which would have been necessary even before they won beer of the year

camra craft beer calendar

review of dead frog's new seasonal
antidisestablishmentarianism amber ale
a beer to memorialize colin jack

want some help faking being a beer geek?
the la times provides four words that will make you sound knowledgeable about craft beer
dry-hopped, cask, mosaic and gueuze

public invited to help bc liquor laws get with the 20th century
(expecting the 21st may be a little too much)

and the province weighs in on the possible new liquor laws
"Buying locally brewed beer at a farmers' market? Sipping a glass of wine at the spa? Or enjoying lunch at your favourite pub with your teens?"
those all sound like reasonable changes to me

listen to paddy treavor on bc almanac oncbc radio last week

bacon and beer in sf on august 25th
enjoy them both along with the beer wench and a who's who of san francisco brewers and chefs

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Breakside Brewery - Liquid Sunshine Pilsner - $7.85

Just over the Columbia River is where you’ll find this Portland, Oregon brewery. This beer pours a pure gold with a thick head of foam. Wafting from the glass are aromas of grassy hops, cereal and earth, while on the palate a distinct German crispness is found. Crisp and delicious, this pilsner embodies the Pacific Northwest.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Mendocino Brewing - Talon Double IPA - $10.05

Brewed in Ukiah, California right next to the Russian River, this brewery has over 30 years’ experience under its belt. This Talon Series is clear and copper in colour with an aroma of grapefruit, pine, mango and malt, while on the palate toffee, malt, grapefruit and tropical fruit are found in exceptional balance. A tasty DIPA from this Californian brewery.

Chris Bonnallie | Beer Supervisor | Legacy Liquor Store

Green Flash Brewing - Friendship Brew - $11.95

A collaborati…


from the lovely folks at deschutes:

Ingredients: 1-12 oz bottle of Mirror Pond 6 oz fresh orange juice 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 Tbs soy sauce 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp chili powder 3 sprigs fresh cilantro 24 large prawns (deveined, peeled and clean) 1 Tbs olive oil 2 Tbs butter 1 tsp parsley, chopped Pinch of salt Pinch of black pepper Directions: Combine all ingredients for the marinade. Pour over prawns and refrigerate for 8 hours. Remove prawns from marinade and season lightly with salt and pepper. Preheat large saute pan on medium high. Add 1 Tbs olive oil to pan. Saute prawns until just done. Remove prawns from pan and toss with butter, parsley, and cilantro. Can be eaten alone or over pasta. Garnish with parsley and serve with a pint of Mirror Pond Pale Ale! (Serves 2-3)

beer column

my notes from tuesday's beer column on cbc radio's on the coast
topic:  gluten-free beers

A couple of weeks ago I answered a listener’s question about wheat-free beer. Today I'd like to take you a little further down that road and talk about gluten-free beers.
The four basic ingredients in beer are barley, water, hops and yeast. Barley has gluten in it, so all beers following the Bavarian purity law will have gluten in them. Wheat is present in beers when called for by the recipe, such as in wit beers and hefeweizens, or sometimes as an adjunct. If you have a wheat intolerance you’ll have to be careful to choose pure beers to avoid wheat. If you are gluten intolerant though, you will have to find a gluten-free beer.
Gluten is a protein complex found in wheat(including kamut and spelt), barley and rye. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where the surface of the small intestine that absorbs nutrients from food is damaged by gluten. It seems that more and more people…


confession time
i drank non-craft beer this past weekend
and so my friends felt compelled to take photos to commemorate this weird occasion

i find it quite amusing that me showing up with a non-craft beer in my hand causes so many of my friends (beer geeks and otherwise) such mirth

i like quality beer
i like tasty beer
but sometimes what i would prefer to drink isn't available and i just want to have a beer
you know?
so i did, and it wasn't that bad
i only had the one though...

i still have craft beer cred though, right?!?

(to put it all in context, i also painted my nails neon green and this caused as much photographing as the kokanee did)

on the coast

i'll be on the airwaves at 5:50 p.m. today talking about gluten-free beers
catch me on cbc radio one's on the coast
690 am and 88.1 on your fm dial

and... a piece of exciting (to me anyway) news... ta da!
cbc will be featuring their columnists on the main web page in the coming weeks
you'll be able to hear my segments on the website - yay!
and they are going to take my photo
with a professional photographer and everything
imma be legit!
(notes to self:  get haircut, practice non-cheesy smile, wear something nice for a change)

link love

happy holiday monday!

craft beer keeps on growing
and taking more of the beer market share!
life is short, drink good beer

a brief history of sour beer

an ode to the craft brewing scene in portland

dead frog

dead frog brewery does a major overhaul of its beers
jan zeschky calls it dead frog's second coming
i think its more like the third or fourth, but who's counting?

"Dead Frog is dead. Long live Dead Frog!"

i think we all knew it was just a matter of time before brewmaster tony dewald turned that place around
er, well, we hoped anyway!
and it sure looks like tony has succeeded where several other brewers before him did not
no more pepper lime, no more mandarin
no more anything except for the nut brown
(which i have a very soft spot for - it was the first bc craft beer i had that resonated with me enough to make me search out more local brews and end up here, your humble blogger and beer blatherer - and i may or may not have a dead frog inspired beer tattoo commemorating that life-changing a-ha moment)
no more clear glass sleemanesque bottles
its a whole new world!

i can't help rooting for dead frog
even when they went down so many misguided paths
there's just s…


new beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Southern Tier Brewing - IPA - $17.55 (6 Pack)
In Lakewood, New York, on the shores of Lake Ontario, resides the brew house of Southern Tier Brewing. This beer, simply named ‘IPA,’ pours a beautiful amber colour with a nose of citrus, pine and a touch of caramel from the intense yet balanced hop presence found both in its bouquet and on the palate. An outstanding beer.

Joel Wilson | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Shmaltz Brewing - Coney Island Albino Python - $7.45

Another brew from our friends on the far side of the continent, New York to be precise, this White Lager is brewed with ginger, fennel and orange peel (think Belgian Wit, but not at all). Cloudy and straw-coloured, with a one-two punch of ginger and zest, this crisp, light NY brew is a must.

Conor Marshall | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Gaffel K├Âlsch - $4.25

This classic German beer style is making a serious splash this summer. Clear and golden in colour with earthy yeast and slight…
oh hey!
happy pride, vancouver!


new belgium is sending me press releases
about beers that we can't get yet in british columbia
such a tease!
(oh, they're coming... sooner rather than later... but in the meantime, i drool)

New Belgium’s Newest Lips of Faith and Hop Kitchen Releases
Now Available in Select Markets
French Aramis, Yuzu Berliner Weisse and Coconut Curry Hefeweizen Salute the Onset of Fall Ft. Collins, Colo., July 31, 2013 –New Belgium Brewing offers up three new bold and beautiful beers available now through Fall with its Lips of Faith and Hop Kitchen portfolios. From the boundary-defying Lips of Faith series come two new selections: Yuzu Berliner Weisse and Coconut Curry Hefeweizen; French Aramis is the latest release in the Hop Kitchen line-up. Yuzu is an imperial Berliner Weisse ale with yuzu juice. Yuzu, a citrusy and bold fruit, is paired with sour Berliner Weiss to create this unique beer. It’s brewed with pale malt and wheat and acidified with Lacto Bacillus, delivering a light, dry mouthfee…

ipa day

happy ipa day!!

what is ipa day?
silly rabbit, its one of the best days of the year!

what's going on in vancouver?
pink pints is hosting a cask of four winds mango ipa at rogue on broadway from 6-9 p.m.
the donnelly group kicks off its 30 days of ipa
yaletown brewpub has its weekly cask night

what's going on in victoria?

if you need some guidance on choosing which fabulous bc ipa to drink, jan zeschky has you covered!

and finally, here's the ipa infographic that the beer wench had some friends of her create
(Gina Schuland and Rebecca Selkregg of Deschutes Brewery)