Showing posts from March, 2014

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it has been a good two days of beer-related acquisition for me!

yesterday one of my bc craft beer news fans brought me back a pair of maui brewing glasses from hawaii:

and today two books arrived from raincoast press for me to read and review prior to their publishing dates:

anyone wanna gift me with something awesome tomorrow??

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mark it in your calendars:
whistler village beer festival 2014

mike's craft beer on serving sizes

upcoming beer fest in hamilton on
alas, i will miss it by a mere ten days...

joe wiebe's piece on victoria's first craft beer week

iain hill's new brewery has a name
but they need help choosing a logo

boundary bay brewing is expanding

a new hop is coming! from the breeders of citra and mosaic, two of my faves!!
this is better than christmas!

friday frivolity

have a great weekend!
i'm off to the washington cask festival in seattle tomorrow!

bc economy

i saw this graphic on facebook:

and had to click through to the story behind it to make sure it was at least somewhat credible before i posted it!

so let's put more money into beer!
i'm happy to do my share!

legacy liquor store

new beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Pyramid Brewing Co. IPL - $6.25

The marriage of Pacific Northwest IPA and lager is one to be cherished, especially one by Pyramid Brewing Co. Hopped with Nugget and Chinook and followed by a dry hopping of Amarillo, Centennial and Sterling, Pyramid IPL is a combination of citrusy hop flavours and the cool, crisp finish of a lager. This brew has summer written all over it.

Joel Wilson | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Four Winds Brewing Co. Juxtapose Brett IPA - $7.55

Four Winds just keeps hitting home runs, and Juxtapose proves no different than those beers that came before it. This Brett IPA has a hazy orange hue and a big tropical nose featuring citrus, pine, bready malts and of course that wonderful barnyard brettanomyces funk, while more tropical fruit, citrus and pine make themselves known on the palate. Well balanced with a lingering finish, this is a beaut of a beer.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Microbrasserie Le Trou du Di…

beer column

here are my notes from yesterday's beer column on cbc radio one's on the coast
talking about gmos in beer with mathew lazin-ryder:

Let's begin this post-St. Patrick’s Day column with a mention of green beer. I am a fan of beer; good beer, quality beer.If you could make your beer green in colour without taking away from the quality of the beer, then I would be all for it.To the best of my knowledge though, the green beer on offer around Vancouver is courtesy of green food colouring.  As a card carrying beer geek I'm not down with that! Which leads me to what else shouldn’t be in beer - such as genetically modified organisms. Beer has four ingredients, water, yeast, hops and barley.Of those four, water is not a substance that can be genetically altered, so it’s fine.Hops and barley are currently not on a risk list, so they are not likely to contain GMOs.Yeast, however, is on the high risk list.Adjuncts like corn and honey are on the high risk list, with rice and wheat on t…

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wine tasting room etiquette
which translates pretty exactly into beer tasting room etiquette

beer tripping - planning a beer vacation

trails and ales in vancouver, washington on march 26th

old yale brewery changes hands

decoding flavour

bellingham to get two new breweries this year

the most expensive beer on earth
collaboration brewed by tenaya creek and brewdog

an anti-craft beer article in the drinks business takes aim at beer labels

did-we-really-vote-for-him pm harper names the two beers he would have sent to the president if canada had (gasp!) lost at olympic hockey

friday frivolity

for no good reason at all, except that it's st. patrick's day weekend coming up:

legacy liquor store

freshly stocked beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Central City Brewers Thor’s Hammer - $15.75

In Old Norse Mythology Thor and his hammer Mjölnir represented thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees and anything else manly you can think of. Central City has managed to capture this idea, brew it and bottle it. Cloudy and copper in colour with a nose of caramelized malt, cereal and a touch of alcohol. Caramelized malt is the star on the palate alongside a big full body and of course more warming alcohol. A legendary brew good enough for any Norse god, Skâl!

Joel Wilson | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

New Belgium Brewing Co. Rampant Imperial IPA - $8.15

We love the hop and our craving for it drives us to search for some serious brews, thankfully New Belgium has answered our call with their Rampant Imperial IPA. A beautiful light straw colour when its in the glass, this brew pumps out aromas of resinous pine, citrus, spice and a little floral bouquet of hop. On the palate more pine pops…

alibi room 500

not gonna lie to you, my head was hurtin' this mornin'
the alibi 500 knocked the stuffin' outta me!

here we are enjoying a glass of iain hill's oud bruin
the nail in the coffin of my feeling good this morning!

can i even remember what all i tried last night?
nope, but i did write it all down on my 500th beer list, which i inconveniently left at home
highlights include: four winds radler, lighthouse numbskull and brassneck / parallel 49 collaboration cereal killer
i really wanted the new belgium lips of faith terroir, but it wasn't cold enough to serve yesterday
i am debating whether my poor head can survive a return trip for it...



When enjoying champagne, Bill Murray says:

I like to drink it in a big pint glass with ice. I fill it with ice and I pour the champagne in it, because champagne can never be too cold. And the problem people have with champagne is they drink it and they crash with it, because the sugar content is so high and you get really dehydrated. But if you can get the ice in it, you can drink it supremely cold and at the same time you’re getting the melting ice, so it’s like a hydration level, and you can stay at this great level for a whole weekend. You don’t want to crash. You want to keep that buzz, that bling, that smile.

Then he likes to say a prayer and drink to world peace.

[and the rest of his wisdom can be found on]

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following on my naming a brewery bit for cbc radio, read about how ben coli came up with the name for his brewery and what it means to him in this first part of nine in scout magazine about opening up his own belgian-inspired brewery

23 american beers to try before you die

20 belgian beers to try before you die

the ultimate top five list - the top 5 beers in the world

brewdog takes all the angst out of deciding which beer to drink tonight
provided of course it's brewdog beer you're craving

video of beer pairings for st. paddy's day

interactive chart helps you pick your next beer
(and note in the comments how many people hate pumpkin ales!) is calling all west virginians to lobby the gov't

7 craft beer professionals named james beard award semi-finalists

gigantic ben love video - innovative and tasty beer

yeast van is hopping

bc craft beer industry is hopping

legacy liquor store

newly arrived at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Brasserie Le Trou Du Diable Le Sang D’Encre - $9.45

An epic label for an epic stout from Quebec, this particular brew is jet black in the glass with prominent roasted malt, anise and dried fruit on the nose. Coffee, chocolate and more dried fruits (raisins and dates specifically) accompanied by some slight herbal hop show up on the palate, making this medium-bodied, dry-finishing stout a real hit.

Joel Wilson | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Nøgne Ø Tiger Tripel - $10.65

From the cold shores of Norway Nøgne Ø delivers a Tripel with a bit of Scottish inspiration. Golden brown in colour with rich ripe notes of stone fruit (peach and apricot) and a blend of spices such as nutmeg, pepper and anise on the nose. More stone fruit presents itself on the palate with even more spices like cinnamon, clove and a bit of paprika. Deceptively drinkable and just plain delicious, I say well played, Nøgne Ø.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

The Br…

bc liquor laws

breaking news in the bc liquor laws department
(it's been quite the busy day here on the beer blog!)

from the gov't itself

from vancity buzz

from camra vancouver president adam chatburn

bc craft beer news

the beer newspaper that i am proud to have a regular column in
(sorry grammar police inside my head - make that: in which i am proud to have a regular column)
just got blogged about as an example of a niche newspaper
here to stay, or going down with the rest of the printed materials ship?

bc beer news' editor's post about it is here

anita webster's post is here

and for those of you who haven't yet read my brilliant bar reviews, why not download them now?
four editions so far, the next to come out later this month


oooh, look at me!
i made it to the cbc website - on the community page!

Craft breweries have much to consider in selecting a name On the Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman looks at how craft beer makers name their beersBy On the Coast, CBC NewsPosted: Mar 05, 2014 6:11 PM ETLast Updated: Mar 05, 2014 6:11 PM ET
Craft breweries have much to consider in selecting a name 7:07 ► When it comes to buying beer, how much of your decision is based on the name of the beer, or the brewery? Of course, what's in the bottle is far more important than the label on the outside, but what should a beer name tell you about what you're drinking? These are competitive times in the craft beer business and branding is a big part of nabbing a piece of the growing market.

On the Coast's beer columnist Rebecca Whyman, a member of Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), says breweries are often named after the proprietors. The name has to be catchy, but there's more to it than that. It has to…

beer column

here are my notes from yesterday's beer column
on cbc radio's on the coast with stephen quinn

What's in a name? Shakespeare tell us that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But would a beer by any other name garner as much market share?

Naming a brewery is no small task, and its a different process for everyone. As Aaron Jonkheere says in his blog I'm Starting a Brewery: "You see the name is always the first thing people ask about your brewery. So you want a name you are proud of and represents some aspect of what you are doing or what you stand for IMO [in my opinion]." And I think that is true for every brewery name.

Some people go with a geographical place name (Powell Street Brewing, Vancouver Island Brewing, Deep Cove Brewing), some with their own name (Russell, Hoyne, Phillips, R&B), some go with a theme that speaks to them (Green Leaf, Four Winds). Regardless of which way you choose to go though, when you are starting up a new brewery you…

on the coast

i will be on cbc radio one's on the coast with stephen quinn this afternoon at 5:50
talking about what goes into naming a brewery and its beers
88.1 fm in vancouver
690 am

alibi 500

from camra vancouver:

Hear ye hear ye! Alibi Room has announced the date for their 500 tap rotation celebration!

Alibi 500th starts 2pm on March 9th. No tickets. First come, first sat. Rich Hope as always. Then Mon-Thurs 5pm-close. More details...
12oz Sleeves of ALL beers will be 500cents 9th-13th...
They will be donating $500 per day to the food bank for the 5 days...

Brassneck Brewing has brewed 4 collaboration beers w/ Gigantic Brewing Company , Four Winds Brewing Co. , Occidental Brewing Company, Parallel 49 Brewing Company specially for the event! Plus 8 casks filled with Portland's finest and a very special cask from Driftwood.

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9 beers that aren't craft, but you probably thought were
(although, i'm not gonna lie to you, i do like me some pyramid ipa)

jan zeschky's top 10 year-round bc beers

and jan's updated list of microbreweries slated to open up in bc in 2014

paddy treavor on the east van beer fest
where you will see my smiling face quaffing local and imported brews

and paddy on the suggestion that there be an independent liquor board complaints department
so brewers and retailers aren't afraid to be blackballed for airing concerns

if you can get your hands on it, apparently oskar blues' limited release gubna imperial ipa is da bomb!