Showing posts from May, 2014

the business of craft beer

a shout out to bc business magazine for their really informative "the business of craft beer" yesterday afternoon
jamie floyd killed it in his key-note address
joe wiebe was an affable moderator
parallel 49, bomber and red truck offered plenty of food for thought in the how to start a brewery panel
driftwood, central city and four winds represented in the marketing panel
and all the breweries who showed up to pour (ninkasi, red truck, bridge, bomber, parallel 49, central city, driftwood, four winds and prohibition - i don't think i forgot anyone) brought some really swell beers with them

i would have liked to mingle and network in a slightly larger space than the imperial
but otherwise the event was perfectly executed
i suggest all y'all check it out next year!

16 places to drink craft beer in vancouver

chuck hallett (aka barley mowat) compiled a list of 16 places to drink craft beer in vancouver for in advance of vancouver craft beer week
i have shamelessy borrowed his list
and provide you with links to my reviews of most of these places
(which were published in the bc craft beer news over the past year)
you know, just in case you haven't actually been to all of these places
(which i would only find credible if you don't actually live in vancouver)
and wanted to know allllll about them

33 Acres Brewing Company
Imagine a sleek Scandinavian Coffee House selling solidly produced sessional ales and lagers and you might have pictured 33 Acres. A sleek white-and-concrete interior kept immaculately clean makes you wonder whether or not you've slipped into an art gallery by mistake, then you realize that you have... The beer is the art. Highlights include Merckx (Saison) and Sunshine (French Blanche). Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar Some bars have g…

yaletown brewpub

yaletown brewpub will be adding 4 extra casks as part of their vancouver craft beer week celebration! and there will be a feature menu of craft beer inspired items as well.

Thursday May 29th: 4pm: Pale ale krausened with hefeweizen infused with Citrus
Friday May 30th: 4pm: Oud Bruin
Saturday May 31st: 11:30am: Belgian Dubbel infused with Port and aged on oak chips

Thursday June 5th: 4pm: IPA dry hopped with Galaxy
Friday June 6th: 4pm: Cherry Wheat
Saturday June 7th: 11:30am IPA dry hopped with Summer

beer column

my notes from yesterday's beer column
on cbc radio one's on the coast with gloria macarenko sitting in for stephen quinn

There really is no right or wrong way to pair food and beer, it really comes down to personal taste. Different beers bring out different flavours in food, leading to different experiences. There are some guidelines, like following the three c’s – complement, contrast and cut – but the best way to find an excellent pairing is to experiment for yourself.
The theory behind “Complement” is pairing like with like: chocolate stout with chocolate dessert. 

In contrast (ha ha), the “Contrast” is just like it sounds: pairing opposites, like sweet with savoury. 

To “Cut” is to use the carbonation in beer to cut through the fat in food or to use the bitterness in beer to cut through the sweet in a dish. 

These three “c’s” are a good starting point for beer and food pairing experiments.
Usually when we talk about food and beer pairings we are referring to taking an alre…

on the coast

i will be on cbc radio one's on the coast this afternoon at 5:50
sipping on beer and chatting about it with gloria macarenko

specifically we'll be talking about the chef series of beer from r and b brewing
which launches today!

and here is yesterday's press release:

For Additional Information Contact: Katharine Manson 604.318.9690
How Many Chefs Does It Take to Make Great Beer? R&B Brewing Co. Launches the Chef Series
Vancouver BC, May 26, 2014 - Anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant knows that 'kitchen beers' are two of the most satisfying words a cook can hear. Not only does it signal an end to a very long day, it is the beginning of a nightly ritual that results in cold beer, comfort food and camaraderie. Beer has come a long way over the past few years, making its way from late night kitchen relief to prime time dining room enjoyment.
In collaboration with five of Vancouver's most celebrated chefs, R&a…

link love

what's link love without a top ten list?
or a top 100 list?

10 great summer beers
and dagnabbit, i haven't tried a single one of these

100 american beers you have to drink
part 1 - 100 - 81
i'm doing much better on this list!

an interview with chris bjerrisgaard of vancouver craft beer week

beer cocktails, a lovely summer drink

beer soaked grilled cheese sandwich recipe

brewdog beer and food pairing

the georgia strait on the evolving beer industry in bc
quoting none other than camra vancouver's adam chatburn
plus reps from granville island and central city

more on the health benefits of drinking beer

the canadian brewing awards schedule

the strait says to try these beers

vancouver international tequila expo
oooh, i do love me some tequila!
too bad it overlaps with vcbw

vancouver brewery map - updated to today
but likely out of date again by tomorrow!

legacy liquor store

This is one of Vancouver’s more recent additions to the craft beer scene born out of a vision of enjoyment for the binding elements of life: spirit of community sharing, drink, food, conversation, space, and ideas. Influenced by the natural elements of their beautiful Pacific Northwest backdrop, 33 Acres is fueled by creative thinking, and driven to make the highest quality product available to the city. Along with other new craft breweries in the city, they are hard at work making Vancouver a craft beer destination that aims to rival that of Portland, Oregon. Check out these cleanly crafted and simple sublime brews, and be quick because they sell quickly in this glorious spring weather.

33 Acres Brewing Co. 33 Acres of Sunshine - $6.95
This is my go-to summer brew: easy drinking, refreshing and just plain delicious thanks to the inclusion of orange peel, anise and coriander in the brewing process. A hazy straw yellow, this French Blanche smells like fresh pizza dough on the nose with …

northshore pub crawl

i went on a little pub crawl in north van last week
we only hit four venues
but i feel we did well for a friday evening

step one:
take seabus to foreign lands

step two:
avoid getting hit by train
on the way from seabus to black kettle

step three:
sample beers at black kettle
on tap: wheat ale, pale ale and ipa
i really enjoyed the wheat and the pale
the ipa was too well-balanced for me - i need more pacific northwest hoppiness!

step four:
walk back along tracks
take photos of interesting and unintelligible messages

step five:
stop for food at sailor hagar's
split hairs with server about their continued use of the name "brewpub" when no brewing is done on-site any more (howe sound brews their beers now)

step five.five:
enjoy a persephone pale ale instead of the house beers
(count this as the best beer i had all night)
eat waffle fries with ketchup and hot sauce and call it dinner

step six:
walk back to lonsdale quay and visit green leaf brewing
move very fragrant star-gaz…

portland haul

this is what i brought back from portland with me

this is what i brought back from portland and have already drunk:

bottle share

i got to attend a backyard bbq and bottle share over the long weekend

wanna see what we drank??

the two stand-outs for me were the breakside india golden ale and the double mountain devil's kriek
tree's serendipity no. 8 was also stellar

of the beers i regularly enjoy the gigantic ipa and driftwood 20 pounder continue to please me greatly!

and i just can't say enough good things about the 2 towns hop and stalk cider
i have one bottle of this baby left
i want to save it for a special occasion, but i need to drink it soon!
my life is really very difficult

the business of craft beer

interested in learning more about the business side of craft beer?
just before vancouver craft beer week starts, and all of our livers cower
there is an event that will bring together many of the movers and shakers of the local craft beer world to talk about the future of craft beer and how new breweries can give themselves a leg-up on starting and running a successful craft brewery
the keynote speaker will be jamie floyd of ninkasi brewing

the business of craft beer
put on by bc business magazine, it will be held at the imperial on main street
on may 29th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
you can get tickets on eventbrite

i'll be there
along with a whole lot of other interested parties!
the networking opportunities alone make this event worth the $75
and there will be appies and beer samples - woohoo!

here's what bc beer blog has to say about the event

link love

happy long weekend!!

what some other folks have to say about the upcoming vancouver craft beer week:
joe wiebe
jan zeschky

vancouver patios that will be open until midnight this summer

how to talk like a beer snob
a primer for beginners

gcbf tickets on sale july 19th
for the festival on september 5 and 6, 2014

13 things you may not know about hops

and a new product:

We are pleased to announce that our BC Hopped Whisky is now available. Barrel aged for five years, this whisky offers a well-balanced flavour that starts with spicy malt notes and finishes with a dry and hoppy kick. The release is the first 'Hopped Whisky' of its kind in Canada and with only 300 bottles available we are expecting to sell out quickly. The idea behind the 'Final Proof Master Distiller Series' was to allow the creative nature of our Distiller Peter von Hahn to develop a series of small batch specialty and unique whiskies that we will release over time. The whisky is available to purchase direct …

friday frivolity

happy long weekend!

beer column

my notes from yesterday's beer column on cbc radio one's on the coast with stephen quinn: If the fresh-hopped beer season in September is the best time of the year for a craft beer lover, then right now must be the second best time of year for Vancouver craft beer lovers.  The end of May and beginning of June is a special beer season here in Vancouver. It's Vancouver Craft Beer Week! Vancouver Craft Beer Week is a nine day extravaganza of local and neighbourly craft beers, which begins Friday, May 30 and carries on until Saturday, June 7th. And there are events for everyone! Some events, like Hoppapalooza, sell out in minutes - this year it took just five minutes for all of the tickets for the Alibi Room's annual ode to hops to be sold - other events take a couple of days to sell out. And fortunately, some events are larger and haven't sold out yet - so if you haven't gotten tickets yet, fear not! There is still time. But don't delay! Tickets for th…

on the coast

i will be on the radio tonight at 5:50
chatting with stephen quinn about vancouver craft beer week and EAT! vancouver
cbc radio one
on the coast
88.1 and 690 in vancouver

link love

another top five list
best breweries and bars in portland
how anyone can pick a portland top five is beyond me, but i do agree with a couple of her choices
(also a very appropriate link since i am in portland today)

sours are the next big thing
do you know your sours?  this oughta help

i love me a beercation
apparently i am not alone!


yikes, i've been back from vegas for over a week now
and i haven't had a minute to sit down to write about the beer festival and all the other amazing beer places i found downtown
(or write the couple of reviews i owe people...)
and now i'm off to portland for the weekend
(poor, poor me!)
there will be beer drinking of course,
and a trip to belmont station to find some fabulous beers to bring home with me,
but beer is not actually the focus of my trip this time
saturday is the launch party for cider riot - a kickstarter funded cidery
and since we'll be in town anyway, sunday i'll be at the timbers game, sitting with the army!
i am very much looking forward to taking to the streets,
and pogoing the night away,
not to mention getting my first taste of cider riot's ciders

legacy liquor store

from legacy liquor store in vancouver:

The season of the tallboy is in full swing with radlers, lagers, pale ales and more, all available to help you keep cool when you’re out enjoying the warm rays of the sun. To top it off, we’ve been seeing a lot more seasonal options roll through the doors, everything from rosés to hefeweizens and beyond. We’ll also be running tastings all weekend, so swing by the store and check out the Legacy Counter. You can see the full line-up down below.
Born in 1975, and brother to Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller, another great gypsy brewery, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø kicked off his career not as a brewer, but as a physics and English teacher. It wasn’t until 2010 that Evil Twin Brewing was founded by Jeppe, but it didn’t take long before it took off in a big way, launching more than forty different brews in 2012 alone and brewing out of ten different breweries in six different countries around the world. It was also in 2012 that Jeppe relocated to Brooklyn wit…

link love

a first for craft beer - it outsells the big boys in, of course, portland!

the flickr account for the great vegas beerfest
no pics of me, alas, but great shots of the event
and a review of the festival
(mine is coming... eventually...)

jan zeschky's rundown of this year's hip hop themed vcbw
(that's vancouver craft beer week for those not yet in the know)

joe wiebe gives you the past 30 years in craft beer history in british columbia
and you can listen to him on the radio too!

another new brewery opens in the lower mainland!
white rock beach beer company, as reviewed by mike's craft beer

dimpled pint glasses are making a comeback according to the bbc
(i didn't notice they were missing in vancouver - plenty of places still use them... what does that say about vancouver - are we ahead of the curve or so far behind the world caught up to us again?)
my fave quote from the story:  "There are so many beards in Dalston, and they do love a dimple."

the seven worst …

legacy liquor store

Founded in 2002 by Gunnar Wiig and Kjetil Jikiun with one mission, to create fantastic full-bodied handcrafted beer. The name Nøgne Ø, which means “Naked Island,” is a poetic term used by Henrik Ibsen to describe the countless stone outcroppings that are visible off Norway’s southern coast. It also paints a symbolic picture of what two Norwegian homebrewers set out to do in 2002 in a country flooded with macrobeers. Uncompromising in their methods, Nøgne Ø creates gold from gold using malts and hops such as Maris Otter, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus. Quality ingredients for quality craft beers, it’s as simple as that. Since their founding, Nøgne Ø has grown from a 300 hl production to an estimated 3500 hl with more than 20 different styles brewed regularly. This Grimstad, Norway-based brewery is a testament to what two bold homebrewers can accomplish with a quality craft brew.

Nøgne Ø Imperial Rye Porter - $14.45
A collaborative brew for the rainy weather courtesy of Terrap…