Showing posts from August, 2014

friday frivolity

happy labour day weekend!
(although, this does mean that the summer is pretty much over...)

on the coast

if you missed me on cbc radio's on the coast last week
never fear! you can still catch my chat with kirk williams about beer in vancouver stadiums
follow the link to on the coast past episodes
click on august 19 and fast-forward to about 10 minutes before the end

and hopefully you'll be able to tune in next tuesday (september 2) at 5:50 p.m. for my next beer column

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sad day - beer pioneer ed mcnally dies
whether you're a fan of big rock beers or not, raise a glass to this man, who in the 80s took a leap of faith and went up against the big boys
every year at the vancouver folk fest i sure do enjoy me a snake bite made of half traditional ale and half cider
cheers, ed!

signs you're a beer aficionado

east bay brewery boom

lynne mcilwee aka hops canary writes open letter to bc place suggesting they are losing $690k a year in beer sales by not offering craft beer

i was gifted with a bottle of dead frog's new release, big stump
it is a spruce golden ale
and it is delicious!
sweet and smooth, golden and nicely balanced with a fruity spruce hint
but don't just take my word for it, jan zeschky agrees!

more on craft beer in mexico
independents take on the giants

one stop shopping

when will beer be coming to the shelves of british columbia's grocery stores?
that is the question i was tasked with answering for the cbc local tv news yesterday

the answer in a nutshell:  not any time soon

the pessimistic addendum:  if at all

oh, i'm sure the legislation will be written in the spring like the liberals have promised
i'm just not sure that it will be written in such a manner as to be practicable

background - facts (and my opinionated commentary):
- the liberal government held meetings and welcomed feedback from the community about revising the province's liquor laws (listening attentively to health and safety concerns and big business concerns, and not so attentively to stakeholders and beer advocates)
- parliamentary secretary john yap wrote a list of recommendations and delivered it to attorney general susan anton on november 25, 2013, amid a media flurry (giving the ag a couple of months to review the report before it goes public - gotta give their s…

great canadian beer festival

gcbf approacheth!
september 5 and 6, 2014, victoria, bc

if you haven't bought your ticket yet, you're outta luck for saturday, but there are still a few friday tickets left

and the parties are starting to be announced
oooh, parties!

me, i have a pesky day job that i must be at on friday so i will be ferrying over after that and attending the gigantic and cider riot tap takeover at canoe brewpub
and then attending the festival on saturday
hopefully followed by after parties if i can stay hydrated enough to keep going!

cbc television news

i will be on cbc's evening news at 5:00 today talking about beer in grocery stores

beer column

my notes from yesterday's beer column on cbc's on the coast
wherein i extolled the virtues of craft beer in vancouver stadiums
and patted the pne and pacific coliseum on the back for being the first in the city to go craft:

The PNE opened on Saturday. There are new food vendors this year, new exhibits... and new beer on tap!  And it's local craft beer!
Craft beer at the PNE? Is this the beginning of a whole new era for the City?  Oh yes, please!
People have been lobbying the stadiums for the past couple of years to start carrying craft beer and the PNE / Pacific Coliseum is the first to make the switch. Parallel 49 signed a three year deal with the fair. You can get Gypsy Tears ale at the fair, which should pair very nicely with the mini donuts! And the Pacific Coliseum will be carrying Gypsy Tears as well as several other Parallel 49 offerings at all their events, including the Giants games. There will be a Gypsy Tears tap at every concession stand in the coliseum and one ar…

on the coast

i'll be on cbc radio one's on the coast this afternoon at 5:50
with kirk williams in for stephen quinn
talking about getting beer into vancouver's stadiums
parallel 49 begins the charge by signing a three-year contract at the pne/pacific coliseum
who's next?

690 am
88.1 fm

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calling your beer "panty dropper" is not going to endear you to half of the beer drinking population
it is high time craft beer left misogyny behind

it's time to check out the lamplighter - newly renovated and carrying better beer!

union local 613 makes a stand against their brand being associated with macro beers in refusing to be included in air canada's enroute magazines top restaurants in canada list
(frankly, i think air canada is an evil empire so i'm extra happy someone told them to stick it)

barley mowat's updated bc beer map

toronado s.f. lovers rejoice - one is opening in seattle

parallel 49 launches filthy dirty ipa

main street brewing

filling my quota of new places to write about for the upcoming edition of the craft beer news, i finally dragged my ass over to main street brewing
it's not that far from my home
or my work for that matter
sometimes i'm just lazy
and honestly that's the only reason i hadn't managed to get over there yet
i'd heard the space was fabulous and the beers well brewed
i meant to get there sooner...
regardless, i went there on monday evening
and experienced the fabulousness that is vancouver's newest tasting room for myself

i do like their slogan
and the exposed brick and duct work and reclaimed wood bar

i began with a paddle of the four cask conditioned beers which of course i neglected to write down... so let's hope my memory is accurate! 1. bonsai belgian ipa with sorachi ace hops 2. kellerbier 3. session ipa 4. smoked porter my drinking buddies found the smoked porter too smoky for them i found it just the right amount of smokiness - not overwhelming or burn th…

pub crawls

apparently this summer is 'pub crawl summer' for me
two crawls over two weekends (and one last month) - i guess this is what i do when i'm not galivanting out of town on the weekend
and i gotta tell ya, i like it!

on the long weekend i went on a crawl organized by a friend and we hit a whopping 7 places (loosely calling them all pubs...)
some peeps continued on to an 8th, but i tapped out after 7
(i'm not old, i'm sensible... yeah, sensible, that's it)

where did we go?
parallel 49
odd society
storm brewing
bomber brewing
windjammer restaurant
stateside craft
(some to st. augustine's)

so what was the mission statement of this particular crawl?
get hammered on a sunny saturday afternoon?
well, that may have happened, but the purpose was to show off the incredible bounty of craft beverages within walking distance of our east van homes

3 breweries - parallel 49 tasting room, bomber brewing tasting room and storm brewing that has no tasting room, but t…

on the coast

if you missed me on cbc radio's on the coast last week
never fear! you can still catch my chat with gloria macarenko about infusing beer and my ipa picks in honour of international ipa day
follow the link to on the coast past episodes
click on august 5 and fast-forward to about 10 minutes before the end

and hopefully you'll be able to tune in next tuesday (august 19) at 5:50 p.m. for my next beer column

link love

ben's beer blog explores the questionable relationship between small breweries and new restaurants in toronto

it doesn't mention what they deem craft beer, but nat bailey is getting a craft beer corner next year!
i will go to more games if they start carrying beer i want to drink, it's just that simple
did you hear that canucks and lions?

randy shore on the hops shortage

business in vancouver reports on the explosive growth of craft beer in bc

beer column

here are my notes from yesterday's beer column on cbc radio's on the coast
where i chatted with gloria macarenko about crowlers and the joys of infusing beer

Beer is a growing industry.And that means that beer gear is taking off too.  Have you heard of the "crowler"? No one in the Lower Mainland is equipped to do them yet, but it may just be a matter of time!A crowler is basically a canned growler.You go to a brewery that is equipped to fill a 32oz can with fresh beer and then seal it.You carry it home, and pop it when you’re ready for some delicious fresh beer.

Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado invented the crowler and has been filling them since December.Designed to keep beer fresh for longer than a growler, did a taste test on a crowler five months after fill and reported that it was as fresh as the day it was poured.Now, 32 oz cans have been around for a while in America, but freshly poured 32 oz cans?That’s new!Not as eco-friendly as a growler that …

on the coast

gloria macarenko is hosting cbc radio's on the coast this week
i'll be chatting about a couple of fun new bits of beer gear - the crowler and the infuser - with her at 5:50 this afternoon
88.1 fm and 690 am in vancouver

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evil twin's bikini beer session ipa weighs in at a mere 2.7%

best sours for summer - gose and berliner weisse

bill tieleman thinks that minimum beer prices won't stop abuse

is the u.s. beer market overcrowded?
sam calagione thinks there's a bloodbath coming

brewdog wants to make you a beer expert in five easy steps

beer expert debunks some myths
(and perpetuates one about women)

hop union's aroma wheel

friday frivolity

happy long weekend!
and for those of you who celebrate it, happy vancouver pride!