Showing posts from October, 2014


if, for any reason, you'll be in the burlington, ontario area on november 7th
you should go to this:

we will rock you!
the music of queen
concert & craft beer tasting

a live symphony orchestra playing queen songs
craft beer tasting beforehand
omg, sounds like a reeeaaallly great night!
and only $38

beer column

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

The BC Beer Awards on Saturday were a huge success as usual!
465 beers were entered by 63 breweries and judged, and 51 of those were declared winners – 3 in each of the 17 categories, plus 3 homebrews, a best in show and a challenge cask winner.
No one brewery ran away with the awards.In fact, of the 51 awards given out, 33 different breweries were represented in the winner’s circle.And the fact that the best in show winner was a smoked porter from a brand new brewery says wonderful things about the state of beer in British Columbia.Breweries big and small, new and established are all making really great beer.This brings joy to my beer-loving heart!And shows why BC won a whole third of the medals handed out at the Canadian Brewing Awards back in June – there is incredible depth in this Province of brewers brewing beer in all styles.And they’re brewing good beer.

Leaders of the pack at th…

happy birthday

a very happy birthday today to my offspring!
i loved you even before i met you
and would want to know you even if we weren't related
how lucky am i to be able to say that?!

and just to make this post beer related:
i love you more than beer!
happy birthday!

link love

brewdog's irreverent history of and ode to the growler

vancouver tasting lounges - one man's odyssey of tasting: one afternoon of my life

red collar brewing open in kamloops
moody ales opens in port moody

rebrandings for fernie brewing and lighthouse brewing

five great oatmeal stouts

a whole article about "should you drink beer or wine tonight" when the obvious answer is "yes"
(for the record, i don't agree with most of the stuff in this article, i just wanted to link to it so i could be oh so funny in how i set up the link)

the winners of the 2014 bc beer awards

new releases

this one is a fundraiser too!

In celebration of BC Craft Beer Month and National Fire Prevention Week, we created Steamworks Heroica Red Ale. For the month of October, every Steamworks brew sold will benefit the BC Firefighters Charities and the BC Burn Fund. It's your last 8 days to support your local heroes through Steamworks Heroica! Find Heroica in 650mL bottles, on-tap and in growlers at Steamworks Brewpub or Steamworks Brewery & Taproom in Burnaby while quantities last. "A tribute to the every day local heroes in our communities and lives." Steamworks Heroica Night at the Brewery Contest

new releases

if you missed out on pre-ordering the international beer advent calendar, don't feel too badly
there are other options available!

parallel 49 and central city brewing have teamed up to bring you a local beer advent calendar
more info on that to come after i attend the launch at craft beer market next week

and phillips brings back their snowcase:

The Snowcase Calendar
Count Down to Christmas with 24 different Phillips Beers October 24th, 2014: The Snowcase Calendar is back!! 24 different Phillips beers in one case designed to help you count down to Christmas the best way possible: with beer!!

Our elves have been hard at work and we're thrilled to be pairing this year's Snowcase with its very own website! has full details of the project and will be your daily destination to learn the backstories, read the tasting notes, and share in the conversations of the beer for that day.

To get your Santa claws …

new releases

from dead frog, the weeping reaper blood orange helles bock which they so nicely provided me a sample of
and it's good!  i really enjoyed this alternative to pumpkin beers, not just as an alternate but for it's own malty orange self!

With the death of summer comes the celebration of autumn and the harvest, a traditional time to gather resources for the dormant winter months. It's also when the spirit world becomes more active. On All Hallows' Eve, ghosts disguised as beggars may come knocking at your door asking for food or money. Turn them away and you risk being cursed or haunted. A jack-o'-lantern placed at your door or in a window will ward off evil spirits. If you dress up as a ghoul, you may trick the Grim Reaper into thinking you are not of the living and avoid his harvesting your soul.
Our Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock is a strong ale designed for the transition from summer to winter—stronger for the cooler nights, yet lighter bodied and more carbo…

stone brewing

stone brewing is once again available in canada!

i attended the tap takeover launch at craft beer market on monday
and i will be attending the tap takeover at stateside craft on friday
unfortunately my life does have other things in it besides beer, so i am missing out on the collaboration brew day at bomber brewing (tuesday), the pairing dinner at blackbird (wednesday) and the biercraft beer dinner (thursday)

more horn-tooting

i will be doing a special appearance on cbc's on the coast tomorrow afternoon at 5:40
to take your calls
and to help stephen quinn give away two tickets to the bc beer awards that include two of the beer classes as well as a guided tour of the tasting festival by none other than me, me, me!

so get your beer questions ready
and cross your fingers!

690 am
88.1 fm
in vancouver

and now, here's more from the cbc website that i didn't see at the time of publishing!

What is a session beer? On the Coast's beer columnist Rebecca Whyman takes a closer look at the session beerBy On the Coast, CBC NewsPosted: May 02, 2014 9:38 AM PTLast Updated: May 02, 2014 9:52 AM PT
CAMRA's Spring Sessional Cask Festival will feature some of the best local breweries and their low-alcohol beers. (Central City Brewers and Distillers)

What is a sessional beer? 6:55

On The Coast What is a sessional beer? 0:00 / 6:55     
This month CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Al…


here is the podcast of my beer column last week
talking and tasting pumpkin beers with stephen quinn

and one from back in the summer with michelle eliot
talking about crafty vs craft beers

and from the website:

Pumpkin beers flood the shelves for fall On the Coast's beer columnist has four picks to ring in the seasonBy On The Coast, CBC NewsPosted: Oct 17, 2014 11:58 AM PTLast Updated: Oct 17, 2014 11:58 AM PT Beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says there's a lot of variety amongst pumpkin beers. (CBC)  Related Stories What is a session beer?How far are you willing to travel for a beer? Craft breweries have much to consider in selecting a name5 summer beers you have to try
In the same way that some retailers have jumped the gun on Christmas and are now stocking egg nog in their coolers, pumpkin beers have been on the shelves of your beer store since the end of August.
On The Coast's beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says a typical pumpkin beer is a mild ale…

link love

off the rail is almost ready!

some westender love for the donnelly group

there's gonna be a new brewery in victoria town soon

beer bribery, pay to play, whatever you call it, it is considered a pretty evil practice by most craft beer loving folks
here are some wise words about the concept
from half pints in winnipeg
pretty things' twitter war
from westcoaster blog

this is hardly a new phenomenon, nor is is just happening in north america
check out this 2010 article about chicago
and this 2010 article about baltimore
and this one from the uk

does it happen in vancouver?
i have no concrete proof that it does, but c'mon, why else would so many bars tie themselves to so many taps of crappy beer?  loyalty and swill-drinking clientele can only account for part of the phenomenon.  and frankly, brewery reps for a few local breweries have mentioned to me that they've been asked what they can offer an establishment or two around town - nothing overt mind you, just t…

new releases

from cannery brewing

Cannery Brewing Company ART-isanal Series Cannery has created a new line up of limited release beers; blending the enthusiasm of craft beer with the excitement of passionate artists and photographers. The beer in the bottle will be as unique and impressive as the art on the label. Read more about the brewery. L'ORAGE NOIR  (THE BLACK STORM) Limited quantities, only available for Private Stores. This "Abbey Style" Belgian Dark Strong Ale focuses on the unique flavours created by the teamwork of Belgian yeast and Candi sugar. A simple background of Pilsner, ESB, Special B, and Carfa malts bow to the shocking flavours of the yeast and sugar.  Style: Belgian Dark Strong Ale Alc./Vol: 9.0% 12 x 650ml Price: $7.50 /bottle SKU# 506865