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new releases

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NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDERING!  Chef Series #3- Burnt Citrus Fruit. R&B Brewing "Chef Series" is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between our head brewer Todd Graham and a select group of acclaimed local chefs. In partnership thy have created beers and dishes with complementary ingredients and flavours especially designed to be enjoyed together.

The chef for the third edition is Robert Belcham (pictured below), head chef and co-owner of Campagnolo on Main and Campagnolo Roma on Hastings.

This mild hopped Extra Special Bitter is ripe with citrus notes brought out with the use of Galaxy hops and the addition of burnt oranges, grapefruits and lemons. It is then filtered through 30 pounds of charcoaled pork bones. 


Dead Frog and Fuggles & Warlock Release Collaboration Red Rye IPA
​Aldergrove, BCDead Frog Brewery is pleased to announce the release of "Hyper Combo" Red Rye IPA, the first in a series of collaboration beers with Fuggles & War…

cask nights

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some upcoming cask nights in vancouver:


MOODY ALES CASK AT ROGUE BROADWAY! It's Moody Ales' turn featuring a Black IPA with cold brewed 49th Parallel Roasters Espresso. 6.4% and 70IBU. Date: Wednesday 4th Feb  Time: 6pm Location: Rogue Broadway - Broadway & Ash Don't miss out, this one won't last long. Check out what one of PoMo's finest has to offer! Cheers, The Team at Rogue

almost february

as my self-imposed month of cleansing comes to a close i have some thoughts on trying to be a beer person and live without beer for 31 days

first off, let me admit that i didn't make it to 31 days
i chose to have drinks on the 14th and the 15th, then tried to go back on the wagon for the rest of the month
but alas, once you open that darned pandora's box, it's soooo darned easy to find another good reason to drink!

my motives for drinking on the 14th and 15th were pure
the ones since then have not been

on the 14th i went to an about-to-open brewery and tried a sample of each of their beers
this was an opportunity that i didn't feel i could miss out on
that i would be cutting off my nose to spite my face if i was to be stubborn and refuse the time-sensitive offer just because it was january
i had quite a bit of internal debate about the matter
it was not an easy decision to make
in the end, i went with my gut and drank the beers
two weeks later, i have no regrets that i…

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cbc website

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it is an abundance of riches (or an abundance of me)!
i'm on the cbc website again
(link to just the audio)

Craft beer: 5 ways to sound like an expert On the Coast's beer columnist Rebecca Whyman's tips on how to learn more about beerCBC NewsPosted: Jan 22, 2015 3:49 PM PTLast Updated: Jan 23, 2015 12:13 PM PT Tip #1: drink more beer (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (The Associated Press) Rebecca Whyman on craft beer education 7:54 Related Stories4 B.C. craft beer changes to look forward to in 2015Beer tourists drink to Vancouver's microbrewery boomBeer brewed with tree branches made to evoke tastes of walking trail So you've discovered you like craft beer. Now what?
On the Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman has a few tips on how to learn more about craft beer so you can sound like the smartest person at the party — at least when it comes to craft beer.
1. Drink more beer Keep tasting beers. Keep trying to describe what you're tasting. Not…

more on the craft beer trademark "wars"

Trademark Wars: Turning Negatives into Positives 
Saranac and Prism Urge Brewers to Create Win-Win Relationships

Utica, NY-It's become a reality in brewing: a brewery crafts a new beer recipe and then is confronted with the impossible task of selecting a unique name. All brewers entered the craft industry for the pursuit of good beer, but now an ever-increasing amount of time and resource are being tied up because of trademarks.
When you have over 3,200 craft breweries vying for names, you can imagine the trouble in coming up with something distinctive. In some cases, breweries only discover that names have been taken when the beer is already on shelves or tap handles. In the worst of these cases, lawsuits ensue and no one benefits.
However, with all the recent trademark excitement, we have found a refreshing reverse in direction and it goes by the name Prism. Saranac released Prism White Ale, a 2014 spring seasonal, without the knowledge that Philadelphia-based Prism Brewing Company…

beer and cheese

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Beer & Cheese Returns...with a new spirit..
January 19, 2015: Beer and cheese is back, and this time we're adding a bit of a twist.   Each year Ottavio Delicatessen joins us at the brewery for one magical evening, where 10 of the finest cheeses are paired with 10 select Phillips brews. But this year with the exciting launch of our in-house distillery the Fermentorium, we will have a couple of rounds paired with spirits!  

All the fun goes down on February 11th here at the brewery. This event sells out quickly every year so make sure to head down to Phillips HQ or Ottavio to grab your tickets;  you don't want miss out on this opportunity to explore beer and spirits alongside their partner in brine.

Prices are $55 and include tax.

beer column

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

So you know you like craft beer. Now what? I think learning more about craft beer should be the second thing on everybody's craft beer to do list... right behind drinking more of it!
I was at a tasting room the other evening and the folks beside me were very enthusiastic about their craft beers. It appeared they were on a bit of a brewery crawl, which I very much salute, and were trying to find the words to describe the different beers and how they felt about them. Now I'm not going to go all beer snob on you and say that they were using the wrong words to describe the beers, because there aren't wrong words to describe any experience. Sure, they could have used words like "mouthfeel" and "lacing on the glass" and other bits of beer lingo, but that's not what struck me most about these beer appreciators. No, what made me keep listening was the misinforma…

on the coast

i'll be on cbc radio one's on the coast with stephen quinn at 5:50 p.m. today
talking about how you can easily learn more about craft beer, and have fun doing it
88.1 fm
690 am

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cbc website

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look who made the cbc website again!


Craft beer bellies threaten hipster waistlines
How can afficianados of the exploding craft beer scene balance a love of suds with a trim figure?By Jason Proctor, CBC NewsPosted: Jan 16, 2015 2:00 AM PTLast Updated: Jan 16, 2015 8:26 AM PT These craft beers have a way of working their way into your heart and onto your hips. (CBC)

@proctor_jason Jason Proctor is a reporter in British Columbia for CBC News and has covered the B.C. courts and mental health issues in the justice system extensively. Related StoriesNeurologist creates math formula to reveal why hipsters look the sameCraft beer breweries straining Vancouver sewage systemB.C. craft beer, Gangnam style, as local brewer exports to South KoreaMoustache Gravy calendar parodies Vancouver men for MovemberParallel 49 craft brewery union vote result of 'growing pains'4 B.C. craft beer changes to look forward to in 2015 The male hipster feels it in the wa…

single malt opportunity

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Adopt a Private Cask of Canadian Single Malt
Odd Society Spirits' Second Annual Cask Sale is Here

Vancouver B.C., January 14, 2015 — Odd Society Spirits prepares to barrel their second annual batch of single malt and are thrilled to offer the public the opportunity to purchase a private 30 litre cask of their very own.  This Canadian Single Malt is made from 100% B.C. malted barley fermented and distilled onsite. 

The demand in 2014 for their first release was so high, they created a wait list for 2015. With only thirty casks available and a long list of potential owners, eager buyers are encouraged to place their orders immediately. This exclusive offer ends on February 9, 2015 and casks are priced at $1500 plus bottling fee.

"Rob Scope [bar manager at The Cascade Room] and I purchased a cask with a group of friends last year," says Quentina Siah, local food and spirits aficionado. "The anticipation to take our whisky home is like an extended Christmas Eve — we can'…