Showing posts from May, 2015

new release

Vancouver Island Brewery and Steel & Oak Brewing Company form United Front to support Craft Brewers Guild Victoria, BC (May 21, 2015) – In the spirit of collaboration and advancement of craft beer, Vancouver Island Brewery and Steel & Oak Brewing Company have poured over the recipe book to revive a classic German specialty beer. VIB and S&O are proud to present United Front Braun bier, a traditional German Keller bier made with Vienna malts -- the latest beer installment of the BC Craft Brewers Guild’s collaboration series.             “A project like this shows the innovation and collaboration that is moving the brewing industry forward in the province,” declared Ken Beattie, Executive Director of the Craft Brewers Guild.             The United Front symbolizes the historic interaction when New Westminster and Victoria came together, uniting the colonies of Vancouver Island and the Mainland. Now these two cities come have together again, uniting to create a great collaborati…

beer column

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

You may have noticed advertisements around town for summer beers.  Those ads are mostly for mainstream beers, but they do bring to mind that it is time to be sipping beer on a patio.
The official start of summer is still the better part of a month away.  Are breweries rushing the season?
I think there's always a bit of wanting to be first out of the gate that inspires brewers to have their seasonal beers to hit the shelves in advance of a season.  With summer ales though, the weather is already warmer, the days are just getting longer and it sure feels like summer out there some days!  I can't fault anyone for wanting to get their summer beers on the shelves in the spring.  Plus don't Canadians consider summer to start on the May long weekend?  I certainly spent part of my long weekend enjoying beers outside in the sun.
Summer beers tend to be lighter beers - lighter in colour, li…

cbc on the coast

i'll be on cbc radio one's on the coast this afternoon at 5:50 talking about summer beers and vancouver craft beer week with stephen quinn whilst sipping on parallel 49's sour white ale
88.1 fm 690 am

link love

not beer related (unless the new ferries will be serving beer...)
but too fun not to post
name the three new bc ferries

joe wiebe's craft beer picks for summer

why cheap beer is bad according to barley mowat aka chuck hallett

uh oh
a prosecco shortage looms

pne to open craft beer garden this summer

official announcement

we've known it was coming
but it's officially official that it is!

Central City Brewers + Distillers has some exciting news!
Central City is introducing a new Brewpub in the original Dix location at 871 Beatty Street.
Central City is bringing an innovative casual brewpub experience offering unique BBQ and Burger culinary options, and lots of Central City and other BC Craft beers on-tap to downtown Vancouver. 
 Central City will launch at 871 Beatty Street, Vancouver this summer.
Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks.

Follow Central City at: Instagram @CentralCityBrew, Twitter @CentralCityBrew, Facebook CentralCityBrewing


Gluten Free Brewmaster's DinnerTuesday, May 26th Do you have a gluten allergy and you hope the day would come where you can go back in time to enjoy pastas, doughnuts, desserts all over again? The day has arrived and its this coming Tuesday!
Tickets are moving fast and you can pick up your ticket here!

van mag craft beer awards

the full list of winners comes out on may 25
in the meantime, van mag is giving out sneak peeks at the winners in a couple of the 14 style categories judged by 18 people, including yours truly
the awards will be handed out on may 29 at the launch of vancouver craft beer week

light lager category

bc liquor laws

surprise, surprise
the new liquor laws in bc are hurting private stores
level playing field?  hardly

me, me, me

me, me, me
all me, all the time

vanmag's video of the behind the scenes beer judging for the international craft beer awards
- no winners announced - just footage of the judges being all judgey

cbc's follow up on my beer column on crafty beers

Craft beer credentials are not always what they appear Major breweries like MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch InBev are cashing in on craft crazeBy Jason Proctor, CBC NewsPosted: May 19, 2015 5:00 PM PTLast Updated: May 20, 2015 7:32 AM PT

Looks alone make it tough to distinguish between craft beer and beer made by major breweries, but aficionados claim all brew is not created equal. (CBC)

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upcoming events

dead frog cask night:

Friday, May 15 at 5:00pm
B's Craft Beer Lounge (@BsCraftLounge)
Cask: Obsidian Dagger with whiskey-soaked coffee beans & cocoa nibs
Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast, coffee beans, cocoa nibs, whiskey
Malts: Pale Ale, Cara 60, Biscuit, Chocolate, Carafa II, Special B, Roast Barley
Hops: Centennial, Columbus, Galaxy
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 50

Sparks fly when bold & beautiful tropical hops meet a brazen & daring roasted malt base. Their chemistry is undeniable and perfectly balances the hop flavours and aromas of a powerhouse IPA with the depth and intricacy of a complex dark ale.