Showing posts from February, 2016

new release

Postmark Brewing Releases Sevens IPA
Vancouver craft beer partners with HSBC Canada Sevens
VANCOUVER, B.C. (February 25, 2016)– Award-winning craft beer brand,Postmark Brewing, has partnered with the HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver and Victoria/Langford tournaments for a unique collaboration: the limited-edition Sevens IPA.

Beginning March 1, 2016, Postmark’s wildly popular IPA will sport a new look and a new name in honour of Canada’s participation in the 10-stop HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, and 5-stop HSBC Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series.

Sevens IPA will be available in three formats. Featuring a photo

historical beer

i don't normally post things about corporate beer
because, well, i'm not a fan
and they have huge budgets to advertise their product, so sure don't need help from little ole me.

buuuut, i'm going to break that habit for this one
because i find the whole thing intriguing
and just so darned canadian!

historical accuracy!
a primordial yeast strain!
celebrating the past, and the rich history of beer in canada
it can be enjoyed at warmer temperatures!
it's unfiltered!
and it's an ipa!

oh, and in the spirit of full disclosure, they're going to send me a sample of it
because i'm "someone with a passionate interest in beer"

Molson Coors Canada Recreates 108-Year- Old Heritage Beer: John H.R Molson and Bros. 1908 Historic Pale Ale Recipe was pulled from Molson Coors’ archives, beer to be first in a series of historic launches

Toronto, ON (February 25, 2015) — To celebrate its 230 years of brewingin Canada, Molson Coors Canada is introducing the John H.R …

brewery expansion

old yale is getting bigger!


February 23, 2016 (Chilliwack, BC) – located smack-dab in the middle of BC’s Outdoor Playground; Chilliwack BC, Old Yale Brewing has been crafting high quality, artisanal beer since 1999 and is showing no signs of slowing down.

New Location Announced
Today, Old Yale Brewing released plans of moving from their current 2,500 sq ft facility to a brand new 6,550 sq ft, purpose-built brewery and 1,250 sq ft tasting room, located on South Sumas Rd. in Chilliwack, BC. The expansion includes a brand-new brewhouse from NSI Newlands, as well an increase of over three times the current cellaring capacity. The move comes just in time, as the demand for Old Yale products has never been higher.

“Winning the Best Beer in Canada in 2014 was an incredible achievement for the whole Old Yale Brewing team, and has increased demand for our beer substantially. Increasing our brewing capacity will not only…

upcoming event

Big Lebowski-themed Brewery & Bowling Tour hosted by Vancouver Brewery tours on Saturday, March 26.
The tour will provide guests with custom Lebowski-inspired craft beers at each stop, and is offered in two time slots at either 12 to 3:30 p.m. or 2 to 5:30 p.m. on March 26. Beginning at Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery, guests will compete in a Big Lebowski trivia contest before moving on to Storm Brewing to take part in a costume contest. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each, including a custom Big Lebowski beer growler designed by local company Sigil & Growler. The tour will end at Grandview Lanes for a few rounds of bowling (included as part of the tour package). 
Full details can be found in our press release below, distributed this morning, and seats can be booked online at:
Lebowski-themed Tour Includes Custom Beer Samples, Costume and Trivia Contests at Local Breweries and Bowling at Grandview Lanes Is this email not displa…

link love

upcoming events

tuesday, february 23, 2016:

beer pairing dinner at craft beer market with category 12


GRANVILLE ISLAND BREWING EXPLORES GREAT BC BEER AND POWDER IN 2ND ANNUAL BREWSKI TOUR beer brand brings community together to celebrate mountains, brews and good times across BC
Vancouver, B.C. (February 16, 2016): Granville Island Brewing is hitting the road with the 2nd annual BrewSki Tour, the ultimate celebration of West Coast lifestyle. Through an eight-day ski and brewery tour across six BC mountain towns, the team will connect with consumers on the mountain, over a pint, and in a shared passion for good times.
Combining a genuine love of winter mountain sports and good beer, the BrewSki Tour team is made up of staff from Granville Island Brewing – including Brewmaster Kevin Emms, General Manager Dave Nicholls, Brand Manager Brionne Holland and Beer Merchant Mike Sharpham. As well as a few partners along the way.
“One of the best parts of working in the beer industry in BC is the community crea…

cbc website

the cbc website's takeaways from my latest beer column
(and this one has great comments so far - usually i avoid reading them because, well, some people sure like to be mean for no apparent reason)

Budweiser is B.C.'s top beer
choice, but craft beer on the
rise Newspaper report looked into sales in B.C. as a whole and regionallyBy On The Coast, CBC NewsPosted: Feb 16, 2016 5:00 PM PT Last Updated: Feb 16, 2016 9:39 PM PT One of Rebecca Whyman's picks this week is Bomber Brewing's Tam O'Shanter Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. (@BomberBrewing/Twitter) Facebook Twitter

beer column

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

What's going on in beer world this week:

- As we head into the latter half of February, it’s Annual General Meeting time here in Vancouver – both the VanBrewers Home Brew club and the Campaign for Real Ale Vancouver (CAMRA) are holding their AGMs this month. VanBrewers on February 20th at Direct Tap and CAMRA on February 27th at the Biltmore – so if you haven’t checked out these organizations yet, now would be a great time. And if you’re already a member, may I suggest you check your membership as it might be time to renew for the coming year!

- Budweiser trended on social media when Peyton Manning said in an interview that he’d celebrate his Superbowl win by drinking a lot of beer, and in particular Budweiser beer.

Peyton Manning’s love letter to Budweiser did not go unnoticed by craft brewers. The Brewers Association in America responded to Manning by letter, saying that they hoped he would try craft be…

Oh, hello!

geesh, you get one little cold
that multiplies into a great big cold that knocks you out for a week
and then you celebrate being human again by going to too many beer events
and look what happens - you forget you have a blog!

i'll be on cbc radio one's on the coast today at 5:50 p.m.
talking beer and drinking cider with michelle eliot!
690 am
88.1 fm

pike brewing

a little stroll down memory lane with pike brewing:

Four decades ago, the food and craft beer landscape in America was as different from today's, as Bologna from baloney!  In 1976, my wife, Rose Ann Finkel and two friends made plans to open Truffles, a gourmet grocery in our Seattle neighborhood. To prepare for their entrepreneurship, the women flew south to "the city by the bay" for the 1st Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. Like botanist's hunting rare orchids in the Amazon, they searched for the best of artisan food. Soon their store was packed with beers, wines, cheese, 80 mustards, vinegar, oil, honey, preserves, pickles, coffee, tea, cured meats, not yet called "charcuterie", high cocoa content chocolate and multiple other confections, and yes fresh tartufo. Most of the goodies were imported; very few were produced locally.
Last month, 41 years and a myriad of visits later, we traveled to the Bay Area to accept a coveted Good Food Award for Pike Woo…

link love

tiniest link love ever
happy family day (bc)!

rate beer's  best beers

festival calendar

some upcoming canadian beer festivals to add to your travel calendar!

Calgary International Beerfest May 6th and 7th in the BMO Centre on Stampede Park

Edmonton Craft Beer Festival June 3rd and 4th in Expo Centre at Northlands

Mondial de la Biere June 8th - 12th in Montreal

art call

are you an artist?
want to design a label for the port moody breweries?

Port Moody Arts Centre is running a competition for the design to go on a can label of a collaboration craft brew by Port Moody's four (yes four!) craft breweries.
Details here: Deadline: February 25 at 4pm

new release

from phillips brewing:

Odyssey Nitro Porter - 5.0% - 473mL

January 29th, 2015 - There's a delicious new tall can floating to liquor store shelves on dense, foamy clouds of bubbles. Odyssey is a porter infused with nitrogen gas, which creates cascading clouds of tiny bubbles that give way to thick dense foam. This luxurious brew pours a deep earthy brown colour, and features warm roasted flavours accented with hints of nuts and dark chocolate, all wrapped up in velvet smooth textures.

Odyssey is available in a very special 473mL tall can that contains a widget designed to activate the nitrogen and maximize the delicious cascading waves of bubbles.  You can find it in the tall can section of your preferred private liquor store in BC, with distribution to Alberta to follow shortly.  It is also available on tap at select draft accounts.

beer column

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

It’s a new month, so it must be time for another new brewery to open!  Trading Post brewing is juuuust about open in Langley.  The grand opening is February 13th.  You can visit them on 64th Ave in Langley, close to Willowbrook shopping centre.  The tasting room will have a growler tap, charcuterie pairings and a loft lounge with views of the brewery.  A taphouse and eatery in Fort Langley will follow later this Spring. 
R and B Brewing’s new taproom should be open in the next couple of weeks as well, featuring 12 taps, 2 cask engines for beer, and local wine and cider.  And handmade pizzas!  Located at 54 East 4th Avenue in Vancouver.
Some upcoming beer events: 
February 3rd is Strange Fellows Brewing’s next Strange Day:  From 7-11 p.m at the brewery on Clark Drive they’ll be celebrating the Japanese Setsubun – exorcise demons, drink beer, eat lucky beans, and perhaps join in on the karaoke.
February 13th at Apex…