Tuesday, January 31, 2017

mia amata



‘My Beloved’ Spirit To Be Set Free in East Van this Valentine’s Day 
Odd Society Spirits Set to Release Amaro on February 10, 2017

Vancouver B.C., January 31, 2017 — There is a whole lot of love brewing in East Van this Valentine’s Day with the release of Odd Society Spirits’ first amaro, Mia Amata, on February 10, 2017. Known for creating award-winning European liqueurs, distiller Gordon Glanz produced this Italian digestif with his daughter Mia Glanz. Along with being a nod to her name, Mia Amata translates to “my beloved” in Italian. “My first-born Mia [Glanz] is the creator of our beloved amaro,” said Gordon Glanz, Odd Society Spirits founder and distiller. “I acted as a resource to her during this three-year passion project but it really is her baby.”

Before opening in 2013, Gordon had amaro on his mind. At the time, Mia was studying ethnobotany at the University of British Columbia. She discovered that many indigenous cultures living in the Amazon used specific tree barks as aphrodisiacs. After extensive taste testing with many different varietals, together they discovered that the barks have beautiful bitter notes perfect for making amaro. Mia researched plants based on their known aphrodisiac qualities but selected the final ingredients for their individual flavour profiles. In addition to developing the recipe for the amaro, Mia was involved in each component of the liqueur carefully selecting the evocative illustration drawn by artist Katie So and incorporated into the label by Cause + Affect.

Just as traditional Italian liqueurs delighted in the bounty of the spice trade, Mia Amata unites expressive fruits, flowers, barks, roots and resins from the four corners of the world. At its heart are indigenous aphrodisiacs from Brazil blended with myrrh gum from Somalia, kola nut from West Africa, candied plum from Persia, cacao and vanilla bean from Mexico, mace from India, and elderflower and magnolia from British Columbia. Catuaba is probably the most notable of all the Brazilian aphrodisiac plants infused in this sensual spirit.

Mia Amata is available in 375mL for $22.00 at Odd Society Spirits Distillery and Tasting Lounge starting February 10, 2017. Prices will vary at select private British Columbia liquor stores.

About Odd Society Spirits: 

Odd Society Spirits is a small-batch B.C. Craft-Certified distillery located in the heart of East Vancouver. Dedicated to combining old-world distilling traditions with new-world ingredients and ingenuity, Odd Society Spirits has created a family of spirits that entice and intrigue. Open Thursday through Sunday, Odd Society Spirits distillery and cocktail lounge is located at 1725 Powell St., Vancouver, B.C.

Monday, January 30, 2017

trading post and kpu

Trading Post Brewing is committing $5000 over the next five years to the Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Brewing Lab for the next generation of craft brewers. 

The scholarship is named after John Mitchell, who is known as the grandfather of the craft beer movement in Canada. He opened Canada's first modern day craft brewery, Horseshoe Bay Brewing, in 1982. 

The scholarship may increase over the next five years. Trading Post will be hosting the first annual Fort Langley Beer and Food Festival this coming May 20 and have dedicated a portion of the proceeds from this festival for years to come to support this scholarship. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

cbc website

i guess i gotta stick with the training, now...


Stout competition: B.C. 

brewers to box each other for

Plus, check out Rebecca Whyman's beer picks for this week

CBC News Posted: Jan 17, 2017 4:19 PM PT Last Updated: Jan 17, 2017 4:20 PM PT
Ian Kampman of Brassneck Brewery was a contender at the 2016 edition of Beer Wars. This year, On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman will enter the ring.
Ian Kampman of Brassneck Brewery was a contender at the 2016 edition of Beer Wars. This year, On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman will enter the ring. (Jeremy Allingham/CBC)
People in B.C.'s craft beer industry are ready for another round — in this case, another round in the boxing ring.
The second annual B.C. Beer Wars will see people in Vancouver and Victoria's craft beer scenes box each other to benefit two local gyms, the Eastside Boxing Club in Vancouver and the Victoria Boxing Club. 
Both gyms have a number of community programs focused on at-risk youth, mental health and self-defence classes for female-identified and LGBTQ members of the community.
Contenders from the beer industry will learn how to box and then fight each other at a fundraising boxing match at the end of April and among the contenders will be On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman.
"I'm both looking forward to it and wondering what the heck I was thinking signing myself up for this," she told On The Coast host Stephen Quinn. "It's gonna hurt! I am looking forward to seeing all those beer beards flying as their owners get skipping and punching — assuming of course I can catch my breath long enough to focus on anything else."
And since Whyman is going to be working out a lot in preparation for her match, here are her picks for post-workout beers.
Powell Street Brewery's barrel-aged saisons
"They are classic Belgian saisons aged in French oak barrels for three months. They're spicy and fruity! Fruit additions are local raspberries, tropical mangoes or rich black currants. Available in 650 ml bottles at the brewery and select liquor stores."
Parallel 49's Tricycle Radler
"Always delicious! It's a 3.5 percent blend of lager and ruby red grapefruit juice. It's tart. It's juicy. It's refreshing and it's dangerously easy to forget this is not just fruit juice! Available in six packs of cans at liquor stores."
Fieldhouse Gose
"Salty, sour and citrusy! 3.8 percent of light and bright minerally goodness. Coriander and elderflower replace hops in this wheat beer for a different take on a classic German style. Available in 750 ml bottles at select liquor stores."
With files from CBC Radio One's On The Coast

Thursday, January 5, 2017

cbc website

my latest beer column extract on the cbc website

Milkshake beer could be among

2017's craft brewing trends

Beer columnist gives us her thoughts on what will be popular in B.C.'s 

craft beer scene

CBC News Posted: Jan 04, 2017 5:30 PM PT Last Updated: Jan 04, 2017 5:30 PM PT
Four Winds' Blodberg beer was one of Rebecca Whyman's beer picks this week
Four Winds' Blodberg beer was one of Rebecca Whyman's beer picks this week (Four Winds Brewing Co./Facebook)
Everyone wants to know what the future holds, and On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says the future of craft beer in B.C. — at least for 2017 — is the New England India Pale Ale.
Also known as the Northeast-style IPA, New England IPAs are less bitter than a Northwest IPA, which makes them more approachable for most people. Whyman says they have fruity, citrusy flavours and a creamy soft mouthfeel, an unexpected sensation for drinkers used to Northwest IPAs.
"We saw Vancouver's first version of this style of beer, Steamworks' Flagship IPA, win the best IPA and best in show at the 2016 B.C. Beer Awards," she told On The Coast host Stephen Quinn.
"[Hops] are added at the end of the boil, and dry-hopped during fermentation. This adds a lot of hop flavour and aroma, but very little bitterness."
Another possible 2017 trend? Milkshake IPAs: hoppy beers with lactose sugar added to make them thick, milky and sweet.
"Using the words milky and fruity together doesn't sound terribly appetizing, but believe me, the beers are delicious and very approachable," she said. "Locally, Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody recently brewed their Two Straws Milkshake IPA."
Here are Whyman's beer picks for this week:
Steamworks Flagship IPA
"Cloudy and juicy! Generously hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy and Citra hops for an intense tropical fruit aroma and just a touch of bitterness. Available by itself in six packs of bottles, or as part of eight-pack tall-can mash-up packs."
Four Winds Blodberg
"A dark nordic saison brewed with plums and arctic thyme, and aged in an oak foeder. This is a collaboration beer inspired by Iceland. Get it while you can! 750 ml bottles at specialty stores and the tasting room."
With files from CBC Radio One's On The Coast

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

link love

little bit late (it ain't monday, but it is my first day back at the office, so it feels like one)

anti-trump beer will knock you on your ass

another guide to drinking in vancouver

parallel 49 revamping the tasting room - into a full-service restaurant with a patio!