Showing posts from October, 2011

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linky linky

women in beer i like how this article ends:  "She looks forward to a time where the modern heirs to Ninkasi will be recognized solely as great brewers, not for their gender. The return of women to brewing is bringing fresh ideas and perspectives, which can only mean more new and exciting beers. And that’s something women and men alike should toast." cheers! if we're spending less over all, why are we buying expensive beer? survey says:  "Because we’re cutting out even more expensive luxuries. As Americans eat out less, we’re willing to spend more for variety, convenience—maybe even health. The seemingly endless flavors, textures, and shapes of Greek yogurt, artisanal cheese, and craft beer make us feel like we’re choosing from a new menu each time we go to the store—while we spend less time choosing from actual menus."

world beer awards

wanna know who won the 2011 world beer awards ?

beer, zombies and running

i would never have thought to combine all three of beer, zombies and running now i can't imagine why i didn't

happy birthday

happy birthday to the fabulous paige! how is this beer-related? she's 19 today!!!

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occupy this!

antiquated liquor laws

more on the antiquated liquor laws in british columbia beware, movies and alcohol are a dangerous mix? please change that stupid law now! i love having me a beer with a late-night double feature picture show (in the back ro-o-ow)

oxford companion to beer

i have not cracked this book yet but i have already heard from many fronts that this eagerly anticipated tome is not living up to the hype incomplete and incorrect are two of the words that i have heard the beer wench weighs in on what she thinks about the oxford companion to beer and she's actually read the book!

driftwood sartori

in case you haven't yet had your fill of the fresh-hopped sartori get your ass down to the whip for the penultimate vancouver cask tapping at 4 today! the new oxford one tapped out in an hour... just sayin' oh, and its dockside's 10th anniversary party tonight (at dockside of course!)

canadian craft beer

great cbc article about some of our favourite micro-brewers , central city and steamwhistle still lots of room for growth in craft brewing they say! and in a related article, the cbc wants to know if you buy locally crafted beer i do!

bc craft beer box

the bc craft beer boxes have arrived in liquor stores! a mixer pack of 6 bc craft breweries and 6 styles of beer! cannery brewing's naramata nut brown ale lighthouse's race rocks amber russell cream ale mt. begbie's high country kolsch central city's ipa fernie's first trax brown ale


the driftwood sartori cask at the new oxford last night was awesome! there were a whole gaggle of beer geeks there not so patiently waiting for 5:30 and the tapping thanks ian!! alas, the service at new oxford left a lot to be desired amanda thankfully took it upon herself to fetch us all our glasses of cask as ian endeavoured to get it poured as quickly and foam-free as possible on the upside, ian says that there will be another cask of the sartori at the whip he's not sure when they'll be tapping it and... another cask coming to vancouver no word yet on who will get it or when they will tap it, but keep yer ears peeled if you're a sartori lover (and if you're not, what's wrong with you???)

pretzel recipe

okay, who wants to make this for me? pumpkin beer pretzels with two different dipping sauces ! heaven!

cask nights

i broke my camera at oktoberfest... so no photos of recent casks last week's rail ale tuesday at the railway club featured vanilla bean oatmeal stout from r&b brewing i was scared by the "vanilla" aspect but it was subtle and barely discernable - which made me happy! delicious!  made having to go to the dentist beforehand feel like it happened to somebody else! last week's cask at the yaletown brewpub was an unadulterated nagila pale ale and it was delicious it really is quite nice to have an unadulterated cask from time to time! and happy birthday to matt! this week i will be heading over to the new oxford on tuesday evening because driftwood has gifted them with a cask of the sartori fresh-hopped ipa and i simply cannot miss that!

black ipa

the beer wench weighs in on the whole black ipa vs cda name debate

the charlatan

whatcha doing monday evening? will you be on commercial drive, vancouver? want some free beer and nibblies? hit up the charlatan - oktoberfest lives on!

world cup

in case you want to know what i'll be doing at 1:00 a.m. sunday morning and the rules i'll be enforcing:


gosh darn it, i think this person got my pint of sartori at st. augustine's last night i just, just, just missed out [insert majorly pouty face here] now i must find me a bottle somewhere viti??? firefly??? brewery creek??? who has some left?

#stout day

international stout day is november 3rd! in vancouver?  then you should go to the stout pairing dinner at rogue kitchen and not just because it was my idea!!!


i am slow off the mark, but here are some oktoberfest photos from malone's last saturday from other people's cameras of course i'm not nearly on top of my game enough to have uploaded mine yet! all of the above by rodney gitzel the two below are from the camera of christie little and these are from stacy buster's camera:

you go carlsberg!

not my favourite beer, but major kudos to carlsberg for this fabulous ad !

canadian tire money

i've been wondering what to do with all my canadian tire money now that my local store has closed (and i'm too lazy to travel to another one) wonder no more! rogue wetbar will take my canadian tire money at par yes they will between 2 and 5 p.m. anyway! "Yes, us accepting Canadian Tire Money is for real.. From 2-5 pm use as much Canadian Tire cash you have on whatever you want! (no cash back)"


wanna see where my investment in brewdog is going? check out their latest blog for the new facilities plans

beer geekery

lazy blogger resorts to reposting of witty sayings:

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pat's pub

12 craft taps at pat's pub ? anti-hipster heaven! well, i'm not sure the 12 taps really all qualify as craft but i'm not going to quibble with a place that's trying to reinvent itself through craft beer they're trying! and, you know, they do brew and can their own lager on-site and its pretty good no really, it is try it, you'll like it! dude, its $3.50 a pint, $13 a pitcher and only $12 for a six-pack to go i'm not going to lie to you it was a couple of weeks ago that i stopped in at pat's pub on a tuesday night around 9 there was no one else there which just meant the bartender gave us lots of attention and back story on the lager but... it also means that i do not have total recall of what's on those 12 taps... thank goodness they list them on the website!! cannery:  ipa and blackberry porter r & b:  red devil pale ale russell:  cream ale, wee angry scotch tree brewing:  cut-throat pale ale big rock:  traditional ale,

beer vs wine

the menu is out for phillips' beer vs wine pairing dinner:

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hallowe'en party

central city is having a hallowe'en party on october 29th: "Join us for the annual Central City Brewing Halloween party! This year we have some amazing prizes for the most humorous, creative, and overall best costumes. Also, seeing as it is the last Saturday of the month we will have a cask on the bar. No word yet on what the boys in the brewery have in store for us yet, but rest assured it will be within the Halloween theme - possibly Pumpkin Ale? Full details here ."


craft beer dot com's latest newsletter is out and it looks fabulous: in defence of the name "black ipa" beer and pumpkin soup recipe beer profiteroles... oh happy day!

seasonal beer tasting - on right now!

yikes, a little late on the notice... from legacy liquor store: SEASONAL CRAFT BEER TASTING Thursday, 4 to 7 pm Oct 13, 2011 As part of BC Craft Beer Month Legacy is celebrating the fall season with a cross section of limited release beers. Sample Pumpkin beers, fruit beers and the first of the Christmas season beers.

seasonal changes

and no, i'm not actually talking about the weather! sierra nevada kills one seasonal in favour of a new one lagunitas runs out of room to brew their winter seasonal and comes up with a replacement buh-bye old favourites and hello fabulous newness? not sure we'll get the new seasonal brews up here, but i do hope so

stillwater ales

i have posted many times about stillwater artisinal ales now you can go straight to the source to hear all about him! everything you ever wanted to know about the gypsy brewer behind stillwater artisinal ales


not beer related but what the heck - my facebook is flooded with this stuff!

sunk punk

oh brewdog! taking brewing beneath the waves and johanna basford - my artist crush - drew the label!

beer judge

signed myself up to take the beer judge test in vancouver in november 2012 brilliant plan or stupidest idea i've ever had? being a beer judge would be awesome studying beer styles for a year may take all the joy out of beer... uh oh!

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howe sound tasting

howe sound tasting at legacy tomorrow night: HOWE SOUND BEER TASTING Wednesday, 4 to 7 pm Oct 12, 2011 Join us for a sampling of Howe Sound Brewery's great beers and with your purchase of product receive a ticket for a free pint at Doolin's Irish Pub of Howe Sound Vanilla Stout; the cask is being tapped Thursday the 13th starting at 5 pm.

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ooh, i want these glasses! hopside down beer glasses

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more accolades for beers in cans including central city and 21st amendment

denim day?

apparently today is international denim day? is there a day for everything? do we need a day for everything?  doesn't that kinda take away from the "specialness"? anyway... way to make denim day all about beer dogfish head!

i love hops

i know this is no surprise to anyone but i love hops! so pretty, so bitter, so good for me so delicious! want to know more about hops? will let you in on the secret life of hops citra, chinook, cascade, centennial the "c" hops might just be my favourites...

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legacy tasting

tasting at legacy tomorrow night: EFES PILSNER AND DARK TASTING Friday, 4 to 7 pm Oct 7, 2011 $2 of every 6 pack purchased of Efes this month will be donated to Breast Cancer Charity. Come sample the smooth refreshing pilsner and malty dark Efes beers. Made with rice, so great for people with gluten sensitivities.

tasting notes

not that i'm behind on my notes or anything... here's the past two week's worth of beernesday tastings at st. augustine's september 21, 2011 taster #1 elysian night owl pumpkin ale - 5.9%  brewed with 7 1/2 pounds of pumpkin per barrel and spiked in conditioning with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice rogue ales chatoe good chit pilsner - 5%  made with rogue farm barley that is floor-malted in small batches crannog bogtrotter brown ale - 4.8%  a nutty, sweet brown ale with a touch of toffee in the flavour red truck ipa - wasn't on the menu i found the bogtrotter to be a "nice little brown - easy drinking" the night owl was pumpkin pieish, not overly spiced... "pretty good, but i don't think i'm ready for fall beers" the pilsner was practically an ipa, so of course i loved it! the red truck ipa was "quite nice" taster #2 russell cranberry wheat ale - 4.7%  we take an already damn fine wheat ale and ad

ska brewing

more reasons to love ska brewing not only do they have yoga and beer for the people now they have flu shots and beer for the people! (i don't necessarily endorse flu shots, my jury is still out on that one, but boy, do i ever laud ska's efforts to bring afforable healthcare to the american people)


black butte porter spice cake thanks deschutes! and spiced pumpkin beer bread too!

johanna basford

i have an artist crush on johanna basford look, just look at what she drew for brewdog:  copyright, johanna basford check out her website and her blog for more of her fabulous art no really, do it!!

cask nights

no photos because i was a bonehead last week and kept forgetting my camera! tuesday night at the railway club featured granville island's belgian wit me, i don't like a belgian, so i just had a wee dram to taste very yeasty, very coriandery couldn't get past those to the orange that i am assured was underneath them! definitely a wit pleased the wit lovers in the crowd gave me an excuse to have the central city esb! thursday night at yaletown brewpub featured the seasonal esb dry-hopped with cascades i was coming down with a cold by this point in the week so can only be so reliable on taste and smell! but the hopes made it through my stuffed up head and danced on my palate which is bloody impressive - two thumbs up! saturday at the railway club featured a cask-off between esbs from central city and hopworks the portland timber's army were in town for some footie action and they brought the hub cask up with them i love me some hopworks, but found the ca

huffington post

lots of beer articles in the huffington post of late: organic hops revolution four hops you should get to know dogfish head and google collaboration beer and another take on the collaboration beer  from laughing squid


i really enjoy hopscotch  (the event, not the chalk game, although i do like that too) but i will not be attending this year not because i have anything else on my calendar or because i can't afford it nope, i won't be attending because the tasting hall is being held at the rocky mountaineer station where it has been held in the past the difference this year is that rocky mountaineer has locked-out its workers i will NOT cross a picket line to attend an event if you feel similarly, drop hopscotch a line won't you? beg them to change venues! and support the workers who have been locked out for over 100 days now

bc craft beer month

better late than never, here are some of my photos from the proclamation of bc craft beer month, held september 30th at steamworks: bob mcrae - minister of agriculture, lundy dale - president of camra bc, and terry lake - minister of the environment, with the proclamation lundy introducing the minister bloggers, writers, brewers and john mitchell eli - owner of steamworks, bob mcrae, lundy dale and john mitchell, with the proclamation   fabulous examples of bc's craft beer 

pike brewing

the pike brewing expansion is complete! PIKE BREWING COMPANY COMPLETES BREWERY EXPANSION Seattle, Washington, October 3, 2011 Pike has recently added new stainless steel bright beer tanks, cylinder-conical fermenters, conditioning tanks, a state of the art glycol chiller and a high pressure steam keg filler, and a new gearbox and motor on our mash tun, all allowing us to increase production by approximately 30%. Pike Head Brewer, Dean Mochizuki, reports that, "Our tanks are now full and we have, for the first time in the last few years, sufficient stock to supply orders." Pike Sales Manager, Steve Case, had advised distributors to sell Pike beers primarily to existing accounts until the increased capacity was realized. He is now advising, "Full steam ahead!" Steve, a seasoned professional, joined the brewery in early 2011 and reports that the Pike brand is "on fire!" Dean, who has been with the brewery nine years, was promoted to head brewer in Apri

monk's kettle

oh how i wish i was going to be in san francisco i would love to go back to the  monk's kettle for a beer and wine pairing dinner !

tough pub crawl

masochist? well, perhaps a little... i think this british columbia pub crawl sounds amazing! i wanna do it! who's with me? c'mon, there's craft beer involved!

pimp my dog

upcycling - re-purposing - recycling at its best:  beer related! brewdog challenged its drinkers to pimp their dog