Showing posts from 2017

Beau's Brewing

Beau's Brewing Co. is located in Ontario.  I'm in BC.  So while I'd love to say that I got to sit down at the brewery with the lovely Beau's folks for this interview, I did not.  We went the new-fangled cyberspace way and conducted it over email. But!  But, I will get a chance to talk to Jennifer Beauchesne and brewer Brian O'Donnell in a few short weeks when they travel all the way across the country to attend the Great Canadian Beer Festival - and all I have to do is hop a ferry over to Victoria! (Full disclosure here:  the lovely Beau's folks sent me some beer samples, I get a media pass to attend GCBF because, well, I am a beer blogger you know, and I contributed to the Rwanda kickstarter.  Now you know.) I'm sure everyone's heard of Beau's, even way out on the Left Coast, but just in case you're hazy on the details:  Beau's is an organic brewery, established by the Beauchesne family in 2006 in Vankleek Hill Ontario (which i

beer column

From On the Coast on Tuesday: Just when you think you’ve got a handle on craft beer, another brewery opens up, another style becomes popular or a new trend pops up.  Mariner Brewing is poised to open on the Barnet Highway in Coquitlam in August.  I understand it will have a 50 person tasting room and a steam-powered brewery.  So watch social media for the opening announcement! One potential new trend is hop powder.  I’m not hearing a lot about it in Vancouver yet, but there are some breweries in the US who are experimenting with it, including Georgetown Brewing in Seattle. Hop powder is pretty much what it sounds like – it is a powdered form of hops.  The powder is an essential oil-rich concentrate made by extracting resin glands from the hops at very cold temperatures in a nitrogen atmosphere to preserve the quality of the oils.  The resulting powder contains twice the percentage of alpha acids – which is what bitters beer - as the original hops or the pellets they

cbc website

from the cbc website , from my beer column yesterday: Get the raw story on raw ale, the newest trend in craft brewing Plus, check out Rebecca Whyman's picks for great summer beers CBC News   Posted: Jul 18, 2017 5:52 PM PT  Last Updated: Jul 18, 2017 6:14 PM PT Category 12 is a B.C. brewery that makes a beer using raw ale techniques. (Category 12 Brewing/Facebook) 5 shares Facebook Twitter Reddit Google Share Email Related Stories OTC Beer and Wine Beware of 'crafty' marketing, beer columnist says Are new B.C. craft breweries struggling to distinguish themselves? The newest trend in B.C. craft beer is old school — very old school. Raw ale is a type of beer made when the wort — the sugary liquid extracted from malted grains — is not boiled. "Most traditional farmhouse ales are raw and probably prehistoric beer was all raw ale,"  On The Coast  beer colu

deja vu

from the CBC website today, which sounds an awful lot like my beer column of last month ... Bitter battle between Big Beer  and craft brewers gets uglier Independent craft brewers say multinational conglomerates making it  harder to tell what's 'true' craft beer By Aaron Saltzman,  CBC News   Posted: Jul 18, 2017 5:00 AM ET  Last Updated: Jul 18, 2017 10:37 PM ET Craft beer sales in Canada are growing while sales of traditional, mass produced commercial beer are flat. (Barry Smith/CBC) 2721 shares Facebook Twitter Reddit Google Share Email Aaron Saltzman Senior Reporter, Consumer Affairs As a full-time parent to two young children, Aaron Saltzman's 'real' day job provides practical, hands-on experience for the position of CBC's Senior Reporter, Consumer Affairs. Nearly 20 years experience in television, radio and online news al