Showing posts from April, 2017

beer column

my notes from tuesday's beer column on cbc radio one's on the coast with stephen quinn: The pace of brewery openings appears to be slowing somewhat in Vancouver.  But there have been several brewery openings already this year across the province – among them Back Roads Brewing in Nelson, not to be confused with Back Country Brewing in Squamish!  And Highway 97 Brewing in Penticton, Gibsons Tapworks, and Twin City Brewing in Port Alberni also opened. Existing breweries continue to expand as well, so the thirst for craft beer isn’t waning!  I think there is still room in Vancouver’s market for more craft breweries, and definitely there is a lot of room in many underserviced areas in the province. So far most of the local breweries share a common model.  Some of the exceptions being Callister’s cooperative set-up, as mentioned a moment ago, Factory’s contract model and Howe Sound’s ownership of R&B Brewing, where they continue to make R&B brand beers, alongsid

pink pints

Pink Boots Beer launch is this coming Sunday- April 30th from 1-4 at Red Truck Brewing!  Be the first to try it!  $1 from every pint will go back to the Pink Boots Society. Spread the word! What will you be tasting?  NAME OF BEER:    Pink Boots Unite Golden Honey Ale Sessionable springtime ale dry-hopped with Cashmere, Triple Pearl & Challenger providing floral & earthy notes which play well with the subtle honey & light biscuit backbone. Hops are donated from Topp’s Hops in Abbotsford & Organic Honey is from GoldStrike in Lillooet, BC. International Women’s Day collaboration brew between: Big Ridge Brewing, KPU Brewing Program, Red Truck, Bomber Brewing, R&B, Dogwood Brewing, Foamer’s Folly, Callister & Steamworks. STYLE OF BEER : Golden Honey Ale ABV:  5.4% IBU:  30 INGREDIENTS USED:  Mostly BC malt, local hops (Challenger, Triple Pearl & Cashmere), 40 kg Organic Honey, ale yeast from Four Winds SUPPLIERS USED:  Topp's

cbc website

cbc website regarding yesterday's beer column on radio one's on the coast Are new B.C. craft breweries struggling to distinguish themselves? Plus, check out Rebecca Whyman's beer picks for this week CBC News   Posted: Apr 26, 2017 10:23 AM PT  Last Updated: Apr 26, 2017 3:30 PM PT Dageraad Brewing's Burnaby tasting room. Beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says Dageraad carved a nice niche for themselves as specialists in Belgian-style beer. ( Facebook Twitter Reddit Google Share Email Related Stories OTC Beer and Wine New model of craft brewing coming to Vancouver, says beer columnist Don't forget a pretzel necklace: 5 tips for a better beer festival experience New craft breweries keep popping up in B.C., but  On The Coast's  beer columnist says finding a niche is becoming increasingly difficult. While the first breweries that opened h

hop circuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Parallel 49 Brewing Company Hosting Beer Garden & Brewery Tours for East Vancouver’s Hop Circuit Open House, April 30 th from 1pm to 5pm Vancouver, B.C. – April 25 th , 2017 – On Sunday, April 30 th , Parallel 49 Brewing Company is participating in East Vancouver's Brewery District Hop Circuit Open House. From 1pm to 5pm, Parallel 49 Brewing Company will be offering self-guided brewery tours and hosting a beer garden behind their brewery (between Triumph St and Pandora St.), with Parallel 49 Brewing Company brews available for purchase. Minors will be allowed in the brewery as part of the self-guided brewery tours.  Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s tasting room is still undergoing renovations and

new release

Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. Announces Confederation 150 Maple Cream Ale April 20, 2017 - Revelstoke, B.C. Mt Begbie Brewing Co. has produced a limited release beer for Canada’s 150th celebration. Introducing “Confederation 150 – Maple Cream Ale” available in Government and private liquor stores after May 1st 2017. Mt Begbie Brewing Co started brewing its classic Begbie Cream Ale, 21 years ago in Revelstoke. This special edition is a new recipe incorporating a Canadian icon - organic maple syrup from Quebec. This smooth and easy drinking ale has subtle maple aroma and flavour. This one is for you Canada: cheers to 150 years!

red truck concert series

For Immediate Release Monday April 17 th , 2017. Vancouver, BC Truck Stop Concert Series at Red Truck Brewing Returns for a Third Great Year The 2017 model is set to be the best yet with three summer outdoor concerts With two years on the clock, the Truck Stop Concert Series at Red Truck Beer is already a can’t-miss Vancouver summer highlight, and it’s returning for a third year with three great shows in East Vancouver’s historic Brewery Creek neighbourhood. Once again, Red Truck will load up the all-day excitement of a music festival and drop it in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. This year’s schedule will launch with a June 17 th synth-pop show headlined by Australian legends Cut/Copy . Cut/Copy are a festival favourite who’ll be playing classics from albums like In Ghost Colours and Free Your Mind along with tracks from their upcoming album. On July 15 th , the country and Americana showcase takes over with Drake White and the Big Fire at the top of the po

bowen island relaunches

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Back Aboard with Bowen Island Brewing Bowen Island Brewing Co., a BC Craft Beer Veteran is hitting shelves with a new look and new recipes. Vancouver, BC (April 20, 2017) Bowen Island Brewing is proud to announce an exciting fresh look for the 30+ year old craft beer brand. The Bowen team has been working with renowned Hired Guns Creative (designers for Old Order Spirits, Driftwood Brewing, Coast Mountain Brewing) to reinvigorate the brand’s visual presence and working with Brewmaster Joe Goetz (formerly with Granville Island Brewing) to develop a new recipe and tweak some of the existing recipes ones. “For Bowen Island Brewing, we designed each beer to reflect a different aspect of island life. All these points of view come together to create a bigger picture: the "brand world" of Bowen Island. The updated branding and illustrative style of the can designs elevates the brand and sets the stage for expansion in

new release

Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. Releases Tail Whip Munich Helles Lager April 13, 2017 - Revelstoke, B.C. - On Weds April 12, 2017 Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. bottled and kegged Tail Whip Munich Helles Lager.  Formerly a spring seasonal bottle, this is the first time the beer has been made available on draft by the company. Tail Whip is a celebration of B.C. A crisp refreshing lager made with 100% B.C. ingredients. Barley from Armstrong B.C. hops from Malakwa B.C. and Revelstoke’s pure, hard mountain water.

new release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Moody Ales releases their Intrepid Lemon Matcha Saison Spring Seasonal Port Moody, BC, Canada - April 12th - 2017.   Moody Ales is happy to announce that the Intrepid Lemon Matcha Saison has been launched as our Spring seasonal. Moody Ales is proud of our homebrewing roots - that's why we regularly serve beers inspired by local homebrew recipes in our tasting room. When local homebrewer, Steve Sheldon, shared his Lemon Matcha Saison to with, we knew we had to share it with as many beer lovers as we could. The Intrepid Lemon Matcha Saison is the result of this collaboration. Crisp, refreshing, earthy, spicy, unique - this beer is a celebration of homebrewed creativity. A traditional Belgian farmhouse ale, our Intrepid Lemon Matcha Saison receives a dose of organic lemon matcha tea near the end of fermentation.  The tea complements the citrusy, earthy flavours and aromas from the saison.   Brewed for spring weather, our Intrepid Lemon Matcha S

fest of ale wrap-up

The 22 nd Annual Okanagan Fest of Ale ™ A Huge Success For Immediate Release – April 10, 2017 Penticton, BC The weather didn’t dampen the spirits of craft beer and cider enthusiasts who flowed into Penticton over the weekend for the 22 nd Annual Okanagan Fest of Ale.  Organizers of the event are calling this one of the most successful events to date. 65 craft brewers were on hand this weekend to showcase over 175 craft beers and ciders to over 5,000 guests.  “This is by far the largest collection of breweries and cideries that we’ve hosted and one of the best turnouts we’ve had,” says John Cruickshank, Okanagan Fest of Ale Society President.  “We are fortunate to attract some of the best brewers to the event and patrons with a keen interest in craft beers and ciders.  That combination had a really positive impact on the overall atmosphere at the event. The energy was great. Guests had a fabulous time enjoying the selection of beverages, culinary options and live e