Vanishing Monk Belgian Witbier – Old Yale Brewing


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From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Vanishing Monk Belgian Witbier” a part of their Tall Tale Series of beers.  The beer pours a light straw yellow that is quite cloudy and has a billowing white head.  The aroma consists of yeast, wheat, citrus, orange and coriander.  The flavour is of Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus, orange, coriander and other lite spice, mild tartness and a very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 20.  Like all witbiers the flavour is not massive but it is really refreshing and I could picture myself sitting on a patio in the summer with a pint or two of this beer.  Get it before it vanishes!

Commercial Description:  An unfiltered Belgian style Witbier with hints of orange and coriander, a slightly tart finish, and a fluffy white head. Use it to steam mussels (delicious!), or pair with a fresh fruit salad.

Food Pairings as per brewery:  Steamed mussels, Fruit Salad, Grilled chicken breast, Crab, Smoked Salmon

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IPA – Red Collar Brewing


From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Okanagan comes their “IPA” a beer in their classic series.  The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, earth, floral and herbal hops.  The flavour is of caramel and biscuit up front with some earthiness, sweetness, mild tropical hops notes and a mild bitterness.  There is no doubt this is an English IPA.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.25% with an IBU of 78.  I am surprised that the IBU is that high as it really does not come through in the flavour but more like an IBU of 40-50.  With that being said this beer has all the makings of a really good English IPA and would probably even be quite palatable to non IPA drinkers.

Commercial Description:  A traditional English style IPA using primarily Australian hops. Red Collar IPA is brewed with Kamloops water, Canadian malt, English ale yeast, and Galaxy and Ella hops. Unpasturized, unfiltered and naturally carbonated.

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Rye-Nheitsge-Bot Rye IPA – Cannery Brewing


From Cannery Brewing Company out of Penticton BC comes their new “Rye-Nheitsge-Bot” Rye IPA. This beer can currently be found in their Cannery Collection and in 6 packs only in the tasting room. The name is a play on the Reinheitsgebot also known as the German Beer Purity Law.  The beer pours a deep copper or golden brown with a tan head.  The aroma consist of rye, earthy hops, pine and a hint of citrus (I have a cold so I may be off on the nose).  The flavour is of big rye malts, caramel, earth, pine and some citrus and a pretty good bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 70.  I think the rye might be masking some of the bitterness on this one.  I enjoy rye beer and this one is no exception.  This is a very well crafted rye IPA with a ton of flavour.

Commercial Description:  This Rye IPA comes to you from another time and space or maybe from just down the street. Want to learn a little more about where this name came from, visit here.  This contains enough Rye, Amarillo and Simcoe to please the most outrageous of beer drinking robots!.

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Hearthstone Brewery Tap Takeover – Vancouver


On April 9th, 2015 the new brewery in North Vancouver Hearthstone Brewery held a tap takeover at Bitter Tasting Room in Vancouver.

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Hearthstone Brewery is located at the old Red Truck Beer location in North Vancouver and is in the process of building a tasting room although it is months away.  Darren and George have a ton of beer ready to share though and have been sending it out to local pubs.  Luckily for me Darren sent me an email letting me know about this tap takeover as it is so easy to miss events on social media and I really wanted to come out and try their beer.  I had tried their milk stout right out of the tank on a visit to the brewery in November but it was really young (Click here to see that post).  Although young it was promising and had me looking forward to trying some more of their creations.

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They really did not disappoint with this tap takeover either!  On tap for their first Tap Takeover ever were 7 different beer.  The beer included Bohemian Pils, Common Man, Azacca Pale Ale, American Pale Ale, Red Rye Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout and their Graham Cracker Ale.  Every beer had great flavour and lots of depth but my favourite had to be the Graham Cracker Ale.  The Graham Cracker Ale just had a huge depth with lots of caramel and almost a cognac finish and clocked in at 8% without being hot.  I may have had more than one glass of this one.

The Hearthstone Brewery head brewers Darren and George are a hoot and they had fun taking a shot for my blog post.

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You always have to pair great beer with great food so I would be wrong to not mention the food that we ordered to go with the beer.

make sure to keep and eye out for Hearthstone Brewery beer!  If you go to their website you can find out the locations that are currently pouring.

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Beer League Bash (1st Annual) – Vancouver


On April 4th, 2015 Bomber Brewing hosted the First Annual Beer League Bash event at the Britannia Community Rink in Vancouver.

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As can be seen in the poster Parallel 49 Brewing, Bomber Brewing, Red Truck Beer, Yale Town Brewing, Bridge Brewing, Off The Rail Brewing, Storm Brewing, Main Street Brewing, Moody Ales, Central City Brewers & Distillers and Strange Fellows Brewing poured beer for the beer festival portion of this event.

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Lets first get into what this event was all about.  All profits raised at this festival from tickets to the event to food and beer tickets went to B.A.S.H. the Britannia After School Hockey program for at risk youth in East Vancouver.  It helps raise money so that these kids can get hockey equipment and play hockey and have a better chance of staying out of trouble.  I always like to support events that have a cause and keeping children out of trouble is a great cause in my books.  Tickets came in at a very reasonable $25 and included a few drink tickets.  Everyone had to pay for tickets for beer including the people playing hockey as it was all for the kids!  Here are a few of the photos from the beer festival portion of the event to start.

The real fun of the event though was with the beer league hockey side of things!

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The teams involved included Bomber Brewing, Red Truck Beer, Parallel 49 Brewing and the Craft Beer All-Stars.  Every team had to have a certain number of brewery staff on the team with the rest of the team being filled out with friends.  Bomber Brewing probably had it easiest as they began their life as a beer league hockey team and built a brewery from there.  The Craft Beer All-Stars team was built from brewery staff from other breweries in Vancouver that could not field a full team.  The hockey was great to watch and everyone seemed to have a great time!

I even took a few videos of the event

The winning team of the entire tournament ended up being Red Truck Beer.  They beat Parallel 49 Brewing in the final to win the trophy.

I was lucky enough to be on  the ice for the trophy ceremony and was asked to take the team photo for the winning team.

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Each team had a player of the game and they all got trophies as well.  I was only able to get photos for the Bombers and the Craft Beer All-Stars sadly.

After everyone got off the ice the celebration headed back up into the beer festival where much reveling happened.

Of all the events that I have attended over the last few years this has to be one of the highlights.  Not only was there some really good beer but their was also some great hockey to watch.  I love standing around and chatting beer with anyone and everyone don’t get me wrong but with visual stimulation this just took the cake for me!  On top of all the fun this event was able to raise almost $2500!  I just hope next years event can do event better!

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Pacific Beer Chat Podcast #2


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Were back and talking beer (Pacific Beer Chat #2)

Welcome to Episode 2 of Pacific Beer Chat.

Bloggers involved include;
mike G of http://www.mikescraftbeer.com,
Terry of http://westcoastbeergeek.com/
Joe of http://thirstywriter.com/,
Mike of http://thebeerrater.com/ and
Steve also of http://www.mikescraftbeer.com.

Topics of Discussion:
1 – Recent attended event recap.
2 – Discussing the April 1st Price Changes in British Columbia
3 – Lastly we discussed issues around growlers.

Establishments and breweries mentioned in this podcast include, Vancouver Craft Beer Week, Four Winds Brewing, Washington Brewers Guild, Victoria Beer Week, Hoyne Brewing, Dageraad Brewing, Powell Street Craft Brewery, Drake Eatery, Swans Brewpub, Category 12 Brewing, Strange Fellows Brewing, Brassneck Brewing, Main Street Brewing, 4 Mile Brewpub, Loghouse Brewpub, West Coast Brewery Tours, Maui Brewing, Hop & Vine Taphouse, Deschutes Brewing, Bomber Brewing, Red Truck Beer, Parallel 49 Brewing, Fest-Of-Ale, Bad Tattoo Brewing, Kettle Valley Station Pub, Cascadia Liquor, Spinnakers Brewpub, Moody Ales, Half Pints Brewing, Phillips Brewing, Lighthouse Brewing, Driftwood Brewing, Howe Sound Brewing, Woods Coffee (Washington), Steel & oak brewing, Lake of the Woods Brewing, Fort Garry Brewing.

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Note to would be Podcasters
It may seem like a cool idea to podcast with two different bloggers in the same room (With different computers) but there are to many technical issues.  One of which is hearing yourself speak through your headphones (My god that was distracting).  Having to set only one microphone to record and ensuring that your computer doesn’t overrule your muted microphone.  I had to fight to remove a second echo version of my voice on the podcast and it was not simple and was time consuming.
Mike G

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Granville Island Brewing – Swing Span Amber Ale


The Granville Island Brewing Company of Vancouver, BC, brings us the Swing Span Amber Ale.

Starting with a deep honey brown colour with great clarity and just a little visible carbonation and a cream tan head this is a good looking beer.  I am drinking it on a nice, cool summer night after a good gym session and it looks exactly like what I want to drink right now.

The aromas just roll right off this beer, I don’t even have to have my nose up to it to get a good whiff of honey.  Under that initial note I get a bit of clover and sweet malt.  Nothing is really heavy on the nose but the aromas are pronounced and easy to pick out.

The Mosaic and Cascade hops are noticeable on the tongue on the first sip.  There is a light bitterness to start mixed with burnt honey.  A touch of smoke lingers before a bitter finish that brings out some nice herbal notes.  All of this is wrapped in a nice, round mouthfeel with a slightly astringent carbonation on the back of the palate.  I like the balance of sweet, bitter and smokey in this beer and I think I would like to drink this with a mild red meat like lamb.

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Granville Island Brewing – Hey Day Hefeweizen


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Vancouver’s Granville Island Brewing has, in it’s Under the Bridge Series, the Hey Day Hefeweizen.

Not super cloudy, I can see shapes on the otherside but it is cloudy enough that I feel like it is a Hefeweizen.  It is a pleasant orange-gold colour with a startlingly white head.

There is a nice grassy aroma from the beer, a little bit of hay and a hint of banana.  A little bit of spice comes out if you swirl the beer.

Banana is at the forefront of the flavours up against a dryness that makes the banana nice rather than cloying.  There are some nice clove and allspice notes underneath the main flavour.  The carbonation is a bit prickly, you can feel it going down in a satisfying way.

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Belgian Quad – Old Abbey Ales


From Old Abbey Ales the new brewery on the block in Abbotsford comes their “Belgian Quad” a bottle conditioned beer.  The beer pours a deep brown with a ruby tinge to it and a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, cherries, bananas and sweet malts.  The flavour is of earth, alcohol, dark fruits, cherries, molassus, brown sugar and yeast.  This beer has some great body to it!  The alcohol content comes in at 10.1% with an IBU of 27.  This is a great Belgian Quad and I recommend anyone that has a chance to try it to do it!

Commercial Description:  Old Abbey Ales Belgian Quad is our biggest, most flavourful beer. At 10.1% ABV, this Belgian style Quadruple represents a deep garnet to dark brown hue of bold strength and character. Exhibit great depths of maltiness, the smooth mouth-feel and full body deliver multiple layers of malt complexity evocative of rich, dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar and more. This beer also exhibits spicy yeast notes while the hops keep the mall sweetness from becoming cloying, but they remain in the background.

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Organic Honey Ale – Dogwood Brewing


From the brand new Dogwood Brewing in South Vancouver comes their “Organic Honey Ale”.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a small white head.  The aroma consists of mild honey and malts.  The flavour is of malts, some fruit notes and some semi sweet honey.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 15.  The flavour may not be huge in this beer but it hits all the right marks and is a great session ale!

Commercial Description:  Light and Refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness.

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