Aphrodisiaque – Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel


From Montreal Quebec’s Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel comes their “Aphrodisiaque” a strong stout.  The stout pours a deep opaque black with a brown head that dissipates quickly.  The aroma consists of smoke, roasted malts, chocolate and molasses.  The flavour is of tones of smoke, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, molasses and hops bitterness.  This stout is a bit more smokey that I would usually go for but it worked really well.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.

Commercial Description:  Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.

Check out my Build Your Own 6 Pack that this was a part of!

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O’hare’s Beer Club – April 2014


Its already been two months so it is time for a new beer box!  This looks to be another awesome beer box this month containing only two beers that I have had to date.  Without wasting anymore time let me reveal the beers!

Drum Roll Please!

Beer Included is as follows:

Cameron’s – RPA Rye Pale Ale
Howe Sound Brewing – King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen
Occidental Brewing Co – Lucubrator Dobblebock
Chuckanut Brewery – German-Style Pilsner
Gigantic Brewing Company – Too Much Coffee Man
Mikkeller – Dry Stout Sauternes Edition
Parallel 49 Brewing – Defibrallator Doppel Bock
Vancouver Island Brewery – Sabotage India Session Ale

Reviews will come as I enjoy the Beer.  Once again O’hare’s has outdone themselves!  Thanks O’hare’s!!!

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Double IPA – Persephone Brewing Company


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From Persephone Brewing Company out of Gibsons BC comes their “Double IPA” a very limited release brew.  The beer pours a very clear golden colour with a white head and some lacing.  The aroma consists of floral hops, citrus and malts.  There is a ton of hops bitterness to the taste with pine, citrus, tropical fruits, caramel and malts to finish it off.  This beer is very hopy but also very balanced.  The alcohol content comes in at 9%.  I have heard this brew being compared to some of the best IPA’s in the world.  I would not quite put it there but it is up in the top tier to be sure.

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Black Galaxy – Half Pints Brewing


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From Winnipeg Manitoba’s Half Pints Brewing Company comes their seasonal brew the “Black Galaxy” a Black IPA.  The beer pours a deep opaque brown/black colour with a creamy brown head.  There is some good lacing left on the glass after a few sips.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee and floral hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, earthy, hops bitterness, caramel and coffee.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with and IBU of 60.  This is a very well balanced and flavourful Black IPA and I am glad that a bottle found its way to BC.  IF you can still find a bottle in Winnipeg or Alberta snap it up!

Commercial Description:  The last time we did a beer of this style, the lineup was out the door and down the block with hopheads waiting for their fix of hop-a-licious goodness.  The Black Scrapper was well received by all, and has even remained in the Top 50 in the World for it’s style over on BeerAdvocate.com, at one point hovering around 24th in the world (out of 480).  Lots of breweries are doing this style of beer right now, so we thought it was only fitting for us to raise the bar and add another notch in our belts to get the beer knurds excited out there in beerland.  This time around, we brewed to 6% a/v with around 60 IBU’s of bitterness.  The kicker is the multiple additions of Australian Galaxy hops we added to the brew as it sat perking away.  If you closed your eyes and drank this beer, you’d be hard pressed to think it was so dark, but that’s the fun of the style, and as the beer warms, there’s a bit of chewy black malts there, but the hops are in your face for the whole ride.

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Pannepooch Reserva 2013 – Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company


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From Portland, Oregon’s Hair of the Dog Brewing Company comes their “Pannepooch Reserva 2013 Old Fisherman’s Ale” a Belgian Style Quadrupel in theory.  The beer pours a brown colour with re hues and no head.  The aroma consists of malts, dark fruits and strawberry jam.  The flavour is of sweet dark fruits, candied sugar, cherries, molasses, plums, tootsie rolls, strawberry jam, malts, and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 13%.  The beer was as odd as it sounds but at the same time it was amazing.  I would love to get my hands on another bottle but due to scarcity and cost I doubt that will happen.

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Murderers Row Cask Event – Pentiction


Right after Day Two of the Fest-Of-Ale on April 5th, 2014was the Murderers Row Cask Event.  The Murderers Row Cask Event is held at the Kettle Valley Station Pub and was the Third Annual event.  It is a small event and sells out quite quickly but is well worth getting tickets for.  This year casks were brought in by Cannery Brewing, Crannog Ales, Firehall Brewery, Parallel 49 Brewing, Tin Whistle Brewing, Tree Brewing.  I had every intention of trying all 6 brews that were tapped but good intentions don’t always work out.  This festival does not play around as from what I can guess each our is a 20oz pour or pretty close.  If I had not judged earlier in the day I may have made it though all six.  I struggled through three amazing beer but could not drink anymore.

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The following are the beers I did have a chance to try.

Hoppin Spring Saison -  Parallel 49 Brewing
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This beer poured a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consisted of sweet fruit esters, yeast and citrus rind.  The flavour was of a smooth yeasty flavour with wheat, fruity esters, oranges and citrus rind.  This was a very tasty saison and a really interesting take on their Hay Fever Spring Saison.

Cannery IPA with Wild Honey and Citra Hops – Cannery Brewing
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The beer poured a cloudy brown colour with a creamy white head.  The aroma consisted of caramel malts, honey, citrus and hops.  The flavour is of caramel malts, semi sweet honey, citrus and hops bitterness.  The Honye and Citra hops really made for a flavorful IPA.  This just made a great IPA taste that much better.

Hand Truck Porter – Crannog Brewing
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The beer poured a deep black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consisted of roasted malts, chocolate, mild coffee and an overall sweetness.  The flavour was of roasted malts, lots of chocolate, coffee, smoke and was very smooth.  Not a surprise that Crannog Brewing made a great ale!

Like any cask festival this event was full of real craft beer aficionados.  Everyone was so friendly and so happy to chat about craft beer and especially the casks that were on offer.

Here are some photos from Kim of DogLeg Marketing

Bye the time I finished my third glass I was feeling fairly Murdered and I headed back to the Penticton Ranada right behind the pub to crash.  I look forward to hitting this event up in the future as it was an amazing event.

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Fest-Of-Ale Day 2 2014- Penticton


On Day two (April 5th, 2014) of the Fest-Of-Ale in Penticton the party started at Noon.  Seeing as I was one of the Judges for the Fest-Of-Ale Awards I was not able to join the party until 3pm.  From the Judging room it sounded like there was a tone of fun being had though.

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As with Day One the brewery’s involved included the following:

Breweries and Cider Makers
Alpine Brewing Company – Oroville Washington
Bad Tatoo Brewing – Penticton (Not Pouring)
Barley Mill Brew Pub – Penticton
Big Rock Brewery – Calgary, Vancouver
Bomber Brewing – Vancouver
Bravo Beer Co – International Imports
Cannery Brewing – Penticton
Central City Brewing – Surrey
Crannog Ales – Sorrento
Creemore Springs – Creemore Ontario
Dead Frog Brewery – Aldergrove
Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers – North Vancouver
Driftwood Brewery – Victoria
Fernie Brewing Co – Fernie
Firehall Brewery – Oliver
Four Winds Brewing Company – Delta
Hoyne Brewing – Victoria
Granville Island Brewing – Vancouver
Hoyne Brewing Co – Victoria
Lighthouse Brewing Company – Victoria
McClelland Premium Imports – International Imports
Mill St. Brewery – Toronto Ontario
Mt Begbie Brewing – Revelstoke
Nelson Brewing Company – Nelson
Orchard Hill Cidery – Penticton
Parallel 49 Brewing Company – Vancouver
Phillips Brewing Co – Victoria
Red Truck Beer Company – Vancouver
Stanley Park Brewery – Vancouver
Steamworks Brewing Co – Burnaby, Vancouver
Summerland Heritage Cider Company – Summerland
Tin Whistle Brewery – Penticton
Tree Brewing Co – Kelowna
Vancouver Island Brewery – Victoria
Wards Cider – Kelowna
Whistler Brewing Company – Whisler

There was also more great music on day two including Flashback, Joe’s Garage, Papa Wheeley, The Dungbeatles and Thursday Night Jazz Band.

Day one of the Festival was a bit more business for me as I knew that I had friends that would be at day 2.  While spending time with a few groups of friends I noticed that day two was quite a bit busier that the first day.  People seemed to be imbibing in a little more alcohol but everyone was having a great time!  I enjoyed a wide selection of beer although I did not need anymore really after all the judging.

 

Here are some photos from Kim of DogLeg Marketing

It was then time to announce the winners to the entire room.  Not only did they announce the beers that won the Judging portion of the competition but they also announced the people’s choice awards.  The winners of the Fest-Of-Ale are as follows!

Winners

Lager/Pilsner: Hoyner Pilsner – Hoyne Brewing Co., Victoria BC
Pale Ale: Red Truck Ale – Red Truck Beer Company, Vancouver BC
IPA: Four Winds White Rye IPA – Four Winds Brewing Co, Delta BC
Wit/Wheat: Robson Street Hefeweizen – Granville Island Brewery, Vancouver BC
Ales: Naramata Nut Brown Ale – Cannery Brewing, Penticton BC
Stout/Porter: Holy Smoke Stout – Firehall Brewery, Oliver BC
Belgian: Sunkissed Tea Saison – Deep Cove, North Vancouver BC
Fruit Beer: Stiegl Radler – McClelland Premium Imports, BC
Ciders: Red Roof Cider – Orchard Hill Estate Cidery, Oliver BC

Best of Show

IPA: Four Winds White Rye IPA – Four Winds Brewing Co, Delta BC

People’s Choice Awards

Best Beer: Project 9 Pils – Fernie Brewing Co, Fernie BC
Best Booth: Penticton Lakeside Resort, Penticton BC
Best Food: Brodo Kitchen, Penticton BC
Best Band: The Dungbeatles

Here are some photos from Kim of DogLeg Marketing

The festival went on until 6pm and was a blast!  Once again I did take it easy at the actual event as I had one more event to hit up after this Festival.  I have to say that this is a very well run Beer Festival.  it is more about learning more about craft beer and different flavours than it is about over indulging.  It is great to see that this event has matured in the last 3 or 4 years from what I hear was a bit of a drunk fest.  It is amazing what removing a few vendors can do to change the whole feeling of a festival.  Congratulations to the organizers of the Fest-Of-Ale for pulling off a wonderful 19th Annual Event.

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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout 2014 – Elysian Brewing


O’hare’s Beer Club February 2014 Box

From Elysian Brewing out of Seattle Washington USA comes the “Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout”.  This is the 2014 edition of the beer.  The beer pours a dark brown/black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted coffee, chocolate and some hops bitterness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, lactose and hops bitterness.  This beer had a surprisingly thin body.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 35.  This was a very pleasing stout and well worth the pickup.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Cream Puffs

Commercial Description: Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout combines the talents of Elysian Brewing and Stumptown Coffee in a deliciously smooth, very Northwest beer

Click here to check out the February 2014 Box

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River City Handsome West Coast Belgian IPA – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks


Well it has happened!  BC has its first Gypsy Brewery!  Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks located in Richmond BC have brewed their first commercial brew.  Dan Fuggles and Tony Warlock are well known in the Home Brewing circles in Metro Vancouver and have struck out on the commercial brewing path.  Their “River City Handsome West Coast Belgian IPA” is a collaboration with Big River Brewpub in South Richmond.  The beer pours a cloudy orange/copper with a creamy white head.  There is some lasting lacing left on the glass.  The aroma consists of melons, fruity esters, sweet malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of big hops up front with sweet melon, citrus, Belgian yeast, pine and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 68.  This is a very tasty brew to be sure.  There is a great balance of sweetness from the malts and fruit esters with the hops bitterness.

Commercial Description:  We have merged two beautiful styles, a lovely peachy grapefruity West Coast IPA with the complex spicy characteristics of a Belgian IPA, this “hop juice” weighs in at 7.5% ABV and 68 IBU and is hopped with Centennial, Citra, Amarillo, and Dry Hopped with even more Citra and Amarillo.. Yummm

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Fest-Of-Ale Beer Judging – Penticton


I was asked to be a judge for the Fest-Of-Ale and at first I was not sure if I should do it.  Not being a certified judge weighed on my mid a bit.  I felt unqualified or at least under qualified.   I decided though that there is no way to get experience without just jumping at an opportunity that you are given.  This blog has given me opportunities to do things that I would never have had a chance to do usually.  The judging took place on day two of the Okanagan Fest-Of-Ale on April 5th, 2014.  There was 42 Beer and 3 Ciders to be judged from 35 different Breweries and Cideries.  There were 9 Catagories including Lager/Pils (6), Pale Ale (4), Ale (4), IPA (13), Stout (5), Belgian (2), Wit (4), Fruit Beer (4) and Cider (3).  The following Head Shots are from Kim of DogLeg Marketing.  Meet the Judges.

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David Beardsell – Brewery Owner/Consultant

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Joe Wiebe – Author

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Alan Moen – NorthWest Brewing News

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Me

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Jim Martin – Metro Liquor (Senior Wine Consultant)

As with all Beer Judging competitions this one is done blind.  Beers are brought out in their categories with only numbers on them to differentiate them.  Here are a few examples of how the beer is laid out for the judges and what our scoring cards looked like.  This competition was overseen by Martin who is the owner of the upcoming Bad Tattoo Brewing and runs the Kettle Valley Station Pub both in Penticton.

There are many ways to judge beer from what I can gather talking to this group after the judging but from what I can gather it is best to take notes and sample all and then go back and give your final scores.  I didn’t do it this way and I wish I did.  If there is a next time I can always do it differently.  Judging this competition you are allowed to discuss with the other judges on all points of the beer and if it actually fits into the category it is submitted as.  Saying that it was very quiet in the room from around 10am when we started to 3pm when we finished up.

Once all the samples had been judged our score cards were handed to Martin.  He then tallied up all the scores and were were given a sample of all the winning beers.  This is were the discussion on Best of Show began.  The best of show has to both be a very good beer and it also should be true to the style.  There was a long discussion comparing the merits of each beer.  When it came down to it though it was a fairly easy choice.

 

Group shots by Kim

Winners

Lager/Pilsner: Hoyner Pilsner – Hoyne Brewing Co., Victoria BC
Pale Ale: Red Truck Ale – Red Truck Beer Company, Vancouver BC
IPA: Four Winds White Rye IPA – Four Winds Brewing Co, Delta BC
Wit/Wheat: Robson Street Hefeweizen – Granville Island Brewery, Vancouver BC
Ales: Naramata Nut Brown Ale – Cannery Brewing, Penticton BC
Stout/Porter: Holy Smoke Stout – Firehall Brewery, Oliver BC
Belgian: Sunkissed Tea Saison – Deep Cove, North Vancouver BC
Fruit Beer: Stiegl Radler – McClelland Premium Imports, BC
Ciders: Red Roof Cider – Orchard Hill Estate Cidery, Oliver BC

Best of Show

IPA: Four Winds White Rye IPA – Four Winds Brewing Co, Delta BC

Four Winds Brewing doesn’t seem to slow down on the awards front these days.  Congratulations to all the winners.  You all deserved the awards and should be proud of the medals you received!

Here are some more photos from Kim

Full sized photos can be found here

We then dispersed into the hall for the remainder of the second day of the Okanagan Fest-Of-Ale.  After doing the judging for this event I would jump at the opportunity to do it again.  There was no doubt that the other judges had a better understanding of how the judging process worked and the flavour profiles of the ingredients in beer.  But then they are professionals that either work in the field or have been writing about beer for a lot longer than I have.

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