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 Ranada Hotel right behind to 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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Brewers’ Reception (Fest-Of-Ale) – Penticton


After the first day of the Okanagan Fest-Of-Ale on April 4th, 2014 Cannery Brewing held a Brewers’ Reception.  The Brewers’ Reception was open to people in the Brewing industry, friends and family and a few lucky beer writers.  Sadly if you were not given a ticket you were not able to attend.

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The ticket as shown above was a Keg Topper and a really cool touch.  Cannery Brewing was pouring a few of their ales as well as a cask brought up from Townsite Brewing from Powell River.  There was some amazing food like Maple Stout Braised Beef Brisket, Naramata Nut BBQ Ribs, vegtables and cheese and crackers.  They had a live DJ playing music as well as some live performances such as Sid the Brewmaster for Firehall Brewery and his dad.


This was an amazing party and everyone had a really good time!  I had to be careful on my alcohol intake though as I was to be judging the beers of the Fest-Of-Ale first thing in the morning.  Here are my photos.

Here are the Photos from Kim of DogLeg Marketing who does the Marketing for Cannery Brewing.

I wish I could have partaken in the party a little more but it was an amazing event and I thank Cannery Brewing and Kim for inviting me.

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IPA – Black Kettle Brewing Company


From Black kettle Brewing Company out of North Vancouver comes their “India Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a cloudy golden orange colour with a mildly off white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, malts and semi sweet fruits.  The flavour is of fairly big hops bitterness as well as pine, citrus, sweet caramel malts and orange.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% and an IBU of 65.  It is well known that I am a bit of an IPA fiend and I would have to say that this IPA is well worth your sample.  It has a great hops bitterness for the alcohol content.

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Fest-Of-Ale Day 1 2014- Penticton


On Friday April 4th, 2014 the Penticton Fest-Of-Ale returned for a the 19th year.  I did not know what to think when I headed out to this festival as it was my first time attending.  I had heard that it was a small event which seemed to make sense as it takes place all the way in the Okanagan.  I was glad to be surprised by the scale of the event though.  The event took place at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.  This year the floor layout was rearranged to allow for more amazing craft beer and some cider makers.  35 brewers came out to the event this year including 8 that had not been to the festival before.

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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

I was lucky enough to be given access to the industry event that took place before the doors opened to the public.  This was a chance for industry people to get to the different booths and try the beer before the craziness began.  The Fest-Of-Ale started in earnest at 4pm but the industry was let in at 3pm.  Here are a few photos from this portion of the event.

Once the doors were opened to the public at 4pm the hall really started to fill up!  People were really jacked up to try all of the beer that was being offered.  There was also a bunch of live music on hand including Flashback, Joe’s Garage and Papa Wheeley.  There was also some fantastic food on hand from Barley Mill Brew Pub, Bogner’s, Boston Pizza, Jack Kelly Coffe, La Casa Ouzeria, Murray’s Pizza, Opus Cafe Bistro, Penticton Lakeside Resort, Smoking Hot Donair and Brodo Kitchen.

I think my highlight of the fist day of the event was meeting so many great people from all over the Province from the Owners of the Lions Head Pub in Robson to meeting new Brewmasters and Brewery staff.  My favorite booth and beer of Day one came from Firehall Brewery.  Not only did they have great beer but they also had a really firehall like setup with flashing lights and suspenders.  My favourite food had to be the Meatloaf Sandwich from The Barking Parrot Greasy Spoon.  I drank a bunch of samples during the event although I did not pay close attention as I was more just taking in the event and the people.  I also knew that I was going to have to be up very bright and early to Judge the Beer of the competition.  I kept the beer consumption fairly low.

Here are some photos from Kim who does the Marketing for Cannery Brewing

Day one was a blast and it was only the beginning for me!  I was pretty excited and a bit nervous about day two and being one of the Judges for the event.

Find Full Sized photos of the event here.

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Firehall Brewery – Oliver


Located in the middle of Wine Country known as Oliver, BC comes Firehall Brewery.  The brewery can be found in the basement of the original Oliver Firehall built in 1948 and then renovated in 2003.  The brewery was built by Sid (the Brewmaster) and his dad Jim.  I decided to take a long cut to Penticton on the way to the Okanagan Fest-Of-Ale.  I arrived at the brewery on a Thursday but was very lucky and Sid happened to be looking out the window just as I looked into the hallway that leads to the brewery.  Without this I would never had a chance to take a walk through the brewery.

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Photo courtesy of Oliver & District Heritage Society; Accession Number: OLP-984.532.2

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Photo taken from Firehall Brewery website

The brewery opened in February 2012 and has been making some amazing draft ales ever since.  Very recently they have started bottling their brews.  For everyone in Metro Vancouver don’t get to excited now as they only distribute to a small area in the Okanagan.  If you find yourself in Oliver on a Friday between 4 and 7pm make sure to stop by the brewery as they will fill a growler for you!

Currently Firehall Brewery has a lineup of three different unfiltered, unpasteurized ales.  The beers are as follows Backdraft Blonde Ale, Stoked Ember Ale and Holy Smoke Stout.

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Full sized photos can be found here

Firehall Brewery
6077 Main Street (Lower Level) PO Box 10
Oliver, BC
V0H 1T0
1-778-439-2337
http://www.firehallbrewery.com
Facebook.Com/TheFirehallBrewery
Twitter: @FirehallBrewery

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