BC Ale Trail Teaser


There is a new project in the works for the Province of British Columbia and its craft breweries.  Its called the BC Ale Trail and will the definitive guide to traveling the province checking out local craft breweries.  A few days ago they released their teaser trailer for the project that launches in October 2016.

The website for the project is live although there is little to no information as of yet.  Keep an eye out for this exciting new project as it has the making of a very interesting and exciting tool.

https://bcaletrail.ca/

Press Release:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 // British Columbia, Canada

This autumn, explore British Columbia’s raw wilderness and bounty of craft beer with the BC Ale Trail — the definitive online guide to BC’s dynamic craft beer community. Explore stouts and snow-capped peaks, brown ales and beaches, or bikes and hikes that lead to a tasting room using curated Ale Trails connecting towns, breweries and nearby attractions, yielding unforgettable experiences for craft beer enthusiasts touring the province.

With support from seven of BC’s Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), the self-guided tours will highlight local brewery destinations and suggested sightseeing in each of the seven participating communities — Comox Valley, Kootenay Rockies, Nanaimo, Port Moody, Sunshine Coast, Victoria and Whistler.

Launching in October to coincide with BC Craft Beer Month, the BC Ale Trail will come to life with help from Joe Wiebe, author of the BC bestselling book Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to BC Breweries and co-founder of Victoria Beer Week, as well as several other BC craft beer champions who have contributed their expertise of the industry to produce an authentic and robust BC Ale Trail experience.

The BC Ale Trail invites beer enthusiasts to Arrive Thirsty, Leave Inspired. Join the wild at heart and explore all that British Columbia’s craft beer wilderness has to offer.

For more information, please visit BCAleTrail.com or email info@bcaletrail.ca.

While you wait for this to launch here is my complete list of craft breweries in the Province. 

BC Brewery Directory

Collective Project Gose – Collective Arts Brewing


From Collective Arts Brewing in Hamilton Ontario comes their “Collective Project Gose”.  The beer pours a light orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma is of orange, lemon and other citrus fruits, coriander and salt.  The flavour is of salt, lemon, orange, coriander with mild wheat malts and a mild tartness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 27.  I am happy that the Gose style has come back as it is a great summer beer with lots of flavour.

Commercial Description:  Our Gose is an unfiltered wheat beer made with malted wheat. This creates a unique cloudy yellow colour and provides a refreshing crispness and twang. Our Gose has a low hop bitterness and features coriander and Himalayan sea salt, adding hints of complementary dryness, spice and a touch of sharpness to the beer.

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Hearthstone Brewery (Lounge Construction Update 3) – North Vancouver


Last week I stopped in again at Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver to check out progress. There is some really great news to report. The construction is not finished!  They have passed an inspection or two but still have a few more to go before they can open up. But the nice thing is that as long as all goes smoothly they should be opened up within a months time give or take a little bit. 

The finishings are beautiful wood that fits the BC motif to the tee. The kitchen has a fancy double pizza forno. The bar will draw beer right from serving tanks in the partially detached brewery. Due to the fact the brewery and lounge are not attached growler fills will be done inside the brewery proper now instead of the lounge. 

It’s time to get excited!  

Hearthstone Brewery
http://www.hearthstonebrewery.ca/
1015 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
@hearthstonebeer

Pride Beer Berliner Weiss – Ridge Brewing Company


From Ridge Brewing Company in Maple Ridge comes their “Pride Beer Berliner Weiss”.  A portion of the profits from this beer go to a local LGBTQ group.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of sweetness, juicy fruits and a mild tartness.  The flavour is of tons of fruit including citrus, melon and apples, with wheat and lots of tartness from Lacto.  The alcohol content comes in at 3.6%.  I’m a fan of the Berliner Weiss style and this one is no different.  It has lots of flavour with a good tartness hit.

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Slow Cooked Kangaroo Curry (Hoppin’ Cretin IPA – Tofino Brewing Company)


Its been quite some time since I cooked with beer and I have wanted to change that for some time.  Luckily recently I was given some inspiration by finding a store in Coquitlam that sells all sorts of interesting wild meat.  The store is called Hills Foods and is quite an amazing place.  Once I had my Kangaroo meat I searched for a good recipe and found the one on Gourmet Game out of Australia.

Ingredients List:

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800 grams Kangaroo steak diced
1/4 Cup flour
4 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Large onion diced
2 garlic cloves crushed
knob of ginger peeled and minced
2 small red chillies finely sliced
4 tbsp madras curry paste
300ml Condensed Coconut Milk
1 tsp reduced salt beef stock powder (I used OXO)
3/4 Cup IPA (Hoppin’ Cretin IPA – Tofino Brewing Company)
1 Cinnamon stick
1 dried bay leaf
5 baby potatoes halved
pinch salt and pepper

Dice up Kangaroo steak

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Place flour, salt and pepper into a ziplock bag.  Place portions of kangaroo into the bag and shake to coat.

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Heat half the oil in a pan on med-high heat.  Cook the meat in small batches for 2 to 3 minutes until they are browned.  I flipped them half way.  Make sure to not overcook.  Transfer them to the slow cooker.

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Dice up the garlic, ginger and onion.

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Before putting it in the frying pan add the last of the olive oil.  Cook at med-high heat for 4 minutes while stirring.  They should be sauteed and soft.

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Add the Madras curry paste and the red chillies and cook.  Stir for one minute.

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Next add coconut milk, beef stock powder and IPA.  Bring this to a boil.  Transfer this mix to the slow cooker.

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Add cinnamon stick, bay leaf and potatoes.  Mix all of the ingredients in the slow cooker.

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At this point I put the curry in the fridge overnight so that I could plug it in first thing in the morning for dinner.  You can just prep it first thing in the morning though.

Cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or as long as you  are at work.

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When you are ready to eat it serve it with rice and naan bread.  If you have trouble with spice then some yogurt on the side would not hurt.  Don’t forget to serve the meal with the beer you cooked it with also!

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I have never attempted making a curry and I have not every cooked Kangaroo.  I am quite happy to say that the meal was delicious even if I over baked my naan bread.

I did not even register the pun at play with this beer and meal until I finished this post.