From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Woolly Bugger Barley Wine” 2017 Vintage. After a few years of moving to a 650ml bottle Howe Sound Brewing has opted to move to a 750ml bottle for this beer. The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists dark fruits, almost cherry, caramel, some hops bitterness and a sweet finish. The flavour is of dark fruits, cherry, resin, citrus rind, toffee, caramel, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10.7%
Well it is that time of year again! Driftwood Brewing out of Victoria BC has brought us their 2017 version of their wet hopped “Sartori Harvest IPA”. In traditional fashion I could not find this beer in Vancouver but I did find it while in Kelowna. The beer poured a fruity tropical notes with floral and herbal middle and some pine at the end. The flavour is of mild resin and bitterness, herbal notes, mild hint of malts with mild tropical fruits and a pine finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7%. I was happy to finally really enjoy a bottle of this as the last few years it didn’t do it for me. I hope next years batch is as good or better than this version.
Commercial Description: This wet-hopped IPA can only be brewed once a year when, in the midst of the hop harvest, fresh Centennial hops are spirited from Sartori Cedar Ranch near Chilliwack to our Brew Kettle in Victoria. Sartori’s fresh hops have a delicious profile unique to the patch of land they cultivate in the Columbia Valley making this limited release singular and remarkable.
On January 22, 2017 I attended the Tri-Cities Cask Festival Winter 2017 Pro-Am with my wife and Mike.
This may be my favourite festival going forward. It was well organized, busy but not crowded, full of one-off casks and there were a ton of extras that came with the ticket. Plus I got to debut my drinking horn.
Let me apologize for the lack of pictures, I was having too much fun. You can see Mike’s post for his pictures.
Tickets are $49 and you get 10 tasting tokens, 1 custom burger with beef, chicken or veggie patty and fixings and a poutine with beef, mushroom or butter chicken gravy and fixings. On top of that there was live entertainment, a large, easily accessible water station and good seating.
I know layout isn’t really interesting but I do have to point out that everything was really well laid out. The event was held in a ballroom at the Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel and the hallway outside of the ballroom. Inside the ballroom the casks, seating and entertainment were setup, casks in the middle and seating on either end. Out in the hall were the food stations along one wall and a huge water station on the other wall. This allowed people to circulate so well and water was always easily available. I never waited more than a minute for a sample and all of the people manning the casks could chat for a moment because there weren’t huge lines.
The “Pro-Am” part of the event title stands for “Professional-Amateur” so there were homebrew clubs with casks to show off, including the Cow Town Yeast Wranglers who brought an Anise casked beer which was my favourite of the day. Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Brewing program brought two beers, one brewed by students the other by their instructors. This really added some fun to the event and ensured there were new beers I had never tried.