Lagunitas Re-Launches in Canada – Butcher & Bullock Vancouver


Lagunitas Brewing had in the past been available in Canada but had left the territory.  They are now back though and held a launch event at the Butcher & Bullock in Vancouver.  The brewery brought representatives form their California operation including their VP of sales as well as some from their Chicago brewery.

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The event brought their flagship IPA to the taps as well as an Imperial Coffee Stout that had been aged for some time.  If you know their beer you should know that both of these beers were great and their addition to our stores shelves should be celebrated.  I look forward to seeing a little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ in our liquor stores.

Expect to see Lagunitas beers on the shelves in Canada soon!  After talking with the Lagunitas staff on hand as well as the representatives from the distributions company I expect good things from this partnership.

 

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Great Canadian Beer Festival 2015 – Victoria BC – September 12th


After missing last years Great Canadian Beer Festival it looked like a good time to reacquaint myself with the largest Beer Festival on Vancouver Island (and one of the largest in BC).   Like every year the festival was a two day event with a Friday that ran from 3pm-8pm and the Saturday Noon-5pm and was held at the Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.  Much like last time I was not able to make it out to the Friday event and only the Saturday because of work and bad/late planning on my part.  Tickets ran at $40 per day and you got a pamphlet with all of the breweries and beers available and a beer glass.  Beer tokens came in at a fairly average BC price of $1.5 which got you a 4oz pour of beer.

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This years festival has reverted back to Canadian only Breweries with the vast majority being from British Columbia.  I personally like to bring in American breweries because its a good way to compare our brews to some of the most renowned in the world (but that’s just me).  There were still a ton of breweries at the festival with a total of 62.

The breweries in attendance:

33 Acres, Bad Tattoo, Barkerville, Big Rock(AB, BC), Bomber, Brasseurs Sans Gluten, Bridge Brewing, Cannery Brewing, Canoe Brewpub, Category 12, Central City Brewers & Distillers, Coal Harbour, Cumberland, Dageraad, Dead Frog, Deep Cove, Dieu Du Ciel, Doan’s Craft Brewing Company, Driftwood, Fernie, Four Mile, Four Winds, Fuggles & Warlock, Gladstone, Granville Island, Howe Sound, Hoyne, Les Trois Mousquetaires, Le Trou De Diable, Lighthouse, Axe & Barrel, Longwood, Merridale Cider, Mill Street, Moody Ales, Muskoka, Okanagan Springs, Parallel 49, Persephone, Phillips, Postmark, Powell Street, R & B, Red Arrow, REd Truck, Russell, Salt Spring Island Ales, Sherwood Mountain, Spinnakers, Stanley Park, Steam Whistle, Steamworks, Steel & Oak, Strange Fellows, Swans Brewpub, Tofino, Townsite, Tree Brewing, Unibroue, Vancouver Island, Wheelhouse, Wolf, Yellow Dog, Yukon.

With a selection of breweries as far north of Victoria as a 2,490km drive and as far East as 4,805km away this festival did a good job of bringing Canadian breweries out to share their beer!  In previous years I kept a log of the beers that I was enjoying but this year I decided against it.  I did take many photos of the beer I was enjoying but not all of them as I would hold up the line while doing it.

Once again the costumes were out in full force as well as the entertainment.  There were lots of familiar faces all around but there were so many people I knew were there but missed. This event is planned and executed very well and is a ton of fun but I found that there might have been to many people.  Some of the breweries had lines that you would be lucky if they only took you 10-15 minutes to get a beer sample.  Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks beat this with a line so long that I didn’t even say hi to the guys at the booth it stretched so long!  I hear the Friday event was much less crowded but I did not get to check that night out.

Full sized photos found here

Overall I had an epic time and I look forward to what next year has to offer!

Rookies & Legends – VCBW – June 5th, 2015


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Vancouver Craft Beer Week has once again come and gone. From all accounts the entire week was a massive success.

Due to my schedule and many other factors I was only able to make it out to one event this year.  This one event happened to be the Rookies & Legends event at 12 Kings Pub.  The event brought together 24 BC breweries 12 Rookies and 12 Legends and raised money for the BC Craft Brewers Guild.

Rookies: Yellow Dog, Bomber, 4 Mile, Powell Street (New Location), Moody Ales, Bridge (New Location), Postmark, Steel & Oak, Strange Fellows, Barkerville, BC Craft Brewers Guild, 33 Acres

Legends: Hoyne, Tree, Stanely Park, Fernie, Central City, Philips, Parallel 49, Red Truck, Townsite, Vancouver Island, Steamworks, Whistler, Four Winds

All of the breweries were on hand mixing with the crowd at the event.  The 12 Rookies were poured at the regular bar in the pub while the 12 Legends were poured in a backroom that I did not even know existed.  The back room also housed the food table which made it a popular room.

I was happy to see that some of the breweries brought out some new or limited release beers to make things interesting as many events cater to the new craft beer fan not the experienced aficionado.  Having two bar setups instead of different stands for every brewery meant for quick thinking for every sample of beer.  You had to have your decision made before you made it to the bar as they were trying to make everything move quickly and smoothly.  They did a great job of trying to keep the lines moving really quickly also!  The event was sold out but it went off without a hitch with really good service and smiles all around.  I look forward to next years Vancouver Craft Beer Week as well as the next event they hold at 12 Kings Pub!

Pacific Beer Chat Podcast #3


Re-posted from Pacificbeerchat.com

Breweries, events and cross Canada beers (Pacific Beer Chat Podcast #3)

<span style=”color:#ff0000;”>I apologize for the lac of video for the first 9:39 of the video I screwed something up and lost that portion of video (Mike Mikescraftbeer).</span>

Welcome to Episode 3 of Pacific Beer Chat.

Bloggers involved include;
mike G of <a href=”http://www.mikescraftbeer.com&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>http://www.mikescraftbeer.com</a&gt;,
Terry of <a href=”http://westcoastbeergeek.com/&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>http://westcoastbeergeek.com/</a&gt;
Steve also of <a href=”http://www.mikescraftbeer.com&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>http://www.mikescraftbeer.com</a&gt;.

Topics of Discussion:
1 Upcoming and recent events attended
2 Latest breweries frequented
3 Beer from across Canada

Audio Only Version

Establishments and breweries mentioned in this podcast include, R&amp;B Brewing, Central City Brewers &amp; Distillers, Howe Sound Brewing, Big River Brewpub, Red Truck Beer, Doan’s Craft Brewing Company, Dageraad, Elizabeth Station, Moody Ales, 33 Acres, bomber brewing, stone brewing, tru du diable, dieu du ciel, unibrue, trois pistoles, great lakes brewery, half pints brewing, fort gary brewing, lake of the woods brewing, toolshed, west coast liquor, kerrisdale, laurelwood public house and brewery, mill street brewery, leavenworth, great Canadian beer festival, vcbw, vancouver craft beer week, great okanagan beer festival, moylan’s brewery, beerthirst, london pub, 12 kings pub, hoyne, fernie brewing, phillips brewing, parallel 49 brewing, yellow dog brewing, powell street craft brewery, bridge brewing, farimont hotsprings, east kootenay beer festival

Rookies & Legends (Happening Soon!) – VCBW – June 5th, 2015


Well its almost that time again this year!  Vancouver Craft Beer Week is just around the corner running from May 29th to June 7th, 2015.

For the sixth annual Vancouver Craft Beer week things have only gotten bigger once again.  The event that I can not wait to attend is the “Rookies & Legends” event at the 12 Kings Pub on June 5th, 2015 between 6pm and 10pm.  Tickets run at $49 plus taxes and fees but include the beer and sample sized snacks in that price.  This event brings 24 breweries to pour their wares.  12 Rookies and 12 Legends in the local beer scene.

Pouring for the Legends:
Hoyne Brewing
Tree Brewing
Stanley Park Brewing
Fernie Brewing
Central City Brewers & Distillers (Red Racer)
Phillips Brewing
Parallel 49 Brewing
Red Truck Beer
Townsite Brewing
Vancouver Island Brewing
Steamworks Brewery
Whistler Brewing
Four Winds Brewing

Pouring for the Rookies:
Yellow Dog Brewing
Bomber Brewing
4 Mile Brewpub
Powell Street Craft Brewery
Moody Ales
Bridge Brewing
Postmark Brewing
Steel and Oak Brewing
Strange Fellows Brewing
Barkerville Brewing
BC Craft Brewers Guild (Steel and Oak – Vancouver Island Brewery colab)
33 Acres

The lineup of breweries sound great and I am sure they will be bringing some amazing beer to share with the crowd.  The following is a little blurb from the VCBW website on the event.

“It’s no secret that BC’s craft brewing community is growing. Our province’s rich lineage of influential veteran breweries is balanced with a bubbling crop of exciting new brewers. Rookies and Legends gathers 24 of the BC Brewers Guild’s finest (12 Rookies and 12 Legends) at 12 Kings Pub for an evening of beer, food and good ol’ socializing. Doubling as a fundraiser for the BC Craft Brewers Guild, this event will see brewers from all over the province serving their beers alongside some delicious food offerings from 12 Kings! Your ticket is inclusive of beer samples and a variety of sample-sized food offerings.”

So if this sounds good to you like it does to me pick up your tickets now.  They will not last forever!  If you snooze you loose.  If you do purchase tickets make sure to tap me on the shoulder and say hi!

Click here to purchase your tickets now.

12 Kings Pub is located at
395 Kingsay, Vancouver
12kingspub.com

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