Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine Bourbon Barrel Aged (Vintage 2013) – Central City Brewing (Aged 1 Year) (Dec 22, 2014)


Beer Advent Calendar 2014

From Central City Brewers & Distillers (Red Racer Brewing) in Surrey comes their “Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine Bourbon Barrel Aged (Vintage 2013)” a beer that was released in December 2014 and thus aged for a full year.  The beer pours a very dark brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, roasted malts and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, brown sugar, oak, roasted malts, orange, cherry, chocolate, sweetness, mild bitterness and an overall alcohol warmth.  The alcohol content comes in at 11%.  The Thor’s Hammer is one of my favourite if not favourite beer of all time.  This years Thor’s Hammer 2014 Vintage was already amazing but with the Bourbon Barrel Aging this is even better!  I can only imagine how good this will be in a year or two!

Commercial Description:  Matured for almost one year, mahogany in colour, this award-winning barley wine is crafted from fine barley malt exuding deep, rich notes of dried fruit, plum and candy with a walnut ester.

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Oatmeal Stout – Red Racer Brewing (Dec 6, 2014)


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From Red Racer Brewing (Central City Brewing) out of Surrey BC comes there “Oatmeal Stout”.  The beer pours a deep opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of huge roasted malts, burnt coffee, oatmeal and chocolate.  The flavour is of caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, burnt coffee, earthy and a pretty big bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.2% and an IBU of 55.  Some people may not like how bitter this stout is but I find it refreshing as there is a ton of flavour at a low alcohol point.

Commercial Description: Red Racer Oatmeal Stout is deep, dark, smooth, and creamy. The use of oatmeal in the mashtun adds silkiness to the texture and body of this ale.

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Belgian Style Wheat Ale – Red Racer Brewing (Dec 4, 2014)


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From Red Racer Brewing (Central City Brewing) out of Surrey BC comes there “Belgian Style Wheat Ale”.  The beer pours a lightly cloudy straw yellow colour with a big white head.  The aroma consists of big citrus, yeast, coriander, orange peel and wheat.  The flavour is of citrus, orange, orange peel, coriander, wheat and some hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 16.  This beer does not scream Belgian at all but it is a good wheat beer or White Ale and would be a great option for Summer drinking.

Commercial Description:  Traditionally cloudy, our Belgian style Red Racer White Ale is brewed with coriander seed and dried orange peel producing a beer light in body with a refreshing citrus-spice aroma.

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Schwarzwald Porter- Parallel 49 Brewing (Central City Brewers & Distillers) (Dec 1, 2014)


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The first beer in the Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown Craft Beer Advent Calendar happened to be a collaboration between Parallel 49 Brewing and Central City Brewers & Distillers.  Brewed at Parallel 49’s location in East Vancouver comes the “Schwarzwald Chocolate Cherry Ale” basically an attempt at a black forest cake porter.  The beer pours a deep black colour that gives way to some ruby red when held to a light and a small tan head.  The aroma consists of sweet artificial cherries, chocolate syrup and some cough syrup.  The flavour is of cherry syrup, tart cherries, chocolate syrup and cough syrup with some smoke and alcohol warmth.  The alcohol content came in at 9% with an IBU of 22.  I really enjoyed this at the launch party but it seems to have changed a bit to much and seems a bit artificial now for some reason.

Commercial Description:  The Black Forest region of Germany is known for its clocks, cakes and tales of Hansel & Gretel giving a witch her “just desserts”.  Here in East Van. Graham & Gary have teamed up to bring you this cake inspired brew filled with cocoa nibs and cherries.  While you may not end up living happily ever after, it’s still a pretty sweet ending.

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Spud Shack’s ELFin Good Advent Calendar – New Westminster


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The Spud Shack Fry Co in New Westminster is holing a really awesome promotion from December 1 to 20th.  December 20 happens to be their anniversary!  The promotion is an in house craft beer Advent Calendar!  There will be food specials and drink specials and other fun promotional deals.  If someone comes every single day they will be entered into a contest to win free poutine for a year but they have to make it every day of the promotion.  When you scan your daily Loyaltree promo code you will be entered into a contest.  The grand prize is not yet determined but it will be a “really awesome gift basket” in their words.  So make sure you head out there and enjoy craft beer and awesome poutine and everything else they have to offer!

Here is day one’s deal!

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Spud Shack is located in
352-800 Carnarvon Street
Phone: 604.553.2582
E-mail: info@spudshack.ca