KCCO Beer Launch & Fundraiser (Beerthirst) – The Roxy Vancouver

On November 28th, 2015 Beerthirst held multiple Launch parties for their newest beer to hit Vancouver the KCCO  Gold Lager from Resignation Brewery.  If you didn’t figure out what KCCO stood for then I will help you out it stands for Keep Calm and Cary On the slogan everyone knows from the Chive.  The parties were all held at the same time in Vancouver, Whistler, Kelowna and Victoria.  I was able to attend the event at The Roxy on the Granville Strip in Vancouver.


All 4 launch parties were also fundraisers for the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.  Find me a good cause and I will support it as best I can and this is one of those events!  All money from the ticket sales, merchandise sales and raffle draw went towards the Burn Fund.  The event went from 7pm until 10pm when the Roxy opened to the public (everyone was welcome to stay when the event ended) and included two sets from the house band.  The party was a great success with everyone having lots of fun and some pretty good money being raised for charity.  The final tally at the end of the night was $7205 which will help out at the burn fund.

The following is a video about the burn fund in BC

“We wanted to create a fun and exciting buzz around the launch” says Andrew Platt, Marketing Manager at Beerthirst. “Whilst also ensuring that we continue the ethos of Resignation Brewery & theChive.com by supporting a local charity throughout the launch!” Therefore, further to the giveaways, we are proud to announce that in select stores we will be donating $1 from EVERY six pack sold to The BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund. Check out the great video, showing what the centre will look like.

Taken form http://www.beerthirst.com/kcco-beer-locations/

Here is a list of stores that will either be giving away beer pong tables or raising money for the Burn Fund when you buy the KCCO Gold Lager

KCCO Beer Pong Table Giveaway Locations.

College Park Liquor Store – Unit 104-1520 McCallum Road, Abbotsford, V2T 8A3
Metro Liquor Store Campbell River – 1328 Island Hwy Campbell River, V9W 8C9
Metro Liquor Store Kelowna – 1175 Ellis St, Kelowna, V1Y 1Z5
Cask & Barrel Liquor Store – 108-1135 Stevens Rd, West Kelowna, V1Z 2S8
Spinnakers Vic West – 176 Wilson St #130, Victoria, V9A 7N6
Spinnakers James Bay – 435 Simcoe St #3, Victoria, V8V 4T3
River’s Reach Liquor Store – 320 Sixth Street, New Westminster, V3L 3A8
Jack Lonsdale’s Liquor Store – 1433 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, V7M2H
Central City Liquor Store – 102 Avenue, Surrey, V3T 5X3
Kitsilano Liquor Store – 2289 W Broadway Vancouver, V6K 2E4
Metro Tuscany Village – Tuscany Village Professional Centre, 1660 McKenzie Ave, Victoria, V8N 0A4
Nesters Liquor Store – 7025 Nesters Road, Whistler, V0N 1B7

Charity Challenge Locations

Bainbridge Liquor Store – 2909 Bainbridge Ave #5, Burnaby, V5A 2S9
Hop & Vine Liquor Store – 1601 Burnwood Dr #9, Burnaby, V5A 4H1
John B Liquor Store – 1000 Austin Ave, Coquitlam, V3K 3P1
Sunshine Hills Liquor Store – 6439 120 St, Delta, V4E 3G3
Public Liquor – 110-5507 Airport Way, Kelowna, V1V3C3
Jimy Mac’s Liquor Store – 19935 96 AVE, Langley, V1M 3C7
Langley Liquor Store – Unit 27. 20821 Fraser Hwy, Langley, V3A 4G7
Witch Of Endor Liquor Store – 22648 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge, V2X 3K1
Outpost Liquor Store – 23988 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, V4R 1W2
Tug Boat Annie’s – 6911 Graybar Road, Richmond, V6W 1H3
West Coast Liquor Store – 3880 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, V7B 1W2
Clover Crossing Liquor Store – 6466 176th St, Surrey, V3S 4G3
Green Timbers Liquor Store – 9169 148 St, Surrey, V3R 3W7
Grandview Corners Liquor Store – 16051 24th Ave Surrey V3S 9H7
Darby’s Liquor Store – 2001 Macdonald Street Vancouver, BC V6K 3Y2
West Coast Liquor Store – 6295 Fraser St, Vancouver, V5W 3A2
16th Street Liquor Store – 220 16th St, West Vancouver, V7V 3R5
Firefly Liquor Store – 2857 Cambie Street, Vancouver, V5Z 3Y8
West End Liquor Store – 957 Denman Street, Vancouver, V6G 2M3
Hillside Liquor Store – 3201 Shelbourne St, Victoria, V8P 5G9
Canadian Liquor Cabinet – 1153 Esquimalt Rd, Victoria, V9A 3N7
Blackcomb Liquor Store – 1-4573 Chateau Boulevard Whistler, V0N 1B4
Libations Liquor Store – 2477 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, V7V 1L1

Full sized photos can be found here.

I would like to congratulate Beerthirst on taking on the cause and raising money for such a great cause!



Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival – Vancouver (UBC)

On June 27th 2015 the inaugural  Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival was held at the UBC Farm.


This festival was a nice change from your average beer festival in this province.  Many of the beer were either one off saisons / sours or rare and hard to get beers.  Nothing for sample was a standard lineup beer.  The ticket cost $50 plus taxes and got you a fancy taster glass and 4 tokens.

Breweries at the Festival
Beerthirst – Elysian, Logsdon, North Coast
Brassneck Brewery
Bravo Beer Co – Brouwerij Verhaeghe, Dupont
Category 12 Brewing
The Commons Brewery
Copper & Theory – Breakside, Cantillon, pFriem
Craft Beer Imports – De Molen, Omnipollo
Dageraad Brewing
Driftwood Brewing
Four Winds Brewing
Goose Island Brewery
Lighthouse Brewing
Main Street Brewing
Moon Brewpub
Parallel 49 Brewing
Persephone Brewing
Powell Street Craft Brewery
Steel & Oak Brewing
Strange Fellows Brewing
Storm Brewing
Untapped Craft Imports – Double Mountain, Dieu Du Ciel, Les Trois Mousquetaires
Westbier – St Louis, Bockor, St Feuillien, ToØl
Yellow Dog Brewing

Full list found here.

The festival had a small amount of tickets sold which showed as there were very rarely lineups and those lineups were only for timed limited beers.  The weather was very hot as has been the case for the Month of June and this shows with brown grass!

As always I took many photos of the different beers that I was able to sample.  There were so many good sours that I did not stray form this style very often.

Full sized photos here.

This was probably one of the best festivals that I have ever attended.  The heat was brutal for me but being in June you would never have guessed it was going to be 30C in Vancouver (It probably should have rained).  If you are looking for just one festival to attend next year then this should be the festival you go to!


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

Maui Brewing Long Table Dinner (Hop & Vine) – April 2, 2015

On April 2nd, 2015 I was lucky enough to attend a Maui Brewing Long Table Dinner at the Hop & Vine Tap house in Burnaby.


As can be noticed on the menu there was also a wine option for people that do not like beer.  I did not even take a second to look at the wines though as I am not a fan of wine.

Maui Brewing was being launched in BC the entire week.  Beerthirst is responsible for bringing in their beer and I am happy that they got the contract as I really liked Maui Brewing when I was in Hawaii.

For this dinner we were very lucky to have the National Sales Manager Pete Scheider from Maui Brewing in house to talk about each beer.  Pete Scheider is very knowledgeable about the breweries beers and was great at telling us all kinds of information on each beer.


Once everyone was seated the dinner began.  Pete got up and spoke about each beer before each course and so did Scott of the Hop & Vine Tap House who spoke about the food they were pairing.

Course 1
Bikini Blonde Lager
“Wild Mushroom Salad”
Wild Mushrooms, citrus and thyme salad served with garlic crostini

Let me start by saying I love mushrooms so I was very excited to try this salad.  The multiple different wild mushrooms were very tasty on their own but the citrus and thyme dressing was great!  The Bikini Blonde Lager really matched up nicely as it was fairly citrusy as well.

Course 2
Mana Wheat
“Tuna Poke”
Tuna poke with tropical fruits, chili, lime and seaweed

This beer is huge on pineapple and great for a summer day.  I love Tuna Poke also and a great summer beach beer goes well with a Seafood dish for sure.  The pineapple in the beer and in the food both cut through the mild spice well.  I personally wish that the Poke was seared a little bit as I prefer my Tuna Poke with a mild sear.  I don’t like fully raw fish.

Course 3
Big Swell India Pale Ale
“Chili Coconut Prawns”
Chili and coconut crusted prawns served with a wasabi beurre blanc.

This beer has a great malt profile with a ton of hops.  I do not eat prawns but my girlfriend said that they were awesome which was easy to believe as she ate mine as well as hers.  The chili and wasabi sauce really tasted good though and really accentuate the hops bitterness.

Course 4
Lorenzini Double IPA
“Pulled Pork”
Pulled pork with burnt citrus and pickled onions on a brioche bun

The Lorenzini Double IPA is quite earthy with a sweet bloody orange and tangerine with lots of bitterness.  The bun had some caramel notes with some great tang from the pickled onions and the pork was very tasty.  This was my favourite course of the five!

Course 5
Coconut Porter
“Coconut Cream Pie”
Toasted coconut cream pie topped with whipped cream

The coconut porter had flavours of chocolate, coconut, malty, sweet and some earth.  The pie was full of coconut, cream and sweetness with a great graham cracker crust.  The roasty earthy notes of the beer are a great juxtaposition to the sweetness and graham cracker crust.


I really enjoyed this dinner and had a great time sitting beside Pete Scheider of Maui Brewing and the guys from Beerthirst and the crew from Kooner Hospitality Group.  I look forward to checking out more of these dinners in the future as not only do they pick great beer but they pair it with awesome food!

Full sized photos.

Hop & Vine Tap House
1601 Burnwood Avenue
Burnaby, BC

La Roja Artisan Amber Ale – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

From Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales out of Dexter, Michigan USA comes the “La Roja Artisan Amber Ale” a sour amber brewed in the Flanders tradition.  The beer pours a cloudy redish brown with an off white head.  The aroma consists of an obvious funk from the Flanders style as well as sweet fruits and some oak.  The flavour is of a small puckering sour funk with oak, fruits, caramel and some hops bitterness to finish it off.  This beer is a blend of batches of this beer which have been aged for a 2 to ten months.  This bottle was from Blend 13 bottled on 5-24-2013.  The alcohol content of this amber is 7.2%.  This is a great sour and I look forward to making friends with one or more bottles of this great brew in the future.

Commercial Description:  La Roja An artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition.  Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice, and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging.  Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months.

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