Imperial IPA – Black Kettle Brewing Company


From Black kettle Brewing Company out of North Vancouver comes their “Imperial IPA”.  The beer pours a dark amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of caramel, dough, mild fruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, brown sugar, grain, mild earth, fruit, bitterness with only mild booze coming through.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.7% with an IBU of 78.  This beer came in on the slightly sweeter side but it had the booze and the bitterness one would expect form a Double IPA for sure!

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Scottish Ale – Black Kettle Brewing Company


From Black kettle Brewing Company out of North Vancouver comes their “Scottish Ale”.  The beer pours a deep brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, sweetness and earth.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, earth, sweetness, some toasted malts but overall a mild flavour.  The alcohol content comes in at  5.2% with an IBU of 20.  This is a pretty good representation of a style I find a bit to sweet most of the time.

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Tapped Vancouver (A Craft Beer and Cider Tasting) Late January – Fighting Chance Productions


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Sometimes art is able to fuel other forms of art.  Vancouver is a hub for craft beer and cider as we all know but Vancouver is also a hotbed for theatre.  One of Vancouver’s best Independent Theatre companies Fighting Chance Productions is holding what they hope will be the first of an annual event on January 21st, 2016 from 7pm to 10pm called Tapped Vancouver at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown.

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Much like all art forms it costs a lot of money to produce independent theatre and Fighting Chance Productions is looking to help fund their mandate in a fun and entertaining evening of beer, cider, food and a silent auction.

About Fighting Chance Productions:  “Fighting Chance Productions arrived on the Vancouver stages in January 2007. Founded by Artistic Director Ryan Mooney, Fighting Chance started as an opportunity for young theatre artists to present their skills on a stage where their age or experience did not limit them, but ultimately helped them gain on the job experience.  Since that time Fighting Chance Productions has grown to be one of the leaders among young independent theatre companies in Vancouver.”

The brewery involved in the event are still growing at this point but they already have Driftwood Brewery, Dogwood Brewing, Whistler Brewing, Howe Sound Brewing, Phillips Brewing, Bomber Brewing, Black Kettle Brewing and Unibroue involved.  Other alcoholic beverages involved so far include Hey Y’all Iced Tea and Lonetree Cider.

Current plays from Fighting Chance Productions include:

Cats january 27th-February 7th, 2016 in White Rock and February 19-march 12, 2016 Vancouver

Facing East April 22 – May 14th, 2016 Vancouver

Virgins a Musical Threesome May 17th-21, 2016 Vancouver

Green Day’s American Idiot July 29tth, August 27th, 2016

Heathers The Musical July 28th, August 26th, 2016

Tickets cost $66 ($29 using promo code found here) and include entry into the event and a 4oz souvenir tasting glass.  Tickets can be purchased at the link below.

Click here for tickets.

I hope to see a great showing from the craft beer community as it is always good to support all forms of art be it theatre or craft beer.  Support the independent as much as possible!

Whistler Village Beer Festival 2015 (Saturday Festival) – Whistler BC


Last September I attended what turned out to be one of my favourite beer festivals in BC in the Whistler Village Beer Festival.  The weather was beautiful and the beer was amazing!  Here is last years official festival video.

Last year was such a success that this year Gibbons Events Co decided to make the Main Festival happen over two days with many satellite events that ran over 5 days.  The main Festivals took place on September 19th and 20th 2015.

While last year had epic weather this year we did not get so lucky!  But hey this is BC and we all own rain jackets so a little rain didn’t stop an epic party!  I was only able to attend the Saturday Main Event which was lucky for me as the rain was not quite as bad.  The festival was held at the Whistler Olympic Park in the Whistler Village once again.  The event started for average attendees at 1pm (opened at 12 for gatecrashers) and ran until 5pm (last call at 4:45).  I got into the grounds before the festival opened to the public and gate crashers and was to take lots of photos of the booths as they set up.

This year the Resort Municipality of Whistler gave the green light to increase the festival grounds by 40% to increase the amount of breweries to around 80.  This is impressive as 2013’s event was half the size of 2014!

Breweries involved included the following (Ordered by booth Number)

Muskoka Brewing, Steam Whistle Pilsner, Steamworks Brewin, Persephone Brewing, Big Rock Brewery, Off The Rail Brewing, Moody Ales, Russell Brewing, Red Truck Beer Company, Glutenberg, Bomber Brewing, Phillips Brewing, Howe Sound Brewing, R&B Brewing, Steel & Oak Brewing, Postmark Brewing, Lighthouse Brewing, Shacksbury, Lagunitas, Deschutes Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Double Mountain Brewing, Scuttlebut, Stone Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Strongbow, Maui Brewing, North Coast Brewing, Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, Czechvar, High Mountain Brewhouse, Yaletown Brewing, Big Ridge Brewing, Bowen Island Brewing, Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, Parallel 49 Brewing, Fernie Brewing, Prohibition Brewing, Rider Cider Company, Whistler Brewing, LoneTree Cider, Stanley Park Brewing, Old Yale Brewing, Hoyne Brewing, Goose Island, Okanagan Springs, Unibroue, Tofino Brewing, Black Kettle Brewing, Central City Brewers & Distillers, Scandal Brewing, Cannery Brewing, Yellow Dog, Dead Frog Brewery, Strange Fellows Brewing, Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers, Doan’s Craft Brewing, Mt Begbie Brewing, Beverage Concepts, Pilsner Urquell, Spinnakers, Coal Harbour, Main Street Brewing, BC Tree Fruits Cider, Four Winds Brewing, Off the Rail Brewing, Granville Island Brewing, Hearthstone Brewing, Mission Springs Brewing.

Last years attendance came in around 3,500 for the festival and this year even with bad weather beat that with around 3,000 people on Saturday and 1,300 on Sunday with a total over the five day of around 5000 people (numbers from here).  Craft Beer fans are tough (and own rain gear) and we don’t stop for rain.  I could only imagine how big Sundays numbers would have been on a sunny day.

 

Like at all festivals I attend I took photos of many of the samples I drank while enjoying the event.

Even with awful weather this year everyone in attendance had a great time!  I still think this is one of the best festivals I have attended (even this year) as even though there are tons of people there are little to no lines and everyone is just having a great time!  The only issue was a lack of washrooms probably made worse with all the rain.

I am excited to see what Gibbons Events has in store for us next September!

This years top three breweries as voted by Festival Goers won 1 year tap or bottle contracts at multiple pubs in Whistler Village which is a very lucrative prize!

First Place
Parallel 49 Brewing – Longhorn Saloon, Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub, Garibaldi Lift Co

Second Place
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks – Tapley’s Pub, Merlins Bar & Grill, Amsterdam Pub

Third Place
Whistler Brewing Co – FireRock Lounge, Dusty’s Bar & Grill

Full sized photos here
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