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.
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.
For the Second year in a row the Brothers in Hops was held at the Butcher and Bullock in Downtown Vancouver. Due to the Hip Hop theme this year the event was renamed Brothers in Hip Hops. The event brought together local breweries Parallel 49 and Central City brewing. Also at the event though was Gigantic Brewing and Ninkasi Brewing both from Oregon. Almost every beer involved in the event was an IPA or something with a big hops bitterness in the least.
Like most events for the Vancouver Craft Beer Week I was able to hang out with so many great beer friends who have turned into just great friends. I was also able to hang out with some of the best Brewmasters in the Country in Gary Lohin and Graham With from Central City Brewers & Distillers and Parallel 49 Brewing. My favourite beer of the night had to be the special VCBW release from Parallel 49 Brewing called “187 on a Motha Fuk’n Hop Imperial IPA”. This beer was so popular during VCBW that there is talks of making a bomber version of the IPA.
On August 17th, 2013 Jonny and Nick of YVRBeerTweetup partnered up with The Vancouver Canadians, The Butcher and Bullock and Granville Island Brewing to put on a great event! The event started at 4pm at the Butcher and Bullock pub were you were given a drink ticket for a pint of Granville Island Brewings “Thirsty Farmer Saison”. People attending the event were asked to arrive before 5:30pm to board the bus. From 4 to 5:30 though was a great time to mingle with the 50+ people involved with the “Beer and Baseball” event!
When the time came everyone piled into the school bus (not sure if it was a magic bus but the driver rocked). We then embarked on the short but noisy bus ride to Nat Bailey Stadium. Once we arrived the tickets were handed out and everyone headed into the stadium and into our section rocking Granville Island or Whistler Brewing beer and some crazy foot long hot dogs from the many great venders. The Canadians played a great game against the Salem-Keizer Volcanos holding them to one run in the seventh inning. The final score was 6-1 for Vancouver! The Blue Jays could really learn from these boys!
Once the game ended everyone was treated to a real awesome fireworks show that went on for around 13 minutes! It was very impressive to say the least and you can see the show in its entirety on the link below!
Once the show was over it was time to head back to the bus and then back to the Butcher and Bullock. This time it was a much louder buss ride. I don’t know why? Okay so I do it was all that good beer at the YVR Beer Tweetup. On arrival to the bar everyone was given their second drink ticket for a second pint of the saison from earlier. A few more pints were enjoyed to say the least once back at the bar. Not sure exactly what time we all left but it was after midnight to be certain.
Thanks so much Jonny and Nick of YVR Beer Tweetup for planning this as well as Vancouver Canadians, Butcher and Bullock and Granville Island Brewing for helping make this happen!
The ticket was only $25 and included two pints at the pub, a ticket to the Vancouver Canadians game and a bus ride to and from the game! Probably the best bang for your buck entertainment package in town! And come on there was freeking fireworks to boot!