Britannia Brewmasters Table (Britannia Brewing) – December 6th, 2017

On December 6th, 2017 I was able to attend the Britannia Brewmasters Table a brewmasters dinner held at Britannia Steveston.  Britannia Steveston is the restaurant portion of Britannia Brewing Company with the brewery residing in a different part of South Richmond.

On the way in we were given a welcome beer of their Adrift Hop Blonde a beer that comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 25.  The beer had a surprising amount of flavour for a blonde and I was pretty darn impressed with it as it is not a style I usually go for.  Once everyone had arrived the dinner began.

Course 1
Seared wild harvest scallops
truffled cauliflower & fennel salami
Paired with: Blueberry Garden Ale 4.6% 2 IBU

The beer had a nice blueberry and herbal flavour with a semi sweet finish.  The scallop had some sweetness and the salami had a nice mild spice to it.  The truffled cauliflower was a nice finish.  Both were tasty but this was my least favorite of the pairings.

Course 2
Seafood bisque with yellowfin tuna tartar
Ginger Citrus
Paired with: Sirens chai saison 5.7% 22 IBU

The beer tasted of chai, citrus, saison funk with a semi sweet finish.  The tuna was light and buttery with the soup portion being full of mushroom flavour.  As weird as it may sound this was an awesome pairing

Course 3
Freerun rossdown turkey renderloin
white bean, edamama & preserved cranverries
Paired with 1: Riptide IPA 6.2% 58 IBU
Paired with 2: Belgian IPA 7.2% 60 IBU

The Riptide IPA had some juicy hops that bring in some tropical fruit and citrus with some low bitterness and herbal hops.  The Belgian IPA tastes of Belgian yeast, bubblegum, sweetness and low bitterness.  The turkey was fantastic with some nice earthy veggies on the side.  The Riptide IPA seemed to pair up quite well with this dish.

Course 4
Dark belgian chocolate covered chous a la creme
chai saison cream
Paird with 1: Forty fathoms imperial spiced porter 7.7% 30 IBU
Paired with 2: Baileys chocolate porter (Cask) 5.5% 28 IBU

The Forty fathoms imperial spiced porter had a good roasted malt flavour with chocolate, earth and rum.  The Baileys chocolate porter tasted of chocolate, baileys with sweetness in the finish.  The cask was really tasty.  The chocolate pastry was really enjoyable and both beers paired really well together.

This was one really tasty dinner and I will have to try and make it out for another one in the future.  From my understanding they hold these dinners on the first Wednesday of every Month.  I reccomend checking one out soon.

Britannia Steveston
#250-12240 Second Ave
Richmond, B.C.
604 270 9252

Winter Cask Festival 2016 – Central City Brewing

On January 30th, 2016 (Saturday) Central City Brewing held their annual Winter Cask Festival.  This is probably the marquee cask event in BC and I was happy to once again attend.


This year the festival brought us 40 casks from breweries only found in British Columbia.  This years ticket got you a branded sample glass with three samples tokens.  More tokens could be purchased at the front desk.  Like years past many of the casks swung to the Imperial side of things which makes sense as most winter beers are higher in alcohol.

The Brew List

1 Black Kettle – Kentucky Uncommon
2 Brassneck – Old Money Mild
3 Bridge Brewing – Ambleside Amber Wassail
4 Dogwood – Organic Honey Giner and Ginseng
5 High Mountain Brewhouse – ISA
6 Howe Sound Brewing – Gathering Storm Cascadian Dark Ale
7 Moody Ales – Champions Scotch Ale
8 Phillips – Imperial Rye Lager
9 Red Collar – “Wobbly Bob” Dry Hopped English Strong Ale
10 Vancouver Island Brewing – Mid-Century West Coast Steam Beer
11 Big Ridge – Honey Saison
12 Spinnakers – Honey Muscle Saison
13 Big Rock Urban – The Muscles from Brussels
14 Townsite – Triple Red Power
15 Four Winds – Wild IPA Pepper Pot
16 Nelson – Bent Pole IPA
17 Russell – Barrel Soured Punch Bowl IPA
18 Whistler – Snow…White IPA
19 Driftwood – Old Cellar Dweller
20 Main Street – Barleywine
21 Powell Street – English Style Barley Wine
22 Steel & Oak – Barley Wine
23 Axe & Barrel – Winter Green Cocoa Porter
24 Callister – Midnight in Kentucky
25 Coal Harbour – Blackwing Baltic Porter
26 Fuggles & Warlock – Dark Cow Chocolate Milk Porter
27 Persephone – “Debris Slide” Oaked Chocolate Smoked Porter
28 Real Cask – India Export Porter
29 Bomber – Mocha Imperial Stout
30 Dead Frog – Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout
31 Doan’s Craft Brewing – American Rye Stout
32 Old Yale Brewing – Fresh Chilli and Ghost Chilli Stout
33 Parallel 49 – Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
34 Red Truck – Swamp Thing Stout
35 Steamworks – Breakfast Stout
36 Deep Cove – Golden Sour
37 Moon Under Water – Oud King Crow 2015
38 R&B Brewing – Cherry Kettle Sour
39 Yellow Dog – Raspberry Sour Bruin
40 Central City Brewing – Mystery Cask

Like I mentioned before this is one of the best if not best Cask events in the entire province every year and it was not different this time.  The beer was great and the people attending were awesome.  I had great conversations that paired amazingly with the beer I was drinking.  I wish more places in BC would hold pure cask events to this scale.

My favourite beers of the night were a tie between two beers once again.

Moon Under Water – Oud King Crow 2015

Fuggles & Warlock – Dark Cow Chocolate Milk Porter

If you have never attended a cask festival or one of Central City Brewing’s amazing cask festivals then you need to change it up and attend.  Not only do you try great been but you will meet many new people that are really into Craft Beer.

Here are my full sized photos.



Steel Toad Brewpub (Preview) – Vancouver BC

The Olympic Village area of Vancouver is getting its own brewpub! I Was lucky enough to get an invite to special preview of the soon to open Steel Toad Brewpub on October 2nd, 2014. The brewpub is only weeks away from opening so they have opened the space up to an invite only crowd to get their staff going so they know the ropes.


This brewpub is a fairly large space with a ton of seating and a large central bar with bar seats running around the whole bar.  There are a few TV’s above the bar but I am unsure if these will show bar info or sporting events and the like.  To the far side of the building you are able to look into the brewery as it is behind a large glass wall and is very nice new and shiny.  I was quite happy to see that the bar has two cask engines that pump out some great real ale!  For this event they had 5 beer on tap including an American Blonde, Saison and a Rye IPA on their standard taps and a Best Bitter and Oatmeal Stout from the Cask Engine (remember cask beer is nowhere near as cold as tap bear by design).  They also had a really interesting menu for the event although I am unsure if these items will be on the final menu.  The menu included small plates like Chicken Wings, duck rillettes, romaine wedge and nicoise salad.  The Big plates included beef tenderloin, roasted chicken breast, shepherds pie, the burger, margherita pizza and speck pizza.  There was one dessert and it was a butterscotch pot de creme.  Everyone seemed to be very excited about the beer and food options and I was one of them.  I look forward to the grand opening of this brewery as it will be a great new addition to the local scene.  One note is that they are not planning to do growler fills currently and will only be serving their beer on site.  I really do think that the renovated (rebuilt) heritage building is the star of the show though.  They may well have replaced every beam and board on this building but it has that heritage feel that Vancouver is loosing these days.

keep your eyes peeled on social media to find out when the brewery opens but from what I understand it is very close to opening now!

Full sized photos can be found here

Steel Toad Brewpub
97 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
(Between Ontario & Quebec)

Winter Cask Festival 2014 – Central City Brewing

On January 25th 2014 Central City Brewing held their annual Winter Cask Festival.

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The pamphlet claims 30 casks from breweries in BC and the Northwest but this for the first time I can remember was not true.  This year every single cask was from BC and only BC.  Like always tickets ran you $30 and included 3 samples and a branded 4oz glass.  Extra samples were around a dollar a piece.  For the most part all 33 casks were very big on alcohol content as is expected with a winter cask festival.  It was great to be able to catch up with all of the different brewers that I have been able to get to know over the last year.  I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon with Sara and Chloe two amazing craft beer fans.  This year I did the impossible and tried every single cask.

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The Brew List

1 Central City Brewers + Distillers & Camra – Mystery Cask
2 Mission Springs – McLennan’s Scotch Ale
3 Spinnakers – Hopscotch
4 Coal Harbour – IPA
5 Dead Frog – Fearless IPA
6 Old Yale – Sergeant’s Citrus
7 Phillips – Puzzler Imperial Belgian Black IPA
8 Big Ridge – West Coast Pale Ale
9 Deep Cove – Go Fuggle Yourself
10 Red Truck – Ale Dry Hopped
11 Big River – Bourbon Oaked ESB
12 Bridge Brewing – Nettle & Honey Red Ale
13 Persephone – Dry Hopped Red Ale
14 Central City Brewers + Distillers – Chocolate & Orange Porter
15 33 Acres – Melaco
16 4 Winds – Coffee & Cream Oat Porter
17 Russell – Estate Coffee Porter
18 Whistler Brewhouse – Oaked Brown Porter
19 Central City Brewers + Distillers – Vanilla Bean & Espresso Stout
20 Brassneck – Bourbon Barrel Aged Inertia
21 Hoyne – High Voltage Espresso Stout
22 Parallel 49 – Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
23 Steamworks – Rye Stout with Laphroaig
24 Cannery – Vanilla Nut Express
25 Driftwood – Old Cellar Dweller
26 Granville Island – Burly Goat Weizenbock
27 Green Leaf – Black & Tan Fantasy28 Howe Sound – Winter Ale
29 Lighthouse – The Bad Seed Farmhouse Quince Ale
30 Moon Under Water – Belgian Triple Wedding Ale
31 R&B – Ginger Beer
32 Storm – Orange Creamsicle
33 Yaletown – Jolly Hooligan

Central City Brewers + Distillers & Camra – Mystery Cask
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Cumin? Spice not a favourite

Mission Springs – McLennan’s Scotch Ale
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Spinnakers – Hopscotch
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Dark Amber Colour
Caramel, Scotch Ale, hops bitter, pine

Coal Harbour – IPA
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Malty, citrus, sweet, bitter

Dead Frog – Fearless IPA
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Amber colour, off white head
citrus, pine, malts, sweet

Old Yale – Sergeant’s Citrus
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Orange colour, off white head
pine, citrus, malts, full bodied

Phillips – Puzzler Imperial Belgian Black IPA
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roasty malts, bitter smoke, mild hops bitterness

Big Ridge – West Coast Pale Ale
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pale malts, citrus, orange, floral hops

Deep Cove – Go Fuggle Yourself
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Cloudy amber colour, white head
citrus, floral hops, malty, citrus, tea, saison,

Red Truck – Ale Dry Hopped
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copper orange colour, white head
malty, hops, citrus, orange

Big River – Bourbon Oaked ESB
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earthy, citrus, rind, sweet, floral hops

Bridge Brewing – Nettle & Honey Red Ale
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Deep Copper
malty, honey, nettle, amazingly sessionable

Persephone – Dry Hopped Red Ale
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citrus, pine, malts, caramel, sweet

Central City Brewers + Distillers – Chocolate & Orange Porter
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big roast, chocolate, orange, mild coffee

33 Acres – Melaco
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roasty, sweet, vanilla, molasses, smokey

4 Winds – Coffee & Cream Oat Porter
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Black brown colour
coffee, roasty, creamy, oats, semi sweet

Russell – Estate Coffee Porter
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huge coffee, mild roasted malts

Whistler Brewhouse – Oaked Brown Porter
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big roasted malts, creamy, mild, hops, sweet

Central City Brewers + Distillers – Vanilla Bean & Espresso Stout
my last beer and I missed a photo and only took the note tasty (oops)

Brassneck – Bourbon Barrel Aged Inertia
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black opaque, brown head
bourbon, vanilla, roasty, bitter, coffee, cream

Hoyne – High Voltage Espresso Stout
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Black opaque colour brown head
roasted coffee, peaty, vanilla

Parallel 49 – Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
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Bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, bitterness, boozy

Steamworks – Rye Stout with Laphroaig
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Cannery – Vanilla Nut Express
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nut brown, vanilla, sweet

Driftwood – Old Cellar Dweller
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Think double IPA, malty, citrus, sweet, boozy

Granville Island – Burly Goat Weizenbock
sweet, brown sugar, dark fruits, malts

Green Leaf – Black & Tan Fantasy
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Black, brown head
roasty malt, coffee, chi, tasty

Howe Sound – Winter Ale
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sweet malts

Lighthouse – The Bad Seed Farmhouse Quince Ale
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cloudy yellow, white head
yeasty, wheat, citrus, very mild funk, lemon peel, wants to be sour

Moon Under Water – Belgian Triple Wedding Ale
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sweet citrus, orange, candied sugar

R&B – Ginger Beer
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sweet ginger, more bite than ginger ale

Storm – Orange Creamsicle
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vanilla, orange, sweetness, malts

Yaletown – Jolly Hooligan
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sweet candied sugar, dark malts, rum, oak

This was another great event put on by Central City.  Thanks again for holding this event again as it is one of the most celebrated event each year.

Full Sized photos can be found here

My Favourite beer of the night was a tie between two beers.

Bridge Brewing – Nettle & Honey Red Ale
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Lighthouse – The Bad Seed Farmhouse Quince Ale
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I look forward to the Summer Cask Festival!  If you have never been to one of these cask festivals before you really need to check this one or one like it out!  They are a ton of fun and a great way to meet like minded craft beer nuts.

Battle of the Casks – Townhall Coquitlam – November 29th 2013

On Friday November 29th, 2013 Townhall Coquitlam held a “Battle of the Casks”.  Four great BC breweries were involved including Four Winds, Dead Frog, Cannery and Steamworks Brewing.  The casks were tapped around 5pm and the beer started flowing.  The beer was poured by the brewery staff and then served by the great servers at Townhall.

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This was the very first Battle of the Casks that they have held so it started with a few hiccups but it ran well from then on.  Four Winds Brewing brought their IPA dry hopped with Simco hops.  Dead Frog Brewing brought out a Nub Brown ale with chocolate, espresso and strawberries.  Steamworks Brewing brought a cask of Stout with chocolate, chillies and coca.  The last cask was from Cannery Brewing and was their Amber Ale with honey and Amarillo hops.


All 4 beer were really tasty and everyone in the place was having a really good time.  There was a ton of great conversation with lots of great people.

Beer 1
Four Winds Brewing – IPA with Simco Hops
Appearance: Cloudy Orange with white head
Aroma: Citrus, tropical fruit, floral hops, malty
Flavour:  Malty backbone, tropical fruit, citrus, pine, good bitterness
fourwinds ipa simco

Beer 2
Dead Frog Brewing – Nut Brown Ale with chocolate, espresso and strawberries
Appearance:  Deep brown/red with brown head
Aroma:  roasted malts, espresso, chocolate and mild strawberries finishing it off
Flavour:  Lots of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, espresso bitterness and a strawberry flavour that builds with every sip.
Mouthfeel:  Has the mouthfeel of a stout
dead frog nut brown chocolate strawberries

Beer 3
Steamworks Brewing – Stout with Chocolate chilli’s and coca
Appearance:  Deep opaque brown with a brown head.
Aroma:  sweet candied sugar, chocolate, roasted malts
Flavour:  roasted malts, , smoke, chocolate, mild chili’s.  Sweet but not overly
Mouthfeel:  very thick stout
steamworks chocolate coca nibs chipptle

Beer 4
Cannery Brewing – Amber Ale with honey and Amarillo hops
Appearance:  cloudy amber with almost no head.Aroma:  malts, citrus, honey, floral hops
Flavour:  Malts, honey, citrus, oranges, pine and hops bitterness.
cannery brewing amber ale honey amarillo

All the beer was very popular and it was awesome to see that all 4 beer in the Battle of the casks were a different style of beer.  The fist cask to empty and thus win the Battle of the Casks was Cannery Brewing Amber Ale.  I quite enjoyed the Cannery Amber Ale but my choice of best beer was the Four Winds Brewing IPA.  All 4 were great though and I would have had more than one glass each if I did not have to head out after the competition.

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I am really looking forward to the next Battle of the Casks put on by Townhall Coquitlam and I hope to be there!

Full Sized photos can be found here check them out!

Townhall Public House Coquitlam
925 Brunette Avenue
Coquitlam, BC V3K 1C8
(604) 526-2324