Pilsner Urquell Trolley Tour – Vancouver


Fairly recently I won a contest to go on a Trolley Tour with Pilsner Urquell, Vancouver Trolley Company and Ion Magazine.

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The Trolley Tour Started at the TC Lions Pub near Canada Place in downtown Vancouver and was the first of 4 locations for the night.  Each location we were given a ticket for one free Pilsner Urquell.

The TC Lions Pub was not crazy busy but busy enough with the large group that was part of the Trolley Tour.  Everyone got a beer fairly quickly and got on talking with all of the new people.  A few people who I assume work for Pilsner Urquell locally got up and talked about the brand and its origins and how it is one of the original Pilsners if not the first.  Once our time was up at TC Lions Pub everyone spilled out onto the sidewalks so we could get on our trolleys to the next location.

The next location was a pub that I had never been to The Morrissey.  I was torn on this location as it has great style, funky staff and great music but it was just to long slender and packed!  They did serve some nice snacks at this location though so that was nice.  I hope it is not always that packed at the Morrissey and only that packed because of our Trolley.  The pilsner tasted the same at this location in the same glassware.  Once our time was up here we moved onto the next bar.

The next location took us to Granville Island to the Vancouver Fish Company Restaurant & Bar.  This place has the feel of a fancy restaurant and I felt a little bad being in a T-Shirt and shorts (But not that bad).  I was a little surprised the Restaurant served the Pilsner Urquell in bottles here as being a fancy restaurant they should know the importance of proper glassware.  The food samples brought out were to die for though.  Obviously there was a seafood theme to all of the dished but they were all great.  We had a nice semi short visit here before we moved onto our last location.

From here we hopped back on the Trolleys and hit up the last location of the night the Winking Judge Pub.  It was getting on in the night so we did not stick around at this bar all that long.  We did have our free glass of Pilsner Urquell before we left though.

Overall it was a fun night with lots of interesting people some into craft beer some into macro.  Either way everyone had a great time.

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What would a writeup on an event like this beer without a mention about the beer itself?  Pilsner Urquell is brewed in the Czech Republic by Plzeňský Prazdroj and owned by SABMiller.  The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grassy hops, biscuit malts, fruits and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of grassy hops but very little bittering, biscuit malts, a sweetness from a hint of fruit and possibly honey and a very mild earthiness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.4%.  If you are looking for a nice approachable summer weather beer this just might be your choice.

Full sized photos can be found here.

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Red Racer Maple Bacon Ale Launch Event – The Pint Vancouver


For the second year in a row Central City Brewers & Distillers have collaborated with the Vancouver radio station 99.3 CFOX to bring us the ultimate breakfast beer the “Maple Bacon Ale”.  The launch party was on April 28th, 2015 and was held at The Pint in Downtown Vancouver.

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The Pint is lucky that it has a large downstairs portion of the venue so they can hold large private parties like this one.  The launch party was reserved for people that won the chance to attend on 99.3 CFOX’s Jeff O’Neil Show and for local beer media.

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Everyone that attended the event was given two drink tickets that were to go towards sampling the Maple Bacon Ale.  Just to sweeten the deal Central City Brewers & Distillers had arranged a breakfast buffet with the Pint that included both bacon and pancakes to put maple syrup. Why not drink a beer called a Maple Bacon Ale with both maple syrup and bacon?

The beer seemed to be quite the hit as they ended up running out of the beer and had to start serving the Red Racer IPA instead (For those that didn’t realize that is a Central City Brewers & Distillers brand).

But the real question is what did the beer taste like?

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The Maple Bacon Ale is an Amber Ale and poured an amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consisted of caramel malts and a mild maple finish.  The flavour was of caramel, mild maple with some very mild smoke and a hint of citrus.  Last years batch was to smoky and maple filled for many CFOX fans so this edition was toned down quite a bit.  I found that it still was an enjoyable beer although it really has nothing that resembles bacon and has almost no maple flavour.  Just a side note this beer is vegan friendly as their is no actual meat in it!  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  I seriously preferred last years edition but this is still well worth the purchase.

Full sized photos can be found here

Here is a link to last years edition.

Fest-Of-Ale 2015 Contest – Penticton


Last year I was lucky enough to head up to the Okanagan Fest-Of-Ale in Penticton.

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I had the honor of being a beer judge for the festival and having the behinds the scenes treatment as can be read in my posts from last years event.

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The event is a great party with great breweries from Around BC, one from Ontario as well as imports from McClelland Premium Imports and Bravo Beer Co.  The total count of breweries is 40 with 5 more cideries to finish it off.

To celebrate the great time I had last year I would like to send one follower and a friend to the festival with a pair of tickets for Saturday April 11th 2015.  Transportation and lodging are not included.  You must be able to attend the event and must be 19 years old or older to win.  The winner will be drawn at random.

Here is how you can win.

First way to win:
Share the contest post on my facebook page with your facebook wall.  Once you have done this add a comment informing me.

Second entry:
repost the text below to twitter
RT for a chance to win a pair of  tickets  19+ to enter.  click link for details. http://wp.me/p2vssO-8o2

Third Entry:
leave a comment on this blog post why you would like to win the tickets.

Fourth Entry:
Head to Mike’s Craft Beer’s BBM Channel and comment why you would like to win tickets on the Fest-of-Ale contest post. BBM Channel pin C00012735

Maximum four entries per person (Once of each entry type).  Contest will close Monday March 16th, 2015 at 6:00pm.  Good luck to all!

For more information please click the link below

http://www.fest-of-ale.bc.ca

Russian Imperial Stout – Rick August (Russell Brewing)


Russell Brewing out of Surrey BC has begun holding a home brewers content annually called the “Golden Stag Home Brewing Contest”.  In 2011 Rick August won the grand prize which intitled him to have his beer brewed as a single batch beer and sold in stores locally.  The name of the winning beer was the “Rick August: Russian Imperial Stout”.  The beer pours a black opaque colour with a brown head.  The scent of the beer is of sweet malts and coffee.  The flavor of the beer is more complex with coffee, sweet malts and some peat flavoring with a bitter hops finish.  This beer uses 10 types of malts, 2 types of Hops and a special yeast strain, juniper berries and licorice root.  Not being a huge fan of peat in my beer this was not high on my list of beer.  The beer has an alcohol content of 10.8% well into the range of Imperial beer.

Congrats to Rick August though!  It would be a huge honor to win a contest like this!