Sierra Nevada Brew Pub Keg Fest – Butcher & Bullock Vancouver

The Butcher & Bullock pub in Vancouver has a beer club that does events weekly with one event a month being a much larger Keg Fest event like the evening that I attended on November 19th, 2015.  These biger events fall closer to the last Thursday of the month.


This Keg Fest found TruCraft and Sierra Nevada Brewing bring in 4 regularly listed beers in BC and also 4 usually Brew Pub exclusives.  The ticket to the open event cost $15 and got you 8 tickets to try 1 – 4oz sample of all 8 beers.  If you wanted to have more of any one beer it was $2.5 for 4oz or $7 for 14oz.  The beers on sample were as follows:  Outside Lands Saison, Nooner Pilsner, Torpedo Extra IPA, Porter, Hop Hunter IPA, Pale Ale, Stout and Close Call Kolsch.  They also had some great looking beef brisket sandwiches on sale.

This was a great little event with lots of good beer on offer and a great group of people sharing in the experience.  If you are interested in their beer club make sure to ask your server next time you stop in for food and beer.  I know I will be keeping you eyes peeled for more events like this one.

Full sized photos found here.

Butcher & Bullock Pub
911 West Pender Street

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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.


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.


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.

Central City Pub – Vancouver

Central City Brewers & Distillers from Surrey have followed in the footsteps of Howe Sound Brewing in opening up a tide house or Pub in the Downtown Core of Vancouver in the Stadium District.


Many Vancouverites will recognize this building as the location of the old and very popular Dix pub.  Its nice to finally see that this great space has found a new lease on life!


The pub opened on July 24th, 2015 but I was invited to a preview the day before that was comprised mostly of people from the local beer industry.  My memory of the Dix Pub is pretty foggy as I was not a regular there and probably only made it there twice before it was shut down.  That was mostly because I was still living out in Surrey when it was running for the most part and didn’t get out to Downtown very often.  From what I hear though the space looks quite similar still with upgrades to the bar and some new decor that showcases the Red Racer Brand.

One thing you might have noticed in the photos above is that there is a growler filling station.  This will not be available when the pub first opens as there is still some bylaw issues to work out but they will be able to fill your growlers in the not to distant future if all works out.  One thing to note is that there will be beer fermenting on site at this pub.  Beer will be brewed at the brewery in Surrey and then trucked here to ferment.  I will assume that the beer fermented on site will also be the beer that is more often than not served out of the taps at the pub.  This almost makes it a full brewpub.  They will also be fermenting Sour beer at this location with a decent sized Foudre (Large barrel like fermenter).  Both the beer on tap at the pub and the great sample foods that were served have me excited for the newest watering hole in downtown!  I look forward to my next visit there.  They also look to have some of the best beer prices in Vancouver currently!.

Full sized photos found here.

Central City Pub
871 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2M6

Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smoke House Media Launch – November 19th, 2014

Unless you live under a rock (or don’t use social media) you know that Howe Sound Brewing in Squamish has opened up a brand new tied house called the Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smoke House.


Located almost right beside the upper side of Stadium Station and only blocks from Rogers Arena and BC Place this place could not have a better location.  The Devil’s Elbow serves a huge selection of Howe Sound Brewing’s beer as well as some guest taps and a bunch of North American Whiskeys.

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The space is beautiful with all wood finishings on most walls and then one long original brick wall.  The layout is long and skinny and runs the full length of the building with a small room at the back that can be utilized for private functions.  There is a bunch of original artwork around the room as well done by local artists.  I was even able to talk to one of the artists by chance as I was talking about one of her pieces as she walked by.  Everything about this place exudes friendly from its staff to the design and customers.


For the Media launch party many appies were served to give and idea what flavours was available on the menu.  I think most of the appies were created using what they serve on their regular menu to showcase ingredients although in different presentations.  On tap they had most of their favourites and some of the big seasonal releases as well (my favourites) such as Total Eclipse of the Hop Imperial IPA, Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale,  megadestroyer and Wooly Bugger Barley Wine.  Don’t let that scare you off though as they have their standard favourites much like the Lager, Rail Ale Nut Brown and the Sky Pilot Northwest Pale Ale.

No event is complete without  the people involved.  From media members to Staff here are a few photos of all the great people at the event.

This place has very quickly become my first choice for pregame dinners as well as concerts and other events.  Its no surprise that something Howe Sound Brewing is involved with would be an instant success but it still surprises me just how big a hit it has been.  If you need a new favourite watering whole then check this place out as soon as possible.

Full sized photos can be found here.

Devil’s Elbow
562 Beatty Street, VancouverCanada

Dead Frog Brewery Launches Winter Seasonals 2014 – Bitter Tasting Room

Dead Frog Brewery is excited about their new Winter Mixer pack and their two new Winter Seasonal beers.


The brewery held a small party at Bitter Tasting Room in Downtown Vancouver on November 10th, 2014 to help spread the word.  The new Winter Mixer pack is comprised of the following 4 beers: Rocket Man Interstellar ESB, Winter Seasonal Amber Ale, The Bold Belgian Pale Ale and their The Classic Nub Brown Ale.  The new Winter Seasonal Amber Ale has notes of caramel, vanilla, winter spices and citrus notes.

Much like the last few years they have changed up the recipe for one of their well known seasonal bomber releases the Winter Beeracle Winter Ale.


The Winter Beeracle pours a deep chestnut colour with a brown head and lots of lacing.  The aroma consists of malts, vanilla, chestnuts and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of caramel malts, vanilla, chestnuts, dark chocolate, brown sugar and some hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 24.  Every year this beer seems to be getting better and this year is no different!

Coming later in the Winter will be the brand new seasonal the Nutty Uncle Peanut Butter Stout.  This beer will be launched late in November and is a single batch beer.  It is a peanut butter, chocolate milk stout.

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The version on hand at the party was a cask from the very first batch.  They have since added lactose to make it a milk stout and have added more peanut butter.  I can attest to the fact that it was already really tasty and will only get better!

Thanks to Dead Frog Brewery and its whole crew that showed up for the party far away from the brewery!  It was an amazing time and I look forward to having a few of these seasonals this winter!

Here are the full sized photos from the event.