Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival – Vancouver (UBC)


On June 27th 2015 the inaugural  Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival was held at the UBC Farm.

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This festival was a nice change from your average beer festival in this province.  Many of the beer were either one off saisons / sours or rare and hard to get beers.  Nothing for sample was a standard lineup beer.  The ticket cost $50 plus taxes and got you a fancy taster glass and 4 tokens.

Breweries at the Festival
Beerthirst – Elysian, Logsdon, North Coast
Brassneck Brewery
Bravo Beer Co – Brouwerij Verhaeghe, Dupont
Category 12 Brewing
The Commons Brewery
Copper & Theory – Breakside, Cantillon, pFriem
Craft Beer Imports – De Molen, Omnipollo
Dageraad Brewing
Driftwood Brewing
Four Winds Brewing
Goose Island Brewery
Lighthouse Brewing
Main Street Brewing
Moon Brewpub
Parallel 49 Brewing
Persephone Brewing
Powell Street Craft Brewery
Steel & Oak Brewing
Strange Fellows Brewing
Storm Brewing
Untapped Craft Imports – Double Mountain, Dieu Du Ciel, Les Trois Mousquetaires
Westbier – St Louis, Bockor, St Feuillien, ToØl
Yellow Dog Brewing

Full list found here.

The festival had a small amount of tickets sold which showed as there were very rarely lineups and those lineups were only for timed limited beers.  The weather was very hot as has been the case for the Month of June and this shows with brown grass!

As always I took many photos of the different beers that I was able to sample.  There were so many good sours that I did not stray form this style very often.

Full sized photos here.

This was probably one of the best festivals that I have ever attended.  The heat was brutal for me but being in June you would never have guessed it was going to be 30C in Vancouver (It probably should have rained).  If you are looking for just one festival to attend next year then this should be the festival you go to!

 

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Spud Shack Fry Co and Monday Madness


Spud Shack Fry Co in New Westminster is now open on Mondays!  The hours are 12 noon to 8pm although that could change in the future.  A really exciting part of Mondays at Spud Shack is they run their Monday Madness promotion.  Monday Madness is comprised of $5 Whistler Brewing pints and 1/2 price poutine (Standard version I think).

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photo taken from Spud Shack facebook page.

Sounds to me like an amazing Monday lunch or dinner!

I was able to stop by the Spud Shack recently to check out some of their most recent and exciting creations.

The Night Market Poutine was the first thing that I sampled.
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Not only is this a crazy concoction but it is also amazing!  The poutine has the standard ingredients on the bottom including fries, cheese curds and gravy but what is on top takes it to the next level!  On top you will find deep fried wontons, ginger beef, kimchi and a spicy mayo.  It is a good thing that I am not a chef as I would never even thought of putting these ingredients together (I guess I have not been to enough night markets).  The flavours all come together very well and compliment each other.  I paired it with a Loser Pale Ale from Elysian.  A malty pale ale always pairs well with a poutine but there is just enough hops bitterness in the Loser to pair well with the spicy kimchi.  I would get this again in a heart beat!  This was a regular size also not a large!

The next thing that I was able to try was their Croque-monsieur a fancy grilled ham and cheese sandwich.
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The grilled cheese sandwiches are always changing at the spud shack so don’t wait to long to try this one out!  The ham is found in the middle of the sandwich while the cheese is found on top.  Swiss cheese was used for this Croque-monsieur although I think there was another cheese as well as it was very creamy where cheese met bread.  This is a very rich grilled cheese not like a cheap ones children usually eat.  I paired it with Bridge Brewing’s North Shore Pale Ale.

I recommend heading over to the Spud Shack either the next Monday that you are available or really any day! The Spud Shack is not just fries and Poutine.  There is something for everyone and great craft beer also!

Spud Shack is located in
352-800 Carnarvon Street
Phone: 604.553.2582
E-mail: info@spudshack.ca

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Great Canadian Beer Festival 2013 – Victoria BC – September 7th


Well its that time of year again!  The Great Canadian Beer Festival in Victoria has come on gone.  The festival ran on Friday September 6th between 3pm – 8pm and Saturday September 7th Noon to 6pm and was held at the Royal Athletic Park.  I was lucky enough to go this year but was only able to go to the Saturday event.

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The breweries involved came mostly from BC but also came from all over Canada and the Western United States.  The breweries that came included 33 Achres, Big Rock, Brasseurs Sans Gluten, Cannery, Canoe, Central City, Coal Harbour, Creemore Springs, Dead Frog, Deep Cove, Double Trouble, Driftwood, Elysian, Fernie, Four Winds, Gigantic, Granville Island, Green Flash, Hogsback, hopworks, Howe Sound, Hoyne, Lighthouse, Longwood, Merridale, Mill Street, Moon Under Water, Mt. Begbie, Muskoka, New Belgium, Nickel Brook, Ninkasi, Noble Pig, Okanagan Springs, Old Yale, Paddock Wood, Parallel 49, Phillips, Powell Street, Prince Albert, Prohibition, Russell, Salt Spring Island, Sound, Spinnakers, Stanley Park, Steam Whistle, Steamworks, Swans, Tin Whistle, Tofino, Townsite, Tree, Unibroue, Vancouver Island, Whistler, Wolf and Yukon.

One of the great things about this festival was that many of the booths were serving casks of their beer.  It is always great to try one off beer and standard beer hopped in a different way.  Due to the fact that I know way to many people now I did not get to try all that many beer.  I did however try some amazing beer as well as meet all kinds of new people and visit with lots of local beer friends.  My beer list was as follows:

33 Acres – 33 Acres of Sunshine
Driftwood – Old Cellar Dweller cask
– Crooked Coast altbier
Canoe – Galaxy ESB
– Summer honey wheat ale (Blackberry infused)
Granville Island – The Pumpkining cask
Howe Sound – Hopraiser IPA
– Megadestroyer Stout
Hoyne – Devils Wet Dream
Ninkasi – Maiden In the Shade Dble IPA
Old Yale Brewing – Chilliwack Blonde
Paddock Wood – Black Friars Porter
Phillips – Kaleidoscope Mosaic IPA cask
Salt Spring Island – Spring Fever Gruit Ale
Tin Whistle – Strawberry/rhubarb cask
Townsite – Westview wheat
– Blackberry FestivALE

My pick as favorite beer of the day was Driftwood Brewings Old Cellar Dweller cask although I did only have a small sampling of the beers.

This festival was just as much about the beer as it was for the people for me so here are all the photos that I took at the event!

Next year I plan on taking in both days and hopefully every brewery if not every beer.  One day will be for visiting and one day for sampling seriously.  The people that Put on the Great Canadian Beer Festival and volunteers did an amazing job and should be very proud.  I look forward to my next festival!

Larger versions of the photos can be seen on the blogs new flickr page!

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Beerlesque 2 – September 21st 2012


On September 21st 2012 the second annual Beerlesque event was held at the Roundhouse Community Centre in the Yaletown area of Vancouver.  Put on by Vancouver Craft Beer Week and Giles this event brought two of the best things in life together, Craft Beer and Burlesque.  The event cost $55 but all the beer and entertainment was included only food was extra.  The main area of the centre was set up with brewery tables with taps and a few booths with stuff for sale on 3 of 4 sides.  On the 4th side was a stage that had a great live band called Blackberry Wood playing music while there were no shows going on in the theatre.  The theatre was where all of the burlesque and other shows were held.  There was also a photo booth set up in one corner for people to have their photos takin in their amazing outfits!  Just outside the back doors there were come great food carts set up for people to chow down between sips of beer.  Both Steve and I of Mikescraftbeer.com were on site for this wonderful event along with my Step Brother Matt and Steve’s Finance Sarah.

There were 13 breweries on site for this amazing event including the following from BC Storm, Central City, Tofino, Big Ridge, Brewhouse Whistler, Red Truck, Steamworks, Lighthouse, Howe Sound, Driftwood, Parallel 49 and from the USA Elysian, Green Flash (Via Beerthirst).  No beer at this event was worse than really good but that is just how the scene in BC is getting these days! It is getting rare to find a sub par local beer.  My personal highlights of the event were poured by the owner of Storm Brewing both the Basil infused India Pale Ale and the Whiskey soaked vanilla bean scottish ale.  Everyone was showcasing their pumpkin beer as well as it is getting into the fall season even if it does not yet feel like it here in Metro Vancouver.

The nights entertainment started with a comic strip show a 3 man funny strip show with comic interludes and some crowd participation.  Even the men of the crowd really had fun with this trio even if they were half-naked.  Next up there was a weird clown show with the clowns Twit and Twat.  This show was a bit odd and we went out for more beer during their piece.  After that there was the   Danger Thrill Show with some great thrills including darts being thrown into the guys back!  Yikes!!!  There was a break in the entertainment after this where the band Blackberry Wood played some more.  Once back in the theatre the burlesque started with well known ladies including Burgundy Brixx, Melody Mangler, Nicky Ninedoors, Jenny Magenta, Rebel Valentine, and Diamond Minx.  In the middle of the burlesque there was a break where a corset fashion show took place.  The tastles flew and the fashion was great as would be expected!  The last show was amazing where the dancer stripped down and then redressed in a different outfit in a very sexy way all while singing!

Once the entertainment was done everyone went back out in the hall and enjoyed more beer!  there was also a raffle with some wonderful prizes and a contest for the best dressed person.  All in all this was one amazing event and I can not wait for next years festivities.

Thank you Giles and Vancouver Craft Beer Week!

Full set of photos will be available in future but here is 183 or 600+

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O’hare’s Beer Club – August Box 2012


I recently became aware of a Beer Club that was put on by O’hare’s Gastro Brewpub and Liquor Store.  Located in the Steveston area of Richmond this is quite the drive for me but I could not resist joining up!

The club has a one time fee of $15 dollars to join but this gets you a free pint at the pub next door to the liquor store.  Every two months you are charged $60 plus tax for a mixed box of craft beer from BC and all over the world ranging from 7-9 bottles of beer.  The box will be ready for pickup on the designated Wednesday as per the information sent to you via email.  With the box of beer also comes a set of tasting notes that go with the beer.  These notes are to be placed in a binder that you are given upon signing up for the club.

As I just joined the club days before the August Box was released this is my first set of goodies.  Take a look at what goodies I got for Christmas in August!

Beer included is a follows:
Elysian – Ruin 650ml
8 Wire Brewing – Hop Wired IPA 650ml
Cannery Brewing – Naramata Nut Brown Ale 650ml
Mactarnahan’s Brewing – Spine Tingler 650ml
Harviestoun Brewing – Lager 500ml
Odin Brewin – Freya’s Gold 650lm
Tin Whistle Brewing – Rattlesnake ESB
Elysian – Loser 355ml
Paddock Wood Brewing – Black Cat Lager 355ml

Reviews will come as I drink the Beer.  The review is in for the club though!  Two Thumbs UP!

O’Hare’s Gastropub & Liquor Store
5031 Steveston Hwy
Richmond BC
V7E 2K5
Liquor Store 604-241-4313
info@ohares.ca