418 Citra Pale Ale – Faculty Brewing


From Faculty Brewing in Vancouver comes their “418 Citra Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, cracker with a floral finish.  The flavour is of citrus, crackery malts some mild herbal notes but very little hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 40.  If you are looking for a standard Pale Ale that hits on the sweet side this might be the pale for you.

Commercial Description:  Pale Ale brewed and dry hopped with the super popular hop Citra containing high alpha with a strong citrus flavour and aroma.

Recipe
INGREDIENTS – 10 GAL.
10lbs Crisp Best Pale
2.5lbs Munich Malt
2.5lbs Vienna Malt
2.5lbs Carahell
2.5lbs Carafoam
1oz Magnum – Boil 60 minutes
1oz Citra – Boil 15 minutes
2oz Citra – Boil 1 minute
1pkg US-05

MASH STEPS.
Mash: 66°C, 60 minutes

 

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Celebrate Craft… Beer! 2016 – Vancouver


Craft Beer can sometimes help support other Crafts.  That is where this event “Celebrate Craft… Beer!” comes in.

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Celebrate Craft… Beer! was held on Saturday November 5th between 7:30-10pm at Performance Works on Granville Island.  The event was held to raise funds for the delivery of the Craft Council of BC’s Craft Heritage & Me program for under-served youth.  Sixteen breweries showed up to pour their beers and help with this cause.  Here is the original list although Driftwood Brewery and Old Yale Brewing had to pull out due to differing issues.

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Being an event about Crafts there were also many artists selling their products in the middle of the room.  Here is a sampling of what they were selling.

There was also a blind silent auction with lots of good prizes to be won.

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This event was very well attended for the small venue it was held in.  The people both loved the crafts that were on sale and the craft beer that was served.

To top everything off the organizers of this festival held a competition for the best seasonal beer poured at the event.  The competition was judged by Rebecca Whyman, Chad McCarthy & Ken Beattie and the winning brewery won a a cool glass trophy as well as a handmade tap that will be designed and created by a noted local artist.

The winner of the award was Luppolo Brewing the brand new brewery on the block in Vancouver!

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I hope that the fundraising was as was as successful as the event itself as it was a great time with a great mix of people some very new to craft beer and some that know the local industry inside and out.

Celebrate Craft…Beer! (Get your tickets) – Vancouver


The Craft Council of BC is holding a fundraiser called “Celebrate Craft…Beer!” on November 5th between 7:30pm and 10pm.  18 Local BC breweries will be pouring beer during this fundariser to support the ongoing delivery of the Craft Council of BC’s Craft, Heritage & Me program.  There will be a silent auction to raise funds with lots of goodies to bid on.

Check out the press release:

Celebrate Craft … Beer!” is a charitable fundraiser celebrating the seasonal craft beer of 18 BC breweries, alongside a curated market of local artists. The funds raised will support the ongoing delivery of the Craft Council of BC’s ‘Craft, Heritage & Me’ program for under-served youth.

Craft brewers will be submitting their unique seasonal craft beer for an evening of tasting by judges and craft community enthusiasts. Jurors – Rebecca Whyman, Chad McCarthy & Ken Beattie – will select the winning beer. And the prize for the best in seasonal category will win an amazing handmade tap designed and created by a noted local craft artist.

This charitable event will be held 7:30pm November 5th @ Performance Works on Granville Island and will include live music by ‘Not You’ – an electronic duo composed of Sanford and Future Ghost, munchies, a blind silent auction of BC experiences and a curated craft market for you to peruse while enjoying the selection of seasonal craft beer!

You will get the chance to bid in the silent auction for prizes such as ‘Beer for a Year’, Brewery Tours & Tasting with Red Truck Beer, an Edible Canada gift basket full of local delicious goodies, dance lessons with Joe Ink Dance, generous gift certificates to Burgoo Bistro & The Latest Scoop amongst many other amazing local experiences! For a full list of silent auction items click here.  Join local artists and artisans at the craft market and find that perfect gift in time for the festive season: Bev Ellis, Julian DuerksenJoanna LovettOlympia KomianosCraftedVanGood MallowsHeather KonschuhZed Handmade & Charmian Nimmo!

Tickets include 4 tasters of beer & a 4oz tasting glass to take home.
Tax receipts issued for a portion of the ticket price.
$37 Regular 

Additional tasting tokens are available for purchase during the evening for $1.25 each

Click here for a list of participating breweries and artists.

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Craftedvan

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“We focus on creating characters that cheer you up and always stay where you’ve last left them.” Craftedvan specializes in magnetic bookmarks, magnets, and cards.

Goodmallows

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The all natural marshmallows that are on a mission to bring a whole new level of appreciation to everyone’s favourite squishy sweet. With flavours inspired by everything we love to eat, they are memories and smiles in a single bite.

Joanna Lovett

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“The west coast of British Columbia Canada has always been my home and I have been involved in jewelry making for most of my life. As my work progresses and evolves, I have become increasingly focused on the world around me. My pieces capture both my love of nature and of the materials I work with.”

Julian Duerksen

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Julian Duerksen is intrigued by the ancient craft of glassblowing which has grown into a modern day art form requiring technical skill, physical stamina, and persistence. He works from his studio in Burnaby, BC, in Canada’s Pacific Northwest, where he creates glass objects and stemware with close attention to artistic and technical detail. He is intrigued by the vibrancy of lushly coloured glass as well as by the clean and simple reflective qualities of clear glass.

Olympia Komianos

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“I create jewellery which inspires my soul, my mind and all that radiates from my heart out of silver and gold. I am not shy to express that the pieces I create ignite the fervour within. My work is eclectic yet contemporary and has a touch of pizzazz. I love movement and feel; I adorn my pieces with balls, with texture, and some have a splash of patina.”

Heather Konschuh

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Internationally recognized Canadian artist, Heather Konschuh is actively making her glass work and instructing at Terminal City Glass Co-op in Vancouver, BC. Her wide portfolio includes flowing forms and vibrantly coloured hand blown and sculptural glass pieces.

Zed Handmade

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Zed Handmade is a small independent studio based in South Surrey, Canada. All Zed pieces are designed and hand knit by Diane Zwickel, using 100% Peruvian Highland sheep and alpaca yarn and fair trade Uruguay merino wool. The designs, colour palette and attention to detail reflect a love of texture , organic colours and natural fibres.

Bev Ellis

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Accomplished painter, mixed media artist, ceramic sculptor, and jewelry designer, Bev’s artwork is in university, television, corporate and private collections.  Bev studied Fine Arts at UCFV, where she took a major interest in painting, printmaking and ceramic sculpture.  She continues to take courses and create.

This is a 19+ event

With thanks to our media sponsor – The Georgia Straight!

 

I will be at this event and I hope to see lots of familiar faces!  Purchase you tickets from the link below!

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710 Oaked Stout – Faculty Brewing


From Vancouver’s newest brewery Faculty Brewing comes their “710 Oaked Stout”. Faculty Brewing is naming their beers with numbers much like post secondary classes number designations. 100 series are easy drinking while 700 series is more challenging for some. The Stout pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of coffee, some roasted malts and some oak. The flavour is of roasted malts but not overly done with mild notes of coffee and chocolate, a good note of grainy malts and some oak. There is not a very much bitterness present. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 35. This is my favourite of the four beers the brewery launched with and I can say that I really enjoy it.

Commercial Description:   A dry stout with a creamy oatmeal head. The roasted barley offers notes of coffee, while the american oak provides aromas of vanilla and wood. 

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Faculty Brewing Co (Construction Update 3) – Vancouver


Faculty Brewing in Vancouver is getting much closer to opening now.  When I stopped in early March framing was in the early stages and there was no equipment in the space yet.  Now in late May things are really looking good.

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The bar is basically finished now with the exception that it is not yet hooked into the serving tanks.  There will be 6 Faculty Brewing beers on tap and in Growler fills with one two extra taps for guest beers and the likes.  The taps are really interesting as they have the ability to chance out the numbers that represent the beers numerical names.  Each beer will have a number similar to a college or university class number.  The third photo below shows the tasting room seating area.  The big black package is the bar seating.  The package behind it is of the growlers.

The brewery itself is not hooked up yet and that includes the glycol but all of the equipment is now in place.  The grain room is located in the far back corner of the building.  beside it you will find the brew house.  The grain will be augured from the grain room to the last vessel on the left of the first photo.   The next two photos show the tank farm.  Due to the cost of the transformer in the last photo there are a mix of stainless steel and plastic fermentors.

I am really excited for the opening date of Faculty Brewing.  The test batches and collaborations that I have tried have been great.  Keep your eyes peeled for an opening date!

Faculty Brewing Co
http://www.facultybrewing.com/
1830 Ontario
Vancouver, BC

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