IPA – Lagunitas Brewing


From Petaluma California’s Lagunitas Brewing comes the “IPA”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, pineapple, caramel malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, tropical fruit, earth, caramel and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 51.2.  This is a tasty IPA in the West Coast style and I enjoy it every time I have it.

Commercial Description:  A well-rounded, highly drinkable IPA. A bit of Caramel Malt barley provides the richness that mellows out the twang of the hops.  This is our unique version of an ancient style. A style as old as the ocean trade routes of the last centuries of Great Ships. Not as old as the equator they had to cross twice enroute, nor as old as the 10,000 miles or so of Di-Hydrogen Oxide and Sodium upon which they sailed, but older than the Circulithium-4 Lentoid that binds the Lupulin Quartnate onto your taste buds. Weird. Think about it. Now stop. OK, go again. Now stop. Think again. And stop. But we digress. Made with 43 different hops and 65 various malts, this redolent ale will likely float your boat, whatever planet you’re on.

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Lagunitas Re-Launches in Canada – Butcher & Bullock Vancouver


Lagunitas Brewing had in the past been available in Canada but had left the territory.  They are now back though and held a launch event at the Butcher & Bullock in Vancouver.  The brewery brought representatives form their California operation including their VP of sales as well as some from their Chicago brewery.

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The event brought their flagship IPA to the taps as well as an Imperial Coffee Stout that had been aged for some time.  If you know their beer you should know that both of these beers were great and their addition to our stores shelves should be celebrated.  I look forward to seeing a little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ in our liquor stores.

Expect to see Lagunitas beers on the shelves in Canada soon!  After talking with the Lagunitas staff on hand as well as the representatives from the distributions company I expect good things from this partnership.

 

Whistler Village Beer Festival (Main Festival) – Whistler BC


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On Saturday September 13th, 2014 the Second Annual Whistler Village Beer Festival was held.  The festival was held at the Whistler Olympic Park in the Whistler Village.  The event started for average attendees at 1pm (opened at 12 for gatecrashers) and ran until 5pm (last call at 4:45).  The event cost $35 or $45 for gatecrashers and included a branded 4oz mug, 5 beer tokens and a $5 off-site food voucher.  extra tokens cost $1.5 with a maximum of 10 tokens purchased at a time.

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Breweries involved included the following

British Columbia
Red Racer (Central City Brewers & Distillers), Whistler Brewing Co, Dead Frog Brewery, Lighthouse Brewing, Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers, Parallel 49 Brewing, Driftwood Brewery, Old Yale Brewing, Granville Island Brewing, Canuck Empire, Howe Sound Brewing, Four Winds Brewing, Hoyne Brewing, Postmark Brewing, Mission Springs Brewing, Cariboo, Okanagan Springs, Scandal Brewing, Phillips Brewing, Mt Begbie Brewing, Powell Street Craft Brewery, Fernie Brewing, Vancouver Island Brewery, Prohibition Brewing, Big Surf Beer Co, Red Truck Beer, Bomber Brewing, Russell Brewing, Bowen Island Brewing, Stanley Park, Brewhouse Whislter, Steamworks Brewing

Canada
Unibroue, Glutenberg, LTM, Alexander Keith’s Hop Series, Big Rock Brewery, Creemore Springs Brewery, Mad & Noisy Brewing, Steam Whistle

America
Ninkasi Brewing, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada, Pyramid Breweries, Hub, Lakefront Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Samuel Adams, Double Mountain, Scuttlebutt Brewing, Worthy Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Magic Hat, Deschutes Brewery, Gigantic Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Lost Coast Brewery

World
Watsteiner, Konig Ludwig Weissbier, Ankerbrau, Grolsch, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, Brouwerij Vansteenberge

Importers
TruCraft Beverages, Bravo Beer Corp, Copper & Theory, Untapped, Beverage Concepts Int’l Network Agency

The second annual Whistler Village Beer Festival seemed to be a big success with over 3500 attendees.  People from the biggest craft beer aficionados to people that like Macro beer but wanted to try something new were in attendance.  Having this festival in the middle of this mountain paradise made for one of the looking craft beer festivals that I have ever attended.  This festival may be smaller than the Victoria event but I would say that it is giving it a run for its money!

Like all craft beer festivals the people at the festival were very friendly and loved to chat!  I had all kinds of great conversations while walking around and taking photos.  I had even better encounters when I was at breweries tents.  Here are some of my more candid photos taken with my phone.

 

If I could only pick one Beer Festival per year I would have to say that it would be hard not to pick this event!  Between the amazing selection of breweries almost all being craft beer to the great food and the event better location nestled in the mountain resort town of Whistler.  I would not hesitate to recommend this festival to any craft beer fan or anyone that is interested in expanding their palate.  With all of the extra events that happen around this festival I would recommend coming up on the Thursday and staying until Sunday.  It may be a pricy weekend but you will not regret it!

Fool sized photos can be seen here.

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Brown Shugga – Lagunitas Brewing


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From Petaluma California’s Lagunitas Brewing Comes their accidental beer the “Brown Shugga'”. This brew was a failed attempt at their Barleywine in 1997. The beer pours a deep copper colour with an off white head. The aroma is of malts, floral hops and citrus. The flavour is of caramel, malts, mild pine, hops bitterness, citrus and lots of brown sugar. The alcohol content comes in at 9.99% with an IBU of 51.1. This is a very tasty brew and I totally understand how this accident is now one of their most popular beers!

Commercial Description: we believe this special ale is something unique. Feeding brown cane sugar to otherwise cultured brewery yeast is akin to feeding raw shark to your gerbil. It is unlikely to ever occur in nature without human intervention. And it looks weird besides. But it has happened and now it’s to late.  Originally a failed attempt at our 1997 batch of Olde GnarlyWine Ale resulting in an all-new-beer-style we like to call irresponsible.

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Hop Stoopid Ale – Lagunitas Brewing


From Petaluma California’s Lagunitas Brewing comes the “Hop Stoopid Ale”.  This beer pours a copper colour with a tan head.  You will find grapefruit, citrus, pine and floral hops on the nose.  The flavour of this beer is huge with grapefruit, citrus, tropical fruit, pine and a huge hops bitterness to kick your butt.  I do not understand why this beer is not an IPA as it is way hopier than most regular IPA’s on the market.  This beer has an alcohol content of 8% and a huge IBU sitting at 102.  This beer has a great name and a great taste although it has an identity crisis!

From Lagunitas website
“Hop Stoopid Ale
For those mornings when you have to cut right to
the chase, this is the one. Sure to blast through just about anything still
lingering from the night before, this mouthful of Hops and huge rich Malt has a
guarantee built right into the name!”