Sublime Pineapple Hefeweizen – Moody Ales


From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Sublime Pineapple Hefeweizen”.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of pineapple, citrus, grain, wheat and yeast.  The flavour is of wheat, banana, pineapple, fruity notes, hint of bitterness and a semi sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 22.  This is a great beer for the hot weather of the summer.

Commercial Description:  Mix together German Yeast, American hops, and pineapple juice and it adds up to sunshine. That’s beer math. But enough studying for today – it’s summertime. This beer may be cloudy, but the weather isn’t, so go outside, enjoy the sun, and cool down with this sessionable, fruity, refreshing brew.

Fest-Of-Ale 2017 – Penticton


April has come again and one of my favourite beer festivals has come and passed.  This was the 22 annual Fest-Of-Ale in Penticton.  This years festival was held on April 7-8th 2017 (Friday and Saturday).  This festival is held at the Penticton Trade and Concention Centre and is comprised of a large indoor area and a small outdoor section.  Both areas have live music as well as food options.

This festival continues to grow every year.  This year had an extra 15 breweries bringing it up to 65 and and a total of 6 bringing it up to 71 cider and beer producers.

This year the list included:

4 Mile Brewing Co.
Bad Tattoo Brewing Co
Banff Ave Brewing Co.
Barley Mill Brew Pub
BC Brew Co. and Distilling  – New
BC Tree Fruits Cider
Beau’s All Natural Brewing
BNA Brewing Co
Bomber Brewing
Boundary Brewing Company  – New
Bridge Brewing
Britannia Brewing  – New
Cannery Brewing Co.
Canuck Empire Brewing
Category 12 Brewing
Coal Harbour Brewing
Coronado Brewing Company
Crannog Ales
CrossRoads Brewing  – New
Dead Frog
Detonate Brewing
Doan’s Craft Brewing Company  – New
Dominion Cider Co
Dogwood Brewing – New
Double Mountain
Fernie Brewing Co.
Field House Brewing Co.  New
Firehall Brewery
Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.  New
Four Winds Brewing
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks  – New
Glutenberg
Hearthstone Brewery
Highway 97 Brewing Company Ltd
Howe Sound Brewing
Howling Moon Craft Cider
Hoyne Brewing Co.
Kettle River Brewing Company  – New
Lighthouse Brewing Company
Longwood Brewery
Marten Brewing Co.
McClelland Premium Imports
Moody Ales
Moon Under Water
Mt Begbie Brewing Co.
Naramata Cider Co.  New
NOMAD Cider – New
Orchard Hill Estate Cidery Ltd.
Parallel 49 Brewing
Persephone Brewing Co.
Phillips Brewing & Malting Co
R&B Brewing Co
Ravens Brewing Company
Red Arrow Brewing Company  – New
Red Collar Brewing Co
Red Racer
Red Truck Beer Company
Spinnakers Brewpub
Steamworks Brewing
Steel & Oak Brewing Co.
Strange Fellows Brewing  – New
Summerland Heritage Cider Co.
The Parkside Brewery  – New
The Tin Whistle Brewery
Torchlight Brewing
Tree Brewing Co.
Twin Sails Brewing  – New
Twisted Hills Craft Cider
Victoria Caledonian Brewery  – New
Whistler Brewing
Yellow Dog Brewing

This year there were more than 175 craft beers being poured over the Friday and Saturday with over 5000 people in attendance.  Once again this was an amazing festival with great beer and lots of great people!  Here are some of the beer and food that I tried while at the fest.

This year I spent more time working on episodes of Pacific Beer Chat than I did taking photos for the blog.

Episode 12 Found us talking with Crannóg Ales out of Sorrento.   Website, Google Play Music, iTunes, Stitcher.

Episode 13 Part 1 found us talking with a selection of breweries as seen below.  Website, Google Play Music, iTunes, Stitcher.

Cannery Brewing, Detonate Brewing, Bomber Brewing, Steel & Oak Brewing, Untapped Craft Imports, BNA Brewing, Kettle River Brewing and Torchlight Brewing.

Episode 14 Part 2 found us talking with a selection of breweries as seen below.  Monday May 1, 2017

R&B Brewing, Crossroads Brewing, Tin Whistle Brewing, Marten Brewpub and Yellow Dog Brewing.

Like every year this was an amazing event.  There are a ton of people but you never have to wait in line long for a beer.  So many beer festivals get so crowded that you almost need two samples glasses to make it to the front of the line.  In the years that I have attended this has never been an issue.

This festival has become one of my absolute favorites every year.  Most of the best breweries come to this festival every year and the people really love that fact!  This year there were so many new beers to boot!  It may not have been requested but this year so many breweries brought out North East Style IPA’s the super cloudy and juicy beers.  These beers are all the rage right now and I am very happy that this is the case.

The first day of the festival I really explored the beers that the festival had to offer as I usually do.  This year though the weather was very bad on the way to Penticton and you could pick out the people like me that took the Coquihalla Highway and the Okanagan Connector as were were still stressed out and drank a bit to much because of it.  On Day 2 I was once again one of the as they put it Industry Expert judges for the best beers of the festival.  After Juding beer from 10am on Saturday I decided like normal that the second day of the festival was far more about the food than the beer.  Luckily for me the food was amazing!

If I remember correctly on Saturday around 3pm all of the judges made their way to the Main Stage for the awards ceremony.  Here are the winners from this years festival.

The Awards were distributed as follows:
Best in Show, Judges’ Choice Award:
High Five Hazy IPA – Yellow Dog Brewing, Port Moody, BC

Best in Class, Judges’ Choice Awards:
Pilsner/Golden Lager Pixel Pils – Fuggles & Warlock, Richmond, BC
Pale Ale Dusk Pale Ale – Parkside Brewery, Port Moody, BC
Wheat Ale Summer Ale, Witbier – Steamworks Brewing, Burnaby, BC
Saison Sirens Chai Saison – Britannia Brewing, Richmond, BC
Amber/Dark Ale Brave Liver Scotch Ale – Mt. Begbie Brewing, Revelstoke, BC
IPA Street Legal IPA – Twin Sails Brewing, Port Moody, BC
Specialty IPA High Five Hazy IPA – Yellow Dog Brewing, Port Moody, BC
Dark Lager Dark Lager – Steel & Oak Brewing, New Westminster, BC
Stout/Porter Dry Irish Stout – Ravens Brewing, Abbotsford, BC
Sour Nectarous – Four Winds Brewing, Delta, BC
Cider Pippin’s Fate – Twisted Hills Craft Cider, Cawston, BC
Fruit Beer Park Life Passionfruit Ale – Bomber Brewing, Vancouver, BC

The People’s Choice Awards, voted for by guests at the event:
Best Beer Old Style Lager – Red Arrow Brewing, Duncan, BC
Best Cider Pears & Peaches – BC Tree Fruits Cider, Kelowna, BC
Best Food Brodo Kitchen, Penticton, BC

When it comes right down to it if you can only make it to one beer festival in British Columbia in a year then the Okagnagan Fest-Of-Ale is that one festival.  They also have an amazing pop up liquor store to boot!

Beer League Bash (3rd Annual) – Vancouver


On March 11, 2017 Bomber Brewing hosted the Third Annual Beer League Bash at Britannia Community Rink in East Vancouver.  The event ran from 4-10pm and cost $25 a ticket which got you three beer tickets.  More sample tickets could be purchased for $1.25 or for donated hockey gear.

From Bomber Brewing:  100% of the proceeds go to support Britannia After School Hockey. This great youth program gives kids, that normally would not have the opportunity to play hockey, a chance to play. BASH supplies all of their gear and provides coaches/mentors to help develop not just hockey, but life skills. Through this event, the local craft brewery community has helped to raise close to $5000 a year in cash and donated gear to support this program. Come out and enjoy some great beer and some mediocre hockey and help us surpass that level this year.

From me:  This event helps support an amazing program that helps kids be part of a team and learn life skills in a sport that is usually very cost prohibitive. I wanted to play as a child but my family could not afford it. This BASH program helps keep kids occupied with life lessons and a fun sport so that they do not end up getting in trouble with gangs and drugs. Or at least gives them a fighting chance. East Vancouver is traditionally not as well off as other areas of Metro Vancouver and the kids really need programs such as this. Supporting this event and the BASH program itself is enriching children’s lives and I am all for that!  

This fundraiser consists of a beer league hockey tournament and a beer festival.  Starting with the beer festival in the stands.

The breweries that came to support the BASH were as follows:  Bomber Brewing, Central City, Moody Ales, Parallel 49, Main Street, Powell Brewery, Yellow Dog, Steamworks, Bridge, Steel & Oak, Red Truck, Callister, Strange Fellows, Doans and Luppolo Brewing.

 

I really appreciated that some of the breweries brought out beer that was brand new or fairly new to try as this event does seem to bring out the industry and not just the average beer drinker.  Without the hockey though this is just anouther beer event.  The best of the festival for me was the new release from Bomber called The Code a beer that tied into the hockey movie Goon Last of the Enforcers.  While no goons are aloud in beer league hockey the Goon does have a place in many Canadians hearts. 

Now that I mentioned hockey again here are some photos from the hockey itself.  There were 4 teams this year in the Beer League Bash.  The teams included Bomber Brewing, Parallel 49 Brewing, Craft Beer All-Stars and the Suburban All Stars.  The Craft Beer All-Stars were made up of Vancouver breweries staf while the Suburban All Stars were made up of staff from the Vancouver Suburbs. They held a round robin tournament with music between plays, goal horns and everything.

This was beer league hockey and there was definitely mistakes but it sure made for some exciting goals.  For the first time in the 3 years this event had the correct finish with Bomber Brewing winning the big trophy!

I would be remiss to share some of the videos of the actual games.

Its not a win without the skate with the trophy!

I was sad to miss the second anual event but this year was a blast!  Being a huge hockey fan and beer fan this manages to bring so much good together and it is for a good cause to help get kids off the street!  If you did not make it to this event make sure you make it out next year!

Port Moody (BC Ale Trail)


Craft Beer and tourism is a match made in heaven.  Just watch the Portland Oregon commercials that air in BC that focus on the beer scene down there and you know how much it means to that city.  In 2016 a group of people got together with the British Columbia government and tourism agencies to create the BC Ale Trail a selection of self guided craft beer and tourist trails.  I have been doing similar self guided road trips for years now checking out what the province has to offer be it beer or sights and even had a much less grand idea like the ale trails.  For my first official Ale Trail I decided to do the most accessible trail to both locals and for tourists.

Here is the official video from the BC Ale Trail.

The one thing that makes the Port Moody Ale Trail stand out above all others is that it is easily accessible from every major rapid transit system in Metro Vancouver.  From Vancouver International Airport (YVR) you have two transfers on Skytrains but it is fairly straight forward and people will gladly help you find your way.  You can also make your way from North Vancouver on the Sea Bus and Skytrain as well as from Surrey on the Expo Line or Mission on the West Coast Express.  This is truly the most easily completed craft beer trip in the province and the beer you will be checking out is top notch.

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Original Unedited map found here.

To plan your trip to the Port Moody Ale Trail also known as Brewers Row check out Translink’s Trip Planner.

Now the official BC Ale Trail for Port Moody only covers 4 breweries in Twin Sails Brewing, Yellow Dog Brewing, The Parkside Brewery and Moody Ales all on the strip of Murray Street dubbed Brewers Row but this trip would not be complete without a side trip to Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby only a few stations before.

Follow the following link to check out more details about the Port Moody Ale Trail.

If you are starting from anywhere other than the West Coast Express I would recommend starting at the unofficial stop on the ale trail in Dageraad Brewing.  The walk from the Production Way University station is a short quite flat 5 minute walk as per Google Maps.

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Dageraad Brewing specializes in Belgian style ales.  When I did this walking tour Metro Vancouver was in one of their unseasonable winter storms.  This is still an amazing trip in the winter.

Dageraad at the time of writing is currently expanding their tasting room which is really welcome as their current tasting room is very small and has an overflow area in the production side.  Don’t let this small room fool you though as they are making some really tasty Belgian inspired beer.  For a more in-depth write up on Dageraad Brewing pre expansion click here.

Once you have had your fill of beer here at Dageraad it is time to get moving again.  Walk back to the Production Way University station and head to Moody Station.

Once at Moody Station take the short walk along Spring Street towards the overpass.  Take the overpass but instead of walking around the loop turn right and take the walking path.  Follow that to the first of 4 breweries on Brewers Row in Twin Sails Brewing.

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Twin Sails began its life as a brewery that brewed mostly German Inspired beer.   In and around October 2016 everything changed.  With a new assistant brewer and a new direction they are now one of the leading breweries in experimental West Coast and East Coast IPA’s (also known as New England IPA).  This new line of canned beer is taking BC by storm and selling out almost faster than they can make it.  It is safe to say that as of October this has become one of my favourite stops in Metro Vancouver.  They still have the odd beer from their original lineup on tap usually a pilsner or a hefeweizen if you do not enjoy IPA’s.  If you are looking for something to do while here at the brewery try one of their board games.  For a more in-depth look at Twin Sails Brewing click here.

 

Once you peel yourself out of this tasting room you will take the horribly long walk to Yellow Dog Brewing next door.

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Next up is the original brewery on the row in Yellow Dog Brewing.  In the official video from BC Ale Trail you get a look at the old tasting room.  Yellow Dog has had a massive expansion very recently and has a new capacity of 101 people if I remember correctly.  Yellow Dog has been known well for their IPA but they make solid beers all around.  Basically every beer is named after something to do with dogs including the Play Dead IPA, Chase My Tail Pale Ale and the Shake a Paw Smoked Porter to name a few.  When they first opened they even let dogs on their back patio but health inspectors put a stop to that sadly.  You won’t find a bad beer on tap here.  To get more info on the brewery click here.

At some point you will have to decide to move on.  Your next stop is The Parkside Brewery.  This is once again a short little walk.

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The Brewmaster at The Parkside Brewery Vern Lambourne was previously the Small Batch Brewmaster at Granville Island Brewing and has a great respect in the BC craft beer community.  With a lineup of beer currently from a Pilsner to a Dark Cherry Imperial Stout there is a beer here for everyone.  This is also if not by volume then by sheer space the largest brewery on the row.  They also have the most parking if you want to drive here for a growler fill.  Not only do they have beer here they also have shuffle board and one arcade racing game that is free.  Click here to read more about the brewery.

Once you have had your fill of games and beer it is time to move to the last brewery on the Row in Moody Ales.  A mere 3 minute walk away you wont have trouble finding this place.

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Moody Ales could just as well be you starting point for this ale trail trip.  With a great mix of beers and very friendly staff you wont want to leave.  Moody Ales often has a cask beer on offer as well as up to 11 other beers.  Moody Ales is also the only brewery on the row that offers 1L crowler cans of their beer.  Can meets growler this beer is fresh and great to bring with you for outdoor activities.  Here is my write up of Moody Ales while not fully up to date you get more of an idea about the brewery.

Once your done at Moody Ales there is lots to do in the area.  The people at the Ale Trail recommend the following:

Brew Street Craft and Kitchen
3224 Saint Johns Street, Port Moody, BC
brewstreetcraftkitchen.com (604) 492-3883
Fresh, locally-sourced menus, plus a total of 80 craft beers on tap!
Rocky Point Kayak – Do before drinking!
2715 Esplanade Street, Port Moody, BC
rockypointkayak.com (604) 619-2837
Hourly, daily, or weekly rentals, of kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards. Find an abundance of bird and wildlife just a short paddle from shore.

Romer’s Burger Bar

101 Morrissey Road, Port Moody, BC
romersburgerbar.com (604) 917-0118
Commitment to being simple, fresh, local and a part of the neighbourhood. Enjoy all four local craft beers and casual dining inspired by the West Coast lifestyle.
With all of the beer available at these breweries it would really makes sense to go for a nice walk.  With Rocky Point Park located right across the street from all 4 breweries I would head there.  They have a great waterfront path that you can enjoy at your leisure.
If you don’t have a blast on this Ale Trail trip then you can’t say that you like Craft Beer!  This trip is a blast and well worth it for the tourist or stay-cation day.

Beer Candied Bacon (Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout – Moody Ales)


Beer Candied Bacon

I have had Beer candied bacon at a few bottle shares and I was blown away at just how tasty it was.  I found a recipe on Craftbeer.com and decided I better give it a shot myself.  This recipe calls for a big alcohol stout or porter that comes in on the sweeter side.  I would recommend a Russian Imperial Stout or a Baltic Porter.

Here are the few ingredients you will need.

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1lb Thick Cut, High Quality Bacon
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1/4 Cup + 2 TBSP beer (Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout – Moody Ales)

Preheat your oven to 400F.

Start by taking a baking tray and place tin foil in the bottom of the pan.  On top of this place wire racks to keep the bacon elevated and let excess fat drain off during baking.  place your bacon onto the wire racks.

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In a small bowl mix the brown sugar and beer and whisk it into a syrup.  While you do this place the bacon in the oven for 10 Minutes.

At 10 Minutes remove your bacon.  Brush the beer syrup onto the bacon and place it back into the oven for 10 minutes.

Once the 10 minutes is up again take the bacon out and flip it over.  Once flipped over brush more of the beer syrup onto the bacon.

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Take the bacon out again, flip the bacon and brush the last of the stout syrup onto the bacon.  This should be your last set of 10 minutes of baking.  The bacon should finish quite crispy.

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Once you have finished baking it you need to remove it from heat and let it sit for at least an hour.  This lets the syrup solidify and create the candy layer.  This is to be served cold.

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I purchased the bacon that was on sale for this batch which was a mistake.  If a proper thick cut of bacon was used it would have shrank less and would have had no burning.  I’m still perfecting my Candied Bacon game but this stuff is so tasty!