Whistler Village Beer Festival 2015 (Saturday Festival) – Whistler BC


Last September I attended what turned out to be one of my favourite beer festivals in BC in the Whistler Village Beer Festival.  The weather was beautiful and the beer was amazing!  Here is last years official festival video.

Last year was such a success that this year Gibbons Events Co decided to make the Main Festival happen over two days with many satellite events that ran over 5 days.  The main Festivals took place on September 19th and 20th 2015.

While last year had epic weather this year we did not get so lucky!  But hey this is BC and we all own rain jackets so a little rain didn’t stop an epic party!  I was only able to attend the Saturday Main Event which was lucky for me as the rain was not quite as bad.  The festival was held at the Whistler Olympic Park in the Whistler Village once again.  The event started for average attendees at 1pm (opened at 12 for gatecrashers) and ran until 5pm (last call at 4:45).  I got into the grounds before the festival opened to the public and gate crashers and was to take lots of photos of the booths as they set up.

This year the Resort Municipality of Whistler gave the green light to increase the festival grounds by 40% to increase the amount of breweries to around 80.  This is impressive as 2013’s event was half the size of 2014!

Breweries involved included the following (Ordered by booth Number)

Muskoka Brewing, Steam Whistle Pilsner, Steamworks Brewin, Persephone Brewing, Big Rock Brewery, Off The Rail Brewing, Moody Ales, Russell Brewing, Red Truck Beer Company, Glutenberg, Bomber Brewing, Phillips Brewing, Howe Sound Brewing, R&B Brewing, Steel & Oak Brewing, Postmark Brewing, Lighthouse Brewing, Shacksbury, Lagunitas, Deschutes Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Double Mountain Brewing, Scuttlebut, Stone Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Strongbow, Maui Brewing, North Coast Brewing, Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, Czechvar, High Mountain Brewhouse, Yaletown Brewing, Big Ridge Brewing, Bowen Island Brewing, Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, Parallel 49 Brewing, Fernie Brewing, Prohibition Brewing, Rider Cider Company, Whistler Brewing, LoneTree Cider, Stanley Park Brewing, Old Yale Brewing, Hoyne Brewing, Goose Island, Okanagan Springs, Unibroue, Tofino Brewing, Black Kettle Brewing, Central City Brewers & Distillers, Scandal Brewing, Cannery Brewing, Yellow Dog, Dead Frog Brewery, Strange Fellows Brewing, Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers, Doan’s Craft Brewing, Mt Begbie Brewing, Beverage Concepts, Pilsner Urquell, Spinnakers, Coal Harbour, Main Street Brewing, BC Tree Fruits Cider, Four Winds Brewing, Off the Rail Brewing, Granville Island Brewing, Hearthstone Brewing, Mission Springs Brewing.

Last years attendance came in around 3,500 for the festival and this year even with bad weather beat that with around 3,000 people on Saturday and 1,300 on Sunday with a total over the five day of around 5000 people (numbers from here).  Craft Beer fans are tough (and own rain gear) and we don’t stop for rain.  I could only imagine how big Sundays numbers would have been on a sunny day.

 

Like at all festivals I attend I took photos of many of the samples I drank while enjoying the event.

Even with awful weather this year everyone in attendance had a great time!  I still think this is one of the best festivals I have attended (even this year) as even though there are tons of people there are little to no lines and everyone is just having a great time!  The only issue was a lack of washrooms probably made worse with all the rain.

I am excited to see what Gibbons Events has in store for us next September!

This years top three breweries as voted by Festival Goers won 1 year tap or bottle contracts at multiple pubs in Whistler Village which is a very lucrative prize!

First Place
Parallel 49 Brewing – Longhorn Saloon, Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub, Garibaldi Lift Co

Second Place
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks – Tapley’s Pub, Merlins Bar & Grill, Amsterdam Pub

Third Place
Whistler Brewing Co – FireRock Lounge, Dusty’s Bar & Grill

Full sized photos here
Whistler Village Beer Festival

 

Effin’ Good Comedy (Spud Shack)- New Westmister


The Spud Shack Fry Co is a great casual restaurant that makes amazing poutine, burger, frites to name a portion of the menu.  The last Monday of every month they hold a comedy night called “Effin’ Good Comedy”.  Due to Canada Day being on the last Tuesday of the Month this comedy night was moved a week forward.

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Photo credit: Sherman’s Food Adventures

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The doors open up at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm.  The hour gives you time to enjoy some amazing food and some great craft beer.  I had their Effing Good Burger and the bacon, sour cream and green onion poutine (basically a baked potato).

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The Effing Good Burger was perfectly cooked and was super juicy.  The sauce choice was awesome and the addition of bacon makes everything good!  The poutine is amazing!  If you like a baked potato you will like this poutine!  Fries with gravy, cheese curds, bacon, sour cream and green onions is basically the holy grail of poutine.

As I finished up dinner the comedy show began.  The comedians that preformed this night were Ryan Gunther, Brett Martin, Art Factora, Andy Canete, Chris Gaskin and Simon King.  All were very funny and had the room laughing.  My personal favourite though was Simon King.  He is a king of the dark humor and has a fan in Robyn Williams!  He was close to bringing the room to tears as some points.  The lighting was not great so the cell phone photos didn’t turn out all that great but here they are.

Check out some of the stand up by these comedians (There is probably swearing!  Just a warning!):

Ryan Gunther

Brett Martin

Andy Canete

Art Factora

Chris Gaskin

Simon King

As I mentioned the Spud Shack Fry Co has some great beer.  They have two taps and a bunch of different rotating bottles.  I had a Snapshot Wheat Ale by New Belgium Brewing, Bellerose by Brasserie des Sources and a Seasonal Citrus Wit from Dead Frog Brewery.

Snapshot Wheat Ale by New Belgium Brewing (Colorado, USA)
Aroma – mild fruity, grainy, wheat.
Flavour – very light wheat, mildly acidic and almost no bitterness.  Very light in flavour.

Bellerose by Brasserie des Sources (France)
Aroma – citrus, wheat and floral aroma almost flowery.
Flavour – wheat, citrus, fruity, flowery, yeasty and overall refreshing

Seasonal Citrus Wit from Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove BC)
Aroma – bready, citrus and some other light fruit notes
Flavour – wheat, grainy, citrus and some mild spice notes.

I let the owner pick my food and beer for the evening as it made it a more interesting night than it already would have been.  The food was amazing and the beer selections were very appropriate for the season!  I look forward to going back for the next comedy night!  It really makes a crappy Monday actually great!  You really should look into going to the next Effin’ Good Comedy Night.  Check Spud Shack Fry Co’s website to keep up to date with future events.

Check out the full sized but still low quality shots from the night. Darn dark lighting

Spud Shack Fry Co
Located at New West Station near the Theatre
352-800 Carnarvon Street
Phone: 604.553.2582
E-mail: info@spudshack.ca

Open every day but Mondays most weeks excluding days with Comedy events from the looks of it.

 

New Belgium vs Steamworks Collaboration Throw Down! – VCBW – May 31st, 2014


It is that time again!  Vancouver Craft Beer Week has begun again for 2014!  On May 31st 2014 I went to the New Belgium vs Steamworks Collaboration Throw Down!  Steamworks Brewing out of Vancouver/Burnaby and New Belgium Brewing out of Colorado brewed a collaboration ale called “Rolling Golden Belgian Ale”.  A spiced Belgian Style Pale Ale that tasted great and was brewed by Caolan Vaughan brewmaster for Steamworks and Jamie Martin brewmaster of New Belgium Brewing.  The event was held at the Bimini a Donnely Group Pub in kitsilano.

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On top of serving the collaboration beer both Steamworks and New Belgium brought out a bunch of their standard and limited edition beers.  New Belgium brought out a ton of their Lips Of Faith series beers.  Steamworks Brewing had both their brewmaster Caolan Vaughan and brewer for the brewpub Tak Guenette on site for the event.  New Belgium sent out one of their Staff/Owners out from Portland Oregon for the event also although sadly I do not remember his name.  The event was great fun with tons of great beer and just as many great people!

Full sized photos can be found here.

I look forward to the other events that I will be attending this year!  So far this years Vancouver Craft Beer Week is shaping up to be a great time!

Le Terroir 2013 (Dry Hopped Sour Ale) – New Belgium Brewing


Lips Of Faith Series

From Fort Collins Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing comes their “Le Terroir 2013 (Dry Hopped Sour Ale)”.  The beer pours a copper/orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, malts apples, and a mild tartness.  The flavour is of a tart sourness, sweetness, apples and a hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%.  This is an amazing sour ale and I am happy that for the first time a lips of faith series beer is available in BC!

Commercial Description:  Le Terroir: French, meaning ‘from the terrain, soil, land, ground, earth.’  You may have heard it as a wine term speaking of the environmental conditions of the vineyard, the pH of the soil, even the slope of the land. But beer has it too, especially a New Belgium sour beer, which oozes terroir from the pores of the wooden foeders we age it in. They produce a base beer that’s golden-colored with a soft overripe peach aroma and just the right amount of tart. And after 3 years in the foeders, you can bet it has some nice earthy tones. Round out that fruity base with even more unique fruity hops like Amarillo and citra, and this beer may just have more terroir than your classiest wine. And with the hop burp, compliments of the dry-hopping, Le Terroir is definitely classy!

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Pluot (Alew Brewed With Pluot Juice) – New Belgium Brewing


Lips Of Faith Series

From Fort Collins Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing comes their “Pluot (Alew Brewed With Pluot Juice)” a sour Tripel ale brewed as part of the breweries Lips Of Faith Series.  The Tripel pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of fruit and lots of it including plum, apricot, tart apples, pinapple and some other fruits hiding in behind.  The flavour is of tart apples and white wine, plums, apricot, pinapple and again some other fruits burried in behind.  The alcohol content of this beer comes in at 10% with and IBU of 5.  This fruity concoction is an amazingly smooth and drinkable brew that is not overly sweet at all as it leans to the tart side.  It is also amazing how easy it goes down as it has an alcohol content that is so high!

Commercial Description:  Hook up a plum with an apricot and they’ll make you a pluot. This sweet hybrid fruit is as refreshing as it is strange, and it’s the perfect starting point for our new Lips of Faith beer. Pluot Ale pours a bright, light golden. The aroma is full of fruit tones and distinct esters from blending the funky brettanomyces and our house Belgian ale yeast. The flavor carries the same weight, adding a spicy, vinous subtlety to stand up against the malt backbone. To build a beer around this worldly fruit is purely Belgian in imagination. Pour some Pluot and enjoy!

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Spicy Tarragon Yogurt Chicken, Thick cut pork chops with a spicy Pluot glaze and goat cheese crumbles

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