Blacktop Oat Stout – Panhead Custom Ales


From Panhead Custom Ales in Wellington, New Zealand comes their “Blacktop Oat Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, anise, chocolate, ash and sweetness.  The flavour is of anise, roasted malts, smoke, ash, earth, mild chocolate, bitterness and some burnt coffee.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%.  If you enjoy a beer that is high and the roast you will really like this one.  I know that I did.

Commercial Description:  As self-confessed bogans we have a natural attraction to black, preferably matte, so Blacktop Oatmeal is close to our hearts. The key to creating a silky death metal monster like this is the caramelised Golden Naked Oats we’ve built it around. Sophisticates will detect the chocolate and coffee notes of creamy tiramisu. The rest of us will note that it matches our jeans.

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Moa Longtable Dinner


I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Moa Longtable Dinner at the Pumphouse in Richmond.  It was a great event and I want to give a special thanks to Executive Chef Daniela Iaci who did an amazing job creating gluten free options for my wife on the fly.

This was a really fun event; a large section of the restaurant was put aside for it with, appropriately, long tables so large groups of people sit together and get to know each other.  5 courses are paired with 5 different beers, which would be fantastic as an event on its own, but the really great part was that we were given a good amount of time between each course to discuss the food, the beer and the pairing.

The hosts for the night made sure everyone was happy, kept everyone informed about the food and beer but managed to avoid being intrusive.

We were served Moa Methode paired with Sockeye Salmon and Bouillabaise for the first course, Moa Blanc Evolution paired with a Colombian Fritter for the second course, Moa Pale Ale paired with Sausage and Pretzel for the third course, Moa St Josephs paired with a Farmhouse Pizza for the fourth course and Moa Southern Alps paired with Citrus Tiramisu.  Each course was delicious and excellently paired with it’s beer.

This is a great event, full of socializing, fun and beer.  This is also a great opportunity to try beer and food pairings which could inspire you to look at pairings differently.  I definitely want to go to more of these events.

Craftsman Chocolate Oatmeal Stout – Renaissance Brewing Company


O’hare’s Beer Club October 2013 Box

From Marlborough, New Zealand’s Renaissance Brewing Company comes their “Craftsman Chocolate Oatmeal Stout”.  This stout pours a opaque dark chocolate colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, oatmeal and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of chocolate, oatmeal, some sweetness and a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content of this brew is 4.9%.  This was a very well crafted stout with a ton of chocolate flavour that really shines through.  I am glad it has made its way to Canada!

Commercial Description:  Craftsman is the ‘Big Brother’ to our popular Elemental porter. Building on the flavours given by the crystal, brown and black malts, we add a portion of organic rolled oats for a silky smooth mouthfeel, then added a small amount of cocoa nibs to the mash and brew kettle, plus a large addition of nibs to the fermentor. The beer that matured on those cocoa nibs has a lovely chocolate nose that melds beautifully with the coffee and hop notes in the beer. The resulting Stout has a full rounded palate with chocolate and roasted notes predominating and the depth of intensity that one expects from a Stout.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Venison, Chocolate lava cake
Food Pairing as per brewery:  Fruit Desserts, rich cakes, biscuits and cookies, roast moose.

Click here to check out the October 2013 Box

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O’hare’s Beer Club – October 2013


As the fall rains fall upon Metro Vancouver it would be a great time to get something uplifting.  Luckily for me it was time again to receive my next beer club box from O’hare’s.

Drum Roll Please!

Beer Included is as follows:

Vancouver Island Brewery – Black Betty Blackberry Saison
Howe Sound Brewing – Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Base Camp Brewing – In-Tents IPL
Driftwood Brewing – Sartori harvest IPA
R&B Brewing – Birra Fresca Cucumber Mint IPA
Renaissance Brewing Company – Craftsman Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Odin Brewing – Thor’s Sunstone
Parallel 49 – Crane Kick Sorachi Ace Pilsner

Reviews will come as I enjoy the Beer.  Once again O’hare’s has outdone themselves!  Thanks O’hare’s!!!

O’Hare’s Gastropub & Liquor Store
5031 Steveston Hwy
Richmond BC
V7E 2K5
Liquor Store 604-241-4313
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Click here to check out the O’hare’s August 2012 Beer Club Box.
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Click here to check out the O’hare’s December 2012 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s February 2013 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s April 2013 Beer Club Box.
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Blanc Evolution – Moa Brewing Company


O’hare’s Beer Club August 2013 Box

From Blenheim, New Zealand’s Moa Brewing Company comes their “Blanc Evolution” a Belgian style Witbier.  The beer pours a hazy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma is of Belgian yeast, citrus rind, citrus, wheat and floral hops.  The flavour consists of wheat, citrus, citrus rind, yeast and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content of this Witbier is 6.2% wile the IBU comes in at 38.  This is a nice Witbier that is very full flavoured.

Commercial Description:  Moa Blanc Evolution is a Belgian style Witbier, with a small amount of coriander added during its extended maturation period giving it a unique spiciness. Rich and mouth-filling, it really is a true wheat lover’s beer.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Roasted chicken, asiago
Food Pairings according to the brewery:  Fried snapper with coriander and lemon dressing, grilled scallops on golden sultana coriander couli, spaghetti with sea bass and batarga

Click here to check out the August 2013 Box

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