The Noble Pig Brewhouse – Kamloops


Up until recently I had only been able to sample the beer from The Noble Pit Brewhouse in Kamloops at a few different beer festivals as I do not make it up to Kamloops very often.  I have now changed this as I spent the long weekend camping in the area.

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Located in downtown Kamloops this is a great location for a brewpub.  The restaurant/pub side of the Noble Pig is very nice looping with wood accents everywhere and a stone fireplace in the middle.   They even have a canoe hung from the ceiling that is a large bank of lights.

The Noble Pig has a great food menu with all kinds of interesting options.  I had the Bison Bolognese and it was awesome!  I love the fact that as much as humanly possible the kitchen here sources all vegetable and meat from local suppliers.  Even the Bison comes from a farm in the Kamloops area.  It is always good to support local business!

The building that houses this brewpub was not designed with a brewery in mind and because of this the brewery is shoehorned in where it fits.  The brew house is located on the main level on the far side of the bar.  There are windows that let you look into where the beer is brewed.  I was able to get a tour so I was able to get photos behind the door.  Once the beers are brewed here they are piped down into the basement where the fermentors are located.

Once done at the brew house I was led down into the basement where the rest of the brewery is located.  When you first enter the cooler you will find the bright tanks and kegs the last step of the brewing process when the beer is finished.  The beer is actually served right from these tanks to the bar.  Some keg products are also served as when a tank gets low they transfer to kegs so they can open up a tank for more beer.  Exiting out the back of the cooler you finally come to the fermentors.  This brewery is small and with only 3 fermentors there is not a huge amount of beer being produced at one time.

Due to this limited space their neighbor brewery Red Collar Brewing has made a deal so that they can brew some of their beer at their brewery to keep up with demand.  I find it fitting as Red Collar Brewing’s brewmaster is the original brewmaster at The Noble Pig.  If you are looking for good beer and great food while in Kamloops look no further than the Noble Pig.

Full sized photos found here.

The Noble Pig Brewhouse
http://thenoblepig.ca
650 Victoria Street
Kamloops, BC
778.471.5999

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Great Canadian Beer Festival 2013 – Victoria BC – September 7th


Well its that time of year again!  The Great Canadian Beer Festival in Victoria has come on gone.  The festival ran on Friday September 6th between 3pm – 8pm and Saturday September 7th Noon to 6pm and was held at the Royal Athletic Park.  I was lucky enough to go this year but was only able to go to the Saturday event.

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The breweries involved came mostly from BC but also came from all over Canada and the Western United States.  The breweries that came included 33 Achres, Big Rock, Brasseurs Sans Gluten, Cannery, Canoe, Central City, Coal Harbour, Creemore Springs, Dead Frog, Deep Cove, Double Trouble, Driftwood, Elysian, Fernie, Four Winds, Gigantic, Granville Island, Green Flash, Hogsback, hopworks, Howe Sound, Hoyne, Lighthouse, Longwood, Merridale, Mill Street, Moon Under Water, Mt. Begbie, Muskoka, New Belgium, Nickel Brook, Ninkasi, Noble Pig, Okanagan Springs, Old Yale, Paddock Wood, Parallel 49, Phillips, Powell Street, Prince Albert, Prohibition, Russell, Salt Spring Island, Sound, Spinnakers, Stanley Park, Steam Whistle, Steamworks, Swans, Tin Whistle, Tofino, Townsite, Tree, Unibroue, Vancouver Island, Whistler, Wolf and Yukon.

One of the great things about this festival was that many of the booths were serving casks of their beer.  It is always great to try one off beer and standard beer hopped in a different way.  Due to the fact that I know way to many people now I did not get to try all that many beer.  I did however try some amazing beer as well as meet all kinds of new people and visit with lots of local beer friends.  My beer list was as follows:

33 Acres – 33 Acres of Sunshine
Driftwood – Old Cellar Dweller cask
– Crooked Coast altbier
Canoe – Galaxy ESB
– Summer honey wheat ale (Blackberry infused)
Granville Island – The Pumpkining cask
Howe Sound – Hopraiser IPA
– Megadestroyer Stout
Hoyne – Devils Wet Dream
Ninkasi – Maiden In the Shade Dble IPA
Old Yale Brewing – Chilliwack Blonde
Paddock Wood – Black Friars Porter
Phillips – Kaleidoscope Mosaic IPA cask
Salt Spring Island – Spring Fever Gruit Ale
Tin Whistle – Strawberry/rhubarb cask
Townsite – Westview wheat
– Blackberry FestivALE

My pick as favorite beer of the day was Driftwood Brewings Old Cellar Dweller cask although I did only have a small sampling of the beers.

This festival was just as much about the beer as it was for the people for me so here are all the photos that I took at the event!

Next year I plan on taking in both days and hopefully every brewery if not every beer.  One day will be for visiting and one day for sampling seriously.  The people that Put on the Great Canadian Beer Festival and volunteers did an amazing job and should be very proud.  I look forward to my next festival!

Larger versions of the photos can be seen on the blogs new flickr page!

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