Scorpion Double IPA – Tin Whistle Brewing

From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes the “Scorpion Double IPA”.  This is a brand new recipe this time around.  The beer pours a cloudy amber orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of caramel, tropical fruits, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of Caramel, earth, resin, tropical fruits, citrus and hops bitterness.  The beer has quite a thick body that makes it almost chewy like some of the bigger IPA’s.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% alcohol with a pretty darn high bitterness.  This is a great Double IPA and I am quite impressed with where Tin Whistle Brewing is taking their beers with their new recipes.


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.


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!


The Tin Whistle Brewing Company (Old Location) – Penticton BC

On Canada Day July 1st, 2013 I took a detour on the way home from Kelowna  to stop in Penticton to hit up a few breweries I have been a fan of for some time.  I was happy to hear that The Tin Whistle Brewing Company was open for regular business on the holiday Monday!


Mission Statement  We brew it, we drink it, we sell what’s left.

You know you are heading to a quality brewery when this is their mission statement!  I was in a bit of a hurry on this stop so I did not take as much time to chat with Lorraine Nagy (I am assuming) the owner of the brewery since 1998.  Her original plan was to purchase the brewery and run it for 5 years until she retired for good.  Now 15 yeast later she is still going strong!  I was really struck by how small this brewery was considering how wide spread their beer seems to be in BC.  It is tiny!  I was able to try a few samples while I was in the brewery/Tasting room one being their Stag Apple Scotch Ale.  This scotch ale is on the sweet side but also amazingly smooth.  I look forward to picking up a bottle for review as soon as I can find it!  One neat feature of this brewery is that the Brewery and Tasting room are in the same room.  If you are lucky you might just be able to watch them brew beer while you are in picking up a few bottles of brew or a growler fill!

If you happen to drive through Penticton one of these days don’t drive by without stopping by Tin Whistle Brewing.  I mean come on it is on the main street in town anyways so it would be hard to miss.  If you can not make it to Penticton make sure to at least stop in at your local BC Government or Private liquor store and pick up a bottle or three you will not be disappointed.

Tin Whistle Brewing Company
954 West Eckhardt Ave, Penticton
British Columbia