Cosmic Wave Double IPA – Tofino Brewing Company


From Tofino Brewing out of Tofino on Vancouver Island comes their “Cosmic Wave Double IPA”.   The beer pours an orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of resin, mango, citrus, caramel and floral hops.  The flavour is of and bitterness.  There are some alcohol notes in the flavour for sure but at 9% that is not to surprising.  This Double IPA is on the sweeter side of the spectrum but is still quite tasty.

Commercial Description:  JOIN US ON A TRANSCENDENTAL JOURNEY FREE FROM THE SHACKLES OF PHYSICAL EXISTENCE AND BEYOND THE KNOWN REALMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS. LET YOUR MIND’S EYE GUIDE YOU TO THE ASTRAL PLANES OF EXTRASENSORY NON-BEING WHERE WE WILL COLLECTIVELY RIDE THE COSMIC WAVE OF UNITY DEEP INSIDE THE ENDLESS BARREL OF THE INFINITE VOID. ALSO, THIS IS A STRONG HOPPY BEER.

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BC Beer Awards 2016 / Beer Festival – October 15th 2016


With October brings BC Craft Beer Month and with that brings the BC Beer Awards.  Once again this year the awards ceremony and beer festival were held at the Croatian Cultural Centre.  This year the event was held on October 15th just a little earlier than last year.

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I have been attending the BC Beer awards for many years now and it seems to be getting better and better.  With the industry exploding like it is in the province this event will only get better.  Much like always the event began at 4pm and ended at 9pm.  The festival was once again in two room and even had some beer pouring in the front entrance area.  This year there were 75 breweries pouring beer at the festival and 5 cideries.

Breweries pouring at the event:  4 Mile Brewing, Andina Brewing, Arrowhead Brewing, Barkerville Brewing, Big Ridge Brewing, Big Rock Urban Brewery, Brewhouse Whistler, Bomber Brewing, Brassneck, Bridge Brewing, Callister Brewing, Cannery Brewing, Canuck Empire, Category 12 Brewing, Central City Brewers & Distillers, Coal Harbour Brewing, Dageraad, Dead Frog Brewery, Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers, Doan’s Craft Brewing Company, Dogwood Brewing, Driftwood Brewery, Fernie Brewing, Feild House Brewing, Foamers Folly, Four Winds Brewing, Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, Granville Island Brewing, Hearthstone Brewery, Howe Sound Brewing, Hoyne Brewing, KPU Brewering and Brewery Operations Diploma, Longwood Brewery, Luppolo Brewing, Main Street Brewing, Mission Springs Brewing, Moody ALes, Moon Under Water, Off The Rail Brewing, Old Yale Brewing, Pacific Western Brewing, Parallel 49 Brewing, Parkside Brewery, Persephone Brewing, Phillips Brewing, Postmark Brewing, Powell Street Craft Brewery, Prohibition, R&B Brewing, Real Cask, Ravens Brewing, Red Arrow Brewing, Red Truck Beer, Ridge Brewing, Rossland Beer Company, Russell Brewing, Saltspring Island Ales, Spinnakers Brewing, Stanley Park, Steamworks, Steel & Oak Brewing, Strange Fellows Brewing, Strathcona Beer Company, Swans, Tree Brewing, Tofino Brewing, Townsite Brewing, Trading Post, Twa Dogs, Twin Sails Brewing, Vancouver Island Brewery, Whistler Brewing, White Sails Brewing, Yaletown Brewing and Yellow Dog Brewing.  The Cideries were Left Field Cider, BC Tree Fruits, Tod Creek Craft Cider, Sunday Cider and Dominion Cider Co.

Stephen Quinn from CBC Radio was once again the voice of the BC Beer Awards this year.  This year 83 breweries entered beers into the competition and there were 750 different beers entered.  Once again this was more breweries entering beer up from 70 last year.  Its nice to see that once again this year more breweries have come out to try their luck.  Instead of doing the awards at the end of the night this year they started it near the beginning.  Lets get to the winning beers of the year!

International Lager

1: 33 Acres of Darkness (33 Acres Brewing Company)
2: Vienna Lager (Moody Ales)
3: Red Racer Pils (Central City Brewers + Distillers)

German Pale Lager

1: Red Racer Old School Lager (Central City Brewers + Distillers)
2: Keller Pilsner (Persephone Brewing Company)
3: Steamworks Pilsner (Steamworks Brewing Company)

Kölsch

1: Steamworks Kölsch (Steamworks Brewing Company)
2: High Country Kölsch (Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.)
3: Arctic Kölsch (Swans Brewery)

German Amber Beer

1: Gladstone Altbier (Gladstone Brewing Co.)
2:  Vienna Lager (R&B Brewing Co.)

3: Potts Pils (Moon Under Water Brewery & Pub)

European Dark Beer

1: Dark Lager (Steel & Oak Brewing Co.)

2: Baltic Porter (Cannery Brewing Company)

3: Red Racer Dopplebock (Central City Brewers + Distillers)
Honorable Mention:  Brewmaster’s Black Lager (Okanagan Spring Brewery)

German Wheat Beer

1: Demimondaine Dunkelweizen (Barkerville Brewing Co.)
2: This is Hefeweizen (Moon Under Water Brewery & Pub)

3: Weizenbock (Steel & Oak Brewing Co.)

British Bitter

1: English Bitter (Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.)
2: Red Devil Ale (R&B Brewing Co.)

3: Beacon ESB (Lighthouse Brewing Company)

British Pale Ale

1: Clover IPA (Big Ridge Brewing Co.)

2: Paddywhack Organic IPA (Nelson Brewing Company)

3: English IPA (Strathcona Beer Company)

British Brown Ale

1: After Dark Ale (Nelson Brewing Company)
2: Tall Timber Ale (Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.)
3: Aethelred the Mild (Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.)

Scottish and Irish Ales

1: Classic Scotch (Steamworks Brewpub)
2: Irish Stout (Ravens Brewing Company)
3: 1880 Export Stout (Moody Ales)

British Stout

1: 52 Foot Stout (Barkerville Brewing Co.)

2: Perfect Storm (Townsite Brewing Inc.)
3: 710 Oaked Stout (Faculty Brewing Co.)

Strong Ale

1: Thor’s Hammer (Central City Brewers + Distillers)

2: Wee Heavy (Persephone Brewing Company)
3: Wobbly Bob (Red Collar Brewing Company)

Fruit Beer

1: Pinot Noir Raspberry Blonde (Tin Whistle Brewing Company)
2: Red Truck Raspberry Ale (Red Truck Beer Company)
3: Tropic Vice (Dead Frog Brewery)

Spiced Beer

1: Jackline Rhubarb Grissette (Lighthouse Brewing Company)
2: Spruce Tree Ale (Tofino Brewing Company)

3: Hibiscus Wit (Brassneck Brewery)

Smoke and Wood Aged Beer

1: Entropy Series No. 1 (Dageraad Brewing)
2: Inertia II (Brassneck Brewery)
3: Thor’s Hammer Bourbon Barrel Aged (Central City Brewers + Distillers)

Specialty Beer

1: Roggen Weizen (Steel & Oak Brewing Co.)
2: Londen (Dageraad Brewing)
3: Sour Wheat Gose (Field House Brewing Co.)

North American Light Beer

1: Hooligan Organic Pilsner (Nelson Brewing Company)
2: Jerkface 9000 (Parallel 49 Brewing Co.)
3: Cypress Honey Lager (Granville Island Brewing)

North American Blonde Ale

1: Organic Wild Honey Ale (Nelson Brewing Company)
2: Postmark Blonde (Postmark Brewing)
3: Dutch Pale Ale (Field House Brewing Co.)

North American Pale Ale

1: Chase My Tail Pale Ale (Yellow Dog Brewing Co.)
2: One Hop Mind (Callister Brewing Company)
3: East Side Bitter (R&B Brewing Co.)

North American Amber Ale

1: 33 Acres of Life (33 Acres Brewing Company)
2: Troller Bay Ale (Howe Sound Brewing)

3: Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale (Tree Brewing Co.)

North American Brown Ale

1: Bandit Brown (Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.)

2: Slipstream (Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.)

3: Kim-Ach-Touch Ale (Tree Brewing Co.)

North American Porter and Stout

1: Commander Imperial Stout (Dead Frog Brewery)

2: Stag and Pheasant Imperial Stout (Main Street Brewing Company)

3: Russian Imperial Stout (Moody Ales)

North American IPA

1: Flagship IPA (Steamworks Brewing Company)

2: Play Dead IPA (Yellow Dog Brewing Co.)

3: The Ultra Deluxe (Boombox Brewing)

Specialty IPA

1: Blonde IPA (Dageraad Brewing)
2: White ISA (Red Truck Beer Company)
3: YVR ISA (Steamworks Brewing Company)

Imperial IPA

1: 187 On An Undercover Hop (Parallel 49 Brewing Co.)

2: Cosmic Wave Double IPA (Tofino Brewing Company)
3: Second Anniversary Double IPA (Main Street Brewing Company)

Belgian Ale

1: Jongleur Wit (Strange Fellows Brewing Company)
2: Bier de Garde (Old Abbey Ales)
3: White Gold Witbier (Barkerville Brewing Co.)

Belgian Strong Ale

1: Dageraad Blonde (Dageraad Brewing)

2: Saison #7 (Main Street Brewing Company)
3: Old Barn Saison (Fernie Brewing Company)

Trappist Ale

1: 33 Acres of Euphoria (33 Acres Brewing Company)
2: Central City Belgian Strong (Central City Brewers + Distillers)
3: 10 Degrees (Dageraad Brewing)
Honorable Mention: 8 Degrees (Dageraad Brewing)

European Sour Ale

1: Raynard (Strange Fellows Brewing Company)

2: Cantus Fermus (Main Street Brewing Company)

3: Bizarro (Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.)

North American Wild Ale

1: Bodhisattva (Parallel 49 Brewing Co.)
2: Sour Raspberry (Old Abbey Ales)
3: Little Red One (Strange Fellows Brewing Company)

Best in Show

Flagship IPA (Steamworks Brewing Company)

Richards Buell Sutton LLP Rookie of the Year Award

Field House Brewing Co.

Dan Small Homebrew Award

Sho Ogawa and Novia Chen

CBC People’s Choice Award

Pablo Esco Gnar IPA, Boombox Brewing Company

Timber Brewers Challenge

Old Money Mild, Brassneck Brewery

This year’s Best of Show Flagship IPA is even more exciting as Julia Hanlon of Steamworks becomes the first female Head Brewer in BC to win this award!  A huge congratulations is in order for this!

Once the awards finished everyone went back to enjoying the beer that was on hand.  This was once again an amazing event with amazing beer being poured as well as great people be it craft beer fans or brewery staff.  Every year this event gets bigger and better!  Here is to another year of sticking it to the flavourless garbage that macro breweries make.

Once again like last year I helped set the festival up between 10:30am and 3pm.  It makes the festival even more fun when you are able to get involved in any part of the event.

Slow Cooked Kangaroo Curry (Hoppin’ Cretin IPA – Tofino Brewing Company)


Its been quite some time since I cooked with beer and I have wanted to change that for some time.  Luckily recently I was given some inspiration by finding a store in Coquitlam that sells all sorts of interesting wild meat.  The store is called Hills Foods and is quite an amazing place.  Once I had my Kangaroo meat I searched for a good recipe and found the one on Gourmet Game out of Australia.

Ingredients List:

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800 grams Kangaroo steak diced
1/4 Cup flour
4 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Large onion diced
2 garlic cloves crushed
knob of ginger peeled and minced
2 small red chillies finely sliced
4 tbsp madras curry paste
300ml Condensed Coconut Milk
1 tsp reduced salt beef stock powder (I used OXO)
3/4 Cup IPA (Hoppin’ Cretin IPA – Tofino Brewing Company)
1 Cinnamon stick
1 dried bay leaf
5 baby potatoes halved
pinch salt and pepper

Dice up Kangaroo steak

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Place flour, salt and pepper into a ziplock bag.  Place portions of kangaroo into the bag and shake to coat.

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Heat half the oil in a pan on med-high heat.  Cook the meat in small batches for 2 to 3 minutes until they are browned.  I flipped them half way.  Make sure to not overcook.  Transfer them to the slow cooker.

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Dice up the garlic, ginger and onion.

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Before putting it in the frying pan add the last of the olive oil.  Cook at med-high heat for 4 minutes while stirring.  They should be sauteed and soft.

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Add the Madras curry paste and the red chillies and cook.  Stir for one minute.

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Next add coconut milk, beef stock powder and IPA.  Bring this to a boil.  Transfer this mix to the slow cooker.

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Add cinnamon stick, bay leaf and potatoes.  Mix all of the ingredients in the slow cooker.

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At this point I put the curry in the fridge overnight so that I could plug it in first thing in the morning for dinner.  You can just prep it first thing in the morning though.

Cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or as long as you  are at work.

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When you are ready to eat it serve it with rice and naan bread.  If you have trouble with spice then some yogurt on the side would not hurt.  Don’t forget to serve the meal with the beer you cooked it with also!

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I have never attempted making a curry and I have not every cooked Kangaroo.  I am quite happy to say that the meal was delicious even if I over baked my naan bread.

I did not even register the pun at play with this beer and meal until I finished this post.

 

 

 

Hoppin’ Cretin IPA – Tofino Brewing Company


From Tofino Brewing out of Tofino on Vancouver Island comes their “Hoppin’ Cretin IPA”.  The beer pours an golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops up front with citrus, grapefruit peel and some caramel malts.  The flavour is of fruity citrus large on the front of the beer with some citrus peel, caramel malts and medium bitterness finishing things off.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%.  While I like my IPA’s to have huge bitterness this is still a very well made IPA and it is quite balanced.

Commercial Description: INDIA PALE ALE • GOLDEN COLOUR  LIGHT, CARAMEL MALT BODY • HEAVILY HOPPED WITH NOTES OF CITRUS, TROPICAL FRUIT & PINE • EXTREMELY DRY FINISH • LOBOTOMY

ALL NATURAL. UNFILTERED.

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Super Tuff – Tofino Brewing Company


From Tofino Brewing out of Tofino on Vancouver Island comes their 5th Anniversary Ale the “Super Tuff” an Imperial take on their Tuff Session Ale. The aroma consists of roasted malts, dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar and some residual sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, earth and sherry. The alcohol content comes in at 10%. I don’t have a good reason why I have not had a Tofino Brewing beer in a while but I am glad this was my latest as it has a ton of flavour. If you can find a bottle but it.

Commercial Description:  To celebrate 5 years of brewing beer in Tofino, we bring you the Super Tuff. This is an imperial take on our brewery staple, the Tuff Session Ale. Enjoy right away or cellar this beer and let its character complexify and evolve over time. Cheers.

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