Soirée Dieu Du Ciel – Steel Toad Brewpub


On February 25th, 2017 UnTapped Craft Imports and Steel Toad Brewpub in Vancouver hosted the Soirée Dieu Du Ciel.  When you hold a party with this epic Quebec brewery and the master brewer Jean Francois in attendance you know you are in for a treat.

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The $40 ticket got you entry into the event between 2pm and 5pm and that included a commemorative glass and 4 beer tokens.  The real star of the show was the rare beer that have not been seen in British Columbia as of yet.  These beers included the following:

Moralité (American IPA)
Ultra Mosaika (Ultra Mosaic Pale Ale)
Hélium (Helles Lager)
L’Austérité (American Barleywine)
Grande Noirceur 2015 (Imperial Stout)
Hérétique Blonde
Hérétique Obscura (Funky Black Beer)
Rigor Mortis Brandy/Cognac (Abbey-Style Brown Ale)
Isseki Nicho Pinot 2015 (Imperial Black Saison aged in Pinot Noir Barrels)
Exorciste Mûres 2015 (Blackberry Sour Whete)
Péché Véniel 2015 (coffee Stout)

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Solstice D’Hiver Barrel Aged
Peche Mortel Barrel Aged

This was the ultimate introduction to the beers of Dieu Du Ciel!  I have never had a bad beer from this brewery but these are the crème de la crème from them.  Why not get to know a brewery with their absolute bests?

With great events comes great people usually.  Here are my shots as well as some from Whats Brewing and Vine & Hops Wine and Craft Beer Tours.  It was great to meet Jean Francois the Master Brewer and chat with him about beer.

My absolute favourites from this event include the Grande Noirceur 2015 (Imperial Stout), Hérétique Obscura (Funky Black Beer) and the absolute winner the Rigor Mortis Brandy/Cognac (Abbey-Style Brown Ale). 

If you are not familiar with this brewery yet it is time to get familiar.  Their beer is available at liquor stores on the West Coast and well worth picking up.  This is truly one of the best breweries in Canada.

 

Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival – Vancouver (UBC)


On June 27th 2015 the inaugural  Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival was held at the UBC Farm.

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This festival was a nice change from your average beer festival in this province.  Many of the beer were either one off saisons / sours or rare and hard to get beers.  Nothing for sample was a standard lineup beer.  The ticket cost $50 plus taxes and got you a fancy taster glass and 4 tokens.

Breweries at the Festival
Beerthirst – Elysian, Logsdon, North Coast
Brassneck Brewery
Bravo Beer Co – Brouwerij Verhaeghe, Dupont
Category 12 Brewing
The Commons Brewery
Copper & Theory – Breakside, Cantillon, pFriem
Craft Beer Imports – De Molen, Omnipollo
Dageraad Brewing
Driftwood Brewing
Four Winds Brewing
Goose Island Brewery
Lighthouse Brewing
Main Street Brewing
Moon Brewpub
Parallel 49 Brewing
Persephone Brewing
Powell Street Craft Brewery
Steel & Oak Brewing
Strange Fellows Brewing
Storm Brewing
Untapped Craft Imports – Double Mountain, Dieu Du Ciel, Les Trois Mousquetaires
Westbier – St Louis, Bockor, St Feuillien, ToØl
Yellow Dog Brewing

Full list found here.

The festival had a small amount of tickets sold which showed as there were very rarely lineups and those lineups were only for timed limited beers.  The weather was very hot as has been the case for the Month of June and this shows with brown grass!

As always I took many photos of the different beers that I was able to sample.  There were so many good sours that I did not stray form this style very often.

Full sized photos here.

This was probably one of the best festivals that I have ever attended.  The heat was brutal for me but being in June you would never have guessed it was going to be 30C in Vancouver (It probably should have rained).  If you are looking for just one festival to attend next year then this should be the festival you go to!

 

4 Course Quebecois Beer Pairing Dinner – March 11, 2014


On March 11, 2014 the August Jack and Untapped Craft Importers collaborated on a beer dinner.  All 4 courses were french inspired as the beer was from two Quebec breweries Le Trou De Diable and Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel.  Tickets for the dinner were $50 plus tip.  This beer dinner was much different than any other that I had been to as this was not a big group dinner that started at a set time (If I had known I would probably come with someone).  The soft start for this dinner was 5pm but you could come at any time after 5.  Once their you could start the dinner menu.

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First Course
Bruleed Poach PearGoat’s Cheese
Lavender Flower & Ginger Poach
Pea Shoots
Paired with:  Dieu Du Ciel – Derniere Volonte (Belgian IPA)

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I don’t usually like pears but these were quite tasty.  The sweetness of the pear went well with the fruity Belgian yeast in the beer.  Being a Belgian IPA the bitterness of the hops contrasted with sweetness also.

Second Course
Duck Confit Poutine
Crispy Duck Fat Fries
Porter Duck Demi-Glace
Duck Confit
Fresh Cheese Curds
Paired with:  Le Trou Du Diable – La Buteuse (Belgian Triple)

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This was an amazing putine.  The duck Confit was amazing with tons of flavour.  The fries had tons of flavour as they were fried in duck fat.  I would have liked a bit more demi-glace on top of the cheese curds so they would melt a bit but the curds tasted amazing.  This Belgian Triple had allot of flavour which goes well with the big flavour of the putine.

Third Course
Venison Leek Tourtiere
Grilled mango Chutney
Crispy Fried Brussel Sprouts
Paired With:  Le Trou Du Diable – Tractor Saison

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The Venison Tourtiere was amazingly tasty with wild game meat.  The sasion paired well with the crust of the tourtiere with the wheat in the beer.  The beer also paired well with the sweetness of the mango chutney.  I have always loved fried brussel sprouts so its always good to have them on any plate.

Fourth Course
Flight of Quevecois Cheeses & Accoutremonts
Grey Owl – Ahe-ripened goat.  Fromagerie le Detour, Notre-Dame-du-Lac
Le Mont Jacob – Washed-rind Cow.  Fromagerie Blackburn
Bleu d’Elizabeth – Blue Veined, Semi-soft, Cow.  Fromagerie du Presbytere
Dieu Du Diel – Rigor Mortis (Belgian Quadrupel)

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These are some big cheeses with a big beer!  The big fruit flavours and alcohol was able to keep up with the strength of flavour of the cheeses.  I don’t usually eat blue cheese but I did try this one with a spicy mustered and it was quite tasty.  The fresh made toasts were really good with the cheese as well.

This was a great dinner and was just enough food to fill you up.  Next time I go to a dinner here I will be sure to bring a few friends as it is a bit different doing a meal like this alone.  Thanks to the guys at Untapped for inviting me out to this dinner!

Full Sized Photos here

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East Side Beer Fest (The 2nd Annual) – The Wise Hall


On March 5th, 2014 Liberty Wines and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society held a Beer Fest and food drive at the Wise Hall in the heart of East Vancouver.  Food and money were both collected for the food bank.  The ticket cost $25 and some non-perishable food items.

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A bunch of local breweries stepped up to the plate for this event including Bomber, Central City, Driftwood, Four Winds, Howe Sound, Parallel 49, Phillips, Liberty Distillery as well as an Ontario Brewery Mill Street Brewing.  Local distributors Liberty Specialty Imports, Modern Malt, Peacock & Martin, Trucraft Beverages, Untapped Craft Imports also stepped up to the plate and brought out a ton of beer from around the world.  Snacks were supplied by Uprising Breads and Santa Barbra Market.

Full Drink List

Bomber Brewing – Bomber Pilsner, Bomber ESB, Shout Out Stout
Bravo Beer Co. – Saison Dupont, Gulden Draak 9000, Saxo Belgian Pale, Troublette Belgian Wit
Central City Brewing – Red Races ISA, Red Racer IPA, Red Racer ESB
Driftwood BreweryFat Tug IPA, White Bark Wit Ale, Farmhand Saison, Blackstone Porter
Four Winds BrewingSaison, Pale Ale, Tripilicity, Brett IPA
Howe Sound BrewingLager, Anvil Dark Lager, Pothole Filler Imperial Stout, Cloudburst Lemongrass IPA
The Liberty Distillery – Truth Vodka, Railspur No. 1 White
Liberty Specialty Imports – Famille Grandval CRU de Cambremer AOC Pays D’auge 2012
Mill St. BreweryOrganic Lager, Tankhouse Ale, Portage Cream Ale, Spring Thaw Smoked Maple Ale
Modern MaltOccidental Kolcsh, Occidental Alt, Base Camp Rye Pils, Base Camp IPL, No-Li Red Ale, No-Li IPA
Parallel 49 BrewingHay Fever Saison, Robo Ruby, Hoparazzi IPL, Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale
Peacock & Martin – Corsendonk, Tempelier, Fraoch Heather Ale
Phillips Brewing – Bottle Rocket ISA, Elsinore Pilsner, Blue Buck Ale
Trucraft Beverages – Super Bock, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Brooklyn Lager, Hopworks Lager
Untapped Craft ImportsTrou Du Diable Shawinigan Handshake, Glutenburg Pale Ale, Double Mountain Vaporizer Pale Ale, Double Mountain IRA, Scuttlebutt IPA, Dieu Du Ciel Belgian-Style IPA, Reverend Nat’s Hopricot Cider

Not only was a ton of food collected and lots of money as well they also had a silent auction full of different beer stuff.  Most baskets were a mix of beer, glasses and swag.  I bid on one of the silent auction prizes and won!  It was full of all kinds of great things.

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I would like to thank all of the organizers of this great event as not only was it a fun little event for a few hours but it supported a great cause!  You never know if one day you might need the food bank so when you have the ability to help others you should!  I look forward to more events like this in the future.