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In my haste to get my last report in I forgot to announce a few other cask events and a couple of other new beers from Vancouver Island Brewery.
Cask Nights Abound for BC Craft Beer Month
In addition to the previously posted about Cask nights at the Strathcona Hotel in October, there’s even more to report. A brief look at the CAMRA Victoria events calendar shows there is not one, not two, but three different venues offering cask nights to celebrate BC Craft Beer Month. A total of 15 different cask evenings are planned throughout October. CAMRA divided the week and gave each venue a day. Monday’s belong to the Beagle, Tuesdays @ The Games Room & Thursdays @ The Clubhouse at the Strathcona , and Fridays will be at Canoe Brewpub. First up on the docket is a Cask of Driftwood Brewing Companies Sartori Harvest Monday October the first at 530pm. Head over to the CAMRA Victoria website events page for details on all the other cask nights. Be sure to show up promptly, as these casks won’t last long.
For those unfamiliar with these locations the Beagle Pub is located at 301 Cook St, The Strathcona Hotel is at 919 Douglas St and Canoe Brewpub is at 450 Swift St all in Victoria,BC.
It’s been a busy time in the brew houses since beer fest this year. Two of the Victoria breweries have new beers due for imminent release (if not already released) and three have some returning favorites, for a limited time. Without further adieu, here’s whats new for VI Craft.
Hoyne Brewing Company
Hoyne Brewing Company announced via twitter their new wet hopped beer, the Wolf Vine Wet Hopped Pale Ale
This very unique, single-batch seasonal offering was brewed using copious quantities of local, fresh, hand-picked (harvested on Wednesday, brewed on Thursday!) Centennial and Cascade hops. This limited edition amber colored Wet Hopped Pale Ale is delightfully fragrant and is proof of how fortunate we are to live in one of the great hop growing regions of the world. (via Facebook)
It is also of note that two other Victoria breweries are working on wet hopped beers. Driftwood Brewing Companies Sartori Harvest is covered next in this post, and Phillips Brewing Co is also working on one. (via facebook) Read the rest of this entry »
This marks the first installment of a new series of posts about what is new in the Vancouver Island craft beer scene.
Pandamonium Unleashed by Phillips Brewing Company
Hot off the heels of their last limited beer release, Evergreen Ale, Phillips has unleashed PANDAMONIUM. This über-hopped double IPA went out Monday the 13th from the brewery, was field tested by the public at the brewery on the 14th, and is on its way to the Alibi Room for keg tapping tonight at 6pm. Grab it quick before it’s gone at discerning craft-focused liquor stores.
Release notes from Phillips’ Web site:
August 13th 2012: A year ago we celebrated 10 years of brewing with a 10% Double IPA, and this year there was only one way to follow it up: Turn it up to 11!
So we dialed up the malt and hops across the board, and are celebrating 11 years of beers with Pandamonium–a double IPA monster. Brewed to 11%, we loaded hops into the pre-boil, and then added more hops every 11 minutes over a 111 minute boil for a grand total of 11 hop additions (plus a dry hop).
Hopquakes like this don’t come around very often and we only turn 11 once, so enjoy this brewtiful beast while you can! Pandamonium 11th Hour IPA is available for a limited time at finer craft-focused liquor stores.
It was just over three years ago when I started this blog out of frustration over the lack of craft beer coverage in the mainstream media – virtually none. In fact, they were reporting the decline of beer in favour of wine when I knew it was a generalization that completely overlooked the ferment that was happening in BC amongst the microbreweries and brewpubs. Clearly, the MSM had no idea, given their wine obsession. At the time, craft beer in Vancouver seemed like an underground subculture whose workings were known to a select few. I had started getting the word out through CAMRA Vancouver’s newsletter, but needed a means for discussing issues and covering events in more depth than e-mail. The B.C. Beer Blog was born.
St. Augustine’s will be featuring some great and unique beers from across BC at their CAMRA Vancouver Summer Beer Festival this Saturday, August 14th. Saturday’s festival, the first CAMRA Vancouver festival held at St. Augustine’s, will feature over twenty beers from twenty BC breweries. Many of the beers featured will be cask-conditioned. These seasonal releases, experimental batches, and one-offs have all been crafted by local brewers with the discerning craft beer lover in mind.
Many brewers have gone beyond the use of brewer’s yeast in their offerings this weekend. These brewers have instead created sour or ‘wild’ beers with the use of lactic acid bacteria and Brettanomyces, a wild yeast traditionally viewed as a contaminant in the production of most beer styles. This weekend’s festival will feature three examples of these sour or otherwise wild beers from BC craft brewers.
Russell Brewing will have a pin of their 100% Brettanomyces beer entitled “Brett Lambicus and the P-Funk All-Stars”. As the name suggests, this is a pale beer fermented and aged six months exclusively with Brettanomyces Lambicus.
Iain Hill of Yaletown Brewing will have a cask of his Brick and Beam IPA cask-conditioned with Simcoe hops and Brettanomyces. Iain cultured this Brettanomyces strain from a bottle of Orval, which gives the IPA a sweet, fruity Brettanomyces aroma.
Dave Woodward over at High Mountain will have a keg of his Berliner Weisse, a light, refreshing sour wheat beer. This beer underwent a secondary fermentation for several months with Lactobacillus delbrueckii to create what Dave describes as an extremely well attenuated beer with a light lactic nose and tart finish.
The above beers are just the beginning of the creative, interesting beers present at this weekend’s festival. Here’s a complete list of the casks and kegs at the CAMRA Vancouver Summer Beer Festival.
The Vancouver chapter of the Campaign for Real Ale has announced the results of its annual members poll recognizing local and regional excellence in brewing and beer service. Surrey’s Central City Brewing was awarded Best Local Brewpub; the Alibi Room Best Local Beer Cafe, Pub, or Restaurant; and Brewery Creek Liquor Store, Best Local Liquor Store for beer selection. This is the second year both the Alibi Room and Brewery Creek were rated the best in their categories.
With the growing popularity of cask-conditioned ale (Real Ale) in Vancouver, more establishments have been adding this type of beer to their offerings. For this reason, CAMRA Vancouver added a Best Local Cask Night to its list of awards. In a nod to its pioneering role in popularizing Real Ale in the city, Dix Barbecue and Brewery won this category and won silver for its winter cask ale festival. The Whip is also acknowledged for its Real Ale Sundays with a different cask every week supplied by R&B Brewing.
Since last year, Amber Jack’s Tap House, St. Augustine’s Restaurant & Lounge, and Yaletown Brewing have each begun offering Real Ale on a weekly or monthly basis. The Alibi Room now offers a continuously changing selection of three cask ales nightly. They celebrated their 100th beer menu rotation on December 3. Read the rest of this entry »
Spinnakers is hosting its second cask festival on November 21, building on the success of its inaugural event on March 14 and the growing profile Real Ale is getting in Victoria. This is also a great opportunity to meet brewers from both the Island and the Lower Mainland, many of whom previously brewed at Spinnakers.
What’s the big deal about meeting a brewer? It’s like knowing a farmer, butcher, baker, or cheesemaker — you have a direct relationship with where your food and drink comes from that helps you to know what you are consuming. You also have a better opportunity to understand the process from source to table and even, perhaps, influence what the producer makes.
Here is the lineup:
- Central City ESB
- Dead Frog Oaked Winter Warmer
- Deschutes Jubelale
- Dix Barley Wine
- Driftwood Porter
- Driftwood #2 TBA
- Granville Island TBA
- Lighthouse Winter Ale
- Longwood Brewpub Imperial Stout
- Mission Springs Winter Pumpkin Ale
- R&B Bourbon Oak-meal Stout
- Spinnakers Gingerbread Ale
- Spinnakers Mt. Tolmie Dark Ale with Highland Park 18
- Storm TBA
- Swans TBA
- Vancouver Island “Caskannator”
- Whistler Brewhouse Woodwards IPA
Spinnakers is dedicated to sourcing local ingredients, therefore, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Slow Food and Real Ale than spending an afternoon at the gastropub on Lime Bay.
Time: Saturday, November 21 @ noon – 5:00pm
Place: Spinnakers, 308 Catherine Street, Victoria
Cost: $40 (includes 3 samples, souvenir glass, appetizers)
Tickets: at Spinnakers, both Spirit Merchants locations in Victoria, and CAMRA Vancouver’s Web site
Spinnakers started the cask ale trend in Victoria at the beginning of this year by tapping a cask daily at 4:00pm. What a trend to start! This evening, there is a cask of Blue Bridge Double IPA at Spinnakers for $5+tax, but The Office Lounge would like to respond with a cask of Driftwood Ale from 5:30-8:30pm.
Next week—Friday, July 31—a cask of Oaked Scotch Ale will be available at Swans, starting at 4:30 p.m. for $6.75+tax. Not to be outdone, Solomon’s has just announced a cask of dry-hopped Driftwood Ale on August 7 at 4:20pm.
What an exciting couple weeks ahead for those with an appreciation for fresh beer in Victoria. Let’s hope this is a trend that continues.
~ Kris Constable, Victoria
It’s hard to cover the entire territory of B.C. single-handed in any great detail. Therefore, I’ve decided to invite those who are involved in our craft beer scene in some capacity to contribute to the B.C. Beer Blog about their particular niche or region. Here is my first guest blogger from the Okanagan, Rob Trent, who is spreading the word about craft beer in wine country, along with his cohorts at the Okanagan Tapmasters Society.
Craft beer enthusiasts in the Okanagan had something to cheer about recently when Kelowna’s Tree Brewing teamed up with Cabana Bar and Grille to present a Brewmaster’s Dinner. Cabana chef, Ned Bell, one of Canada’s foremost culinary talents, created four sumptuous courses plus appetizers to pair with six different Tree brews.
The evening started in grand Okanagan fashion with appetizers of Jumbo Prawns and Hot Wings served on the patio. Tree Brewmaster, Stefan Buhl, provided a unique cask-conditioned Kelowna Pilsner and his seasonal Hefeweizen to accompany the plethora of pre-dinner treats. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve used Linux, or Firefox, or OpenOffice, you’ve used free, open source software. I’m a big fan of open source software. “Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as “free speech,” not as “free beer.”
If you’re reading this article, you’re probably aware that cask-conditioned ale is the freshest way to enjoy beer. This is why I’m loving Spinnakers’ move to have a fresh cask of ale every weekday at 4:00pm. They started in January of 2009 and it’s been going strong. Last night was no exception. It is also where the world of free software and free beer collided.
A group of students at the IT University of Copenhagen, together with Superflex, a Copenhagen-based artist collective, wanted to illustrate how concepts of the free software movement might be applied outside the digital world. They came up with the idea of “Free beer” where the ingredients and process would be open. Anyone was allowed to add or edit the recipe for others to enjoy. You can get more information, as well as the recipe, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Beer.
Last night, the Spinnakers cask-du-jour was the illustrious Free Beer. It was fantastic. I was a little nervous with the guarana in it, but was able to sleep just fine :-).
If you’re a homebrewer, perhaps you want to try the Free Beer yourself or publish your recipes under a creative commons/open source licence for all to benefit and share [post a comment here with a link if you do]. If you live in Victoria, you should pop in to Spinnakers some weekday evening just after 4:00pm to see what the cask of the night is. You’ll want to get there sooner than later as it’s first come, first served. The cask can be emptied quickly!
~ Kris Constable, Victoria.