B.C. Beer Chicago Bound
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson made a friendly wager two weeks ago with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley over which city’s team would win the NHL playoffs. Each mayor put up a selection of local products they would give the other if their team lost. With the Canucks losing 5-7 to the Blackhawks in Game 6 in Chicago on Tuesday, Mayor Daley is the lucky winner.
“We were hoping we were going all the way with our Canucks, so we brazenly put forward a table of our best stuff from Vancouver and now it’s the day of reckoning,” said Robertson. He was joined by the various prize bounty contributors at City Hall today to pack up the goods and ship them off to Chicago.
En route to the Windy City is 2010 Winter Olympic swag, City of Vancouver umbrellas in the Canucks’ colours, smoked salmon from the Musqueam First Nation, Thai Princess sauces, dried wild morels from Pacific Rim Mushrooms, Que Pasa “Oh Canada” tortilla chips, a box of Bad Girl chocolates and a Purdy’s gift basket, Happy Planet juices, a case of Molson Canadian, two six-packs of Granville Island Brockton IPA, and the last bottle of Storm Brewing‘s 12-year-old barrel-aged Black Currant Lambic. (Unfortunately, none of the local media attending realized how special the latter beer is, never mind even mentioning it. Perhaps it’s time to go to Beer School.)
Chicago Tribune food and wine writers, Monica Eng and Bill Daley, assessed some of the food and beverage offerings to determine which city is getting the better deal. Of the Moslon Canadian, Daley said, “Most Chicago brew pubs can make a better beer than this.” Eng, however, liked the Thai Princess Vegetarian Blueberry Sauce: “Wow, it’s almost like a blueberry chutney. … That’s a real score.” The verdict? Daley and Eng felt Vancouver had the superior offering.
And even though the Canucks didn’t make it this time around, Storm Brewer, James Walton, has thrown down a challenge to Chicago’s brewers that will be hard to beat—try to make a better lambic! We won’t know for a few years, however, if they will succeed.