Vancouver Island Craft Beer News: August 15, 2012
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.
Driftwood Gets Growlers
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Driftwood announced today via Twitter and Facebook that their growlers are coming. Victoria residents and visitors will soon be able to get their Fat Tug (or whatever else they may have on taps at the time) fix in a big ol’ jug. The plan is to have two or three different beers available for growler fill onsite, Thursdays and Fridays, between 2pm and 5pm. Look for them at the brewery at #102-450 Hillside Avenue, Victoria. Call ahead to make sure they’ve got some: (250) 381-2739.
Brewed once a year, with English pale with a touch of wheat malt, followed by a secondary fermentation on 150 pounds of fresh Saanich Peninsula raspberries, picked at the peak of the season, this seasonal beer exhibits an unparalleled, though subtle, fresh character, lightly hopped for a crisp, European finish.
– via Spinnakers Web site
Look for this fruit-infused brew at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, 308 Catherine Street, Victoria.
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The Moon Under Water announced via twitter that they were looking for names for the new Nut Brown Ale they just finished. Our very own Rick Green tossed his hat in the ring with a couple of ideas. They settled on New Moon Nut Brown. Check it out at the brewpub or in a growler fill.
Happy hunting beer fans.