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Casks in Victoria

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Spinnakers brewer, Rob Monk, pours some Real Ale in the pub at Spinnakers.

Spinnakers brewer, Rob Monk, pours some Real Ale in the pub at Spinnakers.

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


Two of My Favourite Things

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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.

Building a Bridge

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This is the first guest post from Victoria craft beer enthusiast and B.C. Beer Blog reader, Kris Constable. He is trying to organize a Victoria group to study for the BJCP certification: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=144492600065. We hope to hear from him, from time to time, reflecting on his experiences from an Island perspective.

I just got back from Vancouver Island Brewery’s release of Spyhopper Honey Brown. I’m normally not a big fan of honey browns, as I usually find they don’t have much honey flavour and have a slightly bitter aftertaste. This honey brown surprised me. You can taste the honey, which is from Babe’s Honey Farm here on the Island. Not to mention, it’s got an amazingly smooth finish that leaves you wanting another gulp.

What I realize this beer provides is a craft product that can still be, what I call, a lawnmower beer — a few of which you can easily quaff back while cutting the lawn. This is an essential bridge to build with those who are megaswill drinkers (Labatt, Molson, et. al.), bringing them into the craft brew scene. What people don’t often realize is that if your beer is not a craft beer in Canada, it’s not Canadian any longer. That’s right, Molson, Okanagan Spring, Sleeman — none of these are Canadian. So if you want to support local, there is no better time than now to switch to craft beer.

Often craft brews are geared for beer nerds, those that appreciate a 50+ IBU beer or a wildly exotic flavour profile. Someone trying their first craft beer, though, will often be put off. Spyhopper crosses this boundary. Recommend it to any friends you have that are used to drinking the same old, same old. This, to me, is the bridge that needed to be created. As with anything that is a learned experience, once they learn and appreciate the value of local craft beer, there is no going back.

~ Kris Constable, Victoria.

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April 9, 2009 at 8:52 am