October 16th, 2014

BC Craft Beer pairs well with Thanksgiving. Samplings from the weekend included Granville Island Pumpkining Pumpkin Ale (nicely spiced, easy drinking), Maiden Voyage Cedar Aged Pale Ale (loving this Central City/Four Winds collaboration), Lighthouse Road Trip Fresh-Hopped Dark Ale (fresh and dark), Tofino Cosmic Wave Double IPA (trouble), Sea Cider Witch’s Broom seasonal release (momentary lapse from beer - lovely flavours of cinnamon, orange, nutmeg and ginger) and Phillips Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale paired with Pie Shoppe pumpkin pie with turkey in between. Holy!

October 14th, 2014


Via Green Renaissance on Facebook: 

“Donkey Nanny, Lombardy, Italy.”

“In the early spring shepherds drive huge flocks of livestock, here sheep, mules, donkeys, and goats from the Pre-Alpine hills to the plains of Lombardy, for grazing. The newborn lambs are carried in a custom made side saddle by the donkeys, and returned to their mothers at rest time.”

(hat-tip to ArtisanGeek for sharing the link)

Okay, this is not about beer. However I had to reblog, just for you Cherryl.

xo a

Reblogged from CHEESE NOTES
October 11th, 2014

BC Craft Beer Month continues with new discoveries and old friends.

Day 6 - BC Craft Brewers Guild in collaboration with Central City and Four Winds Maiden Voyage Cedar Aged Extra Pale Ale. A first of a series for the Guild and timed perfectly for beer hungry folks like us who want to try all that is new in BC this month. This beer is crazy, cedar, citrus goodness.

Day 7 - Central City Red Racer IPA. Always have a few of these on hand because you have to have your old stand-by’s to remind you why they are your go-to beers. We will never tire of this IPA regardless of how many new products come to market.

Day 8 - Persephone Oktoberfest Marzen. A new seasonal for the brewery. Caramel with a bit of biscuit and german malt flavours, clean and crisp with a nice bitterness. A highly drinkable seasonal beer.

Day 9 - Driftwood Farmhand Ale. The same goes for this old friend as the Red Racer IPA. We love that this is readily available on tap in Vancouver and we enjoyed this refreshing beer on the sun-kissed patio at Tap and Barrel.

Day 10 - Phillips Cherry Hieter Smoked Cherry Ale. Hot off the shelves this is a new seasonal for the brewery. Lots of smoke on the nose, subtle cherry flavour at first then the smoke and malt take over. The smoke coats the mouth and throat and wisps into a nice smoky bitter finish. If we chain drink this we will sound like Kathleen Turner.

October 8th, 2014

BREW: 30 years of grunt gallery

We love these! Our friends at grunt are celebrating their anniversary and fundraising with these very special artist edition growlers and letter-pressed coasters.

Happy 30th grunt!

Social Objects
“As part of a program we’re calling “Brew”, artists Sonny Assu and Lorna Brown have created “social objects”– artist editions that are designed to circulate in the social spaces such as bars or restaurants in Mount Pleasant. Here, engagement is potentially fleeting, but the objects themselves act as small moments of contact—an aesthetic and poetic complement to the fabric of life in this neighbourhood. Brown’s work—a refillable beer growler—specifically calls for a consideration of time and place, and considers the question of cyclical return. Calling to mind questions of history, of habit, of paths built and repeated.”
– Vanessa Kwan, curatorial statement.

Growlers and sets of letter-pressed coasters will be officially launched at the Oct 11th GROWLER event. Following that, you can snag these items at grunt gallery. Growlers will also be available for purchase at Brassneck Brewery.

October 5th, 2014

BC Craft Beer Month of tasting continues.

Day 4 - Saturday beer brunch with friends sipping Parallel 49 Beermosa and Driftwood Farmhand Ale. In the evening we tried the new and delicious Wild Spruce Tip West Coast Pale Ale by R & B Brewing.

Day 5 - Sunday evening visit to St. Augustine’s where there is plenty of BC beer to sample. Our first taste of Steel and Oak Dry-Hopped ESB left a good impression and we enjoyed the familiar 33 Acres of Life California Commons, Townsite Shiny Penny Belgian IPA and Yellow Dog Play Dead IPA.

October 3rd, 2014

Beer weeks are fleeting so we welcome BC Craft Beer Month with open mouths. In true beer diary spirit, we record our monthly samplings for October to celebrate the beer riches of British Columbia.

Day 1 - Dageraad Blonde and Driftwood Farmhand Saison at The Abbey. Becoming fast favourites on our ‘go-to’ list.

Day 2 - Barkerville Wandering Camel IPA at Rogue Kitchen and Wetbar. A first for us and a nice addition to the BC IPA family.

Day 3 - Powell Street 95 Pounds of Wet Hop Goodness at home. Fresh off the press, first fresh hop seasonal for this brewery and a first for us. 

September 27th, 2014

On the deck tonight is Agua Mala Astillero IPA. Bright biscuit malt and citrus flavour up front and a long bitter, kick you in the ass finish at 7%. This is our second beer from this brewery which shows lots of promise. Aplauso! Thanks again to Carolyn for this lovely gift from Mexico.

September 21st, 2014

As we prepare to say our goodbyes to summer, we will hold onto these Buck Lake memories to get us through the fall and winter. One of many highlights of our summer road trip was enjoying the fruits of our travel labour at the cottage with Cherryl’s family. There is so much fun to be had with beer and family. A big thanks to our hosts, Kathy, Ron and Maddie for letting us geek out big time at the lake. Sadly, we depleted our stock pretty quickly and had to extend our sessions with ‘cottage’ beer.

September 21st, 2014

Toasted bagel with almond butter and Vermont’s Marsh Hollow Heady Topper beer jelly. #souvenir #VTbeer

September 20th, 2014

The weekend is not complete without a taste of Storm. Grabbed some growlers to go on my walk home from Commercial Drive and am now enjoying some Stormdrain Sour and 100% James IPA. Happy Saturday!

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We are two good friends who love beer and will travel far to find it. We make notes of the beer we discover and share our musings with others because we believe beer is a tradition that is best shared, and because otherwise we wouldn't remember them.