Thanks to Brewery Creek we were able to sample four of the Mikkeller single hop series, produced purely for hop heads to enjoy hops for hops sake. This is the second series they have produced and all fifteen samples have an IBU of 100 and are 6.9%. We started with the Citra (tropical fruit aroma and taste, nice bitterness), proceeded with the Summit (more earthy with some citrus notes), moved onto the Simcoe (piney, earthy, citrus and passionfruit) and ended with the Sorachi Ace (stronger malt character, citrus, lemon). Maybe it was the playlist, perhaps it was the cheese, but it was difficult to hone in on the distinct hop flavours but we still had a good time trying. When all is said and done, you wake up the next morning with the sensation of socks in the mouth. Here’s to hops!
Bestie Sausage and Beer Parlour is a place every good neighbourhood should have. Located in Chinatown in Vancouver, the parlour offers a simple but pleasing menu of currywurst, sausage and sauerkraut, fritten and cheese fries, pretzels, salads, and extras. Being suckers for all things hand-made we appreciate the love which has gone into this place right down to the hand-crafted forks, ceramic plates and the beautiful 24oz steins. Four taps offer local and BC craft beer available in 3 sizes (8,12 and 24oz). They also have a few German beer in bottles. We have been a few times and consider the currywurst to be the perfect beer snack. Vancouver does deserve more sausages!
Here’s to Love and Sausages - Kids in the Hall style!
Tasting lounges offer a space where you can focus on some quiet time with beer. Thanks to recent changes to B.C. liquor legislation and City of Vancouver bylaws, more tasting lounges have opened in the Vancouver offering a nice alternative to places where you can enjoy a beer and only beer. Bomber Brewing is one of the recent establishments to come to market. Like others, here you can have your growler filled, buy bottled or canned beer to go, or stay to enjoy one of their regular or seasonal brews. Bomber currently offers a very accessible IPA (mildly hoppy with citrus, malt flavours), a nicely balanced ESB (light toffee, biscuit and bitterness), a session Belgian Blonde and a wonderful Pilsner (full floral saaz hops with a bit of wood). In a province, and one may argue country, so tightly wound-up about controlling access to liquor, it’s nice to finally see some reform. A brewery and tasting room in your neighbourhood is an asset - where friends and families can visit over a few beer and not all will go to hell in a handbasket.
Today we raise our glasses to our dear brother of beer, Michael. A long history of drinking beer with Michael has its roots in the 80s with pints of Canadian at The Town Pump, likely with Nick Cave, and a brief fling with Budweiser and some Spuds Mckenzie hi-tops. Through the 90s it was often Guinness with Jameson at Medley’s parties. But it was while we were discovering BC microbrews at the Railway, Michael, always one step ahead, knew Beervana was to be found in Oregon and he moved to Portland. He introduced us to Bridgeport IPA, which was the ‘ah ha’ moment, establishing us as hopheads and lovers of pacific northwest IPAs forever. A loyal Oregonian beer drinker, he is the best beer scout and guide to the beer and pub scene in Portland and beyond. There are so many memorable beer times with Michael, we can’t highlight them all. Christmas Day jukebox sessions at Basement Pub. Summer afternoons at the Oregon Brewer’s Fest. Reuben sandwiches at the Horse Brass. Stocking up at Belmont Station. Games and pretzels at Lucky Lab. Day trips to Double Mountain in Hood River and Fort George in Astoria. How lucky we are to have the best brother of beer ever. Happy 50th Michael!
Love your sisters of beer,
Annette & Cherryl