Posts tagged “craftbeer”
Look how beautiful the Danish currency is. We feel so rich yet 200 DKK will buy us only four beer! Luckily we have prepaid our ticket to the Copenhagen Beer Celebration so we can drink our way freely through the 270 + beer. The list is capacious and includes creations from the following brewers: Mountain Goat (Australia), Cervejaria Way (Brazil), Amager Bryghus, Mikkeller, TO ØL, Xbeeriment (Denmark), Brouwerij de Molen (Holland), Baird Brewing (Japan), Boxing Cat (China), 8 Wired (New Zealand), Lervig Aktiebryggeri (Norway), BrewDog, Brodie’s Beers, Siren, Kernel (UK), Against the Grain, Anchorage, Cigar City, Cycle Brewing/Peg’s Cantina, Firestone Walker, Founders, Hoppin’ Frog, Jester King, Kuhnhenn, Lagunitas, Stillwater, Surly, Three Floyds, Westbrook (US). Our journey to CBC begins tomorrow with stops in Belgium along the way.
We love a beer that commands you to drink it by a certain date. But what if you drink it past its sell by date - we will never know. What we do know is that this beer is good, damn good. Everything you need to know about this beer is in the nose - take it in, drink it up and wish you had another. Stone Enjoy By 04.20.13.
The kind folks from Steamworks offered a taste of what the season has to offer with their new bottle release of Saison. We thought we had already sampled this at the Alibi Room during their 400th tap celebration in February but this is a new release created by their Brewmaster Caolan Vaughan. For those who like a bit of sweet in their beer, this will appeal. Citrusy sweetness dominates in aroma and taste with a bit of spice and bitterness to round it out. What makes this beer even more distinct is the beautiful artwork on the bottle and glassware.
Spring has sprung in Seattle and it looks a bit different than in the East. Every time we visit there is something new to enjoy and this time it was The Noble Fir and Reubens Brews. Noble Fir is a cozy neighbourhood tavern in Ballard with a carefully curated beer and cider menu. The owners bring their love of the Pacific Northwest to us in one room complete with Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock interior, maps and guides of places travelled, 18 rotating taps of craft beer and cider from the region and small plates of local meats, fish, cheese and veggies. This is the kind of place that makes you feel good about life. Here we enjoyed Sound Gaarden Belgian Wit, Bainbridge Island Eagle Harbor IPA and Prohibition Sea Cider which all paired well with our charcuterie and cheese. It was the perfect spot to sit down after a wander through the Ballard Farmers Market which is at its doorstep. Just a short distance away we paid a visit to Reuben’s Brews, a small family owned/operated brewery. For having been open for less than a year the taproom was comfortably populated with friends, families, dogs and two musicians who provided the perfect accoustic music for our Sunday afternoon session. Here we sampled their Nitro Imperial Stout and IPA, the Belgian Pale Ale and Robust Porter. This is a nice addition to the neighbourhood and we would now like to relocate to Ballard!
Of course no trip across the border is complete without a reup at Bottleworks, Super Deli Mart, Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe, Wholefoods and Elizabeth Station. Our over-the-limit booty made it safely through customs.
Beer(e)search is better when you get into character so we have cracked open our guides, ipads, and trappists beers and have called upon the beer Saints to embark upon our next adventure.
In a few weeks we are heading to the Copenhagen Beer Celebration where we reunite with some friends we met at the Great British Beer Festival two years ago. Thirty of the best brewers in the world have been invited to be part of the celebration. It was only meant to be a one-off in 2012 but was such a success they are holding it again. The event is presented by none other than Mikkeller. Unfortunately, his evil twin brother Jeppe will not be in the show as no doubt he’s been preoccupied with the opening of his new ‘craft beer cave of dreams’, Tørst, in Brooklyn. Mikkeller has also been very busy preparing for the opening of its second bar in Copenhagen, Mikkeller and Friends, which opens this Saturday. We plan to spend much time in the Mikkeller bars and other hot spots in the region.
But before we head to Copenhagen we will make our base camp in Brussels and this is where our list of beer, bars, pubs, and Trappist Abbeys is ever increasing. We are wading through reviews to get our beer smarts on and compile our list of must-see places. We don’t want to waste any beer drinking moments in tourist traps or drinking any ‘table’ beer so we welcome informed advice from anyone who has ventured there before.
Casks for Community! Great beer for a great cause on March 15th at Whet on Granville Island. Tap time is 6pm featuring Red Truck and Howe Sound. Part of the proceeds of the evening are being donated to Athletics 4 Kids. This will be the launch of a monthly series of cask night fundraisers benefiting local non-profits. We have to give Whet a shout out because recently they went local with their craft beer list to align with their local and sustainable themed menu. They also have regular feature beers and this Tuesday it was Red Truck Pale Ale for $4 a sleeve. This is a wonderful place on Granville Island where the food is fabulous and fresh and the service is super friendly.
**Not a paid advert - simply sharing our beer love for beer-loving places!