Category 12 Releases Elemental Series Raw Ale

19532496_10154469194526193_1166595742_o.jpgCategory 12 Brewing in Saanichton BC has released Raw Ale, which is the latest edition to their Elemental Series of wild and sour ales.

Raw Ale is a westcoast farmhouse ale brewed with Brettanomyces and red cedar. Check out the description below:

Reaching back across the millenia, we’re created our version of an ancient ale that is fermented without ever being boiled. This Scandanavian-inspired farmhouse raw ale combines our heritage with our brewing “family” by infusing West Coast red cedar from the workshop of local Coast Salish artist, Chris Paul, who also contributed art to our label.

A primary Brettanomyces fermentation, merged with the benefits of refermentation in the bottle, results in a deliciously light, crisp, and complex beer that encapsulates our Elementary series’ commitment to experimentation and innovation.

You can find bottles from today at the Category 12 retail store and select liquor stores in Victoria, with Vancouver to follow shortly.

  • OG: 1.048
  • IBU: 13
  • SRM: 3.9

Thanks to Richard at Cascadia Liquor Uptown for the the picture and Erik at Cascadia Liquor Quadra Village for relaying the description.




Steamworks Releases 2017 Batch of Killer Cucumber

Steamworks Brewery in Burnaby BC has announced the release of a fresh batch of their summer seasonal Killer Cucumber Ale.

Killer Cucumber Ale leads with clean and uncomplicated citrus and cucumber notes before a flash of acidity and brisk carbonation add to the flavor’s refreshment. This gherkin-geared ale showcases the refreshing side of a much overlooked veggie, and lends beer a verdant vibrancy, perfect for beaches, barbecues, and lazy afternoons.

Tall cans of this limited release will appear in private liquor stores and the Steamworks taproom this week.

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Two Wolves Brewing Releases Inaugural Beers

twowolvesTwo Wolves Brewing is a new brewery operating out of Vancouver’s first contract brewery, Factory Brewing.

This month, they are set to release their first two beers, their Arctic Blonde Ale and Great Plains Brown Ale.

Find out more below:

Vancouver, BC— New beer brand Two Wolves Brewing Inc. (Two Wolves) announces its launch with the release of two pure Canadian beers, available in July 2017.

The British Columbian start-up partnered with award-winning brewer Warren Boyer to produce its range, which is inspired by an old legend of the same name. To create a harmony between light and dark sides within us all, Two Wolves presents a bright Arctic Blonde Ale for the light side and a smooth, rich Great Plains Brown Ale to soothe the darker character.

The namesake story is a teaching about life and the struggle within us to be good or evil. The side that wins is dependent on which wolf one chooses to ‘feed’. It is the brainchild of Canadian hospitality veteran David Chadwick and like David, Two Wolves comes alive in the outdoors.

“Canada is a great country. I have spent my whole life filling weekends with trips to the wilderness and making the most of what’s around me. Adventuring is what Canadians do, it’s a part of our lifestyle—and the best part is it is available to everyone,” said David Chadwick, CEO and Founder, Two Wolves.

He continued, “That’s what our company ethos is about. We want to make great beers that everyone can enjoy—flavours you can come back to time and time again, whether it’s with your friends in a pub or packed with your camping gear.”

“Our aim is to connect beer drinkers back to the outdoors and encourage them to explore both sides. Wherever they are, Two Wolves will be there with them, because we are from there too.”

Two Wolves Brewing will be donating five cents from the sale of every can and bottle across the country to supporting the protection of wolf habitats in Canada and aiding in the prevention of their extinction. “Wolves are critical to the eco-system of this country” says Chadwick, “It is something that we are passionate about and we want to do our part to ensure that 100 years from now they are still thriving.”

You can find Two Wolves beer in retail outlets and hospitality establishments throughout Western Canada from July 2017.

The beer is produced in Vancouver by Factory Brewing Ltd., on behalf of Two Wolves Brewing Inc.

Two Wolves Brewing Arctic Blonde Ale

Our light brew, Two Wolves Arctic Blonde Ale is an approachable, easy- drinking beer that is visually appealing and has no dominating malt or hop characteristics. Rounded and smooth, it’s a Canadian classic – just a no frills beer with great taste and a clean finish.

16 IBU (International Bitterness Units) / 5.5% ABV (Alcohol by Volume)

Two Wolves Brewing Great Plains Brown Ale

Our dark brew, Two Wolves Great Plains Brown Ale is a well-balanced beer with a deep copper colour and aromas of roasted malt, cocoa and caramel. This highly engaging beer is medium bodied and bright with a high carbonation and pairs well with most foods.

18 IBU (International Bitterness Units) / 5.5% ABV (Alcohol by Volume)

Brasserie Dunham and Twin Sails Collaborate on Le Quench du Soif

Brasserie Dunham in Dunham, Quebec has announced the release of Le Quench du Soif.

Le Quench du Soif is a Wild IPA brewed in collaboration with Twin Sails Brewing from Port Moody BC.

Bottles will be released at the brewery on Saturday July 15th and will begin shipping out during the summer. Word is that we should see a few hit BC.

Illustration : Guillaume Perreault.


BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of June 26–July 2

Do you have an event happening this week that you’d like to see listed? Feel free to send me an email.

For a full list of events, check out my Facebook page

June 27: Hoyne Brewmaster’s Seafood Feast

Crooked Goose Bistro, Victoria BC; 18:00–21:00; $65


June 27: Beer Club Meeting! With Red Arrow

The Landing Liquor Store, Nanaimo BC; 19:00–20:00

UPDATE – We’ll actually be visited by Red Arrow Brewing (Duncan) for this upcoming Beer Club (Tuesday, June 27th at 7pm). Our friends from Category 12 Brewery out of Saanichton, will be here to see us at the follow meeting (July 25 @7pm).

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June 27: CAMRA Victoria – Bring a New Member Event

Swans, Victoria BC; 19:00–21:00

CAMRA – Victoria’s Annual “Bring a New Member Night” will be held in the Penthouse at Swan’s Brewpub.

Appetizers will be served, but we are recommending that everyone plan to have a meal either before or afterwards as the appetizers usually go very quickly.

Swan’s is having a couple happy hours sandwiched around the event, with the first running from 3-6pm featuring $4.95 items with the purchase of a drink, and the other from 9-11pm featuring $8 burgers with purchase of a drink.

We are also asking that members contribute a small donation towards the beer served to help offset the cost to purchase it, as this is usually one of our most expensive events to run.

Also, we are asking all members to please bring your membership cards with you. If you are a new or renewed member and haven’t received your card by the time of the event, please see our membership director Cayla there as she may have it with her.

And as always, please plan for a safe ride to and from the event.

Cheers, and we hope to see you there!

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June 28: The Final Boombox Wednesday

Callister Brewing, Vancouver BC; 14:00–23:00

Join us on June 28th as we bid Callister a fond farewell.

We’ll be pouring four Boombox beers for you to enjoy:
– Wizard Mode IPA
– Pacific Tears Sour
– Don’t you (forget about me) IPA
– And our final beer, which will be announced at a later date.

(This will be your last chance for a proper Boombox flight for a long time)

We’ve had a wonderful year and will miss Callister and you all dearly. So stop by and say goodbye/see ya later to team Boombox! Lots of beer, good tunes (there’ll be a DJ) and great company.


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June 27: Parkside Brewery Tap Takeover

Smiths Pub, Victoria BC; 17:00–01:00

The latest addition to Port Moody’s amazing Brewer’s Row, Parkside Brewery, will be on hand to pour some of their delicious brews for us.

On tap will be their 3 core beers: Graffiti IPA, Dawn Pilsner & Dusk Pale Ale, which won the Judges Choice, gold medal at the Fest of Ales 2017. Additionally, they will be supplying a few of their noteworthy selections from their tasting room.

Come join us for some tasty suds, save room for our $14 Burger and Beer deal and stick around for the best in Psych rock with Audio Osmosis at 9pm.

  • Dawn Pilsner
  • Dusk Pale Ale
  • Graffiti IPA
  • Ekuanot SMaSH IPA
  • Dim Wit
  • Radical Red Ale
  • Unsmoked Porter
  • Tropical Milkshake ISA

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June 27: Crux Launch Party

Portland Craft, Vancouver BC; 17:00–23:59

Join us this Tuesday for Crux Fermentation Projects Canadian launch party! We’ll be tapping 9 kegs at 5pm!


June 28: KPU Brewing Info Session

KPU Brewing and Brewery Operations, Langley BC; 18:00–20:00

Ever wondered about a career in the craft beer industry?

The explosion of craft beer’s popularity is creating a huge demand for educated, trained brewers. Whether you’ve always dreamed about opening your own brewery or are looking for a career change, join us for the KPU Brewing Info Session on June 28 at Red Truck Beer to learn how the KPU Brewing & Brewery Operations Diploma can help you get there!

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) offers the only university diploma in brewing in BC and is the first Canadian institution recognized by the Master Brewers Association for a standard of excellence in brewing education.

Meet KPU Brewing faculty, current students and grads — including KPU Brewing alumni and Red Truck brewer, Tom Morrison! If you’re curious about the KPU Brewing Diploma or a career in the industry, be sure to join us at Red Truck Beer.

*Must be 19+ to consume alcohol. ID required. KPU-brewed beer available. Red Truck beer and menu items sold separately. Sponsored by Red Truck Beer Company.

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June 28: Beer & Cheese Please!

Yellow Dog Brewing, Port Moody BC; 19:00–21:00

A night of beer and cheese pairing featuring our special guests, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters.

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June 28: June Brewmaster’s Dinner

Trading Post Brewing, Langley BC; 18:00–21:00

This month’s theme for our Brewmaster’s dinner is Chocolate!

Join us on Wednesday June 28th at 6pm! Your $45 ticket includes a 16oz welcome beer of your choice, and a four course dinner with a different 4oz beer with each course! Our Head Chef and Head Brewer will describe each course and why we chose to pair that particular beer with that dish!

Tickets are very limited and reservations are required. Call 604-343-2337 ext 2 to reserve yours!

Amouse bouche:
Custard: Dashi broth, eggs, chocolate foam

Ravioli: Goat cheese and hazel nut filling, butter sauce, kale and herbs

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June 29: Crux Launch Party

The Drake, Victoria BC; 17:00–23:59

Crux Fermentation Project beers are coming to Canada. Join us as we throw a welcome party with a number of their beers on tap.

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June 29: VI Brewing Tap Takeover

The Cascade Room, Vancouver BC; 16:00–21:00

We’re taking over the taps at The Cascade Room on June 29! We’ll have seven VI Brewing beers to share with you, including some surprise inclusions.

19 IPA
Juniper Lime Ale
Sombrio Citrus Session Ale
Victoria Lager
Carmanah Ale
Piper’s Pale Ale (on cask)
S-21 IPA “Nectar”

The draft list gives you special opportunity to try Piper’s Pale Ale in the traditional British style and small-batch IPA codenamed Nectar.

You can also try special features on the food menu made with VI Brewing beers. We’ll have prizes to giveaway too!

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June 29: Rare Beer Tap Takeover

Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar—Convention Centre, Vancouver BC; 18:00–23:00

Beer lovers REJOICE!!!

We’ve teamed up with Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar Convention Centre to bring you some of the rarest, coolest, most delicious beers from our friends south of the border.

There will be 16 beers on tap from Against The Grain Brewery, Propolis, Trinity Brewing and Moylan’s Brewing Company, with some making their debut pour in Canada. This is an event NOT to be missed!

Teaser menu coming next week!

To reserve seating, please call (604) 428-2555

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Moody Ales Releases Huge Citrus Pale Ale

Moody Ales in Port Moody BC has released a new beer called Huge Citrus.

Huge Citrus is a pale ale inspired by the hazy North East IPA craze. They decided to use typical North West hops, leaving out the oats commonly used in that style.  This left them with a very juicy, well balanced beer with a lighter body than it’s North East cousins.

Huge Citrus gets a massive addition of Cascade and Mosaic hops late in the brew, and is then dry-hopped with copious amounts of Cascade and Mosaic hops while the yeast is still active, leaving a Huge Citrus aroma and flavour—notes of tropical fruit, stone fruit, orange, grapefruit, and pomelo.

They used Sacc Trois yeast to ferment this beer to really increase the juicyness, hazyness, and to add a bit of funk. This medium-to-light bodied beer is very well balanced, juicy, not sweet and VERY crushable.

It is available in the unusual format of 2-packs of 750ml cans.

  • Tasting notes: Tropical fruit, stone fruit, orange, grapefruit and pomelo. Finishes with a very balanced bitterness.
  • Pairs well with: Nothing too heavy. Light salads, charcuterie plates, or a good old fashioned backyard BBQ
  • Grains: Pale, Crystal 60, Acidulated Malt
  • Hops: Cascade, Mosaic
  • IBU: 35
  • SRM: 8
  • OG: 14.4P
  • FG: 3P

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Twin Sails Releases Volcano King and Juice Plus Batch #3

Today, Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody BC released a new tasting room exclusive beer called Volcano King and a third batch of Juice Plus.

Volcano King  is a double milkshake IPA with pineapple and coconut. Over 400lbs of pineapple purée was added to this beer along with almost 50lbs of toasted coconut. It was then hopped with Citra, Amarillo and Motueka. They describe it as tasting just like a Piña Colada.

They have 55 cases available in the tasting room only with a limit of one case per person.

ABV: 8.3%


Juice Plus is a 100% Citra hopped IPA that is the big brother of Dat Juice. Brewed with flaked and malted wheat then dry hopped with huge amounts of Citra, this beer takes juicy to a whole other level.

They have 30 cases available in the tasting room, with a limit of one case per person. It is available for fills, with a limit of two per person. This beer will also be hitting stores late next week.

ABV: 7.5%

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