Line-Up Announced for the 2017 GCBF Drake Cask Tent

Selfi_guyThis year, the Great Canadian Beer Festival is set to introduce an exciting new feature: a cask tent sponsored by The Drake.

The line-up for the tent (all bar one) has now been announced and it looks set to be a fantastic time. You can expect to see me hanging out here quite a bit!

Deep Cove

– Sunkissed Saison – Honey and peach infused
– Gerwurztraminer XPA


– Drupaceous – Apricot wheat ale with gin botanicals
– Hop Chowdah – New England style IPA

Foamers Folly

– Tangerine IPA
– Raspberry Honey Hefe


– Child of the Wild dry hopped sour

Off the Rail

– Kentucky Bourbon American pale ale
– Train Wreck IPA

Parallel 49

– British golden ale

Red Arrow

– Sahti
– Saison IPA

Parkside Brewery


There will be an additional 20 casks located at various booths throughout the event. Check the beer menu on the GCBF site where new beers are being added all of the time.

Once the list is finalized, I’ll be breaking it down and letting you know the essential beers to check out this year.


Old Yale Releases Stone Fruit Hibiscus Saison

Old Yale Brewing in Chilliwack BC has released their new Stone Fruit Hibiscus Saison, which is part of their Trailblazer series.

This saison is brewed with peaches, apricots, and hibiscus, giving it a combination of fruity, floral and spicy notes up-front, and a pleasant tartness that quickly dissipates into a dry refreshing finish.

Stone Fruit Hibiscus Saison is available now at the Old Yale tasting room and will be select private liquor stores very soon.


Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Aug 7–13

20170809_234346Well, shit! That was a really big week. I had a few bottles at home, then went to the pub, then went to the Cowichan Craft Beer Festival, than a rare beer tap takeover at Smiths, then did a Vancouver Brewery crawl.

I think I tried about 83 unique beers. I didn’t have time to make notes on most, as I was with people and was a little tipsy, but here’s about half.

I don’t tend to make notes when I’ve am festivals or at tap takeovers, as time is of the essence.

Bottles & Cans

Bachelor Pad by Twin Sails Brewing

This smooth East Coast Double IPa had hop-forward aromas of pineapple, mango, orange peel, and a touch of dank. The body was hazy and the mouthfeel was incredibly smooth.

Blackberry Festivale by Townsite Brewing

This had a really nice and natural blackberry taste with a touch of banana. It finished medium-sweet. I don’t normally like fruit beers, but this was great!

Lush Crush by Twin Sails BrewingIMG_20170810_234757

For a session pale ale, this one had a really hop-forward aroma, with bright fruity notes of citrus and tropical fruit. The mouthfeel was really silky from the added oats.

Barrel Aged Ale Refermented With Rhubarb by Kettle River Brewing

This one-year barrel-aged beer had a light rhubarb flavour with hints of oak and red wine. It was a touch tart with and a dry finish.

White & Lazy IPA by Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.

This white IPA had hoppy citrus and tropical fruit notes on the nose. The body was wheaty and slightly spicy with a nice dry finish.

Black Sheep by White Pony Microbrewery

This imperial stout was rich and creamy with roasted malt flavours and notes of caramel, molasses, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits. The finish was dry and quote boozy.

Berliner Geist by Strange Fellows BrewingIMG_20170812_020050

This first first release from the Strange Fellows 2017 Fellowship programme was a mildly sour gose with a touch of funk and hints of vanilla and oak. It was refreshing and effervescent.

The City Never Sleeps by Gigantic Brewing Company

This black saison had toasted malt notes of coffee, liquorice, and dark fruits with hints of saison yeast spiciness and a dry finish.

The Great Grätzer by Moody Ales

This smoked wheat ale had moderate peaty smokiness with a wheaty body and a touch of umami. This finish was dry and dusty.

Two Evil: Pachamama Porter by Two Roads Brewing & Evil Twin Brwing

This collaboration was brewed with  sweet potatoes, purple mais and aji panca chili peppers. It was mildly spicy and quite sweet with a touch of starchiness, along with roasted malt flavours of coffee and chocolate.

Antwerpen by Dageraad Brewing20170813_151008

This is a fantastic triple with a nose of Earthy and herbal noble hops and floral alcohol. The body was spicy and fruity with a touch of pepper, coriander,  banana, and pear. The finish was warming and dry.

Light Saison by Field House Brewing Co.

This light saison was mildly tart with a touch of saison yeast spice and a hint of citrus from the lemongrass.

On Tap

The Abyss by Deschutes Brewery

This is possibly one of the best imperial stouts in the world. It had complex and intese notes of bourbon, molasses, liquorice, coffee, chocolate, oak, and a hint of red wine. The finish was boozy.

Blackberry Berliner Weisse by Strathcona Beer Company20170813_205342

This one had a decent blackberry flavour, and was tart, sweet, and fruity. It was a little too sweet thoughout for me and everyone else who tried it.

Must Be Dreamin’ by Twin Sails Brewing

This double IPA was brewed with grape must. The Pinot Noir grapes really came through and complement the fruity/citrus notes from the hops.

Cash Only by Twin Sails Brewing

This East Coast DIPA was super cloudy and smooth with notes of orange peel, melon, and pine. It was dangerously crushable for a beer with 10.3% ABV.

Raquira by Andina Brewing Company

Roasty dark malts with an interesting tropical fruitiness.

Ocaso Evergreen Red Ale by Andina Brewing Company

Piney and spicy with roasty caramel malt.


Britannia Brewing Collaborates with Fuggles & Warlock and O’Hare’s on Sealion Watermelon Sour

Britannia Brewing Company in Steveston BC has announced the release of a special Stevenston collaboration beer called Sea Lion.

Brewed in partnership with Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks and O’Hare’s GastroPub, Sea Lion is a crisp, refreshing, and light sour brewed with fresh watermelons and pick himalayan sea salt.

The beer is launching on Saturday August 26 at Steveston Beer Fest and bottles will be available to purchase at Britannia Brewing, O’Hare’s Liquor Store, and Fuggles & Warlock.

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Steel & Oak Collaborates with Freigeist Bierkultur on 2017 Steinbier Hot Rocks Lager

Steel & Oak Brewing in New Westminster has collaborated with Germany’s Freigeist Bierkultur on a second batch of their Steinbier Lager.

Steinbier which translates to “stone beer” in German was created by pouring the wort over hot granite rocks, instantly bringing it to a boil, causing the malt sugars to caramelize and creating clouds of piping hot hot steam—resulting in a lager with a malt-candy-like finish.

The process for creating this beer was very dangerous and incredibly interesting. You can read the full story here.

Very limited amounts of the beer will begin hitting select private liquor stores this week.


BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of Aug 14–20, 2017

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

Aug 17: Night Owl Launch Party

Callister Brewing Company, Vancouver, BC; 17:00–21:00

Come celebrate at the Night Owl Brewing Launch Party Thursday August 17. Music, food and, of course, beer. We will be pouring a launch party exclusive beer for guests of this event.

Event website


Aug 17: Hardy Brown Recipe Launch

Barley’s Homebrewing Supplies, Vancouver, BC; 19:00–22:00

This is a licensed tasting event (19+) and a unique opportunity for homebrewers to meet and greet with the Co-Founder and the Head Brewer of Moody Ales, Dan Helmer and Robyn Guille. They have graciously agreed to share the Hardy Brown Ale recipe! Ingredients will be on hand for those of you who want to brew this beer at home.

The event will be followed by a homebrew bottle swap so bring something that you’re excited to share!

Your ticket includes Two 12 oz beers! Proceeds go towards a scholarship for the KPU Brewing and Brewery operations program.

Event website


Aug 17: Beer Club – Vancouver Island Brewery

Lucky’s Liquor Store, Nanaimo, BC; 18:30–20:00

Here is a chance to sample the new recipes being made. Vancouver Island Brewing brand ambassador Scott Innes will walk us through the great line up of VI brews and our resident beer nerd, Deb Wagner, will be on hand to make sure everyone has fun!

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Aug 18: Driftwood Tasting

The Strath – Ale, Wine and Spirit Merchants, Victoria, BC; 15:00–19:00

Join us in store for a Driftwood Brewery tasting!

Event website


Aug 18: Bomber Brewing Showcase

Tudor House Liquor Store, Esquimalt, BC; 19:00–20:00

Bomber Brewing Showcase hosted by Jesse Johnston

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Aug 19: Bomber Brewery Tasting

Tudor House Liquor Store, Esquimalt, BC; 16:00–20:00

Come down between 4-8pm to tatse some great BC Craft Beer from Bomber Brewing

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Aug 19: Doan’s Craft Tap Takeover!

Cornerstone Café & Taphouse, Courtney, BC; 17:00–23:59

It’s an East Van invasion!

A rare opportunity for the Comox Valley to enjoy the fine beer on tap from the wonderful people behind Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in East Vancouver.

Stay tuned for the tap list!

Doan’s Craft is a family run brewery in the heart of the East Van. From home-brewing to Craft Brewing, the Doan’s family is inspired by great beer, the art and science of craft brewing and the community created by the craft beer movement.

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Aug 19: Tough Kegger 2017 – No Keg Left Behind

Persephone Brewing Company, Gibsons, BC; 14:00–19:00

It’s that time of year again!
Bring on the TOUGH KEGGER!!
An intense 7km adventure race through some rugged west coast terrain.
A full 20L and the 4 members of your team, trying to make it to the finish line… think you can handle it?

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Aug 19: Persephone Brewing’s 4th Anniversary Party

Persephone Brewing Company, Gibsons, BC; 17:00–23:00

Join us and raise your glass to cheers to 4 years!

Head on down with family( yes this is a family friendly event! ) and friends to Brother’s Park, and join in on the festivities! Bands, Dj’s, Food Vendors and a Beer Garden! Have a game of California Kick Ball, hang out in the bleachers listening to some good tunes, or tap into your inner child and hitch a ride on the hay wagon!

Parking available adjacent to Brothers Park, but we highly recommend using our Beer Farm Shuttle service, throw in a few bucks to the donation bin onboard for SCACL. (Route to be posted and sent out to attendee’s)

There is no ATM on site, so bring cash!
SCACL is providing a Pig Roast, Farm to Feast is teaming up with local caterer Perogies Galore, and our local Hot Dog cart will be arriving onsite shortly after 5pm!

Like all of our events that we do, this is a fundraiser for our local partner and non-profit SCACL ( Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living )

***Please bring 2 pieces of GOVERNMENT issued ID if you plan on having an alcoholic beverage***

There will be a Beer Farm Shuttle provided from certain destinations, keep an eye out for the route on our website, and our social media accounts.

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Aug 19: East of East Van Tap Takeover

Smiths Pub, Victoria, BC; 17:00–02:00

Dageraad, Steamworks and Steel & Oak are combining forces for one heck of a tasty Tap Takeover.

Named after an amazing collab beer from Burnaby’s finest brewers, Steamworks and Dageraad, we present you with our latest tap takeover.

While everyone talks about all the great breweries in East Van, if you continue heading east, you’ll find Steamworks and Dageraad repping Burnaby, with Steel & Oak making the goods in New Westminster.

All three of these fine breweries will be taking over all our taps for this evening of good cheer, with some rarities and solid brews.

We’ll post the list once everything is confirmed. Our fingers are crossed for a couple of things to be ready in time for this event.

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Phillips Releases Hopocalypse Meow 16th Anniversary Ale

unnamedThe mark their 16th anniversary, Phillips Brewing in Victoria BC is set to release their latest anniversary ale—Hopocalypse Meow.

Hopocolypse Meow is an imperial IPA that is said to feature big tropical hops that explode over a crisp malt base. The beer pours a hazy, fiery orange with a thin, white foam cap.  It has aromas of tropical candied fruit and melon, which mingle with delicate fruity esters. It is medium-bodied and very resinous, with a slightly warming finish from the 9.2%,ABV.

You find find it now at select private liquor stores in BC and Alberta.