Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Nov 27–Dec 3 (36 Beers)

My girlfriend came back from a month-long trip to visit her family in El Salvador, so we had some drinking to catch up on. There were about another 30 beers sampled at the Christmas Craft Beer Show, but I didn’t take notes on those.

Bottles & Cans


Palate Wrecker by Green Flash Brewing Company

Big notes of pine and citrus over a bready malt base. Lots of earthy bitterness that lingers.

Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel by Ravens Brewing Company

Definite notes of dark fruit and spices but only a touch of oak. It finished much too sweet.

Craft Made Pilsner by Phillips Brewing Company

Pretty standard North American pils. Slightly floral nose, touch of corn on the palate, and a crisp body.

Trainwreck (2017) by Phillips Brewing Company

Really good this year. Smooth and rich with notes of vanilla, currants, bourbon, and oak.

Trainwreck Barley Wine (2016) by Phillips Brewing Company

Aged one year. Not as much bourbon character as 2017. Glad they went back to barrels.


Accusation Ale by Phillips Brewing Company

Nice example of the ESB style. Very malt-forward and light with a touch of bitterness in the finish.

Jitter Buzz by Central City Brewers + Distillers

Decent coffee stout with some roasty malt and espresso flavour. A little thin though.

Piñata Squamata by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Really nice notes of pineapple and coconut in this Piña colada milkshake IPA. The lactose got a little chunky after settling, but rolling the bottle helped.

Sumo In A Sidecar by Evil Twin Brewing


This is a really weird idea for a beer—an apricot and umami IPA. The apricot came through but the umami made it taste a little off.

Levadura by Stillwater Artisanal

This was a really refreshing gose with notes of agave and lime plus a touch of salt.

Mexi-Gose by Odin Brewing Company

Another lightly tart Gose with notes of lime and sea salt.

Gose To Hollywood by To Øl

Really nice Gose with a touch of tropical fruit and salt. Refreshing and smooth.

G&T Gose by Anderson Valley Brewing Company


Really refreshing with notes of lemon, lime, juniper, and salt.

Pêche Mel Scaldis by Brasserie Dubuisson

Loads of fresh peach flavour with a touch of spice from the yeast. It also had hints of brandy.

Anxiety Ale (2017) by Phillips Brewing Company

Fruity esters and spicy phenols from the Belgian yeast complemented by a touch of sweetness and mild flavour from the added beetroots. I’m really glad they brought back the beets for this year’s version.

Gary’s Chocolate Orange by Central City Brewers + Distillers

Whistler Winter Dunkel this ain’t. Nothing on the nose, but hints of orange peel and bitter chocolate on the palate.

SeaQuench Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery


Really thirst-quenching with tons of lime, black pepper, and sea salt. Finished really dry. Mix of three different styles that comes off like a saison.

Mera Belga by Cadejo Brewing Company

My girlfriend brought me this back from El Salvador. Not a bad Belgian Wit. It had a nice wheaty body with a touch of honey, vanilla, and zesty citrus.

Prescription Porter by Barkerville Brewing Co.

A nice chocolate porter with a mild touch of chili heat. Not sure if the chaga mushrooms added much though and the body was a little thin.

Blackberry Wheat (Sour Series) by Townsite Brewing


Really nice blackberry flavour over a grainy malt base. Just the right level of tartness and the wheat offsets the sweetness.

Space Armadillo by Twin Sails Brewing

This Sacc trois IPA was really juicy with notes of mango, pineapple, citrus and a touch of light funk. It finished nice and dry. I’ve missed this beer.

Woke Up Like This by Twin Sails Brewing

Big toasty and roasty notes of coffee, chocolate, and nuts, with a smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

Arcade Glow by Boombox Brewing Company20171202_200117

Pineapple, stone fruits, berries, lemon. This so amazingly juicy and smooth.

Juxtapose by Four Winds Brewing

Nice subtle funkiness to compliment the tropical fruit notes from the hops and the yeast esters.

Blackberry Jam by Four Winds Brewing

The blackberries in this fruited IPA balanced really nicely against the lupulin. The lactose and vanilla added a touch of sweetness and it finished oh so smoothly.IMG_20171201_143040

Home Ec by Twin Sails Brewing

This Tirimisu stout had notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, cookies, and cream. It was sweet and decadent. Phenomenal!

2×4 DIPA by Melvin Brewing

Incredibly hop-forward with notes of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit over a light malt base. Lingering grassy bitterness.

Honorary non-Craft Mentnion

Pilsener of El Salvador by Industrias La Constancia

The national beer of El Salvador. Crisp body with a touch of corn. Not mind-blowing, but way better than Corona.

Green Flash Tap takeover at Smiths Pub

West Coast IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company


Floral nose, with tropical fruit, citrus, and pine on the palate. Nice bitter finish.

Le Freak by Green Flash Brewing Company 

A nice hoppy triple with citrusy hops and spicy phenols.

Imperial IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company

Piney resin, a touch of tropical fruit and grapefruit, and a boatload of dankness.

Soul Style by Green Flash Brewing Company

A nicely balanced IPA with a tropical fruit nose accompanied by citrus notes and biscuit malt.

Tangerine Soul Style IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company

Really nicely expressed tangerine to complement the hops. Nice and juicy.


Passion Fruit Kicker by Green Flash Brewing Company

Slight citric acidity with notes of passion fruit and a hint of tea with a rich mouthfeel and a dry finish.

Ideal Belgique by Green Flash Brewing Company

Beautiful roasty malt, with fruity esters, spicy phenols and hops, and brown sugar. Rich and decadent.

Divine Belgique by Green Flash Brewing Company

Fruity esters and spicy phenols complemented by zesty European hops over a rich pale malt base.


Barkerville Releases Prescription Porter

unnamed.pngBarkerville Brewing in Quesnel BC has released their new Prescription Porter.

A throwback to the old Barkerville days of snake oil, miracle cures, and invigorating hair tonics, spicy Prescription Porter contains a dose of chaga mushrooms harvested from the birch forests of Quesnel.

Prescription Porter is available now at the brewery and select private liquor stores.

5.2% ABV |30 IBU

BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of Sept 4–10

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

Sept 5: Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover

Portland Craft, Vancouver, BC; 17:00–1:00

On Tuesday, September 5th, all the way from Chico, California we will be hosting the legendary Sierra Nevada for an exclusive Tap Takeover! This is the first time we’ve hosted this groundbreaking brewery and they have some special stuff lined up for us! Admission is free and the beer starts pouring at 5pm!

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Sept 7: KPU Brewing Info Night at Moon Under Water in Victoria, BC

The Moon Under Water Brewery & Pub, Victoria, BC; 18:30–20:30

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 Night on Sept. 7th at Moon Under Water Brewery & Pub to learn how the KPU Brewing & Brewery Operations Diploma can help you get there!

You’ll have the opportunity to meet with KPU Brewing faculty to learn more about the program. As well, some of our KPU Brewing grads and current students will be on hand to answer questions. If you’re curious about the KPU Brewing Diploma or a career in the industry, be sure to join us for a glass at the Moon Under Water Brewery & Pub. Pre-registration required.*

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.

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Sept 7: Doan’s and Gladstone Tap Takeover

Smiths Pub, Victoria, BC; 17:00–1:00

To get you in the mood for Great Canadian beerfest, our friend’s at Doan’s and Gladstone, plus Brewers Supply Group are teaming up to takeover some taps the night before it starts.

Both breweries will be doing a collaborative beer with Brewers Supply Group as well as offering up some of their own beers for you to try.

Gladstone is a staple stop if you are heading through Courtenay and Doan’s is a go to on the Yeast Van circuit.

Pop by to whet your whistles and prepare for an amazing GCBF weekend.

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Sept 7: Little American Beer Festival Kick Off Party

The Drake, Victoria, BC; 11:30–23:59

We are kicking off our 3rd annual LABF with a showcase of Green Flash/Alpine/Cellar 3 beers!

The List…

Green Flash – Le Freak
Green Flash – GFB Blonde
Green Flash – Passionfruit Kicker
Green Flash – Soul Style
Alpine – Duet
Alpine – Windows Up
Alpine – Hoppy Birthday
Cellar 3 – Devine
Cellar 3 – Ideal

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Sept 7: 10 Brewery Cask Night

The Churchill and Garricks Head, Victoria, BC; 17:00–1:00

Couldn’t make it to Beer Fest? Don’t worry we got you covered! The Churchill and Garricks Head are teaming up with 10 B.C breweries to bring you the ultimate cask night! Each brewery will be bringing their own unique style and you can bet there will be something for everyone.

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Sept 7–9: The Official, Un-Official Beerfest Afterparty

Swan’s Brewpub, Victoria, BC; 20:00–23:59

We’re taking residency at Swans Brewpub for the 25th Anniversary of the Great Canadian Beer Festival!!!

Join Parkside Brewery, Russell Brewing and Mt. Begbie Brewing for an afterparty at the Swans Public House of epic purportions…

Don’t miss Happy Hour All Night, the Party People Sound Solutions DJ’s, Eight Guest Taps and all the Brand New Brews from the team at the Swans Brewery!!

Parkside on tap:

  • Motel Five Hop Pale Ale
  • Graffiti IPA
  • Dimwit
  • Dawn Pilsner

Russell On tap:

  • Lemon Raspberry Radler
  • Grapefuit Punch Bowl IPA

Mt Begbie on Tap:

  • White Knuckle White IPA
  • High Country Kolsch (2017 World Beer Awards Gold)

Swans on Tap:

  • YYJ Common
  • Coastal Wit
  • Muy Hoppy IPA
  • Guilty Pleasure Rspberry Blonde
  • Indy Lager

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Sept 7: Hearthstone x Stillwater Beer Pairing Dinner

Billy Miner Alehouse & Cafe, Maple Ridge, BC; 18:00–22:00

Join us for a beer pairing Dinner and Tap Takeover at Billy Miner Pub. The tap takeover and dinner will feature Hearthstone and Stillwater Artisanal beers. The dinner will include 6 beers and 5 courses for $65 including Tax and Gratuity. Brought to you by The Springs Group & BeerThirst.

If you have a dietary restriction please contact Milly Miner through eventbrite before buying tickets.

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Sept 8–10: Little American Beer Festival

The Drake, Victoria, BC; 11:30–23:59

To compliment the Great Canadian Beer Festival we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Little American Beer Festival.
Showcasing the best US beers we can get our hands on.

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Sept 8: GCBF Friday

Royal Athletic Park, Victoria, BC; 16:00–21:00

The Great Canadian Beer Festival is celebrating 25 years! Returning to Royal Athletic Park in Victoria on Friday Sept 8th, 4-9pm (*new hours) and Saturday Sept 9th, 12-5pm. Tickets are on sale NOW! $40 plus tax. 66 breweries and 2 cideries, *new VIP cask tent with 7 additional breweries, food vendors, live entertainment and more!

Tickets are $40.00 for Friday or Saturday (incl tax) plus fees and includes your taster glass, program and BC Transit Get Home Safe bus ticket. They can be purchased in advance online or at the *Ticket Rocket Box Office (101-804 Broughton Street, Victoria Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm). *Subject to availability.

TOKENS: One token per tasting. Tokens cost $1.50 each for a 4oz taster. Available for purchase on-site, cash only.

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Sept 8: Aslan Tap Takeover

HandleBar Cafe and Apres, Whistler, BC; 17:30–0:00

Come hang out with Bellingham, Washington’s Aslan Brewing Co. in Whistler. Try several of their organic beers on tap, your chance to score some sweet swag and meet the team!

Beers on tap:

Batch 15 IPA
Dawn Patrol Pacific Ale
Classic Light Lager
Ginger Rye
Fraise Du Bois – Saison
Disco Lemonade – Berliner Weisse
Schweinhaus – Anniversary IPA
The Cranberries – Wheat IPA

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Sept 9: GCBF Friday

Royal Athletic Park, Victoria, BC; 12:00–17:00

The Great Canadian Beer Festival is celebrating 25 years! Returning to Royal Athletic Park in Victoria on Friday Sept 8th, 4-9pm (*new hours) and Saturday Sept 9th, 12-5pm. Tickets are on sale NOW! $40 plus tax. 66 breweries and 2 cideries, *new VIP cask tent with 7 additional breweries, food vendors, live entertainment and more!

Tickets are $40.00 for Friday or Saturday (incl tax) plus fees and includes your taster glass, program and BC Transit Get Home Safe bus ticket. They can be purchased in advance online or at the *Ticket Rocket Box Office (101-804 Broughton Street, Victoria Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm). *Subject to availability.

TOKENS: One token per tasting. Tokens cost $1.50 each for a 4oz taster. Available for purchase on-site, cash only.

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Sept 9: Andina Brewing tap takeover

Smiths Pub, Victoria, BC; 17:00–2:00

Smiths is very excited to have the much talked about Andina Brewing Company come to Vic to pour some of their amazing beers as the finishing touch for the Great Canadian Beer Fest.

Located in (Y)East Van on Powell Street, Andina focuses on making great beers with an ode to their Colombian heritage. They have created some awesome beers with ingredients from South America and will be showcasing a number of them for all of us at this event.

As an added bonus, we are teaming up with them to make a special collaborative brew for this evening and may have another surprise in store for you.

Make sure to save some room for some great beers on this night!

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Sept 9: Untapped On Tap (12 Tap Takeover)

The Guild Freehouse, Victoria, BC; 18:00–02:00

We are tapping some incredible, specialty kegs from:

• Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel;
• Brasserie Dunham;
• Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable;
• Beau’s All Natural Brewing ; and
• introducing Halcyon Barrel House

Join us after Great Canadian Beer Festival to keep the beer, and fun, flowing.

Dieu du Ciel Lineup:

-Peche Day Special Stout (on nitro)
-Equinox Printempts (barrel aged maple syrup scotch ale)
-Rosee D’Hibiscus

Event website

Sept 9: Barkerville Brewing Brewmasters’ Dinner

Crooked Goose Bistro, Victoria, BC; 19:00–22:00

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Sept 10: VI Brewing Double Product Launch Party

Roy’s Towne Pub / “The Roy”, Courtney, BC; 12:30–17:30

Join us at Roy’s Towne Pub / “The Roy” on September 10 for your first chance to taste our new fall seasonals:

– Royston Rye IPA
– Burton Ale **Collaboration with Gladstone Brewing Co.**

The VI Brewing team will be there with samples and prizes. Plus, you can enjoy the annual SPCA Fundraiser chili cookoff, going on at the same time!

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Sept 10: 5 Course Driftwood Brewing Beer Pairing Dinner

Townhall Public House, Maple Ridge, BC; 18:00–21:00

Our chef will prepare a 5 course dinner, perfectly paired with 5 Driftwood Brewery Beers

Click here to see the menu:

*Please note: online ticket purchases are subject to service charges, whereas in-store ticket purchases are not

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Barkerville to Release Hoppy Sour

Barkerville Brewing in Quesnel BC has announced the release of Hoppy Sour, the first release in its new Claim Jumper kettle sour series.

Hoppy Sour is dry hopped with Amarillo, Cascade, and Citra and said to be sessionable, citrusy, light, and incredibly refreshing—reminiscent of a radler, but without any added juice or sugar.

You find it now at the Barkerville retail store and it will be making its way to select BC retail stores shortly.

4.3% ABV / IBU 20


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