BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of 11–17

Dec 11–15: 5 Year Anniversary

Powell Brewery, Vancouver, BC; 18:30–20:00

In honor of this milestone we’ll be showing our appreciation to you, our loyal customers. Our Growler fills and Glasses of beer will be drastically reduced in price for 5 days from Monday the 11th to Friday the 15th. We’ll also be releasing special beers throughout the week. Keep an eye on our social media for more info.


Dec 14: Holiday Beers

Vessel Liquor, Victoria, BC; 18:30–20:00

’Tis the season for holiday beers. Sample a range of holiday-themed beers from some of your favourite craft breweries. Host Joe Wiebe will provide lots of suggestions for beers to bring to holiday parties, to serve at your Christmas meal, or to ring in the New Year.

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Dec 14: Xmas Beer Dinner with Red Racer

Dubh Linn Gate Main Street, Vancouver, BC; 19:00–22:00

Join us for a festive Xmas Beer Feast Collaboration with Red Racer Brew! A fantastic 4 course menu with tasting beer pairings by red racer. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased by emailing pfinegan@dubhlinngate.com!

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Dec 14: A Very Beery Christmas – Old World vs New World

Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar – Broadway, Vancouver, BC; 19:00–23:00

Come join us for a unique Chirstmas event comparing some of the best Old and New world beers available on draught and in bottles! This is a one of a kind event showcasing some of the best new brews and some time tested favourites.

There will be lots of rare beers, raffles, prizes and Christmas merriment!

Tickets include entry to the event, a draft flight, a raffel entry, and the first 100 guests will receive a beer theme Christmas present
19+ only with valid ID

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Dec 15: KPU Brew Lab- craft beer tasting

KPU Brewing and Brewery Operations, Langley, BC; 13:00–15:00

FREE. Looking for a unique beer for Christmas? Every Friday, the KPU Brew Lab brewery is open for beer sales and tastings of student and faculty-brewed craft beer! Each week, we have different styles on tap.

— Growler Fills —
Fill only: 64 oz: $10 | 32 oz: $6 (tax incl.)
Add a KPU Growler jug: 64 oz: +$10 | 32 oz: +$7 (tax incl.)

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Dec 15: CAMRA Victoria’s Annual Christmas Party

Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Esquimalt, BC; 18:00–22:00

Hello CAMRA Member.

Please Join your CAMRA Executive for our Annual Christmas Party, December 15 at the Eagles Hall in Esquimalt.

The Dinner will be Potluck style.

The CAMRA Exec will be providing the main Protiens (Turkey, Ham and a Vegitarian Option ).

Please bring your favorite dish to accompany. Sides, Salads, Dessert and Appetizers would be great.

Don’t miss out on this great night of Christmas revelry.

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Dec 15: Storm Brewing’s Ice Cream Social

Storm Brewing, Vancouver, BC; 18:00–21:00

Join us at Vancouver’s longest running independent craft brewery for the return of the popular Storm Social!

The holiday edition of the Storm Social will take place on Friday Dec 15th, from 6 to 9pm. Come in the festive spirit and celebrate with the Storm team!


*Please remember that we are a working brewery and not a tasting room so we can only serve 1 beer float per person!

Our Storm Socials are all about making new friends in the craft beer community, connecting with existing ones, and getting social while enjoying our twist on a good ol’ fashioned beer float!

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Dec 16: Foarmers’ Folly 2nd Anniversary

Foarmers’ Folly Brewing, Pitt Meadows, BC; 15:00

We’re celebrating our two year anniversary on December 16th and we’d love for you to join us! There will be new beers, a cask, delicious food, cake, live music, and prizes to win. The fun will begin around three, leaving you plenty of time to catch the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train that will be stopping close by at about nine.

P.S just announced, Big Smoke Alehouse will be catering this event. Bring your change purse folks and come hungry!


Dec 16: Open House 2017

Crannóg Ales, Serrento, BC; 10:00–16:30

Enjoy beer samples and snacks around the bonfire, and pick up beer and gifts for the holidays. We’ll have all our beers available in growlers, plus bread and cookies from Christy at Left Fields, BBQ sauce, soap & felted soap, glasses, soda syrups and more!

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Dec 16: Coal Harbour Open House Vol.3!

Coal Harbour Brewing, Vancover, BC; 15:00–21:00

It’s happening again folks!!

Coal Harbour Brewing Co. Open House/Pop Up Tasting Room Vol. 3!!
While we wait and wait and wait for permits to construct our proper tasting room, we want to invite you to come on down (Bob Barker style) to the brewery to hang out with us.

We’ll be slinging $4 beers, hocking some sweet as swag, talking about beer, talking about not beer, and just having an overall good time.

Cazba Restaurant رستوران کازبا will be on site with their ever so delicious flame grilled Kebabs. If you’ve ever travelled Europe, you know how well beer goes with a good Kebab…..

Beer List:
-311 Helles Lager
-Cosmic Fusion IPL
– *Tiki Bar Dryhopped Pineapple Sour – LIMITED RELEASE*
-Sunrise Guava Gose
-Cask: Honey Lemon Lager w/Lavender Earl Grey Tea

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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.

Parallel 49 and Central City Release 2017 Beer Advent Calendar

Parallel 49 Brewing and Central City Brewers and Distillers have announced the release of the 2017 version of their joint annual beer advent calendar.

This year’s version will be called The Great White Wonder Adventure Pack and will contain 12 unique beers from P49 and 12 from Red Racer.

The Great White Wonder Adventure Pack is available now in BC Liquor Stores and is currently making its way to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.


Fuggles & Warlock Collaborates with Central City for Zombie Hopocalypse

Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond BC has released a special collaboration with Central City Brewers + Distillers called Zombie Hopocalypse.

Zombie Hopocalypse is a wet-hopped session ale that is packed with fresh Centennial and Chinook hops from BC Hop Company Ltd.

Bottle are available now at the tasting room and will be shipping to select private liquor stores next week.

5% ABV, 30 IBU