Deep Cove Releases Noel 2017

Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers in Vancouver BC has released the 2017 version of their Noël Belgian-style bubbel. Noël is a Belgian-style Dubbel aged on roasted dates, vanilla beans, and sea salt. After an extended conditioning, it was re-fermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces Clausenii. It is a decadent winter warmer with notes of clove,…Read more Deep Cove Releases Noel 2017

Strange Fellows Releases Krampus 2017

Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver BC has released the 2017 version of Krampus. Krampus is a warming Belgian-style dubbel that pours a rich toffee colour and starts sweet with notes of dark chocolate, cherry, and pepper, followed by a soft, dry finish. If you don't know, Krampus is an Austro-Bavarian Alpine folklore character, described as "half-goat,…Read more Strange Fellows Releases Krampus 2017

Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Jan 23–29 (26 Beers Reviewed)

  Holy cow! I drank a lot of beer last week. I didn't realize quite how much until I wrote it all down. Looks like 26 individuals with a couple of repeats. No wonder my Monday was so rough! These are just snippet reviews or in some cases just tasting notes, so don't expect any…Read more Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Jan 23–29 (26 Beers Reviewed)

Category 12 Releases Brett IPA and New Batch of Induction Dubbel

Category 12 in Saanichton BC has just released a brand new beer, the third in their Elemental series. Called simply Brett IPA, this IPA was refermented with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis Trois Vrai in locally procured red wine barrels. Ample time in barrels has allowed Brett. to create a deliciously funky and complex IPA with aromatic notes of…Read more Category 12 Releases Brett IPA and New Batch of Induction Dubbel

Strange Fellows Brewing Releases Krampus 2016

If you don't know, Krampus is an Austro-Bavarian Alpine folklore character, described as "half-goat, half-demon", who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved. Some are swatted with a bundle of birch branches, while the truly wicked are stuck in his basket and carted off to the underworld. In many Europe countries, Krampusnacht is celebrated on…Read more Strange Fellows Brewing Releases Krampus 2016

Beer Review: Cloddhopper Dubbel from Driftwood Brewery

For their latest seasonal, Driftwood decided to bring back a blast from the past, the Cloddhopper Belgian-style dubbel. This malt-rich trappist-style beer is notable because all of the grain used for brewing was grown grown and malted on the Saanich peninsula by artisan maltster Mike Doehnel. It's been a few years since I've tried this beer, so…Read more Beer Review: Cloddhopper Dubbel from Driftwood Brewery

Driftwood Brewery Releases Clodhopper Belgian Dubbel

Driftwood Brewery in Victoria B.C. has just announced a brand new seasonal release:  Clodhopper Belgian Dubbel. This rich malty beer showcases local barley grown by Mike Doehnel, much like last year's Pilsner Doehnel, and rings in at 7% ABV. The beer should be hitting Victoria stores this week and making its way to the mainland…Read more Driftwood Brewery Releases Clodhopper Belgian Dubbel