BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of Oct 16–22

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Oct 16: Training Post: Big Beer

Trading Post Brewing, Langley, BC; 19:00–22:00

Gary Lohin from Central City Brewers + Distillers will be in the Tasting Room to talk about what makes big beer big! He’ll be bringing some of their Award winning Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine. Come hangout with Gary, our brewers and other craft beer lovers for a night of beer education!

Admission is free, sign up in the Tasting Room!

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Oct 17: VI Brewing Hermannator Party

Garrick’s Head Pub, Victoria, BC; 17:00–01:00

Join the VI Brewing team as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hermannator at the pub where we served our first pint!

This will be one of the only chances to try our red wine barrel-aged edition of Hermannator on draft!

Also flowing on tap from 5pm til late: Victoria Lager, Gladstone Collaboration Burton Ale, Piper’s Pale Ale, Juicy IPA, and Juan de Fuca Cerveza.

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Oct 18: VI Brewing Hermannator Party

Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar – Broadway, Vancouver, BC; 17:00–00:00

Join the VI Brewing team as the 30th anniversary party of Hermannator continues in Vancouver!

This will be one of the only chances to try our red wine barrel-aged edition of Hermannator on draft as well as a test batch of our Cocktail Series #002: Orange Cherry Rye Ale!

Also flowing on tap from 5pm til late: classic Hermannator, Royston Rye IPA, Juicy IPA, Victoria Lager, Dominion Dark Lager, and Piper’s Pale Ale.

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Oct 19: Vancouver Island Brewing Tasting

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

Vancouver Island Brewing Tasting

Come on down between 4-8pm to tatse some of Vancouver Island Brewings best Craft Beers.

Vancouver Island Brewing

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Oct 19: Beer Club – Phillips Brewing

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

Our favourite Beer Baron, Alistair, joins us for his annual appearance to entertain and pour beer. Always a full house when Phillips is on tap. With giveaways and Phillips trivia to keep it fun, come early if you want a chair!!

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Oct 19: The 3rd Annual Brewphoria

Tree Brewing Beer Institute, Kelowna, BC; 17:00–23:00

Tree Brewing Presents the 3rd Annual Brewphoria.

— 12 Casks from 12 Okanagan Breweries all under 1 roof —

This Year We’ve got even more Breweries, and more Breweries means more Casks!


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Oct 19: 5 Course R&B Brewing Co. Beer Pairing Dinner

Multiple Locations; 18:00–21:00

Our chef will prepare a 5 course dinner, perfectly paired with 5 R&B Brewing Beers

Click here to see the menu: http://www.jrg.ca/event/jrg-public-houses-present-rb-brewing-co-5-course-pairing-dinners/

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

Langley event page | Maple Ridge event page | White Rock event page | Surrey event page


Oct 20: BC Craft Brewers Conference & Trade Show

Croatian Centre, Vancouver, BC; 09:00–18:00

The BC Craft Brewers Guild is pleased to announce the first annual BC Craft Brewers Conference, in Vancouver, BC on October 20th, 2017. Featuring a full day of seminars, a trade show, and networking opportunities with key suppliers and those in the brewing community. Registration opens at 9:00 and talks run from 9:30 – 4:30, with networking and refreshments on the Trade Show floor until 6pm.

The event is now SOLD OUT!

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Oct 21: BC Craft beer Awards

Croatian Centre, Vancouver, BC; 16:00–22:00

This year’s SOLD OUT event is taking place again at The Croatian Cultural Centre. 30 categories will awarded in the awards ceremony plus NEW – The Creative Industry Awards. For the festival we’ll have 60+ breweries, 9 cideries, community partner booths, live music, amazing food and more! See you soon.

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Oct 21: Stein & Dine 2017

Victoria Public Market, Victoria, BC; 19:30–23:00

Join us for Victoria’s 4th Annual Stein & Dine Oktoberfest celebration hosted by Roast Meat & Sandwich Shop in the Victoria Public Market on Saturday October 21st, 2017 @ 7:30PM. It’s an indoor festival, providing an intimate urban experience for festival attendees.

What to expect? Lots of laughs, live entertainment, games, Germanic inspired dishes provided by Roast and a fantastic selection of BC craft beer and cider to wet your appetitie.

Each ticket grants you:

one (1) branded 12oz stein
three (3) drink tickets (12oz serving)
one (1) food ticket

Each year the tickets sell out fast, so don’t hesitate on yours!

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Oct 21: Naniamo Oktoberfest

Beban Park Social Centre, Nanaimo, BC; 19:30–00:00

Come join us for a night of live music, dancing and drinking local beers! White Sails Brewing, Longwood Brewery & Wolf Brewing Company will be on site with their amazing craft beer! Proceeds will support Nanaimo Daybreak Rotary Club in all their endevours both locally & globally!

Tickets are $25 and include a stein & pretzel. FREE SHUTTLE from VIU!

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Phillips Releases Lumberjacked Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Phillips Brewery in Victoria BC has announced the release of a new seasonal fresh-hopped pale ale called Lumberjacked.

Lumberjacked was produced with BC Hop Co’s locally grown Lumberjack™ hops. These hops are unique to BC Hop Co’s Sumas Prairie farm and are described as being predominantly bitter with notes of melon, sweet citrus, and hints of clove and allspice.

Lumberjacked will be available on tap exclusively at Vancouver’s Tap & Barrel chain of bars. It will also be available in 650ml bomber bottles at both private and government liquor stores.



Phillips Releases Green Reaper 2017

Phillips Brewery in Victoria BC has released the 2017 version of their Green Reaper fresh-hopped IPA.

Green Reaper was brewed with full-cone Centennial hops, which were delivered fresh to the brewery and used in the brew within 24 hours of harvest. This special seasonal IPA is full of fresh floral and citrus flavours that finish with a delicious hop kick.

Green Reaper is available now at the Phillips retail store and at select private craft-focused liquor stores in BC.


Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Sept 25–Oct 1

This was a pretty big week. I received a a beer mail with lots of IPAs in it that were getting a little older than I generally like, so I had to work my way through them quickly. It’s a hard life.

Bottles & Cans

20170927_225735Sartori Harvest (2017) by Driftwood Brewery

This much-sought-after fresh-hopped IPA had a floral nose with fresh, piney, woody, and a slightly grassy fresh hop notes over a crackery malt base.

Fresh Hop IPA by Powell Brewery

Grassy, piney, and citrusy fresh hops with a touch of tartness and funk. One of this year’s best fresh-hopped beers.

Singularity (2017) by Driftwood Brewery

I aged this imperial stout for several months. The heat has mellowed a little with aging. Roasty malts dominated the palate, with notes of coffee, toffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. This is aging well!

Wake Up Dead (2016) by Left Hand Brewing Company20170929_002516

I aged this imperial stout for one year. Roasty malts dominated the palate with notes of raisins, black licorice, coffee and dark chocolate. Mild touch of earthy, herbal hops.

Cash Only by Twin Sails Brewing

This double IPA was juicy, hazy, and smooth with notes of orange peel, melon, and pine. It hides its 10.3% well!

Bachelor Pad by Twin Sails Brewing

Hop-forward aromas of pineapple, mango, orange peel, and a touch of dank. Hazy with a very smooth mouthfeel.

IMG_20170925_223410Shower Thoughts by Twin Sails Brewing

Tons of blackberry flavour, but it was only very mildly tart from the acidulated malts. Doesn’t finish as sweet as some fruit beers

Back To Basics by Twin Sails Brewing

Basically an IPL, this was crisp and dry with a bright, citrussy hop bite. One of the best lagers I’ve ever had!

Str8 Flexin’ by Twin Sails Brewing

I aged this imperial stout for 6 months. Not as hot and smoother. Roasted malt, with coffee, chocolate, liquorice, and fudge notes. Full bodied and balanced.

Seeking Asylum by Yellow Dog Brewing Co & Alesmith Brewing

This Belgian IPA has piney and dank hops, doughy malt, spicy Belgian yest phenols, and a touch of fruity esters, Great balance of styles. Spicy bitter finish.

360 Grodziskie by Riot Brewing Co.IMG_20170925_210924

Very mildly smokiness with a touch of oak and a very wheaty body. Dry and a easy drinking for a smoked beer.

Spiced Apple Ale by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

This was a nice alternative to pumpkin ales. It was like a mulled cider without the sweetness. The palate had a touch of cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg.

Fuzz by Structures Brewing

A juicy and hazy NE-style IPA with hoppy notes of mango, orange, and pineapple. There’s rye in there, which makes it dry and a little spicy.

Yummy Bits by Wander Brewing

A NE-style DIPA with fresh peach flavour and notes of citrus and tropical fruit from the Citra hops. Smooth and juicy AF!

40km Island Session Ale by Longwood Brewery20171001_195702

I appreciate the idea behind this one, but I really didn’t get a lot of fresh hop aroma or flavour. It was a little underwhelming.

Pear Milkshake IPA by Bridge Brewing Company

When I think milkshake, I don’t tend to think pear. This definitely had pear flavour and a some spice, but it was crystal clear with clumps of lactose floaties.

Satsuma by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

This dry-hopped lager was crisp, dry and refreshing. Lots of grainy malt with a touch of tangerine and satsuma-like citrus notes.

Good Juju by Left Hand Brewing Company


Very light ginger spice and aroma over a light biscuity malt base. Good, but they really need to turn the ginger up a notch.

Con Leche by Twin Sails Brewing

Rich and roasty malt notes of coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of vanilla and a cinnamon. Smooth mouthfeel and sweet finish from the lactose.

Juicy Double #2 by Foamers’ Folly Brewing

The mango really complements the citrusy hop notes perfectly and it doesn’t finish too sweet. I slightly prefered the Strawberry version.

Rainbow Machine by Foamers’ Folly Brewing

Pineapple-forward tropical fruit notes, complement by citrus, pine, a touch of dank, and light biscuit malt. Wonderful NE DIPA.

20170929_233700Wildfire IPA by Cannery Brewing

A really nicely balanced black IPA with roasty malt notes of chocolate and coffee complemented by citrussy and piney hops notes.

Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock by Dead Frog Brewery

Biscuity and caramel malt with a touch of blood orange and hoppy fruitiness. Crisp and dry finish.

On Tap

Peated Belgian by Driftwood Brewery at The Drake Eatery

Just the right amount of peaty smoke, accompanied by a touch of caramel, spicy yest phenols, and rich dark fruits

Lunch Break by Breakside BreweryIMG_20170929_214605

A decent session ale with lots of orange and grapefruit citrus hops notes and a touch of resin.

Wild Tacoma Black Currant Table Sour by Engine House No. 9

Puckeringly tart with tons of black currant flavour. Finished medium-sweet.

Hedge Witch by Modern Times Beer

A super-juicy and hazy NE-style DIPA bursting with citrus, stone fruit, and tropical fruit aromas and flavours. Amazing!

Black House w/ Toasted Coconut & Cocoa Nibs by Modern Times Beer

The toasted coconut and coffee nibs complement the coffee notes of the original beautifully and the flavours are really well balanced.

Vanilla Oatis by Ninkasi Brewing Company20170929_230111

A nice balance of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt with a silky mouthfeel from the oats.

Short Wave by Phillips Brewing Company

Like a slightly hoppier version of Blue Buck. It’s not awful, but there are definitely more note-worthy pale ales out there.

Scarfface Cranberry Orange Wit by Phillips Brewing Company

Mild cranberry and orange. Bit thin. Dry wheat finish.

Phillips Releases Odyssey Nitro Porter 2017

Odyssey-300x400.jpgPhillips Brewing in Victoria BC has released the 2017 version of their Odyssey Nitro Porter.

Odyssey is a porter infused with nitrogen gas, which creates cascading clouds of tiny bubbles that give way to thick dense foam. This luxurious brew pours a deep earthy brown colour, and features warm roasted flavours accented with hints of nuts and dark chocolate, all wrapped up in velvet smooth textures.

Odyssey is available in a very special 473mL tall can that contains a widget designed to activate the nitrogen and maximize the delicious cascading waves of bubbles. You can find it in the tall can section of your preferred private liquor store in BC and Alberta.

Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Sept 11–17 (39 Uniques)

20170914_000514Sorry I skipped the previous week. The GCBF madness prohibited me from taking notes.

This was a pretty bit week, but several were shared with my girlfriend, so it’s not as bad as it looks.

Sorry, there’s a couple of pumpkin beers in here.

Assemblage Numéro 6 by Brasserie Dunham

Tart and fruity with rich notes of raspberry, cherry, and a touch of funk from the wild yeast. Effervescent and refreshing.

Nuclear Hop Assault by Mikkeller

Grassy and fruity nose with lemon rind and grapefruit peel on the palate over a rich caramel malt base. So fresh and delicious!

On Fleek by Stillwater Artisanal

Rich roasted malt notes with chocolate, toffee, vanilla, raisins, tobacco, and leather. Sweet, sticky, and boozy. This was fantastic for an imperial stout in a can. You’d think it was barrel-aged.


Tamarindo Gose by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Fruity nose with a slightly sour, salty, and wheaty body. The tamarind brings notes of figs and prunes.

New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta by Rogue Ales & Spirits

Gimmicky name. It’s just a NA barleywine, which is really just a triple IPA. Grass, pine, citrus, and tropical with a doughy malt body.

#Blessed by Twin Sails Brewing

A gorgeous pale ale with hoppy notes of melon, mango, and orange peel over a light biscuity malt base.

That New Trapp by Hearthstone Brewery & Stillwater Artisinal

Big nose of tropical fruit, citrus, and berries with a touch of Brett funk. The body was juicy and hazy.


ZRA 2 by Category 12 Brewing

Floral and spicy nose with notes of banana, orange, pear, clove, and coriander over a rich caramel malt base.

Commander Imperial Stout (2017) by Dead Frog Brewery

Aged several months. Notes of liquorice, vanilla, molasses, raisins, and oak. Whisky on the nose, but not body. Smooth and mellow.

Pumpkin Ale by Steamworks Brewing Company

Light pumpkin notes with subtle cinnamon and nutmeg over a bready malt base. Not as bland as some pumpkin ales.

Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale by Phillips Brewing Company

This used to be better. Not enough pumpkin cinnamon, nutmeg, or anything. Just bland and watery.


Crookeder Tooth (2017) by Phillips Brewing Company

Very slightly better than “bland tooth.” It had hints of vanilla and oak, but no bourbon. If this saw a barrel, it was for a very short time

Kiwami Plum Sour by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

Moderate tartness with a sweet body and very gentle plum notes. The plum was under-expressed.

Super Fearless Imperial IPA by Dead Frog Brewery

Hop-forward aromas of tropical fruits, grapefruit, and pine. The body was mostly caramel malt with a bit too much much grassy hop biterness.

Haters Gonna Hate by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Floral nose with a crisp crackery malt body with hints of tropical fruits and moderate spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Well hidden booze


Orval by Brasserie d’Orval

An undefinable classic. Banana and clove from the primary fermentation. Funk from Brett secondary. Earthy hops from the dry hop. Super dry and a tad tart.

Cathedral Grove Common by White Sails Brewing

Lightly toasted malt notes with a touch of caramel and mild fruitiness. Dry and crisp finish.

Sunrise Gose by Coal Harbour Brewing Company

Mildly tart and slightly salty with a wheaty body and a refreshing dry finish.

Cry Me a River by Driftwood Brewery

Slightly tart, salty, wheaty, dry. Refreshing. Like the Gatorade of beer.


Con Leche by Twin Sails Brewing

Rich and roasty malt notes of coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon. Smooth mouthfeel and sweet finish from the lactose.

Simple Things by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Crisp, clean, and refreshing with a floral nose. Notes of honey and biscuit on the palate, with spicy noble hop bitterness in the finish.

Trappist Tripel by Trading Post Brewing

Spicy pepper and clove notes, with a touch of fruity esters, followed by a strange herbal aftertaste. Rich and Sweet.
Charleston by Townsite Brewing

This bottle has aged over a year. It had lots of clove and pepper, but little fruitiness. The finish was rather bitter and lingered.

20170916_225351Cool Hand Cuke by Hearthstone Brewery

Interesting, like a slightly tart and boozy cucumber water. Not much more to say.

Longest Night by Yukon Brewing

Dark roasty malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. The hops were grassy and a little too bitter for the style.

Broadside IPA by Torchlight Brewing Company

I’m not sure if the bottle was old, but this was just bitter, earthy, piney, and grassy.

Saison by Funkwerks

Notes of orange, lemon, ginger, passion fruit, and pepper. Dry finish with lingering bitterness.

Kyritzer Mord Und Totschlag by Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle

Rich and roasty dark malts with coffee, cola, treacle, and caramel. Earthy and grassy hop bitterness.

20170908_220701Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XVIII Aged In Rye Whiskey by North Coast Brewing Company

Dark roasted malts with notes of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, spicy rye, coffee, and hints of oak. Rich and smooth with a drying finish.

BOB by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery at Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Rich notes of blood orange with puckering lactic acidity and a touch of Brett funk. Fruity but dry and refreshing.

Sprucey Fruit by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Gentle pine notes with puckering lactic acid tartness.

Juice Bigalow by Parallel 49 Brewing Company—at Garrick’s Head Pub

Smooth and juicy. Decent first attempt at a NE style but it is too heavy on the grapefruit notes. It needs more tropical and gentle citrus.

Drop Art by Modern Times Beer—at Smiths PubIMG_20170916_220236

Mildly tart with mango, orange zest, and a touch of peppery spice.

Or Xata by The Bruery—at Smiths Pub

This tasted like apple pie! Notes of cinnamon and vanilla with a creamy and rich mouthfeel from the lactose.

Zwarte Wheat by Townsite Brewing—at Smiths Pub

Grainy and bready roasted pale malt with dusty wheat. Spicy yeast phenols. A touch of fruity esters. Grassy hop bitterness.

Smash With Guanabana by Andina Brewing Company—at Smiths Pub

The guanabana brings notes of banana, pineapple, and papaya that takes this Smash to another level. Also, it’s nice and hazy.

Tart Saison With Orange by Andina Brewing Company—at Smiths Pub20170910_225317

Mildly tart with subtle citrus notes and a touch of saison yeast spice.

Smash by Andina Brewing Company at Smiths Pub—at Smiths Pub

Decent tropical fruit and citrus hop character over a light crackery malt base.

Bambuco by Andina Brewing Company at Smiths Pub—at Smiths Pub

Nice and light, but I felt myself wanting more Belgian yeast spice and hop presence.

Phillips Releases Crooked Tooth and Crookeder Tooth 2017

Phillips Brewing in Victoria BC has announced the the release of 2017 batches of two returning fall seasonal favorites: Crooked Tooth and Crookeder Tooth.

Crooked Tooth is a pumpkin ale, combining fresh pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg with a full-bodied ale. It rings in at 5.0% ABV.

Crookeder Tooth the same beer that has been carefully aged in selected freshly-emptied whiskey barrels. The result is a slightly sweet, gently spiced brew that blends fresh pumpkin flavours with soft velvet vanilla. It clocks in at a higher 7.3% ABV.

Crooked Tooth is available from select private craft beer stores and Crookeder Tooth is available exclusively from BC government liquor stores.