Phillips Releases Dinosour Blackberry Sour

Dinosour-Web-Shot-1-300x400.jpgPhillips Brewery in Victoria BC has released a new seasonal called Dinosour.

Dinosour is a blackberry sour ale that packs a delightfully tart bite. Soured with Phillips’ house-cultured lactobacillus strain, blackberries are added pre and post fermentaceous period, balancing sour flavours with fresh berry sweetness.

Dinosour is available now at the Phillips retail store as well as select liquor stores across BC.

4.2% ABV


Phillips Releases 2017 Batch of Hoperation Tripel Cross

Rejoice! after a loooong wait, Phillips Brewing has finally decided to brew up a new batch of their Hoperation Tripel Cross.

Hoperation Tripel Cross is a Belgian-style IPA, or hop-forward tripel, characterized by a light citrus nose with lemon accents, which yield to delicate Belgian esters. Balanced by big floral hops and mild black pepper spice, this tasty brew finishes with light crystally malt character and a fleeting clean bitterness.

Hoperation is only available from private craft-focused liquor stores for a limited time!

There will also be a special tasting held at Phillips on May 4 from 4-6 p.m. See you there!

Stats: 650ml / 7.3% / IBU: unlisted


Tickets Now Available for Phillips’ Hopoxia 2017 Beer Festival

Phillips Brewing has opened ticket sales for the seventh annual Hopoxia beer festival. This celebration of hoppy beers is a fantastic event hosted in the Phillips backyard and is always a great time for hop-heads like me.

Full details below. See you there!


April 12th, 2017: HOPoxia is back! The seventh annual beer festival dedicated exclusively to hoppy beers returns to the Phillips Backyard on June 10th. Join us and over 45 of BC’s finest craft breweries and cideries as we kick off the summer events season. We love that this unique beer festival gives us a chance to celebrate the wonderfully diverse and tasty hops that inspire so many of our recipes.

Tickets for the June 10th event are on sale now at Phillips brewery, or online at Tickets are $20 ($21.20 w/ tax) and include the first two tasters; additional tasters can be purchased during the event for $2 each.

hopoxiaDate: June 10th
Hours: 3pm-7pm
Location: Backyard @ Phillips Brewing Co.
Cost: $20 (includes first 2 tasters)

Below is an alphabetical list of the participating breweries.  Even more to come!!
(** denotes first-time attendee)

  • 4 Mile Brewing Co.
  • Axe and Barrel
  • Beach Fire*
  • Bomber Brewing Co.
  • Bridge Brewing Co.
  • Canoe Brewpub
  • Category 12 Brewing Co.
  • Deep Cove
  • Doan’s Brewing Co.
  • Dogwood Organic*
  • Driftwood Brewing Co.
  • Faculty Brewing Co.*
  • Fernie
  • Four Winds Brewing Co.
  • Fuggles and Warlock Brewing Co.
  • Highway 97*
  • Hoyne Brewing Co.
  • Kettle River*
  • Lighthouse Brewing Co.
  • Longwood
  • Merridale Ciderworks
  • Moody Ales
  • Moon Under Water Brewing Co.
  • Mount Arrowsmith*
  • Persephone Brewing Co.*
  • Phillips Brewing Co.
  • Postmark Brewing Co.
  • Powell
  • Red Arrow
  • Red Collar*
  • Riot*
  • Russell Brewing Co.
  • Sooke Oceanside*
  • Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub
  • Stanley Park
  • Strange Fellows Brewing Co.*
  • Swans Brew Pub
  • The Parkside*
  • Tod Creek Cider
  • Tofino Brewing Co.
  • Vancouver Island Brewing Co.
  • White Sails Brewing Co.
  • Yellow Dog

Phillips Brewing Releases Scythe Matters Imperial Hefeweizen

Phillips Brewing has announced the release of their latest single batch beer: Scythe Matters.

Described as being the big brother to Wheatking,  Scythe Matters is a 7.2% imperial hefeweizen fermented with a Bavarian yeast strain that offers a complex ester profile. It is said to have notes of bubblegum, clove, and banana that are all rounded off with robust Pacific Northwest hops.


Scythe Matters is only available from private craft-focused liquor stores for a limited time, as well as the Phillips tasting room. There will also be a tasting at the brewery from 4–6 this Thursday,

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Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes— Mar 12–19 (35 beers)

I’ve skipped this weekly piece for the last couple of weeks, because it was so hard to keep track of all the beers I drank during Victoria Beer week. However, it’s back again!

Looks like I clocked 35 beers last week, between bottles at home, on draft at bars, and tasters. Where available, click the link to read a full review.


Bottles at home:

Str8 Flexin’ by Twin Sails Brewing

This first imperial stout from TS has big roasted malt flavours, with coffee, chocolate, liquorice, and fudge notes. It is full-bodied without being thick. I’m looking forward to aging a couple.

High Socks by Twin Sails Brewing

This Mosaic hop IPA had a nice herbal aroma with a touch of pine and citrus. Some people get onion from the Mosaic, but I only got it once I had it in my mind. Satisfying bitter finish.

No Fun Zone by Twin Sails Brewing

At first this one is rather sweet, but when once you get past that, you get an incredibly interesting combination of coffee, coconut, cocoa, and vanilla. You wouldn’t expect to get coffee flavour or such a stout-like mouthfeel from a blonde ale, so it messes with your head a bit!

Lush Crush by Twin Sails Brewing

For a 3.8% session pale ale, this is really hoppy! It has tons Citrus and pine hop character with a smooth mouthfeel from the oats. It is incredibly crushable!

Towers And Trains by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

The Burgamot flavour is definitely lighter than the Salt Spring Island Ales Earl Grey IPA, but that might actually be a good thing. The Earl Grey adds a gentle floral aroma and lingering bitter finish.

American Farmhouse IPA by Powell Brewery

Light, floral, and citrusy with some fruity ester notes of pear, apple, and banana. Smooth and easily drinkable.

The Suburbs by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

This First ever North American IPA from Dageraad and Steel & Oak has grapefruit and tangerine notes from the hops, with a backbone of bread and biscuit from the malt. Very solid!

City of the Dead by Modern Times Beer

This imperial stout is made with bourbon barrel-aged coffee beans! It has subtle bourbon and strong coffee notes with hints of bitter-sweet chocolate.

East of East Van by Steamworks Brewing Company

This is a really nice North American take of a Belgian-style saison. The black limes really enhance those fruity ester notes, while the the white pepper complements the clove-like spiciness. Full review.

Crazy Train IPA by Off The Rail Brewing

Pine, floral, grapefruit, and a touch of onions and turnip.

Double Secret Probation by Bomber Brewing

Rich and malty with notes of malted milk, caramel, leather, and floral and grassy hops. Warming with a silky mouthfeel.

White by Dageraad Brewing

Fruity, and lightly spicy witbier, with notes of citrus, banana, clove, coriander. Creamy mouthfeel.

No 82 Amaretto by Doan’s Craft Brewing Company

This altbier was made with No. 82 amaretto from Sons of Vancouver. It has notes of apricots, vanilla, and honey, caramel, and cookie dough. Just spectacular.

Son of the Morning 2017 by Driftwood Brewery

The world’s most evil beer is back! This wonderful Belgian-style golden ale has strong banana and pear-like ester notes, clove-like phenol notes, candi sugar, grainy malt, and some light floral and spicy hops.

Nectarous Dry-Hopped Sour (2016) by Four Winds Brewing

This refreshing dry-hopped sour has notes of papaya, mango, and guava. It is tart and has characteristic lactic acid sourness. One of the best dry-hopped sours out there.

The Last Strawberry (2016) by Fuggles & Warlock

This strawberry witbier is sweet, light, creamy, and smooth. It tastes like strawberry cheesecake. A full bottle is almost too much!

Casks at The Bent Mast

Gin & Lime Pilsner by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

The light pilsner base really allows the gin and lime notes to shine through. This doesn’t really taste like beer any more, but I love it!

Choqlette Porter With Jameson Soaked Oak Chips by Bomber Brewing

This special cask had notes of Irish whisky, oak, chocolate, toasted malt, and coffee. It was fabulous. Perhaps even better than the bourbon barrel-aged version of the Choqulette porter.

On Tap at The Drake

Allocation II IIPA (Hop Shots Part Deux) by Boneyard Beer Company / Barley Brown’s

Citrus hop aroma with a touch of tropical fruit and resin. Hint of toasty malt backbone. Moderate bitterness for an imperial.

Mosaic Single-Hop Pale Ale by Pfriem Family Brewers

Hoppy nose for a pale ale! Lots of tropical fruit notes, including grapefruit, pineapple, and mango.

Otra Vez by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

This was a tart and salty gose with a touch of lemon rind, pear, and grapefruit. Tingling and mouthwatering mouthfeel. Super refreshing.

Oud Bruin by Les Trois Mousquetaires

Deliciously tart and acetic with notes of dark chocolate, cherries, and malt vinegar. Like a mix of Reynard and Duchesse de Bourgogne.

Rye Lager by Pfriem Family Brewers

I’m not normally a fan of lagers, but this one has a nice dry and spicy quality from the rye to complement the malt notes.

Black House by Modern Times Beer

This oatmeal stout has a silky mouthfeel with dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and toffee.

We’s the Juice by Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

This is a great juicy East Coast IPA. It has low bitterness and tons of citrus and tropical fruit juiciness.

On Tap at The Stickey Wicket

Honkers Ale by Goose Island Beer Co.

Lots of caramel malt with earthy/grassy hops. More like a red ale than a bitter.

Goose IPA by Goose Island Beer Co.

I’m sure this beer used to be better. It has notes of pine, resin, onion, and turnip. Bitter, but in a bad way.

Odyssey Nitro Porter by Phillips Brewing Company

This is always good on nitro. Velvety mouthfeel, bready dark malt, coffee, and nuts. Solid stout.

At a Copper & Theory IPA Tasting

Crooked Moon Double IPA by Mikkeller

Strawberries, grapes, banana, melon, oh my! There’s clearly some wild yeast in here somewhere because there’s a touch of funk. So good!

2×4 DIPA by Melvin Brewing

Tons of floral and orange citrus hop notes with a touch of pine and dankness. Incredible balance between juiciness and bitterness.

Melvin IPA by Melvin Brewing

Nice floral aroma with some fruity flavour and a doughy malt backbone. Not overly bitter.

High Voltage Winter IPA by Gigantic Brewing Company

It might be listed as a winter IPA, but it’s really a hoppy red ale with tons of bready malt to enhance the hops. I like it a lot!

Ginormous by Gigantic Brewing Company

This imperial IPA is super juicy and citrusy with low perceived bitterness for something listed as 100+ IBU. This is mostly to do with the sweetness of the pale and caramel malt creating a nice balance.

Long Shadows IPA by Blindman Brewing

Nice East Coast IPA. Not a ton of haze, but lots of tropical fruit flavour and low perceived bitterness.

4 Hop IPA by Rogue Ales & Spirits

Lots of pine and floral notes, but also that odd soapy taste I’ve found in lots of ISAs.

What to Try at the 8th Annual Island Beer Festival

38-exl.jpgThe Strathcona Hotel is hosting the 8th annual Island Beer Fest on Saturday February 25 from 1pm-7pm. While there are still a couple of surprises in stock, this is pretty much a full list of the beers being served.

The line-up is looking pretty decent. It looks like there may be a couple of casks on offer, but not as many as we saw at the Strath’s Oktoberfest celebration, bwhich is a shame.

It’s great to see Sooke Oceanside Brewery in attendance, if you’ve not tried their beer, I would highly recommend checking them out. The Stuck in the Mud coffee porter is particularly good. I hear rumours they might even bring a cask!

Strange Fellows is one of my favourite BC breweries and they have a nice selection on. The Goldilocks Belgian Golden Strong is divine!

Riot from Chemainus is another great one to check out if you haven’t tried them before. Their three core beers are all solid. I was hoping they’d have the Sorry it Took Us So Long Saison on, as I’ve not tried it yet. Oh well…

Parkside is a nice addition to the line-up. They are the fourth brewer to pop up on “Brewer’s Row” in Port Moody and their beer isn’t yet distributed to the Island, so this is a great opportunity to check them out.

If you’ve not had the Flagship IPA from Steamworks, then give that a whirl. They also have their new Salted Chocolate Porter on, which looks nice. Head brewer Julia Hanlon has been doing great work over there!

Parallel 49 is another great brewery to check out. They have their Mystic Skull No. 5: Dark Chocolate Mole Cerveza available, which looks interesting.

Phillips has their seasonal Space Goat Dry Hopped Oat Pale Ale on, which is definitely worth checking out. They will also have this year’s The Hammer imperial stout, which was pretty good this year, but not as good as last year’s barrel-aged version.

Hoyne has their seasonal Hard Rain double IPA on tap. It’s pretty tasty, but perhaps a little conservative for a DIPA at 7.5% ABV and an unknown IBU. They also have the classic Dark Matter available.

I’m eager to check out the new recipes for the VIB beers, as I’ve not had a chance to try them yet. While I’ve heard mixed things, I’d like to give them a try.

Twa Dogs is a good one to check out if you’ve not tried their stuff yet. The porter and IPA are quite nice and have improved since they first opened. I’m not much of a pilsner guy…

Red Arrow‘s Heritage River Hefeweizen and midnight Midnight Umber Ale are both pretty solid and definitely worth checking out.

I haven’t been too keen on Granville Island Brewing since they moved operations to Kelowna, but all of their small batch stuff is still made in the original location and I hear the Scotch Ale is rather good.

While Stanley Park‘s identity as a craft brewery is questioned by many, they’ve been doing some interesting pilot batches and casks recently. I’m quite looking forward to trying their Feelin F’whiskey, which is their winter glow IPA, secondary fermented with mixed culture, aged in American whiskey barrels, and dry hopped with Amarillo and Citra.

Russell Brewing (Surrey )

  • Eastern Promises Czech Pilsner
  • Punch Bowl Grapefruit IPA
  • Root Beer Milk Stout

Stanley Park Brewing / Turning Point Brewing (Delta)

  • Winter Glow Mandarin IPA
  • Noble Pilsner
  • Feelin F’whiskey (cask)

Phillips Brewing (Victoria)

  • Pilsner
  • Space Goat Dry Hopped Oat Pale Ale
  • The Hammer Imperial Stout

VIB (Victoria)

  • 48 Dark Lager
  • Carmanah Ale
  • Piper’s Pale Ale

Sooke Oceanside Brewery (Sooke)

  • Stuck in the Mud Coffee Porter
  • Boneyard IPA
  • Secret Cask

Hoyne Brewing (Victoria)

  • Dark Matter
  • Helios Dortmunder Golden Lager
  • Hard Rain IPA

Strange Fellows brewing (East Vancouver)

  • Talisman Pale Ale
  • Jongleur Belgian Wit
  • Goldilocks Golden Strong

Twa Dogs (Saanich)

  • Drouthy Neibor IPA
  • Holy Willie’s Robust Porter
  • Keekin Glass Pilsner

Big Rock Urban (Vancouver)

  • Citradelic
  • Honey Brown
  • Scottish Heavy

Parkside (Port Moody)

  • Dawn Pilsner
  • Dusk Pale Ale
  • Graffiti IPA

Steamworks Brewing (Vancouver)

  • Flagship IPA
  • Steamworks Pilsner
  • Salted Chocolate Porter

Riot brewing (Chemainus)

  • Lip Slide Lager
  • Life Partners Pale Ale
  • Junk Punch IPA

Parallel 49 (East Vancouver)

  • Mystic Skull No. 5: Dark Chocolate Mole Cerveza
  • Craft Lager
  • Wobbly Pop Pale Ale

Red Arrow (Duncan)

  • Heritage River Hefeweizen
  • Old Style Lager
  • Midnight Umber Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Company (Lagunitas, California)

  • IPA

Creemore Springs (Creemore, Ontario)

  • Lot 9 Pilsner

Granville Island (Vancouver/Kelowna)

  • Small Batch Scottish Ale


Phillips to Release 2017 Benefit Brews and New Batch of Space Goat

Phillips Brewing in Victoria BC has announced the release of both their 2017 BC and Alberta benefit brews as well as the re-release of their popular Space Goat dry-hopped oat pale ale seasonal. 

I’m surprised to see Space Goat return so soon, as I think it was only released last fall. I’d really like to try that Alberta-exclusive brew. Darn!

Check the details below:

Benefit Brew Winners and a Goat that Floats

February 6th, 2017 – We aren’t sure if the ground hog saw his shadow last week, because our bottling crew had their heads buried in beer getting 3 special seasonal brews cued up for today!

After debuting last year, Space Goat Oat Pale Ale makes a triumphant return alongside our 2017 Benefit Brews.  BC will see an Imperial Pilsner brewed for S.A.I.N.T.S. Animal Rescue, and our Alberta friends can help Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society by enjoying their custom Cascadian Dark Ale.  Full proceeds from the sale of each Benefit Brew will go to support the causes.

We’d like to note that although these bombers cast a shadow, we can’t verify how many weeks they will be on shelves; it is recommended thay craft beer lovers grab them while they can.

About the beers:


unnamed.jpgSpace Goat Dry Hopped Oat Pale Ale – 6.2%

Space Goat has floated back into orbit! This adventurous brew is an oat pale ale that is generously dry-hopped, infusing tropical and citrus hop notes with a deep, silky oat ale texture.

Pouring a golden straw colour, the nose is full of fresh papaya and guava.  A round graininess is softened with a silky mouth feel provided by the oats, with subtle sweetness balanced against a wonderful tropical hop background.

Space Goat is only available from private craft-focused liquor stores for a limited time!  If you find yourself in our constellation this Thursday February 9th, come on by between 4-6 for a special draft tasting.


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unnamed (1).jpgSAINTS Animal Rescue Imperial Pilsner – 7.0%

The winner of the 2017 BC Benefit Brew Project, S.A.I.N.T.S. Rescue provides sanctuary for senior and special needs animals.  Many homeless senior and special needs animals have very little chance of finding a new home, and S.A.I.N.T.S. ensures they can finish their journey in comfort and love.

Full proceeds of the S.A.I.N.T.S. Imperial Pilsner will go to the cause.  The brew pours a pale straw colour with light white foam.  Herbal and grassy notes mingle with noble hop and sweet malt characteristics.  The beer is available for a limited time in BC private craft beer stores.

For more information on the incredible work they do, or to find out how you can help, please head over to

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unnamed (3).jpgZoe’s Animal Rescue Cascadian Dark Ale – 6.2%

Meet the 2017 Alberta Benefit Brew Winner: Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society.  They are a volunteer-run charity that fosters, rehabilitates, gives medical aid, and re-homes hundreds of animals per year.

Full proceeds from the sale of this brew will go directly to Zoe’s Rescue Society.  The Cascadian Dark Ale pours a dark ruby brown colour with a light tan froth.  Aromas of freshly roasted coffee and toasted malts are balanced by sharper spiced notes of pine and herbs.  The bitterness up front yields to a crisp dry finish.

This beer will be available in the coming week exclusively in Alberta.  To find out more or to lend a hand to the cause, please head on over to