Red Collar Releases Wobbly Bob 2017

Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops BC has released the 2017 version of their Wobbly Bob British strong ale.

Wobbly Bob is a New World take on a classic English style: a trifecta of Pacific Northwest hops (Centennial, Comet, and Cascade) are combined with rich biscuit and malt flavours.

Wobbly Bob is on tap for fills/glasses and in bombers in the tasting room today. Bombers will begin sipping to select private liquor stores next week.

10.6% | 66 IBUs | 1.092 OG

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Photo courtesy of Red Collar Brewing

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Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Nov 6–12 (35 Beers)

IMG_20171112_224705OK, I guess that was another big week. I went over to Vancouver on Sunday and hit up a few breweries.

Goodnight Sweet Prince by Twin Sails Brewing

This was one of the best coffee stouts I’ve ever had. It had dark roast coffee flavour with just enough sweetness to offset the bitterness. It also had a hell of a caffeine kick!

Sack Lunch by Twin Sails Brewing

This Sacc Trois pale ale had subtle hop fruitiness with notes of peach, papaya, accompanied by a touch of spice and funk-lite. It was crushable with a dry finish.

Double Infinity (Galaxy) by Superflux Beer Company

This is probably one of the worst beers that Superflux has made, but it’s still one of the best NE DIPAs I’ve tried. It was super smooth and delicious with notes of passionfruit and citrus over a rich malt base. My first can was a little green, but that seemed to have settled down after a couple of weeks.

Like That by Strathcona Beer Company & Superflux Beer Company

This NE IPA was way better than the previous “Like That.” It was far more juicy and had far more tropical fruit flavour.

Genèse by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

This apricot triple was deceptively light! It was sweet but not overpowering, with notes of apricot, pear, and black pepper.

Cashmere Fresh-Hopped Tart S.M.A.S.H Milkshake IPA by Field House Brewing Co. & Doan’s & Boombox

This style-defying beer had a nice bit of citrus and tropical fruit with a touch of tartness, a smooth mouthfeel, and a slightly sweet finish. I feel like it would be better without the tartness. Not everything has to be sour Field House…

Depth Charge (2017) by Lighthouse Brewing Company

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This Belgian Quad was aged oak aged with cognac. It was full bodied but not heavy with notes of caramel, vanilla, nuts, dried fruit, spices, and oak.

Tuesday Can Conditioned by Burdock

This saison had notes of pineapple, straw, and clove. It was really effervescent from being can-conditioned. I didn’t drink it on a Tuesday though…

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.

Oscar by Dageraad Brewing

This Belgian-style pale ale had a spicy and fruity nose. The palate brought spicy phenols and fruity esters notes of pear and clove with a hints of pine and resin from the hops.

Louise by Dageraad Brewing

This Belgian-style blond had subtle notes of grapefruit and tropical fruits, which complemented the fruity yeast esters and balanced the clove-like spicy phenols.

Wet-Hopped Blonde (2017) by Dageraad Brewing

This is one of my favourtie annual fresh hops. You’d think the freshness would fall off during bottle conditioning, but they still lend and nice herbal and resinous quality to this spicy and fruit blonde.

Bah Humbug by Wychwood Brewery

This was a a decent brown ale with some fruity undertones and very light spice. Even drunk at cellar temp the flavours still didn’t come through enough.

Rizzla Rice Lager by Hearthstone Brewery

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This was quite interesting. It wasn’t quite as grainy as a regular lager, but just as crisp and refreshing.

Fugli by Oskar Blues Brewery

This fruited IPA had mild notes of tangerine and Blueberries with some earthy undertones. It was nice, but I was hoping for more prominent fruit.

Into the Black Oatmeal Stout by Off The Rail Brewing

Light and smooth with mild roasty notes of coffee and chocolate. However, I found it was a little over-carbonated and thin-bodied.

10th Anniversary Sour Raspberry Nut Brown Ale by Dead Frog Brewery

This beer was a little weird. I like the fact that they tried something different, but it didn’t really work. It was far too bitter and the raspberry tastes medicinal.

Dave Bomb 2.0 by Red Collar Brewing Co.

This was first legitimately good beer I’ve had from Red Collar. The roastiness of the coffee worked well with the fruity esters from the yeast and offset the sweetness really well.

Draught

La Morsure by Le Trou du Diable—at The Drake Eatery

This IPA had tropical fruits, caramel, and pine on the nose. The palate

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had fruity and resinous hops, balanced by a sweet malt base. It finished with decent bitterness.

Dulcis Succubus – Brassin Spécial by Le Trou du Diable—at The Drake Eatery

This sour was tart and funky with notes of peach, apricot, vanilla, honey, oak, and horse blanket. RIP LTdD.

Too Much Monkey Buisness by Monkey Paw Brewing Company—at The Drake Eatery

This brown ale was rich and roasty with notes of chocolate and coffee, followed by a smooth and satisfying finish.

Seizoen by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales—at The Drake Eatery

This saison was fruity and spicy with notes of pear, lemon, coriander, and straw. It was very effervescent and refreshing.

Boxwood Wit-IPA by Four Winds Brewing—at The Drake Eatery

This Belgian white IPA had notes of orange and coriander playing with the citrusy and floral hops. It also had a light touch of acidity and funk from the mixed culture.

Chasing Freshies (2017) by Deschutes Brewery—at The Drake Eatery

This was an incredibly interesting fresh hopped IPA. The experimental hops brought notes of peach, berries, citrus, mint, and tropical fruit. Every sip was a little different.

Oatmeal Pale Ale by Monkey Paw Brewing Company—at The Drake Eatery

The oats gave this pale ale an interesting grainy yet quite creamy mouthfeel. It finished quite smoothly.

Lekkers by Dageraad Brewing—at Dageraad Brewing

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This spiced dark ale was rich and malty with hints of chocolate, orange rind, cherry, and spices.

Spicy Nuggs by Bomber Brewing—at Bomber Brewing

This spiced rye porter had light chilli heat over a dark rye malt base, providing notes of chocolate, nuts, and spice, followed by a dry finish. This was served on nitro, so so it was super smooth.

Right Kind of Crazy (2017) by Powell Brewery—at Powell Street Craft Brewery

This imperial IPA is a classic West Coast hop bomb with notes of citrus, melon, and pine. It finish with satisfying bitterness.

Lazy D’Haze IPA by Powell Brewery—at Powell Street Craft Brewery

This NE IPA had notes of tropical fruit, grapefruit, melon, berries, bready pale malt. Low perceived bitterness.

Staycation by Powell Brewery—at Powell Street Craft Brewery

this dry-hopped blonde was light and sessionable with bready/biscuity malt and hints of citrus on the palate and a floral nose.

Sweater Weather by Powell Brewery—at Powell Street Craft Brewery

This baltic porter was characterized by rich roasty dark malt with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and dried fruits. It had some nice alcohol warmth in the finish.

“Cleopatra” Shiso Pale Ale by Night Owl Brewing—at Callister Brewing Co.

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This pale all had mild herbal and grassy notes from the Shiso, with hints of spearmint, basil, and anise.

Blue Whale Candy by Real Cask Brewing—at Callister Brewing Co.

This one was rather interesting. It was basically a British golden ale with sweet notes of gummy candies.

Strong SMASH by Real Cask Brewing—at Callister Brewing Co.

This SMaSH had a touch of lemon and sweet bready malt that hid the alcohol content quite well.

Cascadia Dry Ginger Saison by MorningStar Brewing—at Callister Brewing Co.

This saison was dry and spicy with notes of ginger and clove. It was a bit like the saison version of ginger ale.

Red Collar Release Piston 42 Black IPA 2017

Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops BC has released the 2017 version of their winter seasonal Piston 42 black IPA.

A style born in the Pacific Northwest, this dark ale combines citrus, pine and spice aromas of American hops with rugged roast malt flavours.

Piston 42 is available now at the Red Collar tasting room and select private liquor stores across BC.

ABV: 60 | IBUs: 60 | OG: 1.092

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BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of Sept 11–17

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 12–14: Craft Beer Business Fundamentals

Whistler Learning Centre, Whistler, BC; 08:30–3:00

Love craft beer?

Simon Fraser University will be delivering Craft Beer Business Fundamentals – part of their Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials Certificate.

The craft beer business is a very competitive one, with many entrants vying for the consumer’s palate and dollar. While the romance and appeal of the business might lie in the design of brews and the craft of brewing, what distinguishes the successful craft brewery from the also-rans is more likely to be found in healthy management, with particular attention to the management of operations, sound marketing, and the formulation and implementation of a rigorous strategy. In this course, you will learn the basics of operations management, the fundamentals of consumer behaviour and marketing, and how to formulate and implement corporate strategy.

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Sept 12: Burnside Brewing – Pairing Dinner

Merchants Workshop, Vancouver, BC; 19:00–23:00

Beerthirst presents a Burnside Brewing Co pairing dinner with our friend’s at Merchants Workshop. Ticket holders with have the chance to experience some brand new Burnside Brewing beer recipes alongside immaculately constructed dishes from the kitchen.

Brewery Kory Linsenmeyer will be in attendance as well to answer all your burning questions.

6 beers, 6 courses – $64 + tax – call the location to reserve your spot today, limited seating available. 604-258-0005

Cheers from Team Beerthirst

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Sept 14: Beerthirst’s Big Belated Birthday Bash!

St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, BC; 18:00–0:00

We here at Beerthirst have been bringing in the BEST craft beer from around the world for quite some time now. Sitting down collectively we wanted to make an event that was our way of saying ” thank you BC ” for your dedicated support from day one and every day thereafter…..and what better way to show you all that with a belated birthday bash geared around Canada’s biggest tap takeover – 54 taps at one of the founding establishments – St. Augustine’s.

There are many more years to come and we couldn’t be more excited and thankful – without all of you, we wouldn’t be able to do the things that we love and are so passionate about – bringing you all the BEST craft beer that we can.

Obsessed With Craft Beer – Cheers from Team Beerthirst!!!

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Sept 14: Hopopotamus Oaked IPA Launch at Big Rock Urban!

Big Rock Urban, Vancouver, BC; 16:00–18:00

This Thursday Big Rock Urban is launching our newest Limited Edition beer from BRUmaster Jody and the team at Big Rock Urban Brewery!

Join us in the BRU lounge from 4-6 PM, we’ll be pouring our Hopopotamus Oaked IPA, passing some snacks around and hanging out with the BRU team.

The Hopopotamus Oaked IPA is a suprisingly smooth IPA that packs a citrus punch and finishes with the caramel sweetness of oak.

We’re buying the beers from 4-6 PM so come down and share some brews and laughs with us!

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Sept 14: Brewers Row – Tap Takeover

FireRock Lounge, Whistler, BC; 20:00–1:00

The Port Moody crew is coming to town early and setting up a tap takeover at the FireRock Lounge. Both towers and all eight taps will have tasty brews from these friendly neighbours. Come out and try some of the goods from Moody Ales, Parkside Brewery, Twin Sails & Yellow Dog. Live music from Erik Van of Big Love Band! $6.50 pints while supplies last.

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Sept 15: Master Crafters: Battle of the Sours

The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, BC; 19:00–22:00

The battle of the sours is on! This annual event challenges choice breweries to bring their best brew of a select style to the table. Whose sour will reign supreme for 2017? You’ll be the judge of that.

We strip the fancy branding and name recognition and get down to the raw taste of a good brew. With only tasting notes, alcohol percentage and IBU, attendees are encouraged to try a sample (or two, or three) of each featured beer throughout the evening before casting their vote for their favourite. A DJ, passed plates and interesting stories and antidotes from our MCs help to round out the event. At the end of the night, we unveil each brew and crown the champion of the sours. This cannot-miss evening is a favourite of the 60 #WVBF2017 breweries, you won’t want to miss it!

This event sold out in 2016 and is sure to do the same this year. Tickets are just $25 and include 3 beer samples and delicious bites from the chefs at the Westin, get yours now!

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Sept 16: Fresh Hop Co-Op Harvest Day!

Red Arrow Brewing, Duncan, BC; 09:30–12:00

The battle of the sours is on! This annual event challenges choice breweries to bring their best brew of a select style to the table. Whose sour will reign supreme for 2017? You’ll be the judge of that.

We strip the fancy branding and name recognition and get down to the raw taste of a good brew. With only tasting notes, alcohol percentage and IBU, attendees are encouraged to try a sample (or two, or three) of each featured beer throughout the evening before casting their vote for their favourite. A DJ, passed plates and interesting stories and antidotes from our MCs help to round out the event. At the end of the night, we unveil each brew and crown the champion of the sours. This cannot-miss evening is a favourite of the 60 #WVBF2017 breweries, you won’t want to miss it!

This event sold out in 2016 and is sure to do the same this year. Tickets are just $25 and include 3 beer samples and delicious bites from the chefs at the Westin, get yours now!

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Sept 16: Brickworks Brewers Brunch

The Brickworks Public House, Whistler, BC; 10:00–12:00

Start the festivities early with The Brickworks Brewers Brunch, the perfect kick-off to the Whistler Village Beer Festival (WVBF) Main Event. Experience a three-course brunch, complete with three perfectly paired craft brews, before you take in all the action at the WVBF. This event sold out last year, don’t miss out!

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Sept 16: Craft Beer Making 202 – All-Grain Brewing with Warren Boyer

Beyond The Grape On-Premise Winemaking & Home Brewing Supplies, Port Moody, BC; 10:00–13:00

During the Craft Beer Making 202 class, Warren will discuss the types of equipment utilized in All-Grain brewing, in depth guidance for recipe formulation, the basics of treating water, mash pH and milling of grain while brewing a batch of beer during the 7 hour class.

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Sept 16: Oktoberfest 2017

Red Collar Brewing, Kamloops, BC; 13:00–22:00

And just like that September is upon us! We too are mourning the premature departure of another summer, but that won’t stop us from having one last BBQ, and it’s a big one! Join us on September 16th to celebrate the first official day of Oktoberfest, featuring a Bavarian inspired BBQ, local bands and maases of Festbier! Grab your drindls and lederhosen and get into the festival spirit!

Food quantities are limited, first come, first serve.

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Sept 16: WVBF – Main Event Saturday

4144 Village Stroll, Whistler, BC; 13:00–22:00

Beer in the mountains – it just feels right. 2017 marks the 5th anniversary of the Whistler Village Beer Festival, and we’ve pulled out all the stops to deliver our best event yet. In celebration, all Saturday Main Event tickets grant festival-goers access to the grounds on BOTH Saturday and Sunday, our Hoppy Anniversary gift to you! So double the trouble, malt-iply the fun, and drink in this year’s tasty ticket offerings.

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Sept 17: WVBF – Main Event Sunday

4144 Village Stroll, Whistler, BC; 12:00–17:00
Beer in the mountains – it just feels right. 2017 marks the 5th anniversary of the Whistler Village Beer Festival, and we’ve pulled out all the stops to deliver our best event yet. In celebration, all Saturday Main Event tickets grant festival-goers access to the grounds on BOTH Saturday and Sunday, our Hoppy Anniversary gift to you! So double the trouble, malt-iply the fun, and drink in this year’s tasty ticket offerings.

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Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Aug 28–Sept 3 (30 Uniques)

Here’s last week’s notes! They’re a little brief this week as I’ve been busy with GCBF stuff. I might have to skip next week because I’m about to drink a large amount of beers!

Bottles & Cans

20170828_223540Le Quench Du Soif by Brasserie Dunham & Twin Sails Brewing

A rich and complex wild IPA with pineapple, papaya, guava, orange peel, grapefruit rind. Moderate tartness with heady barnyard funk.

Con Leche by Twin Sails Brewing

Big aromas and flavours of coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of vanilla and a cinnamon. Smooth mouthfeel and sweet finish from the lactose.

#Blessed by Twin Sails Brewing

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

Raised By Wolves (2017) by Driftwood Brewery20170902_221344

Slightly tart with notes of melon, berries, orange peel, lime, papaya, pine, and fresh peppers. I wish they made this year round!

Buenos Dias by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

A refreshing summery ale with notes of lime and orange, a touch of salt, and hints of coriander. Finishes clean and dry.

Full Time I.P.A. by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Aromas of tropical fruit, orange peel, and pine resin with a bready malt base. Well balanced with lingeing fruit notes and bitterness.

Dangerously Close To Stupid by To Øl

Best triple IPA I’ve ever had. Rich caramel malt body with aromas of floral and citrus from the Centennial and Citra. Dangerously crushable.

Lug Tread Lagered Ale by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Bready and grainy with light floral notes and a hint of fruit. Light-bodied and crisp with some lingering grassy bitterness.

Clayburn Smoked Scotch Ale by Ravens Brewing Company20170905_000856

Malty-rich body with notes of caramel and toffee and overtones of smoke. Smooth and decadent.

One In the Chamber by Phillips Brewing Company & Doan’s Craft Brewing

Notes of pineapple, citrus, pine, and spice over a light two-row malt base. Moderate bitterness.

Hop Shop Imperial IPA by Red Arrow Brewing Company

Big hoppy notes of guava, citrus peel, pine, and spice. Lingering bitter finish.

Whole in the Head by Gigantic Brewing Company

A big West Coast hop bomb with notes of orange peel, grapefruit rind, and pine over a caramel malt base. Lingering grassy bitterness.

Survival Stout by Hopworks Urban BreweryIMG_20170830_232910

A hardy stout with bold coffee aroma and flavour over a rich dark malt base that adds notes of chocolate and molasses.

Noir de Dottignies by Brouwerij De Ranke

Rich dark malt notes of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and dark fruits, complemented by spicy pepper and coriander notes from the yeast.

Impeachment by Red Collar Brewing Co.

Wheaty, but neither tart, nor particularly peachy. Had the aroma of cheap beers I drank as a teen.

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.

On Tap

20170828_201906Ice Tea Pale Ale by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

The bergamot from the Earl Grey adds an interesting earthy and herbal quality, which is subdued by the fruitiness of the lemon.

Guite Plum Lager by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

Light biscuity malt body with some subtle stone fruit notes from the plums.

Framboise by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

Big raspberry flavor with some vinous notes and a touch of oak. Light puckering tartness.

2017 Ortega Blonde by Spinnakers Gastro BrewpubIMG_20170903_205615

Very light citrus and white wine grape notes over a grainy pilsner malt base.

Cabernet IPA by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

An interesting mix of vinous red wine, vanilla, oak, Brett funk, and a touch of citrus from the hops. Can’t really call it an IPA any more, but it is delicious.

Concord Grape Kettle Sour by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery—at Smiths Pub

Decent kettle sour with puckering lactic acidity and lots of grape juice on the palate. Medium-sweet finish.

Ginger Perry by Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse—at Smiths Pub

Tons of sharp ginger notes, but it was way too sweet for my tastes.

Dry Hopped Passionfruit Sour by Persephone Brewing Company—at Smiths Pub

A moderately puckering kettle sour with tingling lactic acidity, subtle passion fruit flavour, and aromas of tropical fruit from the hops.

IMG_20170903_205843O Trabalho by Stillwater Artisanal—at Smiths Pub

Palate of dark cherries, a touch of coco powder, and light spice. Moderately tart with some Brett funk in the finish.

Kili Wit by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales—at Smiths Pub

A mildly tart fruity and spicy wheat beer with notes of orange, pepper, coriander, and some hoppy citrus. Silky mouthfeel from the oats.

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.

Crystal Weiss by Doan’s Craft Brewing Company—at The Drake Eatery

Clean and soft on the palate, with much more subtle banana and phenol notes than a standard hefe. Refreshing and light

Windows Up by Alpine Beer Company—at The Drake Eatery

Not as dank as advertised. Notes of citrus, tropical fruits, pine, and grass. Bready malt body.

Rowing Needles by Modern Times Beer—at The Drake Eatery

Bright and fruity notes of blackberries and rasperries. Mildly tart with a dry wheaty body.

Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Aug 21–27 (36 Beers)

Well, here we are again! It’s been another week of hard drinking and I’ve survived to tell the tale. I’ve had the usual bottles at home, cans in the park with a beautiful girl, who then accompanied me the the Canadian Alesmith launch at The Drake, then there was also a Rogue Ales tap Takeover at Moon Under Water.

I feel like this is a good time to remind everyone that if you keep a blog, you aren’t an alcoholic, you’re an enthusiast.

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Old Numbskull by AleSmith Brewing Company

This was billed as an American barleywine, but tasted quite a lot like an English barleywine. It had malty notes of caramel, toffee, plum, and figs, followed by gentle hop bitterness and a smooth finish.

Grand Cru by AleSmith Brewing Company

This dark Belgian ale had sweet caramel malt with notes of raisin, plum, chocolate, fruity esters, spicy phenols, candi sugar, and balanced hoppiness. Complex and intriguing.

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This Belgian strong was fruity and spicy with notes of banana, orange, peppercorn, and coriander. It had lots of sweetness from the malt and candi sugar, but finished dry from the booze

Wee Heavy by AleSmith Brewing Company

Rich malty notes of toffee and caramel, and dark fruits offset by a touch of smoke and subtle hop bitterness.

Speedway Stout by AleSmith Brewing Company

This multiple award-winning imperial stout was full-bodied with intense notes of coffee and dark chocolate over a roasty dark malt backbone. It was rich, decadent, and boozy. World class!

Thai Speedway Stout by AleSmith Brewing Company

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This annual variant of the Speedway stout was had dark malt notes of coffee, chocolate, and caramel complemented by notes of tropical fruit and spice. Rich and complex.

IPA by AleSmith Brewing Company

Hoppy aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and tropical fruits over over a sweet bready malt backbone. Finished with resinous bitterness.

Nut Brown Ale by AleSmith Brewing Company

Smooth, dark, and rich, and full-bodied with notes of biscuit, mild cocoa, and earthy hops.

X Extra Pale Ale by AleSmith Brewing Company

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Hoppy aromas of citrus and pine over a light, crisp malt body. Smooth, with the bitterness of the hops offset by the malt sweetness.

Spezial Pils by AleSmith Brewing Company

This was a classic German pilsner with a grainy malt body and spicy, floral noble hops. It finishes crisp, clean, and dry with a touch of bitterness.

Lil’ Devil by AleSmith Brewing Company

A light Belgian pale with added orange peel and coriander to enhance the natural yeast and hop flavours and aromas.

Bottles and Cans

Olde Ale (Bourbon & Brandy Barrel Aged) by AleSmith Brewing Company

A sample of this amazing rare beer was shared with me by Mike Spence who founded The Drake. It was rich and decadent with notes of bourbon, brandy, vanilla, raisins, and oak. The finish was very boozy and comforting.

Double Cyclope by Brasserie Dunham

This double IPA was really juicy with notes of pineapple, guava, papaya, orange, and grapefruit. It had moderate bitterness and hid its alcohol very well

Isseki Nichō by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

This dark saison was aged for two years and had rich chocolate and coffee notes from the dark malts with peppery spice from the Belgian yeast. Divine!

Pipewrench by Gigantic Brewing Company20170827_202519

This gin barrel-aged IPA had a lovely floral quality from the juniper and gin botanicals that really complemented the citrus notes from the hops.

Dark Saison by Field House Brewing Co.

I really wasn’t impressed by this beer, it was a one-dimensional kettle-sour with gentle lactic acidity. Despite the ingredients, there waslittle liquorice flavour and barely any saison yeast spice or fruitiness.

Punch Bowl Mango IPA by Russell Brewing Company

The mango in this was very subtle. I think this would work better as an NE style, as the hops were slightly too bitter for the delicate flavour.

Personas West Coast Common by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

This is more of an ISA than a California Common. It had hoppy aromas of citrus, tropical fruits, with a touch of floral and herbal.

Breakfast of Champions by Riot Brewing Co.

This coffe lager had nice coffee notes over a sweet biscuity malt base. The finish was a little sweeter than I would have liked.

Hopocalypse Meow by Phillips Brewing Company20170821_205623

This 14th anniversary beer was a a big old hop bomb. I got tropical fruit, melon, and resin. Not getting the esters due to the strong hops. It was like Amnesiac’s long-lost brother.

Bachelor Pad by Twin Sails Brewing

This smooth East Coast Double IPa had hop-forward aromas of pineapple, mango, orange peel, and a touch of dank. The body was hazy and the mouthfeel was incredibly smooth.

Market Saturation IPA by Coal Harbour Brewing Company

This was one of the best Coal Harbour beers I’ve had. They nailed the NE style. It was cloudy and smooth with tangerine, pineapple, and melon.

Juice Monkey Tropical IPA by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

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Decent tropical fruit and citrus aromas, but it wasn’t nearly juicy enough. Definitely not a true NE IPA.

Blazing World by Modern Times Beer

This red ale had hoppy aromas of grape and gooseberry over a light bready malt backbone. It was really dank and highly aromatic.

Impeachment by Red Collar Brewing Co.

Wheaty, but neither tart, nor particularly peachy. Had the aroma of cheap beers I drank as a teen.

Draft

Zomer Saison by Four Winds Brewing—at The Drake Eatery

A light and thirst-quenching saison with notes of apple, citrus, pepper, coriander, and a gentle touch of oak.

Double IPA Bavaroise by Les Trois Mousquetaires – LTM—at Smiths Pub

Smooth and slightly hazy with notes of honey melon, pineapple, guava, and mandarin oranges.

Ten Times Ten by Brassneck Brewery—at The Drake Eatery

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A really nice pale ale with lots of pine, citrus, and a grassy/earthy bitterness.

Dime Bag by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery—at Smiths Pub

While this latest batch of still a good Brett IPA, I couldn’t taste the candy as muchas much as previous batches.

Tangerine Wheat by Lost Coast Brewery—at The Mint

There was tons of tangerine aroma and flavour in this dry and thirst-quenching wheat beer.

Chimay Bleue (Grande Réserve) (2017) by Bières de Chimay—at The Mint

Rich notes of dates, raisins, cherry, caramel, toffee, apple, pear, clove, pepper. So much alcohol warmth with a drying finish.

Hiatus by Category 12 Brewing—at The Mint

This might be my perfect summer beer. The cucumber and lime combine so perfectly with the earthy, rustic character of the Norwegian yeast.

8 Hop IPA by Rogue Ales & Spirits—at Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery20170826_185443

A big hop bomb with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, pine, earthiness/grasiness. Nice lingering bitter finish.

Morimoto Soba Ale by Rogue Ales & Spirits—at Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

This was interesting. It didn’t really taste like noodles, but the soba added a bit of nuttiness. Otherwise a little unremarkable.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar by Rogue Ales & Spirits—at Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Smooth and malty with a subtle hazelnut flavour that enhanced the nutty notes from the malt.

Cold Brew IPA by Rogue Ales & Spirits—at Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

The coffee flavour and aroma really came through, while also complementing the hops with bitter and earthy notes.

 

BC Craft Beer Events For the Week of April 10–16, 2017

It’s a pretty quiet week this week, with one tap takeover at The Cascade Room and a couple of small events at breweries. I guess the Fest of Ale took it out of everyone.

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

April 12: Drink & Draw at Red Collar

Red Collar Brewing, Kamloops, BC; 18:00–20:00 PST

Join us at Red Collar Brewing Co. on the second Wednesday of every month to contribute to large-scale collaborative drawings, play surrealist drawing games and enjoy some of Kamloops’ best local beer.

No experience is necessary.

All supplies are provided.

All ages, FREE

Minors are welcome with an accompanying parent or guardian.

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April 13: Open Mic Night at Riot!

Riot Brewing, Kamloops, BC; 19:00–21:00 PST

It’s that time of the month again! Join us for our Riot Open Mic Night! Come and play your instrument(s), sing, or just enjoy the live music!
Hosted by Bob Johns.

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April 13: R&B Tap Takeover Tap Takeover

The Cascade Room, Vancouver, BC; 15:00–00:30 PST

It’s Tap Takeover time at The Cascade Room. We have invited R&B Brewing to Cascade this Thursday.

Here’s the tap lineup.

  • Vienna Lager
  • Dude Chilling Pale Ale
  • Vancouver Special IPA
  • Gose With A Nose
  • Shake Your Fruity Milkshake IPA
  • Lavender Saison
  • Dark Star Stout Cask (Pin Cask)

Taps start pouring at 3pm and flow until the last pint is poured. See you all on Thursday.

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April 16: Easter Cask Festival

Central City Brewpub Beatty, Port Moody, BC; 17:00–20:00 PST

Attention beer lovers!

Central City Brewpub + Restaurant in Vancouver, BC has teamed up with local breweries to offer beer lovers an opportunity to sample delicious beers made in their own back yard.

Your ticket will include three beer tokens, one food token, and a custom-made tasting glass.

This event will be running from 11am until 6pm.

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April 16: Open Mic at Moody Ales

Moody Ales, Port Moody, BC; 17:00–20:00 PST

Open Mic @ Moody Ales on the third Sunday of every month!
Sign up starts at 5pm!

We supply: a PA system, mics, mic stands, and a patch cable.

You supply: instruments, sheet music/tabs, talent and a good time!

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