Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Feb 5–11, 2018 (36 Uniques)

Last week's tastings come courtesy of Island Beer & Spirit Festival, drinks at The Drake with some good friends, and several bottles and cans shared at home with my amazing girlfriend. Bottle & Cans Wake Up Dead Nitro by Left Hand Brewing Company Smooth and creamy on nitro! Roasty malts dominated the palate with notes…Read more Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Feb 5–11, 2018 (36 Uniques)

9th Annual Island Beer Festival Returns to its Roots and Expands Focus

Last Sunday marked the 9th anniversary of the Island Beer Festival, which is hosted annually at the Strathcona Hotel in Victoria, BC. This year's festival was a little different from previous years, in that the focus expanded to also include cider and spirits. At the same time, the focus changed back to the event's original…Read more 9th Annual Island Beer Festival Returns to its Roots and Expands Focus

Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Jan 29–Feb 4, 2018 (30 Uniques)

This week's drinking featured a Strathcon Beer tap takeover at Smiths Pub, then birthday drinks for a friend's birthday, with trips to Swans and Smiths. Then it all wrapped up with sunday dinner at Heron Rock Bistro, who have a pretty amazing tap list! Bottles & Cans Double Infinity (Citra) by Superflux Beer Company The…Read more Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Jan 29–Feb 4, 2018 (30 Uniques)

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…Read more Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Nov 27–Dec 3 (36 Beers)

Townsite Releases Shiny Penny 2017

Townsite Brewing in Powell River BC has released the 2017 version of their seasonal Shiny Penny Belgian IPA. This year's version of Shiny Penny has been bottle-conditioned for six months with three varieties of Brettanomyces: Lambicus, Bruxellensis, and Claussenii. They say that the flavour profile includes barnyard, horse blanket and exotic fruit. You can find Shiny Penny…Read more Townsite Releases Shiny Penny 2017

Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Oct 2–8

What a week. We're in full harvest mode right now, with tons of fresh hop and pumpkin beers in the mix! Bottles and Cans Surround by Stillwater Artisanal This imperial wheat stout had the aroma of cognac. The palate brought caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, smoke, and oak. It was full-bodied and chewy with a very…Read more Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Oct 2–8

Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Sept 18–24 ( 23 Uniques)

Well, it looks like I didn't go out for beers once this week. I just drank lots of beer at home and shared a few with my wonderful girlfriend when she came over. Old Embalmer (2012) by Widmer Brothers Brewing I aged this barleywine for five years! It had had rich malty notes of caramel,…Read more Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Sept 18–24 ( 23 Uniques)

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

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

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 Le Quench Du Soif by Brasserie Dunham & Twin Sails Brewing A rich and complex wild IPA with…Read more Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Aug 28–Sept 3 (30 Uniques)