Townsite Brewing Releases Kathaumixw Bière de Garde

Townsite Brewing in Powell River, BC has released a new limited-additional seasonal called Kathaumixw. Kathaumixw is a Bière de Garde, a strong pale ale traditionally brewed in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France. This version is peppery & earthy from the northern European hops, and fruity from the Belgian yeast. Kathaumixw is named after a biennial…Read more Townsite Brewing Releases Kathaumixw Bière de Garde

Townsite Brewing Releases Quartz Blended Wild Ale

Townsite Brewing in Powell River, BC has released a new limited-additional seasonal called Quartz. Quartz was created by blending a fresh saison with three barrel-aged vintages of their Bois Sauvage wild ale. Barrels from 2015, 2016, and 2017 were chosen for their cohesive flavours: the 2015 barrel was very dry with mineral flavours; 2016 was quite…Read more Townsite Brewing Releases Quartz Blended Wild Ale

Townsite Brewing Releases Lil’ Red 4.0

Townsite Brewing in Powell River has released Lil' Red 4.0, being the fourth iteration of their sour red ale. This year's version is a Belgian-style blended red ale that was aged in oak foedres with Brettanomyces. I had a chance to try this recently and it was a definite improvement over last year's Brettanomyces bottle-conditioned version. Lil' Red…Read more Townsite Brewing Releases Lil’ Red 4.0

BC Craft Beer Events List for Feb 26–Mar 4

Here's your weekly list of craft beer events happening around BC this week. As always, if you know of any events that I don't have listed here, please drop me an email. Feb 27: MASTERCLASS: Beer & Cheese Pairings with Category 12 Cascadia Liquor, Langford, BC; 19:00–20:00 Imagine if two of your favourite things came…Read more BC Craft Beer Events List for Feb 26–Mar 4

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