Weekly Mash – June 23, 2014

Last week I actually got a chance to adventure around Vancouver, just north of it to be exact, in Porteau Cove BC Provincial Park which is one of my absolute favourite places to camp due to it’s awesomeness and relative closeness to where I live. We are avid campers (we’ll call it luxury tenting) and have…

Weekly Mash – June 16, 2014

This past week was all about recovering from our kids birthday party and getting ready to go to the Washington Brewers Festival with my dad. In terms of craft beer, I continued to consume some of the beers I rounded up from my cellar space rediscovering some bottles I had forgotten about. It was a…

Craft Beer Review – Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel

Ayinger – Altbairisch Dunkel: Is a Munich Dunkel Lager brewed in Germany at a strength of 5 abv%, this dark lager was poured into a 22 oz beer glass from a bottle at home. Aroma and Appearance: It pours a perfectly dark mahogany with 2 fingers of thick foam and some small bubbles in the middle of the glass. The aroma…

Weekly Mash – June 9, 2014

This week I continued to clean out my cellar the fun way, separating bottles into drink soon, cellar longer and drink very soon. As well I sorted a 48 bottle haul from the USA that I brought back from a trip over the long weekend where I picked up some nice Dogfish Head bottles, some…

Craft Beer Review – Dieu Du Ciel Aphrodisiaque

Dieu Du Ciel – Aphrodisiaque: Is a vanilla and coffee stout brewed in Quebec at a strength of 6.5% which was poured from a bottle into a snifter glass at home. Aroma and Appearance: It pours a dark, dark brown with a touch of tan foam and some sporadic bubbles. The aroma is complex with vanilla beans, cocoa, dark…

BC Craft Beer Review – Old Yale Brewing Sergeants IPA

Old Yale Brewing – Sergeants IPA: Brewed in Chilliwack, BC and recent winner of Canadian Beer of the Year (for their Sasquatch Stout), this beer comes in at a strength of 5.5% abv and was poured from a can into a Sam Adams perfect beer glass which works well for IPA’s. Aroma and Appearance: It pours a mildly…

Weekly Mash – June 2, 2014

Continuing my work on The Monday Mash I felt inspired by the kick off of VCBW  (and a recent sort of my cellar last week) to drink some really good BC beers as well as a few other imports that I re-discovered. Sadly I also had my first real skunked beer and a really bad local…

Craft Beer Review – Pyramid Strawberry Saison

Pyramid – Strawberry Saison: Is a fruit saison brewed on the West Coast, in either Washington or Oregon, at a strength of 5.8% and was enjoyed in a snifter glass at home while the sun went down. Aroma and Appearance: It pours cloudy rose colour, with a massive foam monster head and some small bubble action underneath. The aroma…

BC Craft Beer Review – Four Winds Juxtapose Brett IPA

Four Winds – Juxtapose Brett IPA: Is an unfiltered IPA fermented with Brettanomyces yeast and silver medal winner at the 2014 World Beer Cup that is brewed at a strength of 6.5% with 50 IBU’s in Delta, BC by my favourite local brewer. Aroma and Appearance: It pours a hazy and bubbly copper with three fingers of foam and…

Weekly Mash – May 26, 2014

I am trying something new here so please bear with me, I wanted to start a weekly recap of craft beer, adventures and other interesting and related things on the net worth sharing. I’ve decided to call it the Monday Mash because it’s mostly beer related. Let me know what you think, anything else I…

BC Craft Beer Review – R&B Brewing Raven Cream Ale

R&B Brewing – Raven Cream Ale: Is a local Vancouver brewed cream ale that comes in at a sessionable strength of 4.8% and 18 IBU’s that won gold at the 2011 BC Beer Awards. Aroma and Appearance: It pours a darker brown colour with lots of tiny bubbles (you know the song) and a generous 2 fingers of…

Craft Beer Review – Phillips Schottleweizen

Phillips – Schottleweizen: This oddly named dunkleweizen wheat beer is brewed in Victoria, BC at a strength of 7.5% and was enjoyed in a 22 oz beer glass to help turn down the evening as the sun went down. Aroma and Appearance: Pours a dark amber-brown with 2 fingers of foam and loads of small bubbles in the…

Craft Beer Review – Dogfish Head Aprihop

Dogfish Head – Aprihop: This is a seasonal Delaware brewed fruit India Pale Ale which comes in at a strength of 7% abv with 50 IBU’s and was poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic glass in a hotel. I have had a sample of this on tap and was interested in trying the bottle version. Aroma and…

Craft Beer Review – Whistler Brewing Black Tusk Ale

Whistler Brewing – Black Tusk Ale: This limited edition “Ale” is brewed by Whistler Brewing (pretty sure it’s more of a stout than a mild ale) at a strength of 5% and was poured into a 22 oz beer glass at home. Aroma and Appearance: Pours a very dark amber colour that appears black in the glass with…

Craft Beer Review – 8 Wired Mighty Imperial Ale

8 Wired – Mighty Imperial Ale: This is New Zealand strong ale is smoked and aged in oak and is brewed at a mighty strength of 11% alcohol level. I poured it into a snifter glass in anticipation and enjoyed it at home. Aroma and Appearance: Pours a dark hazy ruby bronze colour with a touch of foam and a…

Craft Beer Review – Tap It Brewing IPA

Tap It Brewing – IPA: This is a California brewed India Pale Ale which comes in at a strength of 7% and was poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass at home. I was excited to see 6 packs of this beer at Central City Liquor Store as I remember it being pretty good from the 2013…

Craft Beer Review – Howe Sound Lager

Howe Sound – Lager: This is a Dortmunder style lager that is brewed in Squamish, BC at a strength of 5.5% and was poured from a can into a tall glass on my patio. Aroma and Appearance: Pours a hazy golden copper colour, with two fingers of foam and I saw some slow rising bubbles make their way…

Craft Beer Review: Dieu Du Ciel Rigor Mortis Abt

Dieu Du Ciel – Rigor Mortis Abt:  This Belgian Quad Abbey Ale comes from Montreal (Go Habs Go!!!), Quebec and is brewed at a robust strength of 10.5% alcohol and has been aged for 1 year. Aroma and Appearance: This a pours hazy brown with 1 finger of foam, no observable bubble action and has an aroma…

Craft Beer Review: Petrus Aged Pale Ale

Petrus Aged Pale Ale:  Brewed in Belguim by Bavik-De Brabandere, this wild sour ale comes in at a strength of 7.3% alcohol, is aged in oak barrels for 20 months and somewhat deceivingly is not identified as a sour beer on the bottle so I can see at least a few people being in for a surprise with this one.…

I have leveled up in Beer Geekiness

I would say on a scale of 1-5, I have leveled up to a level 4 beer geek. How can that be, well I home brew, I blog about beer, I attend festivals, I have a respectable cellar, I have a Level 1 Beer Enthusiast Certification, I host the odd tasting party (I own 10…