The new school year heralded an extended summer for kids, more stupidity from the BC Liberals, and new stereo systems for my friends! Specifically two friends, Ian and Stephen, who acquired used, yet serviceable turntables and amps, to plug into their existing speakers. This meant that I would now have people to join me on my frequent visits to the many record stores of Victoria, such as Ditch Records, Lyle’s Place, and the Turntable. We quickly formed the Victoria Vinyl Appreciation Club, with “meetings” consisting of some combination of purchasing vinyl, listening to vinyl, sketching drawings, writing poetry, reading books, eating food, and drinking beer. This is where a blog post becomes relevant.
Last Saturday was our second meeting, with several fine albums being snapped up at Ditch, including a Joni Mitchell, a CSNY, a Rolling Stones, and a Shins. We then reasoned that a pint downtown would be the logical next step before heading back to one of our homes for a listening session. Garrick’s Head was the pub of choice, and it was there that I finally got to try one of BC’s newer beers: Dageraad Blonde. Dageraad Brewery opened earlier this year in Burnaby, and is billed as an authentic Belgian style brewery. The owner/brewer fell in love with Belgian beers during his frequent visits to Belgium, and eventually he took the plunge to open his own “Belgian beer brewery” in Burnaby. I was curious if all the hype was apt.
Serving: Garrick’s Head got the glass shape completely wrong this time, oh dear…
Nose: Has that classic Belgian yeasty, citrusy, blonde smell. Aged banana and cloves.
Palate: Quite carbonated; grapefruit.
Finish: Long lasting, with old lemon bubblegum (in a good way!) and some hops.
Overall: Throughout all stages of this beer there is a nice flowery flavour. Very impressive that a brewery in BC can brew something that would probably pass as an authentic Belgian blonde in a blind taste test!
Rating: 3/5 Good
Later on, while listening to an assortment of beautiful music, I sipped upon a Lighthouse Siren Red Ale and pondered my unopened bottle of Phillips Crookeder Tooth pumpkin ale. I knew that there were people out there who were just a tiny bit curious as to what I would think of it, and so there was a good chance that I would give it a taste that evening. However, that’s a story for another blog post…