Back in April I posted my Victoria Pub Crawl No. 1, then promptly tested it out with a couple of friends. The crawl was delightful, so we reckoned that another one was in order. This pub crawl route has no overlap with the previous one, since there are plenty of fine pubs in Victoria yet to be featured. So with that in mind, let’s get started on today’s pub crawl!
Ian and I have been blessed with an unusual amount of food lately, and so we have had to become amateur gourmet chefs on short notice in order to adequately appreciate our new found food wealth! One such kitchen adventure recently involved making a carrot soup and baking brie stuffed mushrooms. While the ingredients that went into the mushrooms and the soup were rather important, and will be mentioned later, it was the liquid ingredients that really turned things into a party.
This blog post is a bit of a tangent, but I believe that tasting notes may apply to anything, not just alcohol, and the experience was one worth sharing!
A while back when I was at Ian’s house for a visit, he offered me a bag of breakfast cereal, admitting that it did not taste very good, but knowing that I will eat just about anything if it is free. After examining the bag, I took it home. I did have reservations already (considering the product was gluten free and vegan) so I knew straight away that it would lack the classic taste of some other breakfast cereals (e.g. cream of wheat). Still, I thought that perhaps Ian had been wrong and this could taste good; after all, sometimes quinoa is good.
I didn’t really feel like partying this year on Hallowe’en night, so I decided to stay in and make a cream of radish soup. At about 21 o’clock I ventured out on foot to the grocery store to pick up some milk, and on the way I ended up crossing paths with a friend of mine, identified from other guys of the same name with the affectionate prefix “awkward.” He told me he was going to a house party later and that I was welcome to join him. I told him that I was planning on making some soup, but that I could perhaps stop by for a visit later on. After a successful milk purchase at the store, I headed home and crafted a fine soup.
One of my friends from Vernon recently came down to Victoria for a concert and we met up on Friday afternoon for drinks. We rendez-vous-ed on the UVic campus and grabbed a snack before heading downtown for some real food and a drink. Since he didn’t have much experience with the Victoria pub scene I took it upon myself to give him a little tour. We began at Garrick’s Head, where we ate a proper pub lunch and engaged our mouths in the first beer of the day; a Dark Matter for him and a Stanley Park Amber for me. After that we wandered over to Smith’s Pub where we were the first patrons of the day. Here we both opted for the Longwood Steam Punk Dunkel, which comes from Nanaimo and is a mighty fine brew indeed! I look forward to reviewing it sometime. Our final stop of the afternoon was Swans Brewpub. I reckoned that Swans was worthy of a visit to anyone solely accustomed to the rather lacklustre pubs of Vernon, and I had been meaning to review their popular Berry Ale for a while.
One of my readers has recently pointed out to me that Té Bheag is now available in BC Liquor stores for the price of $47, which seems suspiciously similar to the price that I paid “duty free” in Calgary all those years ago. At any rate, even if my memory is a bit faulty, or if I didn’t really receive a deal, this price is still probably right if you’re looking to try this whisky and you happen to live in British Columbia!
One other thing I would like to add is that I tried the Crookeder Tooth pumpkin ale again, and this time I noticed a nice pineapple taste in the head and the nose. I’m not sure how I missed that flavour the first time around, but there you go!
Happy Guy Fawkes Night everyone; may your bonfires be warm and bright!
Spoon it on,