On the twenty-second of December my family embarked upon our yearly viewing of the Caravan Farm Theatre’s Winter Play. This year’s play was “The Contest of the Winds”, a local Shuswap/Okanagan Indian band legend. I am no theatre critic, but like every other year I can confidently say that this was a play worth watching. The play was framed by scenes around a bonfire where it was narrated by a Native elder to a couple of youth who did not quite see eye to eye on the uses of technology. The middle parts were acted out in the woods, and the audience arrived at each scene via horse and buggy (unfortunately there was not enough snow at the time for sleighs like in past years). As usual there was a good number of humorous one liners, while the North Wind and the South Wind battled it out, with an eventual compromise being reached. This analogy was a good reminder for the youth, as it is for everyone, of the importance of striking a healthy balance; in this instance between relying on technology and doing things for oneself in the real world.
After the last scene around the bonfire, my family sidled up to the refreshment stand and ordered four Backhand of God stouts. While savouring our delicious ales, we also took the time to visit the horses and wander about. The farm has several teams of horses, including Belgians, Fjords, Clydesdales, and Percherons.
Other than the fact that it is a delicious beer, it is also always special to have a Backhand, or any other Crannóg ale, because the brewery only sells draught beer, so it cannot be bought in just any liquor store. You have to find it in a pub, or buy it in a growler or a party pig. Crannóg is also Canada’s first Certified Organic farmhouse microbrewery; I highly recommend a visit. I took some tasting notes at a pub later in the holidays so that I did not waste my time at the farm writing down notes on my phone; I think the play was a good reminder!
Crannóg Brewery: The Backhand of God Stout
Appearance: black and cold.
Nose: coffee, dark molasses.
Palate: smooth, roasted malt, chinoto Italian soda.
Finish: coffee, dry.
Overall: superbly balanced, great transitions, great flavours.
Rating: 5/5 Fucking Excellent.