This past Wednesday at UVic I attended Beerology, hosted by the Scientific Method, and held in the Vertigo room of the SUB. This was not a new event, for I seem to remember seeing posters last year, but this was the first time that I had ever attended! There were six local breweries in attendance, one cidery from up island, one brewery from Vancouver, and one promotional booth for the second edition of Joe Wiebe’s Craft Beer Revolution. They all had about three or four creations for sampling, and owing to the social nature of my attendance, and the relatively small for tasting notes 4oz glasses, I opted to drink rather than think too much at the event. Despite my lack of tasting notes, I did keep a list of all that I tried, and some general observations were made.
Joe Wiebe’s Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide To B.C. Breweries: this book features 90 brewery profiles. Though I have not read the second edition, I do own a copy of the first, and based on that, I think I can confidently recommend the newer one!
Hoyne Helios Dortmunder: an excellent seasonal golden lager that I had previously enjoyed in bomber format!
Lighthouse Shipwreck IPA: one of the better standard local IPA’s, not the first or the last time I will drink it.
Vancouver Island Brewing Black Betty: this blackberry saison had long intrigued me in stores, but it was my first taste. Worth a try even if you don’t like fruit beers.
Category 12 Transmutation Belgian Specialty Ale: Wow, this one almost made me want to write proper tasting notes it was so interesting! Made with Westmalle Trappist yeast and reminiscent of Tripel Karmeliet, the nose and the finish were super Belgiany, and since smell is the strongest evoker of memory amongst the senses, it is fair to say that this beer took me back to a lot of memories…
Phillips Octofox IPA: one of the approximately ten different IPA’s brewed by Phillips, it was good, but is it really necessary to make that many…?
Merridale Cider Scrumpy: deliciously dry English style cider, I wanted more!
Parallel 49: while some of my buddies decided to try some Parallel 49 beers, I opted to enforce my occasional boycott against them. You see, once upon a time, my friend Gavin and I discovered a brand new brewery named Parallel 49, and we thought they were pretty cool. So we drank lots of their beer, saved all their cool bottles for our own Parallel 49 inspired home-brew, and life was good. Then one day, Gavin found a weird, splotchy, misprinted bottle cap in his Parallel 49 six-pack, and thought he had won a prize. He didn’t actually think he had won a prize, but in good fun he posted a photo of the cap on their FaceBook page, announcing he had found the rare “cow cap” (so named because it looked like a Jersey cow splotch) inquiring if he would win anything. Parallel 49 politely told him that he had successfully won nothing, and that was that. Until, a few weeks later it was announced on FaceBook that Parallel 49’s latest beer release would have one special, unique cap in a random six-pack, and that whomever found it would win lots of cool brewery prizes. We protested that they stole our idea, and asked if they would at least give us a prize for inspiration, but they ignored us, so now we boycott Parallel 49 from time to time, and we tell all our friends this story. So just in case you can’t decide between a Gypsy Tears and a Budweiser, go for the Budweiser (though I won’t hold it against you if you do choose the Gypsy Tears, it is rather good)!
Category 12 Unsanctioned Saison: another delicious Belgian style ale. This one also uses Westmalle yeast. I predict good things for C12, the newest brewery in Victoria!
Vancouver Island Brewery Bohemian Pilsner: good, might pair well with a meaty meal.
Merridale Cider Scrumpy: I got more!
Category 12 Black IPA: not Belgian style (take that Phillips, you inventors of the Belgian Black IPA) but quite nice. I was beginning to fall in love with C12.
Driftwood Brewery: one of my favourite BC breweries. Everything they had on offer I had previously tried, so I never wandered over there.
In short, Beerology was definitely worth the visit, and I would recommend that if you like beer, and you are in Victoria next year, go and try a few new beers!
Later that day at my friend Laurel’s house I tried another delicious cider!
Westcott Bay Traditional Cider Very Dry: wow, another nice, exquisitely dry cider. This one is from the San Juan Islands, Washington State. Thank you Laurel!