This is one of my sister’s favourite beers. She once gave me an assortment of beverages in exchange for snow-sealing her hiking boots before the tree planting season, and it included one of these and a Nelson Faceplant Winter Ale.
In the summer of 2015, Gavin and I graduated from extract beer kits to “all grain” kits. Except that this kit still had some liquidy extract type stuff… But it also had some whole grains and some crushed grains that we had to “steep to convert” by placing them in a bag, submerging in warm water, and allowing for the enzymes to turn into sugars. We also had to add certain hops at certain times during the boil to release certain flavours. Certainly.
When it was all said and done, we had made a batch of “all grain” wheat beer. When we transferred the beer into the secondary, we added 10 pounds of sour cherries that we had previously picked and then froze in the North Okanagan. Continue Reading
In mid January, I went out for drinks at Spinnakers with Andrew and Lys. They gave me a late Christmas gift: a hardcover book about the Queen Mother. I love it, seriously. We also reminisced about the time they came over for cream tea (a form of English afternoon tea) and when Gractor sat on Andrew’s back.
Victoria is an exceptional craft beer city, but it is also an awesome tea city! I have often mused that Victoria must have the most teahouses and teashops per capita in Canada. No doubt this stems from her very English past, an identity that is still very much alive in Victoria today, as evidenced by tea, the pub culture, the village system, the popularity of soccer, rugby, and cricket, and physical reminders such as the many English style buildings and street names. But enough about Englishness, and more about tea. This month, Tea Victoria is hosting the Victoria Tea Festival Revival from February 7th to 13th.