As previously mentioned in my Whistler Dark And Stormy review, my friend Evan owns a sailboat. What was not specified however, is that instead of sailing the boat, he lives in the boat. And since that seemed a shame to both of us, we decided to take her out for a spin!
Whilst the decision to purchase a 26′ Reinell fibreglass sailboat as accommodation instead of renting a comfortable room in a house may have been a shortsighted affair, there is no doubt that the adventure factor has been drastically increased in Evan’s life. By association my own personal adventure factor has also risen by accompanying him on boating adventures such as this one.
Due to the then current state of boat disrepair, and our combined 4 hours of sailing, we decided that instead of sailing the boat, we would simply putter about with the outboard. After an initial struggle, we managed to get the motor operational, the boat untied, and were ready to depart the dock. This final hurdle took some planning and multiple aborted attempts, until finally we managed to swing her out in such a way that we would avoid hitting any of the other boats whilst making our escape!
Out on the water, things were grand. We listened to our favourite pirate metal band Alestorm, sipped on Lucky Lagers, and shivered in the late autumnal winds. As the lads sang of being shipwrecked, midget saws, scraping the barrel, rum, and Barrett’s Privateers (a cover of the famed Stan Rogers song) we crept about the bay at a phenomenally slow pace.
An hour or so later, safely back in port, we could now turn three sheets to the wind and feast on cheese, crackers, marmalade, and oysters. Here are some tasting notes for some of the brews that we drank, including the nautically appropriate Adnams Broadside from Suffolk!
Granville Island Lion’s Winter Ale
(also reviewed a few days earlier at the Christmas Craft Beer Show)
Appearance: clear dark red
Nose: vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, malt
Palate: quite carbonated, honey, sweet malt, chocolate, hint of roast beef
Finish: sweet, nicely balanced by some dry hops
Rating: 3/5 Good
Adnams Broadside (brewed to commemorate the Battle of Solebay in 1672)
Appearance: murky orangey/brown, 6.3%
Nose: dark chocolate and cherries, molasses
Palate: fruitcake and vanilla, chocolate
Finish: the hops provide a strong bitter dark chocolate
Overall: a full experience with deep flavours
Rating: 4/5 Excellent
Later that week, Evan and I went out and did some real sailing with his neighbour. But that’s another story!