Sometime about the middle of July last year, my friend Scott came up from Victoria for a visit and a few drinks. Unfortunately he arrived when the valley was so smokey from forest fires that none of our beautiful sights could be seen. So we decided to do more drinking instead; a party pig was in order!
With Ian joining us, the three of us set out for Salmon Arm to pick up a party pig of something delicious by Crannóg Organic Ales. Knowing that the FE Backhand of God is widely available on draught in Vernon, I was more inclined to try something new, or to go for the red which I had fond memories of from years past at the Caravan Farm Theatre. When we reached the Hideaways Liquor Store in Salmon Arm, we duly chose the Red Branch Irish Ale, and hastened off to a beach for a picnic.
After a swim, some grub, and a beer, we piled back into the car and returned to Vernon. We then spent the next few days exploring the North Okanagan by visiting wineries, swimming in lakes, and drinking. Mostly we either drank the Red Branch, or Scott’s grandfather’s previously unopened 1977 bottle of Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey. What an unexpected find!
We then capped off a couple of evenings with Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, a hilarious horror spoof from Britain’s Channel 4.
Crannóg Red Branch Irish Ale
Appearance: dark reddy brown, fine bubbles
Nose: malty, underlying piney hops, faint sour cherries
Palate: round and malty, root veggies like parsnips and turnips
Finish: a refreshing bitterness
Rating: 4/5 Excellent