Back in the days when this was a regular release, the Nelson BlackHeart Oatmeal Stout was one of the very best stouts from BC. For some reason it did not sell enough to remain a regular release, and now it is only available as a seasonal autumn release in bombers. When it came available in late 2016, my father made sure to acquire several bottles of the stuff!
Recently Beer Me BC, a website dedicated to all things BC Beer, released a list of the top 10 BC Craft Beers reviewed on Beer Me BC.
This inspired me to make my own list. My list contains nine beers that I have reviewed in blog posts, and one beer that I have recently reviewed, but not yet shared my review of. Bear in mind that this list only contains beers that I have reviewed, and it will certainly change over time. When two or more beers earned the same rating, I have sorted them alphabetically.
This superbly balanced stout has loads of coffee, dark chocolate, and soda water flavours. It is only available on draught at a select few locations in BC, and in growlers from the brewery in Sorrento (party pigs having been recently discontinued).
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.