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!
Over the last couple of years I have reviewed several beers that can only be found in stores at this time of year. So for your convenience, I have decided to put them all together into one post to help you navigate the oft’ overwhelming realm of the Winter ale/Christmas ale/Seasonal release shelves. This post is mostly applicable to British Columbia, but certain brews may be available in other jurisdictions too!
Nelson, British Columbia, is likely my second favourite city in BC, after Victoria. The reasons that make Victoria and Nelson a cut above most other communities include a wide array of historic buildings, a strong contingent of community driven businesses rather than large multinationals, a rather tolerant left leaning culture, beautiful geography, and fantastic places to go for a drink! In Nelson one of the places to be is surely the Library Lounge within the historic Hume Hotel!
Another Mail Art item sent to me by my sister. This one is a collage of four different beer labels/boxes and one wine label.
With the Christmas season upon us, the liquor store shelves are now full of winter ales, Christmas ales, and special seasonal releases. In case any of you need a bit of help navigating all the options, here are my thoughts on just one of the many available choices!