Happy New Year to all my readers! Long ago, I told myself that as long as I got more views in each successive year, I would continue to put in a good effort on my blog. And for the 3rd year in a row, I have received more views than the previous year, so that means that in 2018 I will continue to give it a good go!
Several years ago when I first got into cider, this was my favourite one! Compared to all the sweet stuff from Growers and Okanagan, this was so refreshingly weird, dry, and English. And then the liquor stores in BC stopped selling it. *Riley makes a sad face*
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!
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!
This blog post is a bit of a tangent, but I believe that tasting notes may apply to anything, not just alcohol, and the experience was one worth sharing!
A while back when I was at Ian’s house for a visit, he offered me a bag of breakfast cereal, admitting that it did not taste very good, but knowing that I will eat just about anything if it is free. After examining the bag, I took it home. I did have reservations already (considering the product was gluten free and vegan) so I knew straight away that it would lack the classic taste of some other breakfast cereals (e.g. cream of wheat). Still, I thought that perhaps Ian had been wrong and this could taste good; after all, sometimes quinoa is good.