In 2015, Parallel 49 came out with their Brews Brothers collaboration beer box. This year they released Vol. 2, which was full of all kinds of interesting looking beers named after famous rock songs, including Paranoid, Run To The Hills, Bat Outta Hell, Gimme Shelter, Comfortably Numb, Suspect Device, Sympathy For The Devil, People Are Strange, and Purple Haze!
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!
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).
In order to get home for Christmas, I caught a ride with my tree planter friend Andrew. The drive was great, safe in his sturdy Delica, with Geronimo the travelling cat asleep upon my shoulders. Along the way we spent a night at his parent’s place in West Vancouver, so that we might go out and enjoy the city with some of his old schoolmates. I took this opportunity to sample a few drinks for reviews!
It seems somewhat odd that after watching Khiran drink many six-packs of the Jerkface 9000 all summer, I finally tried it when I wasn’t with him. No matter though, I had the Jerkface on draught at the Yates Street Taphouse in Victoria and it did not disappoint. Neither did the tasty potato crisps.
For those of you who read my Beerology 2015 post, you will have doubtless picked up on my grievance against Parallel 49 brewing company. Well it turns out that Parallel 49 also read the post, and they decided to reach out to Gavin and I. While our contact was unable to verify whether or not Gavin’s “cow cap” had been the inspiration for their contest, they admitted that the situational nature of the events in question made for legitimate suspicion, and they offered us a special edition Brews Brothers pack and a free tour to smooth things over. We were happy to accept, and now we can officially declare our boycott of Parallel 49 to be over. So go and buy some Parallel 49 beer!
This past Wednesday at UVic I attended Beerology, hosted by the Scientific Method, and held in the Vertigo room of the SUB. This was not a new event, for I seem to remember seeing posters last year, but this was the first time that I had ever attended! There were six local breweries in attendance, one cidery from up island, one brewery from Vancouver, and one promotional booth for the second edition of Joe Wiebe’s Craft Beer Revolution. They all had about three or four creations for sampling, and owing to the social nature of my attendance, and the relatively small for tasting notes 4oz glasses, I opted to drink rather than think too much at the event. Despite my lack of tasting notes, I did keep a list of all that I tried, and some general observations were made.