On the 13th of December 2016, my mates and I tested out the “Greatest Hits” pub crawl. Beginning at The Bent Mast around 2:30 in the afternoon, and wrapping up at about 11:00 in The Drake, it was a smashing success!
In honour of the annual September Rifflandia music festival, Phillips released a Rifflandabrau Lemon Hefeweizen. I meant to publish this post a couple of months ago, but the photos I took became inaccessible when my phone died. So I had to take new photos with my one remaining bottle when I got back to Victoria!
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.
One of my readers has recently pointed out to me that Té Bheag is now available in BC Liquor stores for the price of $47, which seems suspiciously similar to the price that I paid “duty free” in Calgary all those years ago. At any rate, even if my memory is a bit faulty, or if I didn’t really receive a deal, this price is still probably right if you’re looking to try this whisky and you happen to live in British Columbia!
One other thing I would like to add is that I tried the Crookeder Tooth pumpkin ale again, and this time I noticed a nice pineapple taste in the head and the nose. I’m not sure how I missed that flavour the first time around, but there you go!
Happy Guy Fawkes Night everyone; may your bonfires be warm and bright!
Spoon it on,
I left off my story last blog post while in the clutches of a pair of sirens, Joni Mitchell and Lighthouse’s Siren Red, with the intention of trying my new pumpkin ale. What with Thanksgiving fast approaching, it made sense to give it a try and get a little deeper into the Autumnal spirit!
The new school year heralded an extended summer for kids, more stupidity from the BC Liberals, and new stereo systems for my friends! Specifically two friends, Ian and Stephen, who acquired used, yet serviceable turntables and amps, to plug into their existing speakers. This meant that I would now have people to join me on my frequent visits to the many record stores of Victoria, such as Ditch Records, Lyle’s Place, and the Turntable. We quickly formed the Victoria Vinyl Appreciation Club, with “meetings” consisting of some combination of purchasing vinyl, listening to vinyl, sketching drawings, writing poetry, reading books, eating food, and drinking beer. This is where a blog post becomes relevant.
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