For those of you who don’t know, I have received a two year visa for the UK, and I will soon be spending a lot of time exploring England, and perhaps eventually working in a pub. First though, I have returned to Belgium to visit some of my favourite people and cafés, not necessarily in that order. Going forward, you can expect my blog to become in part a travel blog, complemented by the usual drink reviews.
Tonight is my last night in Vernon. Tomorrow morning I head to Vancouver, and on Thursday I fly to London, England. So naturally I am sipping on a couple of brews with my parents and cats as we spin some vinyl. Below is an interpretation of what they taste like.
Long ago during my year in Belgium I fell in love with Flemish sour ales, both the oud bruins of East Flanders, and the Flemish reds of West Flanders. When I returned to Canada, I was ecstatic to discover the existence of Storm Brewing’s Imperial Flanders Sour Red Ale in Vancouver. After many years of sampling it, but never taking notes, things finally reached critical mass when Ian became aware of its existence and offered to bring a squealer (32oz bottle) back to Vernon for a tasting notes session. Not only did he come back with the beer, but he also provided me with the following narration of his outing.
Last summer I was honoured to receive two different pairs of beer socks from family friends. They must have found them whilst browsing in stores and thought of me!
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!
Khiran and I got the great idea to write tasting notes for bad tasting beers. Because beer blogs need more reviews on Budweiser and PBR. Or so that was the theory. With the help of Khiran’s roommate Will, we succeeded in buying lots of bad beer. While picking out our beers at the government liquor store, we scoffed at the sign above the 8 packs of PBR that read “Try something new!” We bought some anyways. Then we began to drink.