Sometime about the middle of July last year, my friend Scott came up from Victoria for a visit and a few drinks. Unfortunately he arrived when the valley was so smokey from forest fires that none of our beautiful sights could be seen. So we decided to do more drinking instead; a party pig was in order!
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.
Last night I went to a hardcore punk and thrash metal show in floodiful Vernon BC. Bands Irradiation, Awkward A/C, and Illyrian pounded out tunes until my ear drums were singing their own sweet tunes. Prior to the show though, I found time to share a 22oz bomber bottle of the Lighthouse Brewing Company’s newest Explorer Series beer, the 150 Heritage Ale, with Marlow Deiter of local blackened death metal band Xul!
A few days after our honey beer comparison, Ivy, Stephen, and I shared a bottle of the BX Cidery’s the Crackwhip, a cider with hops. Back in the summer of 2015, I visited the BX Cidery and wrote a post about it, with the fullest of intentions to conduct more reviews. It took me awhile, but I have finally done another review on one of their ciders!
In the summer of 2015, Gavin and I graduated from extract beer kits to “all grain” kits. Except that this kit still had some liquidy extract type stuff… But it also had some whole grains and some crushed grains that we had to “steep to convert” by placing them in a bag, submerging in warm water, and allowing for the enzymes to turn into sugars. We also had to add certain hops at certain times during the boil to release certain flavours. Certainly.
When it was all said and done, we had made a batch of “all grain” wheat beer. When we transferred the beer into the secondary, we added 10 pounds of sour cherries that we had previously picked and then froze in the North Okanagan. Continue Reading
Since returning to Vernon for the holidays, I have gone and checked out the Marten Brewing Company on a couple of occasions with family and friends.
Once upon a time Marten Brewing Company was supposed to open as Vernon’s first brewpub. This was back in the summer of 2014. When autumn rolled around, the opening date was pushed back to winter. And then spring of 2015. And then those of us who had been eagerly awaiting their existence began to slowly lose hope. But lucky for us the good folks at Marten’s have managed to buck the trend of postponements and they are now officially open!