Last autumn, Khiran and his friend Will helped me with the Blind Bad Beer Tasting. This autumn he has selflessly volunteered to go to Eastern Europe for me, sending back all kinds of interesting (and occasionally useful) information about beer.
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 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
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.
After working outdoors for 11 hours, mixing mud, cutting bricks, and building brick steps, it seemed like a beer would be just the thing. I opted for the left behind from a party Lemon Shandy Shock Top, thinking it might be just the refreshing thing that I craved. Traditionally a shandy is any mixture of beer and juice, typically lemonade, orange or apple juice, ginger ale or beer, often half-and-half. In this instance it was a wheat beer with lemonade.
With my fellow Belgian exchange student friend James of Newfoundland visiting me for the first time in 5 years, it was merely a foregone conclusion that we would be drinking some Belgian beer… nearly every night. This led to the creation of Stamhuis Week, and more than a few good beers were consumed. On this particular night, we were joined by my father and my friend Gavin. We started off with some Hoegaarden, and it turned out to be the tone setter for a night full of tangy beers that were low on malt and low on hops. Sounds like a wheat beer night to me!
During May and June of 2014, I was employed as a tree planter in the southern interior of British Columbia. I quickly learned that while the occupation was not for me, the lifestyle wasn’t too bad the rest of the time, with ceaseless eating and substance (ab)use around the campfire being a rather pleasant way to spend one’s free time. We all tried many different varieties of beer, whisky, cigarettes etc. in a communal consumption designed to forget the pains of our labour. Every two weeks we would get two days off instead of one, always falling on a weekend, and during one of these longer breaks I decided to take a little trip down the Okanagan Valley into the Okanogan Valley, Washington State.