The Beer Brief is a round-up of all the local beer news and events we think you should know about. Got cool things brewing? Send it to thalia [at] scoutmagazine.ca and we’ll do our best to include it!
BARREL IT | PoMo’s Bakery Brewing is hosting their first ever Barrel Night tonight! The evening is a showcase of the brewery’s barrel-aging program and will include nine different barrel-aged beers on tap, six of which will also be bottled and available for off-sales. The night’s special offerings have gotten the barrel treatment from gin, tequila, vanilla, scotch, rum, Chardonnay and Irish whiskey barrels. Rounding out the list are Bakery’s Wild Ale and a Flanders RIS Dark Sour.
LONG WEEKEND | 12 Kings Pub is celebrating five years in Mount Pleasant this weekend – an especially impressive feat considering their arguably cursed location on Kingsway above the Biltmore (previously the Locker Room and Mavericks). They’re taking advantage of the long weekend to extend the occasion for three full days of deals, like $5.50 BC beers, cider and tater tots available all weekend long, plus a special edition Saturday karaoke night and Sunday comedy night.
CANDYLAND | On Halloween, The Magnet played host to a mini Superflux tap-takeover that included the draft debut of one special ‘treat’: a brand new non-IPA Pink Cream Soda-inspired beer (whaaaa!?) that’s super loaded with vanilla and raspberries. Seriously. Did you miss out? If so, it’s back! Hit up The Magnet for a fix of the sweet stuff before it’s gone. Four-packs are also available at select retailers, including the Strathcona Beer Company and Brewery Creek.
BEER + A ‘HOOVIE’ | If there’s one perk to daylight savings time it might be this: the early onset of darkness makes for great movie nights! If you tend to enjoy your flicks with a pint of fresh beer in hand then secure your seat for Faculty Brewing’s next ‘Hoovie’ night. The brainy little brewery has collaborated with local nonpartisan citizen action network, Dogwood, to facilitate a special fund- and awareness-raising screening (50% of proceeds goes towards Dogwood) of the 2018 documentary Inventing Tomorrow. The film is a super inspiring and optimistic story of six teenage scientists chosen to present their research about the environmental issues affecting their respective communities at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. After the show, order up another round (the first beer or kombucha is included in your ticket price) and stick around for a discussion about effective youth activism in BC. Find out more.
NEON NOW | Last Friday, November 1st, marked the opening night of ‘High Voltage’, a new neon art exhibit by Vancouver-based artist Cameron Clow, currently installed at Another Beer Company. If you haven’t checked it out yet you still have a bit of time, since the New West brewery will continue to be lit until November 24th. Don’t miss out, though, since the display includes several from the artist’s own private collection – this may be the only chance you get to bask in their colourful glow. The show is also the first of an ongoing series of art exhibits that ABC plans to host intermittently in the future – art and beer lovers take note!
KRAMPUSMARKT | If your feelings about Christmas and/or craft fairs leans towards curmudgeonly, then I suggest checking out Krampusmarkt this December. For starters, beer is a big part of the event (always useful in shopping situations), which is hosted by Strange Fellows Brewing in collaboration with Object Handmade Studio. This year they’ve even enlisted a local chocolatier, Geoseph Domenichiello, who will be leading chocolate and beer tastings throughout the market. Add to that a roster of makers and artists specially selected for their odd qualities, pop-up workshops (especially handy for occupying non-imbibing sorts with wee attention spans) and photo sessions with the night’s anti-Santa celebrity, Krampus himself. See you there! Find out more.
B33R DROP | If you’re the planning type then scheduling some new beer into your life is going to be a lot easier now that 33 Brewing Experiment has launched their new B33rDrop program. 33 Acres’ adventurous offspring is now dropping beers on the first and third Friday of each month. This past Friday’s drop included the Cranberry Hibiscus Sour, Biere de Garde and Smoked Session Lager, two of which were also released in 750ml bottles with the other being a keg exclusive. Personally, I’ve tried them all and I suggest you do the same before they’re gone! Find out more.
GET WEATHERED | Speaking of planning ahead, tickets for the 2020 Weathered Beer Celebration are on sale now! This year’s style-focused beer tasting and art event will be taking over the Heritage Hall on the last weekend of January, offering up three four-hour opportunities to drink it all up, with sessions limited to 200 people each. If getting cozy with some amazing (mostly) bottled imperial stout, barleywine, hazy hop, barrel-aged, wild and lambic beers in a beautiful environment with beautiful, beer-loving people sounds like your thing, then this event is a must-do. (Plus, it’s organized by the co-founder and director of Farmhouse Fest, so….) Find out more.
WILD NIGHT OUT | Time is seriously running out if you want to get in on this month’s unruliest beer action. Some tickets for Wild Night Out are still available for both the afternoon and evening sessions (link here). Below are six delicious reasons – available to you along with the full beer list as part of your all-inclusive ticket price! – to buy into the action ASAP, as selected by founder/organizer Mike Willis:
Solera Pull #3 by Wildflower Brewing and Blending: a spelt beer, racked in solera-style, and aged in a foudre. This elegant beer has aromas of dried flowers, spice and sweet mandarin. This beer is also the only keg in North America, coming all the way from Marrickville Australia.
Rootbound by Dwinell Country Ales: a sessionable mixed-culture farmhouse ale re-fermented with local rhubarb and wild yeast. This is the only keg to leave the Goldendale’s tasting room.
Brother Soigne from Hill Farmstead Brewery: a tart, refreshing saison brewed with lime, hibiscus and blood orange in a mixed fermentation. This is will be the first time that Hill Farmstead’s beers will be available on the West Coast of Canada and the only place we will be able to sample Brother Soigne.
The Fruitful Barrel (Tayberries and Cherries) from Hill Farmstead Brewery: a blend of barrel-aged beer refermented with fresh Skagit Valley tayberries, barrel-aged beer refermented with NY242 cherries from the WSU Mount Vernon research orchard, and a small amount of additional barrel-aged beer, naturally conditioned with blackberry honey from The Valley’s Buzz. This is the first time that a Fruitful Barrel box has left this Skagit Valley’s tasting room.
Edward (Pale Ale) from Hill Farmstead Brewery: one of the highest rated pale ales on multiple lists around the world, this American Pale Ale is beautifully crafted from the brewery’s ale yeast and water from Edward’s well. It is unfiltered and dry hopped. Aromatic and flowery, with impressions of citrus and pine.
Vastahan from Temporal Artisan Ales: Temporal’s highest rated peer reviewed beer and the highest rated peer reviewed sour / mix-fermentation beer in Canada. This sour ale with juniper, wormwood, gentian root, cinchona bark, and citrus. Blend of gin barrel aged beers age on average for 16 months.