Carlos is Scout’s beer writer. He’s a beer industry lawyer and a beer blogger with a particular interest in the intersection of craft beer, community and place. Since discovering the wider world of beer, Carlos has spent much of his free time visiting breweries across North America and beyond to enjoy the numerous stylistic variations and sheer deliciousness of his favourite beverage. In the intervening years between trying his first industrial lagers and spending his evenings sipping spontaneously fermented ales, Carlos played in a few bands, received a Master’s degree in European Cultural History, and generally tried to live out of his rucksack whenever he could. These days, when he’s not busy advising clients in BC’s craft beer industry or writing about beer for Scout, Carlos can often be found at one of his local ‘yeast van’ breweries, sharing a flight or two with friends, or some pretzels and pepperoni sticks with his two young kids.
Dageraad Finally Lands Lounge Endorsement, And There Was Much Rejoicing
With capacity increased to 50 seats, high ceilings, and a bright, open-concept design (complete with an upper-level mezzanine), the room is fantastic, and is a great place to while away the time (I'd suggest with a few glasses of their gorgeous new "Antwerpen" Abbey-Style Trippel).
Brilliant, Food Friendly ‘Red Pilsner’ From Steel & Oak
Despite all the hop bombs, delectably balanced pale ales, and brett-conditioned saisons the organizers had secured, many of the bearded beer geek set in attendance preferred the nuanced charms of Occidental's perfectly executed Bohemian-style lager...
‘Slam Dank’ – The Latest Killer IPA From Twin Sails
True to its name, 'Slam Dank' provides a great illustration of the common olfactory profiles these two genera share, displaying so much dank on the nose that you'd be forgiven for thinking it was dry hopped with a little something extra....
Barrel-Aged ‘Reynard’ Oud Bruin By Strange Fellows
Whether you're savouring Hill's latest Oud Bruin on your own or serving it over the holidays with some Le Cendrillon Ash Chevre or a slice of Cadeaux's gorgeous Black Forest cake with sour cherry compote, Reynard won't disappoint.
The Rye Stout From ‘Doan’s Craft Brewery’ In East Van
With a mouthfeel that similarly starts out supple and rich, only to be cut by a firm, dry finish, Doan’s rye stout is an inventive yet honest take on a classic style that is well-deserving of its recognition as BC's best stout.
lthough nearly sold out, word is that a couple remaining bottles of this super limited edition beer are still out there. I'd grab whatever you can find because epic collabs like this one don’t come around too often.
Yellow Dog Brewing Co.’s ‘Play Dead IPA’ A Rare Gem
It's maybe not what George Hodgson had in mind when he filled his first barrels with October Ale destined for the Subcontinent, but it remains a perfectly executed expression of a modern style that can be so delicious when done well.