Monday, 16 April 2012

Soft-Serve Beer, Tokyo

The hottest new discover in the beer world may be frozen.
A team of inventors at the Japan brewery in Kirin have come up with Soft Served Beer.

Friday, 13 April 2012

We visited Tofino Brewing Company, based in the westcoast town of the same name.  Here's how their website describes their three fine craft beers:

Tofino Brewing Company brews exclusively small batch, handcrafted ales that pair best with life on the West Coast. Our natural, unfiltered beer is brewed with whole ingredients using only barley, hops, yeast, and water. High quality Canadian pale malt serves as the backbone of our beer and European specialty malts are brought in for character and body. We brew with healthy amounts of hops grown here in the Pacific Northwest and, of course, fresh Clayoquot Sound water.

They currently brew three fine products - the very "hoppy" Hoppin' Cretin IPA, the light and tangy Fogust Wheat Ale, and my fav, Tuff Session Ale (named after Tofino's nickname, "Tough City.")

The cool and unique thing about this brewery is this: right now, for practical as well as environmental reasons, they don't sell their products in small bottles or cans.  You can only get these rare beers in draft at a few BC pubs restaurants (eg. Alibi and St. Augustine in Vancouver, various locations in Tofino, etc.) or by buying in 2L "growlers" (see picture above) or 1L "growlettes."  You pay for the growler or growlette at first purchase, then bring the large bottle back to their brewery for refills.  The fact that once opened, the growler/growlette must be consumed within 3 or 4 days is quite appealing I think!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Mexican Corona

After two weeks on the sunny beaches in Huatulco Mexico the first day from work was a long dry one. And it must have been noticed, After my lunch break I arrived back to my desk and  what did I find sent over from DE & CMX .....

A beautiful, perfectly chilled Corona with a lime that was delivered right to my desk! It's screaming, "Ola amiga, I'm over here".

I'm salivating just thinking about the golden smoothness trickling down my parched throat. Like a spring stream spreading over sun backed clay... That wisp of misty aroma appearing as the cap is popped off…. The refreshing notes of lime awakening the taste buds on the sides of the tongue.  The memory of sand between the toes. It's painfully cruel that I can't drink it now at work.  I've considered sneaking it but it's risky. Everyone knows since they had to come over and see what I was laughing at. I am truly amused and equally grateful! 
You can bet I will be thinking about you guys with every sip tonight.

C H E E R S!