Friday, 26 December 2014

On the first day of Christams

As a kid we always had an advent calendar.
It was not one of those chocolate ones with the cardboard door that opened for a small chocolate treat, this was a home made one with elves, stocking, and reindeer to pin on the tree each night.
Each year my brothers and I would argue over who got to put Santa on the top of the tree on the 24th.

This year,  I was given a great Christmas Advent Calendar with a different beer treat each night. Some I liked, some I did not. And some are now my favorite thing to drink.  To view each beer click here


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Deep Cove Brewery

Some of our club had the pleasure of checking out North Vancouver’s craft brew scene.  Very conveniently, these two breweries are located within a couple of blocks of each other. Bridges and Deep Cove Brewers.

Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers is a more elaborate tasting room (offering live music on weekends!) They also offer a wider selection of beers, including, at the moment, the ubiquitous Pumpkin offering.  Their stout (“Nitro Stout”) is an Oatmeal version; maybe not quite as interesting as it could be.  Their Star Struck Rye IPA, on the other hand, is very interesting.
Deep Cove currently offers food outside from a food truck, but their plan is to bring the food indoors with a kitchen.  We’re all looking forward to a return visit to this fun, lively tasting room!
~ David

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Bornem Dubbel

This is a very special beer, featured on Vancouver's fine Belgian restaurant, Chambar.   A dark ale, with rich coffee tones and mildly hoppy finish, this is a definite choice for anyone who doesn't like traditional Belgian style beer, which I find often tastes too fruity and pungent for my taste.

Speaking of Chambar, this top notch bistro offers probably the best organized beer menu in the city.  Now open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it is in my top 10 list for the city.

~ David