Friday, 31 July 2015

A patio pint at Red Truck

We finally ventured over the the much anticipated Red Truck Brewery. With promises of an opening for what seemed like a year they finally opened their doors the summer of 2015.

The "truck stop" is designed as a '50's-era diner complete with an iconic and fully functioning 8 foot water tower.

Serving a truck stop inspired menu. I ordered the beef burger and fries, each sold separately. The burger was excellent. A basic home made patty for an excellent price. And their garlic fries, they're a must try.

The place was rockin' on a Thursday night and they kept up with all the beer and food orders.

I would absolutly recommend a visit to the Red Truck Brewery.

~ Colleen

Soft opening at Red Racer, Yaletown

Red Racer Restaurant:
871 Beatty Street, Vancouver

On Friday July 24th, Surrey’s Central City Brewers + Distillers opened their 4800 sq ft Red Racer pub in the old Dix’s BBQ location on Beatty St in Vancouver. We checked it out earlier at a V.I.P. preview event.

This is a full service restaurant, not a brewpub, as they’re not brewing beer onsite (yet). The interior has been refreshed but remains mostly the same as it was for Dix. The service was vastly improved.

The sweeping main bar has a custom serving up a varied  40+ craft beers; 14 of their own plus various guest taps from mainly local craft breweries including:  Bomber, Bridge, Dageraad, Persophone, Deschutes, 33 Acres, Driftwood, Steel & Oak, Postmark, 4 Winds, Hoyne, Steamworks, Powell St, Parallel 49, Hearthstone and others. Their big screen TV’s also serve as beer menus showing what beers are being served on tap, how full each keg is and the prices for a glass, pint or pitcher. Our server mentioned that growler refills will be available soon.

Food is key and includes the BBQ that Dix was known for and a Build Your Own Burger Bar. We tried many of the starters they plan to serve and especially enjoyed the Spring Rolls Al Pastor (good crunch), the Scotch Eggs (well-seasoned) and the Squid Diablo (nice heat). The pulled pork sandwiches were tasty as were the pork ribs (a little salty) but the surprise favourite was the  S’more dessert.

Looking forward to a follow-up visit to check out the burger bar and work through more of the brews on tap.
~ Ron          .

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Beer Corn


4 ears corn 
2 (12 ounce) cans beer



  1. Shuck corn, removing husks& silks. 
  2. Wash Corn. 
  3. Place corn in a dish and pour beer over to cover (may also use a large baggie) Set in fridge for at least 6-8 hours, overnight is best. 
  4. Drain corn and place on a hot grill, turning frequently till done, about 5 minutes. 
  5. If you would rather do this in a smoker, Preheat smoker to 250°F. 
  6. Place corn on racks, and stack racks in smoker. 
  7. Cook for 1 to 2 hours, turning every 20 minutes or so. 
  8. Either way, kernels should give easily under pressure when done.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Cannstatter Wasen: A great alternative to Oktoberfest

Stuttgart's Cannstatter Wasen festival, taking place from September 25th to October 11th this year (2015), is the second largest beer festival in the world.

Visitors to the fair, which dates back to 1818, savor a variety of Swabian and German dishes and enjoy the party mood  in the many beer tents, with locals dressed in traditional costumes. Of course the thrills and spills on the traditional and modern rides are not to be missed, either !


Friday, 10 July 2015

Beer flights go big at MicroBrasserie Saint Arnould Mont-Tremblant

Quebec has some great beer! On a recent trip to Mont-Tremblant we found some time to check out MicroBrasserie Saint Arnould.  Saint Arnould is the patron saint of brewers and I think they do him proud with their offerings.

Beer Selection

I love to try flights of beer and they have flights of 6, 8 or 10.  We tried 8 and I particularly liked the refreshing Blanche Anges, a Belgian white with orange and coriander.

The staff were friendly and informative and they had plenty of information sheets on the bar with tasting notes, alcohol content, IBUs and even the temperatures they should be served at.  In fact a lot of the beer bottles in Quebec seem to have this information on the labels.  I like it a lot.

The bar at Microbrasserie Saint Arnould

5 Yums UP! 
~ Cathy