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New Craft Beer Store

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A new craft beer store just opened up in the olympic village: Legacy Liquor Store.

Website: http://legacyliquorstore.com/

Selection is good, if not amazing, but they only just got going. With over 8000sf of floor space, though, they’ll have to struggle hard to fill it with only bad beer.

Of note, they have a good chunk of their stock online at their website, and offer delivery, which I didn’t even think was legal.

They’re also showing LDB prices for at least their Upright products. If those prices aren’t a mistake, and they hold up their promise of a 10% CAMRA discount, they’ll be hard pressed to kick me out (I should also point out that Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere and several other brands appear to be free on that listing so, uh, I’m not sure what to make of it).

I’ll be heading over soon to check them out (and empty their entire stock of JP Bam), and I encourage everyone else to do likewise. With those olympic village buildings standing mostly empty (and the development having just gone into receivership), they could certainly use the help.

Update: Legacy has since taken their website offline (although, guys, fire your web guy, cuz it’s down in a very sloppy way, and you can still get at the store side.. also, ColdFusion? Really?). They have also updated their pricing to reflect reality (eg 12.35 for Upright). They are still a welcome addition to the local market, though, and I strongly encourage everyone to go give them some money.

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November 17th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

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Wow. Just Wow.

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These are truly wondrous times we inhabit. Medical progress is sprinting along; new and marvellous technological wonders burst into existence, mediocrity and obsolescence with frightening haste (but mostly in Japan) and we take for granted every-day abilities and devices that likely would have gotten you declared a witch and burnt at the stake as recently as 1993.

But all this has come to a peak. Humanity has, at last, achieved a spire of magnificent technological achievement so high, so daring, so astonishingly beyond-the-pale that further progress will be deemed unnecessary. We all might as well pack up our things and go home to the caves.

Yes, we have created… Bacon Beer. The cask at the Railway Club this coming Tuesday is to be R&B’s Bacon-infused Dark Star Oatmeal Stout. I intend to be there, as much to bask in the holy glow of all this beer represents as to savour, sip and discuss its inevitable bacon-ness with other members of the Bearded Beer Brigade.

You should come, too, if only to avoid the need of devising a lame alibi to tell your grandkids for where you were when The Great Revolution started.

Honestly, it will likely be terrible beer but–much like bad milk–you just gotta try it, ya know?

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November 12th, 2010 at 10:34 am

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Winterfest-of-Ale

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CAMRA is organizing yet another Vancouver-based beer fest; this time it will be at St Augustine’s on Commercial, and have a decidedly winter theme. I know I’ve been down on this location in the past, but the UFC schedule seems to imply the hot sweaty man-on-man action won’t start until after the Bearded Beer Brigade has left the building.

The Winterfest-of-Ale is on December 4th from 12pm to 5pm, and presumably has been created to replace Dix’s Winter Caskival, which expired last spring along with Dix’s itself. (Can we take the black arm-bands off yet?)

The website for the fest (here) doesn’t have any information on participating breweries yet, so I took some time to talk to CAMRA’s esteemed president Lundy Dale at FireFly yesterday.

The goal is apparently to have 16 beers, with four entrants in each of four categories:

  • Barley Wines
  • Stouts and Porters
  • Spiced / Winter Ales
  • Full Flavoured Ales

The trick is, of course, getting a brewery to actually bring whatever beer they promised. Several have told Lundy they’ll be there (names like Howe Sound, R&B, Storm and Driftwood have been thrown around), but won’t commit to a specific beer style just yet. And some early hints of casks defy classification (there has been talk of Talyor’s Crossing producing a BBQ’d Duck Ale… that frightens me).

Lastly, one brewer has just flat out refused to conform to the four categories. If you guessed this was James Walton of Storm, you were correct. I picture James as the rebellious teenager to Lundy’s mom, screaming about how he won’t “bend to society’s freaking rules, man!” He then storms out and slams the door to his bedroom–which is also for some reason a brewery–loudly.

So we might as well add a fifth category added to the above for a “Walton Special,” keeping in mind that at last year’s Caskival he produced a greyish pale ale the colour and viscosity of paint. It will likely be very odd, and more likely be the oddest of the lot. Yes, I say that knowing I typed the words “BBQ’d Duck Ale” and “Paint” not four sentences ago. I’ll let the implications of that sink in for a bit.

In any event, tickets are 25-35 dollars depending on the status of your CAMRA card and the date on the calendar. I will be there, and so should you. I fully expect to get a sneak preview of several of the local releases of barley wines and cellaring ales, so that alone will be worth the penalty of sniffing a glass and wondering if they actually used meat in the brewing process.

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November 9th, 2010 at 10:42 am