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May Beer of the Month: VCBW Collaboration Smokin’ Cherry Bomb Saison

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I know, I know, I said I was going on vacation and then I promptly throw up two posts. I’m really out of here after this, though. I mean it.

This is a bit early, since May doesn’t start until Sunday, but unless there’s a way to hook up two coconut halves to the internet of which I am unaware, you all will just have to suck it up.

I don’t think there’s any surprise about this beer pick. I love cherries, I love saisons, and I love collaboration brews, even if they can sometimes fall victim to the “too many chefs” problem. This particular specimen is produced by BC’s “Women of Craft Beer,” from Salt Spring, Crannog, and Big River. There are only five casks, the first of which is being served up tonight in Victoria.

I could have picked the other collaboration brew for VCBW, but honestly I’ll take a fruit saison over a regular boring CDA any time. Also, I’m working on a new post about CDAs which will be rant-a-riffic and I don’t want to out myself as the huge hypocrite that I am just yet.

It will be found on tap at a variety of VCBW events, of which I am attending none. Instead, I will be holding my own expat CBW. In Cuba. With lager. By myself. /sob

I will be back in town on May 14th and attempting to sniff out any remaining cherry saison, but if this beer is anywhere near as good as it could be, I highly doubt I will succeed.

Where to get it: Various VCBW events, and likely at the Alibi.
Where not to get it: Anywhere else. Especially after, oh, May 14th.

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April 28th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Beer Reviews for Everyman

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Howe Sound Brewing’s Twitter arm posted this clip Wednesday morning. It’s of two goofs down south opening one of HS’s beers (King Heffy), tasting it, and just saying whatever occurs to them. Yup, as you might expect, low production values, lack of humour and boring commentary make it nigh unwatchable.

As well, their outright ignorance about basic beer facts is so pervasive that I almost suspect a put-on (“How is a ‘beer’ different from an ‘ale'”? Really, guys?)

I know what you’re thinking. Why isn’t this video sending Chuck into a beer-nerd rage-fit? They’re reviewing beer but know nothing about it!

Well, I actually kind of like it. It’s just what it seems: two guys who don’t know a lot about beer drinking it, liking it, and talking about it. It’s honest and raw. Sure, they seem fairly ignorant but they also say, and this is key, that they’re going to have to go out and learn about the things they’re not sure about. And ultimately, what more could you ask?

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April 27th, 2011 at 10:45 am

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Traveling Takes Time

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As I’ve hinted at before, I’m off to Cuba this week, so you won’t see my rosy outlook on life updated any time soon. I had hoped to get round two of the Molson reviews done before leaving, but alas, my guinea pigs were all off doing out-of-towny/gravity-assisted type stuff last weekend, the losers.

Well, that’s about it. Time to go pack. I’ll be back in 2.5 weeks time with a review of the Cuban beer scene and/or a great story about having my iPhone snatched out of my hands while trying to use the spanish translation app. It should really be a warning sign that “Please don’t steal my iPhone” is the default phrase.



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April 26th, 2011 at 9:53 am

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