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Beer Science

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My friend Craig sent in a little tidbit about keeping beer fresh longer. This is just a brief extract from a scientific paper, but it does contain the following interesting quote:

Unlike wine, scotch whiskey, and bourbon, beer tastes best when consumed fresh. Experts estimate that the average beer goes bad after 6 to 12 months of storage.

This, of course, raises the question “Who the hell are these jokers, and where did they find these so-called ‘experts’?” Right behind that is “Where do they live and how far is the nearest fire station?” Let’s just say that I’m highly suspect of any beer research that uses the following conjectures as starting points for their hypotheses:

1/ Beer can’t be stored very long
2/ Beer deteriorates with age
3/ Beer shouldn’t be bitter

This is akin to your experts on climate change saying everything’s being caused by this recent proliferation of wind turbines. Of course, I’m certain they’re just talking about mass market lager in which case all three points are valid, as aged beer has that nasty habit of tasting like, well, something. (Also, preservatives don’t hold up well)

If anyone out there has access to ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, please send me the full paper so we can see what exactly they’re on about.

Link to extract here.

/PS Yes, I know there are plenty of craft beer styles that are best consumed early and frequently, but seriously do you think for even one second local breweries are the targets of such research?

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April 13th, 2011 at 10:24 am

Posted in Beer and You

Another Freaking Cellar Update

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What? I’m talking about my goram cellar again? What gives? Well, my cellar is my safe place. When I’m particularly upset about something, I go there, think about all the great beers it has, and spend some time with my lovelies. Sure, cramming myself into the fridge is a bit of a tight squeeze, but that’s only a short term problem until Sharon goes away long enough to convert her walk-in closet fully.

Until that blessed day, which will likely come when all my female friends suspiciously receive free tickets & hotel coupons in the mail for a girls’ weekend in Vegas, I will have make do with my trusty upright cellar.

I log the contents of said cellar right here, and have recently updated the structure of that page to include much more information. New info includes a schedule for when I hope to sample and up-date the notes, as well as a count of how many bottles remain. This is to give you an idea of how long I might have a certain beer around for review, but also lets my social worker remotely track my booze intake. Mind you own business, Sarah.

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April 12th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

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Vancouver Craft Beer Week

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Tickets for the general events of VCBW go on sale today, and if last year is anything to go by, expect them to sell out faster than hot cakes. Or crack. Or hotcakes full of crack. Ok, faster than just crack… which is on sale… just go with it, ok? They’ll go. Fast.

Sadly, this year will see me in far off Cuba during the festivities. Which is also during the second round of the playoffs… hmm… perhaps better planning is required on my part for future travels. But don’t let my misfortune grow into yours. Just because I won’t be able to make to any of these events, and therefore they will obviously suffer for my absence, doesn’t mean you should get all depressed and just stay home. Go. To as many as possible.

Before you look at the prices and decide “but it’s so expensive” remember that most event prices include tax AND gratuity. I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember the last time I ever left a bar full of food, good beer and good times for prices like this.

Some highlights:

Dead Famous Dead Guy Crawl : Yes, this is your chance to dress up as a zombie version of a celebrity, stagger around downtown and drink good beer. I missed this event last year (when it was just a funeral for Dix), and have regretted it ever since.

Legacy Liquor Store Cellaring Seminar : Chris knows his cellaring, and any aspiring beer geek would do well to heed his advice. I know I’ve written about cellaring before (and likely will again, on, say… Tuesday), but there’s just something about learning in person that beats reading some egomaniac’s barely literate scrawlings on the ‘tubes.

Upright x Driftwood Brewmaster’s Dinner : Two of my favourite brewers together in one spot? Sweet mother of all that’s holy, I might fly back from Cuba for one night to go to this.

Driftwood Beer Dinner at Hapa Umi : The Driftwood Hapa Izakaya meal last year was supposed to be fantastic (I was off doing something else beer-related) so this is bound to be great.

Red Truck Brewmaster Dinner and Cheese Tasting : I think there might be cheese at this one.

The Whip’s Firkin Fetish Night with Storm Brewing : Storm Casks, good food and nigh-naked people? Yes please! James, please keep your pants (mostly) on.

Alibi Room Presents, Brothers in Hop Featuring: Red Racer Beer x Ninkasi Brewing x Hopworks Urban Brewing : Ninkasi has never been in BC (aside from kegs) before, so I’m excited to see if these VCBW appearances are the start of a product launch (a la Upright last year).

Lastly, VCBW also created a video to advertise the week, and it’s been floating around the web since late last night. Since I’ve already been asked a couple of times, I’ll just point out straight away that No, this is not me. My leotard is purple, and this one is quite obviously teal. In fact, not only is this Not Me, but I had absolutely nothing to do with the conception, planning, execution or production of this fine fine example of post-modern beer-themed art. Shocking, I know. So shocking, in fact, that even I’m a bit wary to believe this disclaimer because, let’s face it, if you gave me a lot of money, a camcorder, and two furry outfits, this is likely what I’d make, beer week to advertise or no.

Not Me, but seriously… Woof!

Finally, it wouldn’t be a blog by Chuck without me taking exception to something. In this case it is VCBW whoring out to accept sponsorship funding from The Charles Bar. Guys, do you seriously need money so badly that you’re willing to take it from someone who’s idea of Craft Beer is Whistler Brewing? Yeah, I get it, they have Phillips in bottles, but anyone even remotely interested in good beer would have something better on tap than Whistler Dreck Light, Whistler Dreck Dark, Pilsner, Rickard’s, Heineken and Guinness.

This is a serious shot to your credibility. Wise up.

/PS Holy shit! The Backstage Lounge has good beer! When did this happen? Anyone up for a Sunny Saturday Patio Excursion sometime before my departure on April 29th?

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April 8th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

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