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February Beer of the Month

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Wow, this month is hard to do, and for the opposite reason from some of the fall months. Back then, pre-Sartori, there was a dearth of new or interesting beers to be had. This month, the liquor stores are freaking full of great ales. Stupid winter and your stupid non-stop awesome beer releases.

Here’s what’s going through my beer geek brain. Take a gander:

Lighthouse Belgian Black — Perhaps the most interesting (best?) in Lighthouse’s Small Brewery, Big Flavour series, and definitely one of the coolest bottles to come out in a while. I should give the nod to them simply to reward them for taking the series even deeper into beer geek territory, right?

Howe Sound Pothole Filler — HS ales have honestly been a bit hit or miss recently; I chock that up to growing pains. Even this year’s Pothole Filler is not as awesome as I remember it last year, but any Imperial Stout is great, and it’s very nice to have a nightcap ale that won’t evaporate off the shelves like water on the desert floor. Speaking of which…

Driftwood Singularity — Sure, it isn’t out yet, but it is due out in February, and should be a contender right? Will it be as crotch-grabbingly good as last year, or a complete flop? I have no idea but I’m still going to buy lots of it.

Russell/Storm Big Smoke — Putting Storm in a bottle must have taken some convincing, or at the very least getting James too drunk to say no. But this beer has been on the shelves for quite some time now, and I’d hate to be late to the party.

Phillips/Garrison Baltic Porter — Another neglected style, and another collaboration ale. Surprisingly quaffable despite the horrible label. Too many logos makes this bottle look like Microsoft designed it.

So what’s a guy like me to do? Ignore all that and pick a total rookie? Damned straight.

February’s Beer of the Month is (drumroll): Hoyne Beer (all of them)

I know there’s a fourth beer, but I just can’t bring myself to show it knowing how much more awesome it would have been if the LDB hadn’t censored the title.

Hoyne is the new guy on the block, and as such, deserves our support. Even as I write this Sean’s beers are only just getting onto the shelves in the Lower Mainland. If you’ve ever had beers from Swan’s you know the style: simple, quaffable ales of high quality.

As much as I would love to have shone the spotlight on any of the (worthy) contenders above, a new craft brewery is something even better for local beer. So go out and buy, loyal legions!

Written by chuck

February 2nd, 2012 at 12:37 pm

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  1. We seriously need to start a beer exchange program. You can legally ship beer, right? Right? They’re ‘yeast samples’…!


    2 Feb 12 at 12:58

  2. Hoyne used to brew at Canoe, not Swans 🙂


    3 Feb 12 at 09:51

  3. swans first. then canoe


    3 Feb 12 at 10:11

  4. @Rachel — Also, Canoe is a rare bird over here on the mainland, and I was attempting to give people a heads up as to what to expect rather than imply origins. Sean’s beers, right now, are very similar in style to Swan’s although not identical.


    3 Feb 12 at 10:17

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