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Alibi 400 Beer List

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My hosting provider might call me over this one, but it’s worth it. Okay everyone, here are all the menus for the Alibi Room’s 100, 200, 300 and 400th Beer List Celebrations! These thumbnails click through to very high resolution PDFs so you can print out your very own copy if you’d like, or perhaps just browse online and remember the good times (or forensically reconstruct the good times which you only vaguely recall). Cheers!

It’s beauutiful.

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February 19th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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Alibi 400 – First Round

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First, for those that didn’t see it, I tweeted the full menu pretty much immediately upon arrival last night. Expect a much better, high resolution version soon to join the 100, 200 and 300 tap list menus to be found elsewhere on this site (search for them, you lazy bastards).

To recap, here’s Page 1, Page 2 and Page 3, but don’t just stare at the goods, read Nigel’s intro as well when I post the full thing. It’ll pull your beer geek heart strings.

I’ve only been there one night (so far), but here are my take-aways. As always, these are my personal opinions, sometimes based on only a few sips. If a beer doesn’t appear here, it’s because I decided to go home before falling over and didn’t try it.

I’ll aim to get back there at least one more time. It might be tonight. It might be tomorrow. It might be both.


  • Upright Pearwood Smoked Lager: Delicious, smooth and not too smokey.
  • Upright OP Barrel Aged Sour Stout: Complex and slightly sour.
  • Gigantic Petit Quad: Lowering the sugar vs a normal quad allows some of the dryer complexity to shine through.
  • P49 x Steamworks: All-brett IPA: A complex, funky beast. I had it side by side with the Cantillon Gilloise and it won.
  • Yaletown Oud Bruin Custom Blend: This was perfect, and truly makes me think the 2012 must be too sour and the 2013 not sour enough.
  • Ninkasi Imperial Stout: A pretty straight forward imperial stout… you had me at imperial.
  • Central City Simcoe/Amarillo Hopped DIPA: Proof why Gary is the King of DIPAs
  • Cantillon Gilloise Lambic blend: I swear a funk band started playing when I ordered this. Barnyard (in a good way), socks (in a good way), and funky brett (in a good way).


  • Cantillon Kriek & Gueze — Sure, it’s spelt wrong on the menu, but these are still great Belgians. I’m just not sure I like the kegged version over the bottles, though, so they get a meh from me. Hey, I’m nothing if not controversial.
  • P49 Hay Fever Saison: I’m sure I’ll come to love this beer around April, but right now it’s just not saison-y enough to stand out on this menu.
  • Steamworks SpecTAKular Saison: A cloudy, slightly better version of Hay Fever, but still pretty meh.

Written by chuck

February 19th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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Alibi 400

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Oh happy day! Today marks the Day One of The Alibi Room’s 400th Tap List Celebration! Am I going? I’m already here! I snuck into the basement last night around 2am. Good luck, finding me, Nigel!

In order to keep all the rest of you up to date, I’ll be updating this post as information rolls in over the course of the day with rumoured beers and the current line status. Updates will likely abruptly stop around 3pm, though, because I’ll be drinking.

Because some folk have asked, here’s the raw details: Doors @4pm (1 hour early), 10oz tasters are $4.00 for all beers. The official celebrations start tonight and go until Thursday, but there will likely be some leftovers for Friday and beyond.

Tonight will focus on not-Imperial Stouts and Barley Wines, so expect lots of sours, IPAs, and other less hangover inducing goodness. Here’s the latest on rare/rumoured beers (big thanks to jantweats):

Update: From Nigel himself: No theme days. Everything goes on as soon as there is a tap to pour it (there are more beers than taps).

  • Cask of Driftwood Singularity(Tues) Update — Horrors! It’s actually OCD despite what the label said!
  • An all brett IPA collab between Steamworks (Tak) and Parallel 49 (Graham)
  • Brewed-to-purpose, home-brew winning English Brown Ale, brewed by Howe Sound
  • Another home brew winning IPA (Super 8-Bit IPA), brewed by Elsyian (Correction: Brewed by Alameda)
  • Three Cantillon sours
  • 2011 Yaletown Oud Bruin
  • Upright bourbon barrel stout (Tues)
  • Cask of GIB’s Barley Wine (only cask of this I’ve heard of) (Tues)Update – From Nigel, No Go
  • North Coast 15th Anniversay Old Rasputin (Tues) >Update – From Nigel, No Go
  • CC Thor’s Hammer (Tues)
  • Phillips Black Jackal
  • All of P49’s latest offerings (Lord of the Hops, From Cascadia/East Van, Hay Fever)
  • Added: Tofino Spruce Tip IPA. Considered (by me) to potentially be the best IPA in the world.

I miss anything? Put ’em in the comments.

And many more. And now for something very special. A picture of the current line! (Again, I will update this throughout the day as changes happen… until 3pm or so). Lineup picts courtesy Craig.

Last Update I’m joining the newly formed line. Check my Twitter (details up there) for the latest.

03:20PM – Craig update: Likely final update? Perrin spotted relaxing in the calm before the storm, when a shambling drifter in a black jacket stumbled up and started warbling conspiracy theories about “cameras everywhere”.

02:50PM – Craig update: Still no line, but a Koo Produce man was spotted delivering ‘vegetables’.

12:45PM: Craig here, Barley Mowat International’s Amateur Photojournalist Extraordinaire. Chuck’s given me the reins, which let’s face it, was a huge mistake for an award winning beer blogger, especially considering his pathetic attempt at humour below. You don’t try to take a swipe at a guy who always carries a camera (and in the process denigrate the musical genius of a generation) and then give him the keys to your public voice, do you? Who knows what he’d do?

02:20PM – Our circling beer drones report no line-up. I’m starting to question everyone’s devotion.

12:38PM: Still just Craig in line, although now he’s watching from across the street, ready to pounce. I’m not sure he knows this isn’t the lineup for Wiggles tickets.

09:57AM – Relax. He’s lined up for Tuesday.[full size]

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February 18th, 2013 at 10:47 am

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