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A Quick Tip

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The only thing better than good beer is free good beer. It was brought to my attention lately that Rogue WetBar is doing a Twitter promotion on Thursdays for just such a thing. Specifically:

roguewetbar: “Thurs-ty Thursday is back! Show ur server u follow @roguewetbar & tell them ur thurs-ty for a (type of beer) u’ll get that beer on us!”

I have proof that this approach works in the form of a Rogue Dead Guy Ale. It should also be noted that there appear to be no drink or food prerequisites to use this, so I imagine you can just wander up to the bar after work, get your free pint, and head home (remember to tip, though; just because the beer is free doesn’t mean the service is).

I must solidly place my support behind promotions of this kind, bad grammar aside (I know Twitter is only 140 characters guys, but there’s gotta be a better way to phrase this than to resort to “u” and its ugly variants–we all graduated high school around here, right?).

In addition to a the best beer list west of Carrall, Rogue also has excellent eats and a great patio for summer lounging (and Driftwood Whitebark Pitchers are on special Fridays), so absolutely head over there and give them your money. All of it.

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January 14th, 2011 at 11:14 am

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The Cove

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This Saturday I found myself hungry and in Kits. Rather than make use of my precious last-remaining Groupon for Darby’s (which I’m saving for summer and their sweet roofdeck), I elected to head over to The Cove (nĂ© Jerimiah’s) and see how a renaming has affected Kitsilano’s own slice of the valley. Yes, I said slice of the valley. Jerry’s was one of the few places in town where you could have Keno with your Kokanee, and they even had a pulltab machine stuffed away in the back–a feature that was rare to find outside of the DTES. The bar was usually packed with the sort of old-school Kits locals that honestly looked like they would have driven there in their F-350s if they didn’t live around the corner in a house Dad paid off in the 50s.

So, what’s changed? The seating has been freshly redone and, um, that’s about it. There are TVs everywhere, which would be a boon during a hockey game but are an annoying distraction otherwise (yes, I am a hockey bigot). The food is markedly better than before, but limited to the sort of up-scale pub grub expected these days.

The taps are greatly improved, though, now including Driftwood Farmhand, Central City IPA and Cannery’s Naramata Nut Brown (although they either don’t want to tell us it’s from Cannery Brewing or they don’t know it is). Phillips Blue Buck rounds out the craft beer, but frankly I’m not a huge fan of that beer. Lastly, the macro drinkers have shifted from Kokanee to Canadian, but honestly I’m not sure that anyone noticed.

The pre-Cove regulars are all still there, noisily watching football on the new screens and stopping by the SportsAction/Keno/PullTab station every few minutes to further fund our health care system (thanks, guys!). Somewhat shocking to regular readers, I found the laid back atmosphere refreshingly familiar (I did grow up in small town BC, afterall). If they would just shut off the damned TVs I’d even go back outside of a Canucks’ game.

All in all, it’s a decent effort to reinvent a bar without losing too much of the existing character, and everyone should stop by if only to let them know adding good local beer to the menu has some benefits. Now all they need is a CAMRA discount…

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January 10th, 2011 at 10:58 am

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Donnelly Group Pub: New Oxford

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If you know me, you also know that the Donnelly Group is not exactly my favourite chain of pubs. They have a talent for stamping out virtually identical, near-dance-club-like, soulless booze holes. So, whatever, we go our separate ways. I walk straight past the line-up outside The Lamplighter of shrieking mini-skirts and popped collars looking for someone to fight (waiting to pay $10 cover), and enjoy myself a solid pint at the Alibi. I’m not their target demographic, after-all. Those folks can keep the Canadian (or, if they’re feeling fancy, Stella).

And it’s not just the Lamplighter. Their list of crimes against good beer culture is actually rather impressive:

  • Smiley’s Public House
  • Metropole
  • Lamplighter
  • Cinema Public House
  • The Calling
  • The Academic

All serving up a nearly identical and uninspiring mix of GIB’s finest light ales & lagers, Bud, Stella, Molson, and the usual suspects for bad euro imports (plus oddly enough, Delirium Tremens, so I guess there’s that).

So when Donnelly announced a new pub in Yaletown–the very heart & home of the tiny-skirted-stripped-shirt crowd–I figured it’d be yet another cookie-cutter frat cave. Then Ian from Driftwood let drop that Farmhand will be on tap there. Then I caught a glimpse of a freakin’ shuffleboard table in a preview pic.

The beer list is likewise unexpected: 2 Phillips taps in addition to Farmhand. The bottle list features such names as Pike, Deschutes, Anchor, Dogfish Head, Acme, 4x Unibroue, and St Ambroise.

I haven’t been down yet, so I can’t say how it looks in person, or if they’ll find some way to bollocks this up, but I’m holding out hope for the place. The next time I get thirsty in Yaletown I’ll pop in and render a verdict. Note that I basically live in Yaletown and am thirsty all the time, so I’ll see you guys soon.

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December 16th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

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