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Blink and You Miss It (VCBW Preview)

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Vancouver Craft Beer Week, that annual celebration of all things awesome and right with this city, is coming back for yet another year. To that end, they launched their website, event listings, and ticket sales all in one fell swoop. Notably improved from last year was both the ticketing partner (Eventbrite) and the timing (noon vs midnight) of the launch.

Ticketing was so vastly improved, in fact, that Hoppapolooza sold out in thirty minutes instead of three hours. Yup, sorry, it’s all gone now. Yes, I got tickets. Thanks for asking! Don’t worry about the other events–they won’t sell out for some time yet. If you’re stuck with too much money and no Hoppapolooza tickets, what should you do? Here’s my guide for VCBW 2013:

1. Hoppapolooza IV. Yeah, I know both sessions sold out, but I have to rub it in a bit more. This is probably the single best beer event in BC. Imagine Nigel Springthorpe (Alibi Room) calling in every favour owed him to put together the most amazing beer list any BC geek has ever seen. That’s Hoppapolooza. Pro Tip: If you didn’t get tickets, try lining up the next day at 5pm to sample the leftovers. Usually Nigel goes a bit nuts, and even the most dedicated crowd of beer geeks can drink all of the awesomeness in one go. Or wait for tickets to show up on Craigslist at a 300% markup.

2. Cicerone vs Sommelier. I always contend that beer can trump wine for food pairings. Not everyone agrees with me, but even most of the naysayers admit it’s close. Wine v Beer dinners are always lots of fun, and this should be no exception.

3. PDX Beer Week. This one won’t be special so much for the awesome beer on hand (perhaps mostly because Portland Craft ALWAYS has awesome PDX beer on tap), but more for the people. The brewmasters of Gigantic (Ben Love), Ninkasi (Jamie Floyd), Upright (Alex Ganum), The Commons (Mike Wright), Alameda (Carston Haney), and Occidental (Ben Engler) will be there. When you cram this much US brewing talent in a small space, I virtually guarantee some Canuck brewers will also turn up.

The rest is your standard mix of festivals, dinners, and general beer-love. While I’m jaded enough to look at the master list and find it a bit boring, 99.9% of the beer drinking public is not me. No matter what tickets you pick up, you’ll find yourself in a room surrounded by beer geeks. You’ll have a great evening, make some new friends, and then want to take a shower to get all that beard hair off. Cuz eewwww.

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April 22nd, 2013 at 2:35 pm

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.

Winners

  • 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).

Losers

  • 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.
  • Tofino Spruce Tip IPA: THIS IS NOT THE SAME BEER WE HAD A YEAR AGO. WHERE IS THE FOREST, DAMNIT!?

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February 19th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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