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Election Day

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In honour of election day south of the border, I figured I’d be a pageview whore and throw up a meaningless poll. Go ahead, friends, and waste 5 seconds of your work day voting in this here poll for best beer in BC. Consider the comments section to be a write-in ballot. If enough folk nominate a new beer, I might just add it.

This poll closes… whenever I feel like, but likely sometime today.

Rules for consideration:

  • One entry per brewery, max
  • Must be a regular beer. No seasonals.
  • Initial list was populated by pulling from the Top 25 Beers in BC, according to RateBeer.
  • Plus Steamworks Pilsner… because that didn’t make the top 25, despite winning “Best in BC” recently.

Update: It’s over! Driftwood walks away with the crown, despite a late rally by Cannery Brewing in favour of their Maple Stout. Final Tally:

Driftwood Fat Tug: 45%
Central City IPA: 25%
Cannery Maple Stout: 13%
Crannog Backhand of God: 11%
Phillips Amnesiac DIPA: 5%
Steamworks Pilsner: 1%

Total Votes: 64

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November 6th, 2012 at 10:49 am

Phillips Super Release

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It’s three, three, three craft beer releases in one! A lot of local breweries put out special releases for BC Craft Beer Month. Some of those were special one-offs, and some where regular releases that just happened to fall in the month of October.

Phillips decided to one-up them all by doing a bit of both, and releasing three beers in one whack. The three beers represent wildly different styles, so there’s no real theme here. But how are they? Might as well dive in.

First up, the “Eric Jourdan” Northwest Style Amber Ale. This is the latest beer in the growing category of “beer recipes devised by home brewers but produced by commercial breweries.” As with all the others, there was a competition at some point, and the winner is awarded a phat contract with a local brewer to have their dreams fulfilled. If this sounds familiar, it should. Yup, it’s basically the same concept as reality TV, only with beer. Canada’s Kidz Got Brewing, if you will.

For those not in the know, putting “Northwest” in the title of a beer is basically code for “fucktonne of hops,” and boy is it accurate in this case. Whoa. You can’t solve all your problems by throwing new-world hops at it. This was likely a decent amber ale, but then someone decide to quadruple the C-hops component. Or at least that’s my theory, there’s no way to tell as there’s nothing left of that theoretically nice amber ale in this beer. Yes, I said it’s too hoppy. Deal with it.

Next up is the Green Reaper, Phillips take on a fresh-hopped IPA. It even comes with a great little video on how it was made, complete with the staff of Phillips giving themselves what must have been severe cases of hop-burn (use gloves next time, guys).

How does it taste? Fresh hops over medium body, but not so much as to hide the malt. Could be hoppier and more aromatic, but overall not a bad take on the subject matter. The freshness of the hops shine through here, but it needs to decide if it’s an IPA or a pale ale. This one kinda ends up in the middle. Since it says on the label that it’s an IPA I’ll say on the blog that it’s a bit disappointing.

Lastly, rounding out the pack is The Puzzler. This beer is a collaboration between Phillips and Great Lakes Brewing from back east, and is described as a “Belgian Black IPA.” Yup, that’s three styles all in one there. With so much going on, this will be a very hard beer to get right. The hops are going to fight with the heavy malt of the black IPA while the Belgian funk will hanging out around the edges. This beer by all reasonable means should be a hot mess without any real direction, but it’s not.

Each component comes through nicely balanced. You can taste the heavy malt, Belgian yeast and hops individually as well as together, making for a surprisingly interesting brew. I’m not sold on the style overall, but this is a great beer none-the-less.

As a side note, does anyone else notice a solidly metallic tang to all of Phillips’ beers? It’s got to be either the yeast or their piping, but it’s there and it makes these beers stand out in a negative way.

Coles notes:

Brewery Phillips Brewing
From Victoria, BC
Name Eric Jourdan Green Reaper Puzzler
Style NW Amber Fresh Hopped IPA Belgian Black IPA
SOA Now N/A N/A Bronze
SOA Potential N/A; not cellaring beer.
Drink Now.
Best simulation of that unique Phillips style Suck on penny then take a swig of any beer
Availability Widespread LRS
Cost $6.50-$9.00 per 650ml bomber
Similar Beers (you can buy) Any dry hopped IPA Hoyne Wolf Vine None
Chuck says Skip Try it Drink heavily


One out of three ain’t bad.

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November 4th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

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Game On

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We’re finally coming out of the late summer beer lull: those lazy days of late August after the summer releases have become scarce but before the tsunami of awesome Autumn releases pile up and demand room in my cellar.

For most of September the local breweries were preoccupied with producing their pumpkin beers. With the latest round of brewpub bottlings, have a truly amazing crop of pumpkin beers available this year. I count no less than 10 pumpkin beers available for purchase for in-home (or on-patio) consumption.

But honestly, while I do like a good pumpkin ale, it’s not what gets us beer geeks all worked up in a tizzy. No siree. They’re damned fine, but they are no Imperial Stout or Barley Wine, those two reigning kings of fine ale.

However, we just can’t jump straight into the main act of fall releases. That’d be a bit premature. We have to first get ourselves warmed up some teasers. The pumpkins served their role as a flirtation, but now we need something a bit more serious to occupy our attention.

And that something is the fresh-hopped beers. The king of all fresh-hopped beers is Driftwood Sartori, and it is making its way to beer stores as I type this. When I first has this brew, I was convinced that no better beer could be made or even conceived of. While my opinion has come down a bit, I still think it’s one of the best IPAs in the province.

But don’t stop there! Driftwood isn’t the only one dumping buckets of still-green hops into their beers. Phillips, Granville Island and even new-guy Hoyne are all throwing their mitts into the rink. Buy ’em all and do a side-by-each comparison. The only winner here is you.

And when you wake up from your hop-induced coma, it’ll be time to take things up a notch with the fall releases all our favourite stouts, porters and winter warmers. Oh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year…

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September 25th, 2012 at 12:27 pm