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Railway Cask Update

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There were rumours floating around that the Railway Club’s cask today was to be something special… something weird. Ever since the intrepid VancouverBeerBlogger uncovered the possible existence of a pineapple beer inside Barry Benson’s (the B in R&B) mind, we’ve all been waiting with baited breath for it to burst out of his temple and make an appearance in the real world. (Aside, the glimpse into madness happened about half way through this excellent interview. You should read it, but only when you’re done here).

Pineapple beer is known to exist in Africa, and is also known to be universally gord-awful. If anyone could make a good version, it would have to be the fine folk who transitioned bacon beer from myth to reality.

So, when it was announced a little while ago that the 22nd of March would be a great day for going to the Railway Club to put tiny umbrellas in your beer and not feel awkward about it, I was exstatic… eggstatic… eckstatic… very happy. Then, when it was announced on twitter that said cask had expired in a beer-based explosion (aside: quite possibly the most awesomest of explosion types) I was equally crestfallen.

Oh well, beer innovation is not a straight-forward march from pale lager to bacon stout. There are sidetracks, wipeouts and yes, u-turns along the way. One day we will have pineapple beer but, alas, that day is not today. Instead we will have to drown our sorrows in an emergency replacement cask of R&B’s excellent East Side Bitter, wipe a tear from our eye and dream of what one day could be.

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March 22nd, 2011 at 10:56 am

Wow. Just Wow.

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These are truly wondrous times we inhabit. Medical progress is sprinting along; new and marvellous technological wonders burst into existence, mediocrity and obsolescence with frightening haste (but mostly in Japan) and we take for granted every-day abilities and devices that likely would have gotten you declared a witch and burnt at the stake as recently as 1993.

But all this has come to a peak. Humanity has, at last, achieved a spire of magnificent technological achievement so high, so daring, so astonishingly beyond-the-pale that further progress will be deemed unnecessary. We all might as well pack up our things and go home to the caves.

Yes, we have created… Bacon Beer. The cask at the Railway Club this coming Tuesday is to be R&B’s Bacon-infused Dark Star Oatmeal Stout. I intend to be there, as much to bask in the holy glow of all this beer represents as to savour, sip and discuss its inevitable bacon-ness with other members of the Bearded Beer Brigade.

You should come, too, if only to avoid the need of devising a lame alibi to tell your grandkids for where you were when The Great Revolution started.

Honestly, it will likely be terrible beer but–much like bad milk–you just gotta try it, ya know?

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November 12th, 2010 at 10:34 am

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