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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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Harvest Fest Conclusions

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Just a quick summary of the events on Saturday, presented in order of Worst to Best Beer.

  1. Big River Gingerbread Ale
    Big River stood us up. Their promised Gingerbread Ale Beer was no where to be seen. Absent beers are the worst kind.
  2. Central City Pumpkin Ale
    Central City wound up just pouring their Pumpkin Ale from the taps at the Rail. I looked around for some tires to slash, but I suppose it makes sense they wouldn’t drive out there to not deliver a keg. This is not a terrible, or even bad, beer but laziness is only slightly better than not showing up at all.
  3. Central City Oktoberfest Ale
    Oktoberfest Ales are meant to be light, tasty, and easily quaffable. In an interesting twist on this theme, CC’s chipotle-infused offering was virtually undrinkable. I don’t hold this against them, however, as Chipotle Ales are incredibly hard to make work. Even Rogue’s bottled variety is border-line, and they’ve thrown years and piles of cash at making this a viable product.
  4. R&B Cornucopia Golden Ale
    This Mushroom Ale was… surprisingly not horrible. This ended up being a full bodied light ale with a counter-intuitively pleasant mushroom/earth finish. It’s not a finished product by far, but I think there’s potential to round this out.
  5. Granville Island Brewing Fresh Hopped ESB
    GIB’s Fresh Hopped ESB was decent, if somewhat unremarkable. The fresh hop taste I was hoping for was absent; perhaps I expected more than this beer could deliver. I also suspect I would have enjoy it more if it was just labeled a “Cask ESB.”
  6. Phillips Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale
    There was nothing limited about this ale, as it was just served out of LDB-fresh bottles. That didn’t stop it from being very tasty. Pumpkin ales range from sweet and pumpkin-y all the way over to light and spicy. On the spicy end are ales like CC’s, and on the sweet end are glasses of pie like Steamwork’s. This is absolutely like the latter. Pick up a bottle, grab some whipped cream, and have at ‘er.
  7. Phillips Grow Hop Fresh Hop Bitter
    Now here’s the fresh hopped taste I was looking for. While nothing to compare with Driftwood’s Sartori, this is still a very fine ale. By keeping it towards the lighter end of the bitter spectrum (this is a Bitter, not a Special Bitter, or an Extra Special Bitter), this beer balances excellent grain flavours with the lighter fresh hops without being too bitter.
  8. Storm Echinacea Stout
    This beer starts off tasting like a plain old great stout with nothing special about it, but slowly builds a pleasantly medicinal taste at the back of your throttle. Yes, I said “pleasantly medicinal.” No, I’m not kidding.
  9. Howe Sound Imperial Pumpkineater
    I knew something was up when this cask was left un-tapped on the counter because it “wasn’t ready yet.” It was tapped and served shortly thereafter to cheers. And they were right–it wasn’t ready. Instead it was delicious. I suspect the crew up in Squish tripped when they were adding the malt to this, because this cask had much more sugar in it than the regular version. As a result, it was noticeably sweeter and–I suspect–a bit more alcoholic.
  10. Russell Brewing Oaked/Spiced Wee Angry Scotch Ale
    Russell’s beer took the show, IMHO. This cask was absolutely delicious, and gains points as well for showing that Russell is taking good beer seriously once again. I am surprised at this, but I now have to give serious consideration to their other tall bottle ales, rather than dismissing them out of hand.

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October 18th, 2010 at 10:45 am

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