Beauty is in the Eye of the Beer Holder

Happy Monday! I’m trying out a new thing this week… It’s called “being on time” but I’m just taking it out for a test drive — no promises that it will continue this way. Either way, enjoy this beer that’s coming in hot to our shelves.

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I’M CRUSHING ON THIS SILVER VALLEY CRUSH HAZY PALE ALE

I’m crushing almost as hard on this beer as they crushed the hop juices into it, and trust me, if you taste it you’ll know there is A LOT. The flavour in this one is big as they brought in the hops late and dry to really crush that juicy citrus taste. Its smooth mouthfeel and lack of bitterness make this beer a go-to, crush-able Summer brew without losing the higher alcohol content with a decent 7%. Take on Summer with these brews and you’ll crush it.

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IT MAY TAKE TWO TO TANGO, BUT IT TAKES ONE TO MANGO

…And that one is Ravens Brewing. Just like the spice of a good tango routine, this beer adds a kick of spice to your mango. This Two to Tango Mango Jalapeno Gose is a brand new limited edition beer of theirs adds just enough heat to the heat of Summer without pushing it too far. It’s not only a refreshing, fruity gose but it has the added balance of jalapeno notes to match the mango and just give you that hint of heat to your tongue at the end of your sip. Enjoy these on the hottest of days and you will not be disappointed by the refreshed feeling that comes after.

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EVEN IF THIS BEER IS AS CLOSE TO SUPERMAN AS YOU GET, IT STILL COUNTS

Just like Superman, this beer is incredibly STRONG. If you’re in the business of looking for the strongest beer, you just might be in luck with this one. The Super Fearless Imperial IPA by Dead Frog is like the ghost pepper of hot sauces, this beer is almost as strong and bitter as they come with 9% alcohol and an IBU of 93. Bold and flavourful, this beer is packed with hops (dry hopped of course) and a good helping of malts to blow your socks off and leave you feeling as strong as this beer is.

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THE CURE TO FEELING HAZY? TAKE ONE DOSE OF A HAZY IPA

Warning: this is not a real prescription, more like a suggestion… and not a good one if that. BUT, if you’re looking for a good beer, THAT’S what I can offer you. This Hazy IPA from Salt Spring Island is brand new and produces flavours that I’ve been dying to have: peach and grapefruit. With close to no bitterness and a ton of flavour, it’s Summer in a bottle. Unfiltered, unprocessed, straight to the bottle and into your stomach. Come get it!

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YOU CAN BECOME AN EVERYDAY WARRIOR WITH THIS DIPA

Old Yale Brewing is gearing you up to crush every day of the week with their Weekend Warrior Double IPA. This one is a Limited Release that is back around for a second time so you’ll have to get all you can before it’s gone so that you can really make it through the week (and every week). This brew is packed with hops-a-plenty: Chinook, Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus deliver the piney and citrusy taste that this DIPA exudes. The hops will keep you jumping, with a little bit of malt to balance it all and keep your endurance high. Weekend or not, this beer is a treat.

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JUST LIKE THEY SAY A JOKE IS A REAL KNEE SLAPPER, THIS BEER IS A REAL HEAD BANGER

Strathcona Beer Company came out with a new Triple IPA called Head Banger. This beer is made with a base of Weyermann Pilsner, golden oats, rye and malted oats. To bring in the real show stoppers, this beer is double dry hopped with five different hops and then it is fermented with a special blend of their secret yeast. It boasts flavours of sweet pear, cherry and tropical fruit and this strong beer will give you such a strong kick that it could leave you head banging all night, especially when drinking with the right people!

JUPITER HURRY OR YOU’LL MISS THIS STELLAR BREW

You won’t want to miss this one — it’s out of this world. The Super Jupiter Mango ISA by Howe Sound Brewing is so refreshing and full of mango and tropical fruit flavour that you might not remember what planet you’re on… and that’s more than okay. Enjoy this light and refreshing ISA because you can drink it allll day long.

Sixteen Beers is the New Sixteen Candles

Maybe you thought this week there would be less beer than last. You were wrong. This week we have SIXTEEN beers. As if we couldn’t top last week, we did it again. I think this is our peak though… don’t expect too much from us.

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THIS BEER FROM STRATHCONA IS ALL THAT AND THEN SOME

Strathcona Brewing brought some beautiful brews to cool you down on these hot days. The first brew is their All That And Then Some Pale Ale With Mosaic. This beer embodies the refreshing taste that you’re looking for (and then some) with a light body composed of pilsner and white wheat malts, as well as several hops that enhance the citrus flavour and floral tones of this beer. Next, their Beach Lemon Mandarin Radler is exactly what it sounds like: perfect for a day at the beach to quench your thirst with the combination of lemon peel, mandarin juice, and light beer to give you that tart and clean finish. Choose one or take them both, but trust me — these beers are your new go-to Summer brews for a BBQ or a beach hang.



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WAKE ME UP WHEN SUMMER HAS BEGUN

Fieldhouse is on fire (who isn’t in this heat) with their new Summer brews and they are making me realllly impatient for Summer to be in full swing. Their Mandarin Berliner Weisse is a wheat and oat-based sour ale. It is soured with a Lactobacillus culture and hopped with Mandarina Bavaria with sweet citrus notes and fermented on fresh Mandarin zest and juice to make it acidic and flavourful. To reiterate in layman’s terms… this brew is made for Summer. It’s sour, it’s flavourful, and it’s refreshing.

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NEW BREWERY ALERT: MAKE SPACE FOR BEER THAT IS OUT OF THIS WORLD

We are stoked to welcome Ecliptic Brewing from Portland, Oregon to our shelves as their beers are amazing and worth the shot if you’ve never tried it. We got all we could that’s available to us. The Carina Peach Sour Ale is crisp, tart and packed of peach flavour to give you that fresh taste and finish. Their Phaser Hazy IPA is a special release beer that is juicy and unfiltered, hopped like crazy to give off those good fruit notes. Lastly, their Starburst IPA is bursting with hops, allowing you to focus on their brilliance and let it take you to new heights. Join us in our adoration and TRY IT NOW!

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NEED TO CALM DOWN? HAVE A BEER… IT MAKES EVERYTHING ZEN

If only it really worked that way. Either way, while it might not calm things down, it could calm you down for a short time. Silver Valley’s “Everything Zen” Dry Hopped Sour is the balance that you need in your life: the Sour to your sweet. Crisp sourness paired with the citrusy hop flavours balance this beer out perfectly. It will refresh you when things are getting heated and console you when you’re getting down. Come get your newest cuddle buddy and everything might start to feel better again.

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WHY TAKE A TRIP WHEN YOU CAN DRINK SALT SPRING ISLAND?

Alright, so we can’t all afford to take a trip but the next best thing is drinking brews from nice places. With four brews from Salt Spring Island Brewing added to our shelves, we’ll have to do this in short. Their Golden Ale is an award-winning, drinkable session ale with a distinct toasty and nutty flavour and citrus hops. The Earl Grey IPA will be your best friend when you can’t decide between a cup of tea or a refreshing brew; a hard decision with this crisp brew filled with caramel sweetness and citrus/floral aromas. The Heather Ale is infused with local heather flowers, a small amount of hops, with a floral and honey aroma that gives you a cider/mead-like taste to your brew. Last but not least, their complex Seasonal Nettle Ale which is brewed with island-foraged stinging nettle and honey; leaving you with just the right amount of earth tones balanced with hops and honey.

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I CRUSH, YOU CRUSH, WE ALL CRUSH “WOULD CRUSH”

A brand new brew from Twin Sails called “Would Crush” Raspberry Wheat Ale has hit the shelves and it fits all the characteristics of a good BC beer: raspberries (not a very long list for me). Simple and juicy, this beer started as a traditional American style wheat ale and then was packed with flaked and malted wheat and a truckload of raspberries. With a creamy mouthfeel and the fruity character, this beer is light and crisp and the perfect refresher to your hot afternoon (or evening). Crush it, crush it hard.

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IF YOU DON’T STOP AND GET THIS BEER, YOU’RE UNDER ARREST

Happy to get Bridge Brewing from Vancouver on our shelves with one of their core beers and a seasonal release as well. Drinking The Fuzz Milkshake IPA is like taking a sip of a tropical milkshake with the tropical and peach flavours combined with a hint of vanilla to give it that milkshake taste, and lactose and flaked oats to give it the milkshake mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy, juicy and did I say smooth? Sounds perfect to me. Bootable Offense Aussie IPA is hopped with aussie hops which give it flavours of passion fruit, mango and pineapple. It has a hint of spice to top it all off and make it an enjoyable, easy-to-drink brew.

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NEW BREWERY ALERT: LIFTED UP OUT OF THE OLD, INTO THE NEW

Incidents & Accidents is a brand new Brewing Company located in Vancouver, BC that is bringing new ideas to the Craft Beer industry. Their new and only brew so far is called the Lifted Super Lemon Hazy IPA. What makes this craft brew different from the rest is that it is made with plant terpenes from the same hemp plant that some marijuana strains come from so that the beer emulates the flavour of cannabis. This beer does NOT contain any marijuana but it is made to taste similar to it. Alongside this, enjoy the delicious taste of lemon (thanks to hops) to compliment it all. This is an exciting step in the craft beer industry and if you are into trying new things, this is the beer for you!

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CHILDHOOD CANDY TO ADULT DRINKING BUDDY

Named after the candies you ate in your childhood (or your adulthood… whichever is true for you) this beer is reminiscent of the Warhead candy in all the best ways. Dead Frog Brewing nailed it with this War Head Imperial Kettle Sour, perfecting the fruity flavours of lemon and blackberry to get you puckered up and ready for the next swig.

See you next week!

Loads of Beer Means Loads of Happiness

I’m so sorry to have kept you all waiting… but I promise I come bearing a HUGE beer load this week. We have a whopping TWELVE new craft beers that hit our shelves this week. From new breweries to new brews and returning brews… we have it all. Ok, I won’t keep you waiting any longer! CHECK THESE OUT!

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THIS BREW HAS ME TANGERINE DREAMIN’

One of the newest beers to hit our shelves this week is from 4 Mile Brewing Co. in Victoria, BC. Their Tangerine Dream Session Ale got a makeover and it’s not just beautiful but it’s also tasty as ever. This citrus beer is an amber-orange colour, smelling of a toasted malt, light caramel, and a sweet tangerine, orange and grapefruit. If you are looking for an easy-to-drink beer that you can drink on the patio that’s a little bit different than all the other ones, this one’s the one for you.

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A T-REX MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO DRINK THIS BEER, BUT YOU CAN

Three buds came together to make this brew happen… Parkside Brewery, Steel & Oak Brew Co., and St. Augustine’s Craft Brewhouse & Kitchen. They call it their Jazz Hands Salted Lime Pale Ale and it is about to make you rawr… cause that’s what kind of sound dinosaurs make? This brew is made with Pilsner, Carapils, and Munich malt, it’s hopped with Amarillo and then topped off with lime juice, lemon peel and salt. As if that’s all… they finished it all off by dry-hopping it with Citra and Centennial hops to give it that extra taste of Summer. This brew will make anyone do jazz hands.

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ANOTHER DRINKER, ANOTHER DRAGON (this time it’s SUPER)

A new brew from Odin Brewing that came in this week is a tall can 4-pack of their Super Galactic Space Dragon DIPA. What’s better than sparkly cans? A beer like this - with the aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, floral, and hops. It’s even topped off with some earth tones. A medium body with barely any bitterness, this beer is smooth and filled with just the perfect amount of hops (which is obviously a lot). Come grab it, cause it’s good, and well… it looks good. What else do I need to say?

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PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE THAT I DON’T HAVE… ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THIS BEER

We just recently started carrying more Yellow Dog in bombers and we are really enjoying what we are getting! They took their time with this one to make sure it was perfect… and that’s where the name came from. This week we’ve got their “Patience is a Virtue” Foeder-Aged Tart Saison with Black Raspberries. Yellow Dog brewed this beer with House of Funk Brewing’s foeder and mixed it with a bunch of different yeast strains, with bottle conditioning and then added the black raspberries. A combination made for kings and queens. I guess it was worth the wait.

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NEW BREWERY ALERT — COLLAB EDITION: BORG x CIGAR CITY

This one is complimentary of two breweries we haven't carried before in our store: Borg Brugghus and Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida and brewed all the way in Reykjavik. They created the AYCAYIA IPA, naming it after a mermaid, saying that in this beer, tropical beauty and seduction is being reincarnated. All the two have in common is an ocean between them, so they named the brew after the It’s incredibly fruity, smelling of citrus, and the hops tasting of mango, peach and orange. It makes you think you’re sitting on the beach somewhere tropical.

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BORN 2 RUN, BORN 2 DRINK BEER… SAME THING.

Yellow Dog Brewing came out with their latest limited edition beer called Born 2 Run Lemon Hibiscus Tart Wheat Ale. This beer is an official beer of their “Hustle for Hops” running club so it’s meant to be a refreshing, after-run beer. It’s light, tart, with hints of citrus and hibiscus balanced with coriander and ginger. Whether you’ve gone for a run and want something to have after, or you’re just going for a run to the liquor store to pick up these brews… you deserve it. Come get it.

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MIMOSA IN THE MORNING… CITRUS MIMOSA SOUR IPA IN THE EVENING

This baby is the 2nd edition of the Fraser Valley Brewers Collaboration! Five breweries came together to make this great brew: Fieldhouse, Foamer’s Folly, Trading Post, Raven’s, and Old Yale Brewing. When five great breweries come together, they come out with something amazing. This brew is made with Citra and Amarillo hops that give those tropical fruit and citrus notes, and then they are made even more powerful with the addition of grapefruit and orange zest. It’s then fermented dry to taste a little like champagne. It’s fruity, hoppy, and acidic - the perfect addition to any Summer day, evening… or even morning.

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FIGHT FOR THIS BEER AND IT WILL FIGHT FOR YOU

Odin Brewing also brought us their Thor’s Equinox Belgian-Style Dark Ale and we are stoked. This unique brew has been on our shelves before and we just had to bring it back. If you tried it the first time around, you should be excited… and if you haven’t tried it yet - you’re surely in for a treat. It’s got hints of rum, dates, figs, and even a little bit of a spice in the strong ale. They say that it is “darkly sweet” and woody all at the same time. Whatever that means, I think you should try it.

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SORRY, DID YOU ASK FOR STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM? OR A PALE ALE? OR BOTH?

Can’t choose between dessert or a beer? You could always have both… in one go. Although, if you have dessert with this beer, I won’t judge you for that. Either way, this beer is delicious. This brand new beer from Spectrum is making our customers (and staff) go crazy! This Strawberry Ice Cream Pale Ale is a light, hazy, pink-orange coloured beer that tastes of strawberry and vanilla (as it should). This kind of beer is for the beer-drinkers and even those that may not usually like beer… I’d say you should try it. It may surprise you and become your next go-to drink.

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NEW BREWERY ALERT #2: CITIZEN BREWING COMPANY

We have three beers that are new to our shelves from a brewery that’s new to us as well: Citizen Brewing Company located in Calgary, Alberta. First, we have their Hijacked IPA which is a bold and refreshing IPA that is full of tropical fruit notes and floral spice tones to give it a full body. Second is their North West Pale Ale which is a hop-forward take on a pale ale that balances their citrus hops and caramel malt sweetness. Lastly, their Session Ale is a clean and crisp dry-hopped blonde ale with a gentle malt approach and aromatics of citrusy hops. Try one, try all. Don’t be shy.

I hope this made up for the long wait, because in my opinion it was WELL worth it. Check back next week, because believe it or not… we have even more to come.

Have a beer-tastic week!

Isn't She Lovely? My Beer, That Is.

Let’s take a moment to admire just how beautiful beer is. Don’t worry, I’m not being discriminatory - I mean inside and out. This week we have a small line-up of fresh finds but that doesn’t make it any less amazing. Check them out.

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MO’ MONEY, MO PROBLEMS? NAH. MO’ MONEY, MO BEER.

From good old Maple Ridge comes Silver Valley Brewing with their latest “Money City Maniac” Dark Coffee Cerveza. Silver Valley collaborated with Smoking Gun Coffee Roasters to make this Dark Cerveza style lager taste like a roasted caramel-toffee infused coffee with a mild bitterness and grainy finish. It’s an easy-drinking coffee/beer mix and they hit the mark with this one. It’s smooth and not too heavy, making it the perfect companion with your breakfast… cause you know what they say, the best hangover remedy is to just drink more beer. Do they say that? Or is that just me?

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TWO DOLLARS NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD. AM I SEEING THINGS?

Big Rock Brewing brought back their Signature Citradelic Single Hop IPA. The hop you ask? It’s all in the name: Citra. You may want more so bad that you start seeing things… but nothing in the beer is making that happen. It’s all you. And get this, we have it on for $2.00 ALL IN while supplies last. The dry-hopped Citra hops give off crazy amounts of citrus and tropical notes in this brew. The perfect addition to your summer line-up, available in tall cans at our store. Come get it quick cause this beer for this price won’t last long!

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DON’T WAKE THE BEAR! WELL, THEY ALREADY DID.

Here we have two new and unique beers from Driftwood Brewing to introduce to our store. First, we have the brand new Shokunin Koji Ale which is brewed with koji, rice, traditional sake yeast, and surprisingly - NO hops. This leaves you with a dry, tart brew with stone fruit and citrus notes. Next up is their Mad Bruin Sour Brown Ale. This one has come back from hibernation after two years of hanging out in beer-aged barrels untouched. Now, mixed with fresh malty beer, fruit, and a bit of oaky vanilla - the Mad Bruin is back and more awake than ever. Try them BOTH! Get bang for your buck.

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I’M PEACHY KEEN ON THIS BEER, AND YOU WILL BE TOO.

Peach-flavoured anything, that’s good. But Odin Brewing’s Galactic Peach Dragon IPA? That’s out-of -this-world good. This limited edition beer is made with peaches galore and fruit-forward hops to bring out that peach flavour even more, this beer is at the peak of fruity goodness. It’s not sweet, just a punch of peach and a whole lot of refreshing for those nights spent watching the sunset with a beer in your hand.

Don’t be shy… come by!

May The Long Weekend Never End...

While it may be the last day of the long weekend, don’t start mourning yet! Your long weekend daze doesn’t have to end just yet… even though you have to go back to work. If you take a couple of these new beers home with you, they’ll have you thinking it’s the long weekend forever. Drink up!


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THESE BEERS LOVE LAYING IN THE SUN… JOIN THEM!

Our friends from Trading Post Brewery located in Langley brought us some of their amazing brews and we are excited to add this beautiful Belgian IPA that they crafted so perfectly to our shelves. Why have one style of beer when you can have two? A mix between a Belgian beer and an IPA, this beer is the best of both worlds with Belgian yeast and hops-a-plenty. Perfect for a rainy day inside or a BBQ outside in the hot sun. After all, they clearly like hanging out in the sun…

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WHAT’S BETTER THAN A WINE AND BEER COMBO? TELL ME, I’LL WAIT

Yellow Dog is taking over our fridge this week with new Spring brews, and who is going to complain about that? If you are, well… don’t. This time, they teamed up with JoieFarm Winery, and all I can say is that this beer proves two heads are always better than one. Come by to try their new “Like Minds” Brett Saison with Gewurztraminer Grape Must. It’s Yellow Dog’s first barrel-aged wine/beer hybrid, paired perfectly with a mix of the fruity hops and white wine grapes. If you can’t choose which one, just have all-in-one… right?

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IT’S A GOOD THING THAT BEER AGES WELL

Four Winds Brewing brought us their new seasonal beer Holz Pils Foeder Fermented Pilsner this week for those craft beer lovers that are in love with the Bavarian/Bohemian brewing methods from their past. To bring back the memories, Four Winds lagered their foeder fermented pilsner in wood barrels for 60 days to make for a smooth but crisp finish.

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THE BEST KIND OF FRIENDSHIP BRACELET IS A BEER IN MY HAND

This is not a drill: we have another collaboration brew! Meet Yellow Dog x Four Wind’s collab brew: Friendship Bracelet Rustic Saison. What a fitting name, as clearly the best friendships come with a beer. This brand new limited edition beer is tart, rustic saison that is perfect for your day on the dock (yes, I think it’s already that time) with your buds. It’s the kind of beer that will stick around and hold you tight and brings a little bit of funk to your life, just like a good friend would do.

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DRINK THIS BEER AND TRUST ME, YOU’LL BE LIVIN’ THE DREAM TOO

This can tells you all you need to know. You’ll be feeling like a flamingo with sunglasses on as soon as you take a sip of this refreshing, fruit-forward pale ale. Twin Sails Livin’ The Dream Fruited Pale Ale is all you need to pack in your cooler to head down to the lake. It’s bursting with pink guava, mango and blood orange flavours to give you a sort of tropical fruit punch. It’s a light, easy-drinking beer with a pillowy body to be your drinking buddy for the hot days or your reminder of what sun is for the less-than-hot days.

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WHATEVER ORDER YOU’RE BORN IN, FIRST BJÖRN IS THE BEER FOR YOU

If you’ve ever been to the Phillips Brewing Tasting Room, you may have tried this one already - but they’ve finally let everyone else in on the goodness. First Björn Norwegian Table Beer is a light beer perfect for casual sipping. Made with Kveik yeast, this brew is unique and the result of years of Norwegian generations working to get it right. It’s clean and citrus-y, just how they’ve always liked it.

Have a safe trip home from wherever you’ve spent your weekend away!

I'd Take a 6-Pack of Beer Over a 6-Pack of Abs Any Day

Forgot to grab your mom a Mother’s Day gift? Alcohol is always a good gift - one size fits all! And craft beer is even better. So, here are some of our newest additions to our shelves that could be your next gift (for your mom or for you)!


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PUCKER UP, THIS BEER IS SOUR (AND SO GOOD THAT YOU MIGHT EVEN WANNA KISS IT)

Nobody loves a good kettle sour more than we do. It refreshes you in the sun and brightens your day when it’s dark — it’s hard not to love it. And the best part is, if you’re not a usually beer fanatic… sours just might turn you. Category 12’s Dry-Hopped Sour is loaded with tropical flavour as a result of using Huell Melon and Mandarin Bavaria hops. It smells like you’re on a tropical island somewhere nice with those hints of grapefruit, citrus, and melon floating above your can. It’s sour, acidic, and hoppy; but all together, the flavour is juicy and refreshing… and now, in 4-packs!

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DON’T LET BEER RULE YOUR WHOLE LIFE, JUST YOUR TASTE BUDS

This unique brew is brought to you (through us) by Stone Brewing located all the way in California! While it may not be local to us, it’s still so good that we brought it here to get a taste of this bold. one-of-a-kind beer. Their Espresso Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout is brewed with espresso beans galore, making it taste like a roasted cup of coffee that’s sweet but bitter, intertwined with the classic character of the imperial Russian stout. It’s like they are a match made in heaven… or California.

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WHY HAVE ONE WHEN YOU CAN HAVE TWO?

If you’re doing something right, do it again… and change it up a little bit to give yourself some “variety”. The Blackberry Sour by Category 12 is here in the bomber bottle and it feels like our BC blackberries are being put to extremely good use in a brew like this one. This beer is approachable with an upfront tart + sour flavour, a medium body, and a kick of that refreshing taste and aroma of berries. This beer makes us proud to live in BC because these berries are highlighted beautifully in this beer. Get in your dose of berries and brews all in one sip (although nutritionally it doesn’t count, but I won’t tell).

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ALL ABOARD THE MIDNIGHT TRAIN — THIS BEER IS WORTH THE TRIP

Boombox Brewing brought something a little different than what we usually carry from them this time around. Nope, it’s not an IPA… it’s a Milk Chocolate Coconut Stout. It’s brewed with oat flakes, lactose, milk sugar, cocoa powder and it’s conditioned with a ton of coconut and espresso beans. Dessert in a can, the light at the end of the tunnel; whatever you’d like to call it, just come get a taste. If it sounds good to you, it’s even better than you think it will be. Try it before it’s gone, because I’m drooling just thinking about it.

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HAPPY 20TH ANNIVERSARY, OLD YALE BREWING!

It may not be Thursday, but I have a throwback for you. As if you needed another reason to drink, Old Yale just had their 20th anniversary and like any good party… they brought some good beer. This one’s not a new brew, but a tribute to an old favourite: Sergeant’s English IPA. With a balance of malt and bitterness, this beer is brewed with Magnum, Golding, and Cascade hops, which adds herbal, floral and even a bit of a citrus-y flavour. It’s good and it’s only here for a short time -- don’t miss out!

See you soon!

Crafting Up Some Sunny Weather

Here to make your Mondays more than bearable. That time of the week is back - the newest craft beer we have on our shelves described and pictured in all their glory on our blog post for you to get a preview on your next brew. Like receiving that package of mail at your door… your new favourite beer has arrived (sorry, you do have to pick it up though).


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CRANK THE BOOMBOX UP TO THE FULL LIMIT

Boombox Brewing had their 3rd anniversary and to celebrate, they made this tasty limited edition IPA called Full Limit. What is the limit you ask? They say that this brew is dry-hopped to the limit. Just like a lot of their brews, they have mastered the hazy, juicy IPA and this is just another beautiful take with all its dry-hopped glory. It’s full-bodied and even a little bit thick and creamy, packed with tropical and citrus notes… like a fruit smoothie, but it’s beer — and it’s better. This could also be your meal replacement if you talked yourself into it enough, but that didn’t come from me. Come and grab it before it’s all gone!

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A HELPING HAND TO GET YOU THROUGH THOSE BLACK DAYS

Holding a beer, holding a hand… it’s pretty much the same thing. And this beer will definitely be the one you choose to help you out. Silver Valley Brewing, a brewery we introduced to our shelves only about a month ago, came out with this brand new bomber and we are stoked about it. Black Days is a Black IPA is a hybrid between a Stout or Porter and a West Coast IPA. It tastes like a roasted chocolate dream mixed with some tropical hop flavours and aromas, the perfect pair for the hot weather to satisfy that craving.

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HERE’S SOME SOUND ADVICE: DRINK THIS BEER

Have you been anxiously awaiting for your two favourite beers from Howe Sound to be back in time for the sun? Well, your time is here and your beers are back. You’re My Boy Blue Blueberry Wheat Ale is back and ready to come home with you. This brew is as crisp as it is refreshing, full of BC blueberry puree, malted barley and white wheat. It smells like Spring and tastes like it too. Another fan favourite that has arrived at our shelves for another round is their Total Eclipse of the Hop Imperial IPA. This one is a double IPA with double the hops… and that’s got to mean double the fun too, right? That’s what they tell me. With these two back, don’t forget, it’s OK to happy cry. I do it too.

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THE LATEST SCANDAL: AN ORGANIC CRAFT BEER

To add some diversity to our shelves, we grabbed the latest brew from Pacific Western Brewing — Scandal organic craft beers! These used to be around a while back but they decided to revamp the brews and revamp the cans, so if you’ve tried it before, give it another chance! This is a great organic option for our craft beer lovers. Scandal Organic Lager is brewed with organic pale malts, organic Bavarian hops, and their own pure spring water. It’s clean and crisp — the perfect refreshment for your hot Spring days! Their Ale is made with the same ingredients, but with more of a malty aroma and a touch of caramel to give it a bit of sweetness. Try a single if you’re unsure!

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DON’T WORRY, EVEN NON-DRINKERS CAN NOW PARTAKE!

Get this: a non-alcoholic craft beer. If you’ve been wishing you could partake in the craft beer drinking experience, but don’t drink? Now you can! We brought this in for our customers that are looking for just that. Not your average big-name non-alcoholic, but a hand-crafted, award-winning craft IPA. They use all-natural ingredients, citrus hops, and a little bit of a malty undertone. It has a light body with a dry finish, to make it an easy-drinking, refreshing brew to allow you to partake with your buds at the BBQ.
Go on, PARTAKE!

Now, grab some beer + enjoy the weather! (Yes, that’s an order)

April Blues Bring May Brews

If you’ve been down in the dumps with all the Spring showers… maybe all our new brews will cheer you up. Some weeks are quieter than others, but I think we hit the jackpot this time around with TEN new craft beers on our shelves. We look forward to getting new stuff in every week, and I hope it brightens your week as much as it does ours!

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DID YOU EVER THINK THAT MAYBE THERE’S MORE TO LIFE THAN DRINKING BEER?

Yeah, as long as I’m also really, really ridiculously good looking while doing it. Alright — if you don’t get the movie references, watch Zoolander (better yet, watch it with this beer in your hand). We’ve got another collab for you guys, and this time Parkside Brewing and Backcountry Brewing put their heads together to create their “Really Really Ridiculously Good Looking” Yuzu Ginger Maibock. Large and in-charge, this lager is full-bodied with ginger and citrus. If you’re looking for something a bit different from the regular old ginger beer, this is the beer for you. Hurry, we’re already on our last couple of 4-packs!

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LOVE BUZZED ON STRATHCONA BEER

Maybe you’ve been acquainted with Strathcona already, or maybe this is your first encounter. Either way, this brew proves to take first place in my books. As a follow-up on their previous Cherry Sour and a part of their Love Buzz Series, they have recently introduced their Love Buzz Grapefruit Strawberry Sour. It is tart and balanced in flavour with lighter but full flavours of grapefruit and strawberry. It’s everything you want and more in your sour; a little bit of a kick but with a whole lot of sour. Get it in a 4-pack or a single can… whatever your pick, get it quick!

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PULL YOUR HIGH SOCKS UP, YOU’RE IN FOR A RIDE

Much like many of Twin Sails’ beers, we are always waiting for them to come back around… I guess they keep us on our toes. The High Socks Mosaic IPA is back and it’s just as good as we remember it. Single-hopped with Mosaic hops, this hazy IPA has a light malt base that lets the fruitiness of the hop shine and a dry finish to top it all off. You might want to pull up your high socks, throw on your kicks and head on over to pick up one of these guys. Beer is a gift. Don’t take it for granted.

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HOYNE US FOR A BEER?

Two of our newest and beautiful brews in this week are from Hoyne Brewing located not far from us in Victoria, BC. Alpha Acid IPA is juicy as ever, dry-hopped with Idaho 7, El Dorado and Azacca hops. With a little bit of wheat and a whole lot of tropical, this hazy IPA is the newest staple item in your fridge… and don’t worry - it’s not a limited release! Next, their Carte Blanche White IPA is loaded with aromatics of peach, passion fruit, melon and grapefruit. The flavour is big, not too bitter and tastes of its wheaty character which is incredibly refreshing paired with the tropical fruit hops.

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BEER THAT HITS CLOSE TO HOME

Fieldhouse Brewing in Abbotsford has definitely not taken a Spring Break… they’ve been blessing us with new brews left and right and here’s some more to introduce you to. First, their Hazy Field IPA, which is a part of their new Farmland Series. This beer is made with their very own barley, local Centennial, Cashmere, and Comet hops, and even coriander that they grew themselves. Does it get more local than that? No, and it helps that it happens to be dang good with those tropical and citrus notes. Next, their Tropical White Ale with Lemongrass is a Belgian Wit with added lemongrass and galangal to give it a citrusy zest and piney aroma. All around fruity and refreshing, like any good Spring brew.

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LIL’ RED ISN’T SO LITTLE ANYMORE…

Townsite brought more beer for us and more Lil’ Red, too (except this time, not so little). There are two new members of the family that we would like to introduce you to. Lil’ Red 5.0 is a new take on Lil’ Red 3.0 — this time bigger, and maybe even better depending on who you ask. Lil’ Red 5.0 is a Foeder-Aged Belgian Red Sour. Essentially, they blended and aged a kettle sour Saison and a Belgian Dubbel in a foeder and out came a wild sour ale. Their Suncoast Pale Ale is a crushable, smooth and crisp session beer made for casual drinking to refresh you after a day on the coast. Be daring and try them both, find your taste!

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ODIN’S DRAGON SERIES, BACK AT IT AGAIN

Odin Brewing’s newest addition to their Dragon Series is the Sonic Sea Dragon IPA. This beer is not just for those looking to sail the seas and slay some dragons, but for those of us that just would like to slay some beers for refreshment. Lucky for those of us, this brew is Spring in a can with its floral notes with subtle pine, added with a juicy punch of dank tropical fruit flavours. This hazy IPA has a malty sweet start and a little bit of bitterness to balance it all out. Who knows, you might feel ready to slay a dragon after drinking this bad boy. Who’s up for the challenge?

If you have any suggestions on the products we feature, or information that you wish we would post with the blog as well, feel free to reach out! Don’t forget that there is always the option to suggest some brews if you’d like to see something else that we don’t have! See you next week!

The Easter Bunny Brought BOOZE!

If you haven’t been in to the store this week, come QUICK! The Easter Long Weekend deals are great and they are going to be gone soon! The sale ends on April 24th, so come enjoy it while you can! Check out our flyer to see the deals and giveaways available!

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I’D CHOOSE BEER OVER CANDY ANY DAY

I know the Easter Bunny usually brings candy and chocolate eggs, but Phillips Brewing brought back their Dinosour Blackberry Sour Ale and I think I’d rather drink this instead! This beer is fruity and SOUR as ever. If you’re a sucker for sours, this is the brew for you. It’s packed full with aroma of blackberries, sour apple, and watermelon. It pours a pale pink colour with a little bit of sweetness to match its sour character, with a dry and tart finish. But, just like any dinosaur, it will go extinct… so you better grab it before it’s gone! Available in single tall cans for you to enjoy however many you may choose.

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GET (RED) RACING OVER TO THE LIQUOR STORE, STAT!

Lots of new Red Racer has been hitting our shelves these past couple weeks and it’s been an exciting time! We’re back with TWO new 4-packs to add to the collection. First, the Lime Margarita Gose is actually infused with tequila, lime and salt to take you on a trip to Mexico (sorry, not literally). It’s tropical, slightly tart, and perfectly beachy. Their new After Hours Pale Ale is a new take on an Old-Fashioned whisky cocktail. This pale ale made with their own bitters is mixed with whisky, orange peels and cherry. These new takes on old cocktails in their beer make drinking an adventure.

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GAIN AN ALTER EGO FOR THE NIGHT (AND TRY SOME GOOD BEER, TOO)

This new beer was brewed just in time for 4/20, so Phantom Brewing took the liberty to make their newest IPA “Alter Ego” to celebrate. Don’t worry though… that doesn’t mean it has marijuana in it or anything. It’s not just good, it’s dank (which is craft beer lingo for cloudy and hoppy, and sometimes even a little green). This beer is hoppier than the Easter Bunny with its Columbus, Chinook, Simcoe and Citra hops but still crushable as ever. After a few you might be wondering who you are, but you’ll still know what you’re drinking is good.

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THIS BREW IS GONNA GET YOU REAL BUZZED

Cleverly named and locally brewed by Mt. Begbie Brewery located in Revelstoke… Atilla the Honey is an obvious choice for your next purchase. Attila the Honey is a rich amber ale with the light, sweet taste of honey. Not too bitter with an IBU of 11, it’ll be a smooth drink to sip all Summer long. Take it out for a test drive though, of course, because Summer cannot come quick enough and any reason to try this beer is a good one

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IS IT SUMMER YET?

It might still be April, but Summer IS on it’s way… or at least, Steamworks says it is! I’ll take their word for it though. They brought back their Summer Ale and it definitely tastes like Summer to me. This brew is a crisp Wheat Ale with citrus aromatics of orange peel and lemon zest. The citrus is balanced out by fruity hops and even a bit of spice to make this an overall well-rounded beer to crush on any Summer day… (or on a day you’re wishing that it was Summer already). Well, what are you waiting for? Come grab these in 4-packs while you can.

See you next week!

I Would Walk 500 Miles...For Good Beer

 
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DID YOU HEAR?
WE ARE NOW ON
THE BC ALE TRAIL!

Not sure what it’s all about? Check out bcaletrail.ca or download the BC Ale Trail App to get started!

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ALL ABOARD THE ESPRESSWAY

Love your morning coffee? With this new brew you can enjoy it at night too… or, you could even enjoy it instead of your morning coffee. The options are endless. Red Truck Beer Company is coming in hot with all these new single tall cans and we love it. Their latest is the Espressway Northwest Coffee IPA and it gives you everything your coffee-loving, IPA-drinking heart needs all in one brew. Take this one for a spin today.

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SLAY SOME DRAGONS, SLAY SOME BREWS

Have some dragons to slay? Well you should at least have a good drink in your hand while doing it. Strangefellows’ Guardian White IPA is a unique cross between a Wit and an IPA: together, they make the White IPA. The Wit character in the brew provides the spice, while the IPA character comes from the Amarillo and Citra hops. It is bold and flavourful with aromas of stone fruit and citrus - it’s not too hoppy but still strong and mighty. A good balance to refresh your senses and set you up for battle.

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DIVE IN AND DRINK UP

These brews make us want to go sit by a beach and stare at an ocean somewhere nice. Mexico, anyone? Well… I guess if you’re sticking around here you can try these beers instead to remind you of the ocean. Phillips’ newest brew comes in a single tall can: “Out of Fucus” Rock Weed Gose. Sounds weird, looks weirder, but the taste is worth it. There’s literal rock weed in this brew, which makes it lightly spiced and citrusy coupled with its sour nature as a gose. You can even expect a subtle undertone of saltiness. You gotta try it. Phillips also came out with a new mixer pack called OctoBox with all of our old favourites packed into one for you to share with friends (or keep to yourself).

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YET ANOTHER SMASH… THAT REALLY IS A SMASH

A personal favourite of ours… Old Yale’s Devilfish is back and despite our desire to keep it to ourselves, we felt like we cannot hold in a secret so precious. Instead, we’ll shout it from the mountaintops so everyone can enjoy. We ordered extra cases of this stuff so you can enjoy it with us. It has Ella hops that give this brew tropical notes with a smooth amber malt to give it that devil(f)ishly good taste. See what I did there? Anyways, if you haven’t tried it… I can almost guarantee you won’t regret it if you do. And if you don’t like it, give the rest to someone who likes good beer.

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FILLING UP ON FERNIE

More Fernie on our shelves means more Fernie to your fridges! If you wanted more (which we think you did) you are in for a treat. We got two new 4 packs for you to try out: First, their new 3300 Golden Ale is for anyone who likes a smooth, easy-to-drink beer with those Spring-inspired tropical hops. Perfect for warmer weather, having a BBQ with friends, or sitting on the porch enjoying the sun. Next is their Nighthawk Farmhouse IPA which is spicy, fruity, and dry-hopped. What makes it unique is that it is brewed with a Saison yeast strain (but it’s still an IPA)! It has notes of lemon, citrus and passionfruit from the hops but mixed with the Saison yeast strain it’s more than your average Spring IPA. Looking to try a bunch of their brews? Tackle their variety pack: Tackle Box, which is packed with 4 refreshing brews.

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BEER FOR DESSER BECAUSE IT’S A DOUBLE MILKSHAKE IPA

Who really needs an excuse to have a beer after dinner? No one. Twin Sails gave us the perfect excuse to call it dessert. The newest brew from them to hit our shelves is their Stiff Peaks Double Milkshake IPA. But it doesn’t stop there, because it’s not just any kind, but this one is Mango and Pineapple. I have to admit, this combo is almost as good as PB&J. They’ve perfected this brew with lactose, a Pilsner and Wheat malt, and even threw in some Citra and Mosaic hops to amp up the tropical vibes. It’s hoppy, strong, and smooth. What else could you want in a Double Milkshake IPA?

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YOUR LIFE COULD CHANGE IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

…That’s just how good this beer is. Cannery Brewing’s Sunblink Berry Sour is so good we are worried that it won’t be on our shelves long enough to post it. This is a tart, wheat kettle sour that has been fermented with raspberries, blackberries and blueberries… which is what makes it SO tasty and SO fruity. You’re really doing yourself a disservice if you don’t give yourself all the fruits packed into these cans.

Keep your eye out for an upcoming Easter flyer for all the savings and giveaways that will be available in our store! Don’t miss out on the new brews or the savings!

Thank U, Next (Beer)

We never get tired of sharing our newest brews with you! I hope this craft beer blog keeps you swinging by to see what catches your eye in our store. Again, hit up our Product Requests form if you’d like to see a little more of your favourite somethin’ somethin’. We are happy to help.


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WHAT YOU DRINK IS WHAT YOU ARE (LOUD MOUTH)

We were excited to introduce Loud Mouth Brewing from Abbotsford into our store last week, and we are happy again to carry another one of their spectacular brews - their all new LAZER KITTYZ Triple IPA. This is their first can release (shortly followed by their first bottle release which was just last week for us) and it’s another one for the books. This hazy triple IPA is not only strong and hazy, but juicy as ever. The juicy beauty of this beer comes from the Huell Melon hops that are packed into the kitty-covered can. You don’t have to like cats to drink this beer, but a big bonus if you do.

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HAVE I BEEN DRINKING OR IS THERE A CAR IN SPACE?

Red Truck Beer brought in this funky new 8-pack of their El Space Camino Dry Hopped Ale. Brewed in Vancouver, not in space. I guess the name was inspired by the hops that make this dry-hopped ale: Galaxy and El Dorado. They call its character that of “celestial malt” that really makes it “out of this world.” Clever packaging and good beer all makes for a good time drinking if you ask me. Hop in your car, that’s probably not an El Camino, drive over to Lickman Liquor (located in the Milky Way Galaxy) and pick up this 8-pack, ASAP!

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BRINGING THE BAR(CODE) HOME TO YOUR FRIDGE

Superflux brought back their limited release which we saw for the first time last year: “Craft Beer is Dead”. Since then, it has been long anticipated by many. This American IPA is hopped with Chinook, Centennial, Cascade and Citra hops. There’s a smooth taste with aromatics of pine, citrus, and even some tropical notes. It is well-loved by us (and all of our craft beer drinking customers) at Lickman Liquor. You’ll have to hop on over to our store QUICK before we run out of it already!

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TRUST ME, THIS IS THE REAL PEEL

…and it’s even made with the real peel. What a deal. Summer came early with this Grapefruit IPA called “The Real Peel” by Fernie Brewing. This brew will give you the most refreshing punch you’ve ever received. Its bold citrus and grapefruit taste will have you sippin’ all Summer long and you might even forget that Summer is still quite far away. The Real Peel is hopped with Amarillo, Centennial, and Citra hops to make its light, but bold taste. Don’t be fooled - it’s not a radler - but just as refreshing as one. This baby comes in single tall cans located in our tall can fridge. Grab one on the way to the beach… if you’re up to the challenge in this unpredictable Spring weather.

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SINGLE OR NOT… THIS ONE’S CALLING YOUR NAME

Double the IPA, double the fun. Another addition into our singles fridge this week is Steamworks' new Limited Edition Battleship Double IPA. The newest brew to Steamworks is strong, juicy, and dry-hopped (not once, but twice). Despite the strong punch of this DIPA, it has been brewed so beautifully that is still very drinkable and gives you that tropical taste that we are all yearning for as Summer slowly approaches. And hey, maybe you can drink it while you dust off the old Battleship game and call “G3” with your buddy. New drinking game: every time you miss, you drink. You’ll be drunk in no time.

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A MORNING PERSON TO DRINK THIS ONE. DON’T WORRY.

Driftwood’s “Son of the Morning” gives itself a bad rep by name (google it if you’re not sure what they were getting at with this name), but I think they call it that because it’s devilishly good. This strong golden ale is hopped with Hallertauer hops and brewed with Pilsner and Carapils malts. This is another special release, so don’t wait to long to hop on this one. If you like your beer strong without being too dark, this one’s for you.

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HOWE DOES THIS SOUND? YOU TELL ME.

We like our beers good and we like them big. It feels like it’s been a long time coming but maybe it’s because we have just been standing waiting at the door for them to come back… Howe Sound brought back their award-winning King Heffy Imperial Heffeweizen, a crowd favourite for many. Fit for kings, it’s brewed with German hefe yeast, malted barley, white wheat, and hopped with Amarillo and Saaz hops. Another favourite is their Jam Session Raspberry Cream Ale, which is packed full of real raspberries to give an easy-drinking, delicious and light fruity beer. It’s the perfect beer to sip all the way from Spring to Summer. These brews got us wishing there was more time in our days and more room in our glasses.

See you next week!

This is NO Joke… We’ve got MORE!

More beer means more blog posts… because we have to keep you up to date somehow! It’s easy to get some new beers lost in the shuffle, but that’s what we are here for! To get a fresh scoop on our newest craft beers at Lickman Liquor… keep checking back each week!


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DRINK TODAY, DO EVERY THING ELSE TOMORROW

Apparently mañana means “tomorrow” in Spanish, but trust me — I don’t think they meant wait until tomorrow... because you need to pick up this brew TODAY. Superflux really hit the money with this hazy IPA. Mañana has tasty notes of grapefruit, blueberry jam and pineapple with earthy undertones. This brew is incredibly strong, juicy and just the perfect amount of hazy. The cotton candy aesthetic of these cans really hits it home and appeals to all the senses. I would hurry if I were you… this beer is almost completely out in our store. Don’t wait until mañana! Pick it up today.

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(LEMON)DROP ME OFF AT LICKMAN LIQUOR STORE

Our neighbours in the states sent us their limited release just in time for the sunny Spring we’ve got in store. Odin Brewing, located in Tukwila, Washington, has become one of our favourite local(ish) breweries. Their Lemondrop Kettle Sour is everything that we want for our Spring drink. It’s lightly tart, making for an easy drink, made with Lemondrop hops and they even threw in some lemon peel for added zest. This bright and sunny kettle sour has us dreaming of Summer but loving Spring. Come grab one of these 6 packs STAT!

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BRING THE BEACH HOME ON A RAINY DAY

Vancouver Island Brewing did a collab with Mount Arrowsmith and what came out of it was a deliciously unique brew that gives you all the benefits of the beach without the sand in your pants. Their “Castles in the Sand” Pineapple & Pink Peppercorn Saison combines fruity and spicy to give you a new take on a refreshing summer beer. They say it reminds you of a ‘beach fire roasted pineapple and an afternoon cocktail’ — perfect for enjoying on the beach or at home to make you think you are at one.

EASY DRINKING THAT MAKES YOU LOOK A LITTLE TUFF

Ever since we started carrying Tofino Brewing several months ago in our store, they have been flying off the shelves! Their Tuff Session Ale that we’ve brought into our store has got to be another fan favorite. This pale ale is clean, crisp, and easy to drink with the sweet aromas of chocolate, malt, and even a bit of floral. It’s just a little hoppy with its Pacific Northwest hops, which I think is the perfect balance to making this brew so tasty. I think it’s safe to say this one leaves you wanting more… and that’s most definitely okay with me.

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HEAD IN THE CLOUDS WITH A BEER IN MY HAND

Category 12’s latest addition to their “Data” collection has arrived in stores just this week and we are excited to have it on our shelves! The Limited Edition Cloud Data Hazy White IPA has a pillowly feel on your mouth just like you would expect if you were drinking clouds… of beer. It has strong flavours of citrus, tropical fruit, and berries all in one sip. This brew has a malt base of wheat and oats that is fermented with a Belgian yeast strain, and hopped with Amarillo hops. I can’t think of a more perfect concoction for Spring.

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FALL IN LOVE AGAIN WITH STRATHCONA BEER

We are SO excited to welcome Strathcona Beer Company from East Vancouver to our liquor store! We brought in three of their grooviest brews for you to get acquainted with your newest love. Love Buzz Cherry Sour is just as enticing as it sounds. It's packed with sweet and sour dark cherries with hints of vanilla and lactose to make for a light sour with a tart finish. Big Sexy Funk is a lighter hazy IPA with citrus and tropical notes to take you away to somewhere sunnier. Last but not least, Get Down On It is a strong IPA that is dry-hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Galaxy hops to give it a tropical flavour and it is brewed with oats and lactose for bigger body.

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Have any products that you’ve been just DYING to see in our store? Check out our new “Product Requests” tab (or click the button below), fill out the form, and your wishes will come true (even without the genie).

This Spring we are beer-sting at the seams!

We have had so much beer come in these past weeks that we fell a bit behind on our blog posts… but wait no longer! Here are the newest craft beers that arrived since our last blog post. We will even treat you to another blog post later this week because the beers just keep coming in. Happy Spring!


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THIS BEER ISN’T ALL FUN & GAMES… IT’S NO JOKE

Okay, seriously… what’s better than a collab? Nothing. Yellow Dog Brewing and Brewhall (from Vancouver) collaborated to bring us this amazing Sour Red IPA called “Fun & Games.” This is our first encounter with Brewhall at Lickman Liquor and we are PLEASED to meet them. This Limited Edition Sour Red IPA is tart, delicious, and made with Northwest hops. Grab this one to have a seriously good time, because despite the name it’s not all fun and games. They meant business when they brewed this one.

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WHAT THE HUCK HAVE YOU BEEN WAITING FOR?

If you’ve been missing Fernie Brewing like we have… here you go! Their limited release, Three Kings Belgian-Style Tripel is a stronger beer with the perfect combination of spicy and fruity to adhere to your unique taste and make you feel like royalty. The second LR is their Dark Horse Sour which is most definitely not named after the Katy Perry song, but still pops with its black currant taste. They call this brew ‘tart and zingy’ and I think that describes it perfectly. Lastly is “What the Huck” Huckleberry Ale that has won awards for how much people want to drink it. It’s smooth, creamy, sweet, and ever-so-good. Drink up!

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THIS BREW IS OUT OF THIS WORLD

Driftwood Brewing’s latest limited release, the “Oumuamua” Milk Stout will have you saying “oh mama”... (okay, maybe that one was bad). Anyways, even though this bottle in all its galactic wonder may be hard to read, it is most definitely not hard to drink. Oumuamua is brewed with cara, chocolate, and roasted barley and holds notes of chocolate and caramel, with a hint of roast to every taste. The malt sweetness that dominates this brew and the medium body it presents makes it a smooth drink for any night.

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HOP ON OVER TO TRY THESE DRY-HOPPED SOURS

Fieldhouse Brewing dropped off two more Spring Limited Releases and it feels like we have been waiting for these fruity sours forever… The Dry-Hopped Pineapple Sour blows us away. It’s made with flaked barley, Australian Vic Secret hops for that tropical taste and it even has REAL pineapple in there to take you to somewhere hot while sipping on something cold. Their Dry-Hopped Kiwi Sour is made with wheat, oats, and yet again, REAL kiwis (and lots of them) with Waimea hops from New Zealand. Both of these sours remind us of somewhere tropical… and just in time for Spring Break!

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YOU WON’T BE SENDING THESE ONES BACK

Postmark Brewing is another one of our friends from Vancouver, BC. We thought it was just the right time of year to bring in their Juicy Pale Ale, which is made with El Dorado hops and gives you that sunny, tropical and hazy drinking experience that you’ve been yearning for. Their Westerly IPA is a West Coast IPA made with Magnum, Cascade and Simcoe hops. It contains citrus, pine, and floral notes. This brew will give you those old school feels…And it definitely helps that these cans will just brighten up your fridge.

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HEAL THOSE HURT FEELS

If you haven’t heard of Loudmouth Brewing yet, you are definitely missing out on a GREAT local brewery located close to us in Abbotsford! This is their first EVER bottled beer and we are honoured to carry it in our store. “Hurt Feelings” West Coast IPA is dry-hopped with eight different types of hops. This brew is strong but approachable, with the ability to soothe your hurt feelings, even with just the right amount of bitterness to match your own. And really, even if your feelings aren’t hurt, this brew will make you feel good even on the best day. Support this local brewery and maybe they’ll bottle some more that we can carry!

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THIS BEER IS A REWARD, NOT A PUNISHMENT

Despite the name, Steamworks and Blasted Church’s collab brew “Purgatory” is not as awful as it sounds, but it’s actually a unique and exciting take on a beer that they released last year. This brew was created by taking their previously released collab “Sanctuary” and aging it in barrels with brettanomyces for months and then bottle conditioned it with white wine yeast. This beer has the flavour of a big fruity wine with a tart and dry finish. It is the first of their new cork and cage series, so now we wait to see what else they have to offer us… because this one is an absolute treat!

That’s it for now! We will be back later this week for the rest of the beers that are showing up this week so that we can catch you up on all the good stuff we are getting in! Cheers!

Juicy News: We’ve Got Even MORE Juicy Brews!

This week we have lots of new stuff in store for you, and a lot of them are limited releases — so you better hurry before they are all gone!


TARTING OFF STRONG WITH RED TRUCK’S “TART YOUR ENGINES”

Our neighbours from Red Truck Beer in Vancouver, BC are jumping leaps and bounds out of their usual brews and just delivered us this tasty new Black Raspberry Kettle Sour. What makes us love this kettle sour is its tartness (I’m sure you never could’ve guessed that one) and the beautiful raspberry color that brings a nice change to your beer glass. If I were you, I’d probably start your engines to drive over to our store and grab it to try for yourself!

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THE BEER THAT SHOWS UP… RAIN OR SHINE

Dageraad isn’t a new brewery for us at Lickman Liquor, but it’s definitely been a while - so welcome them back to our shelves! They are located in Burnaby, BC and they were given the prestigious title of “Brewery of the Year” in 2018! With the BC weather always changing, “Rainshine” brings the sun to us wherever we are at, even when it’s pouring rain (or snowing). This hoppy blonde ale with grapefruit peel reminds us of Spring and we’re thinking maybe the more we drink it… the faster it will come!

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THERE’S NOTHING WEIRD GOING ON HERE, I SWEAR

Okay, so maybe it’s a bit weird. But it’s not the first time we’ve had it, it’s just come back for more. Red Arrow’s “Threesome” is for all those beer-lovers out there that like beer that is ‘out there’ if you know what I’m saying. This unique brew is quite literally a threesome of hemp, hibiscus and honey to get you a little out of your comfort zone and over to the wild side. You’ll get some hints of cranberry and hibiscus in this refreshing brew and it will definitely play to all the senses. It’s a bit herbal and a bit tart with a smooth finish. There’s nothing wrong with trying something new!

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STAVE US FROM DRINKING ALL THIS GOOD BEER

Or don’t… we just might need to start opening a bit later (just kidding). This week we got in FOUR new beers from Phillips and we just can’t say enough about them, but this little blurb is going to have to do. Here’s the lowdown. Don’t let the cans fool you, the “Hop Circle” IPA is not alien at all… but it is out of this world good with it’s hoppy and crisp with a strong pine finish. The “Short Wave” West Coast Pale Ale is citrusy, with a perfect balance between sweet and bitter. The Limited Edition “Stave Us From Ourselves” Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is full-bodied with a roast flavour, courtesy of the barrels, with hints of dark chocolate… I can get on board with that.

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WHAT GOES AROUND COMES BACK AROUND

Twin Sails always leaves us wanting more… but thankfully they come back every year so we can get our fix. First up to the plate is “Orange Slices” Citra Double IPA. If you’ve tried “Dat Juice” you will love this brew. They made it a little hoppier and a whole lot juicier to give you that juicy IPA that you’ve been searching for. Next up is “Single Life” IPA, which despite the picture I can assure you they are not playing around with this beer. With a blend of citra, simcoe and mosaic hops that make a light but juicy IPA, you’ll have no problem sippin’ this on game night (and every other night).

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WE’VE GOT JUST THE DATA YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR

…But you’re going to have to crack open this can to find it, because it’s all in there. If you weren’t already feeling like Spring was on it’s way, Category 12’s “Compressed Data” serves it to you on a platter in their newest addition to the Data Series. Their juicy pale ale is made with lemondrop hops and once you open the can, there’s no stopped the citrus elements from bringing you in. It’s fresh, it’s new, and it’s dang good. Take it all in before it’s all gone, because this one will go FAST!

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DRINK UNSELFISHLY & GUILT-FREE WITH THE HONOUR HOUSE SERIES

Drinking this beer won’t just be a good choice for your taste buds, but drinking this beer will support the Canadian troops as well. Smuggler’s Trail Brewery from Vancouver is doing their part by giving a portion of their proceeds to the Honour House Foundation, which provides a safe place for military, vets and emergency service personnel. Along with the good feels, you get the good taste in this Poppyseed IPA. It’s got it all: the zesty citrus taste we all love paired with nutty flavours, all beautifully balanced into one tasty and giving brew.

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BOSS LADY CERTIFIED: PHILLIPS “ORO BLANCO”

The boss lady loved this one so much, she couldn’t stop raving about it. Here’s what she had to say: “This grapefruit sour from Phillips Brewing is the perfect spring beer to help chase away the winter blahs. A hint of lime gives it a perfect balance to the grapefruity tartness. If you like sours, this is one that you DO NOT want to miss! So hurry in, because it’s an extremely limited release!” And if that doesn’t give you fair enough warning, you should also hurry so that she doesn’t buy out all of our stock!

We hope you are loving joining us on our craft beer tasting adventures and don’t forget to request anything that you want to see on our shelves! See you next week for more NEW BREWS!

Limited Releases, New Beers, New Breweries, OH MY!

It’s been a while for us… but we’re happy to say that we are BACK and the craft beer blog will be bringing you more of our favourites and give you the lowdown on the selection that we’ve handpicked to bring into our store! Buckle up, because this week we’ve got LOTS to show you.


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THIS ONE’S A SMASH
(…literally)

Last year this Limited Edition SMASH (single malt and single hop) beer hit the shelves from TWA Dogs in Victoria and we loved it so much we had to bring it back as soon as we could this year! For this beer, the simpler the better — it’s loaded with notes of mango, papaya, pineapple, guava … you might as well call this good eating! We are LOVING the new label this year which just gives one more reason to grab this seasonal gem while it’s hot (just kidding, our fridge keeps this bad boy real cold)!

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DON’T BLINK OR YOU’LL MISS IT

Another limited release that we’ve brought back from last year is the Day-Blink Simcoe Pale Ale from Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody. This beer might trick you into thinking it’s summer with the refreshing apricot and peach flavour. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy this juicy pale ale. Get it now, because Spring is taking it’s time to visit us here in BC and we need to find sunshine somewhere.

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BOOMBOX BREWING GETS US “TURNT UP”

Boombox Brewing from Vancouver is fairly new to our store, but ever since we’ve started carrying their beers they have been one of our greatest hits (pun intended). Last week we got their new Laser Illusions IPA which is heavily dry-hopped, holding some juicy tropical notes without the bitterness. What makes this beer stand out is they added some lactose and flaked oats to make it velvety and a little sweet. Ultra Deluxe isn’t one of their new brews, but new to our store and it’s gold for good reason (it’s won a lot of awards!)… Grab it STAT for a good tropical/citrus IPA.

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NEW BREWERY ALERT:
SILVER VALLEY BREWING

Close to home in Maple Ridge, we just HAD to start carrying these tasty products. This brewery loves their English-style beers and we hope that you will too! We brought in three of their brews in 4-packs to offer something for everyone: “Jetpacks was Yes” West Coast IPA, “Like the Sun” Golden Ale, and “The Lion” ESB. Dying to try them all? We can single out almost ANY of the 4-packs of craft beer — ask one of our helpful staff members to help out!

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OOPS, THEY DID IT AGAIN… AND WE’RE HAPPY THEY DID!

Another beloved Limited Release hit our shelves from Fieldhouse Brewing in Abbotsford, and we are so happy we could get our hands on this one again. We LOVE sours and we LOVE IPAs, so this one was always bound to be a crowd favourite at Lickman Liquor. It skips all bitterness because it’s dry-hopped and gets straight to that juicy, sour taste that we all love. If you’re a fan of strong and hazy beer, you’re gonna jump for joy when you taste this local legacy.

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TAKE ME AWAY… TO PICK UP STEAMWORKS BREWING

If you were at our Valley Wine Fest a couple weeks ago, you were probably lucky enough to try out the Hazy Pale Ale long before we got it in stores! We did — and we fell in love. If you haven’t had your chance to fall, your chance is here. We’ve got this beer in single tall cans at the moment… but I can’t guarantee it’ll be for long! With these dreamy sunset cans and the tropical and citrusy goodness of this Pale Ale, these are gonna fly off our shelves (no, not on a hot air balloon).

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SAW SOME STRANGE FELLOWS IN THE LIQUOR STORE… THEY LOOKED QUITE UNFAMILIAR

Oh, did you think I was talking about some people? I meant the brewery. Strange Fellows Brewery from East Van dropped off their Brett Brown Ale the other day and we are excited to share this one with you! This dark beer has aromas that cannot be beat: cherries, chocolate and vanilla. Just like the unfamiliar, it’s complex and earthy. Stop by and discover The Unfamiliar!

That’s all for this week… but I think we’ve given you quite the homework! Come try it all out and visit back next week for the lowdown on more new arrivals.

Field House Pinot Noir Brut IPA... AND MORE new beer!

Wednesday might be a grumpy day for most people... being hump day... but for us Wednesdays usually mean new craft beer!!! This week was no different, we received a bunch of exciting new brews for you beer nerds. Here's the rundown: 

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FIELD HOUSE BREWING: Pinot Noir Brut IPA & Wild Sour Saison 

Field House has been KILLING IT this summer with brews that unite craft beer and WINE in style... so here's another one: The Pinot Noir Brut IPA. Brut IPA's are SUPER trendy right now, with the style popping up all over the place, and now Field House is in on the fun with a wine twist! We've also received their Wild Sour Saison, a beer in celebration of their 2nd anniversary! 

 

 

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PHANTOM: Virtuous Pineapple IPA

This is the first beer we've ever received that's a collaboration between a brewery (Phantom) and a PIZZA PLACE (Virtuous Pie). Phantom used the pizza flour from Virtuous Pie while brewing to make this a super hazy and bright IPA. Huge amounts of El Dorado hops are the source of the pineapple aroma. This beer should settle the debate about whether or not pineapple and pizza go together.  

 

 

RAVENS and DOANS collab: Excitebeer 

Complete with Nintendo 64 throwback cans, Excitebeer sounds like it's perfect for summer. This dry-hopped sour weisse comes in at just 4% ABV, with lightly-soured lemony-citric fruit sharpness adding to this totally crushable brew. Pick up a 4 pack and fire up the N-64! 

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Returning to our fridge... BRIDE BREWING: Side Cut NE IPA, Lemon Gin Saison, and The Fuzz Milkshake IPA

We've had all three of these brews from Bridge previously, but they were all so good that we had to bring them back! So whether you've had them in the past and would like to revisit, or they're new to you... try them out! 

Friday means a truckload of NEW BEER!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

With the weekend upon us, you know what that means... time to load up on some new craft beer to combat the CRAZY summer heat that we're having! 

We have received a TON of new brews this week that we're super excited about, and every single one is perfect for summer. So here's the rundown, get 'em while they're here! 

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BACKCOUNTRY BREWING: TRAILBREAKER PALE ALE & WIDOWMAKER IPA

NEW TO OUR STORE! We finally got Backcountry Brewing in after TONS of requests and after we had our lovely staff members try their stuff at VCBW. For now we have two of their core beers... Trailbreaker and Widowmaker... but we'll be receiving seasonal brews from them, so stay tuned! 

 

 

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POWELL BREWING: LEMONADE STAND

Another new brew from our favourites at Powell... Lemonade Stand just SCREAMS summer. Its a Berliner-style ale brewed with tons of lemon and lime for that summer tartness that we all love... but they've added vanilla and lactose to counterbalance the sourness, and make it totally crushable. This one won't stick around for long!  

 

 

 

TWIN SAILS: #1 DAD IPA & BACHELOR PAD DOUBLE IPA

We LOVE getting new small-batch stuff from Twin Sails, and this time its a two-for-one! Two new IPA's from Port Moody... the brand new addition to their lineup, #1 Dad IPA, AND a returning favourite... Bachelor Pad Double IPA! 

Both are... as we would expect from Twin Sails... massive hop-bombs of fruity dankness. 

 

 

 

 

RETURNING FAVOURITES: 

So this week we also saw the return of some of our favourites... including... 

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FIELD HOUSE: MEDUSA DRY-HOPPED LIME SOUR & DRY-HOPPED HAZY SOUR DOUBLE IPA 

Two of the most creative sours on the market (in our humble opinion), from our friends down the road in Abbotsford! 

 

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DRIFTWOOD BREWING: RAISED BY WOLVES

This is a summer must-have. Raised by Wolves is delicious, fruity, and it has the sickest label around. 

 

 

 

 

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And last, but certainly not least... please welcome, the long-awaited debut of... 

DRIFTWOOD'S FAT TUG... IN 6 PACKS! 

Phew... okay... that was a lot. 

Okay have an awesome weekend and DRINK CRAFT BEER! 

 

 

 

Can I interest you in some CHOWDAH?

An old favourite has returned! Last summer we fell in love with "Hop Chowdah"... the New England-style Hazy IPA from Cannery Brewing in Penticton. Well, it's back and better than ever. 

Hop Chowdah is a BIG bomb of flavour. The juicy, tropical fruit flavours of Amarillo and Mosaic hops are balanced out with the bitterness that we all love in an IPA, creating a truly crushable brew. 

BONUS: Cannery did a rebranding on this one, and the new 4pk of tall cans features one of the most... unique... labels we've seen in a while. Come on in and check it out Hop Chowdah in our fridge!! 

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First Day of Summer!

Today is the longest day of the year AND the official first day of summer! So you know what that means... the perfect excuse to indulge in all the new summer craft beers that our store has to offer! And we have A LOT to offer right now. 

Seriously... it took hours to find room on our shelves for all this new stuff. But we did it, and the craft beer shelf is literally so full that it might collapse. Here's the rundown on all our new products!

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PARKSIDE BREWING:

"DREAMBOAT" HAZY IPA

As we've said on the blog before, Hazy IPA's are THE thing right now. And this one might be one of the better ones we've come across. One of Danica's Top 3 from Vancouver Craft Beer Week a while back... we finally got it in store! Dreamboat is a fruity-hoppy-flavour-delight of a beer with major points for crushability. 

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FIELD HOUSE BREWING:

CUVEE BLANC FARMHOUSE ALE

CHAMOMILE BELGIAN BLANCHE

CHARDONNAY FARMHOUSE "WINE BEER"

That's right... THREE brand new brews from our neighbors down the road in Abbotsford. Field House is constantly upping the bar for creativity with their beer, and these three are no exception. Some crazy styles that nobody else is attempting... including their Chardonnay Farmhouse which is being described as "Wine Beer". Plus if you haven't been to their tasting room... you should seriously check it out. Have the duck tacos. You're welcome. 

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SPECTRUM BEER CO. 

HOT PINK LEMONADE SOUR

MISS TANJIE TANGERINE WHEAT

These are our first two beers from Spectrum Beer Co. and the first impression has been GREAT. Their website describes their beer as "beer for people who don't think they like beer", but it's definitely beer for people who like beer too! 

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YELLOW DOG BREWING: 

"GO GET IT" GINGER LIME GOSE

"TAKE A WALK" WIT

We are ALL stocked up on Yellow Dog, including summer faves "Go Get It" and "Take a Walk". The Ginger Lime Gose was a popular brew around our store LAST summer, with Danica buying probably 4 of the 5 flats we received herself... So come and get it! Before she drinks it all... 

Keep up with the blog for updates on all new products!