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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Just in time for Canada Day... SUPER DUPER!

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Powell Street Brewing has blessed us with another summer brew! SUPER DUPER! This dry-hopped sour is billed as being full of fruity deliciousness... with notes of blueberry, strawberry, tropical fruit, melon, citrus and candy! Plus if you're one to judge a book by it's cover... the cans are pretty neat. Grab a four pack for Canada Day Long Weekend... AND, while you're at it, check out all the deals in our Canada Day flyer!

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Hop on over to the FLYER section of our website for more details about the flyer! 

Happy long weekend! 

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! 

Bring on the heat, Mother Nature

Well, it's finally happened. The summer heat has hit. 

And lucky for you, our craft beer shelves are more full than ever with new things just WAITING to be sampled in the sun!!

If it was any more full, shelves would start collapsing (and we know this from experience). 

If it was any more full, shelves would start collapsing (and we know this from experience). 

Highlights right now:

Restocked with Fieldhouse favourites: 

That's right, we finally have some Fieldhouse 4 packs back in stock, and we still love their 500ml stubby bottles! Fieldhouse is SO popular here in the valley that it's tough to keep their stuff in on the shelves, but right now we have some fresh Dutch Pale Ale AND Sour Wheat Gose. 

American craft lovers rejoice: 

 Deschutes is one of the big breweries south of the border, and we have four of their brews in stock right now! The popular classics Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Fresh Squeezed IPA are joined by two new six packs: Twilight Summer Ale and their Passionfruit IPA. 

Stay cool, drink craft beer. 


 

 

 

So much new beer!

Happy Wednesday, craft beer lovers! The weather looks good for the weekend, and our fridge is stocked up with some brand new brews to enjoy in the sun! Here's the rundown of our new arrivals: 

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Ravens and Yellow Dog Collab: SPORTS DAY

A brand new collaboration brew from two of our favourites... Ravens and Yellow Dog! This one is sure to be gone quickly, so get your hands on it while you can. Sports Day is a sour IPA with tangerine... yes you heard that right... sounds crushable. 

 

Phantom No. 2 - Mindfuzz IPA

Phantom is kind of a mysterious brewery, but Phantom No. 1 was delicious and juicy so we're expecting big things from Mindfuzz! 4-packs of tall cans are now in the cooler! 

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Powell Street Brewing - Staycation Double Dry Hopped Blonde

A couple posts back we wrote about our experience at Powell Street's tasting room and how much we love their beers! Check out their new DDH Blonde... Staycation! 

Ravens Brewing - Rook: Strawberry Rhubarb Sour

An old favourite has returned... Complete with a new label. Last year's version of this delicious sour was super popular... so welcome back, Rook! Grab a couple bombers of this one before it's gone! 

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VCBW: Krista and Danica do "Product Research"

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Every year Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) culminates with a two-day grand finale at the PNE; with over 300 tasty brews for festival goers to sample. And luck for us, our lovely Steamworks rep Kat provided us with two tickets to go and join in on the fun! 

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Danica, Kat (Steamworks) and Krista 

The goal:

To try as many new beers as possible to see what we should bring into the store. 

What actually happened: 

After about eight or nine beers we started to just really like them all. 

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Despite our enthusiasm to try as many beers as possible, alas, we did not get to all 300. However, we did sample some really awesome BC beers, and here are our highlights: 

Krista's Favourites: 

Firehall Brewing - Holy Smoke Stout 

Backcountry Brewing - Is that you Dad? Raspberry Sour

Coast Mountain Brewing - Day Dreamer Hazy IPA 

Danica's Favourites: 

Parkside Brewing - Dreamboat Hazy IPA 

Superflux - Rainbow Machine IPA 

Coast Mountain Brewing - Sastrugi Sour 

Krista's Takeaways: 

1) You DO NOT have to pre-drink before the festival... I repeat... YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PRE-DRINK.  There was so many beers to try in a matter of five hours that if you are wanting to REMEMBER the beers you've tried then you do not need to pre-drink.  Did you hear me? DO NOT PRE-DRINK!

2) If you are a craft beer lover like ourselves, then this festival should be on your list!  It had a HUGE selection of breweries, the tokens were fairly cheap, the atmosphere was awesome, there were many foodtrucks, and the outhouses were surprisingly clean! HIT UP VCBW!

3) While we were waiting in line we noticed that people were wearing string necklaces around their necks with pretzels strung through.  We thought that was a cool idea...you know, in case if you get HANGRY (VCBW allows outside food).  I'm not sure if this is a normal thing with beer festivals and maybe perhaps we didn't get the memo but seriously... wear a pretzel necklace.  There were many times where I was sipping on a beer and I was thinking "hmmm a nice crunchy pretzel would be nice". BRING SNACKS!

Danica's Takeaways: 

1) SO MANY HAZY BEERS. I mean, I'm not complaining, it was just noticeably the trendy style of the festival, as well as the hottest style the last year or so. Hazy IPAs are great for those of us (like us) who love fruity beer AND hoppy beer! Mmm juicy........... 

2) Craft cider is really making a push in a big way. While we didn't try much of it (because our focus was on beer and because we enjoyed ourselves a little TOO much) VCBW did have a massive craft cider section! 

3) Tart brews are the trend for summer! Steamworks is back with Tropical Tart Ale, Yellow Dog is back with their DELICIOUS Ginger-Lime Gose AND a tart IPA with tangerine in their "Sports Day" collab with Ravens... and there is SO many more. Tasty tart beers add a new crushable dimension to sours. 

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Until next year, VCBW! 

 

Lazy D'Haze: Powell Street Spotlight

Our store receives brews from all over the province all the time, but living in Chilliwack means being an hour or two away from the majority of BC's beloved craft breweries. So when the opportunity arises to visit a tasting room in the Greater Vancouver Area... obviously, I take it. This weekend was one of those opportunities; The place of interest was Powell Street Brewing, and I was not disappointed! 

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Powell Street has a quaint little tasting room in the heart of East Van on, you guessed it, Powell Street. If you're looking to do some brewery hopping, this is a great area to be since Callister, Storm, Strathcona, Parallel 49, Off the Rail, Doans, Strange Fellows and Bomber (just to name a few) are all just a few blocks away. 

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We've had a TON of people requesting Powell's beer at the store recently after their Old Jalopy Pale Ale won gold at the World Beer Cup, but that definitely doesn't mean that their other brews aren't worth checking out. In fact, the one I would like to highlight is a personal fave: Lazy D'Haze IPA. 

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The Hazy/East Coast IPA style has really taken off in the last year, with most breweries now boasting their own take on the variety... and Powell's interpretation is one of the better ones I've had. Lazy D'Haze pours a BRIGHT orange-yellow and right off the bat you're hit with a beautiful, fruity aroma. The first sip is a punch to the taste buds with huge grapefruit and orange flavours, but despite this being a flavour BOMB it is majorly crushable. We've got it in stock right now! 

Want it? Ask us! 

Want it? Ask us! 

New Beer Alert!

This week we received some exciting new additions to our already amazing selection of craft beer! Dageraad Brewing and Category 12 Brewing each sent us two that are sure to impress in the summer weather. 

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FROM DAGERAAD: 

The Brightside: A brand new brew! This tart table saison with lemon comes complete with the cutest can we've ever seen... he looks so sad! But this beer won't make you sad. 

Burnabarian: An old favourite, re-imagined! Now in 4-packs, Burnabarian is one of Dageraad's mainstays and a totally crushable Belgian-style table beer.

FROM CATEGORY 12:

Hiatus: Meant especially for summer, this cucumber and lemon farmhouse ale is meant to be enjoyed by the water! 

Juicy Data Hazy IPA: Everyone and their dog is drinking hazy beers right now, so naturally Category 12 had to get in on the fun! Juicy Data is just that... juicy.