BC Craft Beer

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! 

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! 

Danica, Kat (Steamworks) and Krista 

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!