Sunday, December 16

Beer Review: Elysian Brewing Valhalla Red IPA (Manic IPA Series)

"Fill your horn with this hoppy red IPA of pale, Special B and just a pinch of roasted barley, bittered with Sorachi Ace and finished with Citra hops." 7.5% ABV


Wednesday, December 12

Beer Review: Base Camp Brewing In-Tents India Pale Lager

"IBUs: 55   SRM: 15.4   OG/TG: 16.5/4.0°P   ABV: 6.8%
Our flagship India Pale Lager showcases a copper color that gives way to a crisp, clean lager beer perfectly balanced in its massive complexity. Dry-hopped and aged on an in-house toasted blend of white and red oaks. The IPL finishes clean and smooth, with hop aromas of wild flowers and pine, and a unique maltiness highlighted by the subtle oak character."


Sunday, December 9

Great Happenings In Vancouver, WA

I moved up to Vancouver, WA a couple of years ago because I work here. I used to live in Portland, Troutdale, and Gresham. I miss living in Portland because of the array of businesses, pubs, and breweries. Everything was relatively close. When I moved to Vancouver, I was closer to the east side. I knew By The Bottle quite well and found that that was the only place around to grab a good beer on tap, and bring some home. Otherwise, I always tried to find places that sold good craft beer, but was limited to what grocers such as Whole Foods and QFC had. And I never knew how long those bottles sat there on the shelf unless the bottle was dated. The ones that were dated were always past the date. I don't want to drink a Stone Ruination IPA that was a year beyond the date.

Most may know, Downtown Vancouver is a quiet quiet place at night. One could hear a pin drop, or perhaps see some urban tumbleweed (newspapers) blow by at foot. The town was dead. It's like it has never recovered from the housing boom of decades ago. I don't think it ever saw the last bubble.

Things are brewing though here in Vancouver. Life is starting to show. In such a bad economic time, and most unlikely place, there is a heart beating here. Most of it revolves around good beer, but better yet, good people striving to make the local community a better place for everybody and each other. I knew I was in a great spot when I started this beer blog. It's nice to be one of few that has the opportunity to share what is happening in Vancouver. It's great to meet so many new friends and people in the industry as well.

Just in the last year, some killer places have popped up. I will do a run down of places that are a must see here in Vancouver. If I miss a few, don't hesitate to shoot me an email. I will list them below in the order I first shopped there, and what I think is a good timeline of their opening. I will also list some killer places just outside of Vancouver as well that are a must see.

Saturday, December 8

Breakside Brewing To Release 6 Barrel Aged Strong Brews In Keg & Bottle

Brewery releases provide an opportunity to share their specialty beers just in time for the holidays

PORTLAND, Ore. (Dec. 5, 2012) – Breakside Brewery will celebrate the release of six of their barrel aged and strong beers on Saturday, December 15 at the Breakside Brewpub located at 820 NE Dekum St. during regular pub hours, beginning at 12 p.m. The release of these specialty beers is the first bottling since Breakside Brewery’s anniversary last May. It is also the first time many of these beers will be available in a non-draught format. The beer connoisseur will want to act fast, as supplies are limited, with fewer than 120 bottles of each beer available. All beers will be available in a 750 ml format at $14 per bottle.

Redhook And Caffe Vita Bring Back Double Black Stout

Redhook and Caffe Vita Bring Back Double Black Stout
 Collaboration Between Two Seattle Originals is the Latest in
Brewery’s Blueline Series

Woodinville, Wash. – November 2012 – Redhook first brewed Double Black Stout 17 years ago. Since he stopped brewing the beer in 2000 and briefly brought it back for a limited release in 2008, it remains one of Redhook’s most requested beers. Beginning Oct. 29, Black is back. Redhook’s Double Black Stout will be available for a limited time through the brewery’s Blueline Series on draught and in 22-ounce bottles to beer drinkers in Washington and Oregon.

This time around Redhook is brewing up some mischief with Seattle’s own Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co. Redhook brewmaster Jen Talley and Caffe Vita green bean buyer Daniel Shewmaker collaborated every step of the way to create a stout so dark no one will know what’s in your mug. Double Black Stout is a robust stout brewed with Farm Direct Caffe Vita coffee to create a complex beer with deep color and aromas, highlighted by rich coffee flavor.

Full Sail Brewing Releases New Brewer’s Share Experimental Beer

Full Sail Brewing Releases New Brewer’s Share Experimental Beer,
Lord of Darkness
Brewery Invites you to Meet the Brewer and the Beer

Hood River, Oregon – Full Sail will release a new beer in their Brewer’s Share Experimental line up—“Lord of Darkness,” brewed by Brewer Gavin Lord, celebrates that in darkness you can find light.

Gavin’s beer is a Cascadian Dark Ale brewed with Midnight Wheat, Flaked Oats, Crystal Malts, and 2-Row Pale. Lord of Darkness pours a devilishly dark ruby and wears a lacy white crown.  Beware His Amarillos!  Beware His Mosaics! While they may lend the sweet scent of blueberry and lemon, of spice and of pine, they will only lead to the bitter end He's always held in store for you.  But fear not!  For only if you place your trust in His Darkliness, may He lead you to Enlightenment. 7.0% ABV 70 IBU.