Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 05 – The Chief Chipotle Harvest Ale – Whistler Brewing Company

Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 05 – The Chief Chipotle Harvest Ale – Whistler Brewing Company

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I have my co-worker Phil to thank for Today’s brew.

Whistler brewing is no stranger to bold flavour combinations in beer – you only need to look at their previous Cheakamus Chai-Maple Ale for proof.   So with some curiosity and a little trepidation I stare at the bottle before popping it open.  This could go horribly wrong or quite right.

The beer is in a 650ml bottle weighing in at 5% alc. vol. and is named after the Stawamus Chief, the second largest granite monolith in the world for those that don’t live in the area or don’t know the significance in the name.

Cracking it open, it pours garnet with a thumb and a bit of pillowy head.  The aroma has a tang to it with some malt and I do believe I’m catching the spice aspect ever so slightly.

The Chief Chipotle Harvest Ale - Whistler Brewing

The Chief Chipotle Harvest Ale – Whistler Brewing

The taste… Wow, this really is authentic chipotle – no imitation here.  The spiciness sneaks up on you  just after you swallow and lingers afterwards.   It works and its interesting.  I feel a bit about it like I feel about chipotle in chocolate,  it can be done and its nice if you’re in the mood for it.

I’m not sure I’d need to buy this beer again – though I’m thankful to have had it.  I found that the more I sipped it the more I enjoyed it.  There is an interesting effect that the chipotle has in the beer as it numbs your lips and makes your tongue and cheeks tingle, and that makes me smile.    I’d say – go for it – buy it, try it for yourself – your life will be the richer for having done so. 😉

Cheers and see you on Beermas Day 06!

Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 04 – One-Two Punch Belgian IPA – Granville Island Brewing

Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 04 – One-Two Punch Belgian IPA – Granville Island Brewing

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I’ve enjoyed the limited release series of beers from GIB and I’m hoping that trend of tasty unique offerings continues with the Black Notebook series of brew master Vern Lambourne.

The bottle artwork is done so that it looks like a page out of the brew masters personal brewing notebook – a charming approach.  This particular beer combines 2 different styles of beer in one hence the One-Two Punch.  Part Belgian Abbey beer, part Pacific Northwest IPA, this beer should prove to be a fruity, bitter tasty treat.

One-Two Punch Belgian IPA by GIB

One-Two Punch Belgian IPA by GIB

The stats: 650ML bottle / 7.8% alc.vol / 75 BU / OG 18°P
For an interesting read on what BU’s and OG mean etc – checkout this article.

I’ve poured the beer – it has a coppery appearance or as they say on the bottle (which is much cooler) – burnished copper.   Has about a thumb and a half of head on it.  The aroma is very much in line with a spicy fruity Belgian style beer such as Maudite from Unibroue for instance.  This one seems more smooth and less effervescent and bold. Only one way to find out…  Let’s give it a taste.

Yum!  Tastes like it smells.  🙂  More Belgian than IPA but I’m glad for that.  Interesting mix of Europe and Canada here.  I’ve got it at just the right temperature having taken it out of the fridge a good 15-20 minutes before the review

The verdict:  Definitely a re-buy and would pair very well as they suggest  with  brisket or roasted turkey.  Tasty beer indeed.

Cheers – See you on Beermas Day 05.

Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 03 – Jubelale – Deschutes Brewery

Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 03 – Jubelale – Deschutes Brewery

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I have my lovely wife to thank for Todays Day 03 brew.

Here’s a look at the pour – unfortunately I got the lighting all wrong 🙁

Deschutes Brewery - Jubelale

Deschutes Brewery – Jubelale

This beer comes in a regular size beer bottle and as you can see it’s got some funky water colour artwork – an owl out and about in a wintery setting.  Not a lot of info on the bottle but I did find out it’s 6.7% alc. vol as told on the website.

The brew pours a deep garnet with a thumb of head.  It has an aroma of chicory, malt, spice,  possibly a fruity aspect happening there.

The sip – very nice indeed.  It reminds me of another beer – Eye of the Hawk from a different brewery which is also a nice full flavoured malty beer.   This beer almost doesn’t tread into winter beer territory because it’s lacking the overpowering spice aspect of treacle, all spice or vanilla etc..  The bitterness is interesting –  less hop like and more chicory like.

I like this beer – definitely a re-buy.   Check the brewery out and I’ll see you on Beermas Day 04.


Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 02 – Delirium Tremens – Brouwerij Huyghe

Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 02 – Delirium Tremens – Brouwerij Huyghe

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Welcome to Day 02.  Today’s brew:  Delirium Tremens.

I have to admit to having this beer before however only on tap.  I’m having it again Today because I want to see how that experience translates to a bottle at home.

Speaking of the bottle, let’s take a look at it.  It’s stoneware white with black flecks and blue decorative labeling.   The bottle size is 350ml and the alc. vol is 8.5%.

Delirium Tremens

Delirium Tremens

Let’s give it a pour…  Woah! Watch out for massive head.  I mean it – seriously.  Even if you tip your glass you could be in trouble – it’s very effervescent.   The beer’s colouring is light blond.

The aroma is both fruity and peppery.

The Verdict: This beer is light, effervescent, fruity and spicy.  All in all a very tasty beer.   Sure, it’s better on tap than in the bottle but still very much worth the purchase.   I would buy this beer again any day.

Have a safe holiday and catch you on Day 03!

Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 01 – Star Struck Rye IPA by Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers

Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 01 –  Star Struck Rye IPA by Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers

We are back in Beermas my friends.  Kicking off Beermas 2013-2014 on Day 01 is Star Struck IPA by Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers.

First and foremost, thanks to my lovely wife for gifting me this brew.

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Let’s get started!

The Bottle: It has got some cool artwork – a groovy looking cat with long hair,  glasses and a ‘stache… Reminds me of…. well ME many moons ago.  I feel a kinship with this fellow on the bottle.  Speaking of the bottle it’s the usual 650 ML Bottle and weighs in at 7% alc./vol.

The Star Struck Moment: I actually had a memory trigger at the title of the brew.  I had my own Star struck moment.  I was at a guitar clinic where on of my favorite musicians, Canadian blues/rock/reggae master singer songwriter guitarist Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar, he had wrapped up and was signing autographs.  Well, all I had with me was my cool brown leather coat, so I took it off and placed it on the table.  I was so Star Struck, all I could say to him was – Can you please sign my coat…<pause>  I just got it at a church rummage sale.

Sigh – he looked at me and smiled graciously and said after a pause, “Cool Man”… He signed it and off I went, sauntering away feeling foolish but stoked I got my coat signed.  Actually – I kinda dig that though – I feel like the spirit of rock and roll is with me whenever I put that coat on so it didn’t work out too badly.

Ok, let’s get back to our focus here.

The Beer:  Here’s what it looks like.  Now let’s crack it open.

Star Struck Rye IPA - Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers

Star Struck Rye IPA – Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers

The Pour:  Let’s giver a pour.   Nothing unexpected – looks like an IPA. Thumb and a half full of head.  Colouring is golden.  Smells delicious – citrusy but a sweetness is also in there.

Quoting from the bottle “Let the incredible tangerine, candied apricot and tropical aroma take you deep into a lasting citrus bitterness with toasty rye undertones”… Interesting, perhaps that sweetness I detected in the aroma was the candied apricot they are referring to.

Let’s taste:   Smooth, drinkable, digging deep I am getting the candied apricot and you don’t have to dig for the bitter smack of the hops on the aftertaste.  Very nice indeed – Another solid local IPA to add to the list.

Would I buy it again?  Yes.

I should mention that they propose some food pairings on the bottle, to quote: “Suggested Food Pairing Ideas: Smoked Gouda, Jerk Chicken, Genoa Salami, Walnut and Tangerine Salad, STicky Toffee Pudding” .

Hmm.   Too bad all I have to pair with this tasty brew is the nasty food of the cast – Kralfredo Dinner.  Yup – it’s what it sounds like – leftover Kraft Dinner with leftover Alfredo Sauce… Why am I eating this… I’m not sure – it was in the fridge and it’s Friday and I didn’t want to cook.  I’m sure you’re wondering – was it tasty?

NO.  But I’m hungry so I’ll eat it. 😉

The Food:

Kralfredo Dinner

Kralfredo Dinner

Cheers everyone.  See you on Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 02!

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Over the Moon for Tranquility IPA???

Beer Review – Moon Under Water Brewery – Tranquility IPA

This beer review is dedicated to Thorkild and Martin – partly because they gifted me with it, but mostly because they are two of the awesomest people you might have a chance to meet in your lifetime. Martin and Thorkild – Thank you for visiting your Canadian friends, you and the rest of the crew helped remind me I am more than my commitments. It’s definitely our turn to visit you in your homeland so consider it added to the bucket list.

Now, lets focus on the task at hand.

I’m staring at an inviting bottle of Tranquility IPA from the Moon Under Water Brewery based out of Victoria, BC, Canada. Chilled and now out of the fridge it’s just reached the perfect tasting temperature so let’s crack it open…. OH – wait, it should be noted, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a completely light blue bottle cap before – perhaps that’s there signature thing.

Ok, back to it.

The pour: Woah! lots of head, thick and pillowy. It has taken a few minutes for it to dissolve back into itself so retention is good.

Tasty IPA from Moon Under Water Brewery

Tasty IPA from Moon Under Water Brewery

Let’s check the aroma. YUMMMY! Has a slight hint of yeast, nice helping of hops with a smattering of citrus. Heck even the fruit flies want a piece of this brew. Let’s rescue it from a horrible fate.

The Sip: Ohhh, Very Nice! Smoother than expected. Mild carbonation, light mouthfeel, gentle malt profile and there it is – the bitter bite of hops on the finish. This is a very nice brew indeed.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. There’s no shortage of tasty IPA’s local to the province of BC, and this one right here is one more you can add to that list.

I’m going to finish this one off. Drink responsibly everyone – and Cheers.

You might be wondering where I have been…

Hello all,

You might be wondering where I have been. Well, I have been toying with Sobriety. Yes, I’m not joking. Right now, at this point in time in my life, I need to be clear and re-evaluate where I am and where I am headed. This came after quitting eating Wheat, which has been a positive change in my life in terms of weight loss and how I feel overall. I’m not sure what the website is going to look like in the future… But for now, it’s probably going to link to music that I write, or what I’m up to in terms of messing about with Linux. Thanks for visiting, for now the beer is on hold and we will see where that goes. Be well all.

Beer Review: Coal Harbour Brewing – Triumph Rye Ale

Once again I’ve got to give mad props to my co-worker Sue who has given me this beer for review.

Prior to sampling, I googled the brewery and was happy to discover this is yet another Vancouver based brewery. As it turns out, they are one of the newest on the scene, which might be why I haven’t heard of them till now. Also cool to note, the brewer is a fellow guitarslinger and I’ve gotta like that.

The beer comes in a 650 ml bottled, weighing in at 5.25% alc./vol in a bottle with a tasteful green and orange circle logo with 2 rams locking horns. I’m not sure what the significance is of the 2 rams on the cover but I’ve asked on their facebook group and will post any response in the comments.

The beer pours clean with minimal head and mild activity in the glass. It has a beautiful light copper colouring and has great clarity.

Triumph Rye Ale

Triumph Rye Ale

Let’s check the aroma… Interesting, nice balance of hops to malt and I’m not all that familiar with Rye malt beers so perhaps that’s the scent I can’t put my finger on. I’m looking forward to the first sip.

The Taste: Mmm this is a delicious beer. It kind of reminds me of a scottish beer I had that was brewed with heather. I like it, this is a nice change from the barley malt based beers I mostly encounter. It’s well balanced yet just complex enough to be interesting and not so complex that you couldn’t drink a few glasses in succession.

Coal Harbour Brewing has done a fine job on this brew and I look forward to trying more of their offerings in the near future.

Until next time…

Beer Review: HSB Super Jupiter Grapefruit IPA is Out of this World!

Yup… I went there. Cheesy link bait I know, but lets not talk about my propensity for silly wordplay, lets get into the details of todays beer for review.

HSB Super Jupiter Grapde Fruit IPA

Yum! HSB Super Jupiter IPA

This beer was gifted to me by my lovely wife for Valentines Day. Lucky for me we live in the very town where this great beer was brewed, so whatever they offer that doesn’t hit the liquor store I can get at the brewpub.

The beer pours with ample thick creamy head that holds fast to the cup.

The aroma surprises me – I expected to be hit hard with grapefruit but I wasn’t. I’ve had other local IPA’s that have a higher citrus aroma and taste. What I will say is that this IPA does indeed have a pleasant hoppy aroma but it also has a subtle aroma of real grapefruit and that is pretty awesome. It’s more authentic.

Let’s sip it down shall we.

This beer has a fine mouth feel, it is smooth as butter with a nice level of carbonation. The grapefruit to my pallate is not strong but I am fighting a cold so I may revisit the beer. What I do find very fine is that its quite a nice sippping IPA. I expected because it indeed was brewed with grapefruit that I might get something rough and bitter but it wasn’t like that. While there is a bitterness to it, its very smooth and easy drinking in a good way.

I really like this IPA and would recommend it, it’s got class and I can see myself buying it again in the near future.

Cheers all.

Deadbeat Guitarist Mugcast #13 – Crabbies Ginger Beer – Gateway Beer? Auphonic Goodness! Puppy Linux Rescues a Netbook.

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Brew of the cast:
Crabbies Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer
This beer is awesome. I like it better than regular ginger ale for sure and of course it has the added benefit of a bit of alcohol to get your buzz on. Highly recommended.

Woohoo Tasty Brew!

Woohoo Tasty Brew!

Puppy Linux rescues my harddriveless hp mini and breathes new life into it. After trying to install Ubuntu on a USB stick and even Crunchbang and turning off journaling on the filesystem, I checked Puppy Linux as a last resort before binning the netbook. Sure enough, Puppy Linux is as fast as ever and is a joy to use on USB. I highly recommend if you have an aging netbook that needs a boost to try out puppy.

Props to Auphonic for making such a great service to take audio content and get it podcast ready from tagging, encoding and uploading. I gather they may release their work as LV2 plugins which would be great news for those using Ardour and LV2 plugins.

Cheers and see you next time. 🙂

Beermas 2012-2013 – Day 12 – Granville Island Brewing (Limited Release) Barley Wine

Granville Island Brewing (Limited Release) Barley Wine

The Beer:
Granville Island Brewing (Limited Release) Barley Wine


Granville Island Brewing (Limited Release) Barley Wine

Granville Island Brewing (Limited Release) Barley Wine


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The Text Breakdown:

Visual – The beer bottle has wax on the top. ARGH! Its pretty but stop doing it brewers. Granted, this one was easier to open than the other breweries wax topped brew, its more trouble than its worth. The beer pours a dark brown showing signs of mild carbonation.

Aroma – Vanilla, Oak, Bourbon, Caramel.

Taste – OMG. This beer is soooooooooo GOOD! It is dangerously smooth. I’ve had stouts that were near this in terms of alcohol content that were far more rough a brew. I’m tasting the bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel. This is a smooth sippin’ mellowing brew that deserves your undivided tastebud attention. I think this could be the best beer I have had throughout Beermas and possibly from last year and this year. Granville Island Limited Release offerings have been stellar which surprises me when the regular beers they offer are in my opinion middle of the road. But beers like the Jolly Abbott and the Imperial Chocolate Stout and now this one are such standouts, I am without question going to buy the next Granville Island Limited Release beer.

Happy Beermas to you all. For those of you that made new years resolutions, I wish you the best of luck with those going forward into the new year. Those of you staying the course, best of luck to you as well.

May the new year be full of good times and good spirits and perhaps we will see you in Beeroween. 🙂


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