Beer of the Month: Whistle Buoy’s Gulagubben Golden Ale 
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by alesessions
1y ago
We’re always looking for something unique for our feature beer of the month, and the Gulagubben Golden Ale  from Victoria’s Whistle Buoy Brewing definitely fits that bill. Gulagubben is a Scandinavian golden ale, and thus the name reflects that. Gulagubben is the Swedish term for “Golden Boy” ( it does however more accurately translates to “yellow old man”, but whose counting). The beer is a creative blend of some traditional Scandinavian technique and home grown Canadian ingredients. For this beer the team uses Sasquatch Hops – Canada’s first patented hop, and only grown in Canada, which ..read more
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Fun Drinking Games For Your Next Party
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by alesessions
1y ago
We all love a good party, and sometimes what makes a party even better is some friendly competition. Add in a faster way of getting drunk, and well, you’ve got yourself a real party now. While most of us may be familiar with classic beer pong, there are other party games that don’t require as much set up, space, and hand eye coordination. Here are a few easy drinking games that you can pretty much put together spur of the moment, as long as you have a few things easily available. Ride the Bus There are a few variations of how to play Ride the Bus, some that will get you drunk faster than othe ..read more
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Beer of the Month: Dageraad & Four Winds Brewing’s Good News, Everyone!
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by alesessions
1y ago
Take two of the most award winning breweries in BC and add in a little mad science, and you’ve got a beer you definitely don’t want to miss. Good news, everyone! (Thanks for the Futurama reference guys!) is the latest collaboration from Dageraad and Four Winds. Both of these breweries excel at what they do, with Dageraad’s Belgian inspired brewing techniques, and Four Winds clean, crisp and hop forward beers. This beer is simple but complex. At its root it is a saison dry-hopped with Enigma and Nelson Sauvin. The white wine and tropical fruit hop profile is met in turn by the stone fruit ester ..read more
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How to Pour a Czech Lager
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by alesessions
2y ago
You might think that pouring a Czech lager is just like pouring any other beer, but there’s a nuance to Czech lagers that if poured right, offer a completely different drinking experience than you would expect. One of the best resources for understanding the different ways of pouring a Czech lager comes from the world renowned Pilsner Urquell. Urquell outlines the three different ways, one might pour a lager: The Hladinka, Šnyt, and Mlíko. These all have a different flavour from a different amount of golden lager and dense, wet foam. But why would you want to pour a lager in different ways? Th ..read more
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Beer of the Month: Main Street Brewing’s Hula Hula Shake
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by alesessions
2y ago
Main Street Brewing is once again bringing back the Hula Hula Shake! First launched in 2021 as part of their “vacation series” beers, the Hula Hula Shake was a fan favourite that the brewers have decided to return to again this year. This Berliner Weisse-styled brew is a sherbety sour combining a fruit basket full of passionfruit, orange & guava with subtle hints of vanilla and soured just enough to make you purse your lips. Think of it like a nice refreshing glass of tropical juice, that just so happens to also be 5.4% ABV. Hula is available in the Main St. tap room and in 473-mL single c ..read more
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Beer of the Month: Strange Fellows Brewing’s Civitas
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by alesessions
2y ago
We love featuring beers that not only taste great but also support a good cause. Civitas from Strange Fellows Brewing is a Belgian single that is brewed with a classic Belgian yeast strain. This unique take on a monastic patersbier is dry, bright and well carbonated. Aromatic and softly spicy, a judicious addition of lemongrass and coriander bring floral aromatics and a pithy delicate lemon character. Commemorating 25 years of connecting artists and community, Civitas celebrates East Van’s own champion of creative expression and public engagement – the Eastside Arts Society, producer ..read more
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The History of BC’s Oldest Pub
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by alesessions
2y ago
You may have heard the news last week that the oldest pub in England was closing its doors. Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St. Albans has been in business since 793 AD, making the pub over 1,200 years old. Unfortunately, due to financial hardships from the pandemic, the pub has been forced to close. Which got us thinking, how many people are aware of the oldest pub in BC? The Six Mile Pub, located just outside Victoria has stood the test of time since 1855. While it can’t boast over a thousand years of history, it does have some stories of its own to tell. The Six Mile Story begins in 1848 with mil ..read more
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Beer of the Month: Townsite Brewing’s Zunga Golden Blonde
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by alesessions
2y ago
Townsite Brewing has slowly been undergoing a rebrand, transitioning all their core beers into new vibrant tall calls. While the new look is fresh, it fortunately doesn’t impact the tried and true recipe for Zunga, their flagship Golden Blonde which has been a fantastic go-to beer for years. Zunga, according to Townsite is a local Powell River term for a rope swing over water. Fortunately, it also means a delicious beer! Zunga Blonde Ale is a 5.2%, 25 IBU easy sipper. Think of it as a nice, clean easy entry into Belgian style beers. The beer has the flavour of a citrus ale and a slight bittern ..read more
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2022 Craft Beer Predictions
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by alesessions
2y ago
With 2021 in our rearview mirror it’s time to turn our attention to 2022 and what we can expect from the year ahead. As with previous years, we’re peering into our crystal ball and predicting some trends from the craft beer industry this year. We’d like to think that we’re pretty good at this, with last year’s predictions all coming true in one form or another. So what will 2022 bring for craft beer? Overall it’s going to be a mixed bag; but one thing has always remained true: the craft beer industry is resilient, and brewers faced with even the toughest challenges have found ways to come out ..read more
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Beer of the Month: Sober Carpenter’s Organic Session IPA
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by alesessions
2y ago
In year’s past, Dry January used to mean going completely cold turkey with anything that even resembled alcohol, making it that much harder to power through the entire 31 days of the month. But, in the last few years we’ve seen strong growth in the non-alcoholic craft market, and there are now a wide variety of de-alcoholized spirits and beers to choose from. Fortunately, these options are only getting better and better, with Sober Carpenter being a perfect example of how far the category has come. Sober Carpenter is a non-alcoholic craft beer brewery created by two brothers. Passionate about ..read more
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