I went to La Casa Gelato in Vancouver yesterday. This famed ice cream joint has 218 flavors in store, and I’m told they have even more flavors in reserve. I happened to notice one flavor in particular that I just had to try, that being Guinness Draught Beer Sorbetto. I was surprised to find that it tasted exactly like Guinness, not generally resembling stout or beer, but very specifically like Guinness! I’ll be honest, I didn’t love it, but finding this beer so convincingly adapted to ice cream got me thinking. Can I make my own beer ice cream out of one of my favorite beers? This article is the best I’ve found on making your own beer ice cream, something that I’ll have to try. If I have any success, I’ll definitely post my results.
Some other tidbits:
- Erik convinced me (wasn’t hard) to go to Brewery Creek with him yesterday. It’s a good thing we went because we managed to snag the last few Great Canadian Beer Festival tickets. I was going to wait until Monday, which would have been bad. I’m hearing that all tickets available in the lower mainland are now sold out. If you want to go to the GCBF this year, you should get on the case now.
- We also hit up Bosa Foods. It was my first time there and I was very impressed. It is the best gourmet food store I’ve been to in the lower mainland. I was particularly impressed by the butcher shop. I’ve previously written about beer and meat and beer and chicken; I do believe I’ve finally found the place to buy quality meat. They sell organic free range redbro chickens from Polderside farms, as well as a great selection of lamb, pork, and beef cuts. I was impressed by the color (deep red, not bright red), texture (moist, but not wet looking), and marbling of the beef steaks, as well as the colour of the pork (pinkish, not grey). I will definitely be buying my meat there from now on.
Have a great rest of the weekend.