I saw a really cool visual beer guide posted by the still honourable Rick Green on Twitter today. It is called Dave’s Vancouver Beer Guide 2010 and it is posted at a site called Foodists, which looks pretty cool itself. The guide is a giant image showing the Canadian beers available in BC. It also traces the chain of ownership of national brand beers. If you are new to the Vancouver beer scene and also a visual learner, then this guide will do wonders for you. Click on the image to see it full size.
I read on the honourable Rick Green’s BC Beer Blog today a mention of a Vancouver Craft Beer Week being planned for May 10-16. This was the first I’d ever heard of such a thing (even Google didn’t know about it!) and was naturally intrigued. When I asked Rick what it was all about he indicated it would be in the vein of San Francisco Beer Week. From that I can only assume that CAMRA, in association with our local breweries, brewpubs and beer bars, will be planning a series of beer related events in Vancouver. Sounds good to me! I wonder if this is the first annual VCBW? I also wonder if those beyond us beer geeks and hangers on will take notice and take part? If the first VCBW is well staged, I imagine the masses will be clamoring to partake. What I am sure of is that this first VCBW is a step in the right direction and will surely be good times. I will post any details that make their way to me.
I was pretty excited to hear that Garrett Oliver, esteemed brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, was coming to Vancouver from Chester at Brewery Creek. Shortly after hearing the good news, the honourable Rick Green just so happened to send me an email with the details. I definitely hope to attend the Brewmaster’s dinner being held at the Granville Room at the very least. Here is the information Rick passed along:
Friday, August 14th 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Brewmaster’s Dinner at the Granville Room in Vancouver.
This is a four course dinner with Brooklyn beer paired to each course. Garrett will talk about the food and beer during each course. We plan to have copies of his book “ The Brewmaster’s Table” available for purchase. He will personally sign each book. If you want to come and enjoy the evening with Garrett Oliver and some of your friends please contact me. There are only 75 tickets. The price is $75 which includes Dinner and gratuity. This is a set menu. Come and listen to one of the giants in the beer industry.
Saturday, August 15th 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Brooklyn Brewing Presents: East Coast Beers, West Coast Style
BCLDB Signature Store 39th and Cambie
Join Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewing Co., producer of fine craft ales and lagers, in a tasting of his beers paired creatively with Belgian cuisine by Chambar Restaurant. The first few participants will receive a free, signed copy of Oliver’s acclaimed cookbook, The Brewmaster’s Table (while quantities last)!
I’m told that you have to contact the Granville Room directly to get tickets. I hope I can make it out that night and I hope to see you there.
Yep, the first annual Whistler Beer Festival will take place next year at the earliest. Apparently their brewmaster, who was organizing the whole thing, almost died in a mountain biking accident. Godspeed on your recovery sir. Get well soon. I found out today when I asked Gerry at Brewery Creek if he was going. He told me about the accident, but implored me to ask the honourable Rick Green for more info. Rick confirmed the bad news. I’m pretty choked because Rick had already posted the proposed beer lineup on the now removed Facebook event. It was stacked with mouthwatering beer offerings that I was excited to try.
What to do now? Well, we already booked ourselves in Whistler, so we are going anyway. A weekend in Whistler isn’t the worst thing in the world to suffer through, so don’t feel too sorry for us. I called the Whistler Brewhouse today and was please to find them very apologetic. We’ll be redeeming our tickets for fresh beer, which I hope they won’t be out of by the time we make it up there! Their Wolf Creek Bitter and Grizzly Brown Ale are killer, plus they usually have a solid seasonal or two. We might also amuse ourselves by checking out some of the trails, lakes, and nightlife. And a stop at Howe Sound Brewing on the way back down might provide a fitting end to our weekend. I guess we’ll be all right.
Further to my last post, the honourable Rick Green sent me a few more pictures he took at the Granville Island Brockton IPA launch party. He has a real camera and his pictures are way better than mine, so I figured I’d post them. Plus, who doesn’t want to get a look at the sweet, sweet Brockton IPA keychain that doubles as a bottle opener.
Erik and I conversing
Me and my sweet Brockton IPA bottle opener/keychain