July CAMRA Victoria Newsletter
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July 2017 Monthly Newsletter *****Website Update – The CAMRA Victoria site is back up and running! We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you.*****
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CAMRA Victoria Communications Director Tours ‘Yeast Van’ June CAMRA Victoria Members Event reviews Vancouver Island Beer News Upcoming CAMRA Victoria Events – Members Events July/August Vancouver Island Beer Events – Everyone Welcome
If you would like to join our ranks, we’d love to have you. Individual memberships are only $25/year and joint/family memberships are $40/year. CAMRA Member Events: July 22nd – Port Angeles Beer Crawl – More info below
CAMRA Victoria tours ‘Yeast Van’
By: Sean Clark, Communications Director, CAMRA Victoria While in Vancouver two weekends ago for a show, I had the opportunity to do a self-guided walking tour of the breweries in East Vancouver, otherwise know as ‘Yeast Van’ in the craft beer world. Utilizing the excellent walking map printed in issues of ‘The Growler’ craft beer booklet, I started my day at Strange Fellows Brewing.
I was offered a sampling of Strange Fellows Roxanne Raspberry Sour upon meeting their tasting room manager Terry. Absolutely incredible!
Photos from Strange Fellows, including the exterior, delivery truck, tasting room seating & taps, and my ‘Box of Strange’ tasting flight. The tasting room manager Terry made me feel welcome when I introduced myself, and were the perfect location to start my day. I loved the floor to ceiling windows and stainless steel backing of the bar. It created a very open and inviting feel, and on such a clear and hot day that it was, the shot of the North Shore mountains back dropping the brewery was a thing of beauty! So after finishing up, it was off to stop number two….. Luppolo Brewing Company.
Exterior of Luppolo Brewing Company
Stop number two was a nice place to cool off from the hot weather, after a nearly ten minute walk from Strange Fellows, (one of the longest distances between breweries on my tour.) They have a solid tasting room with a good collection of beers on tap, and as a custom I’ve seen at many of the Vancouver breweries I’ve visited so far, certificates and(or) other awards bestowed from the CAMRA Vancouver branch for various categories.
Photos from Luppolo include the taps & tasting room, my taster flight, the brewery itself and an award given to Luppolo from CAMRA Vancouver.
Stop number three was Off the Rail Brewing, about a six minute walk from Luppolo. My stay here was longer than anticipated due to an incident with my glasses, but thanks to the assistance of the staff and patrons of Off The Rail I was able to repair them good enough to continue on. Their tasting room is small but was nearly packed when I arrived. It was definitely the busiest of the three I had visited up to that point. I also picked up a copy of the East Van Brewery & Distillery map, where you collect stamps at each location with the goal to complete it to receive a 32oz growler at their office. Sadly I was unable to finish it off, but luckily it doesn’t expire and I hope to complete it at a later date.
Photos from Off the Rail include the exterior, a CAMRA Vancouver label, my taster flight, the taps, a couple 2016 Canadian Brewing Awards and a map for the East Van Brewery & Distillery District.
Stop number four, Bomber Brewing, is almost directly across the street. They had a really good stout on nitro there, and their tanks were adorned with the names and numbers of famed hockey players. Their tasting room is nicely spread out with a great view through the windows of the brewery. While visiting I met a couple of guys from Alabama who were in town for a cruise later that day. I gave them some info on more local breweries to visit, and picked up some info from them should I ever visit their state one day.
Photos from Bomber include the exterior, the taps, the menu board, my taster flight, the coolers and the brewery tanks.
Stop number five brought me to Callister Brewing, another ten minute walk from Bomber. They are unique in that they house not one, but upwards of four breweries under one roof. They basically provide a space for those small craft breweries just getting their feet wet in the industry, in the hopes that they one day branch out into their own space. While I was there, I tried a sample from each of the breweries, including: Callister, Real Cask, Boombox and Lightheart. I strongly suggest anyone visiting to do the same, as you just never know what you’ll get. Also, some of the breweries may not be there anymore and be replaced with someone new, (such has happened just recently as new breweries Night Owl and Morningstar have come on board.)
Photos from Callister include the taps and tap list, the brewery tanks, my taster flight and certificates awarded from CAMRA Vancouver.
Stop number six was Powell Brewery, a block up from Callister. It was here where I found my first East Coast-style IPA on my walking tour. Their tasting room is large and inviting, and their beers available fantastic. By this point it had gotten really hot outside and time was not on my side. I knew that there was still at least four more breweries on the route and it was my goal to try and finish them before I had to leave for the ferry.
Photos from Powell include the exterior, the interior counter, my tasting flight and the brewery tanks.
Stop number seven was one of the newest and most unique breweries in East Vancouver, Andina Brewing Company. Opening earlier this year, the beers brewed here are a hybrid of South American/British Columbian styles which create a unique blend of flavors combining local and imported ingredients from South America. They also serve their own ceviche and an international spin on nachos, and the day I was there it was hopping busy. So far, they’re off to a great start. Photos from Andina include the exterior, my taster flight and interior shots.
Stop eight, and what proved to be my final one of the day, was Storm Brewing. It was the most unique and different brewery I had visited on my tour, as from the outside it looked like an old warehouse. Stepping inside was very much the same, and it was very crowded when I entered. Unlike the other breweries along the route, they do not have a tasting room nor do they do flights of any kind. What they do offer is free tastings of up to six of their beers on tap, served in a plastic cup. The beers were very good, and the vibe inside was unlike anything I’ve seen before. If there’s one brewery you need to visit in East Van, it’s this one. Photos from Storm include the exterior and various interior shots.
And that was that. What a great day, despite the blazing hot sun and little to no breeze. Sadly due to time I had to cut out P49 and Doan’s, and Coal Harbour doesn’t have a tasting room, but I plan on getting to them in the near future. Wrap-Up Reviews on the June CAMRA Victoria Events:
June 11th – ‘An Evening with Glen Mofford’
On Sunday June 11th, roughly 30 or so CAMRA members gathered at the Eagles Club on Esquimalt Road to hear local author Glen Mofford talk about his book, ‘Aqua Vitae: A History of the Saloons and Hotel Bars of Victoria, 1851-1917.’ For the next hour or so he presented a power point presentation while also reading excerpts from his book, and it was fascinating to here some of the interesting history related to places no longer in business anymore, and those still operating but under a different name.
Glen Mofford presenting his power point to the CAMRA masses. June 27th – ‘Bring a New Member Night’
Tuesday June 27th saw CAMRA Victoria return to the Penthouse at Swan’s for our annual ‘Bring a New Member Night. It was a well-attended event, with a number of new and renewed members as well as current ones mingling throughout the venue and taking in the sights of the Inner Harbour from the rooftop patio. A great selection of Swan’s beers paired with appetizers were available to the members, and for the most part everyone seemed to enjoy the event. A huge thanks to Swan’s for letting us have our annual New Member night there once again.
Photos from the evening’s proceedings at Swan’s Penthouse and rooftop patio Vancouver Island Beer News
Sooke Brewing Company seeing great progess!
Work is well underway at Sooke Brewing Company where just recently they have received their tanks and have them installed in place. Also they’ve got their new tap handles made up, and the exterior is also coming along really good. It won’t a matter until more great beer will be coming out of Sooke. Check out their Facebook page for more info and progress reports!
Lighthouse Brewery picks up another award!
Lighthouse Brewery won a gold medal for their Race Rocks Amber Ale at the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship in the Brown Ale category. Congrats to the crew at Lighthouse for their award, and to the other Canadian breweries that also picked up hardware.
GCBF Brewery Lineup just released!
Just moments before this newsletter were to go to press, the brewery lineup for the 25th anniversary of the Great Canadian Beer Festival was released. This year’s festival will feature 74 breweries plus 2 cideries, with 8 of the breweries featured for the first time ever in The Drake Cask Tent. Everything from returnees like VIB, Spinnakers & Swans to new attendees Andina, Hathi & Two Wolves. Check out the GCBF website for the full brewery list, and stay tuned for the beers each of these breweries will be pouring. Upcoming CAMRA Victoria Events – Members Only
July 22nd – Port Angeles Beer Crawl
Hello CAMRA Members and Craft Beer Enthusists.
Join CAMRA Executive Members Malcolm Crerar and Cayla Stiles-Clark for a walking tour of Port Angeles’ Breweries and Brewpubs on Saturday, July 22. We well be catching the 10:30am ferry. Due to customs regulations, everyone will be required to arrive between 9:15-9:30 am. We will be returning on the 5:20 Ferry with an estimated arrival time in Victoria at 7pm (then plan for customs)
****Just want to point out that this is an Unofficial CAMRA Outing but will be lead by CAMRA Executive members as stated above. We want to encourge all that plan to attend to:
1) Enjoy Responsibly 2) Plan For A Safe Ride Home (Cayla will be able to drive 4 people home if needed) 3) Get travel insurance – Just to be on the safe side, we encourge getting travel insurance for the day as MSP is not valid in the states if a medical emergancy arises while we are there,
The package is through the Coho Ferry and includes:
Sample the fine flavors of some great craft beers on the Olympic Peninsula on this self-guided tour of Port Angeles’ best pubs and breweries. Receive a pint each from 3 local brewers. Barhop Brewing, rated the region’s top nano-brewery by the Seattle P-T. Next Door Gastropub, a local favorite with amazing pub fare. And Station 51, Port Angeles’ newest beer stop. All 3 tasting locations are in downtown Port Angeles, and less than a 5 minute stroll from each other and the ferry terminal.
Please note: Guests must be over the age of 21 to participate in this package.
We will also be throwing a stop at The New Moon on Lincoln to sample beer from Port Angeles’ Dungness Brewing (not included in the price of the tour)
Package cost $42 US and includes the roundtrip Ferry This package does not include addtional beer samples or food. Members/Travelers will be responsible for their own addtional purchases.
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or on the day of at the Ferry Terminal.
Please Note: When travelling between Canada and the United States by water, you must present one of the following valid documents as part of the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requirements.
FOR U.S. AND CANADIAN CITIZENS: – Valid Passport – U.S. Passport Card – Trusted traveler card (NEXUS) – Enhanced Driver’s License – Enhanced identification card (for example: enhanced Tribal cards, if available) – U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) – U.S. Military Identification with military travel orders – U.S. Merchant Mariner Document with official maritime business
We strongly stress to EVERYONE attending this event that, as we will be traveling to the US, please conduct yourself in a safe and responsible manner. We ask that everyone plan for a safe ride home to and from the Coho Ferry terminal. While we want all members attending to have a great time in Port Angeles, we want it to be safe and enjoyable for everyone. Upcoming Vancouver Island Beer Events – Everyone Welcome VIB & Gladstone Brewing Pop-Up Tasting Room June 13th, 3pm-6pm
East Coast vs West Coast Style IPA Tap Takeover at Smiths Pub July 15th, 5pm-2am
The Thirsty Chef III July 29th, 12pm-4pm Cowichan Craft Beer and Food Fest August 12th, 12pm-4pm
Far West Beer Fest (in Sequim WA) August 12th, 1pm-7pm
More information on these and other events can be found on our Facebook page and on the events calendar. Know of an event you think should be included? Then shoot us an email at email@example.com
Until then, Cheers!
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