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June 2018 Newsletter
(Just an FYI to all that, going forward these newsletters will probably be bi-monthly due to the amount of work it takes and the struggle to find and include suitable content. I hope you enjoy this issue. Cheers!
** In this Issue: ————————————————————
CAMRA Victoria May Members Event Wrap-up Vancouver Island Beer News Upcoming CAMRA Victoria Events – Members Events Vancouver Island Beer Events – Everyone Welcome Additional Beer Related News
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: June 26th: ‘Bring a New Member Night’ in the penthouse at Swans Brewpub
July 28th: *****Tentative***** possibly a Sidney Pub Crawl
More info above events available later in this newsletter
============================================================ CAMRA Victoria May Event Wrap-Up By: Sean Clark, Communications Director, CAMRA Victoria
Back on Thursday May 31st we held our monthly event at ** Vancouver Island Brewing (www.facebook.com/vibrewing/?fref=mentions) . We had a very informative evening learning and identifying off flavours in six different samples of beer, led by VIB’s Danny Seaton. For our class we used a clean and simple beer for our base, in this case we it was Islander Lager.
After starting with a normal sample of the Islander Lager, the six off flavours were, in order:
– Diacetyl – (producing buttery/butterscotch notes with a somewhat slick mouthfeel, with small amounts present in most beer styles as it is a natural part of the brewing process)
– Acetaldehyde – (producing notes of green apple and/or freshly cut pumpkin, common in light American-style lagers but considered an off flavour in higher concentrations of beer)
– Isoamylacetate – (notes of banana and/or pear, common in German-style Hefeweizens and many Belgian ales but considered an off flavour in other styles not associated with that ester)
– Dimethyl Sulphide (DMS) – (notes of cooked/creamed corn and/or cabbage. It’s a common flavour in most pale American Lagers, especially of the macro-variety, but is an off flavour in most other beers)
– Trans-2-Nonenal (Oxidation) – (notes of stale/wet cardboard and/or paper. It can be caused during ageing or during the transferring of beer from one fermentation vessel to another when too much oxygen is introduced. It is considered an undesirable flavour in all styles of beer)
– Butyric Acid (Infection/Contamination) – (a combination of many of the previous off flavours mentioned before, with other notes of lactic and/or acetic acid. It can be caused by a bacteria entering the beer during the wort production phase or during packaging. It is considered an undesirable flavour in all styles of beer)
All told the evening went very well. Many of the members had the opportunity before the proceedings to try some of the new beers currently available, purchase growler fills and bombers, and to socialize for a bit. A big thank you to all of the members that came out tonight, and making it such a great success.
And once again a huge thank you to Danny Seaton and the rest of the ** Vancouver Island Brewing (www.facebook.com/vibrewing/?fref=mentions) staff for hosting our groups monthly meeting. Due to the overwhelming success, we’re planning on having similar events to this in the near future. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.
Various pics from our May 31st VIB off flavours event Vancouver Island Beer News Hopoxia 2018 Wrapup:
This past Saturday was the latest edition of Hopoxia, the hoppy beer festival put on by ** Phillips Brewing & Malting (phillipsbeer.com) . Over 45 breweries from all over BC assembled in the Phillips Backyard, and as usual it did not disappoint. The weather threatened not to co-operate earlier in the day, but aside from being a little breezy turned out to be a solid mostly sunny afternoon. A common theme at most of the breweries were the Hazy/East Coast IPA, and I found a few really good examples from ** Coast Mountain Brewing (coastmountainbrewing.com) and VIB among others.
Once again Phillips allowed us to set up our booth at the festival, this time being located beside ** Small Block Brewery (smallblockbrewery.com) . For the first time at Hopoxia we sold our famous pretzel necklaces, and we had a couple contests as well. ** GCBF (gcbf.com) graciously donated two passes to this year’s festival, days before they officially go on sale to the public, which we raffled off to CAMRA Victoria members in good standing who attended Hopoxia. Congratulations to Phil Cottrell who was the big winner of the raffle drawing, and thank you to all members that entered the raffle and visited the booth. Pics of the crowd and our booth at Hopoxia Small Block Brewery has grand opening:
June 2nd was the official grand opening of Small Block Brewery up in Duncan, and myself and your VP/Membership Director Cayla took the opportunity to visit them. They’ve been open technically for a few months, and they were serving at Victoria Beer Week, but this was our first official time at the brewery.
As expected it was very busy when we arrived. They had converted the majority of their parking lot into a beer garden of sorts, with a stage for live music, a dunk tank, a couple food trucks and a second beer serving tent along with one serving Stillhead Distillery cocktails. I got a flight and also their collab with Stillhead Distillery, a whiskey barrel aged oatmeal stout. All were very good, so I picked up a couple crowlers to bring home, one of their Haxy IPA and the second their session oatmeal stout.
There was, however, an abnormality with their liquor license they acquired for the event. The beer served in the parking lot portion was dispensed into red plastic cups, understandable due to the fear of breakage on the pavement. However, their license prevented patrons from bringing that beer into the actual brewery, and vice versa. It was a small inconvience, but didn’t detract from what was an enjoyable afternoon. And with Red Arrow just steps away it makes for a worthwhile day trip that’s not too far away from here! Pics from the Small Block Grand Opening. Phillips Tasting Room now up and running, and others along their way…..:
Yes, their new tasting room has been open for over a month now, and it’s one of the most gorgeous I’ve seen outside of maybe the mainland and possibly Washington and Oregon. Situated next door to the original facility in a former pet store, the room has an expansive bar with 16 taps of Phillips offerings, some only available at the brewery itself. High above the bar sits an array of kegs feeding into the tap lines, and plenty of tables and stools spread out. Around the corner from the taproom is the retail portion, where the growler filling stations, coolers of packaged beer and all manner of merchandise if available.
I checked it out a few days after opening and was awestruck as to how packed it was. I felt like I was smack in the middle of Brewery Row or Brewery Creek in Vancouver, as the sheer number of patrons was incredible. They do flights of 4 beers, carefully placed in neat little wooden boxes, along with 10oz servings in equally neat glassware that really makes the beer look appealing and appear larger than advertised. While the 10oz servings were criticized by a few I read, in my honest opinion they’re perfect. They’re large enough to have a good sample, which allows you to try a few styles without over indulging, All together it’s an excellent start for it!
If you want to see more about the new tasting room, visit ** Chek News’s (www.cheknews.ca/beer-lovers-get-a-first-taste-of-the-new-phillips-brewery-tasting-room-444627/) article to see a brief write-up and video report.
Additionally, ** Lighthouse Brewing Company’s (lighthousebrewing.com) long awaited tasting room addition is currently underway, and as such their hours are limited due to construction. With the brewery celebrating 20 years in operation, they’re gearing up for a big celebration later this summer, which would tie into the tasting room opening. Click on the brewery link above to get more info.
And finally, Category 12 has a full lounge license now as of today! What that means is in addition to the current taster flights, you can also get 16oz servings of their excellent beer along with appropriately paired snacks. It will probably also mean new hours once all of the dust settles. Check out their ** website (category12beer.com) or ** Facebook (www.facebook.com/category12beer/) page for more info.
Great Canadian Beer Festival tickets on sale tomorrow:
Just like the header says, tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 9am sharp for the 26th edition of the Great Canadian Beer Festival, happening September 7th & 8th at Royal Athletic Park. Like past years, tickets will be $40 (tax included) for either day, and include your entry, taster glass, program and a BC Transit ticket to get you home safely. However, tokens this year have increased in price to $2.00. Of course, if you have any left over from past years they are of course valid. If there are still tickets left over come Monday, June 18th, then you can visit the Ticket Rocket office located on 101-804 Broughton Street during regular business hours to purchase one in person. Click here to purchase ** online (www.gcbf.com/tickets) .
Staying on GCBF, volunteer positions are now open. All spots are needed, none more so than those with Serving it Right or Special Event Server certificates for booth stewards and booth monitors. If you would like to volunteer, click ** here (www.gcbf.com/volunteer2) to sign up, or if you don’t have either serving certificate and would like to take the exam, click ** here (www.servingitright.com/) .
Forbidden Brewing landlord issues at an end???:
And finally, the issues between ** Forbidden Brewing (www.facebook.com/forbiddenbrewing/) and their landlord may finally be at an end! On June 12th, the court granted the brewery’s injunction and ordered their landlord to turn back on their power. That means they’re back up and running as normal. I encourage everyone to stop in there and give them your full support if you’re up in the Courtenay/Comox area, as these have been a trying number of months for them. Hopefully it’s only clear sailing ahead from here on out….. Upcoming CAMRA Victoria Events – Members Only
Our next event is traditionally our biggest one, that is the annual “Bring a New Member Night” held in the Penthouse at Swan’s Brewpub. The event will be on Tuesday June 26th at 7pm.
Come join your Executive for our annual event. Not a member, why not come and check us out. Click ** here (www.camra.ca/joinrenew/) to join today, or to renew if your membership is nearing the end!
Appetizers will be served, but we are recommending that everyone plan to have a meal either before or afterwards as the appetizers usually go very quickly.
We are also asking that members contribute a small donation towards the beer served to help offset the cost to purchase it, as this is usually one of our most expensive events to run.
Also, we are asking all members to please bring your membership cards with you. If you are a new or renewed member and haven’t received your card by the time of the event, please see our membership director Cayla there as she may have it with her.
Also tentative is a Sidney Pub Crawl, possibly on July 28th, and even our annual BBQ for probably the middle of August. More details to follow, so stay tuned
***And as always, please plan for a safe ride to and from the events. Please don’t drink and drive.***
Also, I invite all members to help contribute to the newsletter. If you have a story and(or) pictures from breweries or pubs you’ve visited while traveling, I’d love to hear from you. Fire me an email and I’ll be sure to include it in a future issue. Cheers! Upcoming Vancouver Island Beer Events – Everyone Welcome
Bikes, Beers and Berms – Every Tuesday evening throughout the summer Sooke Brewing Company – Sooke
Board Game Night – Every Wednesday evening until July 25th Gladstone Brewing Company – Courtenay
Friday Night Casks – Every Friday evening White Sails Brewery – Nanaimo
Movie Under The Maltworks – Saturday June 16th Phillips Brewing & Malting – Victoria
Car Free YYJ – Sunday June 17th Downtown Victoria along Douglas Street
Beerducation: – Sundays every 2 weeks as follows: – June 17th: Wild Things, Wild Fermentation – July 1st: Biology in your Beer – July 15th: Belgian Beers – July 29th: Belgian Beers Cascadia Liquor – Langford
Mariner Brewing Tap Takeover – Wednesday June 20th Smiths Pub – Victoria
Moody Ales Brewmaster’s Dinner – Thursday June 21st Crooked Goose Bistro – Victoria
Hoyne Brewing Tap Takeover – Thursday June 21st 328 Taphouse – Colwood
Summer Seasonals – Thursday June 21st Vessel Liquor – Victoria
San Diego Day – Saturday June 23rd The Drake Eatery – Victoria
The Phillips Backyard Weekender – Fri July 20th-Sun July 22nd Phillips Brewing & Malting – Victoria
More information on these and other events can be found on our ** Facebook (www.facebook.com/CAMRA.Victoria/) page and on the ** events calendar (www.camra.ca/events/eventscalendar/) . Know of an event you think should be included? Then shoot us an email at ** firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com)
Until then, Cheers! Additional Beer-related news:
(A new feature in the newsletter….. I’ll include links to any other relevant news articles we find that get shared on the Facebook page. We understand that there are some members that don’t use Facebook, so this way you stay in the loop on anything that comes across our way. Cheers!)
** From LostBeers.com (lostbeers.com/brasserie-a-vapeur-belgiums-last-steam-brewery/) – ‘Brasserie à Vapeur: Belgium’s Last Steam Brewery’
** From LostBeers.com (lostbeers.com/the-lost-hop-varieties-of-belgium/) – ‘The lost hop varieties of Belgium’
** From TheGrowler.ca (bc.thegrowler.ca/news/happy-friggin-birthday-central-city-celebrates-15-years-by-upsizing-cans-at-no-extra-cost/) – ‘How Central City is celebrating its 15th birthday’
Have an event you’d like listed? ** Contact us (camra.ca/about-2/contacts/) .
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