The Mix-Pack: Braden Yamamoto of Dageraad Brewing
Dageraad's marketing lead curates his favourite BC beers
Today we have the latest in our monthly Mix-Pack Series, a series that will be available to our premium members after January 31. We hope you enjoy this free preview.
In this series, we ask a professional in BC's craft beer scene to walk us through their perfect 4-pack of BC beer.
For this edition, we asked Braden Yamamoto of Dageraad Brewing to share his mix-pack and it covers a wide spectrum of flavours. It's the perfect explorer pack and we hope you get a chance to assemble this mix-pack and fully enjoy it.
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Braden Yamamoto's Mix-Pack
Your Curator: Braden Yamamoto
Official Title: Marketing and Promotions
Brewery: Dageraad Brewing
1. Brassneck Brewing - Passive Aggressive
Why this beer: Passive Aggressive is one of my all-times. It teases you with a big hop aroma but it mellows out quickly on the palate leaving you with a really enjoyable and refreshing pale. It’s almost always kicking around my fridge.
When to enjoy it: This is a beer that I reach for pretty much whenever it’s on tap somewhere. If pressed, I’d say it’s the ideal beer to catch up with old friends - speaking from experience.
A great memory: Passive Aggressive is the first Vancouver beer I had when I moved here from Calgary and finished unloading the moving truck. One of them anyways - that night in the Brassneck Tasting room got a little away from us, as I (hazily) recall.
2. Strange Fellows - Nocturnum
Why this beer: I love a punch of hops and I love nice toasty malts, so it feels like the folks at Strange Fellows brew Nocturnum specifically for me. The hops are assertive without being overbearing and the smooth malts make a comforting backbone.
When to enjoy it: If ever there was a perfect shoulder-season beer, this would be it. It gives you the big malty notes you want when it’s cold out, but with vibrant hop aromas to remind you that winter always ends eventually.
A great memory: I first had Nocturnum in a Gastown pub with a good friend on a rare day we both had off. Our first glasses turned into a pitcher, and a cold winter afternoon turned into a warm day spent with solid company.
3. Steel & Oak - Simple Things
Why this beer: Look - it’s an easy-drinking, well-made, unfussy pilsner. It’s right there in the name; what more do you want? It’s clean with a nice biscuit note to it and a subtle sweetness.
When to enjoy it: If the sun is high, the temperature is climbing, and the music is good (and loud), that’s when Simple Things really brings the magic.
A great memory: Simple Things makes an appearance at most industry events and I’m always thankful to see these white cans pop up around a tent even if it’s just for a break from all the other big hop bombs.
4. Dageraad - Blonde
Why this beer: This one - this one right here? This is why beer was invented. It’s not a crusher; at 7.5%, Blonde is made for a good time and a long time. The spice and floral aroma is enchanting and the bright wave of noble hops and stone fruit it kicks off are going to hook you, no problem.
When to enjoy it: Our Blonde belongs at the dinner table right next to any glass of wine. It’s a gorgeous beer with bright, refined flavours. Pair it with bolder dishes like BBQ or anything with a bit of heat and you’ll have no doubt that beer is as deserving of fine dining tables as some of the finest wines
A great memory: I remember having a glass of Blonde the day I started at Dageraad. I’d had it before, but getting at it fresh from the source was revelatory. If you haven’t come out for a visit, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
Last week breweries released a wide mix of beers, including one that features the fascinating Phantasm powder.
🎉 Field House is turning seven years old and is planning seven straight days of celebrations, which began this week.
🎤 Comedy night at Container Brewing returns January 24, February 7, and February 21. Tickets here.
🏃Steel & Oak hosts a run club every Wednesday night. Run 3km or 5km to earn that beer!
🎶 Patina Brewing has your music needs covered on January 25.
🧝♀️ Ace Brewing is hosting a Lord of the Rings Trivia Night on January 26.
✨ Dragged Out Sunday makes its return to Farm Country on January 29.
🏴 Kilt Night Casks makes a return to Smuggler's Trail on January 29.
🧘 Patina Brewing is hosting a mindful beer tasting yoga class monthly on Saturdays. The next sessions are on January 28, February 18, and March 11.
Il Centro is hosting a beer tasting event on February 9, featuring Luppolo, Container, Powell Brewery, and East Van Brewing Company. Tickets are $63.
🧘Container Brewing is also offering a Beer Yoga session on February 25.
⚽ Cumberland Brewing Co. has Foosball Tuesdays for the entire month of January and February, starting at 3pm. Bring a partner or come solo.
🎤 Container Brewing has open mic every Sunday
🤯 Trivia Nights
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