Peppermint, Piña Coladas, and Plumage
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FEATURED NEW BEER RELEASES
We have no idea how long this cask will last, but Parkside Brewery has a new peppermint porter called After 8ish that came out Wednesday evening and sounds delightful. "Bold flavours of dark chocolate mixed with a smooth peppermint finish and just enough boozy warmth to keep you coming back for more." Put this in the category of beers I never thought I needed until I saw it. We doubt this survives the weekend, so you'll want to head to the brewery pronto if this is up your alley.
Available: From the cask, at the brewery.
Getting caught in the rain
Do you like piña coladas? How about blueberry coladas? Yeah? Alright, how about Imperial blueberry coladas? That's what Strathcona's offering with its latest release. This sour ale features blueberries, pineapple and "massive amounts of coconut." A relaxing 10% ABV to warm you up this winter.
Available: In 4-packs at the brewery and shipping to stores across the province.
A beer worth keeping
House of Funk's Cadence is a bière de garde—a beer style from the North of France. It's called "beer of keeping" because it was brewed during the fall and then kept (i.e. lagered) until the spring. It's not quite spring, but we'll still take the beer! This one has malty backbone and fruity esters from French saison yeast. Close your eyes and you might also pick up leather, white pepper, rosemary, lemon, and poached pear. It might be 8%, but it it finishes dry.
Available: At the brewery, online and in liquor stores.
Double down on dry hops
Beere Brewing has a fresh IPA in the tap room and it's a big one. Beautiful Plumage was dry hopped with a lot of Strata, Sabro, Sultana, and Cashmere. The result? "Notes of zesty oranges, fresh pineapples, and Froot Loops"
Available: At the brewery and select liquor stores.
ADDITIONAL BEER RELEASES
Brassneck has a self-deprecating explanation for the "failed" photo shoot of its new Jungle Simulator tart fruit sour. It features tangerine, peach, passionfruit and coconut.
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The best BC non-alcoholic beer brands
Last week we asked you if any of these non-alcoholic beer brands were better than water. *shocker* Water won this round.
GET UP TO SOMETHING GOOD
This Weekend's Events
🎉 Barnside is turning three years old with a party all weekend long.
🧠Trivia Night returns to Fuggles tonight at 6pm
🧘Container Brewing is offering a Beer Yoga session on Sunday.
🍽️ Dine Out Vancouver kicks off January 20 and many local breweries are participating.
🏃Steel & Oak hosts a run club every Wednesday night. Run 3km or 5km to earn that beer!
🎤 Comedy night at Container Brewing returns January 24, February 7, and February 21. Tickets here.
♟️ Container Brewing is hosting a regular games night, with the next sessions taking place on January 17 and then the first and third Tuesday of every month. Seating is limited, so you'll need to get a ticket.
🧠 How about some music trivia at Ace Brewing on January 18?
🎴 Small Gods also hosts games night every week, with the next one taking place January 19.
🎶 Rusted Rake Brewing is hosting a night of music on January 21 from 530-730pm.
🎶 Patina Brewing has your music needs covered on January 18 and 25.
🧠 Monkey9 has movie trivia on January 18 with Cineplex prize packs.
✨ Dragged Out Sunday makes its return to Farm Country on January 29.
🏴 Kilt Night Caskets 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.
🧘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.
🧺 Have you been tasked with organizing your next corporate event? The folks at Barnside have an idea for you: dinner in Between the Hop Bines in August.
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🕹️ GAME TIME
Last week, we asked which city's famous dessert served as an inspiration for a dessert stout. The answer: Nanaimo. The beer? Dead Frog's Nanaimo Bar Stout. Congrats to Janet for guessing it correctly!
This week, we wonder if you've discovered which type of beer is the French cousin to saison?
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