Off The Rail Comet Launcher: Is it out of this world?

After an enjoyable visit to East Van Brewing I wandered over to Off The Rail (aka. OTR) who was introducing their Comet Launcher Double IPA (DIPA). This was not just another beer for OTR, but a special release in celebration of their 3rd anniversary. My plan was to grab a bomber and head on home….

Field House French IPA

Craft brewers are fast becoming artists in their own right. Fashioning malty beverages that extend the boundaries of what we call beer. Long frowned down upon as a second class beverage, beer is making a new mark on the culinary world. In fact, I would dare say it has surpassed wine in its ability to…

Wheelbite: A Yeast Van Boarder Thing

East Vancouver is to a hop-head what Wriggly Field is to a baseball fanatic… shear paradise! There are so many craft breweries in a relatively small region, which can make choosing one destination a tough task. Today I had a plan! A brief plan albeit, but a plan just the same. And that plan was…

Ravens Oldhand Coffee IPA: The Future’s So Bright….

Downtown Abbotsford, once the centre for trade and shopping, has gone through quite the ┬árough spell over the past 30 plus years. Unable to keep up with changing times, it has fallen victim to disrepair, neglect, and the relentless Father Time. The pendulum is starting to swing, however, as a renaissance of sorts has started…

Trading Post: Black IPA

It was a cold and stormy November afternoon, and the east wind was blowing hard against my rain drenched face. Seeking shelter against the violence that only Mother Nature can inflict, I found comfort within the hospitable walls of the Trading Post Brewing and Tasting Room. Wandering up to the counter, I was welcomed by…

Black Kettle Brewing Co.: Could this be a hidden gem?

The other day I stumbled across Black Kettle Brewing, tucked away at the end of an industrial building, around the corner from a client in North Vancouver. Excited by the prospect that I had found a hidden gem of a micro brewery perhaps only the locals talked about. Checking online, the reviews looked promising, so…

Savouring a flight after a hard day on the water.

Lunchmeat and I had just spent a few hours wandering the banks of the Chilliwack/Vedder River, casting a variety of juicy flies but catching only low lying branches and snaggs on the riverbottom. With a lack of fish on the horizon we headed over to the Old Yale Brewing Company’s tasting room for an inaugural…

Pike Brewing hits one out of the park for ALS.

I must admit that I tend to be a bit leery when it comes to companies that donate to charities. It seems to be the “in thing” to ride the coattails of a charity or cause. The skeptic in me wants to know if they are jacking up prices only to have me cover the…