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

Downtown Abbotsford, once the centre for trade and shopping, has gone through quite the  rough 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 […]

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Upright’s Pathway to Paradise

I love saisons. It’s a style of beer that opens itself up to so many unique variations, and regional expressions. For me it epitomizes the true heritage of craft beer, and what craft beer is really all about. Lending itself perfectly to creative breweries like Upright Brewing to take artistic license and do whatever the […]

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The Perfect Canadian Pilsner

You’re probably going to say that this isn’t a craft beer because of the size of the brewery. Fair enough. Regardless of the fact that this is a nationally distributed product, there is something to be said about brewing it right. And, this my friends, is brewed it right. I’ve tasted dozens of pilsners from […]

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A Man for all Saisons

Today’s hop topic brings me to my current infatuation…. SAISONS (aka. farmhouse ales). I seriously find myself asking “Where have they been all my life?”. After brewing my own (Saison in the Sun) using a simple grain bill, rehydrated apricots, Nelson Sauvin hops, and a Belle Saison yeast, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this […]

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Foamer’s Folly: Bonding Over Brews

After an excellent morning service at The Village Church in Langley, Sarah (my youngest daughter) and I journeyed out for some Father / Daughter bonding time. Heading to the north side of the Fraser River, we stopped into Foamer’s Folley Brewing in Pitt Meadows before heading to Golden Ears Cheesecrafters for lunch. Having never been […]

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Bellingham Tap Trail: A hophead’s paradise

NOTE: I’ll be doing up a small blog for each brewery we visited so that you don’t fall asleep reading an unnecessarily long diatribe.  With a population of 81,000, Bellingham, WA (BLI) is an island of a city on the I-5. By this I mean it’s surrounded by farmland, sprawling green hills, the Pacific Ocean, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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