The Hammer is back this year in both stainless and bourbon aged versions. Get your imperial stout action at better CBAW stores. Press release to follow:
Craft beer comrades raise your glasses! The Hammer Imperial Stout is once again smashing back to your local liquor store in 2 varieties. The classic is aged in stainless tanks and full of rich roasted flavours and a velvety smooth mouthfeel, while the barrel-aged version is aged in freshly emptied bourbon barrels which impart rich vanilla oak flavours.
Both varieties pair beautifully with dark winter nights, or if you have the patience, are great candidates to make disappear for awhile in your beer cellar gulag. Craft beer comrades are recommended to grab their Hammer quickly before rations are exhausted.
Please join us for free draft tasting of both Hammer varieties, plus our Trainwreck Barley Wine down here at the Phillips Kremlin Thursday Dec. 5th from 4-6.
There will be a cask of Driftwood’s Blackstone Porter this Thursday, Dec 5 at the Beagle Pub. Things get tapped at 5pm, usually a cask at the Beagle doesn’t last very long.
You have all the key words you need for action: Driftwood, cask, Beagle
Pretty sure Hanks in the newest restaurant in town. It’s already creating quite a buzz despite only having 14 seats. The name ‘Hanks’ may sounds familiar, it should if you’ve ever been to Ucluelet. Hanks on Douglas is an off-shoot of the famous Hanks in Ucluelet. My friend Lon at Parallel 40 wasted no time with this super beer friendly establishment and organized a beer dinner there. As alluded to previously, seating is limited at 14 people.
To reserve your spot head down to Hanks (Unit G2A 1001 Douglas Street) and give them $50 and they’ll put you on the list.
December 14th, 6pm
I just bottled this unique this morning, then delivered it all over Victoria in the afternoon.
Desolation Imperial Oyster stout was brewed with a blend of ten malts and a shuck load of Okeover Organic Oysters farmed by Andre and Chris in the pristine wasters of Okeover Inlet, Desolation Sound. More information at organicoysters.ca
Before you all get excited, I believe just the plums are sour. Irregardless, this is one very tasty beer and yes it takes slightly sour. The tap lineup at Spinnakers is quite long and so are the growler fill options. Other notable beers on tap are the Belgian blonde (a little Uber Blonde), the raspberry ale and Black Saison. More from the Spinnakers team:
For some time now we have been wanting to play around with creating alternative flavour profiles in some of our beers. When a chance came along a year ago to allow a beer that had gone astray to age and develop its own character we decided to let it go and see what transformations would take place. At the end of this process we are pleased to present Sooke sour plum Belgian ale. The only down side is that there is only a limited quantity.
Must be winter, the barley wines are being released. First to the post this year is Phillips Trainwreck Barley Wine. The Phillips crew describes it best:
To celebrate we’re thrilled to have Trainwreck once again make its way back down the tracks to your local liquor store. Our 10% barrel-aged behemoth is stoked full of rich malt flavours, and the mild carbonation of this barley wine allows the silky sweet flavour profile to linger a little longer on the finish. Trainwreck should be enjoyed at (4C), but at 10% ABV be careful not to derail your caboose.
Trainwreck Barrel-Aged Barley Wine is released in a 650mL bottle and available from finer private beer stores for a limited time only.
If you’d like to sample Trainwreck on draft, be hosting a special tasting at the brewery on December 5th from 4-6pm
I believe this a first for Victoria, a locally brewed black saison. Spinnakers describes it best:
While this black Saison is dark in colour, the light body and effervescence balance with the subtle spice from the Belgian-style yeast and Tettenager hops creating an ale perfect to enjoy equally on the patio on those rare sunny days or in front of our fireplace.
Sounds about right to me. It is currently on tap and available for growler fills. Bring two growlers because you will need to other one to take home some “Fresh Hopped” Sooke Bitter. This bitter is very nice and worth the visit.