Hanks and P49 Partner up for a Beer Dinner

hanksPretty 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


Lighthouse Release Imperial Oyster Stout

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

Spinnakers releases Sooke Sour Plum Ale

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: sookesour

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.

Phillips Trainwreck Barley Wine Release Soon

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:TRAINWRECK_2013_LABEL8f5198.1
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

Spinnakers releases black saison

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.


BlackStone Porter Stomps On To The Scene

blakstoneAnother porter/stout release. This time we have Driftwood’s original seasonal beer, BlackStone Porter.

A much anticipated annual release, Blackstone is a London style porter is distinguished by a bittersweet chocolate character created from a select blend of caramel, black and chocolate roasted malted barley. Cheers!

It’ll be in stores starting next week.

Saltspring’s Creme Brulee Vanilla Stout is Back

cremebrulee Here the cream for your coffee.

This strong sweet stout is produced in collaboration with Liquor Plus. That means you’ll only be able to find it at their 6 stores. And guess what, it’s already in those stores (except Courtney, they get theirs next week).

Get your liquid desert now.