Victoria Beer Week Starts Saturday

In case you missed all the posters, radio spots, newspaper articles or gigantic signs in the Garrick’s Head windows, next week is the first annual Victoria Beer Week. The events are too numerous to mention. Check the website for more details. There are movies (Strange Brew and Beer Hunter documentary), special beer pairing dinners, sampling events at local CBAW stores. You can even take beer education classes, meet the brewer events, beer launches, casks and more. There is truly something for everyone. Too much to mention, visit the website. Did I mention the Women and Beer panel discussion? There is even a brewmasters brunch on Sunday in the Atrium. Too much to mention, visit the website.

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Penny Farthing’s Farm Table Series, a Full Circle Beer Dinner

PF_logo_colour_From farm to brewery to table.

There aren’t much details, but expect a lot of locally raised meat (sorry Ian).

First dinner is with Hoyne on March 6th.
Second dinner is with Phillips on March 27.

$75 per dinner, $125 for both. Each meal is 5 courses.

Tickets can be purchased at the pub.

Pints for Puppies

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Write March 19th on your calendar folks!

The Garricks Head Pub & Salt Spring Island Ales will be hosting a fundraiser for the Victoria Humane Society. The brewery will be featuring 2 special casks of Blood Orange Golden Ale and partial proceeds for every pint sold will go directly to the Humane Society. We will also have a silent auction from 5:00 – 8:30pm! The auction will be featuring some awesome swag from The Victoria Opera, Bosley’s on Yates, Floyd’s Diner, Shake & Bake Tanning Salon, Full Circle Studio Arts, SSI Brewery and much more…

The Victoria Humane Society rescues neglected, abused and orphaned animals. With the help of their awesome volunteers, they rehabilitate the animals, find them foster homes and then adopt them out to their forever homes. They currently DO NOT have a facility and are asking for community support to help them make that happen. If you drink beer with us on the 19th of March, you’ll be helping a wonderful group of people continue their amazing work!

Here’s a link for their current Youtube video explaining why they need community support…

They also just launched a new website! You’ll find lots of information here on how you can get involved. If you can’t make the event, you can even make small donations online or volunteer as a foster parent…

We all hope to see you on March 19th

Like their Facebook page!

Phillips Releases Cabin Fever Again

Has it been a year already? This seems like Deja Vu. Irregardless, Phillips is bringing back the Cabin Fever imperial black India pale ale. I think this is the longest beer name in Victoria.  All you need to know is Phillips and IPA; pick yours up at better CBAW stores.

February 24th, 2014: Poised between the ominous darkness of winter and the new life-giving brightness of spring, stands this Imperial Black IPA.  Brewed to celebrate the changing season, Cabin Fever is loaded with midnight roasted malt, pouring a deep black colour and paying homage to these final dark winter days, while buckets of big floral hops infuse a mind-warping hop kick big enough to boot you out the door from your self-imposed exile.  Though it may not look like it right now, hibernation is almost over.  Celebrate with this balanced beer for the unbalanced mind.

Cabin Fever is available at finer craft-focused cold beer and wine stores for a limited time only.  If you find yourself in Victoria on Thursday February 27th, join us at the brewery from 4-6 for a special draught tasting of this special seasonal celebration beer, as well as samples of our Twisted Oak Rauche.

Strathcona Hotel Celebrating 100 Years with Lighthouse Brewing


Poster has most of the details. Except the launch party.

February 28th in the Games Room portion of the Strathcona 3-6pm. The Olson family and the Lighthouse Brewing Crew with be in attendance.

Phillips Beer Release Twisted Oak Rauche

We at BOTR fully endorse new to us beer styles, especially those that are aged in oak barrels. Mr. Phillips and crew are releasing a rauchbier; BJCP style 22a or 22c for those keeping track. This style of beer is historically linked to Bamberg, Bavaria. It traditionally uses smoked malts and the beers have been referred to as liquid bacon.  Personally, I cannot confirm this but rauchbiers are an acquired taste. Many of us have acquired such a desire. It is not the first rauchbier release in Victoria, but it is the first to be aged in oak barrels. Bottles of the Phillips Rauche will be available in better cold beer and wine stores soon. Press release to follow:

Twisted Oak Rauche

February 17th, 2014: Naturally smoked applewood and cherrywood malt highlights this seasonal Twisted Oak “Rauche” (meaning smoke in German).

The specialty grain that endows this beer with its delicate smoke flavour was grown by a dedicated farmer on the fields of Virginia’s historic northern neck, by the shores of Chesapeake Bay. The barley malt was then processed using a traditional floor malting process and then wood-fire kilned at Copper Fox Distillery, housed in a former cider mill in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

After brewing, this beer was gently aged in wet whiskey barrels where sweet peat flavours blended with vanilla and candied brown sugar, infusing the Rauche with a rich complex flavour profile that finishes with a hint of black pepper and a wisp of smoke. Available for a limited time at private craft-focused liquor stores.  Enjoy at cellar temperature (4C).

If you would like to try this delicately smoked Twisted Oak seasonal on draft, we will be hosting a special tasting at our brewery on Thursday February 27th from 4-6pm.