Pre-GCBF party at Spinnakers, Thursday, with Mirella Amato

In case you have recently emerged from under your favourite rock, most us are aware it is Great Canadian Beer Fest next weekend. As per last year, the pre-party is Thursday night at Spinnakers. There will be a 10 tap take over hosted by local beer author Joe Weibe. His selections are within press release below. Again this year there will be a book signing by a Canadian beer writer. Canada’s only Master Cicerone, Mirella Amato, will be signing copies of her new book  Beerology, Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer…Even More. Sound be a fun evening, it was last year. 

Beerology Book Signing

Thursday, September 4th, 6pm onwards…

Hosted by: Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub
308 Catherine St.

Come on down to Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub  on October 4th [September 4th?]  for a pre-GCBF pint or three! Canada’s only Master Cicerone®, Mirella Amato  will be on hand to sign copies of her new book, Beerology: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer…Even More, published by Appetite by Random House. Books will be available for purchase on site ($24.95). In addition to the lineup of Spinnakers beers, Spinnakers will be showcasing a tap takeover of 10 beers selected by Joe Weibe, author of  Craft Beer Revolution.  These are limited purchases so when they are gone, they’re gone!  Don’t miss out.

About the book: If you’ve ever experienced the pleasure of a pint, Beerology is the ultimate guide to exploring, understanding and enjoying the world of beer.
THERE IS a beer for every mood, food and occasion. And, with the growing number of beer festivals popping up worldwide, beer is finally getting the attention and appreciation it deserves. For the average beer lover, the overwhelming choices, brewing styles and traditions can be confusing to say the least. Enter beer specialist Mirella Amato – one of only seven Certified Master Cicerones (beer sommeliers) in the world. With an advanced brewing certificate behind her, readers will be in expert hands as they navigate the multifaceted world of beer, guided by Amato’s refreshingly accessible style.
Broken down into fun, easy-to-read chapters, Beerology starts with an introduction to beer and tips on storage and cellaring, then leads into a guide on tasting. Amato presents beer styles in four groups—Refreshing, Mellow, Striking, and Captivating—covering everything from the history and origins of specific brews, to brands that exemplify each type. She then gives tips on hosting beer-tasting parties at home, complete with beer games, and includes a chapter dedicated to beer cocktails (who’s in for a delicious cucumber Pils?). Her original take on pairing beer with food—including chocolate and cheese—is perfect for anyone with an inquisitive mind and an epicurean streak.

Joe’s beer picks:
Bomber – Hop Burst Pale Ale
Craig Street – Hef
Driftwood – Naughty Hildegard
Fernie – Last Cast
Four Winds  – Apparition White Ale
Parallel 49 – Filthy Dirty IPA
Spinnakers – Belgian Blonde
Steel and Oak – Dark Lager
Three Ranges – SmaSH
Townsite – Shiny Penny IPA

Pre-Beer Fest Beer Fest

Come and sample what Phillips, Parallel 49, Gigantic, BrassNeck are brewing. Small bites supplied by PIG, FOO, Choux Choux and The Guild. Tickets $50 includes beer and food.

Contact to buy your tickets

Thursday, September 4, 2014
6:00pm – 11:00pm

Stein and Dine


Roast & Victoria Beer Week join forces to bring a classic Oktoberfest-stlye event at the Victoria Public Market. Featuring some of the best local food, craft beer and wine alongside music and dancing, Stein and Dine promises a fantastic evening of fun, laughs and German culture!

Friday October 3, 2014

Moon Under Water has multiple new releases

We are BOTR have been lazy. We have not been keeping up with the new releases in town. For this, we are sorry. Enough groveling and let’s talk about Moon Under Water. Clay and Chelsea (and perhaps Brew) have been very busy. Hopefully you didn’t miss the collaboration brew with Parallel 49 called the Munich IPA. The last keg was recently drained.

Currently out now is the Scottish ale called the Wee Woody. It was a collaboration with Andrew Patterson. Andrew is the head brewer for Dark Star in London. This is London, England not London, Ontario. It is a smoked, Scottish ale and aged on cherry wood. I have tried it and found it simply delicious. It is currently on tap around town. You can find it on tap at this really nice, new restaurant called The Drake.

Another brew available in both bottles and on tap is the Island Berry Harvest Weizen. Clay and crew hand picked blackberries, strawberries and raspberries from farms on the island and added them to an acidulated wheat beer. I don’t think Brew helped with this one. Canines have a hard time picking berries due to the lack of an opposable thumb.  This tart beer weighs in at a healthy 7% ABV. In the near future, there will be a Pumpkin Pearzen Harvest Weizen. Look for this one in October.

Coming soon is yet another collaboration beer with Parallel 49. This one is called the ‘Benchwarmer’ and it is an open-fermented, decocted abbey-style blonde. The name ‘Benchwarmer’ references the assistant brewers collaboration of John Adair (P49 and local boy) and Jeff Kohle (MUW). This should be on tap in the upcoming weeks.

Finally, Moon will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary next Monday and launching their Year II red wheat wine. It will be aged on cherry wood and single hopped with Citra and 11.2%ABV.

Whew, that is all.