Moon Under Water Multiple Releases

Multiple collaboration releases by Clay and crew; they are a very inviting group. No mention of format (bottles, cans or kegs). Assume on tap, which means growler fills! Press release to follow…

Next Tuesday, Sept 30th, join us at the Moon as we launch 2 new collaboration beers!
First up is our ‘Benchwarmer Blonde’ a Belgian-style Blonde conditioned on Brett. Its a collaboration between our own Head Brewer Jeff and John Adair of Parallel 49 (now heading up Gladstone!).
Second we’ll have ‘Jörg’s Alt’, an authentic German Altbier brewed in collaboration with a visiting German Brewmaster.


Pumpkin beers are here Lighthouse and Phillips

Must be fall, the pumpkin beers are back. Phillips just released their Crooked Tooth and Crookeder Tooth pumpkin beers. The Crookeder is a whiskey barrel aged version. Both versions should hit crooked toothbetter CBAW stores this week. Other pumpkin beers to be found include the Lighthouse pumpkin beer, it hit the shelves a couple of weeks ago. Swans might release a pumpkin beer, they did so last year. Clay at Moon Under Water is brewing up a pumpkin beer as we speak.  Drink your veggies and enjoy.

Another Brewery Looking To Open in Courtney

First we heard about Gladstone Brewing (which we forgot to share with you, sorry) who are trying to open later this year, around the time Category 12 and Loghouse are hoping to open. Now we have another brewery looking to server the Comox Valley and beyond.

Another new craft brewery is popping up in Courtenay.
Forbidden Brew Corporation currently has an application to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch for a brewery lounge endorsement to be located at 1590 Cliffe Avenue near the Westerly Hotel and Convention Centre.
Before it can endorse it, the LCLB requires Courtenay council to provide a resolution that must include input from nearby residents and businesses that may be affected by the development.
This is the second lounge endorsement application the City of Courtenay has received in recent months. A couple of weeks ago, city council delayed decision on Gladstone Brewery Company’s application to allow the owners to find an adequate means of providing food to their patrons. The proponents wanted to use a food truck but a city bylaw does not allow food trucks to be stationed at one location for long periods of time.
Forbidden Brew, which the owners said would complement the Flying Canoe outlet, plans to create a lounge area within the brewery, with a seating capacity of 30 people. It plans to operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.
It doesn’t have any plans for any outdoor patio or entertainment involving loud music. The addition of a lounge area, the owners say, will not have additional noise impact to residents and businesses nearby.
Craft brewing is surging in popularity in the beer industry. Its success can be seen in the City of Victoria, which now has one of the largest number of breweries per capita in BC. They are a boon to tourism and to local economies because they provide jobs and also a novel entertainment venue.
The proponents of Forbidden Brew have indicated that their addition to the business community will enhance the already established food and beverage offering in the Comox Valley for both tourists and local residents.
The brewery aims to fulfill the desire of the beer community with local fresh beer and cites the importance of the lounge endorsement to their success as it will offer a place for local craft beer enthusiasts to gather and sample, socialize and enjoy.
Council endorsed the staff recommendation that notice be published in a local newspaper for two weeks and also at the city’s website calling for input on the proposed brewery lounge. Once council receives the public’s views that must be forwarded to the LCLB, a resolution will be considered at the regular meeting scheduled for Oct. 6, 2014. – See more at:

Sartori Released Today

sartori The store I bought mine at (Liquor Express at Tillicum) had a 2 bottle per person limit. Hopefully that means you won’t miss out this year if you did last year (like me).

Phillips Release Octofox IPA

octofoxNot much to say other than another IPA from Phillips.

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Phillips Brewing Co is a development lab dedicated to exploring the delicious world of hops. It’s a place where different hop combinations yield all sorts of unique IPA hybrid brews which are released in the Hop Box under the Area 52 series.

Octofox was one of the early specimens to come out of the Area 52 program, and it was so good we’ve opted to put it out in its own bomber! It pours a deep golden colour with a soft marshmallow white head. Full bodied and bright, flavours of citrus are balanced against a pine-bitter hop profile that finishes dry. Octofox is selectively brewed to be broadly enjoyed.

Octofox is available from your favourite Cold Beer & Wine Stores now, and BC Liquor stores later this week. Beer lovers are also invited down to the brewery on Thursday September 18th from 4-6pm for a special draft tasting.

Craft Beer Revolution

thinklandiaWednesday 19:00–22:00

Victoria Public Market at the Hudson

Craft Beer Revolution • Part of Thinklandia 2014
13 days • 15 events • 50 speakers • Free to everyone

An evening of talks about craft beer, its current state and where the industry is headed. Guided by the Thirsty Writer Joe Wiebe, this event will feature a spectrum of characters from across BC’s lively craft beer community and will explore the topics of sustainability, growth and marketing.

25 new breweries have opened in the past two years, with many more still coming. Who are they? Can this expansion be sustained? How do craft breweries market themselves in this competitive environment? What are the magical elixirs? Can I have some? Please? A sampling of BC breweries will satiate our thirst for knowledge, and for beer. Expect robust insights, deeply toned discourse, and a smooth, satisfying finish.

On tap will be a curated selection of BC craft beer, chosen by the Victoria Beer Week team. A special Victoria Beer Week collaborative brew between Salt Spring Island, Loghouse, Phillips and 4Mile will be poured at the Victoria Public Market throughout Rifflandia.

Made possible by Victoria Beer Week, RIFFLANDIA FESTIVAL, InterArts Centre, and Telus

1) New Brewery Panel

Chris Gress – Craig Street Brewing
Karen Kuzyk – Category 12 Brewing
Russell Ovans – Barkerville Brewing

2) Marketing Craft Beer Panel

Gary Lindsay – Driftwood Brewery
Matt Lockhart – Phillips Brewing
Mike Tod – Parallel 49 Brewing

3) The Future of Craft Beer Panel

Dean McLeod – Lighthouse Brewing
Jason Meyer – Driftwood Brewery
Matt Phillips – Phillips Brewing
Graham With – Parallel 49 Brewing

Phillips Release Thirteenth Anniversary Beer and Launch ‘Fermentorium’

13knotsJust when you thought Phillips couldn’t out do themselves.

Over the past number years we’ve made a habit of celebrating our anniversary the best way we know how: by exploring the full breadth of our hop addiction and creating some of the biggest IPA’s we could. To celebrate our 13th Anniversary we’ve crafted another monster IPA called 13 Knots in a Hangman’s Noose, and hung a very special gift around its neck…

Hop Drop is an artisanal hop liqueur crafted to celebrate the hop flavours that we covet in our beer. We distilled real hops into an incredibly potent hop elixir, where explosions of fresh pine and bright bitterness are balanced in a blanket of soft sweetness. Its depth of flavour is robust enough to enjoy on its own poured gently over ice, or it can be ‘dropped’ into another beer to instantly raise the ABV and infuse bright a hoppy flavour. If added to 13 Knots, it raises the 11.9% ABV to—you guessed it—13%!

Celebrate 13 years with us at the brewery on Thursday September 4th from 4-6pm for a special tasting of 13 Knots in the Hangman’s Noose AND Hop Drop elixir.

To get your hands on this limited Anniversary beer—with the Hop Drop on-pack—be sure to stop by a private craft focused liquor store. If you miss this special on-pack don’t worry, Hop Drop will be made under the newly minted Phillips Fermentorium so stay tuned to find it year-round in private liquor stores.