Category 12 Tap Take over at Smiths Pub Wednesday Feb 25

Hey, that’s today! Glad I checked my email. Sample all three of C12s brews and a special cask as well. I might head down as Kendrew owes me a drink. Lucky for him C12 brews are only $4.50 tonight. Things start at 4pm and there will be swag giveaways. You just might be luckiest to get your own bright orange shirt! Press release to follow:

Category 12 will be taking over some taps and having their fine brews on offer for $4.50 for the night. Critical Point Pale Ale, Disruption Black IPA, Unsanctioned Saison and a special cask will be flowing and you can pair them with a burger for $12.
Tapping starts at 4, beers will flow until they are gone and Hot Garbage will providing the dirtiest in rock and roll at 9!

Gladstone Brewing Tap Takeover at Moon Under Water Fri, March 6

Looks like the kids at Gladstone Brewing in Courtenay have things in order. They are planning a tap take over at Moon Under Water. You have most likely tried one of Gladstone’s beers, remember the Benchwarmer Blonde. Stop by Moon Under Water Friday, March 6 at 3pm to Saturday, March 8pm to sample local boy John Adairs brews. I don’t think you are able to stay from 3pm to 8pm the next day, they might send you home at midnight. No mention of what Gladstone plans to bring, but a Porter, an IPA and two Belgians are mentioned on their website.

The Drake Eatery Dark Beer and Chocolate pairing event

Give your special someone the gift of craft beer and chocolate. Tickets for the Valentines day dark beer and chocolate/ small plate food pairing event go on sale tomorrow. Tickets for the last event at the Drake sold out faster than Taylor Swift. Press release to follow:drake

Tickets for this event go on sale tomorrow(Wednesday, Feb.4th) at 11:30am and can be purchased in person at The Drake or by phone at 250-590-9075. The Drake will be open to ‘Ticket Holders Only’ during this event.
More details, including sample food menu items and participating breweries, will be posted in coming days.

Many Phillips Releases Benefit brew and Puzzler Belgian BIPA

Many releases from Phillips this week. The first is the Benefit brew for the Victoria Humane Society. This one is a dunkleweizen, puzzlerso a dark, wheat beer. Then there are the two versions of the Puzzler Belgian Black IPA (BIPA). One version is straight up and the other is bourbon barrel aged. All are currently available at better CBAW stores. Press releases to follow:

The Victoria Humane Society was named the 2014 BC Benefit Brew winner! Pouring a deep earthy brown colour with a generous dose of wheat, roasted flavours are wrapped in a smooth malt body that finish dry. Full proceeds from the sale of this beer went to finding animals loving forever homes.

Buckets of black malt give this beer a deep earthy-brown colour and a huge body.  Generous portions of bittering hops add balance and slightly tip the flavour profile to the hoppy side of the scale, while Belgian yeast endows this brew with a playful hint of spice.

This puzzle has an extra piece! Aged in freshly-emptied bourbon barrels, smooth velvet textures and subtle sweetness envelop the dark roasted malt body. Hop character is still evident, but has a more subtle presence than the classic-style.

Spinnakers releases Chocoholic Milk Stout

Must be close to Valentines day because Spinnakers Chocoholic stout is back. This brew is touted as a milk stout, most guidelines suggest a milk/sweet stout tops out at 6%ABV. If memory serves me right, this is the first year brewed with Sirene chocolate. In the past TCHO cocoa nibs were used. If you actually finish reading my rant, most of this great beer will be sold out. Or perhaps that is my plan. Press release to follow:

CHOC-O-HOLIC There is more to the relationship between chocolate and beer than tastes and indulgences, both being spinchocolateprehistoric from an ancient past. It is impossible to know which came first but here we present these two fermented foods in a modern relationship, designed to last until the last drop.

Sirene Chocolate Milk Stout, brewed with our deep well aquifer mineral water, malted barley and wheat, Sirene chocolate husks, lactose, hops and yeast.

Category 12 releases Critical Point Pale Ale

Following the reverse pathway for most new breweries, C12 is releasing their third beer: a pale ale. Usually the pale ale is c12criticalreleased first, but these kids are different. It should be out now in bombers and growler fills. Press release to follow:

Critical Point Pale Ale is all about timing! It showcases the glorious qualities of some of our favourite hops by using a technique called “hop bursting”; we add a heap of hops near the end of the boil to bring out the biggest, explosive aroma and flavour-without the bitterness. This pale ale is deliciously smooth, but why listen to us when you can try it out for yourself?