Category 12 releases Waveform Wit Beer

Summer must be coming, the wheat beers are hitting the shelves. The new kids on the Saanichton block have a twist on the summer sipper, a Belgian style witbier. This style is typified by a high percentage of wheat, unfiltered, spicy and drying yeasts with possible addition of citrus and spices. It mentions grapefruit and cardamon in the press release.Maybe I should cut my rant short and let the press release do the talking:

Its not what you were expecting, but once the momentum builds, its electrifying to roll where it takes you.

Introducing Waveform Witbier, the 2nd of our delightfully sessionable summer seasonals. This 5.3%abv Belgian style Witbier is screaming out for summer days by the water. With a serious dose of malted wheat and our house Belgian yeast, Waveform appears a hazy straw yellow in the glass with a delicious fluffy white head. On the palate it’s all citrus sass and spice from our additions of grapefruit peel and cardamom, followed by an alluring crisp, dry finish.

Officially available from this Friday May 22nd exclusively at the brewery, Waveform will be for sale in 650 mL bombers, growlers and flights. General liquor store distribution will follow next week.

We also welcome the return of Hank’s Untraditional BBQ at the brewery on Saturday. Come get some!
Plus we’ll also have a book signing from the venerable Joe Wiebe, author of the Craft Beer Revolution, from 1 – 3 pm.


Phillips Announced Hopoxia, June 13th

Tix $20 on sale now! That is all you need to know, Press release to follow:

May 6th, 2014: HOPoxia is back! The fifth annual beer festival dedicated exclusively to hoppy beers is back and better than ever.  Over 30 of BC’s finest craft breweries will be on-hand to transform the Backyard at Phillips Brewing Co. into hoppy beer heaven.

Tickets for the June 13th event are on sale now at Phillips brewery, or online at Tickets are $20 and include the first two tasters; additional tasters can be purchased on-site for $1.50 each.  Taco Justice will be also on-hand serving festival-goers some of the best local tacos around.

Date: June 13th
Hours: 3pm7pm
Location: Backyard @Phillips Brewing Co.
Cost: $20 (includes first 2 tasters)

Below is an alphabetical list of the participating breweries
(** denotes first-time attendee)

  • 4 Mile Brewing Co.
  • Big Rock Brewing Co.**
  • Bomber Brewing Co.
  • Bridge Brewing Co.**
  • Canoe Brewpub
  • Category 12 Brewing Co.**
  • Driftwood Brewing Co.
  • Fernie Brewing Co.**
  • Four Winds Brewing Co.
  • Gladstone Brewing Co.**
  • Granville Island Brewing Co.
  • Hoyne Brewing Co.
  • Lighthouse Brewing Co.
  • Longwood Brewing Co.
  • Moon Under Water Brewing Co.
  • Parallel 49 Brewing Co.
  • Phillips Brewing Co.
  • Postmark Brewing Co.**
  • Powell St. Brewing Co.
  • Red Collar Brewing Co.**
  • Russell Brewing Co.
  • Salt Spring Island Ales
  • Sherwood Mountain Brewhouse**
  • Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub
  • Steamworks Brewing Co.**
  • Strange Fellows Brewing Co.**
  • Swans Brew Pub
  • Tofino Brewing Co.
  • Townsite Brewing Co.
  • Tree Brewing Co.
  • Vancouver Island Brewing Co.
  • Whistler Brewing Co.
  • Wolf Brewing Co.

Category 12 released limited run Belgian golden strong ale

The hard working brewers at Category 12 are releasing a limited run brew, simply named R&D One. It is a Belgian golden strong ale (18D). This 10% ABV brew was created by Russ Husband and a plethora of homebrewers during Victoria Beer Week. Russ makes great home brew. Now that you mention it, just about everyone in the BrewVic homebrewing club brews great stuff. The 18D will only be available in 4oz tasters at the Category 12 taproom starting today from midday to 6pm. Press release to follow:

R&D Sequence of Beers

From the keen minds and able hands at Category 12 Brewing comes the R&D Sequence. A collection of single keg brews available only once and only in the Tap Room.

Not satisfied with simply sitting back and observing, this is an active scientific pursuit of flavour and aroma.

Starting this Wednesday, May 13th from midday – 6 pm with our release of R&D One – a Belgian Golden Strong Ale. This beer was brewed with Russ Huband and ~35 other homebrewers during Victoria Beer Week. This 10% ABV Belgian bomb is thick, warming and fruity with wonderful malt sweetness.

With such limited quantity this will only be available in 4 oz tasters, feedback encouraged.

Spinnakers releases Snakebite

This half counts as beer news. Spinnakers is releasing a new beverage called “Snakebite”. Traditionally the Snakebite is a drink made of equal parts lager and cider. Spinnakers is blending one with their house cider and an undisclosed cold fermented beer. Sounds refreshing. Press release to follow:

Spinnakers is turning 31 this year, and we are celebrating this year with a twist. Spinnakers SnakeBite, a cold fermented beer blended with our house cider celebrates a year that has brought many changes and exciting new ventures for Spinnakers.

This light, crisp, cold fermented beer blended with our house formulated all BC apple cider is both a celebration of our entry into cider production, and a milestone of the 31st Anniversary of Canada’s Oldest Brewpub…Spinnakers.

Release date: May 15th, 2015