Vancouver Island Brewery launches Mystery beer today

I believe this is the first truly new release from VIB in many years. Not much info about it, other than a blurry twitter photo. Apparently there is a release party today, Wednesday from 4-6pm at the brewery. I can kind of read “killer” in the label, so maybe a kellerbier. A nice unfiltered lager would be nice for summer.

BOTR might stop by to check things out


Your weekend beer plans June 17 2015

This is something new at BOTR, so new even Dave doesn’t know about it. Every Friday we shall try to post beers a summary of beer related events and releases. We might not get everything, but we shall try.

Don’t forget to try Swan’s Tessier Witbier.
Lighthouse still has their tasty Broadside NWA (aka session IPA), Darrin’s Evil Eye Scotch and Jackline Rhubard Grisette on growler fill.
Not sure if Moon still has the Atomic Warhead Lemon Kettle sour on tap still. They still might have a sour anyways so who cares.
If there are any Driftwood Naughti Hildegard left, it is surely worth a taste.
For those that like to drive Category 12 might still have their unnamed experimental beers on at the brewery. Might be a Mandarian Single Hop. and the Belgian Golden Strong?
And finally lots of stuff at Spins, too much to mention.

Happy Friday from your friends at BOTR

Driftwood releases Naughty Hildegard

I’m sure you have already tried a few bottles and had it on draught. But it seems rude to not mention it anyways. Press release to follow

Brewed to honor Hilegard Von Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine Abbess,Naughty-Hildegard composer, and writer who is considered the founder of scientific natural history in Germany. Her treatise on medicine, “Physica Sacra,” contains the first recorded use of hops as a preservative in beer. This ESB is strong and generously hopped. For Hildegard.

The time to get Naughty starts tomorrow around ‪#‎YYJ‬ and ‪#‎YVR‬ with full distribution next week.

4 Mile brewpub releases two seasonals


Quite in the Victoria craft beer release department. Perhaps everyone was busy with Hopoxia? 4 Mile brewpub as a Grapefruit IPA and the Tangerine Dream ale back on rotation. Available both in growlers and bombers

Spinnakers has too many releases to mention

Forget it too much. Just read the press release. I stopped at Coffee Blonde ale on NITRO!!


Swan’s releases Tessier’s Witbier

Must be summer, here come the wheat beers. Andrew’s is the Belgian style with addition of orange peel, coriander and a mystery spice? Sounds good to me. Already on better CBAW  store shelves. Press release to followswans_tessierswitbier_2016

Tessier’s Witbier is a Belgian style ale brewed with malted wheat, orange peel, coriander and secret spice. With refreshing zesty notes and 5% Alc./Vol. this beer is the perfect summer beer. Enjoy a pint at Swans Pub in our sunny patio or take it to the beach in a 650ml bottle with its spanking new label.

“If variety is the spice of life, then Brewmaster Andrew Tessier sure likes it spicy. Enjoy this zesty wheat beer spiced with coriander, orange peel and a secret spice.”

Available in growler fills and draught at Swans Pub and 650 ml bottles at your nearest craft beer friendly liquor store.