Collective Arts Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter with Devin

This one is going to be a very short review. We had this beer with Christmas dinner (not quite 6 months ago), so we weren’t able to take traditional notes. I was hoping for something that might cut the savoury with enough structure and flavours of its own to compete. The Collective Arts Bourbon Barrel […]

Collective Arts Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter with Devin

Luck O’ The Irish: Innis & Gunn Kindred Spirits Tullamore DEW Barrel Aged Stout with Devin

  Quick little review with the family while I’m on the road in Vancouver. My sister bought a pre-St Paddy’s Day treat, Innis & Gunn Kindred Spirits Tullamore DEW Barrel Aged Stout for my brother in law and I to try (she did smell it and pronounced it “coffee I wouldn’t drink”). We’ve had Innis […]

Luck O’ The Irish: Innis & Gunn Kindred Spirits Tullamore DEW Barrel Aged Stout with Devin

Steel & Oak Flight with Devin & Baby Groot

The pride of New Westminster, Steel & Oak. And who better to enjoy it with than my brother in law Devin and my new nephew Baby Groot! We’ve had a couple Steel & Oaks so far and enjoyed them quite a bit. This is a great local brewery making great local beers. And their tasting […]

Steel & Oak Flight with Devin & Baby Groot

Dominion City Town & Country Blonde Ale with Devin

Just a quick review as I’m out in Gananoque this weekend! Town & Country Blonde Ale from Ottawa’s Dominion City Brewing Company. Good stuff going on here – organic grains, local milling, Ontario hops. While this beer didn’t really speak to us, we’re looking forward to trying more from this brewer. Here’s what we thought: […]

Dominion City Town & Country Blonde Ale with Devin

Tooth & Nail Discretion with Devin & Vanni

I moved into Hintonburg in Ottawa about a year ago, and this place is pretty great. Best part? Several breweries within walking distance. We’ve reviewed Beyond The Pale many times, but not Tooth & Nail right behind my place. This is Discretion, their “biere de table”, a European traditional thing where they give booze to […]

Tooth & Nail Discretion with Devin & Vanni

Strange Fellows Reynard Oud Bruin Limited Release with Devin & Vanni

Express delivery from Vancouver via luggage mail – thanks Dev! Strange Fellows is a Vancouver local craft brewer trying some interesting things. This particular interesting thing is called Reynard and it’s whatever an Oud Bruin is. New type of beer! An Oud Bruin is fermented in two or three stages, including the initial top fermentation […]

Strange Fellows Reynard Oud Bruin Limited Release with Devin & Vanni

Steel & Oak Dark Lager with Dan

  Aw yeah, another hand-smuggled interprovincial beer delivery from Devin in BC!  Always appreciated, the beer gift is. We’ve had a Steel & Oak before, their smoked Hefeweizen, which was delicious. Devin brought one of those as well, but that went to simple, unexamined enjoyment. This time out is their Dark Lager. Moderate IBU and […]

Steel & Oak Dark Lager with Dan

The Pourhouse, Gastown, Vancouver with Brenna & Devin

On Wednesday I flew in to Vancouver for work, and last night I met up with my sister and brother-in-law who live out here. I haven’t had a chance to visit in two years, so a bit of a fest was in order. I had been to The Pourhouse my last visit to Vancouver, but […]

The Pourhouse, Gastown, Vancouver with Brenna & Devin

Updated! Steel & Oak Smoked Hefenweizen with Devin & Jono

Hand delivered from British Columbia! Which is technically illegal, if you can believe that. You can’t transport alcohol between provinces – which means every time I slip over the river to an SAQ for some whiskey or some beer from a dep’, I’m technically bootlegging. Thanks, Prohibition. Drug laws are ridiculous. Anyway, Devin dropped by […]

Updated! Steel & Oak Smoked Hefenweizen with Devin & Jono

Stalk & Barrel 1+11 Special Blend with Devin, Jono, Ryan, Dan & Goran

Christmas Stalk & Barrel! Thanks, Jono! I’m about to make two grandiose claims, and it won’t even cost you much to find out if I’m right: This is the BEST Canadian whisky, and this is the MOST Canadian whisky. The first part of that claim will be completely apparent the first time you taste it, […]

Stalk & Barrel 1+11 Special Blend with Devin, Jono, Ryan, Dan & Goran

Oola Distillery Waitsburg Bourbon with Devin, Jono, Ryan, Dan & Goran

Christmas Washington Bourbon! Thanks Devin & Brenna! Oola Distillery hails from the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, what reads like a fairly gentrified area of the downtown, central to the culture of the city. The name Oola appears to be a village in Ireland, a link that might be alluded to by the spelling […]

Oola Distillery Waitsburg Bourbon with Devin, Jono, Ryan, Dan & Goran

Make’r Easy with Mom, Dad & Dev – Beyond The Pale Part 4 of 3

Last week Beyond The Pale tweeted that they were releasing a Maker’s Mark cask-aged version of their Easy brew at noon on Saturday. I was out front at about quarter-to and within 5 minutes there were a dozen others.  I grabbed two bottles of Make’r Easy, but wasn’t able to get any of the original […]

Make’r Easy with Mom, Dad & Dev – Beyond The Pale Part 4 of 3