Beer taps on an airplane

Beer taps on an airplane, this will be a good flight!

After a long hiatus, we are back with a beer and food adventure to top all beer and food adventures.
Stay tuned as we bring you updates from the road.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Fred Eckhardt in a peddle bike

Sporting the grand marshal hat Fred Eckhardt leads the parade from the brewers brunch.

If you were trapped in your office, another city or even another country, you might not know there was a large dose of fun and brews today. But fear not! The festival continues on for another full three days. So book the day off, cash in those air miles and get yourself to Portland. (more…)

Paddle of beer showing 8 different samples.

St. Augustine paddled us well with 8 different brews.

After much debate as to what beer bar would be our first in Vancouver, the website, reviews from locals, and a few other reasons tipped the scales towards St. Augustine’s.


Central City Tap Girl

The Central City Tap Girl lets patrons know what's on tap.

Day started off with some questionably cold bacon and a rain soaked drive to central city brewing but hopefully this won’t detract from the upcoming drinking.

This my first visit to the Central City Brewing pub in Surrey, BC. I was impressed by the flow of the restaurant. They had smartly broken up the casks so that only two to three were at one station. This kept down the clustering of people around the beer.

There were approximately 24 casks with a strong representation of IPA’s.

However, there were also some very out of the normal casks present such as Storm Brewing’s “Rootbeer” or Driftwood’s sour “Belle Royal” to the amazing complex and much loved and discussed Howe Sound “Menage a Trois” using a blend of three fruits. (more…)

Pint of cask chocolate Stout

Pint of cask chocolate Stout

Want to try a beer so rare that it will never see a bottling line? Don’t want to travel for hours to a foreign country (or Vancouver)?

First a little history lesson on who is behind all this liquid magic. Tommie Grant joined Spinnakers 6 1/2 years ago under the supervision of Lon Ladell, and continued with Rob Monk while he was head brewer until this past fall. Since then Tommie has taken over as the head brewer creating these one off liquid master pieces. (more…)

The brewmasters and owers of Peaks Pub in Port Angeles

An afternoon with the brains behind Peaks Brew pub.

So you’ve lived in Victoria for years now and you have grown a little tired of the same 30 beers available at the various pubs around town.

You’ve had the Berry Ale at swans every summer, you’ve seen hundreds of float planes land from the deck of Spinnakers, you have tried every beer that Phillips has ever made.

So where is a fan of great beer to go if you don’t want the expense of going to Vancouver or the need for a hotel in Seattle?