Coalesce Beer Joins the Fold

Well after months of keeping it under my hat it’s finally time to let the cat out of the bag (two cliches, one sentence…) Coalesce Beer has its first release on Saturday. Coalesce has a very cool focus, and I wont try to speak for them so here is how the family run brewery describe themselves:

“family brewing company specializing in mixed fermentation and wood aged beer”

“Seasonality means a lot to us, and for us brewing seasonally is not about brewing a beer for the season, but rather using local produce and ingredients that inspire us and are at their best in that season. Today we brewed a beer with a variety of heirloom squash from @sapobravoorganics which we charred over wood coals. 
This beer will ferment and rest in barrels until maturity, whenever that may be, and may be very “unseasonal” upon release, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

These guys have a clear philosophy that will no doubt be reflected in the beer. I expect see most if not all beers from Coalesce spend some time in barrels and again most if not all be bottle fermented.

 

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Coalesce Beer Instagram

 

Where to find

Coalesce Beers share space with Twin Sails Brewing and will undoubtedly release on weekends that Twin Sails brewing does not. It seems they will have a keg on draught to try with this release but I doubt that will always be the case. The First release “Foreward” a “mixed fermentation ale inspired by the historical saison style. Foreword was brewed with oats, spelt malt and raw wheat and hopped judiciously with Hallertau Hersbrucker and Saaz. The beer was fermented dry with a mixed culture of Sacchromyces, Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus in freshly emptied BC Chardonnay barrels, where it rested for 3 months until mature. It was then refermented and conditioned naturally in the bottle for an additional 3 months.”

Vitals:

Release 12pm 500mL, 6.2% abv, and 21 IBU. 45 cases for sale, 10$ per bottle and a 6 bottle per person limit.

I expect line ups and a sell out.

Brewers Row, the best place to grab a Pint in Canada, just got even more Dynamic.

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Mariner Brewing – What You need to Know

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So as I have alluded to in the past Mariner Brewing is a new Brewery in Coquitlam B.C Near Evergreen Line and therefore near to Brewers Row, I am happy to push them into the BREWard Inlet fold and have a dedicated page coming there way soon! Mariner Brewing is pushing to have packaged product ahead of legged product and have a large presence in  small area… so get ready Coquitlam.

FUN FACTS:

-Coquitlam’s second craft brewery following a short lived brew pub that operated in Henderson Mall.

-4 core beers beginning with  Cream Ale, Sour Weisse, Amber Ale and North East IPA.

-Coquitlam’s only current brewery.

-Greater food options than Brewers Row with hot dogs and pretzels on the menu.

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Mariner Brewing is also exceptionally accessible being located a mere 12 minute walk from Coquitlam Central Station…

More to Come!

EPISODE 16 – FREQUENTLY ASKED BEER QUESTIONS (#FABQ)

Pacific Beer Chat Podcast #16

Recently we were called out by BAOS Podcast to do the #FABQ. After a dead computer and a few false starts due to sickness we are back and answering the 9 burning questions.  This who #FABQ was started by the Youtuber Tasting Nitch.  We call out Booze Reviews and the Fermentation Project.

Bloggers / Podcasters involved include:

Carnell of https://brewardinlet.com/

Chelsea of http://brewtifulbc.ca/

Steve of www.mikescraftbeer.com

Mike G of www.mikescraftbeer.com

 

FOR THE PACIFIC BEER CHAT WEBSITE INCLUDING LINKS TO STITCHER, GOOGLE PLAY, & ITUNES CLICK HERE

#VCBW IP HAZY, IS BC HAZY BEER UP TO SNUFF?!

Thanks to the awesome team at Vancouver Craft Beer Week I was recently able to attend #IP HAZY at the Lamp Lighter which was:

“Their first ever Whole Hog Cookout + Crawfish Boil. They’ll be spinning a full pig on the patio while they boil up a massive pot of spicy & seasoned crawfish & veg. While you feast you can sample the Haziest selection of IPAs available”

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Cred- @brewersrow give your head a shake if you don’t follow this page. click the photo for a link…

I came with one question: IS BC HAZY BEER UP TO SNUFF?!

The event featured Hazy beer from A number of BC craft breweries including Hearthstone, Moody Ales, Twin Sails, R and B Brewing, Howe Sound, and Aslan and Brewers Row Collab.

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Photo Cred to @beerthirst please check out their page!

Please keep in mind i’ve scoured the US of A for the best HAZY offerings and had the white whales of Tree House, Trillium, Mumford, Monkish, Pure Project et al. I feel pretty confident in giving you guys an honest opinion of how our shit stacks up.

So does it stack up? YES!… and no….

There is some top notch stuff being produced right now in BC hazy beer, stuff so good its easily as good as the stuff sourced from the states these beers include:

the Superflux Colour and Shape, Twin Sails High Socks (not even the best hazy from twin) , The Moody Ales Huge Citra Pale Ale, R & B Shake your Frooty and the VCBW Brewers Row Collab. Others not at this event but great hazy examples include The rest of TS and Superflux Hazy offerings, Boombox and I’m sure some more by now.

Unfortunately, there are some less than great examples of the style here too and i would recommend not spending your cash on these ones:

Phillips Flamango Milkshake IPA and Howe Sound Hazy Daze NE IPA.

So what did I learn? Well even though its a brand new style to our region we have some world class NE  Hazy style IPAs in BC. But with anything new there are some growing pains and stuff to stay away from.

Final Thoughts: Kudos to VCBW for a great event! I think the future of the event is in these focused events like the IP HAZY.

http://vancouvercraftbeerweek.com

The VCBW and YOU!

Here it comes the biggest week long beer bash in the city with heavy flavour of #BrewersRow. VCBW is arguably Vancouver’s biggest beer event encompassing several medium sized events and the massive PNE weekend festival!.

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Most interesting to you might be the BREWERS ROW BLOCK PARTY. A day showcasing the Brewers Row Hazy Pale VCBW Collab beer (delicious), music and good times.

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I hope to see you around and Ticketing info can be found here: http://vancouvercraftbeerweek.com/events/

Kettle River Press Release

I usually focus on the Tri-Cities and Lower mainland but I love the Punk Rock DIY-ness of this so I’m posting it:

Kettle RiverBrewing is Expanding!

The locally and independently owned, Kettle River Brewing Co, is expanding! They’re looking for community involvement to help fundraise via a crowd-funding campaign on the popular site, Indiegogo.

Located in the North End of Kelowna BC, they do very small beer runs and have proudly brewed over 200 batches since opening in July of 2016. Being a small team (only 4, including the founders!) with a strong DIY-ethos, everything in the brewery has been built by them. In fact, most of the brewery, including everything from the equipment to the barn wood bar is second-hand or recycled parts.

The current, tiny 1bbl brewing system, handmade out of used tea tree oil tins and dairy parts, is not sufficient for the current growth rate and public demand. To keep up, they’ve ordered  a new 5bbl brewing system (5x the beer!) but still need to pay for the rest of it, including all installation costs to get it operational. Additionally, to prepare for the Okanagan summer, they’ve started the process of getting a licensed patio out front, including upgrading their tasting lounge license to a lounge endorsement. The success of this would mean customers can enjoy more than one sample glass, outside in the sunshine!

To achieve these goals, the campaign is looking to fundraise up to $30,000 with $20,000 covering the remaining cost of buying and installing the new 5 bbl brewing system, and $10,000 to cover building upgrades, re-zoning for the licensed patio.

Beyond the typical brewery fundraiser perks, such as branded swag, bonus beer, a learn-to-brew day, they’ve included tickets to a Brewhouse Backers Banquet beer 4 course dinner; a “buy-a-brick” option where you can decorate one of the bricks in the wall of the brewery; a portrait painted by a local artist and hung in the brewery, and a custom KRBC kegerator, supplied with beer for a year. To find out more you can visit the fundraiser page: https://igg.me/at/krbc or call us at 250-862-5115.

To celebrate, Kettle River has partnered with Groove Garden Records to have a Mini-Record Store Pop-up Shop day, Sat. March 25th. We’ll be raffling off artwork, vinyl grab bags, special bottles like the bourbon choc. milk stout, brewery swag like fill vouchers, hats etc and will have some special draft on for samples.

Stuff you Possibly, maybe, might want to know.

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Here we go, rapid fire stuff because i’ve been busy with life for a while.

-Mariner Brewing, is poised to be the first brewery open in coquitlam. Life has gotten in the way but i’m just waiting to make contact and get the ok before I post location etc.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/marinerbeer/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/marinerbeer/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/marinerbeer

-Northpaw brewing was very close to securing a spot but unfortunately it fell through and they remain on the hunt. Even so, things are moving ahead. They have been pouring at a couple festivals and have merch available, i have a shirt, its great you should too!

http://northpawbrewco.com

https://www.instagram.com/northpawbrewco/

-Beyond that #BrewersRow is humming along. This year’s charity brew has been brewed at Moody Ales. I believe next year it will be Twin Sails but who Knows

-Finally we are now available on the Instagrams… follow us… or don’t… I’m not going to tell you how to live your life…

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NEWS BEERS

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-Roamers Burger Bar opened up in Port Moody with a heavy local presence and craft presence, their space is nice and the burger I had was great!

 

-Twin Sails has canned its Hefeweizen and it should be available soon. The Sticke Alt will soon be available in in Bomber bottles and following that there should be a new packaged product from them every week or so.

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-Yellow dog has brewed their super secret white sour that was a hit at the BC beer awards this past year so that should be coming down the pipe soon.

-We have a semi-hard (innuendo) date for the Parkside opening on June 8th which is exciting, also Roamers list their “Dusk Pale Ale” so we will see a pale from them for sure!

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Brewing District in #PoCo…

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This was never supposed to be a blog just about #PortMoody, so I’m happy I get to talk a little bit more about Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam these days. Anyways, while Coquitlam has restarted  the zoning process for breweries in their city it seems Port Coquitlam might be sweeping in to pick up the slack. I’ve already mentioned one brewery that seems to be taking the initial steps to get up and running… Super Cool Brewing (I hope they have great marketing or that name could be their undoing). I’ve come by some more information (that I would classify as rumour at this point) that there is a movement afoot for several independent breweries to set up near each other in order to create another brewing district in #PoCo. I do have some more specifics but my source asked me to keep them under wraps for now. It looks like council in #PoCo is going to look at removing some red tape in the future so you could help by attending and lobbying. more as I know.

NEWS

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-The #BrewersRow Collaboration beer, A Cascadian Dark Lager is available at all Breweries (except Parkside) and all the pubs in Port Moody, its a new favourite of mine.

-Growler Fills are only available at Yellow Dog.

-Twin Sails is moving ahead with plans for packaging, look for 6 packs of the Pilsner and Hefeweizen available for summer.

-Rumours of a new Brewery in Port Coquitlam persist! I’ve heard they are currently operating under the name of Super Cool Brewing!