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by Derek
Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: DAB Dark Beer
Replies: 1
Views: 2222

Re: DAB Dark Beer

I recently had their Maibock and thought it was fairly good.

I also had the Czechvar Dark, which wasn't stellar, but when I finished the bottle I really wanted more!
by Derek
Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Homebrewing Recipes and Tips
Topic: What're you brewing right now?
Replies: 1137
Views: 217778

Re: What're you brewing right now?

Bad Tattoo has been hosting the local homebrewers for a number of brew offs... After the next one they'll declare a Brewer of the year that'll get to do a collaborative brew on the big system. The next style is Scottish ale, so I brewed a 'lighter' one for a nice yeast cake for a Wee Heavy. The 80is...
by Derek
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: The ideas jus' keep flowin'
Replies: 14
Views: 6386

Re: The ideas jus' keep flowin'

And now you can own your very own tap handle for $2.99:
http://www.ontariobeerkegs.com/mobile/p ... le%2Dlager
by Derek
Tue Aug 18, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Chester's Beers Of The World - Hamilton, ON
Replies: 17
Views: 10379

Re: Chester's Beers Of The World - Hamilton, ON

I remember going in there around 1995 and not knowing much about beer. We tried a couple of different bottles and marveled at the Japanese Lager that was priced at $50 or so... certainly rare at the time, but probably not that good. Then in 2005, Len shared a bottle of Goudenband (from 1987) with Mi...
by Derek
Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Good beer stores in Vancouver
Replies: 3
Views: 1675

Re: Good beer stores in Vancouver

The government BC Liquor stores are improving in some areas. Still not LCBO level yet, but you might find some good discoveries. My favourite independent, if you are downtown is Viti at Seymour and Smithe. The owner is pretty hands on as a curator and one staff member actually 'complained' to me ab...
by Derek
Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Molson Coors bringing its ‘craft’ beer Blue Moon to Canada
Replies: 13
Views: 4091

Re: Molson Coors bringing its ‘craft’ beer Blue Moon to Canada

Maybe they hope to get it established and then change the name later? But it is incredibly dumb when they already have Rickards White.
by Derek
Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: Beer Events
Topic: Recreation of a 1944 Beer and Food Tasting, at Dora Keogh's, August 5
Replies: 6
Views: 2666

Re: Recreation of a 1944 Beer and Food Tasting, at Dora Keogh's, August 5

Old Faithful? You look considerably younger than I had expected...
http://www.beeretseq.com/author/gary/

I've always appreciated your insightful comments. I'll certainly try to check your blog once in a while!
by Derek
Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 3 minutes to midnight
Replies: 47
Views: 9483

Re: 3 minutes to midnight

my money's on No Rest For The Wicked Aaaand we have a winner! http://bellwoodsbrewery.com/no-shut-eye/ Sounds like this will be interesting...I wonder what the point of diminishing returns with barrel-aging is? Does a beer start to get worse at some point? Depends on the barrel... and what lives wi...
by Derek
Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Canadian Brewing Awards 2015
Replies: 31
Views: 7068

Re: Canadian Brewing Awards 2015

2 years ago, I thought Howesound was a real contender, and last year I thought parallel 49 should be up there as well, but IMHO, they've both suffered some growing pains... P49 in particular. Their limited stuff is often top notch, but they seem to be heavily filtering their regular line up. I first...
by Derek
Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 3 minutes to midnight
Replies: 47
Views: 9483

Re: 3 minutes to midnight

So what's the deal, they make an announcement and everyone lines up for 11 am?
by Derek
Wed May 27, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Trafalgar ESB, Chocolate Orange Porter, Mighty Oak
Replies: 39
Views: 12409

Re: Trafalgar ESB, Chocolate Orange Porter, Mighty Oak

Some decent reviews by Jordan: http://saintjohnswort.ca/revisit-trafalgar-ales-meads/ I'd say there's a lot of common beer names when you look at different markets, but they did reuse a few. Even the name of the series is a bit nostalgic: http://www.thebeerstore.ca/beers/black-label But lawsuits are...
by Derek
Sat May 09, 2015 12:01 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Trafalgar ESB, Chocolate Orange Porter, Mighty Oak
Replies: 39
Views: 12409

Re: Re:

I think that strange thinness is just an infection that hasn't reached your flavour threshold yet. They've always done some interesting stuff, and it's not bad when it's fresh from the brewery, but it ALWAYS goes downhill. They're always making new things (or just relabelling), and I think there's ...
by Derek
Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:48 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: The "New" Bar Towel - Looking for Contributors
Replies: 7
Views: 1527

Looking good! I'll try to contribute some worthy content from the west coast. I have to admit that my 'news' started to feel a lot less relevant as the Ontario scene started to really develop. Originally I had hoped to illustrate what a dynamic beer scene was really like, and that it was actually po...
by Derek
Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: The Cheshire Cat is on Fire.
Replies: 15
Views: 8803

by Derek
Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Homebrewing Recipes and Tips
Topic: What're you brewing right now?
Replies: 1137
Views: 217778

atomeyes wrote:
2 curious questions for you

1. oxygen stone to aerate?
2. will you re-oxygenate at 24 hrs?


I've never done a brew this big, but oxygenation is really for yeast growth. If you're pitching it on a healthy cake, I don't think it's necessary.

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