Wow. Who knew coconut beer would be so delicious? And jalapeno beer would ... be spicy? And they would set up what became known as a 'cocktagon'; a semi-octagon trough for all the men to pee in? And you can pay beavers to play the bagpipes for you? What a great corporate retreat for the tattoo gang. Here's (some of) our crew. Photo by Sarah.
My favorite beers of the day were:
-Pepper Lime Lager by Dead Frog Brewery from Aldergrove, B.C. -I recall somebody saying it reminded them of 'those Doritos' which was a good thing. Anyway I loved it.
-Pumpkin Ale by Granville Island Brewing, Vancouver B.C. - reminded me of pumpkin pie
-Pumpkineater Ale by Howe Sound Brewing, Squamish, B.C. -even better than the Granville island one in my opinion.
-Tangerine Wheat Ale by Lost Coast Brewery from Eureka California -wow, it was like juice. Beer juice. But in a refreshingly good way.
-McHugh's Oatmeal Stout by Plan B Brewing in Smithers, B.C. I was actually quite pleasantly surprised by this one. Very nice!
-Pretty much everything from Rogue Brewery was good.
-Coconut Porter by Swans Buckerfield's Brewery in Victoria B.C.
I wouldn't recommend these to my worst enemy unless maybe they were cooking with it:
-Vaporizer by Double Mountain Brewery out of Hood River, Oregon. I don't know what I expected with a name like that.
-Trainwrecked IPA by Peaks Brew Pub in Port Angeles, Washington. Again...what was I thinking?
-Swan's Brewcifer IPA from Swans Buckerfield's Brewery in Victoria B.C. Okay I knew I was taking a risk with a beer described as "Intensely Piquant Ale brewed with jalapeno, black pepper and lime. Intensely hopped IPA, cask conditioned with some serious heat." but... ew. Really really bad.
Unfortunately, three of the beers we really wanted to try (and heard were delicious) were already sold out by the time we worked our way down the line-ups:
-Lindeman's Frambroise by Beverage Concepts from Burnaby BC
-Espresso Vodka Infused Imperial Stout by Lighthouse Brewing in Victoria B.C.
-Lemon Ale from Russel Brewing in Surrey, B.C.
All in all it was a really fun day, the weather held out for us and we all got a little drunk-ish. Win/win/win in my opinion.