Where the Winter Ales Are

Written by Damon on December 6, 2008

There’s nothing like large quantities of beer at lunch time after sleeping late for sucking all motivation to accomplish anything with your day. I’m back from the Dix Winter Caskival (actually they call it the X-mas Xtreme beer festival, but whatever) and in condition to write about it. Thank God for notes, and beer.

The glass is all empty now.

The local brewing dons had a mix of their best, most interesting, and surprising beers on tap. There were 25 beers

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2008 Dix Winter Caskival Pre-Game Show

Written by Damon on December 5, 2008

Photo Credit: sashafatcat

Tomorrow (December 6th) is the 2008 edition of Dix Winter Caskival. If you’re in Vancouver and like good beer, then you’d better go.

All of the local brewers take a break from making boring commercial beers and put together a couple of dozen casks of fun and experimental beers for people who like fun and to experiment. Whoah, I’m not sure I said what I meant, but you get the idea.

Tomorrow’s line up is as follows:

Big Ridge IPA
Central City

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Unibroue Limited Edition-Quatre Centieme Review

Written by Damon on November 15, 2008

For my first review under my new system, I’d like to do something special.

As everybody knows (because the world loves Canadian history), it is Quebec city’s 400th anniversary. It may not compare favourably to cities in Europe and Asia, but, in North America, Quebec is winning.

And beer drinkers are winning too. Unibroue, the Quebec-based Belgian-style brewery responsible for Maudite, Trois Pistoles, Blanche de Chamblix and a number of other fine beers, released a 400th anniversary limited edition Belgian ale called

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Reviewing Beer

Written by Damon on November 13, 2008

I created a reviews category, but I’m not really sure how I feel about reviewing beer. How is my opinion, or anyone else’s, relevant to your appreciation of beer? Maybe if I did more beer reviews and you realised that we like the same kinds of beer, then my reviews would be worthwhile. But why come to Life With Beer to read about a beer when you can drink it for yourself?

I think the BJCP judging framework is useful for

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Beasts from the East – Microbrews from Eastern Canada Review

Written by Damon on October 8, 2008

Life sucks. You can go to the other side of the world and buy the same stuff, eat the same food, and basically live exactly like you would at home without even suspecting that you are in a strange country except for that warm bright thing in the sky.

But yet, I can’t get some of my favourite micro-brewed beers from just a few hours away. Life is good.

You can probably imagine my delight when my beer-o-phile (beer-a-phile? beerophile? we need

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9-Year Cellared Chimay Bleu

Written by Damon on September 29, 2008

One of the beers that survived the luggage handler’s fragile-baggage-toss competition from my trip to Belgium last summer was a 1999 Reserve Chimay Bleu.

I’m shocked that it has taken this long, but I finally cracked the Chimay last night and, just for comparison’s sake, I also had a couple of regular, non-aged Chimay Bleus on hand. It turns out, the young ‘uns weren’t necessary. I never would have guessed that they were the same beer they were so completely different.

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When Beer Ruled the Earth

Written by Damon on September 15, 2008

I found this neat photo titled When Beer Ruled the Earth on flickr. The photographer, Lone Primate, also added a very clever caption.

When Beer Ruled the Earth

“Millions of years ago, when beer roamed the Earth, small liqueurs would ooze away in terror at the approach of Pintius Maximus, the fiercest of all the golden liquids ever to reign. Not a dry throat, however large, was safe from this hunter. Alas, these times ended abruptly with the coming of

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Dix Summer Caskival 5

Written by Damon on August 10, 2008

Dix Summer Caskival is a showcase of cask conditioned (experimental) beers from many of the local microbreweries put on by Dix Brewpub and the local chapter of CAMRA. The event featured a number of experimental beers that the brewers can’t normally make because the beers are either too unconventional or too expensive to sell. There were a few flops, but even the flops were educational for an experimental homebrewer like myself.

My sister and brother-in-law, who are both know how to

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