May 13th, 2015

Tiny Breweries, Big Tastes

A few more tiny tasting rooms have opened in Vancouver in the last few weeks to months, and if you haven?t had a chance to get out to some of these out-of-the-way places, then do yourself a favour and make plans to do so. Read the rest...
June 29th, 2014

Beer Hunting at the Sochi Olympic Games

I was lucky enough to be invited to the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia as part of the technical team that provides the television coverage to the world. Work comes first of course, but during time off I took this as an opportunity to explore beer in this land once described by Winston Churchill as ‘a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.’ I’d have to say through personal experience that is still true today. Read the rest...
May 24th, 2014

A Tale of Brew Cities – California Brewing (Part 2, SoCal)

During my recent travels in the south west I discovered a great book by Kevin Starr entitled ‘California’. It charts the state’s history, from the aboriginal peoples, through the Spanish to the Americans. He looks at the many reasons for California’s success (geography, immigration, weather, innovation to name a few) and tells an interesting story spanning 500 years. Read the rest...
April 7th, 2014

Russkie Brewskies

Winston Churchill once said: “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.” No more true than now. Read the rest...
January 20th, 2014

The Best Beers of 2013

Okay, no more excuses. The New Year has come and gone, so has Ukrainian Christmas and the Julian calendar New Year, so I’m long overdue posting my favourite brews from 2013. Let’s get started… Beers of the Year 2013 January            Phillips Twisted Oak Stillage  barrel aged Scotch ale This 6.8% wee heavy from Phillips, barrel aged in oak, is beautifully complex, full of fruity, caramely and woody nuances. Read the rest...
November 4th, 2013

The Way to San Jose

San Jose is the largest city in Northern California and the capital of Silicon Valley. It enjoys a booming economy, a rich Spanish/Mexican heritage and a vibrant social life reflected in it’s many clubs, restaurants and bars. Amongst the latter are a number of great beer bars, breweries and brewpubs, many located in the historical downtown district. Read the rest...
October 11th, 2013

My kind of Oktoberfest

Low key, no leder hosen or um-pa-pa, but good, fresh beer – that’s how I like my Oktoberfest. So, I was thrilled to find out about Occidental Brewery‘s tap take-over at Portland Craft the other night. Okay, it wasn’t Oktoberfest, wasn’t advertized that way, but with this line-up, it could’ve been! Read the rest...
October 4th, 2013

Brassneck: The New Kids on the Block

On Wednesday evening, the new Brassneck Brewery & Tasting Room opened quietly at 7 pm, the twitter feed went out and I’m sure by closing time they had a happy bunch of friends and fans with big smiles on their faces. Read the rest...