July 22nd, 2016

Open for Beer Business

IMG_0502 Strathcona Beer Company softly opened last Friday and despite the limitations of the Tasting Room License (one 12 oz glass per customer or a short flight of 4 only), the pizzas were flying out of the kitchen and post flight, many growlers and 40 oz bottles of the Belgian Gold were going out the door. Read the rest...
August 26th, 2015

Summer in the City and the Living is Beery

IMG_4827 Summer in the city and beer goes down so nice and easy! You can certainly say that about anywhere in North America this summer. High temperatures and lack of rain have pushed many of us unto the patio these past weeks, to discover new thirst quenching treats and to try some old favourites. Read the rest...
January 20th, 2014

The Best Beers of 2013

IMG_1764 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...
October 11th, 2013

My kind of Oktoberfest

IMG_2279 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...