Colder months are generally more suited to beers that are stronger in both flavour and alcohol. I have talked about barley wine in past columns, so this year I thought I would suggest an Imperial Stout.
For me in 2020, staying home and stewing has meant staying home and brewing. I brew classic British styles because the mild, bitter, and old ales I crave are rarely produced by BC brewers.
It turns out that during my early days of homebrewing in the UK, my two favourite hops had Canadian origins.
COVID-19 has affected all of us in some way or another. If you have found yourself with time on your hands, have been thinking about ways to be as self-sufficient as possible, or need a distraction from all of the craziness in the world right now, I strongly suggest trying homebrewing. It is fun, educational, and rewarding.
In 2005, Tony Dewald (now of Trading Post Brewing) was the brewer at DIX BBQ & Brewery, and Warren Boyer was President of the fledgling beer enthusiasts' group, CAMRA Vancouver.
Tony decided to have a homebrew contest specifically for IPA. Warren entered two beers into the contest. Here's what made the memorable winning beer so representative of the Pacific Northwest.
Whenever anyone asks me about getting into brewing, I suggest they try cider first. It’s a different process but quick, easy, cheap, shows the basic steps of sanitising and fermenting, and is much easier than making beer.
In Part 2 of our Winter issue cover story, we visit the @KPUBrew Lab and get to know how the program works. Let's face it: there is probably no other science department that has the built-in appeal that beer brewing does.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Brewing & Brewery Operations program was crowned champion at the BC Beer Awards in October 2019. In Part I of our Winter issue cover story, we look at what makes this story unique in Canada.