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My GCBF 2010 Guide

August 22, 2010

The brewery/beer list for this year’s Great Canadian Beer Festival has been released. Let’s take a look at the brewery changes at first. I’m going off the lists posted on the GCBF website. There are 13 of them.

Out:

    Ballast Point
    Bavik
    Big Al
    Boundary Bay
    Crannog
    Chuckanut
    Craig St
    Dockside
    Dogfish Head
    Half Pints
    Lagunitas
    Mission Springs
    Nelson

It’s sad to see some really good breweries from last year not making it this year. Crannog is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, and with the festival being the same time as harvest season, they are too busy to commit.

Dockside won’t be attending due to all the staffing changes this year.

I was really hoping Ballast Point was returning this year. I haven’t gotten around to trying any of their beers yet. This year’s festival was supposed to alleviate that problem.

I was pining for some more of Big Al’s fantastic Smoked Porter. It’s the best smoked beer I’ve had from America. I went back for seconds at Okanagan Fest-of-Ale this year, but they had completely sold out of their beers. Hopefully I can find some when I’m in Seattle the weekend before the festival.

I’m going to assume that Craig St. is too busy with their expansion to a full-on brewery to come this year.

I’m disappointed by the lack of Mission Springs. Their distribution range is tiny, I’ve yet to try anything from yet.

No idea why Nelson isn’t coming this year.

In:

    Beau’s
    Double Mountain
    Eel River
    Green Flash
    Les Trois Mousquetaires
    Moon Under Water
    Plan B
    Port Townsend
    R&B
    Russell
    Stanley Park (Turning Point)
    Upright
    Wild Rose

I like seeing Beau’s on that list. They’ll be bringing their flagship Lug Tread Lagered Ale. Think of something along the lines of an American Kolsch. Earlier this year Beau’s teamed up with the Trappist brewery of De Koningshoeven to create a beer called “Vrienden” (Dutch for “friends”) in honour of the 65th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands. Pretty Cool stuff.

Never heard of Double Moutain. They’re out of Hood River, Oregon. And going by BeerAdvocate they seem like a really solid brewery with the Kolsch currently sitting at an A- and the India Red Ale and The Vaporizer both at a B+.

California’s Green Flash are known for their IPAs. They’re bringing three of them this year. Check out their Belgian IPA Le Freak before it sells out.

Les Trois Mousquetaires are a Quebec brewery whose beers are relatively new to BC. They make fantastic renditions of German styles. The three beers they are bringing to festival are the ones I haven’t drank yet. Bonus!

Victoria’s soon to be newest brewpub, Moon Under Water, will be there with their three staple beers, a Best Bitter, a Pale Ale and a Blonde Ale. I’ve sampled the Best Bitter and it’s quite nice.

Smither’s tiny brewery, Plan B, will be there this year. I was able to sample two of their beers at Okanagan Fest-of-Ale this year before they all sold out. Very solid beers.

R&B will have a cask of Black Raspberry Lambic brewed especially for the festival, as well as a cask of their Red Devil Pale Ale. Rick Green says that this beer is best served out of a cask. We’ll put that to the test.

Another Oregonian brewery, Upright, will be there. I love their beers with Six being my favourite.

Returning breweries:

Anacorteswill have a cask of their ever popular IPA.

Importers, Bravo Beer Co., will be representing two of their clients. One of them being Belgian brewery Brasserie De Silenrieux, brewers of organic beer.

Brooklyn Brewery will have the same three beers they’ve had for at least the last three years, if you haven’t tried all of them yet you should.

Cannery are bringing out their Squire Scotch Ale here this year. I really liked it.

Surrey’s Central City will have a cask of their Imperial IPA. Think Red Racer IPA, but bigger. They also will be bringing a Belgian Tripel.

Dead Frog will be offering their Nut Brown on cask. This is a really solid Brown Ale.

Driftwood. What can I say except that a cask of ’09 Old Cellar Dweller is available on the Friday only. This cask was made especially for this year’s festival. It’s replaced with a cask of Farmhand on Saturday.

Eel River, of California, will be there with their organic beers. If you’re in to that organic thing check’em out.

Elysian return with three of their hoppy beers. One of them, their ESB, will be available on cask.

Howe Sound return with four of their big beers; Three Beavers, King Heffy, Pumpkineater, and a cask of their DIPA – Total Eclipse of the Hop (such an awesome name).

Lighthouse are busting out an Imperial Stout this year, on cask no less!

Nanaimo’s underrated brewpub, Longwood, is showing off four beers this year with one of them being a cask of their IPA.

The token cider stand of Merridale will feature a cask of Cyser. Cyser is a blend of cider and mead.

Paddock Wood will bring some of their Loki DIPA. I really like this beer.

Phillips is offering up a cask of their superb Cascadian Dark Ale, Skookum, on cask.

Port Townsend will have their IPA on draft and cask. A great way to try them side-by-side and see the difference.

Russell will have a cask of their World Beer Cup bronze medal winning A Wee Angry Scotch Ale on cask.

Swan’s have an IPA on cask. Might not sound of worth noting, but this IPA is called Brewcifer IPA, it’s brewed with jalapeño, black pepper and lime.

Vancouver Island will be doing a special cask for each day. Friday sees Black Rock Chipotle Rauchbier, it’s brewed with chipotle peppers and smoked Lapsang Souchong black tea. Saturday’s punters get Beacon Hill Blonde, a big golden ale brewed with rosemary. It’s very good.

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3 Comments
  1. Ryan permalink

    Great post Dave!

    Can’t wait to try those brews from Double Mountain, but boy do I wish they were bringing Hop Lava as well…

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