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Bush Beer, or Praise of the Party Pig

October 15, 2010

I got back to Victoria on Wednesday. I had taken three weeks off to go do some free range meat harvesting with dad and spend time with my family.

When you head in to the bush a couple hundred kilometres from civilization for two weeks you have to make some sacrifices and forgo the conveniences of the modern world. Some, like television and cell phones, are easy to give up. Others, such as indoor plumbing (toilets), are instantly missed. One sacrifice I wasn’t going to make was no good beer.

The northern part of our province is seriously lacking in beer. I would have to cut that off at the pass. My first stop after leaving the airport was at the Hideaway Liquor store in Salmon Arm. I needed to get my Red Racer IPA. Two dozen cans. Two weeks without hops was not happening.

After getting the propane tanks all sorted out, my father and I stopped off at the Lighthouse grocery store in downtown Sorrento. Just to see if they had anything interesting in for beer. They did. Party pigs filled with Crannog’s Back Hand of God. We both knew we had to have 8.5L of the greatest stout in the world. And at $48, plus a $50 deposit, for the thing. Sounded like a deal.

How good of a deal? 8.5L holds 24 cans worth of beer. Works out to $2 a can. For having portable draft beer at your disposal that is a deal.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Party Pig?

The Party Pig® is a self contained beer packaging /dispensing system. It replaces bottles and/or kegging systems for finishing and serving beer. The Party Pig® uses an amber PET plastic bottle that holds 2.25 gallons (which is equivalent to one case of 24, 12 oz. containers) of beer and an attached valve for drawing it at your convenience.

How does that work?

The package works because it has a patented pressure pouch, inside the bottle with the beer, which inflates to a constant 15-20 pounds per square inch of pressure and keeps the beer fresh and carbonated for several months. The pressure pouch is not attached to anything and floats freely inside the bottle. As beer is dispensed the pressure pouch expands and completely fills the bottle. The pressure pouch contains food grade chemicals that mix on demand to produce CO2 gas, which maintains pressure in the bottle. This gas remains in the pouch and doesn’t contact the beer.

Crannog, Cannery, Old Yale and Mt Begbie all have pigs available for sale at the brewery. Cannery is also the distributor for them in BC and Western Canada if you’re interested in buying one, or some.

Of course you need a celebratory beer to celebrate a special occasion. I chose a magnum of Bosteels’ Tripel Karmeliet.

Blond, robust, smooth, and fruity three grain top fermented beer, refermented in the bottle. Brewed with pride and patience after Karmeliet tradition with wheat, oat and barley. 100% natural.

Certainly a beer worthy of celebrating. I bought mine at Liquor Plus here in Victoria. They have more if you want one for yourself.


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