Calvin and Hops

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What is a pint worth?

Here in B.C. there has been a lot of media fervor lately about dishonest serving sizes, short pours,  mandatory marked glassware, serving vessel volume versus volume of liquid served, and rightly so.  The public has been swindled, (whether intentionally or unintentionally is still up for debate) when it comes to...

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Yeast Ranching

For the last couple of years, I have made a habit of at least “attempting” to preserve a culture of any rare or interesting yeasts I have come across.  At first, just to see if I could… but soon after that, to try to re-create (clone) the beers I cultures...

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The Billy Miner Alehouse and Cafe

Working six days a week certainly has it’s disadvantages, not the least of which is that the one day a week that I get to check out breweries, nanos, and taphouses is the one day they’re usually closed – not that this really matters, because the one day that I...

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Brewing with Wormwood

Tonight I brew my first beer of 2014, and like every beer I brewed last year, its a beer that “I’ve been meaning to try for a long time”.  I am generally long on ideas and short on time (what with all those pesky brewery tours), so it’s nice when...

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Visiting Solvang Brewing Co.

Ah, Solvang.  I had a few options for day-3 of my Brewery tour, but I knew I wasn’t going to leave Central California without a trip to Solvang, so Solvang Brewing Company was a pretty easy choice.   One might wonder how a 10bbl brewery could thrive in a town...

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Santa Barbara Brewing Company

It’s day two in central California, and we’re spending it in Santa Barbara.  There are actually quite a few great breweries here; Island Brewing Company, The Brew House, Union Ale, Telegraph, and Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company to name a few – but the parameters set by this particular trip necessitated...

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Firestone Walker Brewery, Paso Robles, CA

I was taking a few days off between Christmas and New Years, and Central California seemed to be a good (and relatively close, aeronautically speaking) place to recharge the ol’ solar cells and checkout some breweries that I might not otherwise be able to get to on the typical weekender....

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Kulshan Brewing

I love that Bellingham is less than an hour away, and that on a week night I can pop down after work to for a few pints and some great food truck grub at one of my favorite nano-breweries.   Kulshan Brewing has an amazing vibe, a great community of...