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ninkasi vanilla

Review: Ninkasi Brewing Vanilla Oatis Stout

by Charles Wangersky January 26th, 2015| Beer
The most famous example of the "stout" beer style is, of course, Guinness, which for a long time was advertised as being "good for you." That may be the same sort of misbelief as the long-standing, and now thoroughly discredited, belief that cigarettes improved respiratory health, but it was
sierra nevada

Review: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

by Charles Wangersky January 19th, 2015| Beer
A number of beer reviewers have commented recently on a disturbing trend in craft beer: in the name of differentiating themselves, craft brewers have started making beer that is, in the words of Jim Koch, originator of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, "challenging." Other beer reviewers have suggested that a
Ginger beard

Review: Wychwood Breweries Ginger Beard

by Charles Wangersky January 12th, 2015| Beer
For some reason, engineers seem to pick out the worst behavior in every device. It is because of this that we have these long lists of engineering "laws" on the bookshelves, laws that always lead off with the one attributed to USAF Captain Murphy: "Anything that can go wrong,
english bay pale ale

Review: Granville Island Pale Ale

by Charles Wangersky January 5th, 2015| Beer
As you read this, you will of course be well into the New Year, resolutions presumably not yet broken, it being only a few days in yet. As I write, though, it is that lovely brief hiatus between the screaming confusion that is the lead up to Christmas, and
island lager beer

Review: Granville Island Lager

by Charles Wangersky December 29th, 2014| Beer
Readers who have been paying attention may have noticed a certain tendency on my part to review beers from Canada, and in many cases from the far western edge of Canada. Others may have noticed that I have mentioned that the place my beer comes to rest is between
maple shack cream ale

Review: Granville Island Maple Shack Cream Ale

by Charles Wangersky December 22nd, 2014| Beer
Back in the Bad Old Days for beer drinkers, all beer came from the big breweries. It was difficult for smaller organizations to get the necessary licenses, and so the selection of beer styles was controlled by marketing. A slight loosening of the brewing laws in 1984 resulted in
Alaskan white ale

Review: Alaskan Brewing White Ale

by Charles Wangersky December 15th, 2014| Beer
Gentle reader, you don’t know the risks I take for you...

Let me explain. At times, I've thought the tag line for these reviews should be "Drinking it so you don’t have to." Not lately, thankfully, but there have been a few truly awful beers that I have run into
Alaska ipa

Proudly American? Alaskan Brewing Freeride IPA

by Charles Wangersky December 8th, 2014| Beer
As I mentioned last week, from the label you can often guess what a beer will be like. Every large brewery makes basically the same stuff, bitter fizzy water with some alcohol in it. And every craft brewery will label their beer with the beer style. Beer styles, while
alaskan pale ale

Alaskan Brewing Icy Bay IPA

by Charles Wangersky December 1st, 2014| Beer
Generally speaking, when you look at a beer label, you should be able to tell what you are getting. There are a large number of recognized beer styles, and each style has its own character. Every brewery, of course, will have some choice in how it interprets that style.
Alaska Amber

From the Far North: Alaskan Amber Alt-Style

by Charles Wangersky November 24th, 2014| Beer
As a beer reviewer, I am occasionally provided with samples of beer to review. Many beer manufacturers are in the States, as are the majority of those intelligent people who read these reviews, so it is no surprise that my being in Canada poses something of a problem. I
rickards beer

Bitter Disappointment? Rickard’s Blonde

by Charles Wangersky November 17th, 2014| Beer


Canadians have long prided themselves on having beer that is better than what is served south of the border. Before the turn of the century, this probably was true; there was some flavor and some character to the Canadian beers, while the only things that you could buy in
island lions winter ale

Granville Island Lions Winter Ale

by Charles Wangersky November 10th, 2014| Beer
October is always a very busy month for me, with multiple birthdays, celebrations of other sorts (Halloween! Oktoberfest!), and the realization, as the excitement of the start of school year falls away, that there is still a lot of work to be done in the classrooms. One of the
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