Friday, 17 August 2007

Lorkin Beer Festival exploits press shocker

Where Will's Pub Guide goes first, the BBC staff newspaper "Ariel" will follow...

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Sunday, 5 August 2007

BC Beer

And here we are, live from the Mirabelle flat - sorry, apartment - on the 24th floor of a block in Yaletown, Vancouver, B.C. in the country of Canaidia. Isn't wireless interweb wonderful?

You may think Canadian beer starts and finishes with Molson, and you'd be right if you're in the UK. But here, where Molson seems to have been rebranded simply as "Canadian", there are other things to drink while admiring the range of animals dressed in mountie costumes available from the souvenir shops (husky, moose, and three different coloured bears, since you ask).

TCMJ's recommended domestic regular bottled beer of choice is Kokanee, for example; Sleemans Honey Beer, which is also available in a handful of places in the UK, is also in most bars.

There is also however a thriving microbrewery scene here - and it has of course been our duty to sample these. We've been to Granville Island - which is kind of the Borough Market of Vancouver, with the added attraction of a microbrewery. Here's the beer selection in the bar - you'll see their own honey lager and a pale ale - and The Current Mrs Jackson enjoying a glass.

And just to check, we also tried the Yaletown Brewery, in the middle of what can only be described as Covent Garden crossed with Docklands - boutique shops surrounded by high-rise apartment blocks (of which we're in one).

And while I'm pleased they're making the effort, my British palate has found all of the local brews really lacking in any flavour. It's not that they're not strong - most are 5% or more - but they just all end up tasting like Fosters. Sorry. The one honorable exception has been the beer I had at the Wickanninish Hotel, which was a Russell Brewery Lemon Ale, which is one of the best beers I've had, with a real fresh lemon flavour. But now, I might just have to go and check that again before we leave...