Written By Adam Cantor Beer & Cider / Libations / Victoria Mar 8, 2016 Victoria Beer Week 2016 Kicks Off with Night Casks SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestNight Casks is a special event during Victoria Beer Week because it is a time when brewers have a chance to show off works in progress and beer experiments to the public. Eventually these beers may become products, or maybe they won’t. Everything from lagers and saison beers on the light side, through the hoppy ales, and into the dark porters and stouts with hints of coffee and chocolate were on display last night. Even though I have strong predispositions toward certain types of beer, I decided to throw my judginess to the wind and try everything.Here are a few winners (although there was plenty of amazing stuff).Graham Cooke of Vancouver Island BreweryOn the Dark Side:Steamworks “Espresso Stout”. Often the coffee flavours in a stout taste like used coffee grounds, very roasty and a bit spent. In this case the coffee flavour tasted more like a cold brewed coffee for a slightly cleaner flavour. The brew features coffee roasted locally in Vancouver by East Van Roasters.Food was provided by vendors at the Victoria Public Market. Pictured is the sausage plate from Ravenstone FarmVancouver Island Brewery “Unmasked Cascadia Dark Ale”. Graham Cooke is a new brewer at Vancouver Island. This dark ale was a small batch made especially for cask night. Although it was quite hoppy, it did not have that overwhelmingly bitter hop flavour that seems to be so popular nowadays. It was a very clean tasting ale, but still imbued with complexities.On the Boozy Side:Old Yale “Oatmeal Milk & Cream Ale”. This bombastic 9.5% ale made me feel like I was drinking a glass of cheese (in a good way). This is definitely a drink on its own type of thing, as opposed to even thinking of pairings. Interesting.Not Quite Beer Category:Todd Creek “Sidre Salvaje” Cider. This one was neat. The cider was made through a wild fermentation process, in the Spanish style. It was carbonated and had been infused with vinegar. I liked this a lot. I’m not a big fan of heavily carbonated, sweet ciders and so the murky tartness of this one appealed to me. If you are into the fresh pressed cider that one finds in apple country, then this beverage will make a lot of sense.On the Light Side:Gladstone “Barrel Aged Winter Saison”. Jonathan Parker came down from Courtenay to represent this many layered saison. It is aged in wine barrels for nine weeks. It has a refreshing flavour, yet avoids the unnecessary fruit infusion so many saison beers embrace. Although not available in bottles right now, it can be found on tap at Garrick’s Head, Smiths, The Drake, and The Churchill. Keep your eyes open for it!Pictured at the top of the page: cask Jonathan Parker of Gladstone Brewing Co in Courtenay. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Adam Cantor Born and raised in the mysterious East (by which I mean Ontario and Quebec, not Asia), Adam migrated out to British Columbia in search of adventure and fortune. He had been at different times a scholar, a musician, a poet and a ... Read More You may also like Beer & Cider / Victoria March 15, 2017 Highlights and Sours at Victoria Beer Week After nine days of events, Victoria Beer Week once again poured its final pint of the year. Some may still be reeling (recovering?) from the ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 2, 2017 Victoria Beer Week Opens This Week For nine days starting this Friday, March the 3rd, Victoria celebrates its growing beer culture during Victoria Beer Week. Whether it’s a ... Read More Beer & Cider / Drink This March 17, 2016 Ernest Hemingway and a Night of Wine Tasting “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 15, 2016 Touring, Stinky Cheese, Oysters and Finally – Lift Off: My Week at Victoria Beer Week Definitive Brewery Tour I’m now a veteran of the brewery tour, having done it last year, as well. I’m a veteran of brewery tours in general. I ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria November 23, 2015 In Defence of Lagers In the first place, I shouldn’t even have to defend lager, or list all the good reasons for drinking lagers. The truth is, though, that there is a ... Read More Beer & Cider / How to Cook November 16, 2015 Get Ready For Winter and Cook with BC Craft Beer When BC’s Horseshoe Bay Brewing opened in 1982, it uncapped a wave of cross-country beer brewing. As appreciation for these elegantly crafted ... Read More Comments are closed.