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A VACATION IN A GLASS – THE DAIQUIRI

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Contributors, happy hour, Highlighted Features | Comments Off on A VACATION IN A GLASS – THE DAIQUIRI

My Daiquiri en el Floridita, par Franck Vervial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the weather goes into full on winter mode and a few days in the sun and warmth aren’t available, revisit this classic for an instant dose of good cheer!

 

Written by: Jacob Sweetapple.

 

It was the turn of the century when the daiquiri was thought to be first invented using what was readily available all over Cuba – Rum, limes & cane sugar.  The tale of the daiquiri gets a little lost through time as many a recipe is published and the tale twisted.  This much is for sure, Ernest Hemingway loved to drink daiquiris and he loved to drink them at the El Florida Bar in Havana, Cuba.

 

Let me begin…..

 
Stepping off the plane in Cuba is the exact moment you feel that you have arrived somewhere magical, lost and full of stories.  As the humid wet air fills your lungs and the rundown architecture captures your attention you suddenly relies your initial thought was not far off.  Old American cars slowly drift by offering you a tour of the city as street hustlers try and sell you anything from their portable curb side stores.  There is always music being played around the next corner and the sweet smell of cigars fill the air all of which make you want to rest your feet and literally watch the world go by.

 
It didn’t take me long to find the place that so many travel to in search of one of the most famous cocktails around.  El Floridita has the charm and charisma of what you would expect with the busy hustle and loud chatter of locals and tourists filling the main room, a brass statue in the corner leaning against the bar of Mr. Hemingway brings the experience to life.  As I wait anxiously for my drink to arrive I scan the room watching the enjoyment of people’s faces as they sip there half frozen daiquiri  through a bright pink straw, when mine arrives it is the final piece of the puzzle to this adventure and it fits perfectly!

 

RECIPE:

 

2 oz. white rum
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
Ice cubes
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail

 

Shake ingredients and strain into a chilled glass.

GOTTA LOVE THEM RHONE RANGERS

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Contributors, happy hour, Highlighted Features, Liquids & Solids | Comments Off on GOTTA LOVE THEM RHONE RANGERS

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Written by: Brett Kawaguchi.

Ok, before we get stated I love wines from the Rhone!!!!!! Usually an easy drinking, easy priced, big boozed, crowd pleasing bottle of YUM. Not to tannic, not to complex (now I am talking about the $25 and unders) but always interesting and real bang for buck.

2010 Halos du Jupiter (Moons of Jupiter for those who dropped French 8)
Ok, so the first thing that jumps out of the bottle into your glass is this fantastic dark ruby slightly purple hued nectar. This is sexy blend of 85% Grenache 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre will be sure to satisfy all the wine knuckleheads you know. The nose of ripe fruits, black cherry and cassis are very inviting. The full mouth feel with very little tannin is a great way to start even the green run beginner.  This Cotes du Rhone could be described as smooth and makes you immediately want to savor for a quick moment and then go again. The slightly savory, herbal and ever so slight earthy finish are complemented with the every present ripe fruits and at 15%+ alcohol it’s real bang for buck. The 2010 Halos du Jupiter can be enjoyed now or you could really make it special as it will keep getting better year in year out for the next decade. Not bad for less than $25. So let’s get a little trust going, I do this for a living!!!! LOL

A WALK IN THE PARK

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Contributors, happy hour, Highlighted Features, Liquids & Solids | Comments Off on A WALK IN THE PARK

SP Brun Bottle and Glass

Beer Blog – Stanley Park Brewery
By Joe Leary @reallyjoeleary .

Locally owned and operated, Stanley Park Brewery is Canada’s first sustainably-focused brewery and the future of the environment remains at the forefront of all they do.
With Canadian-built wind turbines, Stanley Park is able to harness the power of the wind to brew natural beer using less energy than a regular brewery.
Not only is Stanley Park Brewery environmentally friendly, it’s one with a rich history.
It was 1897 when their namesake brewery was established on the south shore of Lost Lagoon of the iconic Vancouver landmark.
Their Stanley Park 1897 Amber, Noble Pilsner and Brun pay homage to the area’s past while bringing its incredible history to life through bottle images and narratives on labels.

Beer of the Month – Stanley Park Brun

Following in the footsteps of its label mates 1897 Amber Ale and Noble Pilsner, Stanley Park Brun is a superbly-crafted, Belgian style Dark Ale, rich in colour with distinctive dried fruit aromatics.
Part of the charm of this flavorful taste profile is in the brewing process adhering to the classic Belgian traditions originally perfected by Belgian Trappist Monks.
The Brew Masters at Stanley Park traveled to Belgium to learn from their brewers who have had the benefit of some 600 years of tradition.
Well-balanced with a precise blend of Crystal, Pilsner and Munich malts, Brun possesses a beautiful chocolate and roasted nut flavour while containing 5.1 per cent alcohol by volume.
This is an amazing brew!

www.stanleyparkbrewery.ca

PORTLAND CRAFT INTERVIEW

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in happy hour, Highlighted Features, Liquids & Solids, Video Interviews | 1 comment

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Locally sourced offerings inspired by the Portland food scene paired with the best craft beers & beverages Oregon has to offer!

CRAFT • TO MAKE OR MANUFACTURE WITH SKILL & ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Portland Craft is dedicated to furthering and supporting the concept of craft in all aspects of our establishment, from kitchen to tap. We respect the artistry and workmanship that goes into beer, wine, and cocktails, as well as the farming of organic meats & produce from our community.

We support and use produce from local backyard gardens.
Visit: Inner City Farms for more info.

RAISE THE BAR

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Contributors, happy hour | Comments Off on RAISE THE BAR

Crosley-Furniture-Cambridge-Expandable-Bar-Cabinet-in-Classic-Cherry-Finish-Home-Bar_0_0Raising the Bar.  Written by Joy Gallant. Photo: Crosley Furniture

A home bar doesn’t need to be as complex or as expense as we often think.  Investing in the right equipment, essential liquors and you can create a set-up that will impress your guests.

To start building your collection, six specific types of liquor are a must: white rum, gin, vodka, tequila, bourbon and cognac.  From there you can add mixers such as cointreau, vermouth and bitters.  Garnishes, fresh fruit and sodas help build a variety of drinks and visual variety for your drinks.

You really only need 3 types of glasses to make most drinks: short, tall and stem glasses.  Six to eight of each is a good start and you can grow your collection as you develop you interests in specific types of drinks.

To keep your bar shakin’, you’ll need to invest in a few tools of the trade, including:

Cocktail shaker – for making classic mixed drinks
Strainer – to strain shaking ice out of cocktails
Bar spoon – for those who like stirred not shaken
Muddler – for crushing fresh ingredients to make the best drinks
Fresh Ice – because you don’t want to taste last night’s left overs in today’s drink

All liquor should be stored in a dry place, out of sunlight.  An important fact to remember is that the more air there is in a bottle, the more flavour the drink will lose.  So if your bottles are running low, drink up and replenish your stock.

With party season in full swing, stock up your bar and start showing off your bartending skills. An easy way to impress your guest is to have a theme drink for your house parties that you can perfect in the hours before they arrive with all the right, unique ingredients.

HAPPY HOUR 1= BRETT KAWAGUCHI WINE REVIEW

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in happy hour, Highlighted Features, Style & Taste | Comments Off on HAPPY HOUR 1= BRETT KAWAGUCHI WINE REVIEW

photo compliment of johnschreiner.blogspot.ca

 

Japanese, Professional Rugby player, Wine maker……Huh?
Ok really, not kidding.  BC born and raised, this is the first vintage from the one named Naramata veteran “Kanazawa” or Richard to those who know this very mild mannered ex-pro rugby scrum-half.  The very stylish “Nomu” (To Drink) 2011, is exactly what this clever blend of Viognier 67% and Semillon 30% screams at you on first approach.  White peach, grapefruit, lychee and very slight floral notes spin from my glass.  With good fresh acidity to balance the sometimes cloying Viognier, the 2011 Nomu goes long in the palate with stone fruit, white peach and a killer apricot preserve finish.  Without ever being cloying or heavy, like some other unnamed boring over done white blends, the 2011 Nomu is a fantastic example of a skilled craftsman like Kanazawa using a deft hand with the often over done Viognier.  With a first vintage like this you can be sure that you will hear a lot more from who may become the first one named wine maker Kanazawa!
Kanazawa wines can be found at select private wine shops and some of Vancouver’s top restaurants.
Reviewed
Brett Kawaguchi Oct 2012

HAPPY HOUR 1= BRETT KAWAGUCHI WINE REVIEW

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in happy hour, Highlighted Features, Style & Taste | Comments Off on HAPPY HOUR 1= BRETT KAWAGUCHI WINE REVIEW

photo compliment of johnschreiner.blogspot.ca

 

Japanese, Professional Rugby player, Wine maker……Huh?
Ok really, not kidding.  BC born and raised, this is the first vintage from the one named Naramata veteran “Kanazawa” or Richard to those who know this very mild mannered ex-pro rugby scrum-half.  The very stylish “Nomu” (To Drink) 2011, is exactly what this clever blend of Viognier 67% and Semillon 30% screams at you on first approach.  White peach, grapefruit, lychee and very slight floral notes spin from my glass.  With good fresh acidity to balance the sometimes cloying Viognier, the 2011 Nomu goes long in the palate with stone fruit, white peach and a killer apricot preserve finish.  Without ever being cloying or heavy, like some other unnamed boring over done white blends, the 2011 Nomu is a fantastic example of a skilled craftsman like Kanazawa using a deft hand with the often over done Viognier.  With a first vintage like this you can be sure that you will hear a lot more from who may become the first one named wine maker Kanazawa!
Kanazawa wines can be found at select private wine shops and some of Vancouver’s top restaurants.
Reviewed
Brett Kawaguchi Oct 2012

HAPPY HOUR 2=JOE LEARY BEER REVIEWS

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in happy hour, Highlighted Features, Style & Taste | Comments Off on HAPPY HOUR 2=JOE LEARY BEER REVIEWS

Beer Blog – Steamworks
By Joe Leary @reallyjoeleary

When Steamworks opened the doors of its landmark Gastown Brewpub location in 1995, it introduced local beer lovers to a taste of something completely different.
As the first such beer-focused venture of its kind to be built within the Vancouver city limits, Steamworks blazed the trail for future artisan craft brews.
The story of steam brewing itself is somewhat unique.
Utilizing actual steam generated from within Vancouver’s Central Heat Distribution system, the brewpub created history in the process with what was then the country’s only steam-powered brewery.
Quite the accomplishment considering the beermaster had only ever read of this unique brewing process without having actually seen a functional steam brewery.
Cut to 2012 and with unparalleled growth within the craft beer market all over the Pacific Northwest, it only made sense that as craft beer pioneers Steamworks would launch their award-winning brews in bottled versions.
This foray is a strategic marketing move for owner Eli Gershkovitch who lured away Walter Cosman from Granville Island Brewing to join Steamworks.
A respected principal in the world of craft beer, Cosman brings a wealth of experience to his new position of Steamworks president; overseeing this new and exciting chapter in the brewpub’s history.
With their trademark Steamworks Pale Ale and Pilsner available year-round in six packs of 355 ml bottles, a revolving selection of seasonal brands will be produced in limited quantity in 650 ml bottles including Frambozen, Wheat Ale, Oatmeal Stout and The Great Pumpkin Ale.
While the brand’s flavour portfolio is already well established and wildly popular with beer lovers, it’s the distinctive artwork on the bottles that is similarly creating excitement around the brand.
Featuring unique steampunk-styled packaging and highlighting a number of Vancouver landmarks; the artwork is the creation of Laurie Millotte and Bernie Hadley-Beauregard of local design and branding firm Brandever.
Steamworks Brewing Company is the first beer to feature the design of the esteemed creative team who has quickly established themselves as one of Canada’s most in demand creative collectives

Beer of the Month – Steamworks Oatmeal Stout.
Call it ‘breakfast in a bottle’. Steamworks is proving that oatmeal can be fun, at least in the form of an oatmeal stout. Brewed with a generous helping of steel-cut oats and black roasted barley, this captivating brew boasts a warm, roasted flavour profile with a velvety-smooth taste.
Steamworks Oatmeal Stout is available in Government Liquor Stores and many private-licensed retail outlets.

Steamworks Brewing Co.
375 Water Street, Vancouver, BC

@steamworksbeers

HAPPY HOUR 2=JOE LEARY BEER REVIEWS

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in happy hour, Highlighted Features, Style & Taste | Comments Off on HAPPY HOUR 2=JOE LEARY BEER REVIEWS

Beer Blog – Steamworks
By Joe Leary @reallyjoeleary

When Steamworks opened the doors of its landmark Gastown Brewpub location in 1995, it introduced local beer lovers to a taste of something completely different.
As the first such beer-focused venture of its kind to be built within the Vancouver city limits, Steamworks blazed the trail for future artisan craft brews.
The story of steam brewing itself is somewhat unique.
Utilizing actual steam generated from within Vancouver’s Central Heat Distribution system, the brewpub created history in the process with what was then the country’s only steam-powered brewery.
Quite the accomplishment considering the beermaster had only ever read of this unique brewing process without having actually seen a functional steam brewery.
Cut to 2012 and with unparalleled growth within the craft beer market all over the Pacific Northwest, it only made sense that as craft beer pioneers Steamworks would launch their award-winning brews in bottled versions.
This foray is a strategic marketing move for owner Eli Gershkovitch who lured away Walter Cosman from Granville Island Brewing to join Steamworks.
A respected principal in the world of craft beer, Cosman brings a wealth of experience to his new position of Steamworks president; overseeing this new and exciting chapter in the brewpub’s history.
With their trademark Steamworks Pale Ale and Pilsner available year-round in six packs of 355 ml bottles, a revolving selection of seasonal brands will be produced in limited quantity in 650 ml bottles including Frambozen, Wheat Ale, Oatmeal Stout and The Great Pumpkin Ale.
While the brand’s flavour portfolio is already well established and wildly popular with beer lovers, it’s the distinctive artwork on the bottles that is similarly creating excitement around the brand.
Featuring unique steampunk-styled packaging and highlighting a number of Vancouver landmarks; the artwork is the creation of Laurie Millotte and Bernie Hadley-Beauregard of local design and branding firm Brandever.
Steamworks Brewing Company is the first beer to feature the design of the esteemed creative team who has quickly established themselves as one of Canada’s most in demand creative collectives

Beer of the Month – Steamworks Oatmeal Stout.
Call it ‘breakfast in a bottle’. Steamworks is proving that oatmeal can be fun, at least in the form of an oatmeal stout. Brewed with a generous helping of steel-cut oats and black roasted barley, this captivating brew boasts a warm, roasted flavour profile with a velvety-smooth taste.
Steamworks Oatmeal Stout is available in Government Liquor Stores and many private-licensed retail outlets.

Steamworks Brewing Co.
375 Water Street, Vancouver, BC

@steamworksbeers