December 11, 2015   Published in:

Driftwood OLD CELLAR DWELLER barleywine became available in liquor stores

Author: Sergey Brusentsov

Driftwood old cellar dweller barley wineA couple of weeks ago Driftwood Brewery announced their OLD CELLAR DWELLER 2015. And yesterday I got it at last in BottleJockey, not far from my work. Price has gone up this year to $17 after tax for this barleywine style ale.

I have contacted Braeden Papp earlier, who is God of Growlers ( :) ) of Driftwood Brewery, to find out how much time the new barley wine has to be kept in a cellar before it is ready for sale. If you are aware of what the barleywine style is, then you know that time is critical for this sort of beer. And for Driftwood’s barleywine it is even more important, and I’ll tell you why.

Braeden says that OLD CELLAR DWELLER is an American-style barleywine, and we have to treat it as a triple IPA. But here is a dissonance – barleywine style beer gets better with every year of keeping it in your cellar, but IPA styles of beer lose their hop bitterness part (which is their very essence) with every single month after bottling. For example, the best time to try IPAs is within three months after batch, but for a barleywine it is better to try it after one year or more.

To solve this issue I bought two bottles of the beer – one for now and one for the future :-)

Driftwood Old Cellar Dweller 2015

Enjoy this very special beer young, but save a few bottles for future winters,” – says Driftwood brewery and I will do it for sure!

Cheers!

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June 28, 2014   Published in:

Unhappy “happy hours” in BC

Author: Sergey Brusentsov

Several days ago the provincial government implemented its Happy Hour policies, making B.C. the last province to introduce liquor discounts at bars, pubs and restaurants during certain hours of the day.

However, the new mandated minimum pricing for drinks are now the highest amongst the Canadian provinces – and these prices are effective during all hours of the day, not just during Happy Hour.

According to a provincial government news release, “the introduction of minimum drink pricing is intended to prevent aggressive pricing strategies that may lead to intoxication.”

Happy Hour is meant to provide both businesses and consumers with flexible pricing options, but the latest pricing stipulations seem to have completely defeated the original purpose of the reformed law.

Minimum liquor pricing for each Canadian province

British Columbia (not including sales tax)

  • Draught beer: $0.25 per oz. minimum ($3 per 12 oz. sleeve; $5 per 20 oz. pint; $15 per 60 oz. jug)
  • Packaged beer, cider or coolers: $0.25 per oz. minimum ($3.00 per 12 oz. bottle or 355 ml per can)
  • Wine, fortified wine and sake: $0.60 per oz. minimum ($3 per 5 oz. glass; $3.60 per 6 oz. glass; $5.40 per 9 oz. glass; $15.85 per 26.4 oz)
  • Liquers/Spirits: $3 per oz. minimum

Alberta

  • Draught beer: $0.16 per oz. minimum
  • Packaged beer, cider or coolers: $2.75 per 12 oz. minimum
  • Wine, fortified wine and sake: $0.35 per oz. minimum
  • Liquers/Spirits: $2.75 per oz. minimum

Saskatchewan

  • Draught beer: $0.16 per oz. minimum
  • Packaged beer, cider or coolers: $2.25 per 12 oz. minimum
  • Wine, fortified wine and sake: $0.35 per oz. minimum
  • Liquers/Spirits: $2.25 per oz. minimum

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