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December 17, 2015 Published in:

Winter is coming. What to drink to get warm

Author: Sergey Brusentsov

Winter is coming, and strong sorts of beer are what everybody needs now 🙂 To decide what to drink is easy, the tricky part, as I told mentioned yesterday, is where to buy it.

If you take a closer look at TOP beer lists on BeerAdvocate, RateBeer or Untappd, you will see that most of the rated beers are Imperial kinds such as Imperial Stouts, Imperial IPAs, Tripels, Quadrupels, etc. And it is obvious why – they have rich aroma and taste 🙂

Winter Ales
Photo by Colorado Beer Guide.

Let’s look what we have on RateBeer for Canada.

Imperial stouts:

  • Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel en Fût de Bourbon Américain
  • Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel
  • Bellwoods Skeleton Key
  • Dieu du Ciel Grande Noirceur
  • St. Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe
  • Half Pints Le Temps Noir
  • Bellwoods 3 Minutes to Midnight
  • Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout
  • Dunham Petite Mort

Belgian Strong Ales:

  • Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus
  • Le Trou du Diable Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Brandy Oak)
  • Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus

Imperial IPAs:

  • Les Trois Mousquetaires Hors Série Double IPA


  • Unibroue Trois Pistoles
  • Unibroue La Terrible
  • Abt/Quadrupel

American Strong Ales:

  • Dieu du Ciel Quintessence

Seventeen from fifty (i.e. 30%) top-rated beers are strong ales. But if we look more carefully, then we can see that they take up 50% of the top rated beers, because we have to exclude 14 ciders 🙂

So if you can find something from the list above – you are lucky. If not, then just try to get good strong beer (considering the ratings) and enjoy 🙂

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December 16, 2015 Published in:

Top rated beer in Canada. Microbrasserie “Dieu du ciel”

Author: Sergey Brusentsov

I have traveled a lot and visited already all beer countries – Belgium, Czech Republic, England, Germany and, of course, USA. These countries are the home of almost all main styles of beer. Before visiting any city in the world, I like to read first to find the best beer and brewpubs in a city.

After moving to Vancouver, I found it quite complicated to buy the best Canadian beer in the city. The country is huge that even if you know the beer you would like to buy it doesn’t mean that it’s available in your city.

For example, according to the RateBeer the best dozen beers are the following:

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December 15, 2015 Published in:

Alibi room – the most rated pub in British Columbia

Author: Sergey Brusentsov

I moved to Vancouver from Ukraine in April 2014. Before that I have been interested what is the best place to drink beer in Vancity. In Ukraine I was an expert in this, but here, in my new city, I had to find out everything about pubs from the blank page.

But there could be an easy way (or maybe the best?) to do it without shelling out a mighty loonie from your pocket. Ask 🙂 According to this famous beer site, the most rated beer place in British Columbia is Alibi Room. Those guys have more than 50 different beers on tap, which is incredible. That is why the first place in BC where I drank beer on tap was Alibi Room 🙂

Alibi Room. Vancouver. BC

One week ago I visited this pub again to try some new beers that I have not seen in bottles yet and decided to order these ones:

  • Ninkasi’s “Sleigh’r” Dark Double Alt Ale (7.2%)
  • Parallel 49’s “Sahti Claws” Finnish-Sahti-Style Ale w Rye, Barley & Juniper Berries + Chinook & Simcoe Hops (7.7%)
  • Four Winds’ “Tiger Style” Dark Winter Ale w Brewers Licorice, Vanilla & Orange Zest + Lactose Sugar (6%)
  • Machine Ales’ “Bean Machine” Milk Stout w/Coffee (4.5%)


Maybe I did not pay attention to this before, but the bartender (or whoever poured the beer into my glasses) definitely knew what he (or she) was doing – all beers had been presented in the right order for tasting. Probably, the first time in my life when I didn’t have to sort it myself 🙂

So, guys, I definitely recommend this place for drinking beer!

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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!


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October 26, 2015 Published in:

Full list of winners on B.C. Beer Awards 2015

Author: Sergey Brusentsov

The BC Beer Awards & Festival celebrated best craft beer brewed in British Columbia. It happened this Saturday, October 24th, 2015.

BC Beer Awards 2015

BEST IN SHOW: Brassneck Brewery One Trick Pony

North American IPA

  1. Central City Brewers and Distillers: Red Racer IPA
  2. Red Truck Beer: Red Truck IPA
  3. Hearthstone Brewing: Hearthstone IPA

Specialty IPA

  1. Bridge Brewing Company: Black Rye IPA
  2. Moon Under Water Brewery: Hip As Funk
  3. Bomber Brewing: Blood From A Stone Red Rye IPA

Imperial IPA

  1. Brassneck Brewery: One Trick Pony
  2. Parallel 49 Brewing Company: 187 On An Undercover Hop
  3. Parallel 49 Brewing Company: Hopnitist

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October 26, 2015 Published in:

Signature BC Liquor Stores or how to find expandable selection of beer by affordable prices

Author: Sergey Brusentsov

There are more than 420 shops in BC Liquor Stores chain, but for beer geeks only several of them can be more interested – Signature BC Liquor Stores.

In these stores, we can find an expandable selection of beer both from Canadian craft breweries and another part of the world, including USA, Belgium, Germany and other beer countries.

I split the list into geographical areas.

Greater Vancouver Area:


  • Alberni & Bute, 768 Bute Street, Vancouver, V6E 4H6. (604) 660-4572
  • 39th & Cambie, 5555 Cambie St, Vancouver, V5Z 3A3. (604) 660-9463

West Vancouver:

  • Park Royal, 570 Park Royal North, West Vancouver, V7T 1A1. (604) 981-0011



  • HighGate Village, 7155 Kingsway, Burnaby, V5E 2V1. (604) 660-8731
  • Northgate, 3433 North Road, Burnaby, V3J 0A9. (604) 664-0844


  • Nordel Crossing, 12080 Nordel Way, Surrey, V3W 1P6. (604) 501-3201
  • Fleetwood, 8904 – 152nd St, Surrey, V3R 4E4. (604) 582-0008

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October 23, 2015 Published in:

Where to buy the best beer available in Vancouver

Author: Sergey Brusentsov

I have not been writing for a long time, but I have some ideas to share with other people who like beer as me.

Among the beer available in Canada, sometimes it’s too difficult to pick one that is really delicious and is worthy of your attention. Even harder to find something that has a good mark on RateBeer or BeerAdvocate in a store closed (at least relatively) to you.


That’s why I decided to start collecting such information on to help you, guys, to find interesting beer in your neighbourhood 🙂

I would like to start with a small list of Signature BC Liquor Stores where you can find expanded selection of beers (and other spirits too).

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