Favorite Beers Found!

aventinusIt’s seems like there’s a change happening here in BC, and I take partial credit! As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I often lament the fact that certain beers (which happen to be personal favorites of mine) just don’t seem to be available here on the West Coast. In the course of going from private to public liquor stores and back again over the course of the past six years, I was repeatedly rebuffed when I asked for specific labels. Lately, however, that’s appears to be changing…

After succeeding in getting the Rathskeller restaurant to begin importing one of my favorite beers of all time, Aventinus Heffeweizen Doppelbock, I learned that some private liquor stores were actually carrying it. The first instance occurred the other day at one of my favorite local private liquor stores. I saw the purple bottle sitting on the shelf, but was somewhat disappointed to see that it was the Aventinus Eisbock. This is the stronger, ice-brewed variety of the double-fermented wheat bock, and call me a snob (I am) but it makes a difference! I’ve seen this before in BC, and never understood it. How can they carry Schneider-Weisse and the Aventinus Eisbock, but not the Aventinus? However, after a brief conversation with the manager, I learned that not only could he get it, but it would be at competitive pricing!

westmalle_tripelLess than a day later, while doing a beer run for a lovely Christmas party that was well-stocked on wine, but short on suds, I discovered that a not-so-local private store had Aventinus on their shelves. Imagine my surprise! The situation only became more intense when I noticed another personal favorite that I have not seen in years: Westmalle Trappist Tripel! It was this beer that became my favorite when, years back, McAuslan’s exceptional Vintage Ale for the year 2000 went out of stock. You can imagine how excited I got at that point. My friend began to laugh and told everyone back at the party that I was a kid in a candy store!

Brewdog_ipaAnd on top of all that, I found that this particular store – Cook Street Village Liquor – also stocked some of the more difficult-to-find items from Brewdog. For weeks, I’ve been dying to get my hands on their IPA, and they just happened to have some of that and the Tokyo Stout! After sampling their Trashy Blonde and their 5A.M. Saint Amber (one of the best Amber Ales I’ve ever tasted), I’ve been dying to see what their India Pale Ale is like. IPA’s are kind of my thing…

The only drawback to this situation is that this venerable liquor store that seems to take the time to stock my favorites is over forty minutes by car away. But then again, I’m going into town all the time. I think I just might be swinging by whenever I find myself in the area from now on…

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