Archive for August, 2017

August 25, 2017

Mayweather McGregor Fight – we are sold out of tickets to the fight tomorrow night – however we do have walk in space in the main and middle rooms of the pub. These tables are first come, first serve so get here early if you want a seat. We have lots of tvs that can be seen from almost every seat in the room.  If you’re not here for the fight we still have lots of room available on our patio!

New Daily Specials – Fall is coming in hot and with it some new great promotions! We will be launching them hopefully next week!

A Beer by Any Other Name: Old School Weissbeir

Hefeweizen

A measly 4 years after Reinheitsgebot was introduced into law, the Dukes of Degenburg oversaw the brewing of a beer using malted wheat and malted barley by one brewery – a Weissbeir. The Degenburgs paid a pricey fee for the privilege, but soon another Duke decided one brewery was not enough, and breweries owned by the Dukes of Wittelbach across Bavaria started brewing Weissbier! Weissbeir is an umbrella term, but let’s focus on the most well-known Weissbeir: Hefeweizen. Unfiltered and thus cloudy in appearance, with a thick head, Hefeweizens typically have a banana / clove aroma to them, with a flavour profile to match, and notable bready undertones from the wheat, and little hops. We carry several Hefeweizens here at the pub, some of the more well-known ones brewed by Erdinger and Paulaner. Maisel’s Weiss is also a great go-to, but my favourite German hefeweizen is König Ludwig. She hits all the notes you need in a hefeweizen, banana, clove, little wheat delight in there, with a thick head (careful when you pour people!). Eventually darker styles were gaining favour again. The term “Weissbeir” covers all beer brewed with wheat, but can vary greatly in strength, flavour and colour; Kristallweizen (filtered version), Weizenbock (stronger version), and Dunkelweizen (version using darker malts). I’ll tell you ALL about ‘em next week.

Til next week, my Bottlescrew babes!

August 15, 2017

A Beer by Any Other Name: Trappist Ales

I guess I’ll keep the blog going in a pseudo-chronological order. At least somewhat. We started with sours because A) am biased, I love ‘em, B) everyone’s coming out with a sour right now, and C) there IS a Sumerian recipe from 3000 BC that details the making of a beer quite like modern lambic. ANYWAY

NEXT UP: monastic brews, or Trappist ales. Monasteries began brewing around 500 AD, and so, it is my next choice in the series. There are 8 Trappist abbeys: 6 from Belgium, 1 from the Netherlands and 1 from Germany. These 8 founded the International Trappist Association to prevent abuse of the Trappist name. A Trappist beer must be brewed within a Trappist abbey, by monks, and sales revenue must be directed towards assistance, not profit. Some of the profits go to maintaining the abbey, and the rest to charities of their choosing.

The Chimay Brewery is a phenomenal example of the Trappist style, as well as good practices. The water for the beer is drawn from a well within the monastery. They feed their cows the unused solids from the beer mash, and said cows make their cheese! That’s right, they do cheese too.

We have Chimay Red, Blue and White here at BSB (blue’s my favourite).Trappist beers tend to be on the pricier side, but you get what you pay for. Spend 6$ on bud light and chug that down, or spend double that, with double the percentage, drink from a chalice, enjoy every mouthful, and also get that nice fuzzy feeling of knowing that a portion of it is going to support some monks and their choice of charity! We also have Rochefort 8 & 10 from the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy, and with centuries of brewing experience, they know what they’re doing. The Rochefort 8 sits at just over a 9%, and is a sweet delight. The 10, sitting at an ever-powerful 11.3% plays the percentage down with a fruity scent, sugar and spice notes reminiscent of winter, less sweet than brother 8.
Your local BSB Brewnette

Thanks!
Geoff

August 2, 2017

TOOLSHED ‘PRAIRIE PRIDE’ BEER LAUNCH: Thursday Aug 3 come celebrate the launch of the World’s 1st All-Alberta Ale from Toolshed Brewery. “Prairie Pride” boasts ingredients that are grown 100% from you-guessed-it, Alberta! With hops from Northern Girls Hopyard, 2 row malt from Antler Valley Farm via Red Shed Malting, wheat from Rahr Malting, and wild yeast from Scott Keller Farms. Come on down anytime after 4 for a truly Albertan taste.

IPA DAY: August 3rd is also Ipa Day! Join us in a collective toast to one of craft beera€™s most iconic styles: the India pale ale. IPAa€™s from Last Best, Banded Peak, Ribstone Creek and Zero Issue Brewing are $4.76 all day long! Steak sandwiches are also on special for only $12!

AUGUST LONG WEEKEND BEER SALE: They dona€™t call it a long weekend for nothing! Wea€™re continuing our $4.76 IPA specials ALL weekend loooooong – enjoy these delightfully hoppy brews, along with $4 Palm Bays until Monday August 7th!

MAYWEATHER VS. MCGREGOR: Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather and two-weight UFC world champion Conor McGregor have agreed to a boxing match on Saturday, August 26 at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. It’s expected to be the highest grossing event in either of the two sports’ histories…so… you may want to put this one in your calendars! We will be airing the fight on all TVs with full sound in every room at 7pm. You can pre-purchase tickets at the bar or online at myshowpass.com for only $20 (extra fee if booked online). This guarantees you a prime seat in front of our TVs, a “Buzzard Burger” with fries and your choice of Wild Rose beer on tap or in the bottle! No ticket = first come, first serve, no charge.

Thanks!