Category Archives: Check This Out!

Barley’s Homebrewing Supplies – Our First Ever Video (and it shows)

Recently we got to visit Barley’s Homebrewing Supplies in New Westminster.

They are located at 101-455 East Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC. for all your homebrew needs. Let us now what you think of the video!

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FastRack!

Recently we were contacted by makers of the FastRack bottle system, asking if we would help spread the word of their product..

So here we go:

We think this product looks amazing and would be useful for any restaurant or bar owner, home brewer, or avid entertainer. It’s definitely on our Christmas Wishlist! Check out the video below.

8-Bit Beerblog Guide to Reviewing Beer

At 8-Bit Beerblog, we recognize that brewing good beer does not happen by accident. Craft beer is born from the marriage of technical process and flavour art. We want to support the craft beer industry and its efforts, not tear it down or criticize. As such, when we review a beer we don’t use an arbitrary rating system based on a personal preference scale that is always changing.

Instead we give an open and honest appraisal of our experience at the time of drinking the brew. When we review a beer, we look at the following:

  1. Packaging: It’s the first thing that we see in the store and it influences our purchasing decisions and perception of the brew.
    For reviewing, we look at originality and attractiveness.
  2. Appearance: How does the brew look when poured? For reviewing, we look at colour, clarity, carbonation and head retention.
  3. Aroma: Taste begins with the first scent.
    For reviewing, we smell for these attributes:

    • Malts: Descriptive terms—Caramel, bread, hay, cereal, chocolate, coffee, nuts, toast, roasty
    • Hops: Descriptive terms—Resin, floral, grass, spruce, citrus, herbs
    • Yeast/Bacteria: Descriptive terms—Doughy, barnyard, cheese, basement aromas, leather, earthy, leaves
    • Other: Descriptive terms—Alcohol, banana, bubble-gum, butterscotch, clove, cooked vegetables, cough drop, ginger, licorice, raisin, rotten eggs, soy sauce, skunky, smoke, vanilla, woody
  4. Taste: What’s the first sip like?  Is it sweet, bitter or sour? Any flavour sensations across the tongue? What is the mouth-feel, aftertaste, and flavour after the beer warms?
    For reviewing we look for the presence of these flavours:

    • Acetaldehyde: Green apple-like aroma and flavour.
    • Alcoholic: The aroma, flavour, and warming effect of ethanol and higher alcohols (think vodka straight, no chaser).
    • Astringent: Lingering harshness.
    • Diacetyl: Butter, butterscotch, or toffee aroma and flavour. Sometimes perceived as slickness.
    • DMS (dimethyl sulfide): Sweet, cooked, or canned corn-like aroma and flavour.
    • Estery: Aroma and/or flavour of fruits or roses.
    • Grassy: Aroma and/or flavour of grass or leaves.
    • Light: Skunky flavour from exposure to UV.
    • Metallic: Tastes like tin, copper, or iron.
    • Musty: Stale or moldy aromas/flavours.
    • Oxidized: Stale, papery, or sherry-like aromas and flavours.
    • Phenolic: Spicy (clove, pepper, etc.), smoky, plastic or medicinal aroma/flavour.
    • Solvent: Aroma and flavours of higher alcohols. Similar to acetone or lacquer thinner.
    • Sour/acidic: Tartness in aroma and flavour.
    • Sulfur: Aroma of rotten eggs or burning matches.
    • Vegetal: Cooked, canned, or rotten vegetable aroma and flavour (cabbage, asparagus, etc.)
    • Yeasty: A bready or sulfur like aroma or flavour.
  5. Uniqueness: How well does it represent the style? Does it follow a style? Does it inspire innovation by creating its own style?
  6. Cost and availability: How much does it cost and where can it be found? Is it a fair price? Is it a limited release or a regular attraction?
  7. Summary: Our final thoughts about the brew.
  8. Achievement!: In keeping with our video game theme, we award achievements (often silly and nonsensical).

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Home Brewed The Series (hopefully)

This is a fun pilot episode set around the comically rich community of home-brewing. I look forward to more in the series, if they can get the funding.

http://www.homebrewedseries.com/

Check This Out! May 20, 2012

Here’s what we thought was cool since the last edition:

Beer:

The Shopping List (aka New Releases):

2012 VCBW Collaboration Ale now available at

Driftwood Brewing Naughty Hildegard

Howe Sound Brewing Fourway Fruit Ale

Vancouver Island Brewing Flying Tanker White IPA

Support This (please)!

Exp Bar is the fusion of gaming culture and drinking (which is kind of what this blog is all about).

They have an Indiegogo campaign here. And on the facebook here.

 

Blogs:

We’d like to welcome Is That Beer Good to the ranks of beer blogging.

There’s a lot of good beer blogs out there and we need to update our links page.

Events:

Vancouver Craft Beer Week: May 18-26, kicks-off tonight (we wish we were there!)

Van Home Brewers Awards Monday May 21st (we will be there!)

 

 

Games:

Diablo 3 came out this week. See you all in 6 months!

 

 

 

Comics:

 Avengers vs. X-men (again) looks very epic.

 

 

 

Random & Cool:

 B.C. Zombie Preparedness Week: Are you ready?

Game Of Thrones theme song played on floppy drives.

Check This Out! May 4, 2012

8 Bit Beer Blog’s Weekly Check This Out!

Starting today we are going to try to bring you a weekly Check This Out! A list of stuff we like… This week.

Beer:

The Shopping List (aka New Releases):

BC Craft Beer Guild 2012 Sampler Pack

The B.C. Craft Beer Guild has released a sampler pack availabe in both 12 can and 12 bottle.

 

 

 

 

3045 Main Street
Vancouver, BC

Townsite Brewing Zunga Golden Blonde Ale and Pow Town Porter

Mission Springs Jazzman Pale Ale

Lighthouse Highland Challenge

Spinnakers Titanic Stout

 

Coal Harbour Brewing Triumph Rye Ale

Coal Harbour Brewing now available in 650ml bottles.

Tree Madcap Belgian Ale

Tree Madcap Belgian White now available in BC Liquor stores.

 

 

 

 

Just Here For The Beer radio broadcast aired April 26, 2012 on AM650.  Available as a free podcast here.

Interesting CVVMagazine.com article about Victoria’s brewing renaissance.

Comics:

It’s a Marvel rumble!

Avengers vs. The X-Men, all your favorite heroes, no whiney villians.

Batman “Night of the Owls” crossover.  Looks like someone might seriously get hurt.

 

 

Books:

Home Brewing!

Home Brewing: A Practical Guide to Crafting Beer, Wine and Cider by Kevin Forbes is published by Fox Chapel Publishing, was released May 1st, 2012 and available at Chapters and Amazon.

 

 

 

Video Games:

New video by xStrangeLuvx and her impressions of the new C.O.D. Black Ops2 trailer.


 

Telltale Games The Walking Dead Episode 1 released April 26, 2012

Minecraft for Xbox 360!

May 9th Minecraft is coming out on xbox  it’ll cost 1600 microsoft points or roughly 20 dollars.