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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.


Pew Pew Double Shot Quick Review -Townsite Brewing

By V1rgilmdm

I recently had some new brews from Townsite, one of B.C.’s newest breweries, located in the Federal Building in the Historic Powell River Townsite district. It was originally announced in November 2010. I must admit I had been looking forward to trying these beers ever since I read the announcement. The first brews were available in bottle in early May of this year and they were not a disappointment. Townsite currently offers 6 different ales: PowTown Porter, Tinhat IPA, Zunga Golden Ale, Suncoast Session Ale, Westview Wheat Ale and Charleston Triple Belgian Ale. A very prolific line-up for a new brewery, and a testament to Brewmaster Cedric Dauchot.

Pow Town Porter


Coffee and roasted smells on the nose, round and smooth malty mouthfeel that is enhanced with the warmth of the 5.8% alcohol and that is balanced with the bitterness coming from the dark malts.

First off the label is unique and does a great job depicting the brewery and an abstract Powell River by artist Meghan Hildebrand. I love the self-definition on the bottle:

POW TOWN n. 1. How locals refer to Powell River, a historic lumber town on BC’s beautiful Sunshine Coast; 2. a porter style beer

This rich dark porter pours deep black with a large thick creamy head that dissipates slowly. The aroma is a creamy malty bouquet of light coffee and chocolate. It smells delicious. I take a moment to savour the smell. The first sip reveals a creamy sweetness, like coffee ice cream with chocolate. The palate matches the aroma and is easily one of the better porters I have had. There is a slight nuttiness present which accentuates the ice cream like flavours. The PowTown finishes sweet with a pleasant slight bitterness typical of strong chocolate or coffee.


Zunga Blonde Ale


This golden blonde ale has a light bitterness and a balanced body to create a dry, refreshing finish, with hints of European hops. It is the perfect accompaniment to a hot day up the lake. 

Here again on the label we see artist Meghan Hildebrand’s abstract version of the Townsite historic Federal building. Forefront is a rope swing being used, from which the beer’s name is based:

Zunga n. 1. a word peculiar to Powell River, BC meaning rope swing, esp. over water; 2. a delicious golden blonde ale.

The golden blonde ale pours a nice liquid gold colour. There is good carbonation present, with moderate head and good retention.  The aroma is grassy straw with a slight fruity undertone. The first sips reveal a slight bitterness that tingles on the tongue. The european hops bring out a pilsner quality of grass and straw balanced with earthy and fruity notes. This is a nice light sipping beer, refreshing when cutting the grass or playing pool. It is mild, crisp and delicious.

Here is a great article about a few new breweries in BC.

Check This Out! May 20, 2012

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


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.



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.


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!)




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





 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.


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 article about Victoria’s brewing renaissance.


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.




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.





Strange Encounters

In case you haven’t noticed, V1rgil and I (Fiddler) tend to mostly focus on the beer part of 8-Bit Beer Blog. To help re-balance that, we decided to ask our friend x StrangeLuv x if we could post a few of her gaming videos. StrangeLuv is an avid Call of Duty player, but don’t let the name fool you—she is one of the best COD players that I have played with and against. She has also taken an interest in making videos of her online adventures and a few game reviews.

x strangeluv x

She is no stranger to craft beer either! Some of her favourites include: Wheeler Peak Wheat and the Nevada Gold from Great Basin Brewery in Reno (where she’s from). She is also a big fan of Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen, and Shiner Bock.

This week we will be checking out just a couple of her videos:

  • Epic music and awesome artistic graphics in the Two Cent Arcade: Twisted Shadow Plant review
  • These ghosts in C.O.D. video will definitely have you checking over your shoulder

And, of course, if you can’t wait for us to post some more of StrangeLuv’s videos, I would highly suggest you subscribe to her Youtube channel and Facebook page to stay updated with her awesome content! Keep checking back here for more videos!

Pretty Much The Greatest Thing I’ve Ever Seen. Ever.

When Tallgrass Brewing Co. released their 8-Bit Pale Ale, it made a bit of a splash in the media and garnered much attention from the usual techno-sites. We think that the 8-Bit Pale Ale should be the official beer of this blog—how could it not be? According to the reviews, the beer is tasty and all about beer and gaming. Also, they made the following video which should be nominated for an Oscar. So, why haven’t we reviewed the 8-Bit Pale Ale? Because it’s too far away! Unfortunately, it’s not available in BC or Washington. We think someone needs to start a campaign…

 Greatest video ever made.

We Review Hoyne Pilsner and Big Bock!


Recently, there are so many new breweries opening in BC that it’s becoming hard to keep track of them all. During this week’s beer run to our local store , we found that Hoyne Brewery had released 4 new beers( The Big Bock, Down Easy Pale Ale, Devil’s Dream IPA, Hoyne Pilsner). Hoyne’s is located in Victoria, and their Brew Master, Sean Hoyne, has an impressive resume, including previous experience brewing for Swan’s Hotel & Brewpub and founding Canoe Brewpub. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, our local store was already sold out of the Devil’s Dream IPA. (Note: If you want to prove that you make a good beer, a hoppy IPA is a very popular style in BC which most of the beer connoisseurs will flock to.) So, V1rgilmdm and I were left to pick from the remaining 3 beers. We decided to each pick different styles—V1rgil took The Big Bock and I took the Hoyne Pilsner. Both stood out as uncommon launch beers. 

The first thing we noticed was the commercial descriptions for these brews. They are a little…poetic—and seeing as Brewmaster Sean Hoyne’s background is Literature (M.A. from UVic), this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Craft brewing is the marriage of scientific technique and artistic passion, and this is evident in Hoyne’s approach to brewing.

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