Annex Ales made Howling Fantods again!

This is an incredible hazy hop monster of a beer and one I was super fortunate to be involved with the first time it was made a couple of years ago.

I was working at a hop farm at the time and so my contribution to the collab was mostly suggesting hops for the hop bill. Being a novice homebrewer at the time, I heavily leaned on my brewing mentor and haze master Bryan Craig (now of Bright Eye Brewing) for advice/help with the hop bill and hazy brewing tips. Then I showed up in Calgary with an MEC duffle bag full of 100+ lbs of hops and the rest of the time was a crazy awesome blur of brewing, drinking and checking out some of the killer Calgary craft beer scene.

Andrew is such a kick ass dude, a great brewer and one of my favourite people in the industry. I absolutely fell in love with Annex on that trip, and love the Calgary beer scene.

I cannot wait to try Howling Fantods 2.0! I am sure Andrew cranked this version up to 11 and beyond. Super proud of my small part in this beer. I think we made something awesome. If you are in Calgary definitely seek this beer out. Cheers to Annex, Andrew, Erica and the whole Annex team and to Bryan! 🍻

Drinking a Brasserie Du Bas Hypa 5 with Simcoe and Mosaic! Another amazing beer from them! Tropical, uber juicy and hazy AF! Slight sweetness with a nice bitterness. Super solid NEIPA! Thanks @WesleyDhaene!!! 🍻

Drinking a Brasserie Du Bas Hypa 7 with Galaxy, Vic Secret and Enigma! Awesome hop combo! It is phenomenal! Smooth, juicy and hazy AF! Hops gravy at its best. These guys know how to make a killer hazy! Thanks @WesleyDhaene!!! 🍻

Drinking my latest - a NE ISA or β€œNano IPA” with two of my favourite hops Citra and Vic Secret. Fermented with Imperial’s new Kveiking blend. It is citrusy and juicy AF and at 3.7% I can drink a ton of these! Delicious crushable hops juice! 🍻 #neipa #homebrew #hops

My visit to the incredible new brewery in Kamloops - Bright Eye Brewing

Had such a kick ass time @brighteyebrew this weekend! The beer is phenomenal! The Strawberry Julius was mind blowing, and my favoutite of the bunch, and the hazy IPA was exceptional. The Raspberry Stout was out of this world too! The space was stunning, comfortable and on point and vibe was awesome despite being sllllllaaammed! The food was killer too. Bryan, Ty and the whole team have made something very special! Be sure to make your way up there ASAP craft beer peeps! 🍻

Going to @brighteyebrew tomorrow, finally and for the first time and…I could not be more excited!!! Super stoked to try Bryan and Ty’s incredible beers!!! 🍺

β†’ FermZilla - Better Than Stainless and Far Less Expensive - KegLand - YouTube

Getting one of these this weekend! Can’t wait! So stoked to move to a conical and pressurized fermenting, closed transfers and dumping yeast and more! 🍺

My 2019 BC Beer Awards

Not a huge fan of the way beer awards are decided but..for what it’s worth..here are my New England/Hazy focused, Lower Mainland biased beer awards

Best NE IPA

Superflux Colour & Shape

Best NE Pale

Backcountry Grandpa Joe’s Insurance Fraud

Best Brewery

Backcountry

Best New Brewery

Another Beer Company

Beer of the year

Superflux Double Infinity Vic Secret

Best Taproom

Field House

Best Food

Field House

Most Exciting Soon-ery

Bright Eye Brewing

Honourable Mentions

Steel & Oak for all their recent hazies, Beere Brewing for their kick-ass hazies, Taylight for their hazy pale Slack Tide, Tinhouse for their hazy IPA, and Another Beer Co for their hazy IPA and their Kveik IPA

Just had the extreme pleasure of drinking a @foambrewersvt Jet Set DIPA! Might just be the best NEIPA/hazy I have ever had. Fucking phenomenal! So juicy, and smooth and balanced for a 9.2% beer! Incredibly delicious 🀯 πŸ™ŒπŸ» πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ» Thanks πŸ’― @WesleyDhaene

Dream come true!!! Drinking a @TreehouseBrewCo Green IPA! - Absolute deliciousness! Juicy and hazy AF Galaxy bomb. Hop gravy! Notes of citrus and pineapple with a nice assertive bitterness and maybe a hint of booze 🍻 #NEIPA #hazy

Drinking my latest NE Pale! With Citra, Idaho 7 and Strata! And a β€œCitra” like blend of Calypso, Bravo and Denali. It’s a total citrus juice bomb with a pine finish. Smells like hop heaven and it’s hazy AF without wheat! 🍻 #homebrew #neipa #hops

Fresh shipment of Superflux Super Nelson and Manana @whatcomwine in Abby! Get it while you can haze geeks! 🍻

Drinking my latest hazy! A NEIPA with Citra, Idaho 7 and Simcoe - 5.9% - Delicious hops juice. A little more bitter than typical or I was intending. It is a little like a NEIPA meets a west coast meets grapefruit juice. And its hazy AF! 🍻 #homebrew #NEIPA #hopforward

Drinking an @annexales Force Majeure! Happy camper to have another can of this beer! Thanks @WesleyDhaene! This beer is fantastic! Uber juicy, with a perfect pronounced bitterness. It is beautifully saturated with delicous banging hops! πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ€ŸπŸ»πŸ”₯🍻

Drinking a @CabinBrewing Misty Frequency NEIPA! Very stoked to be trying a beer from Cabin. Thanks @WesleyDhaene! This beer is indeed a lucious hazy juice bomb! Delicious hop music in my mouth! πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ€ŸπŸ»πŸ» #firstcabinbeer #abbeermail #albertacraftbeer #barleybeltyyc

Mmmmm! So good! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ€ŸπŸ» @estbrew Sky Rocket II 🍻 β€ͺ@WesleyDhaene‬