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! ๐Ÿป

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! ๐Ÿป

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

Getting one of these this weekend! Canโ€™t wait! So stoked to move to a conical and pressurized fermenting, closed transfers and dumping yeast and more! ๐Ÿบ

My 2019 BC Beer Awards

Not a huge fan of the way beer awards are decided but..for what itโ€™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 Joeโ€™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

Drinking my latest NE Pale! With Citra, Idaho 7 and Strata! And a โ€œCitraโ€ like blend of Calypso, Bravo and Denali. Itโ€™s a total citrus juice bomb with a pine finish. Smells like hop heaven and itโ€™s hazy AF without wheat! ๐Ÿป #homebrew #neipa #hops

Drinking my latest beer - A triple dry hopped NEIPA I made with Dave from Bredenhof Hop Farms - 6.8% - Galaxy, Strata, Vic Secret, Idaho7 - itโ€™s delicious, juicy and dank hops juice with a pronounced but pleasant bitterness ๐Ÿป #NEIPA #homebrew #hops

Drinking my latest โ†’ NE Pale - 5% - Citra, Amarillo, Vic Secret, Idaho7 with @ImperialYeast Loki - Absolutely love kveik! And this hop combo is wicked good! More delicous hazy hops juice! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿป #NEPA #hazy #hops #juicebomb

Introducing my latest beer! A staff brew I brewed with Nathan. On tap right now at Ravens Anniversary Party! โ†’ Hoppy Summer DDH Hazy Pale - 5% - Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo - itโ€™s delicious hazy hop juice! Come try it! #firstbeerontap #thanksravensandnathan

Tomorrow is Ravens Brewing (@RavensBrewing) 4th Anniversary Party. Iโ€™ll have one of my beers on tap!!! For this years staff brew Nathan the assistant brewer and I brewed my go to NE Pale with Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe. Pop in to try it and all the beers and guest taps! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿป

Drinking my latest NE Pale - this one has Citra, Amarillo, Idaho 7, and Denali and was fermented with kveik that was insanely underpitched - turned out awesome, way better than the full pitch batch - it is straight up hazy hops juice #hazy #NEPA #hops ๐Ÿป