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Sep 9, 2012 06:11 AM

what are your BCLS beer staples ?

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  1. I tend not to buy beer at BCLS as I live down the street from a great beer shop, Brewery Creek. I will pick up the occasional 6'er of Red Racer IPA or something from Driftwood.

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    1. re: waylman

      The closest BCLS's to me have crappy selection. Their "craft" selection tends to be stocked with the weaker (IMO) craft brands. (Nelson, Tree, Bowen Island, Lighthouse etc.)

      I do tend to pick up:

      Mirror Pond
      Fat Tug

      if I see them in the store.

      1. re: fmed

        Lighthouse's new-ish Switchback IPA is actually remarkably good. It's the first beer of theirs that I have ever bought more than once.

        1. re: thatwhileifound

          I'll sample it next time I see it in the store.

    2. These days, I'm mostly buying things at the Princeton's cold beer & wine store or grabbing growler fills directly from Parallel 49... That said, what I pick up in a BCL is pretty typical:
      Red Racer IPA
      Driftwood Fat Tug
      Phillips Blue Buck
      Mirror Pond
      Anything Sierra Nevada when I see it
      Lighthouse Switchback
      Howe Sound Diamond Head

      1. BCLS has some goodies. I've seen/bought Saison Dupont, Sorachi Ace, Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA, Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale, the Chimays, etc.

        My regular domestics are:

        Driftwood Farmhand Ale
        Driftwood Fat Tug IPA
        Driftwood Naughty Hildegard ESB (when it's available)
        Lighthouse Switchback IPA (excellent alternative to CC Red Racer IPA)
        North Coast Red Seal

        I agree with fmed with the weaker craft brands (Belson, Tree, Bowen--I wouldn't consider Bowen to be craft at all) but I wouldn't put Lighthouse in the same category, especially with their "Big Flavour" series (Belgian Black, Belgian White) and awesome Switchback IPA. I used to drink their Keepers Stout back when it was more available. But I'm not feeling their new Tasman Ale though...something about the sweetness, the balance or the New Zealand hops isn't sitting right with me :P

        You're supporting BC craft beer whether you're buying from BCLS or a private retailer, but I do like to shop at Brewery Creek, Legacy, etc, whenever I can because with the CAMRA discount, prices end up about the same (don't quote me on that though) and the private stores have way more knowledgeable staff.

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        1. re: flowbee

          Almost forgot maybe the most important one of all, St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout! A killer stout at a reasonable price. Perfect for harvest season :)

          1. re: flowbee

            Ah see I wrote off Lighthouse early on. Clearly they have improved. I will assemble a sampler pack asap.

            1. re: flowbee

              Yeah, the Tasman Ale just doesn't do it for me either. It's got a weird flavor to the malt and the hops really don't seem to do much of anything. It almost reminded me of some of my earliest homebrews using cheap malt extract...

              I'm also a big fan of any and all CDAs and doppelbocks that come by town every so often. Mmm....

              1. re: thatwhileifound

                I've tried a fair number of CDAs and I'm still not sure if I really like the style or not. That said, I've enjoyed Hopworks Secession CDA that I've seen at BCLS. Phillips used to do one called Skookum (aka Black Toque).

                1. re: flowbee

                  Pretty sure they still do the Skookum, although I don't see it often. It's one of the regular additions to the Hop Box 12pk that Phillips does though. The Hopworks is definitely enjoyable... Honestly though, I think I like everything they do.

                  I didn't love the style when I first tried it, but growing up down south around Seattle & Portland has a way of convincing you to keep trying certain beer styles until you decide that you do actually like them. :)

            2. Mt. Begbie Cream Ale. Their IPA and Honey are both quite excellent as well.

              1. They seem to do a half decent job of bringing in seasonals. Earlier this week, Kingsgate had six kinds of pumpkin ale.

                How long has CDA been "a style" out here? This is the first year I've really noticed it.