Hello Toronto! I hope you didn’t miss us too painfully. We’re back from our very brief but very fun trip to Victoria for the Canadian Brewing Awards and getting down to brewsness (see what I did there?) as usual. And if you’re sitting at your desk wondering why it took me until Thursday to blog about it, instead of Monday like everyone else, I say wonder not. You don’t want to know the truth (which is that I stayed a couple extra days in Vancouver eating raw fish, staring at the sunny mountain tops, and relaxing. Please send all hate mail to firstname.lastname@example.org).
But on to the real matter at hand, the reason we flew across the country and put all brewery-related work on hold for the first time ever: Scooters.
We came, we saw, we scooted. (If we were to shoot a made for TV movie about our recent escapades in Victoria this past weekend it would definitely bear this stoic title).
Weaving their way (politely) through lanes of traffic and into the hearts if viewers everywhere, 5 brewers band together to make the ultimate bad-ass gang: The Hellwoodies.
With determination fermenting in their brains the gang cruise along the Vancouver island coastline at dangerously legal speeds. Elderly residents look on with blurred focus, cursing their lack of resolve to finally update their God damn prescriptions. Children mistake their menacing hogs for toys, locals roll their eyes, but haters won’t get this gang down!
(In this photo we see Luke and John being really badass, stopping to appreciate nature and take a picture of a baby deer)
It’s a tale of self-discovery and perseverance - but ultimately how five people learn that scootering is just metaphor for life, which is just a metaphor for brewing…which is a metaphor for life.
Coming out the summer of 2013, it’s the feel decent-ish movie of the year you won’t wanna miss!
Oh also, we one an award! Actually four of them, which we’re pretty happy about considering we’re new kids on the block. Blitzen took a gold in the Belgian Strong category, Hellwoods our beloved stout took home a silver, and both the Lost River Baltic Porter and Wizard Wolf Dry-Hopped Session Ale earned a bronze. All in all we placed in some pretty competitive categories and had a chance to try lots of the winning brews. A big thank you goes out to everyone who worked so hard to make the awards a success and also congratulations to Great Lakes Brewery who took home the award for best brewery of the year (no big deal)!!!
Cheers to even more successes in 2014, great Ontario beer, and of course, the almighty scooter!