Once again the intrepid forces at beergeek.ca put life and liver on the line and attended the immensely popular “Suds ‘n’ Cider” event that’s held in conjuction with the Vernon Winter Carnival. The Best Western Vernon Lodge played host, The Goods kept the dance floor packed, and numerous breweries/ cideries kept the libations flowing. As always, the event was a runaway success (tickets sold out in half an hour!). Kudos to the organizers who manage, year after year, to create one the most positive, upbeat and flat-out fun events of the Carnival. The vendors showed up with some old favorites as well as a few more recent releases. A few of the highlights for this beergeek: Tin Whistle’s Honey Pale Ale (agressively hopped, with a silky smooth finish), Fernie’s Spasucker Maple Porter (nice dark chocolate/ cocoa notes with just a hint of maple), Cariboo Brewing’s Cream Ale (a darker ale and, not surprisingly, creamy- looks like another winner from brewmaster Peter Boettcher).
As well, the Blood Alley ESB from Russell Brewing hit all the right notes, as did the Vertical Winter Ale from Tree Brewing. Mt Begbie brought (amongst others) the well hopped and immensely popular Nasty Habit IPA, and there were more, many more. What else is there to say? Great time, great beers, you should get there next year.