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Reasons For Leaving

by Jacob Galbraith 09.13.2013

Where I’m from, parts of Vancouver Island that are not Victoria, you can get jobs in kitchens, be called a cook, but you can’t really learn to cook. For that, you need to leave. You can move to the aforementioned capital city, or you can take a boat ride to Vancouver. I middled on the line at […]

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Beer Review: Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale

by Jacob Galbraith 03.27.2012

It comes in a pink bottle, lays claim to the adored flavour combination of maple and bacon, and affiliates itself with a semi famous Portland doughnut shop, and yet I’m not surprised at all. This is, after all, Rogue, a brewery that toes the line between being famous for quality and being experimental. A younger […]

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Beer Review: Elysian Idiot Sauvin IPA

by Jacob Galbraith 03.15.2012

The Pacific Northwest brewing scene is notorious for its use of hops. The region produces beers of all styles, but the most saturated of them all is the India Pale Ale. Elysian’s Idiot Sauvin IPA provides an interesting twist, in that it makes a point of pushing one variety into the spotlight as a means […]

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Beer Review: Lighthouse Brewing’s Belgian Black

by Jacob Galbraith 02.29.2012

On the fringe of the surging craft beer movement lies a category of beer that is best described as “Interesting Beer”. Some of what can be found there is extreme, other times experimental, but usually balance of the both. Either way, these ales were brewed by people who enjoy pushing the envelope, for people who […]

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Beer Review: Hoyne Brewing’s Hoyner Pilsner

by Jacob Galbraith 02.13.2012

Victoria is Canada’s beer capital: 4 prominent brew pubs and 5 standalone breweries that service a few hundred thousand locals and those lucky enough to find the malty wares at the various liquor stores and pubs outside of the region. Years ago I thought the threshold had been met, and that the city couldn’t possibly […]

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BC Beer Review: Phillips Ancient Brown Ale

by Jacob Galbraith 11.20.2011

It’s hard to imagine a time when a liquor store in BC didn’t contain at least a few of Phillips Brewing’s products, but 10 years ago that was mostly the case. The brewery had just gotten off the ground, and had begun the arduous task of developing a customer base. Slowly but surely they have […]

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Meatfest 3: A Carnivorous Odyssey

by Jacob Galbraith 11.14.2011

It is with no small amount of shame that I admit I seldom stray from the confines of whatever territory I call “home”. I haven’t yet been bit by the travel bug, though Disneyland was a real hoot when I was nine, and I generally prefer to hole up in my spare time and tinker […]

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BC Beer(s) Review: Driftwood Fat Tug IPA vs. Driftwood Sartori Harvest IPA

by Jacob Galbraith 11.09.2011

The last two weeks have been difficult for me, having to wait for the right time to sit down with two dear friends and assess their strengths and weaknesses. Yes, every time I opened the fridge over the past 14 days, I’ve had to endure a staring contest with bottles of Driftwood’s Fat Tug IPA […]

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Beer Review: Lighthouse Uncharted Belgian IPA

by Jacob Galbraith 10.07.2011

Lighthouse’s latest large format offering, the Uncharted Belgian IPA sidles up nicely with the beers that came before it for a couple of reasons: it has a nautical title, and it is quite strong. The company, despite having existed for many years, is relatively new to the seasonal big bottle game. Realizing the growing consumer […]

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A Cook Is A Cook

by Jacob Galbraith 10.03.2011

There is a certain unflattering imagery that accompanies the professional label of “cook”: a sad, tired individual wearing a stained apron and a dirty shirt, simultaneously grasping a spatula and a fry basket. “Chef”, however, paints a more favourable picture, and so it makes sense that a large portion of my contemporaries shy away from […]

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Selling Out – Part 2

by Jacob Galbraith 08.31.2011

(Read “Selling Out – Part 1“) I walked away from the orientation sessions with a comprehensive knowledge of three things: the benefits packages, breakfast pastries, and the peripheral interests of several people I would never speak to again. At the outset I understood that I was signing up for a culture shock, but the environmental […]

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Selling Out – Part 1

by Jacob Galbraith 08.15.2011

I’m a large doses kind of guy, which isn’t always good. I’m lucking that hard drugs never found their way into my bloodstream, because I’d be the dead kind of drug addict, for sure. I either do something exclusively for years, like obsess over pop punk as an angsty middle class teenager, or pour myself […]

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