Glutenberg Imperial Buchweisen

First weekend of Crankworx

Today we are in Whistler at the Crankworx festival. They have some great family activities happening. Today they made a kids bike course in the Four-season’s parking lot and timed the kids as they rode around in push-bikes. It doesn’t sound like much, but my son rode around for almost two hours. His best time was 23 seconds.

Jeep has a pretty cool set-up in parking lot two. They made an off-road course where you can test drive their new models, including Rubicons and Grand Cherokees. As a former Jeep guy, I was a little interested. While I did this they had an area with some toy electric jeeps for kids to crash into the wall with.

You know these little electric cars that kids can ride that are at Toys R Us… the ones you used to see in the Sears Catalogue in the 1980s and think “who is the spoiled rich kid that gets a car like that” and you swear you will never buy one, then when your son turns four your sister and parents go in together and buy one for his birthday… and it is actually kinda cool.

After trying to balance a Grand Cherokee on two wheels we tried the Glutenberg Imperial Buchweisen from Montreal. At 10 percent alcohol it is a total ass-kicker. It has a copper colour with mild foggy clarity. The head was excellent and left a lace trail down the glass. It is very full-bodied.

The aroma is sweet and grapey, with a fruity taste of moderate intensity. A slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste is expected but it is smoothed out by the fruitiness.

This is a very smooth-drinking weisen.

Score 5/5
G1

The New Purpose

August 9, 2014.

Sensitivity
No, sensitivity is not a cute name for a beer. The reason I started writing about beer a number of years ago was that I could not stand beer with additives or preservatives. I would research to find those beers with no chemical additives because these chemicals would make me sick. Really sick.

Personally, I couldn’t see any excuse for any brewer to add artificial preservatives, just like I do not understand how they could use GMO grains, and why they would not at least try to use organic ingredients.

Now I have a much greater understanding of how I have multiple chemical sensitivities that make me less able to consume certain chemical additives. About a year ago I started noticing eczema on my hands when they came in contact with certain chemicals. It also got worse if they came in contact with white flour. Eventually, after a diet eliminating gluten, the eczema almost disappeared.

In addition to this, my body shape changed, and despite not losing any weight, my waist size reduced from 34 to 31 inches. As it turns out, there was a high degree of inflammation occurring in my body, especially my abdomen, because I was sensitive to gluten-containing foods.

Strangely, the eczema would re-appear if my skin came in contact with certain substances like some kinds of soap, and household cleaners. The worst was actually white vinegar. Although white vinegar technially contains no gluten, it is made from gluten-containing grains, and even the trace of gluten (less than 10 ppm) causes an instant rash and breaking of my skin.

That’s pretty great, isn’t it.

So I switched to rice vinegar. I use soap that is made using no gluten-containing ingredients.

Then, last, I gave up beer. Never again!

I even switched to wine for a while. As it turns out, the sulphites in wine give me a headache, if I have more than one glass. That’s no fun!

Now, thankfully, there are a handful of brews made from gluten-free ingredients.

Initially I was embarked on a journey to find preservative-free organic beer. This is a significant fork in the road. My journey is now to find organic, non-gmo lagers, ales, etc, made from alternative grains…

Wish Me Luck

Hopworks Urban Brewery IPA Organic Beer

After a long voyage from Austarlia, I brought the family to Whistler for a few days of relaxation to recover from the jet-lag. I always get my ass kicked by jet lag when I return from Australia. The combination of fatigue, the change of hours, and the the darkness of Vancouver in deep winter is always hard on me and the family. It is harder still when you have a toddler with jet lag as well.

When I do fall asleep at night, invariably, my three year old will be awake, asking me to go to the park. At three in the morning. Bloody hell!

On the up-side this beer was phenomenal. I always give extra marks to an organic beer. I eat everything organic… just about, so why not beer, I say?

The Hopworks Urban Brewery IPA Organic Beer has an excellent, persistent head, foggy amber colour, and a mild citrus aroma. It has a moderately intense citrus taste with a hint of pine. It has a thick texture, and a mild hoppy taste that just nibbles at you. The sweetness in the aftertaste washes away any bite.

5/5