Sip Trips #194: February Freezing

The shortest month of the year is in the books and the Sip Family was busy throughout it. Despite the cold – we even got a few snow days – we managed to get out and about to a number of locales. Here’s what we were up to in February:

Our month began with checking out Fraser Mills Fermentation, one of the newest breweries to the province. There, we tried pints of their North Pacific Brown Ale and Dynamic Dubbel, while also taking home cans of the Rosehip Hibiscus Wit. Best of all, a Truckin’ BBQ food truck was onsite, allowing me to get some Pulled Pork Poutine to enjoy with our beverages.

Throughout February, we picked up a few products from Steel & Oak Brewing, including their Blush Rosé Saison and Lager de Blancs Pinot Lager, which are released annually around Valentine’s Day, using grapes from Pacific Breeze Winery, neighbours of Steel & Oak. Another bomber I picked up from the brewery was the Grove Pale Ale, a collaboration with Field House Brewing.

Beer Wine Water

To use for our Indian-themed date night at home, I picked up Parallel 49’s Pic a Hop pack, featuring beers made with four different styles of hops. I also crafted an original cocktail, which I dubbed Chai Times (Pineapple Rum, Triple Sec, Chai Tea Latte, Lime Juice, Club Soda). The cocktail was very good and multiple servings were enjoyed.

Our next adventure was a trip out to the Trading Post Eatery in Fort Langley. While sipping a pint of Blood Orange Wheat Ale, I devoured their TP Classic Burger with Truffle Cheese Fries. The only pain of the excursion was trying to find parking, which I’ve always found to be an issue in the area.

For 10 days in early February, Another Brewing Company held the Sapperton Haze event, serving up only IPA beers of their own creation, as well as offerings from guest breweries. While I enjoyed ABC’s The Cold IPA and Because the Internet IPA (a Boombox collab), Mrs. Sip had a trio of cocktails, as well as some IPA-infused foam. Her Brewers Daiquiri, featuring the Because the Internet IPA, was particularly delicious, made by ABC’s in-house bartender extraordinaire, Nique.

Beer Vitamins

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we attended a blind wine tasting at Township 7 in Langley. The set-up was really well done, especially given pandemic restrictions. I didn’t get any of my four white wines correct, but Mrs. Sip went an impressive 2-for-4 in the red wine category.

Our Valentine’s Day celebrations continued the next day, with dinner at The Keg. We both went with the restaurant’s Dine Out Vancouver menu, with my selections comprised of Caesar Salad, Sirloin and Lobster Tail with Fries and Billy Miner Pie for dessert, all for only $50. Over our meal we split a bottle of Quail’s Gate Pinot Noir, which paired very nicely with the steak, in particularly.

Looking for something to do while Mrs. Sip took a day off from work later that week, we journeyed to Patina Brewing in Port Coquitlam. Our three shared beers included their Blueberry Wheat, Thai Lager and Juicy IPA, which all went nicely with the brewery’s delicious barbecue menu. Our eats were comprised of Chorizo con Queso with Warm Tortillas, Pulled Pork Poutine with Garlic Mayo (one of the best poutines I’ve had) and Southern Cornbread.

Pulled Pork

With Mrs. Sip taking another day off later in the month, we decided to make our way to Port Moody’s Brewers Row, which was hosting the famous BeaverTails food truck. Our first stop was Yellow Dog Brewing, where I had a pint of their Ferocious Wild IPA. We also brought in tacos and a quesadilla from the BC Taco food truck, located nearby.

Next up, was Parkside Brewing, where we had wanted to try their recently released BFF Strawberry Kiwi Ale. While there, we grabbed a Beaver Dog for Toddler Sip and the Triple Trip BeaverTail from the truck outside. Both were very good and I wish there was more to share amongst our crew.

Our final stop was The Bakery Brewing, which continued to impress me with their extensive selection of interesting beers. We tried tasters of the Rye Chocolate Lager, Cherry Rosé Saison, Blackberry Witbier, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Stout, Strawberry Lemon Brut, and Sauv Blanc White Ale.

Beer Wounds

When we got home, Mrs. Sip surprised me with a Port Moody Brewers Row t-shirt, which she had covertly picked up while I was at the nearby playground with Toddler Sip. The shirt features each of the five breweries along Murray Street and I wish more beer districts put together a similar product. You could have one for Yeast Van, another for Brewery Creek and many others.

This past weekend, we found ourselves in Surrey to check out a play café for the kids. While in the area, we also popped into Big Ridge Brewing for a beverage each, which included their Cream Ale and 2 And 2 Pale Ale, both seasonal offerings.

As we enter March, Baby Sip has been to 41 breweries, 11 shy of 52 (one for each week of the first year of his life). Born on March 18, we’ll be hard pressed to get the feat done, but Mrs. Sip and I love a challenge!

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