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A Pint fit for a Vulcan

I am sure by now everyone has heard of Leonard Nimoy’s passing. A relatively recent Trek convert, I actually saw Mr. Nimoy speak at a convention before I had even watched the original Star Trek series. I was impressed with his humour, warmth and obvious love for his fans. Stories of his cast mates hiding his bicycle during show tapings highlighted Mr. Nimoy’s good nature, and hearing him speak fondly of his friendship with William Shatner made him seem genuine and down-to-earth (no pun intended). Seeing Mr. Nimoy’s self-deferential cameos on Futurama and The Simpsons showed he could playfully poke fun at that blurry line between the man and the character he made famous. I’ll have to admit I was becoming a Spock fan.

After I returned home I embarked, with my ever-so-nerdy hubby, on my own little “trek” to figure out just why people loved the show so much. Much to my surprise I found it campy and fun with the Spock and Kirk bromance imparting a sense of heart. So in the end I joined the legions before me who have enjoyed the final frontier. 

When me husband shared the news with me that Mr. Nimoy had died he and I both felt someone unique was gone. That evening he and I shared our own form of remembrance. The hubby put on some Leonard Nimoy vinyl and I finally got around to opening my can of Vulcan Ale so I could raise a pint to his memory.

Vulcan Ale, brewed by Harvest Moon Brewing in honour of the 2013 centennial celebration of Vulcan Alberta, is an Irish red ale that pours a nice dark reddish chestnut colour with a light cream coloured head and a slightly sweet nose. Right out of the fridge this beer is pretty good though when you have to add the caveat ‘drink cold’ it does not really bode well. Pretty standard in flavour profile, malt forward, a bit of caramel sweetness and a slight toasted character. As it warmed this one seemed a little off to me but in fairness this beer may have been lingering in my fridge a little too long. Overall it was an okay beer, not bad per se but nothing I would add to my regular rotation more of a silly one-off appealing to my inner nerd.

In the end the man was far more memorable than the Vulcan Ale raised to his memory. 

Boldly go Mr. Nimoy, you are missed…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, and his arrival, along with Christianity, to Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the seventeenth century. Celebrations frequently include parades, festivals, the wearing of the green, tributes to Irish culture and Church services for the religious.


Where does Beer fit in?

For those that commemorate the religious aspect of the holiday, on St. Patrick’s Day Lenten restrictions are lifted so people are free to indulge (or overindulge) in feasting and drinking alcohol.


And why are we colouring our Beer green again?

The ‘wearing of the green’ originally referred to the act of pinning a shamrock to your clothing for the holiday. It is believed that Saint Patrick explained the Holy Trinity to people using the shamrock as an example. From this humble tradition emerged an explosion of green-hued everything to mark the day.




Don’t drink green drink red instead.

For those less than keen to add an infusion of green food colouring to their favourite brew I encourage you to think red instead as there are many great Irish Red Ales out there to help you feel a little more Irish today.


Beer Advocate describes Irish Red Ales as follows:

A bit sweet, with a lightly hopped tea-like flavor, and an even dextrinous body, Irish Red Ales are easy to please. Look for well-rounded and balanced flavors, and a pleasant toasted malt character in many examples. A drying finish is common.


Some beer choices to ponder:

3 Floyds Brian Boru Irish Brand Red Ale

Great Lakes Brewing Conway’s Irish Ale

Granville Island Brewing Irish Red

Boulevard Brewing Irish Ale

Boundary Bay Irish Red

Russell Brewing Company Luck of the Irish Red Ale

Silver City Ridgetop Red



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