I posted a picture of myself on Instagram/Twitter the other day and got some pretty funny responses. My favourite was “the man behind the tweets. It’s like seeing the wiz of Oz!” from Coralie on Twitter. I guess it never occurred to me that people wanted to know about me as well as whatever I happen to be writing about. Well, let’s fix that.
I’m Scott, I’m pretty sure most of you know my name but just in case. I was born in Edmonton, spent a few years in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, as a kid and I’ve lived in Surrey BC since early 1988. I went to Elmcrest Elementary in Mississauga, T.E. Scott Elementary and Frank Hurt Secondary School in Surrey. I have a sister who lives in Cloverdale with her husband and their 2 amazing kids and I still live within 10 minutes of my mom and dad.
I think a lot of you know about my daughter Hayley because a lot of the things I do are somehow related to her. She has Cerebral Palsy and I try to incorporate fundraising for various charities that benefit children’s organizations into any events I have. She is my hero and is the strongest person I’ve ever known.
I started this blog back in May of 2010 after Hayley came home from the hospital, she was 3 and a half months premature so she was in there for awhile. During that time I ate exclusively at restaurants and talking about them was the only normal thing that allowed me to think about something other than the hospital and whether or not my daughter was ever going to come home. The blog has evolved since the early days, It used to be called What’s For Lunch BC and was really only about what I ate for lunch. That got old pretty fast. These days I mostly write about food and adult beverages with some local politics and the occasional rant thrown in for fun.
I have a real job that is always a big shock to everyone that I meet. Most bloggers are Social Media pros, Graphic designers etc. Generally more white collar or arts related where as I fix elevators from Monday to Friday. It usually takes me awhile to get all the dirt out from under my fingernails before I attend an event but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. My job is as interesting and amazing as it sounds and that’s all I have to say about that.
I am a Craft Beer enthusiast and I love Scotch. Islay single malts are my jam but I’ve been known to wander styles and even countries. Japan is making some amazing “Scotch” at the moment. I love bacon, I don’t like avocados or coconut although with coconut it’s the texture I don’t like, not the taste.
I love sports, Hockey, Lacrosse, Football, Soccer, Golf, Motorsports. I’m an Oilers fan (feel free to unfollow me), a Seahawks and Patriots fan and a Whitecaps FC fan. I played Hockey and Lacrosse growing up and I am a HUGE believer that kids should play sports.
I had no idea that this would ever be anything more than an outlet for my random thoughts about food. I’ve met a lot of amazing people and gained many new friends because of this blog. Thanks for spending a few minutes every now and then reading about my adventures.
New Zealand craft beer is seriously popular right now and MOA beer is riding that wave right into BC courtesy of the fine folks at Beerthirst. Beerthirst has once again teamed up with the Pumphouse Pub is sunny Richmond for a 5 course beer pairing dinner. Leo and the gang at Beerthirst were kind enough to invite me to join them.
Course 1 was a delightfully fresh Thai Scallop Ceviche paired with MOA’s brilliant Methode pilsner. The ceviche was crisp and flavourful with hint of heat and citrus notes that paired perfectly with the champagne yeast and Pacifica and Motueka hops in the Methode. I liked this beer so much that I just bought 3 bottles and plan on adding it to my regular rotation.
Shrimp and corn fritters paired with MOA Pale Ale became what we referred to as course number 2… Actually that’s because it was course 2, whatever. The deep fried fritters were delicious, seasoned right and had lots of shrimpy goodness. The savoury flavours paired very well with MOA’s Pale Ale and its malty back end with subtle but fragrant and delicious Cascade and Nelson Sauvin hops. New Zealand hops are incredible.
Course 3 was the one we were all waiting for because POUTINE! Hand cut fries with caramelized onions, crisp bacon and Gorgonzola creama paired with MOA St. Joseph Belgian style tripel. The poutine, although non traditional, was outstanding. The salty bacon cut through the funky but awesome Gorgonzola while the caramelized onions added a little sweetness. The MOA St. Joseph is a nice example of a classic triple with the flair that New Zealand beers are known for. The pairing was sadly not there for me but on their own the poutine and beer were great. This dish was CRYING for a hoppy pale ale and MOA’s Five Hop would’ve been just the ticket.
The 4th course was “Wok duck”. Crispy fried duck with a sour cherry beer demi glaze paired with MOA Noir, a dark lager. This dish was sadly way off the mark. I’m hoping I just got a bad one because these longtable dinners are usually spot on. The duck wasn’t crispy and was difficult to remove from the bone. The sour cherry beer demi glaze was quite nice, I wish there was more of it on the duck. The MOA Noir is a solid example of a dark lager with strong coffee notes and an abv that’s a very sessionable 5%.
The fifth and final course was everything I hoped it would be and more. Hand made dark chocolate mocha cups filled with crunchy almond cream and topped with smoked sea salt. Wow, just… Wow. Super rich, intensely sweet but cut down by the smoked salt. Creamy, crunchy, melty, dreamy. It was paired with MOA’s stellar Imperial Stout which weighs in at a hefty 10.2% abv and tips the hop scales at over 100 IBU’s. This is a MASSIVE beer. The funny thing is that, as Chris from 16th Street Liquor Store put it, this is the only dish that could cause a huge imperial stout to act as a palate cleanser, the desert was that rich. Awesome pairing, awesome beer, awesome dish. Perfect ending to the night.
Big thanks to The Kooner Hospitality Group and Beerthirst for buying me yet another dinner, you guys rock. If you haven’t been to one of these dinners I highly recommend you check one out, they’re one of the best values in town.
The guys at Beerthirst were kind enough to invite me along as they loaded a bus full of craft beer enthusiasts and traveled around to some of Richmonds craft beer hot spots. Actually I invited myself…but they said yes so it’s pretty much the same, right? The tour made 6 stops, Fogg n’ Suds, The Kingswood Arms, Hogshack Cookhouse, Blue Canoe, O’Hares and The Pumphouse. For a full rundown of the days events check out this post at Vancouver Beer Blog, it gives a fantastic rundown of the day, blow by blow, and quite frankly my post would look almost identical if I went by the same format (nice job guys!). I’ll post some of my pics at the end of this post but what I really wanted to talk about is Beerthirst themselves.
Beerthirst is self described as an independent agent of fine crafted beer, a perfect description of what they do. They seek out great tasting beer and bring it to Canada. I can honestly say that I have yet to sample a beer that Beerthirst represents that I don’t like, seriously they have amazing taste in craft beer. They bring us beer from amazing beer producers like Elysian Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, Green Flash Brewing Company and many others. Their lineup can be found all over the lower mainland in specialty beer retailers and forward thinking restaurants and pubs.
On the Tour De Richmond I got to spend some time getting to know most of the Beerthirst team and they are terrific people with a real passion for what they do. What else can you ask for in life? Check them out online and follow Beerthirst and BeerthirstTom on Twitter and make sure you sign up for their next event, it will be awesome, guaranteed.