- I like beer.
- I really, really like Phillips beer. When Spencer and I spent a month in Victoria almost two years ago, Phillips was our go-to beer. We’d follow up our bike rides with a pint (or two) of Phillips’ Blue Buck.
The quick-and-dirty on Phillips: Eleven years ago, Victoria’s Matt Phillips (that’s him above) decided he wanted to make beer. He dreamt of setting up an artisanal brewery dedicated to making unique beers. He went to various banks looking for a loan. All said no. So Matt collected every credit card application available, brought them home and applied the same day. With these cards, he purchased brewing equipment and set up shop in a tiny warehouse that served as home and workplace for the next two years. Today, and two warehouses later, Phillips is now one of BC’s most popular breweries.
Last Thursday, Matt and Phillips marketing manager Simon Myttenar treated us to a few flights of beer and a lesson in beer-ology. The Blue Buck remains my favourite; it’s an English pale ale that’s dangerously drinkable. I also really liked the Longboat Chocolate Porter (tastes like a combo of beer and chocolate milk!) and Analogue 78 (makes me crave a patio and a summer day).
Did you know that beer is a better choice than wine when it comes to matching cheese? The bubbles in beer help you pick up more flavours in the cheese and the broad range of beer varieties means more options to enhance and contrast the taste of cheese.
Simon kindly sent me a few beer-and-cheese combos that the Phillips’ team uses in-house for beer-and cheese tastings. How fun would it be to pick up all these products and put together a little tasting for friends?
(Here’s the link to the Phillips’ beer fridge. It’ll give you all the details on the beers.)
How to Do A Phillips Beer and Cheese Tasting
- Blue Buck Pale Ale: ‘Chevre Frais’ (France, goat milk/pasteurized)
- Analogue 79 Kolsch: ‘Etorki‘ (France, sheep milk/pasteurized)
- Amnesiac: ‘Chevalier’ (Quebec, cow milk/pasteurized)
- Hop Circle IPA: ‘FOL EPI’ (France, cow milk/pasteurized)
- Longboat Chocolate Porter: ‘Cave Aged Gruyere’ (Switzerland, cow milk unpasteurized & organic)
- Barrel Aged Scotch Ale: Bleu Bénédictin of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac (Quebec, cow milk/pasteurized)
- Mash-Up Porter: ‘West Country Farmhouse Cheddar‘ (England, cow milk/pasteurized)
- Skookum Nut Brown Ale: ‘Mont St. Benoit’ (Quebec, cow milk/pasteurized)
- Ginger Ale: ‘Pecorino Antico Mugello’ (Spain, sheep milk/pasteurized)
- Slipstream Cream Ale: ‘Alpindon’ (B.C.,cow milk/ unpasteurized & organic)
Or you can head to National, order a flight of Phillips draughts and bunch of oysters. Less effort, still fun.