Island Hopping

jeremy-bishop-424423-unsplash.jpg
 
ann.png
 

By: Ann Brydle, Quadra GM, Certified Sommelier & Sherry Specialist

We islanders know how to take advantage of every ounce of summer, don’t we? From hiking and camping, to swimming and canoeing, the long days of July allow us to get outside and explore the natural delights our islands have to offer. Be sure to stop by any of these island producers in between adventures and pick up a beverage to help you wind down, cool off, or celebrate with friends.

Salt Spring Island:

 
casc blog_july_saltspringwild.png

Salt Spring Wild Dry Cider

Blended from 10 different apple varieties for a deep and complex flavour. A great accompaniment to bold and smokey BBQ meats.

$14.29, 750 ml

casc blog_july_saltspringheather.png

Salt Spring Island Heather Ale

A crisp and lightly hopped ale with floral and honeynotes. Totally crushable for when you're lounging poolside.

$6.79, 650 ml

 
 
 

Hornby Island:

Middle Mountain Cyser

Honey-dipped apple flavours with overtones of sage and spice. A great accompaniment to your favourite summertime picnic foods.

$24.99, 750 ml

Pender Island:

casc blog_july_seastarsalishsea.png

Sea Star Salish Sea

intensely tropical fruit aromatics are balanced by an herbal finish and crisp acidity. This Ortega and Seigerrebe blend is the quintessential island summer wine.

$24.99, 750 ml

 

Meet the Maker: Stillhead Distillery

 
 
 

COWICHAN VALLEY’S NEWEST CRAFT DISTILLERY
Stillhead Distillery is founded by husband and wife team, Brennan and Erica Colebank, along with parents, Ron and Christal. Opening its doors in October 2017, this Cowichan Valley distillery crafts premium gin and vodka from locally grown grains and botanicals. 
 

casc blog_july_stillhead.png
 
Stillhead_brennan.png

MEET: BRENNAN COLEBANK
After working many years in the tech industry, Brennan Colebank left to pursue his dream of starting a craft distillery in the Cowichan Valley.

Brennan’s true passion in distilling lies in creating new and exciting spirits from BC farm produce. His favourite projects involve aging spirits in wood, and experimenting with different barrel types and distilling techniques to produce fine spirits. When he’s not distilling, Brennan spends most of his free time on the river or ocean. 

WHY WE LOVE THEM
Alongside their tasty products, Stillhead Distillery is committed to supporting local habitat restoration and donates to local environment focused charities.

 

Our Recommendations:

casc blog_july_stillhead gin.png

Prime 23 Gin

A classic London dry style gin, with a BC botanical twist!

$37.99, 750 ml

casc blog_july_stillhead vodka.png

Prime 1 Vodka

A clean and smooth vodka perfect for any cocktail.

$22.49, 375 ml

casc blog_july_stillhead blackberry vodka.png

Wild Blackberry Vodka

Infused with local, wild Blackberries and no artificial colours or flavours.

$24.99, 375 ml

IMG_2242.JPG
 
 
ann.png
 

By: Ann Brydle, Quadra GM, Certified Sommelier & Sherry Specialist

July 2018 Best Buys

All featured prices valid July 1-31, 2018

casc blog_july_bestbuys.png

Summer Adventures: Beach Beverages

019A5610.jpg
 
jessie.png
 

By: Jessie Fowler, Eagle Creek GM, ISG Level 2 / WSET Level 2

Summertime adventures wouldn't be complete without a day on the beach. Check out our favourite refreshing beach bevvies that are the perfect accompaniment to sand, sun and surf.

casc blog_june_malahop.png

Tod Creek Mala-hop

Now available in can, this local favourite is designed for the beach. Dry with a refreshing hoppiness.

$15.49 (4x355 ml)
Victoria, BC

casc blog_june_nudevodka.png

Nude Vodka Soda Mixer Pack

This low calorie, zero sugar vodka soda will keep you cool on those hot summer days. Bonus: proceeds go towards the BC SPCA.

$24.49 (12x355ml)
Vancouver, BC

casc blog_june_noboats.png

No Boats On Sunday Cider

Light and easy drinking. This Halifax cider is now being made in BC with local apples.

On sale: $12.99 (Reg. $13.99) (4x473ml) Okanagan, BC

Summer Adventures: Backpack Brews

adam-griffith-188558-unsplash.jpg
 
jeremy.png
 

By: Jeremy Pott, Regional Operations Manager, Certified Cicerone®

If sitting around the lake or campfire after a long day of climbing mountains is more your style, then fill your backpack with these easy-drinking and lightweight crisp beers!

 

casc blog_june_powell divebomb.png

Powell Street Dive Bomb Dark Ale

Keeping warm around the campfire sometimes calls for a darker beer. Dive Bomb Dark Ale is light, refreshing and sessionable. Flavours of caramel, toffee, chocolate and nuts with just the right amount of bitterness on the finish. Tastes great with smores!

$12.99 (4x473ml)
Vancouver, BC

casc blog_june_driftwood arcus.png

Driftwood Brewery Arcus Dry Pilsner

Clean, crisp and refreshing. The perfect beer after a long hike. 

$6.29 (650ml)
Victoria, BC

casc blog_june_category12 hiatus.png

Category 12 Hiatus Cucumber and Lemon Farmhouse Ale

Escape the daily grind and take a "haitus" on the lake. This rustic, slightly earthy ale is brightened with cucumber and lemon zest. The perfect pairing with sunshine and lake dips.

$13.29 (4x473ml)
Saanich, BC

Summer Adventures: Patio Sippers

AdobeStock_157549263.jpeg
 
ann.png
 

By: Ann Brydle, Quadra GM, Certified Sommelier & Sherry Specialist

Does the summer sun have you running for your best friend's patio? Make sure to grab one of these bottles to quench your thirst and keep you cool.

casc blog_june_roche.png

Roche Arôme

This wine is an aromatic explosion of honey suckle, tropical fruits and spring blossoms that finishes surprisingly dry. A perfect accompaniment to lounging on a sunny afternoon.

$21.49 (750ml)
Okanagan Valley, BC

casc blog_june_les auzines.png

Les Auzines Alaina Rosé

No summer wine list is complete without a peachy-pink rosé, and this one is sure to please. A strawberry and raspberry nose gives way to juicy grapefruit acidity and a long lavender finish.

$23.49 (750ml)
Languedoc, France

casc blog_june_evel.png

Evel Vinho Branco

There's more than just Port in Portugal! The aromatic blend of flowers, orchard fruit and melons in this wine will complement any summer dish, from seafood to salad.

$18.49 (750ml)
Douro, Portugal

Father's Day: Local Craft Beer Picks

kelly-sikkema-260384-unsplash.jpg
 
jeremy.png
 

Curated by: Jeremy Pott, Regional Operations Manager, Certified Cicerone®

Treat Dad to these great brews for Father’s Day!

casc blog_june_vib.png

Vancouver Island Brewery Broken Islands Hazy IPA

Big citrus fruit with a juicy finish.

$11.49 (6x341 ml)
Victoria, BC

casc blog_june_hoyne.png

Hoyne Brewing Summer Haze Honey Hefe

Light hefeweizen flavours with a touch of honey on the finish.

$5.69 (650ml)
Victoria, BC

casc blog_june_phillips.png

Phillips Brewery Tiger Shark Citra Pale Ale

Light and crisp with tropical fruit and citrus.

$9.99 (4x473ml)
Victoria, BC