Phillips Amnesiac Double IPA

Today I am drinking the Phillips Amnesiac Double IPA.

If you are a Vancouver Canucks fan this is a day to forget.  I don’t mean that it is this day which must be forgotten, but it is a day during which we may strive to forget the past.  Forget last year’s playoffs.  Forget this season.  Forget games 1-3.

Did you say “What season?”  Good!

Starting with game four tomorrow, the Canucks begin the nearly insurmountable task of recovering from a 3-0 series deficit versus a (very good) LA Kings team.  The “reverse sweep” has only occurred a few times in history.

Forget history.

If we remember history, we will remember that the Canucks have never won a Stanley Cup.  Seeing as our primary goal is achieving something that has never happened, winning four straight seems like a fitting start to the remainder of this campaign.   Besides, if the players resign, the will lose for sure, an old thing called a “self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Forget the anger.

You just have to look at Ryan Kesler’s face to understand the frustration he must feel.  Perhaps it is this anger that makes every one of his wrist shots end with the loud “pack” sound of his puck hitting the glass behind the net.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at somebody else.  You are the one who gets burned.

–Siddhartha Buddha

This team is in the process of questioning its identity.  Just because they lost game seven last year and felt out-muscled by the Bruins, they now feel that they have to play a tougher brand.  Meanwhile, the rest of the league envies their talent.  Vancouverites don’t want to see the Sedins hit people, we want to see them get hit, get up, and score.

Forget the Hodgson Trade.

Play Schneider and forget about the implications.

Forget that this is an article about a beer with a nice fresh bite that fades steadily after drinking..

Did you say “what beer article?”  Good!

Rating 4.8/5

Phillips Longboat Chocolate Porter

Phillips beers seldom disappoint. I received complements for my selection of this tall bottle from the cashier at the Port Moody Liquor Store. Although she pronounced the name wrong, she was very correct in her recommendation of this London style porter. As is quoted in the side of the bottle, “this porter is charged with a distinct chocolatey finish.”

My avoision (yes, avoision) of flavoured beers in the past is well documented, but this chocolatey porter tastes smooth, fresh and natural. The head is healthy with a caramel tint, and a moderately intense vanilla-bean aroma, and the finish is chocolatey, like those expensive Lindt chocolate bars you find at the grocery check-out. The taste of slightly bitter dark chocolate envelopes your mouth enough that you almost expect to be chewing.

When I opened this bottle, I intended to share it with my wife. Instead, I sit in front of my mac hoping to polish it off on my own.


[xrr rating=4.7/5]