On this day of Thanksgiving in Canada, the Hounds have dispersed to their respective families, each grateful for many things this year.
At a recent event, an inquisitive young lady asked us, “Who are the Canadian Beer Hounds?” The answer is simple and complicated at the same time. The simple answer is that we’re a bunch of people (guys and gals) who treat beer like a fine wine. We drink it because we enjoy the complexity found in various styles of beer and we celebrate the experience in tasting each one. The more convoluted answer is that we are all from different backgrounds, different careers, ages, social statuses and relationship states. About the only commonality we share amongst ourselves is our appreciation of quality beer (and that we all think we’re awesome!).
Next question people generally ask is, “How did we choose the name?” That stems from the face of the Hounds – a boxer named Angus (pictured in this blog). At four months old, Angus was caught stealing beer during a house party, in which he grabbed a bottle of Granville Island’s Lion’s Winter Ale by the neck and tipped its contents into his mouth. After that initial introduction to beer, everyone had to learn to be very careful when around him to ensure he wouldn’t steal their beverage. A: It isn’t good for him; and B: Not many people are willing to drink from a bottle after a dog has slobbered on it.
So, Angus the Beer Hound developed a reputation early on in his young life. As he continued to grow, everyone realized that he was the most laid back boxer they’d ever seen. People would flock around Angus to take photos of him chill-axing in somebody’s arms. During house party beer tastings, he would sit like a child in people’s laps as we sampled different beer. It was during one of these sessions and after sampling a few too many different brews that the creative juices started to flow amongst the participants and the name Canadian (because we’re all Canadian) Beer Hounds was born.
Now, don’t confuse us with the types who just drink to get drunk, inebriated or schnockered…whatever term you relate to getting stupidly hammered. We learned our lessons the hard way and found that when sampling multiple brews in a night, by the fifth or sixth round, nobody is giving relevant answers and remembering a favourite beer the next day is nearly impossible. We now focus on appreciating the hard work of the brewmaster who developed the creation we are sampling.
Our main purpose is to share what we enjoy with those who will listen/read/associate with a bunch of laid back people who enjoy a good pint (or two).
In an age where social media has given everyone a voice, we hope to add value to those who follow us by introducing them to something we enjoy. We don’t know where this journey will lead us but we hope to meet interesting people, develop some great friendships, try fantastic beer and live the experiences that create unbelievable bar legends.
Cheers to you all!
Canadian Beer Hounds