Steel & Oak Blog

Rousing Yeast in German Wheat Beers

One question I get asked a lot is “what’s the deal with the layer of yeast at the bottom of your wheat beers?”  When I tell people “that’s where the good stuff is” I always get a confused look in return. This got me thinking that with the release of this

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Steinbier Collaboration With Freigeist

A while ago I wrote about our VCBW Collaboration and how I didn’t entirely agree with Stephen Smysnuik of The Growler BC on collabs being a regular brew day. Stephen should have attended this collab. We partnered up with Sebastian Sauer of Freigeist Bierkultur out of Germany to make an old

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A Note on the City of New West

I’m a pusher of New Westminster. I think it’s the best city in the entire world and I love it with all of my heart. I was born here, I grew up here, we opened our brewery here, and my wife (also from New West) and I will be raising

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Camaraderie and Kindness in Beer

Anytime I do an interview the same question always gets asked. “You guys all seem like friends in the beer industry, even though you are technically in competing businesses. What’s that all about?” As I’m writing this it’s been just 20 hours since I received the news that our Head

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On Setting Up Fermentation Tanks

There were a lot of things we didn’t know when we first started to build Steel & Oak. One of those things was how to erect tanks and put them where you want them. However, we learned fast and don’t want to brag but feel like we’re almost experts at

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On Turning 2

This month Steel & Oak turns 2!  For a company as young as ours we’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed many fantastic moments and have been able to cram what feels like 10 years worth of learning into 24 months. As a 2 year old in a relatively young

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This is what Beer Collaborations actually look like.

This post is long overdue and I’m pretty confident that Tu Meke is actually sold out everywhere (with the exception of the few kegs we saved for Vancouver Craft Beer Week) so I won’t write about how happy we were with how the beer turned out and how you should rush

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United Front Braunbier

Victoria, BC (May 21, 2015) – In the spirit of collaboration and advancement of craft beer, Vancouver Island Brewery and Steel & Oak Brewing Company have poured over the recipe book to revive a classic German specialty beer. VIB and S&O are proud to present United Front Braunbier, a traditional

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Tap Takeover Smiths Pub

Victoria! This Wednesday we takeover 6 taps at Smiths Pub! Altbier // Royal City Ale // Dry Hopped ESB // Smoked Hefe // Red Pilsner // United Front Braunbier Takeover starts at 4pm and goes late!

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Longtail Kitchen Longtable Dinner

We are pumped to be partnering up with our friends from Longtail Kitchen once again for an incredible 8 course feast with some really cool Steel & Oak beers! Details: Date: Thursday June 11th Time: 6pm Location: Start at S&O for snacks, beer and a tour. Then we will walk

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Bottles by Steel & Oak

After almost a year since we first opened our doors we are happy to report that bottles by Steel & Oak have now been sent to Private Liquor stores across BC. Smoked Hefeweizen, Red Pilsner, and our Dark Lager will be the first of our flagship beers to make their

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Growler Care

One of the questions we get asked the most is how to take care of your growler when it is not filled with beer! Follow the below steps to ensure that the next batch of beer to go in your 1 or 2L vessel will not be compromised. Never use detergent

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Steel & Oak x Four Winds Gratzer

We’ve released a brand new collaboration beer with our friends at Four Winds Brewing Co! The Steel & Oak x Four Winds Gratzer is a traditional Polish beer made with oak-smoked wheat malt, German hops, and is fermented with lactobacillus. Pouring a dark copper with a thick tanned head a distinct smokey

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