Archive for November, 2010

An ode to a brick

Albeit it is probably coveted more in this city than most, the noble brick is still mostly looked past, walked over, and (gasp!) spat on. Poor brick.

If it were not for you, with your valiant and true form, our cozy Acres would be but a flat bit of turf.
And if it were not for you, with your humble and rosy appearance, our winding streets would be mere pavement.
And, dear brick, if it were not for you, aged but not broken by time, we would be without memory of the modest beginnings and long history of this neighbourhood.

To the brick! We thank you for your unwavering support.

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And mortar - you ain't so bad either.

posted 27 Nov 10 in: uncategorized   ·   No Comments

New Beer Wednesday: Rochefort 10!

Open this page in a new window to listen while browsing.

Just got in Rochefort 10... so tasty - rich, dark, fruity, and an oh so complex nature. It's amazing, really. To illustrate, here is our recreation of Rochefort 10 as it excites your palate and intrigues your senses:

posted 24 Nov 10 in: 6A playlists, beer, blog, videos   ·   No Comments

Bring Back The Clepsydra!

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Daylight Saving Time (DST) is a drag. Sure, we all embrace that glorious extra hour of sunlight in the summer, fully aware of the repercussions of a better tan & bonus patio time. None the less, it always comes as shock to see the the "sun" retreating behind the hills at 4:15. So, what's the deal? After a brief dig-about, it became evident that modern DST is rather selfish in its origins. One of DST's pioneering minds collected insects in his spare time, and wanted more daylight after work to better enable his hunt. Another guy was an avid golfer, and disliked cutting short his round at dusk. Fair enough, but why so inflexible? Surely we can devise a system that accounts for maximum exposure whilst reducing the winter doldrums. Perhaps we should bring back the clepsydra? Why not pay a guy to stand atop a floating platform with a harpoon pointer while a series of gears rotate a cylinder that ensures hour lengths are consistent with the current date? Sounds incredible! Until then, allow me to remind you how nice it is to be soaked in candle glow, sipping, munching, while watching a myriad of reflected colours & shapes parade upon the damp cobblestones. Not so bad...

posted 16 Nov 10 in: acres updates, blog, gastown   ·   No Comments

Bathroom Audio Contest

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Going to the washroom at Six Acres can be an interesting experience. Whether it's Captain Nemo hijacking your lip gloss, or the call of a water buffalo shaking your focus. Whether it's an unexpected lesson in conversational Hindi, or the apocalyptic broadcast of an extra terrestrial war. Whatever the occasion, there's always something to keep you company in your most private moments.

With this in mind, we present a NEW CONTEST. Submit your favourite strangeness, bits of humour or dashes of intrigue. Bring it on, get crazy! In exchange for the winning effort, we offer 100 ACRES DOLLARS for your eating & drinking pleasure. You can send an MP3 or compressed file to contests@sixacres.ca, drop by a CD, or..? Please ensure that we have your contact information, and good luck!

posted 5 Nov 10 in: acres updates, blog, contests   ·   No Comments

Six Acres circa 7000 B.C.

7000 B.C.

It was a good millennium all around - folks started digging gold and copper, beekeeping gets serious, and the cultivation of rice and yams is the hottest craze. A formative 9000 years later and we have Dogfish Head Brewery teaming up with a fine archeologist by the name of Patrick to recreate the fruits of all those Neolithic labours - a cool, malt beverage.

Chateau Jiahu is brewed from rice, muscat grapes, honey, hawthorn fruit, and sake yeast (no gold or yams though). No doubt beer has changed a lot since 7000 B.C., so you'd best to expect big flavours from this 10% brew. Sweet grapes and honey come forward - think something like a Sauternes - with subtle carbonation, a little citrus, and warming alcohol at the end.

If only they had apple pie in those days...

posted 4 Nov 10 in: acres updates, beer, blog   ·   2 Comments