Hoyne Brewing Company Presents their 2nd Annual Beer and Bloomsday Short Fiction Contest

 

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Hoyne Brewing Company and partners present their 2nd annual short fiction contest in honour of James Joyce and Bloomsday. The aim is to provide new writers with a fun opportunity to expose their work, while introducing them to the world of James Joyce’s Ulysses. All proceeds from the contest and event will be donated to Literacy Victoria.

All entrants and volunteers will be invited to the James Joyce Bistro Bloomsday event on June 16th. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to read (or have their work read) after the Ulysses presentation, followed by the awards presentation. The shortlisted entries will be displayed at the event and published in our blog and newsletter. All proceeds from the contest, silent auction and $1 from every Hoyne pint sold at the event will be donated to Literacy Victoria.

Prizes:

1st: Festival pass and one night accommodation to the Sunshine Coast Writers Festival (Total value $500)
2nd: $200 to Russell Books
3rd: Hoyne Brewing Hoodie & $50 gift card redeemable at the James Joyce Bistro
4th: Hoyne swag pack
5th: Hoyne swag pack

Judging Panel:

Sean Hoyne – Owner, Hoyne Brewing Company

Ian Henderson – Chair, UVic Writing Dept

Susan Reece – Chair, Literacy Victoria

Shayne Avec I Grec – Poet Publisher (Oratorealish)

Devon Tatton – Greater Victoria Library

Vruti Patel – Greater Victoria Library

 

Partners and Sponsors:

Russell Books
James Joyce Bistro

Literacy Victoria
UVic Writing Dept.

 

Entry fee: a minimum $5 donation per submission to Literacy Victoria (entrants can submit multiple pieces).

For online submissions:

Step 1. Go to the Literacy Victoria website (http://www.literacyvictoria.org/) to make your donation. Record the donation confirmation number.

Step 2. Email your submission to Hoyne Brewing at events@hoynebrewing.ca as a pdf. or doc. and include the donation confirmation number in your email.

For drop off or mailed entries:

All entries must be typed and double spaced on one side of standard 8½ x 11 paper and submitted with a cheque (no cash please) made out to Literacy Victoria and a separate sheet with contact info.

Hoyne Brewing Company, 101-2740 Bridge St. Victoria, BC. V8T 5C5. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than June 4th.

Hoyne Brewing Company will match all donations.
Word limit: 200 words (entries above the word limitation will be disregarded).
Content: Narrative must take place within 24hrs and include a reference to any 1 Hoyne beer brand name. e.g. Dark Matter, Devil’s Dream, Summer Haze…

Choose one of the following quotes from Ulysses as the inspiration for your story. Please specify which quote you have used at the top of your entry.

Quote 1 If he had smiled why would he have smiled?  To reflect that each one who enters imagines himself to be the first to enter whereas he is always the last term of a preceding series even if the first term of a succeeding one, each imagining himself to be first, last, only and alone, whereas he is neither first nor last nor only nor alone in a series originating in and repeated to infinity.

Quote 2 A warm human plumpness settled down on his brain.  His brain yielded.  Perfume of embraces all him assailed.  With hungered flesh obscurely, he mutely craved to adore.

Quote 3 Gob, there’s many a true word spoken in jest.  One of those mixed middlings he is.  …It’d be an act of God to take hold of a fellow the like of that and throw him in the bloody sea.  Justifiable homicide, so it would.  Then sloping off with his five quid without putting up a pint of stuff like a man.  Give us your blessing.  Not as much as would blind your eye.

Must be 19 years or older to enter and a resident of British Columbia.  Submissions must include a title, the word count and the quote used. Include your name, age, address, phone number, email address and the title of your piece in the email or on a separate piece of paper – your name should not be on the submission. Judges will be looking for the best interpretation of the quote selected, with special prizes for most humourous and most ‘Joycean’ entries. All entries must be previously unpublished material and not currently under consideration in any other contest or competition. Entries will not be returned. 

The deadline for entries is Saturday June 4th @ Midnight

Shortlisted entries will be notified by email on Friday June 10th and the winners announced on June 16th, 2016 at James Joyce Bistro Bloomsday event. For more information, contact Val at val@hoynebrewing.ca

Join our Vancouver team!

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As one of B.C’s fastest growing Craft Breweries, we are looking to expand our Lower Mainland team!

This exciting Sales Representative position will be responsible for the acquisition of new business and the management of existing business within a dedicated territory in the Lower Mainland/BC Interior. Your passion for craft beers and desire to provide exceptional customer service is clearly demonstrated through your enthusiasm and effectiveness in the market. In this role you will sell primarily to the retail (LRS and LDB) channels, with some On-premise accounts.

 

 

Responsibilities include:

• Introduction of new products, while ensuring listings of existing products
• Be up for the challenge and grow market share in the increasingly crowded craft beer sector
• Secure and build displays, seek to create and execute additional marketing opportunities
• Set up and attend festivals, in-store tastings, beer dinners etc.
• Make sure product is rotated and well positioned
• Consistently deliver exceptional service and product knowledge
• Build lasting relationships with accounts, grow brand equity with beer advocates and the wider community
• Administrative duties (sales reports, budget management), competency with Excel required.
• Support distribution where needed (must be able to lift 50lbs)

Requirements:
• Post-secondary education in business or marketing an asset
• Knowledge of and passion for craft beer
• 2-3yrs Hospitality/Bev Alcohol experience, especially in retail channel
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Drive, integrity and professionalism
• Valid Drivers’ License
• Must have a strong work ethic, exceptional problem solving and negotiating skills
• Willingness to work evenings/weekends and overnight travel required

EMAIL RESUMES to info@hoynebrewing.ca and val@hoynebrewing.ca.  Make your cover letter count~What makes you the ideal candidate for this position?!  We will reply to applicants who are shortlisted for interviews. 

Hoyne Brewing Company provides a competitive salary, company car and group benefits.

#101-2740 Bridge St., Victoria, BC V8T 5C5 250-590-5758 hoynebrewing.ca

Out of Bounds Pub Journey!

In celebration of Victoria Beer Week, we invite you to join our Out of Bounds Pub Journey!

From March 4th – March 12th, pick up your Out of Bounds passport at the Hoyne Growler station or any participating pub listed.  You will then be on your way to winning some awesome prizes!!  Simple enough- enjoy a fresh beer on tap, collect a stamp and be on your way!!

1st Prize:  Tofino Food & Wine Festival!  (Two night stay for two people at Pacific Sands)

2nd Prize:  4 tickets to the Great Canadian Beer Festival, gcbf.com

3rd Prize:  2 tickets to Fernwood Bites,  fernwoodnrg.ca

Once you have collected a minimum of 4 stamps from a minimum of 2 territories, drop off your passport by Friday March 18th at The Hoyne Brewing Growler Station and enter to win! 

More information and contest details in attached posters.

Growler Station hours:

Mon – Fri: noon to 6 pm
Sat: 11 am – 6 pm
Sun: CLOSED

Thank you for drinking responsibly and making arrangements for a safe ride!

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Wolf Vine

With the tremendous response we have had about this year’s batch of Wolf vine, I have been asked to give some insight into the process and ingredients that makes this special beer.

Firstly, I would like to shed some light on the hops, and the choices that surround the hopping of this beer. In previous years, we have used Centennial hops grown and harvested by the Sartori Hop Farm. This year we departed from that approach. We decided to give an even smaller hop farm an opportunity to get a start. Half of the hops we used in this year’s batch are Cascade hops grown and harvested by the Hope Bay Hop Farm on Pender Island. This is only their second year of production (normally hop plants take three years to reach maturity), so their hops were noticeably younger, with a “greener” aroma, than we would normally expect, but we used them anyway! The second half of our hop supply were Centennial hops from the Chilliwack Hop Farm.

Secondly, I would like to mention something about Wet Hops. Much like the variances that occur in the growing of grapes, terroir plays an incredible role in the final outcome. It influences hop aroma, it plays a role in other factors like alpha acids, beta acids, cohumulones, etc. This is really the beauty of a Wet Hopped beer; you never really know exactly how it is going to turn out! For those of you who notice a difference between this year’s batch and last year’s, you are absolutely correct. This is as it should be. This year’s crop of hops was undeniably effected by the long hot dry summer we had, the hops matured quickly and had a slightly more grassy notes to them.

With regards to the process, here is how it works: the farmer determines when the hops are at their peak, and harvests them. On that same day, the hops are brought to the brewery, where we put them into our cold room for an overnight stay. (The cold room smells like hop heaven!) In the morning we mash in, create the sweet wort, boil it for 90 minutes, all as per usual, then we add all the hops (a very considerable pile indeed), back into our sweet wort, circulate it for half an hour or so, extracting all the beautiful hop aroma and flavour, then cool the wort down and pitch the yeast.

This year’s batch has an undeniably stronger hop aroma than previous batches, it borders on grassy with some earthiness (if that is a word?) and a slight spiciness. From the avalanche of tremendous feedback we have received, it seems these flavours and aromas are enjoyable to many of you. For those of you who sense a difference, you are not wrong, and that is the fun of a ‘once-a-year’ beer.

One final note: we very purposefully make our Wet Hopped Beer a Pale Ale, not an IPA. We feel that the fullness of hop flavour, hop aroma, and depth of hop character, does not need to be masked by overwhelming hop bitteness. This of course is only a personal opinion.

I hope you enjoy this year’s Wolf Vine Wet Hopped Pale Ale, it will only be here for a very short time, and we look forward to the mysteries that next year’s batch will hold!

Cheers,
Sean Hoyne

 

Wolf

 

Join our Hoyne team-Office Assistant/Growler Station Representative-position filled :-)

Office Assistant and Growler Station Representative–Full time, Tuesday – Saturday

Do you Love craft beer, have amazing organizational & troubleshooting skills, have a ‘Yes!’ attitude and enjoy interacting with the public? We are looking for a personable, enthusiastic and hardworking individual to be a part of our office team and growler station team. If you enjoy working in a high paced, dynamic environment then read on!

Job Description:

This person will be working primarily as our office assistant and will be responsible for various office duties, including answering the telephone, taking orders, billing, filing and A/R. Patience, excellent communication and attentive customer service will be of utmost importance. This position requires someone with a strong eagerness to learn and ability to problem solve situations. When not working in the office, this person will be working in the growler station, providing the best possible experience to all of our customers, as well as be responsible for counting inventory, restocking, using our POS system, keeping the growler station and other areas clean and fulfill other duties where needed. This position requires some heaving lifting.

Who we are looking for:

Someone who is reliable & trustworthy, organized, sees tasks to completion and able to meet deadlines, dynamic, creative, loves craft beer and truly enjoys interacting with the public. We are looking for a self-directed, tidy, confident individual who has a positive can-do attitude. Administration experience, customer service and/or hospitality experience is highly desired. Having a Serving it Right Certificate is mandatory for this position.

If you think you are the right fit for our company, are a Hoyne beer enthusiast and love to ‘get the job done’, stop by the growler station (Mon – Fri noon – 6pm & Sat 11am – 6pm) with your resume. We will NOT be accepting any resumes via email. Deadline is Thursday, August 13th. The position will commence at the beginning of September. Thank you!

Join our Hoyne growler station team!! Now hiring!-position filled :-)

Growler Station Representative –Full time, Tuesday – Saturday

Do you Love craft beer, have lots of energy, have a ‘Yes!’ attitude and enjoy interacting with the public? We are looking for a personable, enthusiastic and hardworking individual to be a part of our growler station team. If you enjoy working in a high paced, dynamic environment then read on!

Job Description:
This person is responsible for creating a welcoming environment and providing the best possible experience to all of our brewery customers by developing relationships that promote sales and brand loyalty. In addition to the excellent customer service you will provide our customers, you will be responsible for counting inventory and restocking, using our POS system, keeping the growler station and other areas clean and performing the daily cash out. This position requires some heavy lifting as well as managing keg rentals and returns. You will also support the office with various administration duties such as filing, answering the telephone or other various tasks.

Who we are looking for:
Someone who is reliable & trustworthy, dynamic, creative, loves craft beer and truly enjoys interacting with the public. We are looking for a self-directed, tidy, confident individual who has a positive can-do attitude. Customer service or hospitality experience is highly desired. Having a Serving it Right Certificate is mandatory for this position.

If you think you are the right fit for our company, are a Hoyne beer enthusiast and have a passion for craft beer in general, stop by the growler station (Mon – Fri noon – 6pm & Sat 11am – 6pm) with your resume. We will not be accepting any resumes via email. Deadline is Thursday, August 13th. The position will commence at the beginning of September. Thank you!

A Brewer’s Fob

This really is an obligatory post: a rant, a pontification, a line in the sand. It’s been a long while that I’ve been collecting these thoughts and values. And finally, I have a place to put them!

Simply put, we believe in fine beer.

We are all done being told by the big business crowd that cold equals good, (I would name names, but don’t want to be hunted down by a silver bullet…oops) or that terms like micro-carbonation and cold–filtered actually mean something. Better yet, if I buy their product I have a chance of finding myself on an airplane surrounded by girls, and on my way to the super-bowl.

Baffle-gab, hog-wash, horse-shit. There, I said it. Let’s just have a great beer, one we can actually taste and enjoy for what it is: a finely crafted, locally made, great-tasting beer.

It seems simple. And here’s the best part: it has been happening for a very long time. Throughout much of the last several thousand years, brewers have been making beer in small batches, and people have been happily enjoying it in close proximity to where it was made. Seems blindingly obvious.

It has only been in the last several decades that we have allowed ourselves to become complacent and let the big guys tell us what is best for us. That is, dumbing the beer down by filling it with refined sugars, chemicals and preservatives, filtering it into anoxeria, and throwing marketing dust in our eyes to mask their bland fizzy swill.

A revolution was needed. A renaissance of the Micro-Brewery. Our proclamation saying we actually prefer taste to gimmickry, we are not afraid of big flavour, we love the taste and aroma of hops, we don’t support the fuzzy logic of transporting beer across the continent, or ocean, and we are here to stay. Get used to it. Get out of the way if you won’t lend a hand.

In the words of Daltry and Townshend, “We won’t be fooled again.”

Featured on Mosaic

Big thanks to Grady Mitchell, and the entire crew at Mosaic for coming by the other day for an interview, and a few glasses of beer. We’re big fans of what they’re doing, and with a bit of loudmouth soup in me, I gave away all my brewmaster secrets.

Kidding, of course.

Hoyne Brewing Co. did, however, get featured on their blog. And we are pumped! Thanks, Mosaic, for contributing to the success of our launch by helping spread the word.

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