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Dessert Wines 2015

May 7, 2015

Hello everyone. Hope your Spring is going well, and you're gearing up for the Summer months.

Hello everyone. Hope your Spring is going well, and you're gearing up for the Summer months.

Once again, it's that time of the year to reserve your "Dessert Wines" (or as we like to call it.. "Chocolate Intervention") for the up-coming Holiday Season. This year, we are once again offering the always popular;

Chocolate Raspberry: this dessert wine is bursting with a rich, intense flavours and aromas. Warm cherries, & plums are supported by a racy zing of bright raspberry and luscious chocolate, and,

Chocolate Orange: this intensely flavored dessert wine is full-bodied and rich, with complex aromas of bittersweet dark chocolate, along with ripe orange and marmalade flavours, and

"NEW" to the line-up, Chocolate Salted Caramel: this perfectly indulgent dessert wine is both sweet & luxurious. The velvety decadence of chocolate blends beautifully with rich, salted caramel, and is sure to become a new favorite.

Deadline for reservations will be Saturday June 6th!

To reserve your selection, simply call (250-474-2550) drop-in, or e-mail your choices. The wines will be started in September, and will be ready for bottling in November & December.

 Cheers

 "The Brew Crew"

Our 16th Anniversary Sale!

Mar 1, 2015

Hope all is well, and you're back in the groove after the "Winter Doldrums" If not, this news may help...

Hope all is well, and you're back in the groove after the "Winter Doldrums" If not, this news may help...

It's hard to believe, but this year, we are celebrating our "16th Year in Business" (time sure does fly!)

For the month of March we're offering 15% off all Beer, Wine, Ciders, & Coolers! (Brew on Premises only, Limited Editions not included).

Is it time to re-stock your wine cellar? Do you or someone you know, have a wedding happening soon?  Maybe this is the year to try one of our great tasting beers. 

Whatever your wishes, come on down to the Byou, and we'll get you set for spring!

The gang at Island Brew Byou will keep you in better spirits.

Derek & Pat

25th Anniversary LE2104

Nov 4, 2014

Well fall is definitely here, which means the 2014 Limited Edition program is almost upon us.  We are pleased to report that this year, the program will celebrate it's 25th Anniversary.

Well fall is definitely here, which means the 2014 Limited Edition program is almost upon us.  We are pleased to report that this year, the program will celebrate it's 25th Anniversary.

We are very excited about the selections being offered this year.  Winexpert has brought back a couple of favorites from previous Limited Edition programs, but has also selected two brand new reds.

For those unfamiliar with the program, the Limited Edition wines are, dollar for dollar, the best investment you can make in your wine cellar. These 8 week kits are priced like a 6 week wine, and are always incredible. 

There are three reds and two whites to chose from, and once again, we are offering the 5% "Early Payment Discount" on the January wines (if paid for in December).  You will receive 10% off of the February, March and April wines when you reserve all 5 selections in the program (discount will be applied at time of purchase).

For a detailed description of each wine, region, ageing, and food pairings, check out the following link http://www.winexpert.com/products/le14

Deadline for ordering is Friday December 5th.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call Derek at 250-474-2550.

Keeping you in Better Spirits.

Derek & Pat Kyle

Seasonal Ports

Sep 1, 2014

Hello Everyone. Hope your summer is going well, and have had a chance to enjoy the weather.  

Hello Everyone. Hope your summer is going well, and have had a chance to enjoy the weather.  

We are excited to announce that the popular Chocolate Raspberry Port, and the long awaited Blackberry Port, will be available this year.

Arriving in early September on a "first come, first served basis", we expect the approximate price will be $190.00.  Each batch normally yield's 30 x 750ml bottles or 60 x 375ml bottles.

As these ports sell out fast, we're asking that if you have not already reserved yours, contact us before  Saturday September 23rd to avoid disappointment.

You can reach us by phone at 250-474-2550 (leave a message if necessary), respond to this e-mail, or msg us on Facebook (Island Brew Byou).  We will contact you once they are available.

Hope the remainder of your summer is great.

 Cheers

Derek & Pat Kyle

Island Brew Byou is 15 years Old!!! Hoopla!

Mar 1, 2014

Hard to believe, but yes, we're celebrating our 15th Anniversary in March! What a ride!

Hard to believe, but yes, we're celebrating our 15th Anniversary in March! What a ride!

It hasn't been easy, but the one thing that has stayed constant, is you, our Customers.  Some of you have been with us since the beginning, while others have just recently joined us.

To all of you, we say Thank-You. Thank-you for sticking with us through the good and the bad.  You are what keeps us going.

To show you our appreciation, we are offering 15% off all Beer, Wine, Ciders, and Coolers for the month of March. (Brew on Premises only, Limited Edition not included)

Maybe you, or someone you know has a Wedding coming up? Want to stock up for the Summer? Or maybe try your hand at something new?.  Now is the perfect opportunity. Get a jump on it and call, or drop in for a visit, we'd love to see you.

Once again, we would like to thank-you for your patronage during these past 15 years, and we look forward to Keeping You in Better Sprits for the next 15!

Cheers

Derek & Pat Kyle

Happy New Year...Where have I been?

Jan 13, 2011

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year. For those of you who follow this, I apologize for not keeping up with new submissions, but I find myself repeating that old adage that "if you don't have anything good to say, don't say it". Alas, I haven't had many earth shaking thoughts on anything specific since my last entry, and to be honest, my thoughts and opinions can be quite blunt at times, (just ask anyone who knows me personally) and this being a business website, (not my personal soap box) I feel it is not the proper venue. So, in the future, I will endeavour to keep it Wine & Beer related. (Which I'm sure will prove to be challenging at times what with the Political, Economical, Social, mess we're in. Oh no, I feel myself going over to the Dark Side...must...stop...

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year. For those of you who follow this, I apologize for not keeping up with new submissions, but I find myself repeating that old adage that "if you don't have anything good to say, don't say it". Alas, I haven't had many earth shaking thoughts on anything specific since my last entry, and to be honest, my thoughts and opinions can be quite blunt at times, (just ask anyone who knows me personally) and this being a business website, (not my personal soap box) I feel it is not the proper venue. So, in the future, I will endeavour to keep it Wine & Beer related. (Which I'm sure will prove to be challenging at times what with the Political, Economical, Social, mess we're in. Oh no, I feel myself going over to the Dark Side...must...stop...

What a Party!!

Mar 1, 2010

Well it's over, 17 days of total "right-on"! Do you still Believe? Pat & I were talking yesterday during the closing ceremonies, and both agree, we've never watched so much of the Olympics before, and have never been so caught up in the wave of enthusiasm, camaraderie, and in your face patriotism, as we have these games. We were fortunate to get over to Vancouver 2 Saturdays ago, to "take it all in" and see the masses at Robson Square first hand. Man, I've never been more proud to be a Canadian than I was that evening. Over 100,000 people were in the streets, most in Canadian gear and face paint, high fiveing, laughing, and just enjoying each other's company (we didn't see one fight or harsh word spoken, another testament to how much people were into the moment) The spontaneous singing of our National Anthem by the masses brought tears to our eyes, and made our hearts burst with pride. Watching our athletes do us proud, the volunteers smiling and helping visitors, and the media actually focus on the good for a change made it all worthwhile. Who can forget when Alexandre Bilodeau (his wheelchair bound brother standing and cheering him on) won the countries first gold medal on home soil. Will you remember where you were when the men's hockey team won the gold? (Thanks to all the gang at Crossroads Bar & Grill for a  fantastic Olympic hockey party!) Man even the commercials were emotional, and inspiring.

Well it's over, 17 days of total "right-on"! Do you still Believe? Pat & I were talking yesterday during the closing ceremonies, and both agree, we've never watched so much of the Olympics before, and have never been so caught up in the wave of enthusiasm, camaraderie, and in your face patriotism, as we have these games. We were fortunate to get over to Vancouver 2 Saturdays ago, to "take it all in" and see the masses at Robson Square first hand. Man, I've never been more proud to be a Canadian than I was that evening. Over 100,000 people were in the streets, most in Canadian gear and face paint, high fiveing, laughing, and just enjoying each other's company (we didn't see one fight or harsh word spoken, another testament to how much people were into the moment) The spontaneous singing of our National Anthem by the masses brought tears to our eyes, and made our hearts burst with pride. Watching our athletes do us proud, the volunteers smiling and helping visitors, and the media actually focus on the good for a change made it all worthwhile. Who can forget when Alexandre Bilodeau (his wheelchair bound brother standing and cheering him on) won the countries first gold medal on home soil. Will you remember where you were when the men's hockey team won the gold? (Thanks to all the gang at Crossroads Bar & Grill for a  fantastic Olympic hockey party!) Man even the commercials were emotional, and inspiring.

I know there will be a reckoning of sorts now that the hangover is here, but for 17 days, this Province showed the world why this country is so great, and I hope that somehow we can hang onto this feeling for a little while longer, we Canadians deserve it! Well done Canada!!

 

It's time for Canada to shine

Feb 12, 2010

Today's Opening Ceremonies marks a long almost 8 year journey in which we as British Columbians have gone thru more ups and downs than a proverbial toilet seat. We cheered when it was announced that we won the privelage of hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, and watched as mountains were moved (literally) on the Sea-to-Sky highway (if you haven't been on this stunning drive in awhile, do it, albeit after the games, (Pat & I haden't been to Whistler for over 15 years when we drove up last Feb) the road is a engineering marvel! We cringed when it was announced how much this party was going to cost, and sighed in resignation when the now infamous "cost overuns" started filtering down. Cries of wasting money, poor priorities, missed opportunities, have been ringing out for the last 4 years, and yet, here we are, showcasing our beautiful province and waving the Canadian Flag for the whole world to see. I know the naysayers are still pissed, and the protesters are going to be out in force (notice that the protesters are always out regardless of the day of the week, I guess "average" people have jobs and responsibiliies that we can't neglect, protesters?..not much, but I digress)

Today's Opening Ceremonies marks a long almost 8 year journey in which we as British Columbians have gone thru more ups and downs than a proverbial toilet seat. We cheered when it was announced that we won the privelage of hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, and watched as mountains were moved (literally) on the Sea-to-Sky highway (if you haven't been on this stunning drive in awhile, do it, albeit after the games, (Pat & I haden't been to Whistler for over 15 years when we drove up last Feb) the road is a engineering marvel! We cringed when it was announced how much this party was going to cost, and sighed in resignation when the now infamous "cost overuns" started filtering down. Cries of wasting money, poor priorities, missed opportunities, have been ringing out for the last 4 years, and yet, here we are, showcasing our beautiful province and waving the Canadian Flag for the whole world to see. I know the naysayers are still pissed, and the protesters are going to be out in force (notice that the protesters are always out regardless of the day of the week, I guess "average" people have jobs and responsibiliies that we can't neglect, protesters?..not much, but I digress)

Weather has become the hot button topic as we enjoy another typical West Coast winter. (to the many thousands coming for the games, it doesn't always rain this much in Vancouver, although it's official city flower is mildew) Truckloads of snow are saving the day, and the countless thousands of Volunteers are putting their collective "best foot forward" and doing what they do best, which is... making us Lotuslanders proud. For us on this side of the straits, unless you were fortunate to score tickets, will be watching events unfold on the big screen, in Pubs and homes,  and hoping the "Own The Podium" mantra is not just just somes catchy slogan. Myself, I'll be wearing my red mittens and cheering on our athletes, (not dwelling on the negative like alot of gloomy gusses) Why? It's simple really, after having gone thru this back in 76' in Montreal where I'm from, the camaraderie, sense of communty, and overall pride, made it an event to remember, and this time around our athletes are better trained and more prepared than any Olympics in history! Also, my philosphy is, if we're going to have a economic hangover (not the 30 year hangover Montreal coped with) we may as well "giv'er" and enjoy the moment. So my friends, I encourage you to break out the flags, sing loud and proud our national anthem, and pray to the Hockey Gods that our Women make it three in a row, and our men's team kick butt and take names. GO CANADA GO!!!

Happy New Year

Jan 13, 2010

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Well I hope everyone had a great holiday season with family & friends. Pat & I wish everyone a prosperous New Year (better then 2009 for sure!)

I'm officially welcoming everyone to our spanking new Website, and hope to get some feedback from you. For those of you who know me (Derek aka "Computer Luddite") this is "way out" of my comfort zone as I have a "hate-hate" relationship with computers. My typing skills will never win a speed award, alas, writing a Blog is akin to getting my eye-balls tattooed, but I'm willing to stretch, if you're willing to be patient.

I will be posting some thoughts, whimsys, (must find spell check feature real soon!!) anecdotes, and maybe a rant or story once in awhile. (rest assured dear reader, I won't be alone on this journey, as my brothers, Cabernet & Merlot, along with my cousins, Lager & Ale will be providing ideas and inspiration!)

So with that in mind I will sign off for now, and muse later.