UBC? Would that be the University of British Columbia? Well, yes, but no, not in this case. UBC is a fine institution, a seat of learning where several of the post secondary students I work with are studying, but all that is far too highbrow for this particular post. That said, although it is summer, with less focus on education-related work than usual, important research has to continue. (If you’re still with me, thank you, but be warned, this post has absolutely no point – but there will be a pint…)

Somewhat hazy

The header photo already gives it away, but my learning in recent weeks has been more focused on the other UBC here in Ucluelet. Yes, the Ucluelet Brewing Company! Since throwing open (and then closing, due to pandemic) their sturdy wooden doors almost three years ago, I’ve really hankered after enjoying an unhurried pint on the outside patio overlooking the water – and my office across the bay! (I think doing so demonstrates my deep commitment to things I love – learning and beer – how professional is that?)

I’ve completed some worthwhile research here

We’ve enjoyed several evenings inside the converted church, but timing or weather hadn’t allowed us to get outside. A few weeks back, one Saturday afternoon, I happened to be out and about running some essential errands. I was heading down the hill about 2pm and glanced up at the brewery, thinking it was bound to be busy. An empty patio?! Goodness.

Essential! (Thank you, universe)

Bearing in mind I’d set out to complete some essential errands that could not be delayed, I did the right thing, which was why, a few minutes later, I was sat up on the balcony overlooking the water, a lovely pint of Harbour View Hazy Pale ale close to hand. Did someone say essential errands?

Almost summer, and can almost see my office from here (it’s out of shot, to the right, and no one’s in right now)

What a happy hour that was! Good things are worth the wait, but I hope it isn’t another almost three years before it is repeated… And those errands? Time for those later, if I can remember what they were…

As stated at the start, a post without a point, but it did have a pint. Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

15 thoughts on “UBC”

  1. Your skill with words had me chuckling from the beginning, pc. When I read the first “essential errands” I knew we were in for something good. And how beautiful your essential errand was! Lovely view, empty patio, delicious brew. Plenty of good research going on, and I’m delighted to hear it. Many thanks for starting my day with a smile and lots of chuckles, my friend. I hope your weekend is a pleasure.


  2. Enjoyed another wonderful journey of your deep commitment to learning and beer!! Fabulous photos, especially the Almost Summer photo, and I’ve missed the harbor and beer posts this summer! Many moments of laughter reading this one with “thank you, universe” at the top of the list. Great weekend in the Premier League, Man United saved Everton from the bottom of the table and Kane saved Tottenham with a last-minute header!! Hope all those essential summer errands continue to be in the neighborhood of UBC and enjoy the week!


    1. Thank you! Oh, Everton! Another long season with very few highlights, I suspect… I shouldn’t say it, but I made a special effort to watch the four Brentford goals, if only because the MUFC misery is deeper than EFC!
      We’ve been keeping essential errands to a minimum, and now we’ve had a longer spell of almost summer weather, we’re hoping a patio stop at UBC is a possibility…
      Hope your weekend is going well – now Kane saved it!

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  3. A post without a point but with a patiently awaited pint appointed on a patio tabletop with panoramic coastal views like these is literally perfect– despite this silly alliterative response. Cheers!


    1. Well, I’m guilty on an almost weekly basis of alliteration overuse, so I enjoyed your comment! Wouldn’t want to say it quickly three times after a pint or two of pale…
      Cheers, Walt! Hope all is well with you.


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