Rivers, roads, activities and craft beer converge in Kamloops

All roads in BC seem to lead to Kamloops. Named T’kemlups, “meeting of rivers” by the Secwepemc First Nation, this Interior city is where the North and South Thompson rivers converge, while the Coquihalla, Yellowhead, Trans-Canada highways and Highway 97 all connect here. Many simply drive straight past Kamloops, which has made it a bit … Continued

Explore Fresh Hop Beers at the BC Hop Fest

There is nothing fresher than a fresh hop beer! At the end of each summer breweries make a very special style of beer that reflects the hop harvest like no other beer. Fresh hop beers (also known as “wet hop” beers) are brewed with hops that are fresh from the harvest, which gives them a … Continued

Breweries, Pubs and Tasting Rooms on the BC Ale Trail

The West Kootenays are a stunning region of eastern British Columbia, cloaked in dense forests, hemmed in by majestic peaks, and ribboned by the dazzling water of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers. Travelers on the BC Ale Trail get to enjoy all of that …along with a few pints of tasty locally-brewed ales and lagers, too. Coming in from the … Continued

Hands-on with Hop Harvesting on Vancouver Island

September marks the beginning of the new school year, and also the graduation of freshly harvested hops into popular fresh-hopped beers. The craft beer community in British Columbia is ravenous for these beers. While most beers are traditionally brewed with dried hops, some breweries will prepare a beer during the late-summer hop harvest that involves … Continued

Exploring Abbotsford, From Farm to Table to Glass

Abbotsford is in the heart of the Fraser Valley and an easy day trip from Vancouver. What started out as a Sunday drive in search of berry farms and lunch with my mom ended up being a foray into exploring part of the Ale Trail, with brewery hopping and feasting on locally sourced fare. All … Continued

Day Two on the BC Ale Trail and Garlic Sriracha Beer Steamed Mussels

Day two began how all days should begin: with fried chicken. River Market in New West is a destination all on it’s own. Fresh bread, craft coffee, homemade soap, produce, and restaurants. It’s a lovely place to get lost in. I impatiently waited outside the doors of Freebird Chicken Shack to get my hands on some of the … Continued

The Great Canadian Beer Festival Celebrates 25 years

The annual Great Canadian Beer Festival is returning to Victoria for the 25th time Sept. 8-9, 2017. Canada’s longest running craft beer festival was first held indoors at the Victoria Conference Centre in 1993, with 2,000 people attending. After 10 years, organizers moved it outdoors to Royal Athletic Park, which plays host to 9,000 thirsty beer … Continued

White Sails and Mt. Begbie on Top of the World Beer Awards

BC beer won yet more accolades last week, when the World Beer Awards 2017 style winners were announced in London. White Sails Brewing of Nanaimo earned the title of world’s best black IPA for its Snake Island CDA, while Mt. Begbie Brewing of Revelstoke recorded another big win for its highly decorated High Country Kolsch, … Continued

Hops Among Friends: Ross Thompson of Cannery Brewing

There’s the beer. Great craft beer. And the breweries. Amazing breweries all around this province working together to grow the craft beer scene. Plus there are fantastic craft beer and cask events where we go and try an incredible selection of these beers. But behind all of these breweries and events are the inspiring, passionate … Continued

BC Ale Trail Trip and Cheddar Rosemary Beer Scones

I started to fall in love when I saw they’d named their fermenters after the Golden Girls. Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and Sofia stood in the corner of Steel & Oak Brewing Co., protecting the beer as the yeast began to work it’s magic. The beer, most of which are traditional German lagers, is fantastic. It … Continued

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