BC Beer Awards 2017: Vancouver Island breweries bag big prizes

The newly expanded BC​ ​Beer​ ​Awards and Festival took place in Vancouver on Saturday, with six-month-old Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company of Parksville taking the inaugural Brewery of the Year prize. The other big winner in the eighth annual BC Beer Awards ceremony — a highlight of the province’s annual beer calendar and the showpiece event of BC Craft … Continued

BC Craft Beer Month boasts a barrel full of events

Back in 2011, October was officially proclaimed BC Craft Beer Month… and there was much rejoicing! That’s mostly because, ever since, the 10th month of the year has become stuffed with premium beer events across the province. These can range from kitschy Oktoberfest-style celebrations to full-blown beer events. BC Beer Awards The big kahuna is … Continued

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. Fresh hop beer (or “wet hop” beer) is brewed with hops that are fresh from the harvest, which lends a unique flavour that cannot … 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

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

Farmhouse Fest Showcases World-class Wild Ales Down on the Farm

The sun shone, a gentle breeze blew off the Salish Sea and a wealth of world-class wild ales and saisons were savoured at Farmhouse Fest 2017. Upward of 1,200 people gathered at the UBC Farm on Saturday for the third annual rendition of what is arguably the most distinctive beer festival in the province. Set … Continued

Raise a Glass to Kootenay Rockies Beer Festivals

Two craft beer festivals have popped up in the heart of the Kootenay Rockies — and they’re both on this weekend. Fresh beer and fresh Rocky Mountain air — that’s got to be more than enough to rally your dad for a Father’s Day road trip this weekend. Hot spot, cool beer The East Kootenay Beer Festival takes … Continued

Annual Collaboration Beers are Part of VCBW

Vancouver Craft Beer Week is fast approaching — and that means it’s time to brew up the annual VCBW Collaboration Beer. The eighth annual VCBW Collaboration Brew took place April 20 at Yellow Dog Brewing in Port Moody. This year’s beer, a hazy pale ale, was designed by the Brewers Row breweries — Moody Ales, Twin Sails, … Continued

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