Arts and Craft Beer on Vancouver’s Eastside Culture Crawl

Vancouver, the newest member of the BC Ale Trail, is about to host the 21st annual Eastside Culture Crawl. This four-day visual-arts festival, running Nov. 16-19 and featuring more than 500 artists across 80 buildings in Vancouver’s Eastside, is not to be missed if you’re in town and a fan of both the arts and craft … Continued

Gibsons’ booming craft beer scene welcomes third brewery

This summer, The 101 Brewhouse and Distillery, opened in Gibsons — the third brewery to do so. That means that the Sunshine Coast town, population 4,605, almost certainly has the most breweries per capita in B.C. And although three breweries seems like a lot for such a small town, each operation — The 101,  Persephone Brewing Company and Gibsons … Continued

Bad Tattoo Brewing gets spooky with special releases

Halloween is for kids. So put down the Smarties and Twizzlers and get ready for some delicious adult treats on Nov. 1 at Bad Tattoo Brewing’s Dia de los Muertos party in Penticton. Dia de los Muertos, which translates as Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday in which friends and family members come … Continued

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

How to Taste Beer on the BC Ale Trail

Today’s craft beer culture is all about tasting a variety of beers, not just drinking lots of the same one over and over again. The best way to do this is a sample flight of several small glasses, which most breweries in BC offer in their tasting rooms. Four or five samplers usually work out … Continued

Take a Walking Tour of Nelson’s Breweries

Nelson is pretty much the perfect walking town, particularly when you have four breweries to visit along the way. The city, which is on the Kootenay Rockies West Ale Trail, is compact and the architecture is beautiful — the fact that the economy tanked here in the 1970s means it was saved from the architectural trends … Continued

Mt. Begbie Wins Brewery of the Year at Canadian Brewing Awards 2017

Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. took the top prize at the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards in Ottawa. There are now 50 more great reasons to hit BC’s ale trails, after the province’s breweries enjoyed a stellar night at the CBA gala on May 27. BC’s beer makers won a total of 49 individual awards, while the coveted … Continued

Central City’s collaboration 12-pack celebrates Canada’s craft culture

Surrey’s Central City Brewing + Distilling is kicking off Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations early with the mother of all collaboration projects. Collaboration has become a watchword in the craft beer industry, with breweries regularly joining forces to brew interesting one-off batches, teaming up with local businesses or helping out charities. Central City has tended to … Continued

Squamish Breweries Have All You Need For Apres Adventure

Squamish has come of age in the craft beer world and is now set to become a BC Ale Trail destination. For many people, Squamish has long been a refuelling stop on the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler. But in recent years, this town of around 20,000 people has repositioned itself as an … Continued

BC Ale Trail Expands With Eight New Routes This Summer

Get ready to explore even more of BC’s beer, breweries and beautiful regions and cities: The BC Ale Trail is expanding. Eight new ale trails will launch this summer — bringing the total to 15 — in areas ranging from lakeside towns to the metropolitan big city. The new trails are: BC’s multicultural craft beer capital, Vancouver, where … Continued

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