Penticton blooms in the spring
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by Joe Wiebe
8h ago
Enjoy a craft beer responsibly on select Penticton beaches and parks year-round. BC Ale Trail photo I’ve been visiting Penticton annually to judge beers at the Okanagan Fest of Ale for more than a decade, and this beautiful, small city tucked between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake seems to get even better year after year. While summer is prime time for vacationing in the Okanagan, spring is also a wonderful time to visit Penticton, which might also be a little more affordable. Consider planning a trip around the Okanagan Fest of Ale (April 12-13 this year) for a great way to sample the region’s ..read more
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Victoria Beer Week Returns for its 10th Anniversary
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by Joe Wiebe
4d ago
Victoria Beer Week Celebrates 10 Years! Launched in 2014, VBW returns for its 10th annual celebration of the capital city’s craft beer culture March 1-9, 2024. Celebrate 10 Years of Victoria Beer Week with this special collaboration beer brewed at Île Sauvage Brewing. Launched in 2014, Victoria Beer Week is returning March 1-9, 2024. The festival includes nine daily events culminating in the VBW 10th Birthday Bash on the final night. VBW10 Event Schedule Tickets for all events are on sale now at victoriabeersociety.com. Ten Ten Ten: VBW Collaboration Beer LaunchFriday, March 1, 5:30 pm ..read more
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Calling all beer-loving artists: The Growler is looking for a new cover designer for 2024!
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by Growler Staff
1M ago
Calling all creative artists, graphic designers and illustrators out there! The Growler is looking for someone to design our next series of guide covers for B.C. and Ontario. If you are interested in being our 2024 cover artist, send us an introductory email with a portfolio link to gnugent@glaciermedia.ca by January 15, 2024. This job is open to anyone, and artists who haven’t already done illustration or design work for breweries are encouraged to apply. Previous artists have included Anja Werner, Tom Froese, Cai Sepulis, Marcus Hynes, Neil Manuel, Cynthia Frenette, and Lea Linin ..read more
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Recipe: Beer and cheese pot
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by Sandra Thomas
2M ago
paired with Spinnakers Jolly Hopper Imperial IPA Chef Nigel Taylor’s Beer and cheese pot. Photos courtesy of Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub Chef Nigel Taylor admits that while growing up on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, he took the bounty of fresh ingredients and seafood surrounding him for granted. Taylor says while his grandmother grew raspberries, his grandfather was known locally for baking delicious wholewheat bread, his dad was a landscaper who planted a beautiful garden each year filled with fresh vegetables, and his mom was a wonderful cook. “And, dad wo ..read more
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Don’t panic, there’s still time! The Growler’s Last-Minute Gift Inspiration
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by Kristina Mameli
2M ago
From the somewhat obvious, to the quirky and creative—we’ll help you look like you put some thought into it. Happy Huckin’ Holidays! Photo courtesy of Fernie Brewing Company How is it already the middle of December?! If you’re like me, that means that you are utterly unprepared, likely still have your Halloween decorations up, and are just now being reminded about your snow tires by reading this. We’re a beautiful disaster, my friend—cheers. Luckily, there’s still time to pull out a win! Sleigh! Photo courtesy of Phillips Malting and Brewing CoThe Not-So-Ugly “Ugly” Brewery Christmas Sweater T ..read more
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All of the flavour, but none of the gluten
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by Ted Child
2M ago
All across the province, craft brewers are using new and creative techniques to offer gluten-free and gluten-reduced offerings. Photo courtesy of Grey Fox Brewing Gluten-free and gluten-reduced beers have now arrived in B.C. in a substantial way. Previously the options for the gluten adverse were limited, specifically for locally-produced beer. But two new gluten-free breweries—Grey Fox in Kelowna and Naito Beer in Cranbrook—are now giving drinkers some more B.C.-based options. On the gluten-reduced front, Category 12 on Vancouver Island has launched a lineup of beers called Breakthru. So, who ..read more
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12 seasonal B.C. beers to warm up your winter
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by Noëlle Phillips
3M ago
Try these brewed-in-B.C.winter sippers this holiday season Try both the regular and barrel-aged versions of Cannery Brewing’s Kindling Imperial Stout with flavours of coffee, chocolate, and coconut. Photo courtesy of Cannery Brewing It’s that time of year: people are looking for a beer that they can sip on while curled up on the couch, watching the snow (or rain) come down. “As soon as the weather turns to dark and rainy, people definitely crave cozy darker beer styles,” says Josh McLaughlin, the lucky man who controls the beer taps at Langley’s Barley Merchant. “I think once winter officially ..read more
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‘Gutting’: Burnaby’s Studio Brewing is shutting down for good this month
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by Lauren Vanderdeen
3M ago
The beloved brewery cited challenging economic times and consumer preferences moving away from craft beer as reasons for the closure. Studio Brewing is preparing to close down Dec. 22. Google StreetView photo Studio Brewing, one of only three breweries in Burnaby, will shut down in three weeks. The brewery posted the news on its Instagram account Saturday, Dec. 2. “It’s with the heaviest of hearts we announce that Studio Brewing will be closing permanently,” the post stated. Studio Brewing’s last day will be Friday, Dec. 22 after three years in business. “These challenging times have unf ..read more
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New smashburger spot launching inside Vancouver’s Electric Bicycle Brewing
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by Lindsay William-Ross / Vancouver Is Awesome
3M ago
More burgers are comin’ in hot in Vancouver with a fresh new concept opening up at a local brewery Kapow! Burger is opening December 1, 2023 at Vancouver’s Electric Bicycle Brewing’s Mount Pleasant tasting room. The smashburger concept features a menu of a variety of burgers. @kapow_burger/Instagram photo More burgers are comin’ in hot this winter in Vancouver, as a new venture from some hospitality industry vets is ready to smash things up with a new spot launching in December inside a local craft brewery’s tasting room. Kapow! Burger will set up shop inside Mount Pleasant’s Electric Bicycle ..read more
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Retro-themed Wayback Brewing opens in Surrey
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by Brendan Kergin / Vancouver Is Awesome
3M ago
Surrey is back up to three craft breweries with this addition to the brewery scene A new brewery called Wayback will have its grand opening on Dec. 1, 2023 in Surrey in the Panorama Ridge neighbourhood in the Newton area. Wayback Brewery Surrey is getting a new craft brewery. With a Grand Opening on Dec. 1, Wayback Brewing brings the Metro Vancouver city back up to three, and it brings a new taproom to the area. It’s been just over a year since longtime Surrey brewery Big Ridge shut down; it was located fairly nearby in South Newton. Wayback is going for a retro look with its 70s sty ..read more
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