Angling for Ale-venture in the Cariboo
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by Tamara Vidito
2d ago
When it comes to camping in BC, experiences can range from a hike into the wilderness with only the supplies you can carry, to ‘glamping’ with an RV and full hookups. No matter how you adventure during Canadian RV and Camping Week, be sure to include a craft beer or two. After all, something about the great outdoors just makes beer taste better. In my lifetime, I’ve tented, dry camped in a variety of smaller rigs in rec sites and provincial parks, and now find myself in an RV at a resort with a lake view and full hookups. I’ve experienced far-flung, scenic and isolated rec sites, with little ..read more
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Tents and Taps: BC Campgrounds with Local Breweries Nearby
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by The BC Ale Trail
5d ago
Whether it’s beers at the bottom after a hike or riverside brews, a crisp après-ski drink or campfire cold ones, nothing complements beer quite like the great outdoors. The experience is even more enjoyable when you can spend the night in nature with a well-stocked cooler by your side or a brewery just down the road, ready to welcome you back to civilization. May 21 – 26, 2024 marks the ninth annual Canadian RV and Camping Week. With endless campgrounds speckled across the province and breweries within shouting distance of each, it’s easy to plan a craft beer and camping trip in BC to mark the ..read more
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More Than 50 Spring Beers from BC Breweries!
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by Joe Wiebe
5d ago
Happy Spring! As flowers and blossoms bloom and warmer weather arrives let’s go on a tasting tour of the many special beers BC’s breweries are releasing this spring. There is a wide assortment of styles to choose from, including sours, IPAs, saisons and lots of different fruit-infused beers. Peruse this list to find something from one of your local breweries or perhaps plan a trip to check out a new brewery somewhere else. Claim Jumper Hoppy Sour by Barkerville Brewing (3.75% ABV | 17 IBU) This year’s version of Claim Jumper is a refreshing kettle sour dry hopped with Vic Secret, Amarillo ..read more
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Fairways & Flights: A Golfer’s Guide to Local BC Brews
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by The BC Ale Trail
1w ago
British Columbia boasts over 300 golf courses, each offering its own picturesque charm. From the picture-perfect gems dotting Vancouver Island, to the serene pastures of the Cariboo, the lush greens of the Okanagan desert, and the exhilarating mountaintop tees of the Kootenay Rockies, the province presents a diverse array of golfing experiences. Whether you seek coastal vistas or mountain backdrops, BC’s golfing landscape promises unforgettable rounds in stunning settings. Wherever your golf swing takes you, a fantastic local craft brewery is sure to be nearby, offering the perfect setting to ..read more
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The Breweries of Kitsilano: from Big Beer to the Craft Community
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by Noëlle Phillips
3w ago
From the giant beer behemoths to a tiny craft brewing space, Kitsilano has a hidden history of brewing that many people have forgotten or never realized. When you think about Vancouver beer, “Yeast Van” probably comes immediately to mind, with its collection of wild and wonderful breweries like Storm, Superflux, Strange Fellows, and more. Or perhaps you turn to Mount Pleasant, where the old neighbourhood of Brewery Creek now hosts Main Street Brewing, R&B, and Brassneck, among others. But what about their cousin to the west – Kitsilano? Kits is not really known for its breweries today, but ..read more
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How Earth Day Inspires BC’s Sustainable Craft Breweries
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by The BC Ale Trail
1M ago
Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 to raise awareness about the environment and sustainability, and to help inspire, support, and facilitate innovative actions for individuals and organizations to reduce their environmental impact. Many of British Columbia’s craft breweries strive to improve their environmental sustainability on an ongoing basis. Most breweries divert the spent grains leftover after the brewing process from the landfill by giving them to local farmers who use them for animal feed or as compost. Some breweries work towards reducing their waste to near-zero levels. Oth ..read more
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Explore Vancouver’s Craft Beer Scene with the Vancouver Tasting Passport
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by Noëlle Phillips
2M ago
The BC Ale Trail’s newest Tasting Passport contest includes some of the province’s longest-running craft breweries and some of its newest. Between March 28 and April 30, 2024, visit at least three breweries from both Vancouver Ale Trails (Brewery Creek and Yeast Vancouver), get your passport stamped, and drop it off at a participating location to be entered to win the Grand Prize Giveaway. If you don’t manage to fill out the whole thing, you’ll still be eligible for other prizes so make sure you hand it in!  The Vancouver Tasting Passport’s 31 breweries, distilleries, tap houses, and liqu ..read more
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2024 Spring Beer Festivals in BC
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by The BC Ale Trail
2M ago
It’s time to start planning your spring and early summer ale-ventures, and what better way to kick things off than with a beer festival? Dozens of craft breweries (and maybe even a cidery and distillery or two) all coming together at one venue, with good food, music, and your fellow craft beer lovers — what could be better? Here are the craft beer festivals on the calendar for spring and early summer 2024. Stay tuned for summer and fall festival announcements coming soon. Start planning your next beer-themed getaway to attend one or some of these fun events. And be sure to check out the Sip &a ..read more
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Go on a Tasting Tour this Spring with the Vancouver Tasting Passport
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by The BC Ale Trail
2M ago
Vancouver’s dynamic and diverse craft beer scene has something for everyone. From the early brewing history at the foundation of the Brewery Creek Ale Trail to the modern entrepreneurial spirit of the Yeast Van Ale Trail, you can be sure you’ll find the perfect vibe — and your next favourite beer!  From March 28 – April 30, 2024, visit any of the participating businesses listed below and ask for a stamp with purchase. Once you have collected six unique stamps – three from each ale trail – hand in the passport at any participating location to be entered in the draw for a chance to win the ..read more
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International Women’s Day 2024
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by The BC Ale Trail
2M ago
A toast to the women in the beer community! As the world gears up to commemorate International Women’s Day this Friday, it’s a fitting moment to raise our glasses to the women who have been making significant strides in our industry and the beer community at large. From ancient civilizations where women were the primary brewers to the modern craft beer revolution, women have played pivotal roles in shaping the culture, innovation, and business of brewing. This year, breweries are celebrating in different ways around the province. There are women-led tap takeovers, ladies’ brew days, and plenty ..read more
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