Made In Vancouver

If you make beer in Vancouver, you need to enter it into the Vancouver Magazine Made in Vancouver awards! The beer category is new this year - be the inaugural winner.  Oh the fame, the glory, it can be all yours if you only enter. And I'll be judging you!! The Made in Vancouver Awards celebrate the best of the city’s maker culture Vancouver  Magazine’s Made in Vancouver Awards spotlight the city’s best homegrown goods, from artisanal hot sauces to handcrafted bags to eco-chic outerwear. This brand new awards program is your chance to share your locally made products with our esteemed judges and our editorial team; winners will be featured in the July/August issue of the magazine. To take part and share your wares, see the full details below and  FAQs . Or if you're ready to get started,  kick off your application here! Submissions End In 0   2 Days : 0   9 Hours : 0   8 Minutes : 1   5 Seconds Competition Details Entry fee is $70 per product.

public service announcement

I'm not sure when basic life skills stopped being passed down from parent to child, but I would guess it was some time around the disintegration of sharply defined class lines. I have been noticing lately that many, many people do not know that they are meant to do some snipping on new clothes. You know that basting stitch that holds the back venting flap of your overcoat closed? It is not meant as a useful or decorative stitch - its sole job is to hold the flap closed while the coat hangs on the rack waiting for you to buy it.  Once purchased, snip that sucker off! Don't be the guy sporting this weird butt gape! Snip all your vents - coats, suit jackets, pencil skirts - be free!  Look like you know what you're doing when you dress yourself. And don't forget the stitched closed pockets - if it is a basting stitch, that pocket is meant to be an actual pocket.  Snip the stitches and start stashing your belongings. Last, but not least - if there is

okanagan fest of ale - bigger and better for 2020

25 th Annual Okanagan Fest of Ale  - Major Expansion The Okanagan Fest of Ale Society is thrilled to announce the expansion of the Okanagan Fest of Ale in 2020! In celebration of the 25 th Anniversary, the Okanagan Fest of Ale will be hosted at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre AND the South Okanagan Events Centre on April 17 & 18. The Fest of Ale is taking things back to ’96 and “Kickin’ It Old School” in celebration of the very first Fest of Ale 25 years ago! This year, there will be over 25% more breweries and cideries than last year with 90 beverage vendors at the biggest beer festival the Okanagan has ever seen. “This is another record-breaking number of participants for us” says John Cruickshank, Okanagan Fest of Ale Society President.  “Of the participating breweries, many will be offering new seasonal releases, collaborations and beers created especially for the festival.  The group is a nicely balanced mix of returning favourites, new, and soon to be up and

chocolate and beer - together as god intended


things that changed my life

I'm not talking big things here, people.  Just some little things that made a huge impact on my contentment level: - prescription sunglasses I don't know why I was so late to the game!  I've had prescription glasses for many years - but I only need them when I want to see things more than a few feet away from me.  Okay, so that's most of the time... but somehow I kept buying regular lens sunglasses.  Until I was caught having to drive in blinding sunlight.  I borrowed my brother's prescription sunglasses and my mind was blown! Total game-changer for me. - neck-support pillows These are so wonderful, I don't think there are enough words to express how much better my sleep is now that my neck doesn't kink up.  They ain't pretty.  And they don't fit standard pillow cases.  But damn, are they comfy!  I have actually taken to making my own pillow cases for them because I hated how baggy standard cases were.  I do love an excuse to have to craft some

where craft meets craft

If you’re a maker, or want to be one, there are a couple of BC breweries offering the chance to be crafty while drinking craft beer. I’m an avid knitter, usually on my own, but welcome the opportunity to connect with other knitters.  Sure, there are lots of stitch and bitch sessions held at my local yarn stores.   But I'm lazy - those local yarn stores aren't in my neighbourhood and I just can't seem to muster the get up and go to leave my house on a dark wintery night. With  a knit night I get to go hang out with other knitters (and crocheters – a skill I do not yet possess), AND drink beer.   It’s the perfect combination of two of my great loves, and a low-key night out!   Plus Strange Fellows and Andina are both quite close to my place.  That combination is all the motivation I need to get out and socialize. And judging by the ever increasing number of people at Strange Fellows every month, I’m not the only one who has been craving this kind of meet-up.

the Growlies!

B.C.’s only province-wide craft beer readers’ choice awards are back! VANCOUVER, Oct. 3, 2019— The Growler ’s B.C. Craft Beer Readers’ Choice Awards , AKA, the Growlies, is back with more beers, more categories and—best of all—more prizes! The Growlies celebrate all of the awesomeness that is B.C. craft beer by giving beer lovers a say in who wins. Unlike traditional beer awards, The Growler ’s B.C. Craft Beer Readers’ Choice Awards are be decided by the beer-drinking public: between Oct. 3 and 25, 2019, you can vote online at for the beers and breweries you think are the best in B.C. With the help of our panel of craft beer experts, we’ve narrowed the field to 10 nominees in each beer style category. And if you don’t like our choices, this year you can write in your own picks instead! Those who take part in the online poll will be entered to win an absolutely bonkers luxury helicopter craft beer tour from SKY Helicopters , as well as top-of-t