fruit beer festival in abbotsford

VANCOUVER, B.C. – A new craft beer festival launches this summer in Abbotsford at the Railway District Community Market, with beers made exclusively with bush fruits and tree fruits. “The festival is much like our Hopwired Festival, where we pair craft breweries and coffee roasters, Fruit Beer Festival’s taking on pairing breweries and fruit growers to make juicy beers without artificial flavours and syrups.” says Mike Willis, of West Craft. “We’re regular attendees of both Abbotsford’s Farm Market and Vancouver’s Riley Park Farm Market and we imagined a beer festival inside of a farmers market – due to liquor laws a beer festival has to be 19+ - so we turn to putting on Fruit Beer Festival to help support local fruit producers while doing something delicious that hasn’t been done in Canada”. West Craft, the organizer behind Fruit Beer Festival, is promising an all-inclusive drink commitment with tickets, live music by Dan Tait and Tiger Moon, a ton of food vendors with a pop-up farme…

pints, pinnipeds and rescue stories

the vANCOUVER aquarium® presents pints, pinnipeds and rescue stories – a special edition After Hours
Vancouver, B.C. – Raise a glass of suds in celebration of charismatic harbour seals, sea lions and fur seals – collectively known as pinnipeds – at a special edition After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium®, an Ocean Wise® initiative. On Saturday, May 4, learn about these fascinating animals and their incredible rescue and rehabilitation stories through never-seen-before programs, all with a drink in hand. Not only can guests explore the Aquarium’s galleries after dark – a truly magical place – they can also take in special programs, tailored for an adult audience. In a first for After Hours, head veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena will share stories from the field as he recounts his experiences rescuing and rehabilitating seals suffering from gunshot wounds, disentangling sea lions from marine debris, and more. Through unique programs, guests can also learn about the rescue stories of endan…

changing face of craft beer

here are my latest ramblings in The Growler

FEATURES THE NEW FACE OF CRAFT BEER IS HERE REBECCA WHYMAN • MARCH 8, 2019 Tara Rafiq illustration You know that phenomenon when something, seemingly out of nowhere, tickles your brain, then takes up residence, and has you ruminating for months? That’s what happened to me at Bart Watson’s key-note speech at the B.C. Brewers’ Conference back in October. The chief economist for the American Brewers Association gave an engaging talk about the state of craft brewing, chock-full of brain tickling stats and his interpretations of what they mean now and for the future. Including this innocuous little slide: Nothing controversial here, folks. Just that some craft beer drinkers are drinking more craft beer, and say they are doing so because they visit breweries. Isn’t that nice? The industry must love when the already-converted are drinking even more craft. And all breweries had to do was offer appreciators a way to visit them at the source? Pure gold! …

Victoria Beer Week


Hopwired Festival Tix on Sale!


NEW YEAR WITH NEW EXCITING BREWS AT HOPWIRED FESTIVAL 2019.VANCOUVER, B.C. – Very limited quantities of tickets remain. Hopwired Festival, presented by Espressotec and The World Famous CFOX, was so well received with the 2018 festival that it is returning February 23, 2019 to the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. “The festival blended people’s favourite pastimes into one experience and received a ton of attention through from Vancouver, to North Carolina, and Auckland.” says Mike Willis, of West Craft. “We were interested to move-on to another new and exciting [unannounced] collaboration concept festival but people kept asking for more Hopwired. We found inspiration from some of the collaboration partnerships that we helped set-up last year and people were moved to bring new beers and coffees from Across Canada and along Cascadia to …

Okanagan Fest of Ale tix on sale

24th Annual Okanagan Fest of Ale - Tickets On Sale Now
Whether you're new to the brew or a seasoned craft beer connoisseur you won't want to miss the 24th Annual Okanagan Fest of Ale April 12 & 13, 2019 in Penticton BC! Join 65 craft brewers and 5000+ craft beer enthusiasts at one of the largest and longest running beer festivals in the Pacific Northwest.
This 2-day festival features 175+ quality crafted brews, ciders and cask ales for tasting in a unique indoor/outdoor venue. Great live entertainment, fabulous food and more!  This festival takes place in the heart of beautiful Penticton and has been an annual "must attend event" for patrons and participants alike for over 20 years! 
 "2018’s Fest of Ale was the largest in our 23 year history in terms of the number of participating breweries and ciders with 69 different vendors joining us.  Attendance continues to grow and this year we were able to donate $60,000 to 20 different charities and not for profit soc…

beer gimmicks, pretentious nonsense and hipster fuckery

my growler article from back in january:

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This past fall, gruits – that ancient, hopless beer style flavoured with herbs that seems to be all the rage right now – got me thinking about the elusive line that divides fads, trends, and gimmicks from creative innovations and emerging styles. How do beer geeks decide where they categorize any given beer? Are gimmicky beers harming the reputation of craft beer? I like to think of myself as a beer evangelist (also brilliant, witty, gorgeous and humble…). It is therefore my self-appointed duty to bring people into the fold. I love finding the craft beer that makes a former macro lager drinker’s eyes light up, and introducing a non-beer-drinker to a style they can’t believe is actually beer because it tastes so good. I worry, probably too much, about how people perceive craft beer. Craft beer gets kudos for qualities like authenticity, in…