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fight for your right to patio!

My latest feature in The Growler magazine is a timely little piece about why you won't easily find yourself on a craft beer patio in Vancouver this summer.  (click the link, or see below)

I found myself a great place to drink beer outdoors this past weekend - Folkfest at Jericho Beach.  True, it is where I find myself this time every year, but it struck me particularly hard this year after writing my Growler article about the lack of patios that there I was, enjoying a beer (or three) outdoors while listening to some fabulous music.  We need more of that in Vancouver.  It's a shame it takes someone a whole lot of hard work to get a special event licence to offer me that opportunity.

Folkfest has always been a magical event for me, long before they added a beer garden.  And it is arguably a very different festival now that they have.  The beer garden is a laid-back place to have some beverages, chat with friends and make new ones, all while being serenaded.  Does the festival n…

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