here are some links to things i should have found out about earlier!
beer me bc's musical ode to bc beers
check out craft beer magazine on itunes for free
and check out the beer show
biercraft announces all servers are cicerone server certified:
BierCraft Restaurants Introduce Certified Cicerone Beer Servers
BierCraft owners Dean Mallel and Don Farion are proud to announce every member of the service and bar staff has completed the Certified Cicerone Beer Server certificate program through the internationally recognized Craft Beer Institute.
Don Farion himself is a Certified Cicerone and was one of the first to achieve the certification in Canada. Don and Dean have always taken great pride in the extensive training and development their staff receives and discerns having the certification gives the staff that next level of professionalism and pride in their work. Through the Cicerone Certification guests can be assured that each beer was given proper storage and served in the proper way so their beer will taste exactly the way it should, every time. The Certified Beer Server not only includes storage and service but a modest knowledge base of beer styles and culture as well as the brewing process and ingredients. Anyone can call themselves an expert on beer, but when consumers want great beer they need a server who really knows beer service, flavors, and styles; that server or bartender works with BierCraft.
BierCraft Restaurants have at both location over 20 craft beers on tap, over 100 beers in bottles and was recently voted "Best Restaurant - Imported Beer Selection" by The Georgia Straight Golden Plates.
With over 50 years of restaurant experience between them, Dean Mallel and Don Farion decided to share their love and passion for Belgian and craft beer by opening the first BierCraft location on Commercial Drive in June of 2005 – BierCraft Tap and Tapas. They quickly built a reputation as the place to find a great meal whilst enjoying beers from around the world, served with the care and attention they deserve. BierCraft Bistro was opened on Cambie Street in May of 2009.