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could this be good news?

well, that took me by surprise!

changes to the provincial cabinet leave suzanne anton out of liquor

the liquor distribution branch is no longer under the purview of the solicitor general
it's now with small business and red-tape reduction

hopefully this means some better handling of the revisions to the liquor laws
(dare we hope for a new look at the pricing model???)
and more red-tape reduction

best bet for change though?
vote the liberals out when you get the chance!

bc beer awards

For Immediate Release
July 15, 2015
Contact: Monica Frost


The BC Beer Awards & Festival Returns to Vancouver October 24, 2015

In Short:

Vancouver, BC (June 24, 2015): The 6th Annual BC Beer Awards & Festival is set to return to Vancouver on Saturday, October 24, 2014 from 4 9pm at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive). The signature consumer tasting event of BC Craft Beer Month , this festival celebrates the very best in craft brewing from across the province. A one day only event, it features both the BC Beer Awards ceremony hosted by CBC ’s Stephen Quinn and a craft beer festival with over 50 breweries and new this year cider.

Also returning will be our community booths, craft beer focused vendors and our Brewers Challenge! Last year the BC Beer Awards brought the bitter Purl forward as an experimental cask competition. 2015 has been dubbed by the craft beer community to be the “Year of the Sour Beer” a…

gladstone brewing

Vancouver Island's Gladstone Brewing Co. makes its Vancouver Debut
VANCOUVER, BC – After six months of serving up West-Coast and Belgian-inspired brews to Vancouver Island's Comox Valley, Gladstone Brewing Co. is headed to Vancouver for the first time to showcase its award winning beer with a tap takeover at Commercial Drive's Tangent Cafe on Wednesday August 26, 6pm.
Gladstone Brewing Co. is one of Vancouver Island's newest breweries and is headed up by owner Daniel Sharratt and head brewer John Adair (formerly of Parallel 49 Brewing). Adair's Porter recently took home bronze at the Canadian Brewing Awards.
The tap takeover at Tangent Cafe will include six Gladstone beers: Belgian Single, North American Porter, West Coast IPA, Pilsener, and two new, yet-to-be released seasonals – a Saison and a Kettle Sour.
The 20,000 litre capacity brewery started out with just 4,000 litre production in January 2015, but has quickly grown in the first six months due to increasing dem…

big news in bc beer land


For Immediate Release


July 28, 2015

􀀃Most customers at a distillery lounge are visiting for the spirits 􀀃however, thanks to the latest government liquor update, they will now also have the option to order a beer, cider or glass of wine, if they prefer.

Previously, a winery could only sell glasses of vino it produced onsite, and a brewery could only
let you buy a glass of its local beer. This would sometimes mean that some visitors would choose to not purchase anything, if they'd rather have a cider or a mixed drink, for example. No longer is this the case. Starting today, distilleries, wineries, cideries and breweries with licensed lounges or special event areas can sell liquor they don't produce, for customers to enjoy during their visit.

By making this change, it also means that, in many cases, customers throwing a wedding or other event at one of these locations won't have to apply for a separate Special Occasion Licence to re…

link love

win a bike from tree brewing

Congrats to our first cruiser bike winner Greg Hlady! We've given away one cruiser bike..
We have two more for July & August! How do you win? 1. Come to the Beer Institute every Tuesday
2. Drink a pint of delicious Tree Beer
3. Receive one entry to win a cruiser bike! Tree in the Community Dukes Cider Now On Sale! $8.99 6 Packs in Participating Liquor Stores

30 days of ipa

30 Days of IPA returns for another hoppy year in August
Third annual celebration includes beers never tapped before in BC

While craft beer trends come and go, India Pale Ale, better known as IPA, remains the signature style of Pacific Northwest craft beer culture. With the Donnelly Group’s third annual 30 Days of IPA set to kick off August 1st, now is the time for fans of this iconic beer style to pick up a calendar and start planning their month of hops.

Each day from August 1st - 30th, a different IPA  will be tapped at one of eight Donnelly Group pubs across Vancouver. The festival kicks off 11:30AM on August 1st at BC’s oldest pub, The Lamplighter in Gastown, where a keg of Immortal IPA from Seattle’s legendary Elysian Brewing will be tapped; the first of 30 unique and delicious IPAs sourced from 30 craft breweries across North America being poured during the month.

The driving force behind 30 Days of IPA is Donnelly Group Bar & Beverage Director Trevor Kallies who has chased…

opening today!

Central City’s Red Racer Comes to Beatty Street New Restaurant Serves Up Smokehouse BBQ and Award Winning Craft Beers
Vancouver, BC – Central City Brewers + Distillers is pleased to announce the upcoming grand opening of their brand new Red Racer Restaurant on Beatty Street in downtown Vancouver. The new restaurant will feature an authentic smoked barbecue inspired menu specializing in build-your-own-burgers unique to Central City, and 40 draught taps offering Central City craft beers as well as from other BC craft brewers.

The highly anticipated public grand opening is slated for Friday, July 24 and is Central City’s first venture outside of their home base of Surrey, B.C. where their current Central City Brew Pub and state-of-the-art brewery are headquartered.

“We’re excited to add a downtown Vancouver presence so we can offer a one-of-a-kind casual dining experience, our award-winning craft beers as well as from other great craft brewers, to beer fans living and working in the city”…

new release

Barnstormer Saison IPA

July 21st, 2015: Barnstormer Saison IPA is a brand new Phillips seasonal that just left our hangar!  Pouring a golden straw colour with a marshmallow white head, fruity esters on the nose lead to flavours of banana and cotton candy.  Invert the bottle and throw your  tastebuds for a loop-de-loop!

Barnstormer clocks in at 7.2% and is available from private,  craft-focused liquor stores for a limited time only. 
We will be hosting a special draft tasting of the Barnstormer Saison IPA here at Phillips on Thursday July 23rd from 4-6.

For more information:
Matt Lockhart
P: 250.380.1912 x114
F: 250.380.1913

Phillips Brewing Co
2010 Government St.,
Victoria, BC
V8T 4P1

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New Belgium Brewing’s Long Table Farmhouse Ale,
Adds a New World Spin to this Old World Style

New seasonal is an ode to the bucolic, table-friendly Belgian Saison

cbc website

and from the cbc website:

6 beer cocktail recipes you can make at homeBubbly and flavourful beer makes an extra refreshing summer drink, expert says Jul 21, 2015 7:04 PM PTOn the Coast, CBC News
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beer column

my notes from yesterday's beer column on cbc radio one's on the coast with stephen quinn:

Beer News:
CallisterBrewing is now open.  This is a new brewery concept for Vancouver, taking collaboration to a new place.  Independent brewers lease Callister’s equipment to produce their own lines of beers, which are brewed under Callister’s licence and are available on tap at the tasting room.  These include cask ales available on a beer engine from Adam Chatburn’s Real Cask, IPAs from Machine Brewing’s Adam Henderson and Belgian table beers from Brewery Creek Brewing’s Chester Carey – all familiar names to craft beer nerds.  Callister itself will be offering an altbier, an apricot ale and a rye pale ale to begin with.  Callister is located at 1338 Franklin Street. Check Facebook for their daily opening hours.
Central City’s new Red Racer pub is opening on Friday in the old Dix Brewing location at 871 Beatty Street.  They’ll have 40 taps - 14 of them carrying their own beers and cider, a…