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steam whistle

wanna go to toronto for beer? enter this contest and you might get your wish!

From Steamwhistle:  Running now until  Jan 15th Steam Whistle’s put together an awesome prizepack that can send lovely Vancouverites and beyond down for the most exciting outdoor winter craft beer festival.  You can check out pics from previous years here.  It was recently named one of the Top 3 Ontario Tourism Events of the year.

We’re calling on all Canadians to share a short story of your Quintessential Canadian Winter Memory (max 100 words) for a chance to win 2 tickets to Steam Whistle’s Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival, return airfare for 2 from any major Canadian City , hotel accommodations for two, and a limited edition Steam Whistle Retro Snow Suit  (a $2400 value).Simply visit  to enter (must be of legal drinking age).

cbc website

Serving beer at Christmas  dinner? Here are some tips No rules for beer pairing — just some guidelinesCBC NewsPosted: Dec 20, 2016 4:45 PM PT Last Updated: Dec 20, 2016 4:45 PM PT You can serve more than wine at your family's Christmas dinner. (John McStravick/Flickr) Facebook Twitter

beer column

Beer News:
A-Frame Brewing is now open in Squamish.They’re open Wednesday through Sunday and have an opening line up of: Okanagan Lake Cream Ale, Magic Lake Porter, Elfin Lakes Belgian Ale and Sproat Lake Dry Hopped Pale Ale.I’m noticing a theme in their beer names...
Old Yale Brewing in Chilliwack just got their lounge endorsement, so you can get full 20oz flights or 12 and 16oz pours now, with a selection of food options as well.

New Year’s Eve beer events:
There’s a party at Darby’s Gastown.  Reserve your seat now!  They’ll be featuring limited releases from Strange Fellows, Deschutes, Four Winds and more.  No tickets to buy or set menus, just reserve a seat and show up to pay as you go.

Big Rock UrbanBrewery is having a party that will ring in the new year six times!  Beginning at the far East of Canada, with a shot of Newfoundland Screech, they will count down the new year in each time zone of Canada.  $60 gets you your screech, and a maple champagne cocktail every hour.  There will b…

new release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Darryn Shewchuk
Office: 250.837.2756
Mobile: 250.814.1950 Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. Releases “Stoked Winter Ale”.
Dec 20th, 2016 - Revelstoke, B.C. - On Sat Dec 10th , Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. release Stoked Winter Ale.  This is the first time the beer has been brewed and bottled by the company. It is available in 650mL bottles and also 56.8L kegs for draft. This will be Mt Begbie Brewing Co’s main winter seasonal for 2016/17.
Stoked Winter Ale is a mildly spiced, rich winter ale.  The beer is not sweet and has no vanilla. Cloves, Nutmeg, Cinnamon and cocoa were used to create a winter warmer effect with an ABV of 6% and 20 IBU.

cbc website

from the cbc website from november 22nd:

Warm the cockles of your heart
with these cozy winter beers Check out our beer columnist's picks for warming winter beers as the
weather gets colderCBC NewsPosted: Nov 22, 2016 4:04 PM PT Last Updated: Nov 24, 2016 6:26 AM PT Spinnakers 12 Bombers Advent Box is one way to enjoy wintery beers this year, On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says. ( 45 shares Facebook Twitter

Gift Guide

Got a beer lover or two on your gift list? Lucky you!
They're so easy to shop for!

But if you're stumped, here are some ideas:

Best Default Gifts for Beer Lovers:

Gift packs from breweries!
Most local breweries have swag and gift certificates available. Some also have gift packs – such as:

Central City’s Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine Gift Pack, a combo-pack that includes a 2014 bottle-conditioned Thor’s Hammer, which won Gold at this year’s 2016 BC Beer Awards, and a 2014 Bourbon barrel-aged Thor’s Hammer, which won Bronze.

Four Winds has a gift pack of Pomona and Pequeno Cabo, with 2 branded crystal Spiegelau beer tulips (to drink them out of, natch) and gift cards, all in a beautiful wooden box.  $75.  Please grab one of these for me!

Strange Fellows has a gift pack of a bottle of Krampus, and a glass to drink it from.

Moody Ales has a build your own gift pack – with prices ranging from $25 to $110, you start with a gift card and then add in additional swag. See their instag…

new releases

Granville Island Brewing Teams Up with JJ Bean to Launch MochaPorter first B.C. brewery to combine decaf cold brew and beer
Vancouver, B.C. November 21, 2016 – Granville Island Brewing (Granville) and JJ Bean, Vancouver’s leading coffee roaster, have announced a new collaboration: the MochaPorter. The first of its kind to hit the craft beer market, Granville’s MochaPorter is infused with a custom-made Peruvian dark roast coffee from JJ Bean and cocoa nibs, creating a special winter porter to enjoy this holiday season.
“This brew is blended with a variety of special dark malts, resulting in a smooth, deeply layered and complex beer,” says Kevin Emms, Brewmaster, Granville Island Brewing. “We add ground up coffee beans from JJ Bean in conditioning until we have well-balanced notes of coffee, without overwhelming the palate, bringing together two of my favourite things – coffee and beer!”
The combination of coffee and cocoa nibs give the brew its distinct mocha flavour. JJ Bean’s Peruvian co…