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what's brewing

check out the spring edition of what's brewing!
(in particular my article on stadium beers)

10 ways beer is good for you

who doesn't love an infographic?
and one about the health benefits of beer is especially nice, i think!

new releases

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The End Is Nigh - Dead Frog Releases Udder Domination Imperial Milk Stout

Aldergrove, BC — Dead Frog's brand new limited edition seasonal, the Udder Domination Imperial Milk Stout, is now available in BC and Alberta.

The Udder Domination is Dead Frog's head brewer Steve Black's follow-up to the award winning Nutty Uncle Peanut Butter Stout.  "I love milk stouts, I love strong beers, and I love pushing style boundaries," says Steve.  "I've wanted to brew a milk stout for a long time, and making an Imperial version lets us amp up the roasted malt flavours and creaminess."

The brew is a roasted, creamy, and bovine Imperial Milk Stout that offers a unique spin on an established style.  The Udder Domination combines flavours of dark chocolate, cappuccino, and roasted nuts with a slightly sweet, creamy finish.  All of this is perfectly balanced with slightly sweet and warm flavours from the 8% ABV.
The Udder Domination is a single batch brew.  It's availa…

#willplayforbeer

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Vancouver Craft Beer Week Announces #willplayforbeer Contest with The World Famous CFOX
Local musicians enter for the chance to play at the 7th annual VCBW Festival this June 3rd to 5th
Vancouver, BC – Wed., March 16th, 2016 – Vancouver Craft Beer Week and The Word Famous CFOX announced today the launch of their #willplayforbeer talent contest.  The contest offers local bands and musicians the chance to win one of three coveted opening act spots on the CFOX stage at the VCBW Festival taking place this June 3rd to 5th.   The open call for submissions begins today and runs until April 1st.

To enter the #willplayforbeer contest, eligible contestants are required to submit a maximum of three songs, one video and one band or artist photo.  On April 5th, CFOX judges will announce 10 semi-finalists.  From April 5th to April 17th, the public can choose their favourite performer through online voting.  The three winners will be announced on April 18th, 2015.  There is one spot available for each…

aleberta

130 Years of Brewing History in Alberta

Aleberta: Our Beer History will tour Alberta and British Columbia before premiering for free on TELUS Optik™ TV On Demand

Dead West Productions is pleased to announce the premiere of Aleberta: Our Beer History.
Made possible by a production grant from TELUS Optik Local, Aleberta: Our Beer History is a three part documentary that explores an industry shaped by government policy and passionate entrepreneurs.

Alberta, know for exporting the best brewing barley in the world and importing beer, has a blossoming craft beer industry that is poised to double from 22 to 40 breweries in 2016. Where did it start? Why did it take so long for craft beer to gain popularity in Alberta?

Aleberta: Our Beer History explores the storied past of Alberta’s 130 years of brewing history. Alberta brewers demonstrate their passion and tenacity, surviving two prohibitions and bizarre liquor laws while battling the titans of the Canadian beer industry to maintain their in…

collaboration brew

from fernie and whistler brewing:

"Cool Brah! Noice!

Whistler and Fernie Spring Collaborative Brew

(Fernie & Whistler, BC) – Sometimes there are friends to be found on a powder day after all. To celebrate such camaraderie often found over fresh tracks and cold beer, Whistler Brewing and Fernie Brewing Co. joined forces last month on a collaborative brew(ski).

Spring Shred Red Session Ale is the result of this brewing partnership, launching at the perfect time of year to celebrate those legendary spring ski days. And to serve as a refreshing accompaniment to goggle tans, sun pits, slush cups and beers on the deck. Or anywhere for that matter.

There’s a whole lot in common between the two epic ski towns of Whistler and Fernie, BC. Whilst Whistler hugs the west coast, and Fernie is a few peaks short of the Alberta border, both promise epic annual snowfall, unlimited terrain, huge vertical and amazing local artisan, food and craft-beer offerings.

As a result of these similarities…

bomber beer bash

Bomber Brewing hosts ‘Beer League BASH’ hockey fundraiser  
Bomber Brewing is very pleased to present the 2nd annual Beer League BASH taking place from 4pm to 10pm on Saturday, Mar 26th at Britannia Community Rink (1661 Napier Street). With 100% proceeds going to BASH, Britannia After School Hockey, this fundraising event will offer 16 local craft breweries pouring tasters on the rink concourse while four craft brewery teams, Bomber, Parallel 49, Vancouver ‘Craft Beer All-Stars’ and the Suburban ‘Craft Beer All-Stars’, battle it out on the ice in a round-robin tournament. Each $25 ticket includes three taster tokens additional tokens are $1.25 as well as entrance to the After Party hosted by Parallel 49 at Britannia Hall at 1739 Venables across the street from the rink.
Attendees can earn extra tokens! One additional token will be given per clean, gently-used hockey item donation to the BASH program (I.E. pair of elbow pads, helmet, socks, sticks, etc.)
Tickets are available only through E…

best bc beers

the best of the best
according to beer me bc


beer column

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow.  I would like to remind you that there are more traditional ways to celebrate the Irish than by drinking green beer!
Life is short!Drink good beer!Like a lovely dry Irish stout!
One of the most common stouts, Dry Irish Stouts tend to have a bit of a lighter body, which makes them very drinkable!  They're usually a lower carbonation brew and can be served on a nitro system for a creamy mouthfeel.  The bitterness comes from both the roasted barley and the hops, though the roasted malt will be the more noticeable flavour.
Guinness is probably the best known example of the style, but you can get some really nice local versions too – see below for a few examples.
If you're in Vancouver and looking for a non-green beer-y way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, check out one (or more) of the below:
- From the folks who bring you the HarvestHaus Oktoberfest celebrations comes The KelticLanding.Held over two nights at The Imperial, revellers can travel through th…

cbc website

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Dry Irish stout picks for St.
Paddy's Day not named
Guinness Check out Rebecca Whyman's beer picks for some Guinness
alternativesCBC NewsPosted: Mar 15, 2016 6:01 PM PT Last Updated: Mar 15, 2016 6:09 PM PT Don't worry: these beer picks are so good you won't want to bother with the green dye. (Jeffrey M. Smith/The Port Huron Times Herald/AP photo) 8 shares Facebook Twitter

new release

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Dark Sour Ale w/ Grape Must- 5.0% - 650mL

March 14th, 2015 - Pucker up and play the sour note! The second beer in our Sour Note series is hitting the shelves. Born as a medium bodied dark ale, Sax in the Dark is infused with grape must and augmented with lively Lactobacillus bacteria, the magical secret to sour.  Pouring a deep mahogany brown colour topped by a soft off-white head, a tangy fruit nose leads to a lively, slightly sharp tartness through the body underpinned with flavours red wine, grapes, and light toast. Finishes puckeringly dry.  This sour brew is proof that sometimes the best notes fall outside of traditional scales.

Sax in the Dark is only available from private craft-focused liquor stores for a limited time!  If you find yourself in our neighborhood this Thursday March 17th, come on by between 4-6 for a special draft t…

wine school

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VANCOUVER URBAN WINERY PRESENTS:
SUNDAY SCHOOL – THE #700 SERIES

A Three-year Anniversary Special!
VANCOUVER, BC (March 11, 2016)Vancouver Urban Winery’s uber popular Sunday School is back in session!

This series is a special one for hosts David Stansfield and Lisa Cook. It marks the three-year anniversary of Vancouver’s rowdiest wine school. Since 2013, Sunday School has entertained over 1,500 thirsty students, drunk more than 500 wines, hosted 28 wine-soaked seminars, toured four major Canadian cities and survived one near fatal sabering incident (thanks, Lisa).

Over three years Sunday School’s focus on interactive, easygoing wine education remains constant. “It’s wine school with more wine than school,” says Cook. “Our goal has always been to help people become better wine buyers through serious drinking.”

“Not too serious, though,” adds Stan…