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beer column

here are my notes from yesterday's craft beer column on cbc radio one's on the coast with gloria macarenko:

The Beer News:
If you’re heading to the PNE, don’t forget to stop by the VCBW craft beer fest while you’re there.  Open every day of the fair from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., they’re serving up taster sizes of beers from various breweries.  Entry is $10 and tasters are $2 each.  Or catch them for happy hour between 2:00 and 3:00 for half-price entry.  Entry is also just $5 if you return with your tasting mug.  There are in and out privileges, so never fear, you can pop out for that second round of mini donuts, no problem!
One of the breweries pouring at the craft beer fest right now is Highway 97.  They’re not even open yet, so take advantage of this opportunity for an advance tasting of the Penticton brewery’s beer, and save yourself the long drive as well!  To see all the beers that are pouring, check out @vcbw on twitter.
Have you been to Darby’s Gastown yet?  Located on Hasti…

cbc website

B.C. Ale Trail lets beer lovers
explore province's breweries Comox Valley, the Kootenays, Nanaimo, Port Moody, more covered
in guidesCBC NewsPosted: Aug 30, 2016 4:57 PM PT Last Updated: Aug 30, 2016 4:57 PM PT The B.C. Ale Trail also features Nanaimo breweries like Longwood and White Sails. (@BCAleTrail/Instagram) 45 shares Facebook Twitter

feast of fields

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
This year’s Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields will be a true reflection of the incredible harvest of British Columbia. Guests are invited to taste the local creations from over 50 of British Columbia's restaurants, wineries, distilleries and breweries at this gourmet wandering harvest festival. 
Picture yourself walking amongst apple trees in the orchard of Fraser Common Farm as you savour Fable restaurant’s barbecued steak with black papper jam, a Glen Valley artichoke remoulade with dill cracker and pickled purslane by West restaurant, or a Terra Breads butter croissant with The Farm House Natural Cheeses fromage frais and nectarine preserve made with nectarines from Parsons Farm. Pair that with cold brew coffee from Salt Spring Coffee, a rich glass of Okanagan wine, or a cold beer from Trading Post Brewing. You finish off by strolling through to Laurica Farm and tak…

bc ale trail

Destination BC and the BC Craft Brewers Guild present:  The BC Ale Trail

This autumn, explore British Columbia’s raw wilderness and bounty of craft beer with the BC Ale Trail — the definitive online guide to BC’s dynamic craft beer community. Explore stouts and snow-capped peaks, brown ales and beaches, or bikes and hikes that lead to a tasting room using curated Ale Trails connecting towns, breweries and nearby attractions, yielding unforgettable experiences for craft beer enthusiasts touring the province.

With support from seven of BC’s Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), the self-guided
tours will highlight local brewery destinations and suggested sightseeing in each of the seven
participating communities — Comox Valley, Kootenay Rockies, Nanaimo, Port Moody, Sunshine
Coast, Victoria and Whistler.

Launching in October to coincide with BC Craft Beer Month, the BC Ale Trail will come to life
with help from Joe Wiebe, author of the BC bestselling book Craft Beer Revolution: Th…

beer column

CBC On the Coast Beer column August 16, 2016
Now that the really hot weather is finally upon us, you might want to spend some time at the two new Tap Shack locations, because they have great beer... and patios!  The Daniel Group, who brought us Tap and Barrel with their three fabulous patios, carry on the group’s “local” mantra by using reclaimed and repurposed locally sourced building materials in the bars, local ingredients in the food, local beer and wine on the taplists and featuring works from local artists.  Check them out under Burrard Bridge at 1012 Beach Avenue and in Coal Harbour at 1199 West Cordova.
On August 20th Persephone Brewing in Gibsons will hold its Beer Farm Fest!  To celebrate their third anniversary they’re throwing a fundraising beer festival from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Kids are welcome, but your cars are not, so take a shuttle!  There will be live music, as well as live streaming of the Tragically Hip concert on the big screen, a pig roast, farm games and activities…

cbc website

from last night's beer column on cbc radio one's on the coast
with gloria macarenko sitting in for stephen quinn:

Summer beer events still going
on throughout B.C., columnist
says Plus, check out Rebecca Whyman's picks for refreshing summer fruit
beersCBC NewsPosted: Aug 16, 2016 5:00 PM PT Last Updated: Aug 16, 2016 5:00 PM PT The hot summer weather is still here, and Rebecca Whyman's beer picks are all about keeping you refreshed. (Northwest Beer Guide/Flickr) Facebook Twitter

new belgium new releases

 New Belgium Brewing Goes to its Wild Side with Four New Releases Showcasing Sour and Spice, along with Tart and Fruity Flavors

The brewery’s latest seasonal, Lips of Faith, Hop Kitchen, and stainless steel offerings pair perfectly with the final days of summer
Ft. Collins, Colo., August 15, 2016 – New Belgium Brewing has four new releases to help make the fall transition a little easier to bear. The beers include Pumpkick, a fall festival favorite; Le Terroir, one of New Belgium’s favorite wood-aged sours; Bretta IPA, which crosses wild Brettanomyces yeast with fruity hop varieties; and Fruit Fly, a refreshing stainless steel sour.

Pumpkick Spiced Seasonal Ale
Pumpkick is back bringing a bite of tartness to New Belgium’s traditionally spiced pumpkin ale. The tart cranberry kick offers a bright burst of seasonal flavor. Pumpkick pours a slightly hazy, glowing orange, packed with pumpkin juice, cinn…

Red Truck Patio Party for Vancouver Mural Festival

For Immediate Release
Vancouver, BC
Red Truck Beer welcomes the Vancouver Mural Festival for a Patio Party
All ages, free admission show combines with live mural painting of silos

On Saturday, August 20th, the Vancouver Mural Festival is taking over East Vancouver for the city’s biggest celebration of public art. By the event’s conclusion, over 35 new murals will have been added to the neighbourhood’s visual landscape. Red Truck Beer Company is pleased to be taking part in the festival by hosting the Red Truck Patio Party, an all-ages celebration of art and music in the parking lot of the brewery at 295 East 1st Avenue.

While French street artist and activist Kashink live paints Red Truck’s giant grain silos, up and coming local acts will play a show in the brilliant summer sunshine. One of the most prominent female graffiti artists in world, Kashink has created vivid, memorable pieces across Europe, Asia and North America and she will cover the silos with her distinctive four-eyed f…

bc beer awards

RAISE A GLASS TO THE BEST OF BC CRAFT BEER The BC Beer Awards & Festival  Returns to Vancouver October 15, 2016
Suggested Tweet: Raise a glass! @BCBeerAwards return October 15 – Early Bird tickets on sale Aug 16 – Sept 15 #BCBA2016 #YearoftheMild

Event Hashtags: #BCBA2016 #YearoftheMild

In Short:  
Vancouver, BC (June 24, 2016): The 7th Annual BC Beer Awards & Festival is set to return to Vancouver on Saturday, October 15, 2016 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 65 breweries and cideries. This year, awards will be presented for 30 categories, up from 20 last year. Awards include CBC People's Choice Award, Richards Buell Sutton LLP Rookie of the Year Award and the Brewer…