We're a long way from Oktoberfest (Munich edition pictured), but there will be plenty of beer events in B.C. over the next several months. (Matthias Schrader/Associated Press)
Beer festival season is starting soon, and On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says the number of options keep growing.
There's no official festival season, but Whyman says most take place between April and October — and as that time approaches, she has some "pro tips" for getting the most out of your festival experience.
Read the fine print on your ticket: "What is included in the price? How many tokens do you receive? Is there food included? If not, is there food available for purchase? Depending on how long the festival is, you may very well need to refuel or sop up some of your alcohol."
Consider bringing a pretzel necklace: "These are not just fashion statements! Their actual purpose is twofold: to provide a wee snack as you drink, and to offer a palate cleanser between different beers."
Drink water: "Hydrating as you go will keep you happy longer, and it does aid in slowing down your consumption to help keep you from overindulging. My preferred method of hydrating is to drink the rinse water that good festivals offer between samples."
Take some friends: "Not only are things more fun with friends, but you can also tag-team your way through trying more beers if you all agree to order different beers from each brewery and then share the samples."
Don't buy too many tokens, and don't throw them out: "Those tiny pours really add up and I see most people with lots of leftover tokens at the end. … If the tokens are the poker chip sort, you can likely use them again the next year at the festival, so hang on to them!"
But with festival season still a few weeks away, here are some beer picks in the meantime:
"A collaboration between Powell Brewing and Four Winds Brewing. It is a hybrid style where a traditional Belgian farmhouse ale meets an North American East Coast IPA. 6.8 percent, available in 650 ml bottles from the breweries and select private liquor stores."
Strange Fellows Goldilocks Belgian Golden Strong Ale
"Light and fruity with notes of coriander and orange peel. It is a strong beer — 8.5 percent — that goes down really smoothly. Available in 750 ml bottles at the brewery and select private liquor stores."
R&B's Shake Your Fruity
"This is a milkshake IPA: those overnight success, fruity-tasting beers brewed with lactose, which makes them thick and hazy. Even people who claim they don't like India Pale Ales like a milkshake IPA! This one is brewed with oats and apple puree as well, for ultimate smoothness. But what you'll taste is juicy orange and pineapple. 7.3 percent, available in 650 ml bottles at the brewery and select liquor stores."
B.C.’s only province-wide craft beer readers’
choice awards are back!
VANCOUVER, Oct. 3, 2019—The
Craft Beer Readers’ Choice Awards, AKA, the Growlies, is back with more
beers, more categories and—best of all—more prizes! The Growlies celebrate all of the awesomeness that is B.C. craft
beer by giving beer lovers a say in who wins. Unlike traditional beer awards, The
Growler’s B.C. Craft Beer Readers’ Choice Awards are be decided by the
beer-drinking public: between Oct. 3 and 25, 2019, you can vote online at bc.thegrowler.ca
for the beers and breweries you think are the best in B.C. With the help of our panel of craft beer experts, we’ve narrowed
the field to 10 nominees in each beer style category. And if you don’t like our
choices, this year you can write in your own picks instead! Those who take part in the online poll will be entered to win an absolutely
bonkers luxury helicopter craft beer tour from SKY Helicopters, as
well as top-of-the-line homebrewing equipment and …
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Women are markedly underrepresented in craft beer. This is not news to anyone. But have you ruminated on just how large the gender gap is? A 2018 survey by Nielsen-Harris found American craft beer drinkers are 68.5 per cent male and 31.5 per cent female. Closer to home, BeerMeBC’s 2018 survey had those numbers at 71 and 29 per cent, with 0.32 per cent identifying as “other.” For those not so strong in the math department, that means that there are only three women drinking craft beer for every seven men. If you were a straight man looking for a date, you wouldn’t like those odds at all. And I can tell you, as one of those three women, it’s not much fun being outnumbered everywhere I go to enjoy my beloved craft beer, delightful as those seven men may be.
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