NEW YEAR WITH NEW EXCITING BREWS AT HOPWIRED FESTIVAL
B.C. – Very limited quantities of tickets remain.
Hopwired Festival, presented by Espressotec and The World Famous CFOX,
was so well received with the 2018 festival that it is returning
February 23, 2019 to the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. “The
festival blended people’s favourite pastimes into one experience and
received a ton of attention through from Vancouver, to North Carolina,
and Auckland.” says Mike Willis, of West Craft. “We were
interested to move-on to another new and exciting [unannounced]
collaboration concept festival but people kept asking for more
Hopwired. We found inspiration from some of the collaboration
partnerships that we helped set-up last year and people were moved to
bring new beers and coffees from Across Canada and along Cascadia to
make Hopwired Festival 2019 happen”. There is no other tasting
experience like this in the Pacific North West and in Canada. Topics
with the tasting panels include: Funk Yeah! Panel Chat on Cultured
Beer with Coffee Additions, Foeder for Thought, Hoppy Together:
Fruity Coffee in Beer, Citra Ass Down! and Crush this Coffee! and many
West Craft, the organizer behind Hopwired Festival, is expanding the
festival with an all-inclusive drink commitment with tickets (no
tokens!), increased seating, increased drink options and food options
with a curated palate cleanser bar and double the amount of their
popular on-stage tasting panels, hosted by Cascadian Beer Podcast and
Vancouver Coffee Snob, which were very well received from guests at the
Festivities will kick off at 1:00PM with a welcome beer, which is a
one-time-produced Prototype Coffee-infused-barleywine from Port Moody’s
Twin Sails Brewing, which goes to support awareness of Good Night Out
Vancouver, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising
awareness about sexual harassment and assault on nights out.
After entry, you are invited to taste collaboration beers and coffees
from over fifty-five craft breweries and coffee roasters, sip on
delicious espresso poured from the amazing Espressotec team, and
refresh your palate with the curated palate cleanser bar, which will
feature a selection of rare and refreshing beers, and water served from
Element H20. Expect to taste new and unique belgian-style beers,
german-style beers, and american-style beers – alongside single origin
coffees, blended coffees, barrel-aged coffees, coffee served with
nitrogen, and decaf coffees – from the likes of 2 Crows Brewing,
Backcountry Brewing, Fuggles & Warlock Brewing, Field House Brewing,
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel, Gigantic Brewing, Breakside Brewery, Sooke
Oceanside Brewery, Firehall Brewery, Smoking Gun Coffee, Canoe Coffee,
De Mello Palhetta Coffee, Chronicle Coffee, Caffe Monte, Explorers
Coffee, Primer Coffee, Rithet Coffee, Roasti Coffee, Wolf Tree Coffee,
The Stick In The Mud Coffee, Eleven Speed Coffee, Rooftop Coffee
Roasters, Notch Coffee, Agro Coffee Roasters, and many, many more.
In addition to the abundance of new and tasty beverages, Hopwired
will be offering snacks from Cartem’s Donuts and DownLow Chicken, as
well as hosting on-stage tasting panels which feature the likes (and
beverages) of Wild Ambition Brewing, Temporal Artisan Ales, Ile Sauvage
Brewing Company, Monogram Coffee, Transcend Coffee, O.T. Brewing, Blind
Enthusiasm Brewing, and many more breweries and coffee roasters.
Finally, the Vancouver Coffee Snob and Cascadian Beer Podcast grace the
guests with their presence, again, at the end of the day to hand-out
People’s Choice Awards for best beer, best espresso, best coldbrew, and
best hot coffee.
For more information about Hopwired
Festival or to purchase tickets for the festival, please visit: www.hopwiredfest.com
THE NEW FACE OF CRAFT BEER IS HERE
REBECCA WHYMAN • MARCH 8, 2019 Tara Rafiq illustration
You know that phenomenon when something, seemingly out of nowhere, tickles your brain, then takes up residence, and has you ruminating for months? That’s what happened to me at Bart Watson’s key-note speech at the B.C. Brewers’ Conference back in October. The chief economist for the American Brewers Association gave an engaging talk about the state of craft brewing, chock-full of brain tickling stats and his interpretations of what they mean now and for the future. Including this innocuous little slide:
Nothing controversial here, folks. Just that some craft beer drinkers are drinking more craft beer, and say they are doing so because they visit breweries. Isn’t that nice? The industry must love when the already-converted are drinking even more craft. And all breweries had to do was offer appreciators a way to visit them at the source? Pure gold! …
I'm single. I have been for several years.
I was really enjoying my single state during those years. I did what I wanted, when I wanted. It was pretty glorious.
I've started thinking though, that I would like some companionship too.
Now that I have popped by head up and looked around, I realize I have no idea how one goes about meeting people.
I have friends. But there's not a pool of potential dates within that friend group. Or anyone with a secret stash of available friends of friends they have somehow kept from me until now.
How did I used to get dates?
I would start playing a new sport. Or go to the bar.
I'm middle-aged now. There is no bar.
I don't think.
Is there one?
God, if there is, someone tell me where it is!
I understood the etiquette of meeting people at bars.
I do not understand this whole internet dating and hooking up thing.
I wish there was a book - How to Internet Date for Middle-Aged Dummies
There is this cheatsheet, but geesh, how old do …