Showing posts from 2019

the Growlies!

B.C.’s only province-wide craft beer readers’ choice awards are back! VANCOUVER, Oct. 3, 2019— The Growler ’s B.C. 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 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-t

brewing up gender parity

My article on gender parity is on the Growler website! BREWING UP GENDER PARITY: THE QUEST FOR BEERQUALITY REBECCA WHYMAN •  JUNE 13, 2019 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. Drinking craft beer is the easy part—when we move into the sections of craft

the end of an era

The grandfather of Canadian brewing passed away yesterday. What's Brewing captured a final salute from John Mitchell to the BC craft beer community. Cheers to you, John, for all you've done for the beverage and community we all love.

seattle's beer industry is sexist

This won't come as a surprise to any women in the industry. Unfortunately, it probably will to too many of the men. Seattle's beer industry is sexist And it is a timely topic for me - my latest Growler article addresses the massive gender gap in craft beer.  Check it out in the paper copy of the Growler now, and coming up online soon.

women redefining middle age

There are lots of books coming out this summer on the topic of women hitting middle age - and fighting back! The Wall Street Journal's article lists a plethora of them.  Alas WSJ demands that I subscribe if I want to keep reading their articles.  I enjoyed my first read, but they won't let me back to read it again and make a proper list of all their reading suggestions.  But here are three books that the snipit I can still see includes: Flash Count Diary - Darcey Steinke (It's Great to) Suck at Something - Karen Rinaldi Is There Still Sex in the City? - Candace Bushnell There are lots of interesting comments on the Wall Street Journal's Facebook page (and yes, I did read the comments!).  Of course there are some jackass men who feel they must comment on how over hearing about women's empowerment they are.  But there are some really wonderful comments from aging women, both on the 'rah-rah my aging years are amazing' side, and those pointing out

frightening news

There's a lot of frightening news these days.  Most of it because of Trump and the far-right. But I read an article yesterday that struck far more fear into my heart than that bozo has yet managed to. Why? It hit me on so many levels.  The biggest of which are: 1. It directly affects me, right now; 2. It is yet another shining example of gender bias in research, health care, and measurement of worth; 3. It will probably be used against women instead of used to fund more research and improve healthcare; 4. And because any good that comes of this research, will come too late for me. So, what is the frightening news?  Menopause may cause alzheimer's. Dammit!  I was eagerly awaiting arriving at the other side of menopause, but now I'm wishing it was still years away for me.  I need more time to change my diet (even though I'm already pretty darned good), and exercise more, and somehow reduce my stress, and get a brain-scan, and play word games, and save money so

vancouver craft beer week

I remember ten years ago, being filled with such excitement about attending the inaugural Vancouver Craft Beer Week. Back then, as a nascent craft beer lover, I hadn't yet met my people.  I thought I might be the only one who loved beer like I did. I was wrong!  Delightfully wrong!  And VCBW showed me my people. I'm just as excited this year to be attending the 10th Anniversary Hoppapalooza and Tasting Festival.    NEWS RELEASE:    Vancouver prepares for its biggest annual craft beer celebration     Vancouver Craft Beer Week serves up epic 10th-annual 10-day citywide party 2018 Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival at the PNE Fairgrounds . Photo by Claudia Wyler. Vancouver, B.C., May 24, 2019— Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW)  is all set for its 10th-annual 10-day celebration of craft beer happening from May 31 to June 9. VCBW will kick things off at the edge of one of Vancouver’s most iconic brewery districts on May 31, and continue throughout the wee

adventures in middle-aged internet dating

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 g

new direction

So, like, I haven't been writing much about beer lately. Yeah, I still write an article here and there (note to self, get on writing that article that's due soon) but I haven't been as inspired as I once was to blather on about beer ad nauseum. I still love beer.  I still go to beer events and get excited about the latest buzz.  I'm just not interested in dissecting each experience. Part of that is due to Instagram - that stupid app changed my life!  It's so much easier to just take a photo and share it there.  Now you all know what I drank.  No need to write about it. Part of it is due to other things taking up my focus.  Like being middle aged.  I had no idea how much mental energy that was going to take! My last article for the Growler nicely married beer and being middle aged. And got me to thinking that maybe that is something I'd like to do more of.  Talk about being middle aged through different lenses.  Craft beer and tasting rooms, where to find e

fruit beer festival in abbotsford

VANCOUVER, B.C.  – A new craft beer festival launches this summer in Abbotsford at the Railway District Community Market, with beers made exclusively with bush fruits and tree fruits. “The festival is much like our Hopwired Festival, where we pair craft breweries and coffee roasters, Fruit Beer Festival’s taking on pairing breweries and fruit growers to make juicy beers without artificial flavours and syrups.” says Mike Willis, of West Craft. “We’re regular attendees of both Abbotsford’s Farm Market and Vancouver’s Riley Park Farm Market and we imagined a beer festival inside of a farmers market – due to liquor laws a beer festival has to be 19+ - so we turn to putting on Fruit Beer Festival to help support local fruit producers while doing something delicious that hasn’t been done in Canada”. West Craft, the organizer behind Fruit Beer Festival, is promising an all-inclusive drink commitment with tickets, live music by Dan Tait and Tiger Moon, a ton of food vendors with a pop-up farm

pints, pinnipeds and rescue stories

the vANCOUVER aquarium® presents pints, pinnipeds and rescue stories – a special edition After Hours Vancouver, B.C. – Raise a glass of suds in celebration of charismatic harbour seals, sea lions and fur seals – collectively known as pinnipeds – at a special edition After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium®, an Ocean Wise® initiative. On Saturday, May 4, learn about these fascinating animals and their incredible rescue and rehabilitation stories through never-seen-before programs, all with a drink in hand. Not only can guests explore the Aquarium’s galleries after dark – a truly magical place – they can also take in special programs, tailored for an adult audience. In a first for After Hours, head veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena will share stories from the field as he recounts his experiences rescuing and rehabilitating seals suffering from gunshot wounds, disentangling sea lions from marine debris, and more. Through unique programs, guests can also learn about the rescue stories

changing face of craft beer

here are my latest ramblings in The Growler FEATURES 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 t