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The Class Of ’94: A Brave New Wave in BC Brewing

By What's Brewing
  • July 9, 2020
** This past week, Donald Trump had his Mount Rushmore moment; now we're having ours. ** In this installment of our Class of '94 series, we introduce you to more legendary brewers from BC’s 1990s scene. As a quartet, the four pictured above make up a mini Rushmore that Trump would never appreciate.
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Iain Hill: From Shaftebury To Yaletown

By Iain Hill
  • July 1, 2020
As part of our 30th Anniversary, What's Brewing spotlights some of BC's beer pioneers. In The Class Of '94 series, we introduce you to some key BC brewmasters who started up a celebrated brewery in the year 1994. Iain Hill shares a hilarious memory from working at East Van's very first craft brewery. Right after that, he helped open Vancouver's first brewpub and began pushing the boundaries of BC brewing.
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The Class of ’94: Sailor Hagar’s Heyday

By Gary Lohin
  • June 25, 2020
As part of our 30th Anniversary, What's Brewing spotlights some of BC's beer pioneers. In The Class Of '94 series, we introduce you to some key BC brewmasters who started up a celebrated brewery in the year 1994 and began to push the boundaries of BC brewing. As head brewer at Central City Brewers & Distillers, Gary Lohin has had a distinguished career in beer. But he first had the chance to run his own show at Metro Vancouver’s first brewpub: Sailor Hagar’s.
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What Was Brewin’ in the ’80s

By Gerry Hieter
  • June 18, 2020
As part of What’s Brewing magazine’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, we’re proud to feature some of BC’s beer advocacy pioneers. Today, we present a retrospective by Gerry Hieter, the long-time former Chairperson of Great Canadian Beer Festival. Find out how BC's craft beer scene developed from Sir Gerry!
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Big Bad John: The Story of John Rowling and CAMRA Victoria

By What's Brewing
  • June 9, 2020
As part of What’s Brewing magazine’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, we’re proud to pay tribute to some of BC’s beer advocacy pioneers. In case you haven't met today's special honouree: he is one of the most respected names amongst long-time members of the BC beer community. He helped found much of what constitutes craft beer culture in BC today, and he's a true gentleman. In words and pictures, let us introduce you to John Rowling.
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How The History of BC Craft Beer is Especially Relevant in 2020

By Dave Smith
  • June 2, 2020
WHAT'S BREWING 30TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE TELLS STORY OF BC CRAFT BEER | | What's Brewing Vol. 30 No. 2 Summer 2020, released June 1st, celebrates the publication's 30th Anniversary.  For this special issue, we’ve reached out to 30 craft beer community leaders for stories and memories. We've compiled a new history of BC Craft Beer with previously-unpublished images and vignettes, formatted chronologically into a seamless story arc, along with a special 'roll call' tribute acknowledging every microbrewery opened in this province since 1982.
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Thanks, Labatt: When Canadian Big Beer Shot Itself in the Foot

By Dave Smith
  • May 21, 2020
Big Beer in Canada had it good when I was a kid, and I didn't know any better than to drink their stuff. But thanks to a recent conversation with a Vancouver brewery chief, I can now pinpoint the moment that a giant brewer set me on the path to craft beer evangelism...by selling me the first beer I really enjoyed.
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A Parting Toast, as Kelowna’s Boundary Brewing makes way for Welton Brewery

By Adam Chatburn
  • May 1, 2020
April 30th 2020 marked the last day of Kelowna’s Boundary Brewing after 3 years in business in its current location. Here's a parting Au Revoir to Boundary Brewing, and a hearty welcome with best wishes for Welton Brewing. Featuring a word from Boundary Brewing owner Oliver Gläser. Also featuring his impressive, articulate Dec 2017 telephone interview about the Antifa harrassment crisis. If you haven't met Oliver yet, this candid, passionate, yet impressively articulate discussion is a great way to get to know type of strong-willed person he is.
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A Brief, Opinionated, History Of Cider

By J. Random
  • April 7, 2020
From our Spring 2020 magazine, aka The Cider Issue: Longtime columnist J. Random breaks down the history of cider from Europe to British Columbia. --- About the time our ancestors came down from the trees, they developed a taste—or at least tolerance—for the alcohol that naturally develops in rotting fruit. These evolving hunter-gatherers might have fermented a beverage from collected fruit well before agriculture.
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