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BC’s Weekly Craft Beer News & Events Roundup
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Would you try this reverse Guinness?

Drinking Great Beer for a Good Cause

There are several great events coming up this weekend that benefit a good cause.

If you head to West Craft’s Sunday Service at Prototype, amongst other beers (see events section) they will be pouring Arthur from Hill Farmstead (named world’s best brewery by Ratebeer), and net proceeds and tips will be donated to the Vancouver Food Bank. They will also be pouring Australia’s Wildflower Brewing & Blending, with net sales and tips being donated to NSW Rural Fire Services.

On that subject, there’s a number of wildfire fundraisers coming up for Australia Day, including events at Brewhall, The Beaver and Moose’s Down Under in Vancouver, Howe Sound in Squamish, and Slackwater in Penticton. The Slackwater event will even have Vegemite on toast for an added touch of authenticity.

Go have a drink and contribute to a good cause!

Big Beer Takes Another Craft Brewery

Down in the U.S., it looks like we’ve lost another craft brewery to big beer, as Detroit’s Atwater Brewery & Tap House has been acquired by Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the U.S. craft division of Molson Coors Beverage Company.

Atwater Brewery is one of Michigan’s largest brewers and is highly regarded in the Michigan craft beer scene, especially for their German-style lagers, and unique ales like their Dirty Blonde and Vanilla Java Porter. Recently they also jumped on the hard seltzer bandwagon. 

Tenth and Blake’s other craft acquisitions include Saint Archer, Blue Moon, Terrapin, Hop Valley, Revolver, and Jacob Leinenkugel.

Beer As a Support Animal?

On the lighter side of things, a man in Brooklyn, New York has attempted to register a pint of beer as an “emotional support animal.” The style of beer in question is a 473 ml, lightly hopped session IPA served in a regular bar pint glass.

He says of the attempt, “I’m not permitted a dog in my building, so I thought an emotional support beer would be more appropriate. It helps alleviate my anxiety and is a cost effective way to manage stress.” Going on to say, “It’s a delicious beer and at a reasonable 5% ABV, can be consumed without hindering hand-eye coordination, mental ability or judgement. I’ve had trouble trying to take the pint onto public buses and into places of business, so I had the idea to get it registered.”

An employee from the USA Service Dog registration site has said that the attempt will get him nowhere, but so far he has not been approached by law enforcement while waiting for the bus with a pint of beer in hand.

Some one buy this man a pint! Oh wait, he already has one!

Reverse Guinness?

A UK craft brewery called Team Toxic has released a beer called Sinistral, which is being nicknamed the “reverse Guinness.” It’s a milky white stout with a distinctive black head. People are trying to guess what adjunct they used to create the head, with many guessing incorrectly that it is squid ink. All they will reveal is that it is “completely edible, natural and vegan.” 

It looks hideous, if you ask me, but I am morbidly curious. Also, what kind of statement are you making if you drink reverse Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day? Hmm…

– Ed Kaye, Editor
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with Edward Kaye

Oh wow! Things are really heating up this week! You can expect to see me in Vancouver for Weathered this weekend. Be sure to say hi if you bump into me, unless my glass is empty, then don’t go getting in my way!

Tonight, The Red Accordion in Vancouver is hosting a Collective Arts Origin of Darkness beer dinner takeover, where they will be pairing four courses with the four unique collaboration imperial stouts from this year’s series.

On Friday & Saturday, Kiwanis AleFest will be held at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George. The festival features two Brewmaster’s Dinners, three tasting sessions and an all weekend Cask Beer Experience.

This weekend, Weathered Beer Celebration returns to Vancouver’s Heritage Hall. Tickets both Saturday sessions are now sold out, but there’s still tickets left for the Sunday afternoon session; however, they are moving quickly, so don’t sleep on it!

On Sunday, Victoria Beer Society is holding a members-only event at Île Sauvage Brewing in Victoria, where head brewer and Advanced Cicerone Stephane Turcotte will lead a tasting seminar on five different beers brewed with kviek, while educating attendees on the origins and applications of the yeast strain.

West Craft’s fourth Sunday Service pop-up takes place at Prototype Coffee in Vancouver on Sunday. Along with the aforementioned Hill Farmstead and Wildflower beers, they will also be pouring beers from Garden Path, Dwinell Country, Nickel Brook, and Three Magnets. Beer sale proceeds go to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

On Tuesday, CRAFT Beer Market in Kelowna is holding a Brewmaster’s dinner, featuring a five course menu paired with five different beers from Kelowna’s Rustic Reel Brewing.

That same night, Moon Under Water in Victoria is holding a brewing seminar on the importance of malt. Head Brewer Clay Potter will guide attendees though eight specially selected beers to showcase a variety of malts and they will have Kyle Michell from Michell’s Farm and Mike Doehnel as guest speakers.

On Wednesday, Smiths Pub in Victoria is hosting a Strange Fellows Brewing tap takeover, when they will be dedicating their taps to their west coast-crafted, old world-inspired brews.

Jan 24 @ 6:30 pm – Jan 25 @ 10:30 pm Two Rivers Gallery
2020 Vision!Kiwanis AleFest is the great Northern BC craft beer festival, held annually on the last weekend of January. The festival features two Brewmaster’s Dinners, three tasting sessions and an…
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm Heritage Hall
THE BEER LIST is live at Weathered Beer Celebration returns January 25 & 26, 2020 at Heritage Hall in Vancouver BC. New this year is a third session on…
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm BREWHALL
On Australia Day, Sunday January 26th, we will donate $1 from every BREWHALL Beer Co. beer sold to the Canadian Red Cross Australia Fires Appeal to support those who are…
Jan 26 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Prototype Coffee
Join West Craft with their Sunday Service at Prototype Coffee on all Sundays of January 2020 from 12pm until 7pm. Beer sale proceeds go to support the Greater Vancouver Food…
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Île Sauvage Brewing Co.
“Kveik: the versatile yeast that brewers love (and nobody knows how to pronounce correctly)”Used for centuries by brewers in Norway, Kveik yeast was “discovered” by North American craft brewers in…
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm CRAFT Beer Market
You’re invited to our Brewmaster’s Dinner with our friends from Rustic Reel Brewing, located just around the corner right here in Kelowna, BC. Chef Shaheed Esmail has created a custom…
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Moon Under Water Brewpub
Enjoy eight 4 oz beer tastings as you learn in an interactive lecture series on all things brewers’ grain at the Moon Under Water Brewery!Join us Tuesday, January 28th from…
Jan 29 @ 5:00 pm – Jan 30 @ 12:59 am Smiths Pub
When winter is calling, drink great beer.East Vancouver delivers in strange ways, with one of them being the mighty fine beers from Strange Fellows. Names such as Talisman, Jongleur and…

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